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Police issue tips on keeping heating oil secure

posted 14 Dec 2017, 09:16 by Chris Hoare


As the weather turns more wintry, Suffolk Constabulary is offering advice and crime prevention visits to help keep your heating oil secure.

Many farms, commercial premises and householders will start using more oil and filling up tanks as the temperature gets colder and the nights get longer. 

In 2016, there were 70 incidents of heating oil theft, so far in 2017 there have been 52 cases reported.

Sgt Brian Calver from Stowmarket police said: "Heating oil is an expensive outlay, yet many people take few or no steps to secure their tank. Criminals will try their luck with tanks where they can easily remove thousands of pounds worth of fuel. A few simple security improvements can deter opportunists.”

General tips to protect your fuel include:

  • Check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full. 
  • Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult.
  • Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.
  • If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen. 
  • Consider appropriate lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen.

Sgt Calver continued: "We also need communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. If you spot something unusual at a friend, neighbour or relative’s house, or at a nearby business premises, call police on 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress.

”This also includes calling police immediately if you are cold called by someone trying to sell you heating oil at a discounted price. It is likely the individual will be a rogue trader so you should turn them away. Always buy from a reputable source, and once your delivery has been made make sure you resecure your tank and gates. It’s also worth bearing in mind heating oil sold by rogue traders may well contain other contaminants that could damage heating systems, leaving householders with significant repair costs and no recompense as a result of using unscrupulous suppliers.”

Anyone with information about oil theft should contact Suffolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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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

14 Dec 17

Avoid falling prey to a pickpocket in the run up to Christmas

posted 14 Dec 2017, 09:12 by Chris Hoare


With Christmas shopping now in full swing police are issuing some sensible tips to consider when out shopping to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of pickpockets.

It's easy for pick-pockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves amongst the crowds in shopping areas at this busy time of year. 

Often working in pairs or groups, pickpockets will use various ways to lift your purse or wallet out of your pocket or bag.

One can purposely bump into you, or sometimes distract you, while another will adeptly help themselves to your money and cards. You may not feel them stealing from you.

In order for shoppers to protect themselves, police offer the following advice:

  • Keep your bag closed and close to you at all times, if possible with the opening towards your body 
  • Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till
  • Try not to overload yourself with bags and coats
  • Avoid carrying your purse or wallet in a back trouser pocket
  • Keep cash secure and out of sight
  • Do not leave your handbag, push chair or shopping trolley unattended for any length of time

Shoppers should also remember not to leave any presents on display in their vehicles and they should if possible keep them locked away securely in the boot of the car and out of sight.

County Policing Commander for Suffolk Constabulary Chief Supt Jen Eves said: "This month is a busy time with lots of people doing their Christmas shopping.  We know it can be hectic and very busy, but, please take care of your belongings to minimise the risk of becoming victim of pickpockets and opportunist thieves. 

"It is so easy to fall prey to when you are preoccupied and distracted with your mind focused on buying gifts for family and friends.”

During December, police are delivering a series of crime prevention messages and guidance via its social media channels to encourage all to have a #SaferChristmas.

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

14 Dec 17

Suffolk Police launch ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative

posted 5 Dec 2017, 07:17 by Chris Hoare


Suffolk Constabulary will be supporting an innovative campaign which helps enable those who feel vulnerable on a night out discreetly ask pub and club staff for help.

The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing revellers with a discreet phrase they can use to gain assistance from staff should they find themselves in a worrying or intimidating situation.

The initiative, which was originally launched by Lincolnshire County Council in 2016, has already gained support across the country with a number of other forces, partner organisations and councils backing the campaign.

It is hoped that by ‘asking for Angela’, a person within a club or bar can quickly alert staff and gain their help. Staff will then take the customer to one side and find out more regarding the type of support they need.

As part of the initiative, options available to staff include offering to call a taxi in order to get them home safely, trying to contact friends or family, or as a final resort, asking the individual who may be causing distress to leave the venue immediately.

Staff and officers from Suffolk Constabulary met with security door staff and bar and club representatives at Unit 17 in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, last Thursday (30 November 2017) to launch the campaign.

On the evening, which ran from 7pm and 9pm, various representatives from the community joined the launch when training was provided for door supervisors by Suffolk Constabulary and a presentation on the ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative was rolled out.

Staff and officers from Suffolk Constabulary distributed the posters advertising the initiative to venues across the county where they will be placed discreetly in toilets of bars and clubs set to take part in the scheme.

Detective Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, of Suffolk Constabulary, said: "With Christmas and the party season almost upon us, it seems more important than ever to back this innovative campaign and introduce it in venues in Suffolk as it a simple yet effective initiative that allows those who may find themselves in a vulnerable situation with an easy and quick way to gain help.

