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Catalytic Converter and Diesel Thefts (6 February 2013)

Catalytic Converter Thefts
We have had another series of thefts of catalyctic converters in the area. Please see the below information that may help reduce these crimes.

Commercial premises which house a number of commercial vans are being targeted. The exhaust unit and catalytic converters are being removed, sometimes without causing damage to the vehicles or activating any alarms.

-Why target Catalytic Converters?
There are tiny amounts of precious metals inside the catalytic converter which makes them so valuable. The price of these valuable metals has increased greatly in recent years.

-What thieves are looking for?
Poorly monitored storage yards or warehouses storing fleet vehicles will allow thieves to steal many parts at once. However, some thieves are quite brazen and may target vehicles which are parked in a public parking lot or even the owner’s driveway overnight. It can take as little as three minutes to remove a catalytic converter.

-What are the costs?
Catalytic converters are intricate pieces of engineering and given the cost of expensive metal components, their replacement is very costly. This can be compounded by the fact that many vehicles have more than one converter installed. There is no foolproof way to protect your vehicle from this kind of damage, but there are some precautions you can take.

-Diesel Theft
Growing fuel prices have led to an increase in the theft of fuel. Every accessible vehicle becomes a potential target. Stolen fuel is not only costly to replace, but may incur additional costs due to missed deliveries and business disruption. In addition to fuel costs, often there is damage caused during the theft, such as damage to locking fuel caps, anti siphon fillers and holes in tanks.

-How Do Diesel Thieves Work?
Diesel thieves require containers in which to hold your fuel, siphoning equipment to remove it and a means by which to transport it away from your vehicle. If they can’t get into the tank through the fuel cap they may cut fuel lines or drill directly into the tanks. The risk of damage must be considered when implementing any additional security measures.

12 Ways to Deter Catalytic Converter and Diesel Theft

-Target Removal – Reduce the amount of fuel left in the vehicles when parked unattended by managing fuel usage. Ideally the vehicles should be left with the minimum amount of fuel and refuelled at the beginning of the working day. Try to avoid full tanks being left during the weekend when the majority of companies are closed

-Defensive Parking – Park in a highly visible, well lit area. Off-road parking areas such as secure compounds should be used whenever possible. A highly visible parking area should be open to view from passers-by or from a monitored CCTV, Vehicles with a high clearance from the ground make fuel tanks and catalytic convertors vulnerable and exposed to attack. Try to park so as to reduce this vulnerability and hinder access to these areas. Park vehicles so fuel tanks are as inaccessible as possible ie parking the vehicle tank to wall or tank to tank if possible. The goal here is to obstruct access underneath the vehicle and near the fuel storage and filler points. At the very least you want to slow the thieves down as much as possible so that your other security measures have time to effectively respond.

-Parking area – Consider where you are parking. Generally thieves do not like to be seen committing a crime. Consider where the vehicles are parked and would a particular parking pattern allow a better view into the compound from passers-by. Make sure your compound does not contain anything which may assist a thief in stealing from your vehicles ie empty barrels, tubing, wheel barrows and objects that could be used for climbing perimeter fencing etc.

-Effective Security Lighting – Good dusk to dawn security lighting makes your vehicles visible to passers by without creating glare. Also consider additional movement sensor lighting which would alert a passer-by to an intruder. It may be worth considering covering any lighting with protective caging.
Monitored CCTV – Recording images of thieves committing crimes that have already taken place can be of limited value. It is more effective to have monitored surveillance where an operator could see a prowler and challenge them via a remote public address system. The operator could also instigate an appropriate response should the prowler refuse to leave the site. This could prevent a crime from being committed and possibly save on costly repair bills and business disruption.

-Security Fencing – Good quality strong perimeter fencing will deter the occasional/opportunistic thief and it should slow down the more organized thieves so that your other security measures such as monitored CCTV can respond. Fencing on its own in a remote location will be vulnerable to attack if not supported by some form of surveillance and monitoring.

