Public meeting dates for 2014

Local Policing Panels for the South Cambridgeshire area are changing.

From February 2014 there will be three Panel areas, focused around our three Police Stations at Histon, Cambourne and Sawston. These meetings will be held three times a year for each area to allow the public to influence their local Policing priorities.

****(Follow this link to find out which panel area your village is in: Panel areas 2014)****

Histon Panel  (combined area for Histon and Swavesey panels)

February 12th 2014                  Cottenham Village College

June 11th 2014                         Swavesey Village College

October 15th 2014                   Orchard Park Community Primary

Sawston Panel  (combined area for Sawston, Linton & Fulbourn panels)

February 13th 2014                  Sawston Village College

June 12th 2014                         Linton Heights Junior School

October 16th 2014                   Fulbourn  venue TBC

Cambourne Panel (combined area for Bourne, Gamlingay, Melbourn panels)

February 11th 2014                  Bassingbourn Village College

June 10th 2014                         Gamlingay venue TBC

October 14th 2014                   Cambourne Village College

(All meetings will begin at 19:30hrs)

Meetings will follow a familiar format and will now be available to download afterwards. You may add your own view to the local consultation process by attending in person, or completing our online survey:

Histon area https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Histon_Feb2014

Cambourne area https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Cambourne_Feb2014

Sawston https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Sawston_Feb2014

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Business Crime case study

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Business Type: Agricultural/ Farming
Location: Near A428, South Cambridgeshire
Crime: Fuel theft, vehicles and equipment stolen, damage to fencing
Total value of goods stolen: Almost £60,000 in a 12 month period

PX Farms are a large agricultural farming company made up of 17 farms, covering 4,000 acres across South Cambridgeshire.

Prior to security improvements

Criminal incidents
Before PX Farms made the recommended security upgrades they had experienced a range of issues over a period of years. The crimes encountered were mainly theft of fuel from agricultural machinery and vehicles, theft of gas cylinders and vehicles, and criminal damage to fencing.

Financial impact
Typically PX Farms were reporting 1-2 incidents each week and over a 12 month period almost £60,000 of goods were stolen from the various farm sites.
For a number of incidents PX Farms were unable to claim on their insurance due to the relatively low monetary value which was below the excess payable amount. Cumulatively though, this often totalled several thousands of pounds.

Previous security
There had already been some consideration for the security of the business premises with some security measures already installed in and around the farms including:
• CCTV cameras in specific areas
• Staff living permanently on site
• Alarms fitted to the workshop and office areas
• Quality locks on windows and doors to recommended industry standards

Staff impact
The impact was not just financial, staff found the incidents hugely frustrating and demotivating. Their jobs were becoming increasingly difficult to carry out and led to a huge amount of time being wasted on clearing up and making repairs.

For the management it led to a lot of unnecessary time being spent reporting incidents, organising repairs, dealing with insurance claims and replacing equipment. Time which could not be spent focusing on the growth and development of the business.

Security measures implemented
As PX Farms had been repeatedly targeted in terms of crime and thefts and as part of Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s plan to tackle business related crime, a security survey was carried out by the local Crime Reduction Officer.
An assessment of the premises was carried out both internally and externally with additional security measures suggested and advice provided to help improve the security of the premises and reduce the incidence of crime.

Implementing security improvements
Following the security survey PX Farms invested in security improvements for the main farm areas and also in perimeter security for the properties.

Security improvements made:
• Increased and improved CCTV coverage
• Installed additional security gates with swipe card access, including a log of who has
accessed where.
• Improved external perimeter fencing connected to a telephone and audio system
• Fuel tank enclosed with a secure building.

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Since PX Farms implemented the recommendations and improved their security the number and severity of crimes has significantly reduced to mainly just low level criminal damage.

This shows how reviewing your businesses’ security and identifying vulnerable points including access points, monitoring equipment (such as lights, CCTV and alarms), physical barriers (such as locks, security gates) and staff training can deter criminals from targeting your business.

You can access the business security survey here, and for further business security advice and the full PX Farms case study visit the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website http://www.cambs.police.uk/GetCloser/BusinessCrime/.

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Boost to tackle business crime

Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s approach to tackling business crime across the county has seen a boost with the launch of their new business security survey which business managers and owners can use to evaluate how vulnerable they are to being targeted by burglars.

