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Alert message sent 31/03/2019 22:17:00

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Dear Citizen.

I have just finished my first month at Redbridge Police Office and am gradually getting to know the area but there is obviously a lot to find out!
 
Hopefully I will be able to give you some regular updates on what the neighbourhood team has been doing and what we are planning to do over the coming months but that depends on a variety of factors.
 
I have managed to speak to a few residents and prominent figures from the community and have been given a starting brief on the issues that are giving residents and businesses cause for concern. These are:
 
Shed burglaries.
Vehicle crime (especially vans).
Drug use in the parks.
Antisocial use of vehicles.
Thefts from shops.
 
The end on April is the end of the financial year and is when we normally look at the statistics to see how we have performed over the year and I will let you know those figures in next months update but the below is a brief “snapshot” of the figures for the above matters:
 
Residential burglary
Freemantle – exactly the same as the previous 12 months.
Shirley – Down by 5 (10.42%)
 
Residential sheds / garages etc
Freemantle – up by 18 (29.03%)
Shirley – up by 15 (30.61%)
 
Theft from Vehicles
Freemantle – down by 4 (4.35%)
Shirley – Up by 2 (2.33%)
 
Taking Without Consent of vehicles
Freemantle – up by 3 (17.65%)
Shirley – Down by 20 (68.97%).
 
Theft from Shops
Freemantle – exactly the same as the previous 12 months
Shirley – down by 3 (4.84%).
 
Antisocial behaviour
Freemantle – down by 15 (3.3%)
Shirley – down by 110 (16.11%).
 
Drug use is very difficult to measure but there is probably a good indication from the amount of drug litter picked up by the local authority. I will try to get those figures for next month.
 
I appreciate that statistics can often raise more questions than they answer but in this case, the above figures are the crime / ASB that have been reported to us and confirmed as crimes or ASB.
 
If you are not reporting it then we don’t know about it which means that we cannot respond to it.
 
As far as shed burglaries go, a popular target appears to be expensive bikes.
If you have a valuable or desirable bike (or other property) in a shed or outbuilding, it is probably worth investing in an alarm as these are now relatively cheap and easy to install and it may just be enough to deter anyone who decides to try to steal your hard earned possessions!
 
Vans can have additional security fitted at a small cost which could be money well spent if it means that your tools / equipment are there in the morning!
 
Ultimately though, the only way you can be sure that property won’t be stolen from your vehicle is to take it out and store it somewhere more secure but I appreciate that this is not always practical.
 
I will try and write something on vehicle / property security in the near future.
 
We do have a few vehicles that have been reported stolen. These are often parked up around the area to be used by the offenders at a later date.
 
The below are the current outstanding vehicles:
 
A black VW Up - CA14 UTE
A Renault Clio - YP56AOR
A Red Ford Fiesta - HY54KVW
A Silver BMW 325 – LC08LOZ
A grey Vauxhall Corsa – SF13KGV
A Silver Toyota MR2 - AJ04DNY
A Blue Ford Focus - MV64NSU
A White Ford Transit - BK12HPC  
 
The number plates may have been changed but if you see a vehicle that could be one of the above, please could you contact us on 101 (or 999 if there is someone using it) and we can come and check it out.
 
Regards,
 
Neil
 
PC 1395 Piper
 
 
Message sent by
Neil Piper (Police, PC, Southampton District)

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