-Signage – The fixing of signs highlights the security measures you have put in place and helps deter thieves. They can also remove a potential thief’s excuses for being in a particular area or carrying out a specific action. Some examples:-

Private property keep out.
Warning CCTV
Closed Circuit Television in operation
Security patrols in operation
Cat converters and property security marked
All vehicles have security devices
All vehicles are left with minimum fuel
Extra security for Catalytic Converters

-Converter security devices – If appropriate, converters which are “bolt on” could be secured by welding. This may only act as a deterrent to the lowest level of converter thief armed with a wrench, but no grinding equipment. In some cases this may be enough of a deterrent to help prevent a theft.

-Catalytic Converter Protective Sleeves – Protective coverings and security casings make it much more difficult for a thief to access your converter and remove it.

-Property Marking – Marking a converter with a unique reference will help the police identify the owner should it be located after being stolen. This will not protect against theft, but does assist in returning property and bringing offenders to justice. Any additions or alterations may affect your warranty or guarantee for the vehicle so it is advised you contact your dealer first. Purpose made commercial property marking products are available which will withstand the high temperatures reached on the surface of a converter.
Locking fuel Caps and anti-Siphoning Deterrents – There are many products available that can make the fuel tanks on your vehicles less vulnerable. Please be aware these could be damaged if an offender manages to gain access to your vehicle.
Prior to carrying out any permanent adaptations or alterations to your vehicle ensure that whatever you intend to do does not affect your warranty or guarantees.

-South Cambridgeshire Businesswatch South Cambridgeshire Business Watch (SCBW) is a new initiative which will enable businesses to receive free, regular, updates and alerts from the police about criminality against businesses in South Cambridgeshire. It is intended that SCBW will encourage and facilitate the reporting of information to the police, such as suspicious activity or behaviour, by providing a single point of email contact. SCBW will also promote crime reduction initiatives, gather and share information with members and assist in making communities in South Cambridgeshire a safer place to live and work.

Many Thanks

PCSO Fuller

Crime Prevention (9 October 2012)

Hello all,

I have continued to patrol the villages and surrounding areas. I have been making various enquiries into a few crimes from the last update. I will update you when we get any results.

I have recently received some correspondence relating to speeding issues around the villages. These concerns have been passed to the relevant agencies and I will be supporting them going forward. Speed watch have continued to carry out checks in various areas of the villages. The results from these checks are being published for the next neighbourhood panel meeting which is to be held on Tuesday 9th October at 7:30pm at Impington Village College. Feel free to come along to voice any concerns you may have.

The Annual General Meeting of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHW Executive Group is being held on Thursday 11 October 2012, at Force Headquarters, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon. The event will be open from 18:15, for a 19:00 start. For NHW members, the Conference is not only an opportunity to network with other NHW members, but also to hear what the Police and the Executive Group can do for them.
The event is open to all members of Neighbourhood Watch in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and we hope that as many members of Neighbourhood Watch as possible will be able to attend.
Those that wish to attend should notify the Executive Group via the Cambridgeshire NHW Website at http://cambsnhw.wordpress.com/
Details of the agenda and previous Minutes can also be found on the NHW Website.

UKASH Vouchers:
Ukash is a voucher service designed to enable you to use your bank notes and coins to pay or send money on the internet.

Unfortunatlety a scam, which has been reported in numerous parts of the country, involve householders being called by people claiming to be from banks, government bodies and even lottery operators with promises of ready cash. However, an upfront fee is invariably requested to allow the main transaction to take place.
Bogus callers often pretend to be from well-known, reputable companies or financial institutions, requesting details such as account numbers, voucher numbers, passwords and card expiry dates. Don’t, under any circumstances, part with personal details.
Others more recently have requested their victims to send cash in advance, whether by voucher, cheque or cash transfer in exchange for greater riches or goods. Do not fall for their false promises.
In many instances the householder has been advised to make a payment using Ukash. This involved buying a Ukash voucher and then providing the caller with the voucher’s serial number.

