Surrey Police launches crackdown on Vehicle Crime

Police Vest 2SURREY Police is taking proactive steps to tackle vehicle crime across the county. The initiative will see neighbourhood officers and extra patrol teams focusing on reducing the offences of Theft of a Motor Vehicle (TOMV) and Theft from a Motor Vehicle (TFMV) throughout January.

From April to October 2011 the Force recorded a 6.6% decrease in vehicle crime when compared to same period in 2010. However, sat nav thefts are on a par with that of previous years and thefts of vehicle parts (namely catalytic converters) are on the increase. Reduction in these areas will therefore be a key priority.

Research carried out by Surrey Police shows similar vehicles are targeted for both TOMV and TFMV offences, and in particular the transit van is popular among thieves. Offences are most prominent on a Friday and Saturday night, and offenders are most likely to be male, in their late teens to early 20’s who reside locally. Throughout January, patrols and teams dedicated to the initiative will be out targeting known criminals who commit vehicle crime. Working alongside the Roads Policing Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Officers the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team will be stopping vehicles which are known to have been stolen or have links to offenders.

In addition to these operational activities a local advertising campaign has also been launched giving preventative tips to educate the public in keeping their vehicles safe. I nnovative ‘Fixed Police Notices´ containing crime prevention advice for drivers will also be put on cars in hot spot areas or where vehicle crime has recently taken place.

Inspector Richard Mallett of Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit said: “Having your car stolen or broken into can cause a great deal of expense and inconvenience and can push up insurance premiums. But most vehicle crime incidents can be prevented. Many of the cars targeted are left unlocked or have items left on view or in the boot.

Our message to the public is to never leave your vehicle in a vulnerable position. It only takes seconds to close your windows, lock your doors and remove personal possessions but if you don’t you could find your car has become an easy target for thieves.

This issue is a top policing priority for Surrey Police and therefore we are increasing patrols, giving crime prevention advice out to residents and targeting individuals who are believed to be involved in vehicle crime.”

Surrey residents can help to reduce vehicle crime and support police action by taking these simple steps to ensure their vehicles remains secure:

1, Never leave any personal possessions in your car. Thieves love to steal sat nav systems, laptops and mobile phones. But less obvious items such as clothes, cigarettes and loose change are also appealing.

2, Don’t think you’ll be safe if you hide valuables in the boot of your car or under the front seat. Thieves know where to look.

3, If you use a portable sat nav system, wipe away the suction marks on the windscreen at the end of your journey – and don’t leave the system in your car.

4, Leave your glove box open – and empty. Don’t store driving or vehicle documents in your car. Keep them safely at home.

5, Always lock your car when you leave it, even if it’s just for a moment or two and even if it is parked in your driveway. Make sure your sunroof and windows are shut and locked too.

6, If your car doesn’t have an alarm, get one fitted, or use a steering wheel lock to deter thieves.

7, Look after your car keys and keep them out of site. Never leave them within reach of a window, door or letterbox.

8, Number plate theft is on the increase. Secure your number plate with clutch head screws.

9, If you own a vehicle with ‘high clearance’ such as a 4WD or a van, you may be at risk of catalytic converter theft. Mark yours to deter thieves.

10, Keep your eye out for potential car criminals. If you see someone looking inside cars, or trying car door handles call Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency always call 999.

Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters.

Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (eg a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).

Call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don’t want to leave your name.


Amazing community and Christmas spirit at Dettingen Park tonight

Residents of Dettingen Park braved the weather and took to the streets to bring Christmas cheer to Deepcut.

Each year the same group of residents carol sing in aid of a special charity which this year was Combat Stress.

I recorded this video blog but because of the light it did not come out very well, but it captures perfectly the wonderful community spirit at Dettingen Park.

The Carol Singers raised £110 for this very good cause. Well done to you all.

Waste collections over the festive period

SHBCSurrey Heath Borough Council wants to remind residents that waste collection days will be changing slightly over the Christmas and New Year period. During the week commencing 26th December 2011 collections will be a day later than usual.

Normal collection day

Revised Collection date

Monday 26th December

Tuesday 27th December

Tuesday 27th December

Wednesday 28th December

Wednesday 28th December

Thursday 29th December

Thursday 29th December

Friday 30th December

Friday 30th December

Saturday 31st December

If you are unsure which bin to put out and on which day, you can check using the ‘My Surrey Heath’ search facility on the homepage of the council’s website:

Please note there will be no changes in the week following New Year’s Day (week commencing Monday 2nd January 2012) so collections will be on your normal collection day

For more information on Christmas and New Year waste collections go to:

Disappointment at timing of Deepcut Public Consultation exhibition – 7th December 2011

DeepcutVillageSignI have received dozens of emails and calls from concerned residents and indeed fellow councillors at the short notice that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO or MOD to you and me) have given for their public exhibition at the Deepcut Village Centre on 7th December.

There are several factors to consider here:

  • I received my notice on 29th November 11 (That is only 9 days notice)
  • The event is on between 1330 and 1930. Most people are either at work or commuting home during those times.
  • Apparently the exhibition has been publicised in the Star Courier. Many Deepcut residents would not know as that publication is not distributed there.
  • DIO have said leaflets have been distributed to properties within the vicinity of the site. Many of my neighbours have not received this leaflet. In fact many people only learned about the event when I posted it on this web site.
  • Only weeks away from Christmas many people are busy.

I am very disappointed at the rushed manor in which this event has been organised and bearing in mind the factors above only adds to the speculation within the community that this is by design.

However, it is still important that if you can make the event, that you do attend and make your views known.

You might find the following document useful which was sent to SHBC by the Deepcut Liaison Group in response to the recent scoping report.

DLG Response to Scoping Report

Traffic of course has always been one of the major concerns of most local residents in their responses to SHBC consultations. In my mind all efforts must be made to not encourage traffic to the village. Therefore I will be very interested to learn the size and location of the supermarket as this will play a major part in traffic mitigation measures. Residents have been explicit in their views in respect of the supermarket. It should serve the needs of the village of Deepcut and not the wider community. A large supermarket will only draw traffic to the village so this is a very important factor that I would encourage residents to keep an eye on when attending the exhibition.