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September 2014 Beat Report & Stats

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Rogue Trading, Sheds & Outbuildings, ASB, Stats

Rogue Trading

There has been various incidents of rogue trading in the area.I have worked with Trading Standards to host an awareness day at Sainsburys in Tadley, this was widely accepted by shoppers and staff with approximately 400 Buy with Confidence (Trading standards approved businesses) books were handed out with the relevant crime prevention advice:

  • Always use the door chain when answering the door, if you are not sure do not open the door.
  • Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on the ID card, use a phone book or a bill.
  • Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone.
  • Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home.
  • Always keep front and back doors locked.
  • LOCK STOP CHAIN and CHECK - if unsure do not open the door.
  • Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
  • Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately using 101.
  • Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, friends and family.

Rogue trading is a serious crime which anybody can be a victim of, however offenders often target the elderly and vulnerable. These ‘Rogue Traders’ often tell the victim that some sort of maintenance work is required on or around their premises, and state that a large sum of money is needed to carry out these works. Unfortunately some Rogue Traders are vicious enough to repeatedly visit a victim and demand more money for continuing work or maintenance, which often results in the victim feeling intimidated, scared and helpless in refusing any further work to be done. Please contact the Police on 101 if you or anybody you know has been a victim of Rogue Traders. I would like to ask residents that if they are aware of any neighbour who is elderly and/ or lives on their own, please be extra vigilant regarding tradesmen going to and from the address, and call us on 101 if you have any suspicions.

Shed and Outbuilding Burglaries:

There has been an increase of Shed Burglaries across the whole of Basingstoke Rural, a couple of people have been arrested in relation to these offences and are awaiting their time in court. I have received a few questions from concerned residents that they feel their home might be targeted. It is unusual for people who commit Shed and Outbuilding Burglaries to move the step forward and commit Dwelling Burglaries as this could involve being confronted by the home owner. Most offenders who commit these crimes dislike confrontation so they are more likely to target a shed or outbuilding instead of you home. Items being targeted are high value lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers and other high value gardening equipment.

Please consider this advice:

  - Multiple (different types) locks on your shed doors. – Most locks require different tools to remove

- Place net curtains in the windows of your shed/ outbuilding.

- Ensure you have all valuable garden equipment serial numbers stored somewhere safe.

- Consider placing a ground anchor lock within your shed/ outbuilding and secure valuable equipment to that with a heavy duty lock.

- Take pictures of your valuables so if they are stolen and recovered it is easier to find out who the owner is.

 - Use a UV pen to write your postcode on any equipment so it’s easier to identify the owner. Available from your parish meeting.

Anti Social Behaviour:

There has been a decrease in Anti social behaviour reports in Sherfield on Loddon and, however ASB in Bramley is still causing problems to local residents, the Police and other local authorities. We are working very closely together in order to tackle these issues as best as we can. Please be assured that these reports are very localised, coming from the same areas and does not spread across the whole of Bramley.

We carried out a multi-agency visit to an area in Bramley which consisted of Police, Housing and Council to deliver advice and possible actions that would be taken if the ASB issues continued. This seems to have been working and the reports of ASB in the area have lowered.

There has been a slight increase in ASB reports for Silchester but these again are very localised and the occupants are in the process of coming to a mutual agreement to reduce any issues.

I would like to encourage all residents to report any incidents of anti social behaviour to us on 101, or if you are a resident of social housing and your issues are with a neighbour also living in social housing accommodation,  please report any incidents to your local housing officer.

Overall:

Overall my local “beat” has relatively low crime rates and is a pleasure to police. Some figures might be high on the crime stats attached but please remember that Basingstoke Rural patch has over 250 square miles to cover so that is a lot of ground for criminal offences to be committed. This beat is one of the busiest beat within the rural sector so considering that, occurrences are very low.

Emergency. As always, please can I ask all residents to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or incidents using the 101 telephone number; please only ring 999 if it is a genuine emergency.

 

September Stats 

September Crime Stats

ASB – 24 Assault – 5 Burglary (Dwelling) – 4
Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon - 1
Bramley – 20 Bramley – 3 Bramley - 1
Silchester – 4 Silchester – 1 Silchester - 1
Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End - 0
Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye – 1 Stratfield Saye - 0
Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall - 0
Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis - 1

Burglary (Non Dwelling) – 8 Criminal Damage – 1 Domestic Incidents – 4
Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon - 0
Bramley – 6 Bramley – 1 Bramley - 4
Silchester – 1 Silchester – 0 Silchester - 0
Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End - 0
Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye - 0
Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall - 0
Stratfield Turgis – 1 Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis - 0

Driving Complaints – 4 Drugs– 0 Harassment – 0
Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon - 0
Bramley – 3 Bramley – 0 Bramley - 0
Silchester – 0 Silchester – 0 Silchester - 0
Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End - 0
Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye - 0
Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall - 0
Stratfield Turgis – 1 Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis - 0

Making off Without Payment – 1 Road Traffic Collisions – 2 Suspicious Incidents – 9
Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon – 1 Sherfield on Loddon - 2
Bramley – 0 Bramley – 1 Bramley - 2
Silchester – 0 Silchester – 0 Silchester - 1
Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End - 0
Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye - 2
Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall - 0
Stratfield Turgis – 1 Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis - 2

Theft – 4 Theft from Vehicle – 2 Other Crime – 11
Sherfield on Loddon – 2 Sherfield on Loddon – 0 Sherfield on Loddon - 1
Bramley – 1 Bramley – 0 Bramley - 6
Silchester – 0 Silchester – 1 Silchester - 0
Mortimer West End – 0 Mortimer West End – 1 Mortimer West End - 0
Stratfield Saye – 1 Stratfield Saye – 0 Stratfield Saye - 2
Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall – 0 Hartley Wespall - 0
Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis – 0 Stratfield Turgis - 2

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