Now that we are in the run up to Christmas, we have highlighted to you the annual spike in burglaries at this time of year.
Rather than repeat the previous crime prevention advice however; I’d like to raise awareness of these issues on a slightly different tack.
An offender will often be seen by, at least someone, in some format, approaching or leaving the scene of a burglary. The chances are, that person will have cause to think the individual is ‘up to no good’, but will lack the confidence to dial 999 lest they perceive (quite wrongly) as ending up with ‘egg on their face’. How often do we see someone acting suspiciously, and repair our doubts with, “No, it’s not as bad as it looks “.
One of my staff, while off duty, recently actually saw a man, mask pulled down over face, actually jump over the fence of his neighbour’s house, to burgle it. This was a ‘banged to rights’ scenario and he promptly dialled 999 , but still reported later that he felt a sense of unease; ‘what if I’m wrong ?’.
I suppose you have to be quite brave to dial 999. If you see someone who is up to no good; I’d encourage you to be.
Finally you will read below a report from PC Pete Hawkins who is part of the Operations Command Casualty Reduction Team. He is responsible for Casualty Reduction issues in Tandridge Borough, working closely with the Neighbourhood Team, solving issues together that relate to Anti Social Driving.
Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
Report from PC Pete Hawkins – Operations Command Casualty Reduction Team.
We currently monitor 116 roads looking at casualties, collision patterns and speed data in the Tandridge Area.
These sites are prioritised with the focus on Police enforcement being conducted at the locations indicating the highest collision, casualty patterns and recorded average speed data. There are currently 40 locations which are Police enforcement sites. This figure includes Community Speedwatch locations.
This data is recorded on the Surrey Speed Management Plan. This is a document shared between Surrey Police, Surrey Safety Camera Partnership and Surrey County Council Highways.
Speed surveys are conducted on sites to identify if the vehicle average is above the Police enforcement threshold. Average speeds are used on the advice given by the Department of Transport (DfT) and provides a consistent measure for comparisons. If the speeds are above this threshold then enforcement may be considered.
The current National Policing Chiefs Councils guidelines for enforcement is 10% + 2. So for example if you have a speed limit of 30mph the Police threshold for enforcement would be 36 mph and above. Tandridge currently has 9 Police enforcement sites and 31 Community Speedwatch locations.
The above agencies meet every six months to decide on future enforcement locations using the above criteria and information.
Where does Community Speedwatch fits into to our enforcement strategy?
Where a local road does not fit into our priorities, we can offer the local community the opportunity to monitor the speed of vehicles in their area. The information gained from these activities is passed to the Police and letters are sent to the registered owners of the vehicles recorded exceeding the speed limit. If a vehicle is identified as being a repeat offender then further action will be considered. This would be in the form of either a home visit by a Police Officer or targeted enforcement.
If you think you would be interested in setting up a scheme or joining an existing one, please get in touch with us and we can send you more information. Full training and equipment is provided.
Christmas Drink Drive Campaign
The National 2019 Christmas Drink/Drug Drive Campaign starts on 1st December and runs until 1st January 2020. The Casualty Reduction Team, supported by other departments, will be out on the Borough at various locations over this period conducting stop checks on vehicles to support this campaign. Officers from the team are trained to conduct Field Impartment tests and Drug Swipe tests at the roadside as well as breath tests. More information on the campaign can be found at www.think.gov.uk
If your area is not referred to below it is because we have not been informed of the crime or it has not been affected by reported crime in the categories below.
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CRIME REPORTS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Our Area Patrol Team and Safer Neighbourhood Team deal with a variety of incidents. Here are a few they dealt with over the last two weeks and some Court results.
Some of you may have witnessed Wayne Crittenden use threatening and abusive behaviour in the One Stop in Hurst Green in July this year. He has been sentenced to:
-12 weeks custodial
-£122 costs and fines
-Restraining order not to attend the One Stop on Holland Road for 2 years
He has already been recalled to prison for breaching a previous licence.
Tandridge Area Patrol Team’s E Rota were involved in a pursuit in Moor Lane, Edenbridge on the evening of November 21st. The car crashed and the driver ran off into a rather muddy and wet field.Stolen lead and copper piping was recovered from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle had been stolen during a burglary in Kent. The suspect wasn't located but enquiries are ongoing.
Some of you may remember the robbery of a vulnerable man in Westway, Caterham last year
Due to the ages of those carried out the robbery we cannot name them but the Court imposed the following penalties.