Ukash provide comprehensive crime prevention advice on their website:
-Do not send Ukash to anyone asking for a fee to arrange a loan. They will ask you to send them a fee in the form of a Ukash voucher code by email or over the telephone.
-Never email vouchers or give voucher codes in full or part by email or over the telephone to anyone as you will lose your money
-Never provide any voucher details to a third-party by any method as it should be treated just like cash
-The Ukash product is not designed for person to person or Escrow payments; it should only be used for making payments online at Participating Ukash Merchants
-Participating Ukash Merchants will never ask for payment to be made by sending voucher details over the telephone or by email
-Participating Ukash Merchants will never ask for payment to be made directly to a carrier to release a shipment

If other people think they have been targeted by this or similar scams, please report the matter to the national Action on Fraud at www.actionfraud.org.uk or telephone 0300 123 2040. Alternatively you can report it to Cambridgeshire Police on 101.

Kind regards
PCSO James Fuller

16 arrested in dawn raids (24 April 2012)

This morning saw one of the constabulary’s largest ever drugs operations, codenamed Operation Vanguard. Eighteen dawn raids at properties in areas including Sutton, Waterbeach, St Ives, Burwell, Needingworth, Cottenham, Fulbourn, Huntingdon, Milton and Cambridge resulted in 18 arrests. This was the culmination of a long-term investigation into the large scale supply of class A drugs in Cambridgeshire, mainly high purity cocaine.

Arrests were also made today by police in Northamptonshire and Hampshire in connection with the same conspiracy. Of the arrests by Cambridgeshire officers, one was made in Chelmsford, Essex, and another at a property in Red Lodge, Bury St Edmunds, where cannabis plants were also discovered.

Officers will be visiting properties in the vicinity of the raids to update local residents on the policing operation.

I’d like to reassure you that these raids are part of the force’s ongoing campaign to stop class A drugs being sold in Cambridgeshire. The use and supply of drugs in not only illegal, it also fuels other types of crime.

We take this type of offending very seriously and would urge anyone with information about drug dealing to contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or you can leave details online using their secure contact from – see link below.

Chief Inspector Darren Alderson, Silver commander Operation Vanguard

https://secure.crimestoppers-uk.org/ams.form.anonymous.asp – Crimestoppers online contact form

Switchover to 101 (30 March 2012)

FROM Sunday (April 1), Cambridgeshire police can only be contacted on 101 for all non-emergency calls. The old 0345 number will be switched off and a recorded message will tell people to call 101. The old number has remained in use alongside 101 for the past year to allow people time to get used to the new number.

For the first time, everyone calling the police for non-emergency matters will know exactly how much it will cost them and it will be the same no matter what time of day or the duration of the call. The number change is part of a national scheme to make 101 the single non-emergency number in England and Wales.

The change has been introduced so residents will have one, easy-to-remember way to contact local police, wherever they are. The system has been designed to recognise where the caller is dialling from and connect them with the local police service.

If a caller does not want to speak to their local force they will be given the option to be connected to different one.

The number change does not affect the way that calls are handled and non-emergency calls will continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People should continue to call 999 when an immediate response is needed, for example if a crime is happening, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, or someone is in danger.

Report Suspicious Activity Online (15 March 2012)

Dear Resident

For the first time you can report suspicious activity online.

The facility is part of Operation Twist, the crackdown on rural burglaries in Huntingdonshire and South Cambs.

People can report suspicious activity in the two districts through the force website or via email.

Offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. It’s at this point that people are most likely to notice something unusual but may not think it is worth reporting. We want descriptions of these people and any vehicle details that may be linked to them.

We appreciate that not everyone may want to phone through with this type of information and hope the online facility will provide an effective way of doing this.

However if people suspect there is a burglary in process then they should always dial 999.

To report suspicious activity or information about burglary visit the ‘Operation Twist’ page of the force website – www.cambs.police.uk. Or email – burglarycrackdown@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk

Patrols continue to be increased in rural villages, as well as investigative and forensic work to target those responsible.

Anyone with information should use the online facility or call police on 101. Or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Kind regards

DI Ian Simmons

“Operation Twist” (29 February 2012)

We have launched an operation following more than 200 burglaries in rural Huntingdonshire and South Cambs in the past four months.

