Security advice for farm shops and independent meat retailers

At this time of year any establishment selling poultry and meat in the run up to Christmas can be vulnerable to burglary and theft. In particular farm shops and butchers may be targeted.

There are simple measures that can help to deter intruders and reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Be alert to any unusual or suspicious behaviour at your premises, or land near to it. Even phone calls asking which types of meat you stock etc. or anything that seems out of the ordinary.

Consider perimeter security: Are there weak points where someone could enter without being seen? Do you have secure perimeter fencing/trees/ walls and gates? For large boundaries think about using Perimeter Beam Alarms which can cover long distances and may be cheaper to install than a physical boundary. These will then send an alert to your phone or a transponder to confirm that your boundary has been accessed.

Make routine checks on your boundaries, doors, windows and gates to ensure all access points are closed and locked at the end of the working day. Make sure that windows are locked without keys being left in the lock. Make sure your all external doors have locks at the top, bottom and middle.

Good security lighting can help deter an opportunist thief, also consider lighting to support CCTV systems. Dusk to dawn lighting is recommended for the front of a premises and movement sensitive for the rear.

Consider installing Security Alarms and CCTV systems, to protect buildings, stock and equipment. Look for companies that have been independently assessed such as those listed at NSI (National Security Inspectorate) www.nsi.org.uk or SSIAB (Security Systems & Alarm Inspection Board) www.ssiab.org.

CCTV can also help you monitor animals in barns or yards, especially useful during busy times of year.

There are also DIY CCTV and Alarm Systems that can be bought and installed yourself which do not have to be too expensive. When purchasing a CCTV system make sure it has “live view” facility so that you can monitor the cameras away from the location.

Freeze branding, hot-branding, or tattooing with your postcode can also help police to identify stock.

Remember to report any suspicious vehicles or persons on either the 101 non-emergency number or 999 if you believe a crime is in in progress.

Regarding vehicles think: index number, make, model, colour

Regarding persons think: height, build, ethnicity, hair colour, clothing, distinguishing features, facial hair, logo’s on clothing, accent.

 

 

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Crime Prevention Event – Bourn – Update

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Wednesday 07 November

Bourn Village Hall, Short Street,

Bourn, CB23 2SH

5:00 – 8:00p.m.

**Note address is Short Street, not Alms Hill**

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Bourn village hall to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to reduce their risk of crime.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention talk at 6:00p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, plus there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

Crime Prevention Event – Chishill

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime, join us at:

Chishill Crime Prevention Event

Tuesday 23 October

Great Chishill village hall

Hall Lane, Great Chishill

SG8 8SH

5:00 – 7:30p.m.

  • Inputs and advice from Cambridgeshire Police Crime Prevention, and local Neighbourhood Team Officers
  • Hear from Cambs. County Council Community Protection Officers, regarding scams and fraud advice
  • Hear about Cyber Crime
  • Could the ‘Bobby Scheme’ help you? Find out more
  • Security devices available to purchase at a reduced cost

Talks, displays and DVDs with light refreshments and drinks.

Crime Prevention Event – Steeple Morden


Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Wednesday 26 September

Steeple Morden village hall

29 Hay Street, Steeple Morden

SG8 0NQ

04:00 – 6:30p.m.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Steeple Morden Village Hall to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to improve their existing home security.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention seminar at 5:30p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, also there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

Crime Prevention Event – Histon

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime

Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Thursday 26 July 2018

Histon Parish Council Building

New Rd, Impington, CB24 9LU

5:00 – 7:30p.m.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at the Histon Parish Council building next to the recreation ground to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to improve their existing home security.

The event will include information and inputs from Cambridgeshire Community Protection Team, regarding common scams/ fraud plus details on how to protect your health and wellbeing

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention talk at 6p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, also there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

Car key burglaries

Please be alert to suspicious activity at homes or addresses with high powered vehicles such as BMW’s, Audi’s, Volkswagon’s, and Mercedes. Burglaries are being committed to obtain vehicle keys as improved security means that these vehicles are more difficult to steal without a key.
In South Cambridgeshire, there have been recent offences in Girton 08/06/2018 a BMW was stolen, Impington 05/06/2018 overnight a Ford Transit pick-up was stolen, and Great Shelford 16/05/2018 a Subaru Impreza was stolen.
We are encouraging residents to remain vigilant during the day, lookout for any unusual people or vehicles paying attention to the driveway of a house where a desirable car is parked, even if it is not there at the time, similarly late at night, if you are coming or going be on the lookout for unusual activity.
Owners of high value, desirable cars are advised to take extra precautions:-