Defendant 1 – Costs £85, Compensation £130, Victim surcharge £20 and a 12 month Surrey Youth Justice Referral.
Defendant 2 – Costs £85, Compensation £130, Victim surcharge £20, Youth Rehabilitation Order and an electronically monitored curfew for 3 months.
Defendant 3 - Community Order 24 months - 30 days Rehab Activity Requirement (this is usually some sort of rehab course), 140 hours unpaid work and Compensation awarded to the victim.
Some of you may also remember the helicopter and police sirens in Godstone back on the 25th September 2019. Billy Jones of Oxted appeared at Guildford Crown Court on 21st November 2019 for numerous driving offences, 2x handling stolen goods and a make off without payment for fuel. He has received a total of 18 months imprisonment, disqualified for 35 months until driving test passed and fined £149.
On November 22nd in Chaldon a driver tested positive for cocaine after a single vehicle road traffic collision and in Felcourt a male was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.
On November 26th in Warlingham a male was arrested after being in charge of a vehicle whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit.
Tandridge Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Stimson has been working with our anti-social behaviour co-ordinator over the last few months in connection with an issue that has been on going in Smallfield. Following a Trial on December 3rd Peter Morgan from Smallfield was found guilty on all counts (4 section 4a and 1 section 5 Public Order). Sentencing results were: 6 months Community Order with Rehabilitation activity requirements. To pay costs of £650 to the CPS and £85 to fund victim services. Twelve restraining orders with various residents were secured but no Criminal Behaviour Order.
In the early hours of December 3rd officers in the Area Patrol team stopped a vehicle in West Park Road, Newchapel. The occupants were found in possession of multiple controlled substances and an offensive weapon. The driver was arrested for being over the prescribed limit for drug driving, driving without insurance, possession of class A drugs and possession of an offensive weapon. The 2 passengers were arrested for possession of class A drugs.
Lingfield, Felbridge, Edenbridge and Blindley Heath
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Honeypot Lane, Edenbridge. Between 18.00 and 20.30 November 25th a Honda V2 lawnmower was stolen from a barn (ref 45190126748).
Church Road, Lingfield – Theft. Around 21.55 November 23rd a blue Ford Transit index HN12HBF was stolen (ref 45190126143).
Vicarage Road, Lingfield – Theft. Between 18.30 and 19.30 November 27th three men were seen stealing metal panels off the side of a van (ref 45190121734).
St Piers Lane, Lingfield – Arson. Around 23.14 December 2nd a vehicle was found abandoned and burnt out (ref 45190129211).
Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath – Criminal Damage. Around 21.15 November 21st the window of a parked lorry was smashed by what was believed to be a BB gun (ref 45190126652).
London Road, Felbridge – Theft. Between November 16th and 26th index plates BG55ZDH were stolen from a van (ref 45190127253).
South Godstone, Bletchingley , Nutfieldand Smallfield
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Big Common Lane, Bletchingley. Between 16.30 November 26th and 07.30 November 27th a shed and garage were broken into and a mule red Kawasaki Quad bike 2520 model and a Honda Brush Cutter red and silver strimmer were stolen (ref 45190127332).
Outwood Lane, Bletchingley. On November 28th a Karcher pressure washer was reported stolen from an unlocked garage which had been unlocked for some months (ref 45190127997).
Nutfield Road, Nutfield. Between 07.00 December 2nd and 08.15 December 3rd a 13 tonne excavator was stolen from a building site but found abandoned in a field close by. However the bucket and tools had been stolen (ref 45190129697).
Redehall Road, Smallfield – Theft. Between 06.30 November 18th and 22.15 November 21st a black Mercedes V index LSW10MWV was stolen (ref 45190125412).
Coneybury, Bletchingley – Theft. Overnight November 23rd to 24th two crowbars and two Stanley knives were stolen from a van (ref 45190126245).
Oxted, Godstone, Limpsfield, Westerham and Hurst Green
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Westerham Road, Limpsfield. Around 22.00 November 25th a small window pane was smashed and an attempt was made to open it by an offender who made off when disturbed (ref 45190126990).
St Clair Close, Oxted. Overnight November 26th-27th the bolts of the front door of a house under renovation were jemmied off and tools stolen from inside (ref 45190127363).
Meadowlands, Hurst Green. Between 14.30 December 3rd and 20.30 December 4th the rear French door of a house was smashed and the keys in the lock used to unlock it. After a search of the house a lap top was stolen (ref 45190130026).
