April 2009

Newsletter no 78

Brunton & Melton Parks Neighbourhood Watch - Page 1

Dear Neighbour,

Once again, we have remarkably low levels of reported crime. Please remember,

if you have been a crime victim, even in what you may consider to be a minor

way, it is important to report it to the police. If they don’t know it is happening,

they won’t be able to do anything about it.

Brunton Park Crimes:

December: Layfield Road, theft of badges from a parked car.

Waterbury Road, damage to garage door window.

January: Polwarth Drive, damage to house window.

February: Nothing reported.

Melton Park Crimes:

December: Greenriggs Avenue, damage to car.

January: Nothing reported.

February : Nothing reported.

It is worth noting that, slightly further afield, there was a burglary to a house in

Fencer Court in December and an arrest was made for this. Additionally, at

Clarendon Mews, car badges were also stolen.

There was an epidemic of car badge thefts in Wideopen a short time ago but

the offenders were arrested. Could it be spreading. Cars are particularly

vulnerable when parked on the street. Offenders are less likely to come on to

your driveway, particularly if you have an automatic light to illuminate the area.

If you do have one, please ensure it is on ‘dipped beam’ so you are not lighting

up your neighbours living room

I have previously mentioned the ‘Anchor Staying Put’ scheme, aimed at older

people. Their aim is to provide guidance and assistance to carry out whatever

repairs, improvements or adaptations are necessary to help you to continue

living in your own home. A resident contacted me to explain that he had a

problem with not being able to lock an external door. I contacted the scheme

who provided the details of two locksmiths which I passed on. I was later

delighted to hear that a locksmith had attended, had spent two hours dismantling,

repairing and refitting the lock and that there was no call out charge. The total

bill came to £52.00 which does not seem unreasonable at all and seems to

confirm that only reputable tradespeople are on their list. Anchor can be

contacted on 0191 495 6177 and there is no charge for simply providing you

with contact details.

Crime Prevention:

By the time this newsletter reaches you, Spring should have sprung and some

of society’s miscreants will be turning their thoughts to relieving you of your

new lawnmowers and bicycles which you may keep in your shed. When

considering security, begin at the boundary. Fencing should be high enough

to deter the opportunist thief but also ensure that neighbours can still see into

your garden. Thieves do not like to be seen and helpful neighbours can assist

in looking after each other’s property. Plants can also help, in particular the

prickly variety.

To secure your shed:

Fit strap hinges.

Most sheds are fitted with hinges with the screws exposed.

This is an easy target for the thief. Fitting strap hinges which cover the screws

will help. The fitting of non-returnable screws where the screws can be tightened

but not removed is another alternative.



Fit close-shackle locks.

These are designed to prevent the lock from being cut

with a saw.



Secure the windows.

Windows are another easy target. Secure them with a

good wire mesh to prevent anyone reaching in.




Fit an alarm.

Good shed alarms can be bought from retailers. Also think about

displaying a sign on the shed door stating that the shed is alarmed. As most

shed alarms are battery powered, remember to periodically check the system.

Finally, ensure all valuable items are marked and postcoded, and if possible

take photographs of them. This will help reunite you with your property if it is




I have a limited supply of markers so if anyone would like one, please give me

a call or drop me an e-mail and I will drop one through your letterbox.