Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Christmas crime prevention

We met recently with our local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team
Sergeant Suzannah James who updated us on the work they are
undertaking to deter and detect crime over the Christmas period. We
also received some helpful advice to pass on to our residents.

As in previous years the local teams will be focussing on Operation
Santa – increasing the police presence in the smaller shopping centres
to deter shoplifting, and deal with any incidents.

Sgt James also brought our attention to a series of local burglaries
where Asian households have been particularly targeted, with the
burglars looking for gold jewellery. These have taken place during the
day, with access from the rear of properties. These households are
being advised to be extra vigilant, especially when  it is likely to
be obvious when they are out, at Friday prayers for example.

Burglaries are more of a problem over the Christmas period, and if you
are going away, or are even likely to leave an empty house until later
in the evening, the police advice is to make sure it is not obvious
that the property is empty. Leave a light on, or put them on a timer
switch, cancel milk and deliveries, let your neighbours know if you
will be away and ask them to push through any post left sticking out
of letter boxes and replace your wheelie bins. We can help by looking
out for each other in this way.

There are also a number of scams being run by unscrupulous people,
particularly courier scams targeting the elderly & vulnerable. If you
have any doubts about people calling at your house do ring the police.

Have a lovely time this Christmas, and keep safe.

Jayne, Colin, Monica & Muhammad.

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December 21, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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