Operation Oaklands Phase Two – Tackling crime across South Cambs

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This week South Cambridgeshire Safer Neighbourhood Team will begin a rolling campaign to reduce domestic burglary and shed burglary throughout the district.

Op Oaklands will concentrate on one village or town each week with uniform staff mobilised in the area. They will focus on crime prevention measures, and provide security advice to residents in order to combat burglary, vehicle crime and theft.
South Cambridgeshire is a large rural community, and crime analysis has shown the area does not follow an identifiable crime pattern, as you might see in an urban area. Therefore crime prevention and intelligence led patrols are key factors to reduce crime levels.
Regular information and updates will be posted via Ecops (www.ecops.org.uk) and Neighbourhood Watch messaging (http://www.ourwatch.org.uk) as well as on our twitter account http://www.twitter.com/southcambscops
Officers will be offering residents Smartwater property coding kits for a reduced price of £10, plus shed and window alarms at cost price.
Please find below a guide with dates when we will be visiting various villages and towns over the coming months. If you need advice on home, shed or vehicle security and don’t live in the villages listed below, please call 101 and to speak to your local PCSO.

Date and Location
03/12/2014 – 07/12/2014 Elsworth
08/12/2014 – 14/12/2014 Bassingbourn
15/12/2014 – 21/12/2014 Histon & Impington
22/12/2014 – 04/01/2015 Coton
05/01/2015 – 11/01/2015 Melbourn
12/01/2015 – 18/01/2015 West Wratting & Weston Colville
19/01/2015 – 25/01/2015 Willingham & Over
26/01/2015 – 01/02/2015 Papworth Everard
02/02/2015 – 08/02/2015 Bourn
09/02/2015 – 15/02/2015 Duxford
16/02/2015 – 22/02/2015 Linton
23/02/2015 – 01/03/2015 Swavesey
02/03/2015 – 08/03/2015 Great & Little Shelford
09/03/2015 – 15/03/2015 Stapleford
16/03/2015 – 22/03/2015 Harston
23/03/2015 – 29/03/2015 Hauxton

N.B. This table will be updated each month, with new information. The deployment of officers may be changed in certain circumstances according to current policing needs.

Join us at the Cambourne Local Policing Panel Meeting

The Cambourne Panel Meeting takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 14th October and provides everyone with an opportunity to discuss local issues. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next four months. If you can’t attend you are welcome to tweet us your views @southcambscops or email us via the local pages of our main website www.cambs.police.uk

Cambourne

Covering the villages of; Abington Pigotts, Arrington, Barrington, Barton, Bassingbourn Cum- Kneesworth, Bourn, Cambourne, Caldecote, Caxton, Childerley, Comberton, Coton, Croxton, Croydon, Eltisley, Fowlmere, Foxton, Gamlingay, Grantchester, Gt Chishill, Gt Eversden, Guilden Morden, Hardwick, Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield, Hatley, Hauxton, Heydon, Kingston, Litlington, Longstowe, Lt Chishill, Lt Eversden, Lt Gransden, Madingley, Melbourn, Meldreth, Orwell, Shepreth, Shingay Cum Wendy, Steeple Morden, Tadlow, Toft, Whaddon and Wimpole.

Insp Jon Hiron and Sgt Jon Capes will present updates from the previous four months at Cambourne Village College,  Sheepfold Lane, CB23 6EF.

Download panel document here:Cambourne Panel October 2014

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Register your local speeding concern.

Speeding is regularly raised as a concern at our local panel meetings and we have encouraged local residents to speak to their Parish Council if they feel there is a particular problem in their village, and to consider setting up a speedwatch made up of volunteers who are trained to carry out speed checks. A number of these schemes are now in existence and they are doing a great job reminding drivers of the need to keep to the speed limit. To support these schemes and address community concerns about speeding we have set up a system whereby anyone can ask for a police speed check by using the link below:

http://tinyurl.com/SCSpeedTeam

You will be asked to give the location, any particular times when vehicles are regularly speeding and what the speed limit of the road is. We cannot carry out checks on roads where the limit is over 50 miles an hour for officer safety reasons. Once the speed check is carried out we will feed back the results to the relevant Parish Council and if appropriate speedwatch to help identify whether further road safety options should be considered.