Burglary Business and The Community
Ivy Mill Lane, Godstone. Overnight November 21st to 22nd seven containers were broken into but nothing was stolen but overnight November 22nd to 23rd a Refina Action Mixer serial no SDN279611 was stolen (ref 45190128521/126004).
Pipers Lane, Westerham. Around 13.45 November 24th barn doors were forced open but nothing was stolen (ref 45190126338).
Holland Road, Hurst Green. Overnight November 16th to 17th a shed was broken into but it is unknown what was stolen (ref 45190126887).
Pollards Oak Road, Hurst Green – Theft. Between 17.00 November 20th and 07.30 November 21st the window of a van was forced open and Dewalt tools were stolen (ref 45190125017).
Tanhouse Road, Hurst Green – Criminal Damage. Overnight November 27th to 28th the window of a van was smashed and the door found half opened (ref 45190127766).
The Greenway, Hurst Green – Theft. Between November 29th and December 1st the bolts to a side and garage were opened and 15-20 bottles of wine stolen (ref 45190129140).
Fosterdown, Godstone – Theft. Between 09.30 and 10.10 November 21st a rucksack was stolen from an unlocked van (ref 45190125065).
Needles Bank, Godstone – Theft .Around 23.00 November 23rd five males opened the door of a van and stole tools (ref 45190126155).
Silkham Road, Oxted. Around 20.45 November 27th a van alarm sounded when the sliding door was opened and the victim saw a grey van leaving the scene at high speed (ref 45190127602).
Caterham, Chaldon, Whyteleafe and Caterham on the Hill
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Dome Hill Peak, Caterham. Between 17.45 and 22.54 November 24th three males broke into a property through the first floor patio doors. After an untidy search nothing was stolen (ref 45190126424).
Dome Hill, Caterham. Between 08.30 and 17.40 December 4th the rear French door of a house was smashed and the key on the inside then used to open it. After an untidy search a Garmin watch and charger was stolen (ref 45190130323).
Banstead Road, Caterham on the Hill. We would like to speak to a man in connection with a burglary break that took place around 1.55pm on November 29th during which a debit card was amongst items stolen and used at a cash machine in Kenley. The suspect smashed a glass patio door and made off with a large quantity of cash and the card. The card was used around 20 minutes later at a cash machine at the Co-Op store in Godstone Road, Kenley. The suspect is described as male, white, aged 28-35 years, around 6ft tall, of medium build with stubble and wearing a blue ‘Canada Goose’ jacket, blue jeans and white trainers. An image of the man has been circulated on the Tandridge Beat Facebook Page and on the Surrey Police News web page. If you recognise this man please call 101 quoting ref 45190128367.
Manor Avenue, Caterham on the Hill. Between 18.00 and 19.30 November 30th wires were cut, outside Christmas decorations stolen and damage cause to a Christmas display (ref 45190128830).
Stanley Street, Caterham on the Hill – Theft. Between 12.00 November 19th and 11.00 November 20th a white Peugeot 208 index LB65 YMM was stolen (ref 45190125338).
High Street, Caterham on the Hill – Criminal Damage. Overnight November 25th to 26th a catalytic converter was stolen from a car (ref 45190126921).
Westway, Stanley Street, High Street, Town End, Francis Road, Caterham on the Hill – Criminal Damage. Between November 1st and November 29th there have been numerous reports of vehicles being vandalised. The Burntwood Lane area has also been affected over the past few months. A male has been detained under the Mental Health Act who may connect with these incidents.
Church Road, Caterham on the Hill – Criminal Damage. Between 12.20 and 12.30 November 27th the window of a car was smashed but nothing stolen as the victim’s bag had been concealed in the boot (ref 45190127530).
Commonwealth Road, Caterham on the Hill – Theft. Between November 21st and 30th a catalytic converter was stolen from a car (ref 45190128857).
Alexander Crescent, Caterham on the Hill – Theft. Around 03.00 December 3rd two males tried the door handles of a number of vehicles and stole coins from one unlocked car (ref 45190129775).
Stafford Road, Caterham – Theft. Between November 19th and 23rd a catalytic converter was stolen from a car (ref 45190126132). Around 13.36 December 2nd a van was entered through an unlocked door and multiple stores worth around £1000 were stolen (ref 45190129522).
Abbots Walk, Caterham – Arson. Around 03.09 November 26th a car was found deliberately burnt out (ref 45190126898).
