RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft in New Rd, Belton. Unknown person(s) have taken an Ifor Williams P6 trailer from rural location. This incident occurred between 11/10/2018 15:30 & 26/10/2018 20:00.
One report of a burglary business and community in Oakham Rd, Hambleton. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by forcing a rear door and taken property. This incident occurred between 28/10/2018 23:30 & 29/10/2018 07:00.
Beat Surgery on the Hopper Bus on 10th November between 11:00 & 12:00.
Beat Surgery at The Potting Shed Café, Ashwell, on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 16th November between 11:00 & 12:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00
‘Lock up and light up’ – that’s the message from Leicestershire Police as the winter months draw in and nights fall darker.
The force has launched its annual Darker Nights campaign aimed at providing tips and advice to residents on how to prevent their homes from being targeted by thieves.
Burglaries tend to peak throughout October, November, December and January and as the clocks have now gone back communities within Leicestershire are being encouraged to review their home security.
Leicestershire Police’s Inspector Simon Preston said: “The message around this campaign is really simple and clear… Lock up Light up.
“This time of year we routinely see an annual spark in burglary. Alongside ongoing operations delivered by the force, we are advising everybody to think about the security of their home and follow our crime prevention advice.
“Leaving a house in darkness acts as an open invite to thieves so make sure your home is locked up and lit up as the evenings get darker.”
Our advice to residents is:
• Be pro-active by having good window locks and strong deadlocks on doors and locks on garden sheds
• Always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock. Hide keys away from doors along with other valuables including handbags, car keys and cash
• Consider investing in light timers which are inexpensive, widely accessible and give the impression someone is home. You can buy light timers at most DIY stores or here at the Police Desk and ensure they are set for the hours you will be out during the evening
• If you’re going on holiday or away for a long period of time, avoid posting about being away on social media and tell a trusted neighbour how long you will be away for
• And, always ask yourself: Is it locked up? Is it lit up? Is it secure?
The Darker Nights campaign also focuses on business theft too with most store break-ins occurring at night as the darker evenings provide burglars with more opportunity to break into businesses.
The same safety messages are being applied to business owners as shops and warehouses also need to be locked up and lit up this winter. Outside lighting can act as a deterrent and it is a good idea to floodlight all entrances to building and alleyways.
For further information on how to protect your home or business from burglars visit our website or follow #lockuplightup on Twitter.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.