January 2010

Newsletter 81

Dear Neighbour

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and prosperous New Year and I also hope that Santa was suitably generous to everyone.

 

I am pleased to report that we continue to experience low levels of reported crime.

 

BRUNTON PARK

September: Fairway Close. Damage where an object was thrown   at a patio door.

Clayworth Road. Overnight burglary where the offender   gained access to a garage by removing the timber frame. Nothing stolen.

October:    No reported Crimes.

November: No reported Crimes.

 

MELTON PARK

September: No reported Crimes.

October:      No reported Crimes.

November: No reported Crimes.

Did I say low levels? I must say that I think this is exceptional. 2 crimes that could not reasonably have been prevented and then nothing at all reported during October and November. I think all residents should give themselves a well deserved pat on the back for remembering to lock doors and windows and ensuring that moveable property is secured.

This contrasts with Kingston Park where there has been a marked increase in house burglaries where entry has been gained via insecure porch doors, front doors and windows.

Bogus callers

Most callers to your home are genuine, but there are those who are not and precautions need to be taken to prevent these bogus callers getting into your home.

What you can do:

  • Criminals using false identities to try and get into your home to steal are known as ‘distraction burglars’ or ‘bogus callers’
  • Just because a caller says they’re from your water or gas company, the council, or even the police, doesn’t necessarily mean they are
  • Bogus callers can also wear ordinary clothes, wanting nothing more than a drink of water or to wash their hands - beware these requests, they are excuses to distract you
  • Don’t let visitors who are in a hurry, pressurise or confuse you - ask unannounced visitors to wait outside while you confirm who they are, genuine visitors won’t mind waiting
  • Always check someone’s identity even if you’re expecting someone to call - ask for an identity card, a letter confirming the date and work being carried out or a password previously agreed with the utility supplier which the caller has to repeat
  • Never use a telephone number given by the visitor - find the number in your telephone directory
  • If you need to leave a caller standing outside while you collect something indoors, close the door and lock it
  • If workmen arrive and say your property needs repairing say you already have someone who does your work
  • Only use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends, or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before
  • Be wary of unknown youngsters who call asking for a drink, searching for lost pets, or saying their football is in your garden - they may be trying to distract you from your door