Station Avenue, Caterham – Theft. Between 11.00 and 21.30 November 19th half an exhaust was stolen and an index plate tampered with (ref 45190127640).
Longsdon Way, Caterham – Theft. Between 05.00 and 16.00 November 27th a front index plate GJ63EHG was stolen (ref 45190127856).
Tillingdown Hill, Caterham – Theft. Between 09.30 and 14.00 November 28th a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle (ref 45190128316).
Harestone Hill, Caterham – Theft. Around 12.20 November 29th two power tools were stolen from a van after the back door handle was broken. A four door Vauxhall containing two white males aged around 30 years of age was believed to be involved (ref 45190128366). Between 16.25 and 17.06 that day a white Ford Transit index YR09LDF was stolen from a driveway (ref 45190128577).
Whyteleafe Hill, Whyteleafe – Theft. Around 23.57 November 22nd a vehicle was broken into and a handbag containing bank cards was stolen which were then used at nearby shops. A female has now been charged with vehicle interference, theft and fraud (ref 45190125921).
Hillside Road, Whyteleafe – Theft. Between 07.30 and 14.45 November 28th an exhaust pipe was stolen from a vehicle (ref 45190127997).
Salmons Lane, Whyteleafe – Criminal Damage. Overnight November 28th to 29th the wheel of a van was partially removed (ref 45190128411).Between 07.45 and 17.40 December 3rd index plates LB59UNE were stolen from a vehicle (ref 45190130005).
Godstone Road, Whyteleafe – Theft. Between 20.00 and 23.00 December 1st a van was broken into and a Dewalt corded jigsaw, a Bostitch brad gun and a Festool track saw were stolen (ref 45190129594).
Warlingham, Woldingham and Tatsfield
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Ricketts Hill Road, Tatsfield – Theft. After breaking into a garage overnight November 23rd to 24th offenders stole a black Land rover Discovery index AU64UPG (ref 45190126259).
Butlers Dene Road, Woldingham. Between 01.45 and 02.19 November 29th the wires of a house alarm were cut but the noise of the alarm scared off the suspects (ref 45190128613).
Upper Court Road, Woldingham. Between midnight and 00.30 November 29th a shed was broken into and a lawn mower stolen (ref 45190129060).
Beechwood Lane, Warlingham. Between 13.00 and 14.00 December 2nd the rear patio door glass window of a house was smashed but after an untidy search it is not yet known whether anything was stolen (ref 45190129475).
Church road, Warlingham. Between 07.45 and 18.45 December 3rd patio doors were forced open at a house and after an untidy search a silver Toshiba lap top and jewellery were stolen (ref 45190129950).
Grove Road, Tatsfield – Theft. Overnight November 23rd to 24th a blue Toyota Rav 4 index TB54DAD was stolen (ref 45190126259).
Westhall Road, Warlingham – Theft. Between 07.10 and 18.25 November 26th index plate LV57UHU was stolen from a car (ref 45190127296). Then in :-
Ridley Road, Warlingham – Theft. Between 09.35 and 09.45 November 26th whilst the victim was working close by a blue Vauxhall Vectra partial index LV57 pulled up and a person wearing a balaclava exited and forced entry to a van. A number of Stihl, Kombi and Husqvarna tools were stolen (ref 45190127118).
Tower Place, Warlingham – Criminal Damage. A report has been received that between October 1st and November 29th five cars have been damaged and a tyre punctured (ref 45190128598).
Glebe Road, Warlingham – Criminal Damage. Between 11.00 and 14.00 December 2nd a parked car was scratched along both offside doors with a sharp instrument (ref 45190129623).
Landscape Road, Warlingham – Theft. Between 06.00 and 13.00 December 2nd index plates LG16VOR were stolen from a car (ref 45190129571).
Fern Close, Warlingham – Theft. Around 09.00 December 4th a blue ford Focus index EK12MZU was stolen from a driveway. One suspect was described as a white male, slim build, aged around 30, wearing dark clothing and the second was a white male aged around 50, chubby build, stubble on his face and wearing dark clothing. One of the men drove off in a white Peugeot van (ref 45190130107).
Lunghurst Road, Woldingham – Theft. Around 14.00 December 2nd a Stihl saw was stolen from a van (ref 45190129526).
Church Road, Whyteleafe – Theft. Around 13.26 December 2nd the front nearside window of a vehicle was smashed and a stereo stolen (ref 45190129370). Then between 06.50 December 3rd and 16.30 December 4th a van window was smashed and tools stolen (ref 45190129994).
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