July 2012

Newsletter 91

Dear Neighbour

There were 4 reported crimes onBruntonParkin March, after which things have quietened down considerably.


Brunton Park.

March: - Attempted house burglary between 2300 on Saturday 3rd and 0900 on Sunday 4th, where the offender approached the rear of a house inWaterbury Road and used a tool to cut a circular hole in a rear window. No access was gained and nothing was stolen.

House burglary between 1755 and 2000 on Thursday 8th in Queensway, where offenders entered rear garden, smashed a patio door and stole from within.

Theft of two motorcycles from Westwood Road between 1900 on Wednesday 14th and 0730 on Thursday 15th. Offenders entered driveway and cut the chains securing the bikes before removing them by unknown means.

Theft of pedal cycle in Westwood Road between 2030 on Wednesday 14th and 0730 on Friday 15th where offender approaches the driveway and steals an insecure mountain bike.

April: - Nothing Reported

May: ­- Nothing Reported.

Melton Park.

March: - Nothing Reported.

April: - Nothing reported.

May: - Nothing reported

No Cold Calling Zone.

I am no further forward with this unfortunately. The head of Trading Standards says that the estates are too large to administer such a scheme (I disagree). The Parish Council are now looking to try and progress this matter.

I do however now have ‘No Cold Calling’ posters on my computer which are very clear about the message they convey. If anyone would like a copy to print off and display in a porch etc, please email me and I will send one back to you. If there are any residents who do not have access to a computer and printer, please give me a call and I will print one for you.



1. LOCK IT: Most intruders love an opportunity; they look for them and thrive on them. Do ensure that all your windows and doors are securely locked when they are not in use.

2. CREATE AN ILLUSION: If the house is unoccupied for periods of time, make sure it appears that someone is at home. Install timers on lights, a radio, the TV and ask a neighbour to collect your post, move bins and open and close your curtains.

3. KEEP IT HIDDEN: Nothing tempts a burglar more than easy pickings. House and car keys, mobile phones, laptops, notebooks and tablets, purses and wallets for instance, should all be

kept out of sight. Find a safe place to store them away from windows and doors. If you have especially valuable pieces on show, it may also be wise to obscure them from view.

4. LIGHT IT UP: For any intruder, the thought of being seen and his identity revealed is their greatest fear and will cause them to think again. Install motion sensor and timer controlled external lights (even CCTV), in key positions around your property. Hedges and bushes provide excellent cover for burglars to creep around in, so do keep them well trimmed.

5. MAKE A NOISE: Nothing is more effective against preventing a break-in than a fitted alarm system. No intruder wants the sound

of a ringing bell whilst he is going about his unsavoury business. In a Home Office Report undertaken in 2004 regarding the decision making of burglars, 84% said they would do their

utmost to avoid entering a home with a fitted alarm system.


Please take care of your property and let’s have a crime free Summer.


Kind regards, Ian Peden.