"It will now mean the person ‘asking for Angela’ can leave and get away safely without causing embarrassment or confrontation. However should a more serious incident arise, then bar staff can contact police to help them deal with the matter.

"We want people to enjoy themselves on a night out but we want to remind everyone that should any issues arise that they can now ‘Ask for Angela’ at the bar or by way of conversation with a door supervisor or member of staff at participating venues.”

Suffolk Police Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "Anything aimed at keeping people safe has my full support.  This is a very imaginative campaign and if it helps protect just one vulnerable person over the Christmas period it will be a success in my book.

"As we head towards the party season I would urge everyone to think about their personal safety and the safety of their friends during festive celebrations this year.

"Asking for Angela is a simple way to flag to others that you feel vulnerable without having to go into detail, it’s a great idea and one that I hope partygoers and staff in bars and clubs will embrace.”

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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team


5 Dec 17


Safety advice following distraction burglaries

posted 5 Dec 2017, 07:11 by Chris Hoare


Following two distraction burglaries in the county last week, Officers are asking residents to be mindful of security and how to deal with unexpected callers at your doorstep.

In both recent distraction burglaries, the offenders knocked at the doors of elderly people saying they were from their water company and to turn their water off. The offenders then entered the homes and items inside were stolen.

There are some simple security measures everyone can take to help stop you from becoming a victim of crime and we would ask that you speak with your elderly/vulnerable relatives and neighbours to also make them aware -

    Always use a chain and a viewer on your door to see who is calling. Only open the door if you feel comfortable and always keep the chain on.

    Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not let them in until you are completely comfortable with who they are and have verified who they work for.

    If someone calls claiming to be from a utility company such as water, gas, electric or council do not let them in. Close the door and ring your utility company using the telephone number from a recent bill or from the phone book/internet and not a telephone number that might be on their caller’s ID badge. Only once you are completely happy that the caller is genuine should they be allowed inside your home. If you have any suspicions at all, phone the police immediately.

    Councils and utilities companies will generally contact householders in advance by letter or telephone if they plan to carry out repairs rather than make unsolicited calls.

     If you have a back/side gate to your property, ensure it is locked with a padlock. A slide bolt is not sufficient on its own.

    Ensure that your doors are kept locked when you are inside the house.

    If you need carers or family to have access then consider fitting a key safe on the outside wall near to the front door.

    Please report anything suspicious as soon as possible to police on 101, if a crime is in progress please dial 999. 

You can find further crime prevention advice on the ‘advice’ pages of the Suffolk Constabulary website www.suffolk.police.uk or you can speak with your local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Contact details can be found here - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area


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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.
Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.


Police Connect Team

5 Dec 17

Suffolk Police warning - rise in theft of tools from vans

posted 1 Dec 2017, 07:39 by Chris Hoare


Suffolk Police would like to warn all Suffolk residents to be extra vigilant with the security of their vans and to suspicious activity around vans, especially during the hours of darkness.

Since the 1st September there have been just over 230 incidents where power tools have been stolen from vans. The majority of these have been overnight during the hours of darkness in residential streets & driveways. Such crimes are being reported to us on a daily basis.

To reduce the risk of being a victim of this type of crime please consider the below…


  • Always lock all doors & shut windows, physically checking doors are locked.

  • Do not leave any items on display.

  • Park in a garage or secure area where possible.

  • Park with the doors against a wall.

  • If you park on your driveway consider installing motion activated CCTV.

  • Be particularly aware when un-loading tools/materials from your van.

  • Remove tools from the van if possible.

  • Remove copper piping from storage tube on the van.

  • Register tools for free at www.immobilise.com, especially serial numbers.

  • Mark all tools (with a forensic marker) such as Smartwater (www.smartwater.com ) or Selecta DNA (www.selectadna.co.uk/ ) alternatively mark tools with a permanent marker with your postcode/initials.

  • To increase the security of tools, you can bolt either a cage or box to the base of the van which should be secured with a sturdy close shackle padlock.

  • Setting an alarm or immobiliser will make it more difficult for the offender.

  • Consider upgrading locks/fitting additional protection.

  • Information on Police approved products can be found at www.securedbydesign.com & www.soldsecure.com

  • Always check your van/tools before heading off to work/site.

  • Be suspicious of cheap tools at car boot sales.

     

    Always report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police on 101 or use the on-line reporting facility at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something

    If you witness a crime in progress always dial 999

1 Dec 17

How much will Christmas cost you?

posted 29 Nov 2017, 08:41 by Chris Hoare


‘Deciding to drink and drive could cost you dearly this Christmas' - that's the message from Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies as both forces prepare to launch their Christmas campaigns.

The month-long operation against driving under the influence of drink or drugs will see officers in both counties carrying out extra patrols and roadside checks. Any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or is involved in a collision will be breathalysed.