Join us at the Cambourne Local Policing Panel Meeting

The Cambourne Panel Meeting takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 10th June at Gamlingay Village College and provides everyone with an opportunity to discuss local issues. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next four months. If you can’t attend you are welcome to tweet us your views @southcambscops or email us via the local pages of our main website www.cambs.police.uk

Cambourne

Covering the villages of; Abington Pigotts, Arrington, Barrington, Barton, Bassingbourn Cum- Kneesworth, Bourn, Cambourne, Caldecote, Caxton, Childerley, Comberton, Coton, Croxton, Croydon, Eltisley, Fowlmere, Foxton, Gamlingay, Grantchester, Gt Chishill, Gt Eversden, Guilden Morden, Hardwick, Harlton, Harston, Haslingfield, Hatley, Hauxton, Heydon, Kingston, Litlington, Longstowe, Lt Chishill, Lt Eversden, Lt Gransden, Madingley, Melbourn, Meldreth, Orwell, Shepreth, Shingay Cum Wendy, Steeple Morden, Tadlow, Toft, Whaddon and Wimpole.

C/Insp James Sutherland and Sgt Jon Capes will present updates from the previous four months at Gamlingay Village College, Station Road, Gamlingay, SG19 3HD.

Download panel document here:Cambourne Panel June 2014

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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

Operation Oaklands – Tackling crime in South Cambs

Tomorrow the South Cambs Safer Neighbourhood Team start a 30 day campiagn to reduce burglary and vehicle crime across the district.

This operation will be a campaign rolled out on the streets of our communities to prevent burglaries, shed break-ins and vehicle crime. We will target a community each day, flooding villages and towns with uniform staff to spread our crime prevention message.

Op Oaklands is focused on increasing home and vehicle security and reducing the potential reward for criminals. We are a vast rural community in South Cambs, and our crime patterns do not fit an identifiable pattern, as seen in an urban environment. Crime prevention and intelligent patrol are the key to success.

We will be posting regular information about the opertation and some of the tactics we are using on our Facebook page, twitter account, here on our blog and talking to our ecops and NHW members.

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Officers on the ground will be offering residents shed alarms for just  £7.00 – these are a simple and effective deterrent.

Below are the dates we will be visiting communities over the 30 days. If you would like advice on home, shed or vehicle security and don’t live in the villages listed below, please call 101 and ask to talk with your local PCSO.

Insp James Sutherland

Date

Location

14/12/13

Balsham

15/12/13

Abington

16/12/13

Pampisford

17/12/13

Linton

18/12/13

Fulbourn

19/12/13

Fulbourn (day two due to size)

20/12/13

Waterbeach

21/12/13

Milton

22/12/13

Impington

23/12/13

Cottenham

27/12/13

Longstanton

28/12/13

Willingham

29/12/13

Swavesey

30/12/13

Papworth Everard

02/01/14

Gamlingay

03/01/13

Hardwick

04/01/13

Cambourne

05/01/13

Cambourne (day two due to size)

06/01/13

Comberton

07/01/13

Orwell

08/01/13

Harston

09/01/13

Girton

10/01/13

Foxton

11/01/13

Meldreth

12/01/13

Melbourn

13/01/13

Fowlmere

14/01/13

Duxford

15/01/13

Great Shelford

16/01/13

Great Wilbraham

17/01/13

Teversham

Heating oil thefts – Invest now to protect your tank

Theft of heating oil has been an issue for rural areas for some time, October onwards is the ‘peak season’ for theft of heating oil as home owners get their supplies for the winter months. Coupled with rises in the cost of fuel; oil has become a much more attractive target for thieves.

We strongly recommend that you take steps now to “target harden” your tank:

Consider the position of the tank can it be viewed easily from the house?  If it is close to a road or pathway it is more at risk.  Think about using prickly, thorny plants to hide the tank from view, traces of blood or ripped clothing may also help to identify the offender.

Be aware of oil levels and check them regularly.  Remote oil level gauge alarms are available and cost between £60 – £85, they will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full.  Some alarms will link to your mobile phone to give you instant updates. For residents who are aged 65yrs or over  the Bobby Scheme now offer Heating Oil Alarms as part of their range.  There is a charge to supply and install the alarm. Call the Bobby Scheme on: 07866 602100

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Use good quality padlocks, and lockable fuel caps a thief will not want to spend a long time trying to attack your tank.  Look for closed shackle padlocks, as they will be more difficult to break.  Look for quality marks and attack tested products (see www.soldsecure.com)

If you have a plastic tank, consider screening it with a barrier according to OFTEC advice any screening hedge or fence/ trellis must be spaced 600mm from the tank or 760mm if it is part of a boundary and no fire barrier is erected. See http://www.oftec.co.uk/consumer/faqs-on-oil-storage-tanks

Other options include a metal cage or grill with lockable access point across the top. A specialist product called ‘Tank guard’ surrounds the tank with a metal enclosure, the sheet metal enclosure has lockable access doors, to allow filling and maintenance plus internal anchorage points fixing it to the concrete base.

