Local crime update: Spike in crime

Our local PC 472 John Hutchings sent through this recent update:

OVERSTONE
Burglary [of a] dwelling. Offenders disturbed in the property during mid-morning.

BOUGHTON
Burglary [of a] dwelling.

PITSFORD
Overnight, 16 vans entered at business premises. Items stolen.

SPRATTON
Aware of this via Neighbourhood Watch, I’ve not seen crimes recorded as yet, Vans entered and tools stolen.

VANS – TOOLS. Internal tool storage safes, Van Vault is one available, please consider installing, alarm internally and where possible, back up to something solid or next to something solid to prevent access to the load doors. If two vans, back to back can prevent access. Clearly mark tools so that they can be identified and returned!

Please be aware that over the last 48 hour period, theft from van, total of 20, some not reported yet, has taken place. Also theft from outbuildings and sheds for power tools and the usual items found.

Following a talk last night from Crime Prevention, the most important factor is to secure your perimeter as preventing access will then possibly deter a thief as they will always target the easier option.

Ensure all property you have is photographed, any identifiable numbers recorded and you can register them on a database that all police forces have access to: immobilise.com.

Burglary dwelling and this kind of theft is currently our priority on my beat and working with crime prevention, special constables, PCSOs and myself, we are being as pro active as we possibly can to deter and prevent these offences taking place, but we still need your help.

NHW co-ordinators, if you can assist, especially those who attended the meeting last night, can you pass on your knowledge around crime prevention and the items available to us / you. Overt marking of items is always a good deterrent.

Keep em peeled and PLEASE, report any suspicious behaviour straight away, if you feel there is a crime in progress, 999. Let us decide.