THE THREAT Crime in the Parish is extremely low compared to national and more urban statistics but even one crime is too many. The main problem is theft and our widely spread, often isolated population could appear attractive to those outside with evil intent.
RECOGNISING THE THREAT OPPORTUNISTIC Casual visitors spotting an opportunity or posing as walkers, lost drivers, etc.
ORGANISED Targeted crime as a result of intelligence gathered by delivery drivers, unsolicited tradesmen, scrap/antique dealers, door/door salesmen, agency workers, etc.
THE ANSWER Noticeably different Watch signs Local publicity Window stickers An alert, vigilant attitude by everyone Clear communication chain using our zone system Close liaison with the Police Detailed vehicle/driver identification Awareness of neighbours' movements/habits Greater care within the community
Alerted interest in strange vehicles: What do the driver/occupants look like? What make/type/colour and (vitally) the registration number? Any distinctive advertising or markings? Speak to others to complete details/track vehicle/obtain more information, if necessary. If suspicious inform co-ordinator or zone contact as soon as possible.
Alerted interest in strangers: What are they doing and why are they there? Do you think they are genuine tourists, walkers, cyclists, etc? Are they acting suspiciously? Speak to them - wrong doers WILL leave quickly - genuine visitors can be made welcome.
Alerted interest in your neighbours' movements: Are they away? Is anything different from normal?
Alerted interest in speeding vehicles, fly-tipping, poaching, anti-social behaviour or other illegal activities.
Alerted interest in the safety of your property: Advise neighbours when you will be away. Are you expecting tradesmen to call while you are away? Is your garage/shed locked? Did you lock your house on leaving? BE ALERT RECORD REPORT YOUR CONTACTS ARE THERE FOR YOU Help us all to make this a completely crime free Parish Do not hesitate to call them if you are suspicious about anything If your first contact is unavailable try another number Overall Parish Co-ordinator
Brian Hamilton-Russell, Hardwickforge 718577 Central Zone
Ralph Howes, Woodhouse Farm 718675 South Zone
Clive & Clair Gittens, Heath Farm 718732 West/North/East Zone
Roger & Mandy Williams, The Highlands 718249
If you want a window sticker or suggest where you might like another sign erected please ring the co-ordinator If a crime has taken place or is in progress please: Immediately make a note of all descriptive details and the time of day.
DO NOT TAKE RISKS PHONE THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY 101 for non emergency calls OR IF A GENUINE EMERGENCY DIAL 999
You may be asked for your postcode to assist the Police in locating the incident As soon as convenient inform the co-ordinator.