– Never leave vehicle or other keys in open view of your letterbox or ground floor window where a     potential offender could easily access them by fishing them out with a device, consider installing a cage or security device to keep the letterbox secure.
– Check if your keyless fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer confirms this then do so overnight.
– Always lock windows and doors.
– Think about using a signal blocker pouch to store your keys
– Fit a steering wheel lock / or aftermarket security device
– Aggravated burglary is rare in Cambridgeshire, but if the thief is persistent enough to break in, it’s best they take the keys and leave.
The safety and protection of people should always come first.
– If you have a secure garage you can park your car in overnight, do use it.
– Set burglar alarms and any other security devices you have installed, consider a driveway alarm to give you early warning of someone approaching on your drive.
– Consider fitting a tracking device, if your car is stolen there is a greater chance of it being traced.
– Be alert to who is around and where your keys are

Report suspicious activity or interest in these types of vehicles to police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Without putting yourself at risk, try to obtain a description of anyone you saw, and registration numbers of vehicles this can be passed on to police to aid investigation.
Criminal activity can also be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crime Prevention Event – Sawston

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Wednesday 6 June

Sawston Village College,

Lower School Hall,

New Road, Sawston

CB22 3BP

5:00 – 7:30p.m.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Sawston Village College to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to reduce their risk of crime.

Cambridgeshire County Council Community Protection Officers will be available to provide advice about common scams and fraud.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention seminar at 6:00p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, plus there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

Is your shed secure?

Over the last ten days there have been a number of shed burglaries with power tools and equipment being targeted. Villages affected include Cottenham, Waterbeach, Oakington, Histon, West Wratting, Over, Longstanton, and Trumpington. Sheds and outbuildings can be overlooked in terms of security measures but it is important to consider even if you only store garden spades etc. inside as these may be used to prise open a door or window in order to break into your property.

Security measures for sheds and gardens

Many of us have taken steps to improve the security of our home but we often forget about our sheds and outbuildings. Not only are their contents of interest to the potential burglar, garden tools make excellent implements to assist the burglar in gaining entry to your or your neighbours’ property. 60% of all burglaries are from the rear of the house.  When thinking about the security of your property, include the garden sheds and outbuildings. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of shed burglary.

Gardens

Perimeter security the first line of defence. A strong secure fence or wall will make it more difficult for burglars to get into your back garden. It should be at least 1.8m and you should consider fitting trellis along the top. Trellis is an additional nuisance for an intruder and offers another deterrent. Similarly, thorny climbing plants will also act as a deterrent. Don’t forget to check your local planning regulations before erecting a fence or wall. A thick impenetrable hedge around your garden is just as good as a fence for keeping out intruders. A back garden hedge should be around 1.8m tall and ideally should be dense and prickly – such as pyracantha, hawthorn, or holly. Varieties of roses planted in strategic positions against a fence or wall will look beautiful when in flower and the thorns will deter the potential burglar. If you are laying a garden path consider using gravel or something similar. Walking on gravel is noisy and you’ll easily be able to hear someone coming. The garden gate should be of the same height as your fence or wall and be securely fixed and padlocked. In the front garden, try to keep your fencing and hedges low and keep the front garden open, neat and tidy. The fear of being seen is an important factor when the burglar considers a potential target property.

Key points to keeping your shed and garden secure

Ensure your shed is of sturdy construction and in a good state of repair. Most sheds are constructed with feather-edge or ship-lap timber fixed to framework constructed of 40x40mm timber.

Around the door frame and in particular around the area to which the locks and hinges are fitted – increase the strength of the framework with 50×75 timbers, depending on the existing structure. Add metal grilles to windows using non-returnable screws to secure the grilles in place and consider adding a net curtain to prevent an intruder viewing the contents of the shed. Strengthen the existing window frame as described above in order to fit the metal grille. Secure the door with two substantial padlocks, hasps and staples at an equal spacing, fixed with coach bolts. Use backing plates to re-enforce the wooden area around the locks. Bolt rather than screw hinges into the doorframe.

Consider installing an alarm system.  There are various types on the market, which would be suitable for a shed – reputable alarm company would be happy to advise you. There are also DIY products you can fit yourself, which will sound an alarm if movement is detected.

Install outside security lighting, ideally movement sensitive for the back and dusk to dawn at the front of the property.

Register and mark garden equipment such as lawn mowers and power tools. This makes stolen property easier to trace and it can be positively identified as yours. You can register items for FREE at http://www.immobilise.com

Personalising tools and equipment with a coding kit or simple paint pen will make them less appealing to thieves. Ensure that all tools and garden equipment are locked out of sight and preferably chained to a surface/ secured in a storage unit, within the shed.

Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from gardens and outbuildings.

Contact your local Crime Reduction Officer for more information and security advice via 101.

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