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A tank guard costs less than one tank full of oil and will last many years.

CCTV may help to deter thieves if there is very little natural surveillance, before you spend money on equipment make an assessment of your needs.

If you have outside security lighting, ensure that the system works and that the light sensors have been adjusted correctly to detect movement.

Deter thieves from entering your property by using good perimeter security such as good fencing and strong lockable gates.  Maintain boundaries and perimeter fencing/ hedges.

Be vigilant by noting unusual/ out of place vehicle registration numbers, (oil thieves predominantly have used vans or estate vehicles in the past) and report suspicious activity to the Police.

OFTEC also offer advice and guidance to those using and storing oil. Contact www.oftec.org

For information on general alarm and CCTV suppliers go to http://www.nsi.org.uk (list of approved installers)

Rachel Carr, Crime Reduction Officer

Join us at the Comberton Panel Meeting tomorrow

The Comberton Panel Meeting takes place tomorrow evening and provides everyone an opportunity to discuss local issues. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next three months. If you can’t attend you are welcome to tweet us your views @southcambscops or email us via the local pages of our main website www.cambs.police.uk

Cambourne

Covering the villages of Cambourne, Bourn, Caxton, Croxton, Eltisley, Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston, Toft, Barton, Coton, Grantchester, Madingley, Comberton and Hardwick .  Sgt Jon Capes will present updates from the last quarter at the Comberton Village College, West Street, CB237DU commencing 7:30 pm on Wednesday 20th November.

Last quarter you asked us to prioritise:

  • Tackling speed and parking concerns as identified at the Panel Meeting
  • Tackling ASB issues related to ‘green or public spaces’ as identified by the communities

Download panel document here:Comberton%20Profile%20Nov%2020131 (2)

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Join us at our Panel Meetings next week

Local meetings will take place for two policing areas next week. The Bassingbourn & Melbourn, and Gamlingay Panels will both meet to discuss local issues. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share your crime and disorder concerns, thereby influencing local policing priorities for the next three months. If you can’t attend you are welcome to tweet us your views @southcambscops or email us via the local pages of our main website www.cambs.police.uk

Bassingbourn & Melbourn Panel

Melbourn

Covering the villages of Shingay-cum-Wendy, Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth, Whaddon, Litlington, Tadlow, Guilden Morden, Steeple Morden, Abington Piggots, Melbourn, Heydon, Great Chishill, Little Chishill, Meldreth, Shepreth, Foxton and Fowlmere.  Sgt Jon Capes will present updates from the last quarter at the Melbourn Village College, The Moor, SG8 6EF commencing 7:30 pm on Tues 15th October. 

Last quarter you asked us to prioritise:

Tackling road safety issues including excess speed and obstructive parking, thereby providing support to active Speedwatch schemes.

Address concerns from across the Neighbourhood relating to misuse of ‘green spaces’ including drug use.

Download panel document here:Profile Bassingbourn & Melbourn October 2013

Gamlingay Panel 

 Gamlingay

Covering the villages of Gamlingay, Little Gransden, Longstowe, Hatley, Arrington, Croydon, Orwell, Barrington, Wimpole, Great Eversden, Little Eversden, Haslingfield, Harlton, Harston and Hauxton. Sgt Jon Capes will present updates from the last quarter at the Gamlingay Village College, Station Road, SG19 3HD commencing 7:30 pm on Thurs 17th October. 

Last quarter you asked us to prioritise:

Speeding and parking concerns across the Gamlingay and Haslingfield panel area.

Apologies, current technical problems prevent the Gamlingay panel document from being attached. Please check again later.

Gamlingay Area Survey – have your say!

The Gamlingay Panel Meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday 17th October. Residents are invited to join their local policing team at Gamlingay Village College where an update on local crime and disorder will be provided along with updates on work carried out in the last quarter.

Have your say about what the local Police team prioritise over the next three months. Please complete our survey! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9VYXCMW

At the last meeting residents asked us to:

— Address speeding and parking concerns across the Gamlingay and Haslingfield panel area

A profile document with the full update will be posted online at the end of this week.