Operation Twist will focus on tackling burglaries in rural villages in the districts.

Since November there have been 115 burglaries in Huntingdonshire and 113 in South Cambs. Detectives believe they are part of a linked series with the offenders potentially travelling in from outside the county.

Operation Twist will see increase patrols in rural villages, as well as investigative and forensic work to target those responsible.

Releasing these figures is not about scaring people, as in reality people living in Huntingdonshire and South Cambs are less than one per cent likely to become a victim of burglary. In fact, there has been an average of one burglary a day across Huntingdonshire and South Cambs. While that sounds a lot, it is worth bearing in mind the population in Huntingdonshire is 167,300 and there are more than 69,000 homes across the area. And in South Cambs the population is 143,600 and there are more than 59,000 homes across the area.

However, it is important that we raise awareness of this series as the public play a vital part in helping us to prevent further offences as well as catching those responsible.

Although a large number of offences have taken place while people have been away detectives believe offenders are targeting homes during the day, often breaking in through the rear of the property.

It is likely because of the sporadic nature of the offences that the offenders are travelling across Huntingdonshire, South Cambs and potentially other parts of Cambridgeshire targeting homes.

We are working closely with crime teams across the county as well as other forces to share information about these offences.

It’s important people remain alert to activity in their neighbourhood, reporting anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to police.

By taking simple preventative measure people can further reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

To reduce the risk of being a victim:

-It’s important to make your home look lived in and ask neighbours to keep an eye on it when you are not in. Consider installing light timers. Burglars will target homes in darkness as there is less of a risk of being spotted. If the bins are due to be collected, ask your neighbours to move them on and off your drive for you.

– Report unusual activity such as people knocking at your door. If you believe someone knocking at your door could be a burglar then contact police immediately. This type of information can be used to gain a better understanding of how criminals are operating in your area.

– Keep a note of any unusual vehicles parking in your area and pass information onto the police.

Deterrents:

Alarms: Install an alarm – even an empty box on the side of your home can be enough to put off a burglar.

Dogs: A `beware of the dog’ sign can be enough to put off an intruder, regardless of whether a dog is present.

Lock up your shed: Offenders do not like carrying break-in tools as they may be searched en-route to a burglary. They often raid sheds to get their hands on tools to burgle.

Strong communities are also a deterrent for burglars: Make friends with your neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Areas that have been targeted include:
Alconbury, Brampton, Grafham, Stilton, Great Gidding, Ellington, Buckden, Hilton, Fenstanton, Hail Weston, Easton, Needingworth , Shepreth, Over, Swavesey, Coton, Whittlesford, Balsham and Granchester.

Kind regards

DI Ian Simmons

Single non-emergency number for Police (14 November 2011)

I wanted to let you know that you can now contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 101 for all non-emergency calls. The 0345 456 456 4 number will remain in use alongside 101 for several months to allow people time to get used to the new number.

The change comes part of a national programme to make 101 the single non-emergency number in England and Wales, giving residents an easy-to-remember number to contact local police wherever they are.

The call system is designed to recognise where you are calling from and connect you with the local police service. If you did not want to speak to your local force, or the force area you are in, you will be given the option to be connected to different one.

The number change does not affect the way that calls are handled and we will continue to take non-emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please continue to call 999 when an immediate response is needed because a crime is happening, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, or someone is in danger.

Kind regards,

Superintendent Mike Brown

Lead and Fuel Thefts (29 August 2011)

Please be aware that churches nearby Willingham and Over have been targeted by lead thieves who have removed lead from the roofs of the church during the hours of darkness. May I ask that you all be extra vigilant over the coming months and please report to us any suspicious activity? Patrols by the police have been increased.

Oil Thefts

Due to the increased price of fuel there has been a spate of heating oil thefts in the South Cambs area,below is some information and security advice to help you avoid becoming a victim.

