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Burglary Henley Road, Ipswich

posted 22 Jun 2017, 04:32 by Chris Hoare


Police are appealing for information after a burglary in Henley Road, Ipswich on Wednesday 21st June between 9am & 7pm. The property in question is close to the towns boundary. Two small panes of glass in the front door were smashed to access bolts securing the door. A quantity of jewellery was stolen. A witness saw two young males, early in the day, climbing a fence nearby.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who was in the area or passing during this time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously. Perhaps you saw these two young males. Any information to Suffolk Police via 101 or www.suffolk.police.uk using the ‘report something’ link quoting 37/43266/17.


Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


22 Jun 17

Missing man’s family issue appeal – Nigel Kedar

posted 21 Jun 2017, 02:25 by Chris Hoare


The following appeal is sent on behalf of Norfolk Police -


After appearing on BBCs Crimewatch Roadshow yesterday, (Tuesday 20 June 2017), the family of missing man, Nigel Kedar, have issued an appeal.

Nigel's mum and dad wrote: "We love and miss you and long to be with you again, or at least know you are alright with whatever you are doing now. We love you and love conquers all. Whatever has happened, you will always be our son and we can help you, if you need it.

"Your sisters, brother and your son – our grandson – are also struggling with your disappearance. Please be in touch if you can. We all love you, Mum and Dad.”

Nigel was last seen at 9.30am on Tuesday 4 April walking southbound through Dickleburgh towards Ipswich.

Detective Chief Inspector Marie James said: "Nigel has now been missing for more than two months and we are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen him or know of his whereabouts.

"I would ask members of the public to think what they were doing specifically between Sunday 2 April and Tuesday 4 April. Nigel was seen walking on Queens Road at 4pm on Monday 3 April 2017. He was not seen again until 6.30am on the Tuesday when he purchased some water from the petrol station in Long Stratton.

"Nigel's movements during this period may give us an insight into where he was heading and what his intentions were. If you saw him, spoke with him or have any information please get in touch.”

He is desribed as being white, 5ft 11 tall, of a large build and has short hair. He was wearing dark coloured trousers with a lighter coloured long sleeved shirt. Nigel also has a distinctive gold tooth.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary immediately on 999.

Further information and a picture of Mr Kedar can be found on the Norfolk Police webpage www.norfolk.police.uk.

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

21 Jun 17


Chief officer pledges to work with all our communities

posted 20 Jun 2017, 08:29 by Chris Hoare


As policing plans are put in place to respond to the tragic events that took place in London’s Finsbury Park, Suffolk’s lead for counter-terrorism has pledged to work even more closely with all our communities.
 
In the wake of the fourth incident to take place in recent months and with Ramadan completing with Eid in the coming weekend, officers will continue to be more visible in key sites across the county.  There will also be a number of dedicated patrols at some faith locations.
 
ACC Simon Megicks, Norfolk and Suffolk’s Protective Services lead, said:  "With the recent tragic events in mind we have been patrolling more visibly at certain large scale events and continuing our existing relationships with community leaders.  Our thoughts are with those who have been caught up in the most recent incident and I want to reassure residents that we are working closely with all our faith communities to ensure that we continue to offer a proportionate and appropriate policing response.

He added:  "Attacks such as those in London and Manchester seek to divide our communities and I would encourage people to work together rather than against each other.  I can reassure you that we take any hate crime against people of any background extremely seriously and will respond as such.

"I would also encourage people to speak to the officers you will see out and about and remain vigilant against any suspicious activity.

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

20 Jun 17


National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2017

posted 16 Jun 2017, 08:02 by Chris Hoare


As you are aware tomorrow is the start of the National Neighbourhood Watch Week for 2017. With this in mind you may wish to consider getting more involved.

Neighbourhood Watch is the UK’s largest membership organisation, including over 173,000 co-ordinators working with 3.8 million households, of which there are already over 1,000 Schemes in Suffolk.

The Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch Association (SNWA) would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be more involved.

If you are an existing Scheme member and would like to be more involved in the bigger picture the SNWA are always looking for keen members to join them. Please visit www.suffolknwa.co.uk to express your interest.

If you do not belong to a Scheme perhaps now is a good time to consider setting up a Scheme for your local community. Setting up a Scheme brings neighbours together to create stronger, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. For more information on how to set up a NW Scheme and to express your interest please visit www.suffolknwa.co.uk .


Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


16 Jun17

Neighbourhood Watch week

posted 14 Jun 2017, 01:41 by Chris Hoare



Suffolk Police is supporting this year’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week, which runs from this Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 June.

Neighbourhood Watch is a useful way in which communities can work together with the police to prevent, detect and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The message for this year’s awareness week is Connecting and Protecting Communities, with particular focus on raising awareness of scams.

Scams often target people in vulnerable situations and can come in many forms; emails, letters, telephone calls or in-person visits where rogue traders make false claims to con the victim out of money.

The national Neighbourhood Watch Network is working with the National Trading Standards Scams Team and, as part of the week, is encouraging its members to join Friends Against Scams to enable communities to talk about and understand scams, and to take a stand against them.

Alan Osborne, Community Safety Manager at Suffolk Police, said: "Scams often prey on the elderly and vulnerable, which can leave victims feeling more socially isolated as many choose against reporting them to their loved ones or to the police.

"We can all play a part in protecting ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours from falling victim to scams by raising awareness of them and how they work to defraud people. 

"Being part of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme builds a stronger community spirit and by knowing your neighbours, anyone suspicious becomes more much obvious. By working together, we can continue to keep Suffolk a safe place to live and work.”

There are a number of watch schemes in operation across Suffolk, which reflects both the rural and urban make-up of the county. You can find out more about each of the watch schemes by visiting: https://www.suffolk.police.u/advice/home-safety/watch-schemes.

For more information about Friends Against Scams, please visit: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

14 Jun 17

HMRC scam warning

posted 13 Jun 2017, 06:57 by Chris Hoare



Police are reminding residents to be alert for telephone scams after an incident in Ipswich. 

On Monday 12th June, an elderly man received a phone call from someone saying they were from the tax office and that the resident owed money. He was then told he would be arrested unless he purchased £500 of iTunes vouchers.  

The elderly resident suspected something wasn’t right and reported the incident to police.

Police have also received reports of scam tax emails being sent telling people that they have a tax rebate and to log on to a website with their details.

Fraudsters are contacting the elderly & vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs and victims are being told that they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name. If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately and report it to police.

HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. 

Further advice on keeping yourself safe can be found on the Suffolk Police webpage www.suffolk.police.uk or the Action Fraud webpage www.actionfraud.police.uk

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

13 Jun 17

1 in 3 burglaries are because homes are left insecure

posted 7 Jun 2017, 11:26 by Chris Hoare


More than a third of reported residential burglaries in April and May this year were as a result of an insecure door or window and Suffolk Police are urging residents to keep windows and doors locked to prevent becoming an ‘easy’ target for thieves during the summer months.

Of the 185 burglaries reported to police over the two months, 65 were due to a lack of security. This compares to 72 out of 170 reported in the same period last year which represents a 7% decrease in the proportion of burglaries where access was due to insecurities.

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith said: "Whilst we have seen a slight drop in insecure home burglaries, the summer months are popular for thieves as more of us spend more time outdoors. It’s important that we all continue to take security seriously and lock up – even if you’re in another area of the house or in the garden.

"Thieves are opportunist and operate quickly. Typically, they will look for the easy option by looking for gaps in security and are often not afraid to try door locks. If they see an easy way to enter a property and steal something valuable, sadly, they’ll take it so I would urge people not to leave valuable items such as laptops and jewellery in view of windows.

"Remember to keep garages and outbuildings secure too as burglars look for utensils to help them break into homes. Be neighbourly by looking out for your local community and always report any suspicious activity to police. If you believe a burglary to be in progress always dial 999.”

Follow the advice below to help keep your home safe:

LOCK
• Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
• Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
• Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
• Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
• Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
• Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.

LIGHT
• Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
• ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
• Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
• Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.

HIDE
• Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
• Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
• Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
• Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
• Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.

For more security advice visit https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z.

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team


7 Jun 17

School Liaison PCSOs having a positive impact

posted 6 Jun 2017, 09:37 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 09:49 ]


Suffolk Constabulary’s three School Liaison Police Community Support Officers, employed specifically to work with schools to co-ordinate and promote the Constabulary’s new school engagement programme, are now in post and having a positive impact.

The PCSOs, Norman Drew, Teresa England and John Wilkins will each cover one of the county’s three education areas and will be based in Lowestoft, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds respectively. They will work with students, parents and teachers to provide support and guidance on policing issues and crime prevention.

