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.

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New tool launched in fight against anti-social behaviour in Surrey Heath – Via Surrey Heath Residents Network

John Eldridge - Surrey PoliceSurrey Police officers in Surrey Heath are trialling a new internet-based CCTV camera in their continued fight against anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Just weeks after it was launched, the new Community Monitored TV (CMTV) system, provided by Jabbakam, is already helping to save time and money in investigating allegations of anti-social behaviour. Real-time images, historical searches and remote control of the camera’s position can be accessed any time from any computer, which makes it much more user friendly than traditional CCTV cameras.

Surrey Heath Crime Prevention and Design Advisor John Eldridge has been working on the project in conjunction with local Housing Association Accent Peerless.

Read full story at New tool launched in fight against anti-social behaviour in Surrey Heath

Your PCSO’s, local heroes – Lisa & Bab’s

Lisa & BabsYour PCSO’s Lisa Ford & ‘Babs’ Ball have featured on the Surrey Heath Residents Network for saving the life of a woman on the Basingstoke Canal.

On behalf of our community I want to thank these dedicated PCSO’s for everything they do for us, sometimes going beyond the call of duty.

Make sure if you see them out and about you give them a pat on the back.

Read the full story here – Tribute paid to PCSOs after pulling woman from water in Frimley (Via Surrey Heath Residents Network)

Robbery in Pirbright prompts witness appeal (via Surrey Heath Residents Blog)

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed of his car in Pirbright on Saturday (September 17). The man had been walking his dog near the railway bridge in Gapemouth Road and was heading back towards his car around 5-45pm when he was approached by the offender, who was wielding a bladed instrument and demanding that he hand over his car keys. The victim took his dog out of the boot of his car, a silver Vauxhall Vectra, and threw the … Read More

via Surrey Heath Residents Blog

Deepcut quarterly community panel meeting – 20th September 2011

Deepcut Policing Team

PCSO Lisa Ford, NSO PC Andy Riley & PCSO 'Babs' Ball

Your neighbourhood policing team will be holding its quarterly community panel meeting on Tuesday 20th September at 7pm at the Spar Shop, Dettingen Park.

This is an opportunity for Deepcut Residents to speak to their nighbourhood policing team and set the community policing priorities for the forthcoming quarter.

Dettingen Park has seen an increase in anti social behaviour involving youths recently that is causing a number of residents concern so this is a perfect chance to have your policing team address these concerns.