South Norfolk Weekly Crime Sumary

Weekly Crime Summary 26 October 2016

People celebrating Halloween across Norfolk this year are being urged to keep their tricks within the law and show respect to residents as police step-up patrols across the county.

We’re asking trick-or-treaters to please be mindful that some of our more vulnerable residents can find this a distressing time of year and having people knocking on their door after dark can be a scary experience.  We would ask everyone to respect the wishes of those who choose not to celebrate this occasion.

Officers have this advice to enjoy a good Halloween:

  • Never go trick or treating alone or split up from your friends.
  • Always check with your parents or carer first.
  • Only go to houses where you or your friends know who lives there.
  • Don’t go into any houses – always stay on the doorstep.
  • Don’t talk to strangers on the street.
  • Stay in well-lit areas and carry a torch.
  • Take care when crossing roads – it may be hard to see so well in a costume.
  • Although Halloween is about looking spooky, be careful not to frighten the elderly.
  • Eggs & flour make a mess & most shops won’t sell them to under-16s over Halloween.

We remind those taking part to only knock on doors of people you know and where it’s clear you are welcome. Halloween posters are available to download from the Norfolk Police websites for members of the public to display, indicating whether they welcome trick or treaters. These can be downloaded from: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/news/latest-news/dont-be-little-monster-halloween.

Any activity which causes deliberate fear or alarm is considered as anti-social behaviour and should be reported to us.  If you do have any concerns during Halloween please call 101 for non-emergency assistance or dial 999 in an emergency.

Residents urged to think ahead as clocks go back for winter

Police are urging people not to make their house ‘an easy target’ for burglars this winter as the clocks go back this weekend.

As darkness descends ever earlier in the evening, Great Yarmouth Police are urging people to take precautions to keep themselves, their family and their homes safe.

Leaving your house in complete darkness is a clear sign to burglars that it may be empty, and with the sun setting before most people get home from work during the winter, it’s important you take steps to deter thieves.

If no-one is going to be in when darkness falls, consider leaving a light on, especially if you’re going away for a few days, or invest in a timer so that your lights come on automatically at certain times to give the impression that someone is in.

Other simple steps such as ensuring all the windows and doors are locked when you go out, as well as keeping valuables out of sight and away from letterboxes – or anywhere else that is easily accessible – are key to helping to prevent burglaries. It’s also important to put in place measures such as burglar alarms and security lighting if possible.

If you notice any suspicious activity or have information about crime being committed please call 101 or if you believe a crime is in progress you are urged to call the police immediately on 999.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk 

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary 20 October 2016

Police are reminding road users of the importance of good vehicle maintenance and careful driving as road conditions change in the run up to winter.

Please check lights, tyres, windscreens, screen wash and anything else which may impact on the roadworthiness of your vehicle.

Collision rates tend to increase at this time of year as the darker nights set in.  As well as defective vehicles this can be due to poorer weather conditions and people not used to driving in the dark.

Please take time to look out for other road users including cyclists and pedestrians whilst driving, watch your speed and keep a good distance from the vehicle in front.

Cyclists and pedestrians are also being urged to make sure they can be seen and not to take chances on the roads.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week atwww.norfolk.police.uk 

Thank you.

Weekly Crime Summary 6 October 2016

More than 150 motorists fail to belt-up in campaign

More than 150 people were dealt with for not wearing a seatbelt during a week-long enforcement campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Officers from the joint roads policing unit carried out checks on motorists and their passengers as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement initiative held between 12 and 18 September.

In total 158 people were found not wearing a seatbelt – 52 in Norfolk and 102 in Suffolk. In Norfolk 23 offences related to cars, 25 vans and four lorries. In Suffolk 48 related to cars, 47 vans, and 11 lorries.

T/Superintendent Kris Barnard, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Not wearing a seatbelt is one of the fatal four behaviours along with speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone that makes you more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision.

“Officers target this offence all year round but supporting the Europe-wide campaign allows us to raise awareness among drivers about the dangers of not belting-up.”

It is illegal not to wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle and it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt or child restraint.

Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt may be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action.

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary 29 September 2016

Rural Crime

As fields are harvested across Norfolk, the rural landscape changes dramatically and with it, the type of rural crimes which happen within our borders.

Without the crops to hide wildlife, illegal hare coursing begins to take place. This crime carries a maximum penalty of £5,000 and can have a severe impact on Norfolk’s ecosystems.

Norfolk Constabulary is committed to working with farmers, gamekeepers and the wider rural community to tackle not only hare coursing but all rural, wildlife and heritage crime.