*Position Tank close to the house with one or more windows so you can see the tank, a thief may think twice due to the chance of being seen

*Padlocks: close shackle padlocks are the best design as they have very little of the metal hoop exposed making it very difficult for the thief to get a good grip on it with bolt croppers

*Place a low energy dusk till dawn light so tank has sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity

*Placing gravel around the tank and planting defensive shrubs can also make thieves think twice

*CCTV is an option – you can also get dummy cameras that look very realistic for a fraction of the cost

I hope you find the information of some use, if we can assist you further please contact you local policing team on via e-mail or by phone.
Please call 999 should you see any suspicious activity regarding vehicles or persons, and 0345 456 456 4 with any other information.

Kind Regards

On behalf of PCSO Claire Whiteman

Cambridge Disorder – CCTV reissue (12 August 2011)

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have re-issued images of two people we want to speak to in connection with the disorder in Cambridge on Tuesday, following release on social media sites yesterday.

Officers arrested eight people yesterday, six have been released on police bail and two men, both aged 20, have been released with no further action.

Officers were called to reports of between 30 and 40 youths, some wearing face coverings, hanging around Midsummer Common at 11.35pm on Tuesday (August 9). The group made their way towards the Grafton Centre and some threw items, including rubbish, at officers. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

The images of two people we want to speak to in connection with the incident can be found at the bottom of this email (web link).

We are keen to hear from anyone who recognises these people. I would also urge the people who are pictured to contact police themselves. Anyone with any information should call me on 0345 456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Detective Sergeant Emma Compson

http://www.cambs.police.uk/images/newsitem/download/CB%209.8%206.JPG – Cambridge CCTV 1
http://www.cambs.police.uk/images/newsitem/download/CB%209.8%209.JPG – Cambridge CCTV 2
http://www.cambs.police.uk/news/newsitem.asp?NewsID=6100 – Cambridge disorder – CCTV re-issued statement

Have Your Say on what you think the Police should stop doing (29 July 2011)

What activities do you think the police could stop doing, or do differently, to make the best possible use of resources? That’s this week’s question on ‘have your say’.

The force is facing its biggest ever challenge as we work to dramatically reduce our budget, while making the most effective use of resources.

Our priority remains frontline policing and bringing offenders to justice so we must look at all other areas of business and see where we can save time and resources.

We have identified a number of activities and incidents that police have traditionally dealt with but may not actually need a police response.

For example, do you want the police to attend reports of littering or cats stuck up trees?

In these difficult times we need to be realistic about what we can achieve and focus on the issues that are important to the public.

I’d encourage anyone with a view on this matter to have their say by logging on to the forum on the force website.

Kind regards,
Superintendent Dan Vajzovic

http://www.cambs.police.uk/newpolicingapproach/haveyoursay/ – Have your say on what the police should stop doing

Witness Appeal (26 July 2011)

WITNESS APPEAL HIGH STREET COTTENHAM: A burglary took place on the high street in Cottenham on 19-07-2011 between 08:30 – 16:00. A new laptop was taken. Did you see anything or have any information relating to this crime? If you have, please get in touch on claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk

WITNESS APPEAL RAMPTON ROAD COTTENHAM: Offenders have entered the back of a property on Rampton Road in Cottenham between 22:00 17-07-2011 and 07:00 18-07-2011. They have stolen a polythene and metal garden frame structure. Again if you have any information that would help our investigations then please email claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk.

From the July Rampton Newsletter (30 June 2011)

My name is Claire Whiteman and I am your new PCSO for Rampton. I am based at Histon Police Station and have worked as a PCSO for nearly 3 years. I am very keen for residents in the village to get in touch with me if they need to. You can do this by emailing me on claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk

Your Police officer for the village is PC Judith Crabb and we will be working together to help keep Rampton a safe village to live in. I would encourage you to sign up to ECOPS which is a free scheme where you will get weekly updates from myself giving you crime and community information. Visit www.cambs.police.uk/signup/ecops/. If you need to contact the police then please call 0345 456 456 4 or in an emergency dial 999. Thank you PCSO 7321 Claire Whiteman Histon Police Station : claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk Come to our next panel meeting and have your say on what the police should tackle in your area. Find out the date of the next meeting in your area and find out more about your local policing team by visiting https://www.cambs.police.uk/myneighbourhood/locate .asp

Have Your Say (24 June 2011)

Dear e-copper,

How would you prefer to report information about criminal or suspicious activity in your area?