Specific time slots at Norwich and Ipswich Magistrates Courts have been reserved to deal with those caught drink or drug driving. This effectively means that offenders could now lose their licence within 24 hours of being breathalysed whilst facing additional fines.

Throughout the campaign roads policing officers will be using social media to share messages and provide updates on campaign results using @NSRoadsPolicing and via Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies Facebook pages.

During last year's campaign 2,649 drivers were tested with 224 drivers providing positive readings in total for both counties. In Norfolk 1,320 tests were carried out with 82 drivers failing, while in Suffolk 1,329 tests were carried out with 142 drivers failing the test.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: "Anyone caught faces a minimum 12-18 month ban, however, deciding to drink and drive could cost you more than just your licence.

"Think seriously about how having no licence could affect your life; would you lose your job? How would you get the kids to school? How are you going to see family or friends this year?

"Remember, it is your decision whether you drink and drive. You are responsible. You must face the consequences which could include a serious collision where you or someone else is injured or killed. Drink driving is just not worth the risk.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Let’s all hope that this year those who have chosen to ignore this message in the past take heed. I know the vast majority of drivers are responsible but sadly there are way too many, that despite the obvious dangers, are still taking to the road under the influence of drink or drugs.

"I'd like to think the message is getting through but sadly it seems far too many drivers have still not learnt the lesson – drink driving kills.

"I am pleased that Suffolk Constabulary continues to focus on road safety; it means that drink drivers are much more likely to get caught; prosecuted and sentenced appropriately.”

The campaign starts on Friday 1 December and runs until Sunday 1 January will see officers carrying out roadside checks throughout the day and night – including early morning checks – as well as intelligence-led enforcement activity. The public are also encouraged to report any concerns relating drink or drug driving anonymously using Crimestoppers on

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/   or 0800 555 111.

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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team

29 Nov 17

Red Lodge - missing man found

posted 27 Nov 2017, 04:33 by Chris Hoare



A man who went missing from Red Lodge has been found.

Scott Courtney-Wines from was reported missing to police on Wednesday 22 November.

He was found in the safe and well on Friday 24 November.

We would like to thanks the public and the media for their assistance with this appeal.


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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team
27 Nov 17

Missing man - Red Lodge

posted 24 Nov 2017, 03:41 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 24 Nov 2017, 03:53 ]


Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 38-year-old man from Red Lodge.

Scott Courtney-Wines was last seen at his home address in Warren Road, Red Lodge at around 10:00pm on Wednesday 22nd November and has not been seen since.

Scott is described as white, slim build with ‘skinhead’ style hair and stubble.  Scott usually wears a hat or a hoody with the hood up. It’s believed he left the house on foot. 


It is thought he may have travelled to central London.

Officers are concerned for his welfare and are asking anyone who believes they have seen Scott , or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Mildenhall Police Station on 101 quoting cad SC-23112017-164.

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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team

24 Nov 17

Theft of a car - Brandeston

posted 21 Nov 2017, 09:10 by Chris Hoare

Police are appealing for information after the theft of a car in Brandeston.

The silver Nissan Qashqai, registration GU11 ZPV, was stolen from the driveway of a home in The Street sometime between 6pm Friday 17th & 7.15am on Saturday 18th November.

If you saw the vehicle being taken, driven in the area, or have any information about where it is now please contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting crime reference 37/74433/17. Alternatively you can use the online reporting link - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something.

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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team
21 Nov 17

Burglaries in Suffolk- high value jewellery & cash

posted 17 Nov 2017, 08:46 by Chris Hoare


Police are appealing to the public to be aware of a spate of burglaries in Suffolk where high value jewellery & large sums of cash have been stolen.

  • Always lock all doors and windows, even if you only pop out for a few minutes
  • Secure your back garden by locking gates with closed shackle padlocks and having 6ft high fences
  • Do not leave tools or bricks in the garden that could be used to force entry
  • Have dusk to dawn lights installed around the house
  • Leave lights and a radio on timers to make your home look occupied
  • Do not leave any items on display
  • Avoid keeping jewellery in the master bedroom-hide this in different rooms around your home (not in the bottom of a wardrobe)
  • Register belongings eg mobile phones, laptops, cameras & cycles on www.immobilise.com
  • Consider having a burglar alarm fitted
  • Consider using forensic marking to identify jewellery-see www.securedbydesign.com. (Consult your insurance company before marking jewellery)
  • Keep valuables in a safety deposit box in a bank or have a safe installed meeting the following standard LPS 1183: Issue 4, BS EN 1143-1: 2005

  • Never keep large quantities of cash at home, deposit this with your bank or building society

For more detailed crime prevention advice on various subjects please visit www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z

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 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

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


Police Connect Team
17 Nov 17

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