Lock it up: A significant proportion of thefts and burglaries committed over the past month in Suffolk have been facilitated by people leaving cars, sheds, garages and houses unlocked. Please help reduce crime by making sure residents in your scheme ‘lock it’ and ‘check it’. Please don’t be the one to find out the hard way that Insurance companies take a very dim view of a failure to secure property.

CCTV and Alarms: Over the past few months we have received an increasing number of requests for guidance and information on both CCTV and intruder alarms. In relation to CCTV people are asking questions such as:
• “If I put CCTV in, do I have to put signs up telling people?”
• “If I am just using CCTV to help protect my house against intruders, do I need to consider Data Protection legislation?”
The following link to the relevant page on Information Commissioners website will answer these and other questions. You will also find useful links, including to the CCTV Code of Practice: - Information Commissioner – CCTV. If you are an individual or business and you are thinking of putting in CCTV, also have a look at the following Suffolk Police link Suffolk Police - CCTV, where you will find useful information and links. Click here for more about Police guidance and links relating to intruder alarms.

Sector Crime Summary: Please note that the crime information published in the Sector Crime Summary is provided to raise awareness of local crimes, and should not be relied upon as an accurate or up to date indicator of all crime within a district. If you have any information about any of the crimes mentioned, please either contact the Police on 101 or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1110800 555 111.

Eye: Millfield Castleton Way – Burglary Other Building – bw 4/11/14 and 14/11/14, garden equipment and a red lawn l mower taken from allotment sheds.

Denham: The Street – Burglary – other building with intent – bw 1730 13/11/14 and 0800 14/11/14, offenders have forced entry into cabin. Nothing taken.

Monk Soham: School Road – Attempted burglary dwelling – bw 8/11/14 and 19/11/14, window at rear of property broken by rock.

Yaxley: Old Norwich Road – Burglary – other building – bw 7/11/14 and 12/11/14, allotment shed entered and variety of gardening tools taken.

Wattisfield: Chapel Road – Burglary - other building – bw 15/11/14 and 20/11/14, shed entered and bottle containing coins taken.

Eye: Castle Street – Theft from vehicle – c 1800 22/11/14, handbag containing mobile phones and a assorted bank cards taken from parked vehicle.

To speak with an Officer from your SNT - telephone 101, or email your local SNT team – midsuffnorth.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Please remember to visit your local SNT’s web site on a regular basis at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/saferneighbourhood.aspx where you can find out more about the local policing priorities that have been set with your community input, and about the actions the teams are taking in your area.

Malcolm McKessar, Community Watch Liaison Officer (Mid-Suffolk Region), Stowmarket Police Station, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1NJ. Tel : 01473 61388801473 613888 (ext 3388). Email: malcolm.mckessar@suffolk.pnn.police.uk. If you have any information about any crime, please contact your local Police by dialling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1110800 555 111. For all Emergencies, dial 999.