Over the weekend of the 24th and 25th September, Norfolk Constabulary’s dedicated Rural Crime Team carried out an intelligence led hare coursing operation on a large West Norfolk farming estate.

The weekend was a success, showcasing the police quad bike and the Special Constabulary Horse Unit. The team disrupted a number of hare coursers and continue to work with the rural community to identify the offenders.

Spokesman Sgt Mark Askham said: “It is critical that we engage with our rural community and are able to facilitate bespoke methods to tackle concerns of rural crime. The foundations of our rural community are strong and the weekends activity is an example of how Norfolk Constabulary has responded effectively to a type of rural criminality which will not be tolerated.”

If you would like to sign up to the Op Randall newsletter you can do so using the below link and registering through the Police Connect website.

https://www.norfolk.police.uk/services/police-connect

For further information from Wildlife Crime Officers and to be kept up to date follow @RuralCrimeNfk on Twitter.

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary 22 September 2016

Numerous Norfolk offences detected in Europe-wide campaign

Road checks carried out in Norwich on Wednesday in support of a Europe-wide campaign to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads have seen over a 30 people dealt with for offences including driving while using a mobile phone, driving with no insurance and driving while not wearing a seatbelt.

Police in both Suffolk and Norfolk carried out the checks across both counties during the day with targeted operations in Norwich and Lowestoft as part of Project Edward – European Day Without A Road Death – a campaign by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, which aims to get people thinking seriously about road safety.

Officers from the Norfolk roads policing and firearms operations unit and other partner agencies took part.

As a result of the day –

14 drivers and three passengers were dealt with for not wearing a seatbelt

10 people were found driving while using a mobile phone

12 people were caught using a bus lane inappropriately

Two people were caught with windscreens with glass not as prescribed (one of the vehicles had a light transmission of only 4% with the legal requirement being 70%)

One driver was found not to be in proper control of their vehicle

And two people were found committing drugs offences.

In addition, 181 people were found to be driving with excess speed in the Costessey and Bowthorpe area, 1400 local children were given road safety education and 88 child seats were checked.

Police in Norfolk and Suffolk work closely with partner agencies, including Think! Norfolk Road Safety Partnership and the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership, to educate drivers and improve safety. A lot of work is focused on the fatal four motoring offences of drink driving, speeding, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

Iain Temperton, Team Manager, Casualty Reduction Education & Development, said; “Achieving a zero figure on 21 September was always very unlikely. But we must aim for zero because no loss of life on Europe’s roads is acceptable and we remain committed to encouraging everyone to work together to eliminate road traffic deaths.

“If more drivers, riders, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users can pause for a moment to reflect on simple ways to reduce risk and improve safety, then we will be going a long way towards that ultimate goal of no deaths on Europe’s roads.”

Sgt Peter Howlett, who led the team in Norwich on Wednesday, reflected on the results saying: “These results show that people are still not thinking about road safety and how their decisions could negatively impact on themselves and others.

“Our aim, along with our colleagues across the UK and Europe, is to reduce the number of those killed and seriously injured on our roads and we will continue to carry out these regular checks to deal with drivers who persist in putting lives at risk.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Greene, commenting on the results, said:
“It beggars belief that drivers and their passengers could be so oblivious to their own safety, and the safety of others, as to sit on seat belts rather than put them on, drivers dare to play Russian roulette by talking or texting on the phone with the engine on, ignoring the rules of the road. If this is you, are you angling to become another statistic? Do yourself and everyone else a favour and drive responsibly. PLEASE!”

Motorists are also being encouraged to sign a road safety pledge on the TISPOL website (www.tispol.org/edward).

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary: 15th September 2016

Motorists urged to ‘belt up’ in seatbelt campaign

Police in Norfolk are targeting drivers and passengers who don’t belt-up during a week-long enforcement campaign.

The checks will be carried out as part of the Europe-wide TISPOL seatbelt enforcement initiative which started on Monday and runs until Sunday (12-18 September).

The aim is to raise awareness of how many collision-related injuries and fatalities can be prevented by the wearing of seatbelts, which is now compulsory in most European countries.

Officers from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit will be conducting checks on motorists and their passengers throughout both counties, those who are found not wearing seatbelts could be fined or face further action.

Seatbelts should be worn in any vehicle they are provided in, including buses and goods vehicles.

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt may be issued with a TOR (Traffic Offence Report) and face a fine, points on their licence or even court action

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary: 8th September 2016

‘Make the Right Call’

Around 25% of calls Norfolk Police receive each year are inappropriate, either because they simply are not emergencies requiring immediate police assistance or they’re non-police matters.

Now, a campaign called ‘Make the Right Call’ is being launched to remind people to think carefully before dialling 999 and 101 and to consider alternatives for non-police matters.