Most burglars are ‘opportunists’ and break into easy target business premises, but good security and basic precautions significantly reduce the chance of a business being burgled. The quick and simple survey has been designed to encourage businesses to consider the nine most common security considerations used by criminals outside and inside buildings, along with their staff’s knowledge and understanding.

South Cambridgeshire Business Watch Co-ordinator, PCSO Carly Freed said “As many of the businesses I have dealt with have found, the consequences of being targeted by criminals can be much more costly than the obvious damage and goods lost. The costs can extend way beyond the financial loss to demotivated staff, wasted time and often disrupted or lost business and consequently damaged reputation.

“Improving your businesses’ security to a standard that discourages burglars doesn’t have to cost a fortune. As a minimum we recommend making sure your external security is of a high standard as it is your first line of defence against protecting your business from burglars.”

One such business owner who has reaped the benefits of investing in security is James Peck, Managing Director of PX Farms in Dry Drayton. Prior to the additional security improvements PX Farms was typically experiencing 1-2 incidents per week with almost £60,000 of goods stolen over a 12 month period. The majority of incidents were theft of fuel from the agricultural machinery and vehicles, theft of gas cylinders and vehicles, and criminal damage to fencing, many of which couldn’t be claimed for by against their insurance.

Following a security survey from one of Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Officers James invested in improving the farm’s security with the installation of additional security measures including:
• Increased CCTV coverage
• Fuel monitoring system
• Restricted access to key areas using a swipe card only access
• Physical barriers such as larger ditches; and
• Improved staff training

Since PX Farms implemented the recommendations and improved their security the number and severity of crimes have significantly reduced to low level crimes such as criminal damage.

This shows how reviewing your businesses’ security and identifying vulnerable points including access control, monitoring equipment (such as lights, CCTV and alarms), physical barriers (such as locks, security gates) and staff training can deter criminals from targeting your business.

You can access the business security survey here, and for further business security advice and the full PX Farms case study visit the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website http://www.cambs.police.uk/GetCloser/BusinessCrime/.

Catalytic Converter security

Catalytic convertor thefts from delivery vans 

Overnight there have been eight catalytic convertors stolen from delivery vans at a commercial business in Bar Hill, South Cambridgeshire.  A Mercedes Sprinter van at a residential address nearby was also targeted in the same timeframe.

The vehicles targeted appear to be the Ford Ranger and Mercedes Sprinter van

The sprinter van is a very popular fleet van, used by most delivery companies, van hire companies and supermarkets amongst others.

A catalytic converter controls and converts exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. They are being stolen and sold for the re-sale value of the four precious metals from which they are made.

Security advice

  • If you see anyone working under vehicles, and they are acting suspiciously, report it to the police
  • For business fleets, consider good quality, strong perimeter fencing and try defensive parking (If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high ground clearance using vehicles with low clearance to obstruct access underneath the vehicle). Install and monitor CCTV and / or compound alarm systems
  • Mark your catalytic converter with a marking and registration system (e.g. www.retainagroup.com ). Alternatively contact your local police team by phoning 101 to find out when the next catalytic converter marking day is taking place in your area
  • Fix a catalytic converter security device (e.g. ‘Cat Clamp Maxx’ available from www.catsafe.org.uk ). Or contact your local garage who may offer bespoke security fittings, such as clamps and cages for catalytic convertors.
  • Contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 101 for site specific crime prevention advice

South Cambs Business Watch Officer, Carly Freed said: ‘’you may know your catalytic convertor has been stolen because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.  Vehicles with a high ground clearance such as delivery vans are particularly vulnerable.

A catalytic convertor can be stolen in a matter of seconds and is worth a few hundred pounds in scrap value but the cost to your business can run into the thousands including repairs and business disruption’’.

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Operation Oaklands – Shed security video

As Operation Oaklands rolls into its final stage we’ve produced a video with some simple tips on how to keep your shed secure.

Link to video: http://youtu.be/9Kx-MDbAJn8

These are simple crime prevention measures that are very often over looked.

– Use a high quality padlock, and keep it locked!

– Install a simple shed alarm, we are selling units as we move round each village, and can also be bought from around £15 from a popular high street catalogue shop

– Install good quality hinges and internal bolts to add strength to your doors

– Keep tools locked away, they make excellent implements to help break into homes.

– Mark your property with either a permanent marker (this is a good deterrent), a UV pen, or for expensive items it’s worth considering buying smart water (a DNA coding system)

-Record serial and model numbers, we do recover large volumes of stolen items, but often have difficulty reuniting with owner.