Once again, it has been agreeably quiet on the crime front with just a handful of incidents reported.
March: There were 3 reports of criminal damage in Greenfield Road where stones had been thrown at windows.
April: Nothing recorded.
May: On the 29th, there was a disturbance in Princes Road during which one youth assaulted another. This youth was arrested nearby and is currently on Police bail.
March: Nothing recorded.
April: Nothing recorded
May: Nothing recorded, though some unreported early morning milk thefts have taken place.
Slightly further afield, there have been thefts from vehicles at Peter Barratt’s garden centre where it was made easy for the thief because valuables had been left on display within the cars. Please remember to hide items in the boot, in the glove compartment or under a seat so opportunist thieves cannot see them.
There has also been a shed burglary and theft of lawnmower in Grasmere place. This is the time of year when thieves are on the lookout for poorly secured sheds and garden equipment left out.
Northumbria Police would like you to SHEDUCATE you.
Take these simple precautions to keep your outbuildings safe:
Secure the access to your shed by locking gates and growing thorny bushes next to walls and fences
Have you visibly marked the contents of your shed?
External security lighting activated by movement is a useful deterrent
Doors of sheds require good security. Use strong pad bars and close shackle padlocks
Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges, hasp and staples
Chain lawnmowers, strimmers, tools, ladders, cycles and other items to a strong anchorage point
Alarms are available for sheds and can be a great way of detering thieves.
Together we'll crack crime. Find out more about local policing in your area.
Exactly what insurance cover do you have? Check that your policy covers theft from your garden or shed
Last but not least regarding crime, there have been two incidents in the last month in Gosforth and Woolsington where people have been asking for sponsorship for fictitious events.
The Office of Fair Trading advises consumers to be on their guard and ask a number of questions to make sure they know where their money is going before they hand it over:
o Are they collecting for a registered charity?
o If so, which one and what is the registered charity number?
o How much of the money raised is going to charity and where does the rest go?
o Do they have any proof of the money going to charity (such as a written agreement with the charity authorising them to collect on its behalf)?
O Do they have proper identification?
All charities have to be registered with the Charities Commission. You can easily check if a charity is registered with them by going to their web-site, http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/
Finally, may I say a big thank you to those residents who have taken the time and dug deep to sponsor me on my cycling trip.