The question is part of the second week of the ‘Have your say’ forum launch, an online tool that gives you the chance to help shape the future of policing in Cambridgeshire. All comments, questions and answers will be viewable and the forum will be live for at least the next three months.

As part of an ongoing review to improve the way the force receives and uses information the force is this week asking how the public prefer to report information about criminal or suspicious activity. The public are vital to fighting crime and it is important that we have good links with our local communities.

We are currently reviewing the way we receive and use information from the public and as part of that work we want to make this process as easy as possible for people. We’re asking if you would prefer to call, email or use the anonymous Crimestoppers service to report information about criminal or suspicious activity in your area.

Despite the cuts our priority remains bringing offenders to justice and keeping the people of Cambridgeshire safe.

I’d like to encourage you to visit the force website and have your say, and also share this opportunity with friends and family by forwarding this email.

Kind regards,

Superintendent Paul Fullwood

http://www.cambs.police.uk/newpolicingapproach/haveyoursay/Have your say forum

Weekly E-Cops (16 June 2011)

Dear All,

I am pleased to say it has been a lot quieter over the week in all of the villages. We have had one crime in the last week which is a massive reduction so I do not have any witness appeals!

On the 14th May 2011 a white motor home was stolen from Rampton End in Willingham. We believe that it may be being used in the Cottenham and Rampton area. The index of the vehicle is K451NKD. The model of the motor home is a TALBOT compass drifter. If you have any information in relation to this crime please email me on claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk

As more of you will be going away on your holidays please take a look at the following advice to ensure your home is safe and secure whilst you are way:

– Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries

– Avoid discussing your holiday plans with strangers

– Consider leaving valuables and important documents with family or friends you can trust

– If you normally leave valuable cycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house

– Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are travelling to your holiday destination

– Make your home look like someone is living in it. Don’t close your curtains – in daytime this shows the house the empty. Use automatic time-switches to turn

your lights on when it goes dark.

– Finally, make sure that you’ve locked all outside doors and windows and, if you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set.

Thank you

PCSO Claire Whiteman

Histon Police Station

‘Have your say’ on the future of policing in Cambridgeshire” (16 June 2011)

Dear E-copper

You have the chance to help shape the future of policing in Cambridgeshire using a new online tool.

The ‘Have your say’ section on the force website will feature weekly projects being considered for a more efficient and effective policing model.

The force faces a number of challenges over the next few years as we work to balance the books and ensure we make the best use of resources.

Work is already underway to review the existing force structure to create a new policing model that provides the best possible service to the public.

Our focus remains on frontline duties and a commitment to bringing offenders to justice and keeping people safe.

Now you can get involved in helping us achieve this by having your say about the changes being made to the force.

We are very interested in your opinions and will be taking the responses into account as we redesign the force’s structure.

Each week a topic under review will be posted on the force website for people to comment on or post questions. All comments, questions and answers will be viewable and the forum will be live for at least the next three months.

The first topic will be the review of all non-frontline duties carried out by police officers. This includes managerial, analytical, training and call handling.

Over the life of the restructure we will look at each of the officers in these posts and consider which should be returned to the frontline and in what timeframe.

Kind regards

Chief Constable Simon Parr

http://www.cambs.police.uk/newpolicingapproach/haveyoursay/ – ‘Have your say’

Weekly E-Cops (10 June 2011)

Dear All,

Another quiet week for Rampton and Oakington.

It has been a lot calmer this week in Cottenham compared to the last few. I have spent a lot of time this week in the recreation ground on Lambs Lane talking to the youths and making them pick up there litter! There has been a reduction in criminal damage in the recreation ground in the last week so I plan on keeping this approach and hopefully we will see a lot less crimes in this particular area. Please report any nuisance behaviour in this area and if you see any criminal damage in progress please call 999.

Another warning has been issued to a young driver from Willingham this week for his inconsiderate driving in the High Street in Cottenham on 7th June. This was a great success as it was called in by a resident in the village who had a good description of the bike with the index number and a detailed description of the incident. If you witness any anti-social driving in your area please call us on 0345 456 456 4 or in an emergency 999.