The School Liaison Officers will work with their PCSO colleagues in each of the 18 Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Suffolk to provide specific points of contact for schools and young people. They will participate in school life and the school community, becoming part of children and young people’s everyday experiences, increasing familiarity, confidence and trust in the police.

Sergeant Darren Oxbrow from the Community Safety team said, "This is an opportunity to further strengthen our work with the youth offending team, dealing dynamically and effectively with children who may be at risk of committing crime. Early intervention is often the key in stopping lives spiralling in the wrong direction.  The three School Liaison Officers will enhance the work we do providing best outcomes when dealing with school related incidents.

Tim Passmore said, "I am very pleased that we have been able to allocate funding for these new roles because the link between police and schools is so crucially important. 

"Having these three School Liaison Officers working across the county will hopefully help schools manage issues with pupils to help keep the young people out of the criminal justice system, support them if they are victims of crime and prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

"I think it is very sad when job opportunities in later life are ruined because of a run in with the law in teenage years. I am a great believer in giving young people a second chance in life and I am absolutely sure that this school engagement programme will go a long way to keep many young people out of trouble.”

Assistant Chief Constable, Rachel Kearton said, "There are so many issues that can affect children and young people today, from concerns over online behaviour to worries about bullying, drug use etc. This new engagement programme will allow us to enhance our partnership working with colleagues in education. Allowing children to build trust and confidence in policing is key. We will also work on crime prevention strategies and offer advice: our aim here is to prevent children and young people becoming victims or perpetrators of crime

Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

6 Jun 17

Statement following London Bridge terror attack

posted 6 Jun 2017, 04:34 by Chris Hoare


With the tragic events that took place in London over the weekend, Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable has moved to reassure local residents and visitors that although the county remains safe, the approach to policing will be continuously reviewed to help mitigate any potential further threats.

The UK threat levels remain unchanged at SEVERE for police and the UK generally, meaning an attack is highly likely but not imminently expected and officers locally will be conducting increased, highly visible patrols, to provide reassurance and confidence.

Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: "Our thoughts remain with those affected by the incident in London on Saturday, particularly the families of those killed and all who sustained injuries. Here in Suffolk we continue to keep policing under review in view of national events and, while the county remains safe, we need to come together to show those who would create fear and division that we stand as one against such attacks.

"Extremists present a significant challenge for the police, security and intelligence services and our communities’ support is paramount in helping us deal with this challenge. I would urge everyone to report anything they believe to be suspicious behaviour, and to continue to be alert but not alarmed.

"The threat level and our response are constantly under review. If we feel it necessary to deploy specially trained officers again in the coming weeks we will, while maintaining a police presence in our communities and at key events.

"I would continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place, we would rather investigate concerns which come to nothing, rather than hear an incident could have been prevented.”

Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk

To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999



Help us keep our communities safe by reporting any suspicious activity. 


Please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.


https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime


DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.


To report information anonymously on any crime, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Crime reduction advice can be accessed via the Suffolk Constabulary website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z


Police Connect Team

6 Jun 17

Please be alert for suspicious activity - Suffolk

posted 25 May 2017, 01:48 by Chris Hoare



Suffolk’s chief police officer has urged people to go about their daily business, while being alert to suspicious activity.

 

It comes as police respond to the national terror threat level being raised to critical. 


Armed officers have been deployed to key locations in both counties, in particular crowded areas with high footfall, to provide visible reassurance. 


It comes after the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat level – meaning an attack not only remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent. 


Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: "The public would expect us to respond appropriately and proportionately to this raised threat level and the deployment of armed officers is our primary response to this." 


"Suffolk is a safe county and this additional policing is about providing a visible reassurance to the public." 


"Armed officers will be on patrol across the county and will be there to engage and to provide a presence in busy areas.”

Military personnel are not currently being deployed in joint patrols with police officers in crowded places – but the threat assessment is continuously under review. 

Officers are also reviewing security plans for a number of events in the coming weeks. 


Mr Wilson added: "I would urge people to go about their daily business as usual, but be extra vigilant and report anything you think looks out of place.”


Members of the public are asked to remain calm but alert – if you see anything which causes you concern, then call the police immediately. Look out for anything that seems out of place. 


Latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via www.nactso.gov.uk


To report any suspicious activity or behaviour call 0800 789 321 or in an emergency dial 999.




Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us 

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required


The Police Connect Team

25 May 17

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