Norfolk Constabulary’s Contact and Control Room (CCR) deal with an average of approximately 983 calls per day. Common unnecessary 999 calls include noise nuisance, animal/wildlife call outs, utility call outs and highway matters, all of which could have been better dealt with by partner agencies.

The Contact and Control Room’s Superintendent Malcolm Cooke said: “Non-emergency or inappropriate calls tie up our phone lines and can prevent callers with genuine emergencies from getting through – at worst they can put other people’s lives at risk.

“People should only call 999 if there is a direct and immediate threat to life or property or if a crime is in progress. Our staff prioritises people who are in immediate need and if you ring 999 in error you will be directed to call the 101 police non-emergency number or sign-posted to the most appropriate agency.”

People who have questions around policing or non-policing matters can access a range of information on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Norfolk Police website or via ‘Ask the Police’ which can be found on any search engine.

You can access information and advice using the “FAQ” link on our website at www.norfolk.police.uk

You can also access useful information via the internet using “ask the police” www.askthe.police.uk

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Police issue warning about bogus callers  

 

Police are urging residents to be vigilant following a number of suspected bogus caller incidents in recent weeks.

Officers have received reports of incidents in the Norwich, Blakeney, Great Yarmouth, Horning, Poringland and Costessey areas. In each case a man has knocked at the door claiming to be there to either read a gas or electricity meter, or to check the boiler.

Police are reminding householders to be vigilant when dealing with cold callers and offer the following advice:

  • Close and lock the back door before answering the front door.
  • Use a spy hole or window to look at the caller before answering the door.
  • If you do not recognise the caller, speak to them through the closed door.
  • If the caller is selling something or offering work on your home, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave.
  • If they do not leave or you need assistance then call the police.
  • If the caller is valid still always ask for proof of identity. Phone the company or organisation the caller claims to be from while the caller waits outside.
  • Tell someone you trust about the uninvited callers to your home.
  • If necessary, report it to police with a description of the people involved and details of their vehicle if possible.

To report suspicious activity call Norfolk Constabulary on 101. In an emergency always dial 999

Weekly Crime Summary 25 August 2016

Norfolk Police are reminding residents of the importance of water safety as the current warm weather looks to continue over the bank holiday weekend.

We would urge people to be aware of the potential dangers of swimming in the sea or diving into rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

  • Beware of powerful tidal waters and always read and obey any safety signs.
  • Do not jump or dive into rivers. Quick entry into cold water can cause your body to go into shock. Low water temperature can numb limbs and claim lives.
  • You won’t be able to judge the depth of water just by looking and there could be submerged hazards such as weeds, rubbish or pollution.
  • There may be strong currents, which could pull you downstream or under the surface of the water.
  • Never go into water if you have been drinking alcohol.
  • Don’t assume because you can swim in a pool that you can deal with the challenges of open water swimming. Swim in safe areas, or where there is supervision and/or a lifeguard.

Burglary in Diss prompts witness appeal

Police are appealing for witness to come forward following a burglary in Diss.

A property in Sunnyside was broken into sometime between 12.30pm and 2.10pm on Monday 15 August 2016. Electrical items have then been stolen from within the address.

Anyone with information should contact DC Mike Larkin at Norwich CID on 101.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police Connect

Please note that due to the introduction of new software the Police Connect service has altered.

We will continue to provide a weekly update and overview for your area and will highlight any crime trends or issues that you need to be aware of.  Urgent crime updates or appeals for information will also be issued as necessary.

News, appeals and information can also be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week atwww.norfolk.police.uk

Thank you.

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

Weekly Crime Summary 11 August 2016

Crime on building sites

Officers are issuing a warning after more than ten crimes on building sites have been recorded since the beginning of August in Norwich and South Norfolk.

The most recent incident happened at some point between Friday 5 August and Monday 8 August 2016. A housing development on Carr Lane in Poringland has been entered and several of the properties broken into. The tools of two independent subcontractors have then been stolen from within.

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark said, “We have seen a rise in crimes occurring on building sites across south Norfolk and Norwich and would like to encourage builders to remain vigilant, take precautionary steps and look after their equipment. There are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime which include:

  • Marking your property with a postcode
  • Ensuring adequate security for your tools
  • Keeping them with you when leaving the site

By doing this there will be less of an incentive for burglars risking police action by entering these sites.”

Anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity around building sites or anyone with information about these crimes should contact Norfolk Police on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/

Police Connect

Please be aware that due to the introduction of new software, a reduced service continues to be provided by Police Connect.

The full service will be resumed as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk

Message from Chief Inspector Nathan Clark