WITNESS APPEAL COTTENHAM: A theft of some personal items from a laundry service was stolen from a door step in the sheltered housing accommodation in Coolidge Gardens in Cottenham on 06-06-2011 between 09:00 and 10:30. Did you see anything? If so please email me on claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk

Thank you

PCSO Claire Whiteman, Histon Police Station

Weekly E-Cops (27 May 2011)

Dear All,

All very quiet in Oakington and Rampton this week.

A busy week in Cottenham. I have issued 3 section 59 warnings for vehicles in Cottenham in relation to nuisance driving around the recreation ground on Lambs lane and also around the green. Thank you to those who reported this and keep them coming!

Speed checks were carried out on Histon Road in Cottenham. 4 tickets were issued and 3 verbal warnings.

I attended an address on Rampton Road in Cottenham in relation to an ongoing issue whereby the address had eggs thrown at the property on more than 3 occasions over the last 6 months. After doing some digging I managed to find out who the culprits were. The two youths involved paid for a window cleaning service and also wrote letters of apology to the occupant.

WITNESS APPEAL COTTENHAM: On Wednesday evening at 20:20 a window was smashed on the high street. Did you see anything or know anything about the incident that could help us find the suspect? If so please email me on claire.whiteman@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk

Please note: Histon enquiry office will be closed next week. Should you need to get in contact please call 0345 456 456 4 or in an emergency dial 999.

Thank you

PCSO Claire Whiteman

40 arrests made thanks to information given to Crimestoppers (20 May 2011)

Crimestoppers received nearly 600 pieces of actionable information over the past year (April 2010 – March 2011) about criminals operating in Cambridgeshire. This information assisted with 40 arrests.

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers has expressed a huge thank you to the people of Cambridgeshire for using the charity to pass on information about crime. As a result, 40 criminals have now been brought to justice who may have still been on the street without the charity’s and public help.

Ann is extremely proud that Crimestoppers continues to play such a vital role in helping to make our local community a safer place to live.

Crimestoppers would like to reassure the public that their service is completely anonymous and in the 23 years that the charity’s been running no one has ever been identified. The service is run for the public, to help make communities a safer place to live. Crimestoppers is not part of the Police or government, it’s an independent charity, so by contacting them you’ll never have to give a statement to the Police or go to court.

This year has seen a newly formed Cambridgeshire Crimestoppers volunteer group who has been involved in a number of successful events promoting Fearless the Crimestoppers brand for young people.

Recently Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information on a series of sexual assaults across Cambridge and the public responded very well. The appeal, which features on the charity’s Most Wanted site, received extensive coverage in the media.

The support and involvement of local communities is essential to fighting crime in Cambridgeshire and I would encourage anyone with information about criminals operating within the county to contact police or if they do not wish to be identified to use Crimestoppers.

If you have any information you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit the charity’s website, see link below

Detective Inspector Tim Nasta

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org – Crimestoppers website

http://www.cambs.police.uk/news/CambridgeSexAttacks/ – Cambridge sex attacker appeal

Could you do something Special (13 April 2011)

An open evening for the Special Constabulary is taking place at Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters. The evening gives you the opportunity to find out if volunteering with the Specials is for you and a chance to meet and talk to some of Cambridgeshire’s existing specials.

It will take place at Headquarters, Hinchingbrooke Park in Huntingdon on Wednesday, April 20 from 7pm until 9.30pm.

This event is for anyone interested in joining the police ‘Specials’ voluntary service. Every day brings exciting challenges whose outcome you can influence positively. You will get an overview of the Special Constabulary, the recruitment and training process and you can talk to us about your application, the assessment centres and what to expect in your training.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you’ll also have the chance to sign up to go out on a shift with our existing specials to experience firsthand the excitement, challenges and rewards of being a member of the Special Constabulary.

If you’d like to attend please email recruitment.applications@nullcambs.pnn.police.uk or call Mel Bevu on extension 2750 via our switchboard on 0345 456 456 4.

To find out more about being a ‘Special’ please visit our website – www.cambs.police.uk

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Tyres slashed in Cottenham area (10 April 2011)

There have been several reports recently of cars having had their tyres slashed in the Cottenham area. We have investigated these offences and have so far been unable to identify those responsible. It would seem that rumours are rife as to who has committed the damage to the tyres however, these remain rumours only!

Should you have any evidence and are willing to assist Police with their enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Pc 2194 Judith Crabb Neighbourhood Policing Team

Chief’s Views on Budget (9 Feb 2011)

Chief Constable Simon Parr’s final film, in a series of four, has been released today. The last film focuses on public involvement and his views on a new way of doing business. You can view the film via YouTube or the constabulary website via the links below.

Have you seen Mr Parr’s views on all four films? Did you miss Mr Parr talking about collaboration or performance?

You can see all four films with Mr Parr answering questions on the budget, collaboration, performance and public involvement by visiting our website or via YouTube. Many of the questions covered in the films address issues raised by the public through the online budget calculator application.

The budget calculator gives you the chance to ponder the difficult budget decisions the force faces and can be found on the force website. If you haven’t tried it yet, there’s still time to have a go at balancing the books before it closes on Monday, February 28.

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

http://www.cambs.police.uk/about/chief/vodcast.asp – Cambridgeshire Constabulary website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvZBsmdz988 – You Tube web link

http://www.cambs.police.uk/yourpolicebudget/ – Your Police Budget

Chief’s Views on Budget (3 Feb 2012)

Chief Constable Simon Parr has filmed a short piece sharing his views on planned changes to the force. His first film focuses on budget reductions and what that means for the constabulary. There will be four films in total which will be released in the following week. You can view the film via You Tube or the force website see links below.

Many of the questions covered in the films address issues raised by the public through the online budget calculator application.

The budget calculator gives the public the chance to ponder the difficult budget decisions the force faces and can be found on the force website.

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

http://www.cambs.police.uk – Cambridgeshire Constabulary website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISvf91FEZdw – You Tube web link

E-Cops – Street level crime maps (Feb 2011)

A new national website has launched to give you more local information about crime and anti-social behaviour at a street level. The online map will allow you to view figures for all crime as well as burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime, other crime and anti-social behaviour in your area, at the touch of a button.

The maps display dots which mark the approximate location where a crime or incidence of anti-social behaviour has been reported to the police. To ensure privacy of individuals, incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour are mapped to a point on, or near, the street where it happened.

You can see the site at www.police.uk. Enter your postcode for more details on crime and anti-social behaviour where you live.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

www.police.uk – New street level crime maps

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Could you do something Special? (Jan 2011)

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a police officer, volunteering with the Special Constabulary could be for you. Special Constables, or ‘Specials’ as they’re affectionately known in the force, wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and have the same powers as regular police officers – including the power of arrest.

Being a police officer is a demanding but incredibly rewarding role, and being a member of the Specials can be just as exciting as being a regular officer. Specials in Cambridgeshire carry out a wide variety of different activities, from walking the beat to carrying out house-to-house enquiries and providing security at major events such as Peterborough United football matches, our Specials do it all.

The contribution the Specials make in Cambridgeshire is enormous – in just three months last year our 179 existing Specials were directly involved in almost 350 arrests.

If you’ve always wanted to make a difference in your local community, and you can spare at least four hours a week, then why not consider joining the Special Constabulary? People from all walks of life can apply, as long as you’re over 18 and fairly fit. It’s a great way to learn new skills as full training is provided. You’ll learn how to prevent, detect and handle crimes, how to prepare evidence for court, how to effectively resolve conflict and handle difficult situations, and self defence to make sure you know how to keep yourself safe.

Local businesses can also get involved by taking part in our Employer Supported Policing Scheme (ESP). ESP is an effective partnership between employers, their staff and the police service to support special constables and brings unique benefits to both business and employee.

Click on the link below for more details. We hope to hear from you soon.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

http://www.cambs.police.uk/recruitment/specials/