Whilst we have seen reduction in house burglaries during the pandemic we are still experiencing thefts from sheds, garages and outbuildings. Please take extra care this spring to lock away garden tools, and to avoid leaving items on your land that could be useful to burglars.
Power tools, hand tools, plant containers, sports equipment, bicycles are among the items most targeted by thieves who find insecure gardening equipment easy pickings. Many people forget to secure their sheds or garages. But, as most burglary is opportunist, if a burglar spots a chance to steal something and get away easily, they will.
The average outbuilding, shed or garage contains hundreds of pounds worth of equipment, and when items are kept in insecure premises, it could prove extremely tempting to burglars.
I would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to try to identify the thieves that carry out these burglaries; but we also look for your help.
Security is vitally important in rural areas and additional measures such as security lighting, CCTV, heightened door and window security and marking your property may be beneficial.
Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
COVID – 19 REPORTS AND OTHER NEWS
Officers attended twelve Covid-19 incidents during the week which were dealt with by either issuing words of advice or penalty notices.
Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit (RPU) pulled over the vehicle on Saturday afternoon April 18th in Halliloo Valley Road, Woldingham near Woldingham Golf Course. Officers found there were five people in the rear of the vehicle, and one passenger was found to be in possession of an offensive weapon. The item was “credit card sized” which folded up origami style to make a locked blade. The passenger was arrested, and so was the driver after failing a drugs test.
THIS WEEKS FRAUD ALERT
Bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for Coronavirus
Suspicious callers are said to have been knocking on doors of elderly and vulnerable residents in various parts of the UK, saying that they are health officials doing door-to-door testing.
Variations on this are workers or 'health & safety' officials that claim they need to enter and clean your house for a fee.
Our message is not to open the door to anyone you don’t know or anyone calling ‘out of the blue’.
Stay safe by only speaking to people you know and trust
CRIME REPORTS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
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. Feedback from you will help to achieve the most appropriate circulation of information.
LINGFIELD AND NEWCHAPEL
Bones Lane, Newchapel. Around 14.40 April 17th a white Ford Transit flatbed index BL10FTC was driven through the gate of a farm, a tractor battery and decking placed on the back of the vehicle before being driven off (ref 45200040456).
Plaistow Street, Lingfield. Overnight April 18th to 19th the window of a garage was smashed (ref 45200041015).
Newchapel Road, Lingfield – Theft. Overnight April 20th to 21st both index plates of a vehicle were stolen (ref 45200041682).
Station Road, Lingfield. Around 18.40 April 17th an air rifle was fired from within a garden causing damage to the window of an adjacent property (ref 45200040523).
GODSTONE, BLETCHINGLEY AND NUTFIELD
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Place Farm Road, Bletchingley. Between April 14th and 18th a garage was forcibly entered, an attempt made to steal motorbikes and a pair of bolt cutters left at the scene. An insecure shed was also entered after access was gained to the rear garden of a property and adult bikes were stolen. Another insecure shed was entered but nothing stolen (ref 45200040650/40624/40668).
Little Common Lane, Bletchingley. Between 17.00 April 17th and 11.00 April 18th pedal cycles were stolen from a lean-to shed (ref 45200041255).
Castle Street, Bletchingley. Around 10.20 April 18th a brown wheelie bin was stolen was stolen and the offender drove off in a vehicle with index SJ09YFP (ref 45200040689).
Church Hill, Nutfield – Theft. Between 13.00 April 16th and 11.00 April 17th index plates BJ64LUP were stolen from a van (ref 45200040466).
Hickmans Close, Godstone. Around 02.15 April 22nd an unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a van via the rear door (ref 45200041891).
Master Close, Oxted – Criminal Damage. Overnight April 16th to 17th the window of a vehicle was smashed. Another van was damaged in what was believed to have been an attempt to break into it (ref 45200040277/40348).
CATERHAM AND CATERHAM ON THE HILL
Burglary Business and the Community
Croydon Road, Caterham. Around 15.52 April 15th the door to a derelict building was forced open damaging a wooden panel but nothing was stolen (ref 45200039634).
Banstead Road, Caterham on the Hill. Overnight April 14th to 15th a wooden chair was stolen from the front garden of a house (45200039718).
Coulsdon Road, Caterham on the Hill – Criminal Damage. Between April 13th and 17th a van was found with its door open and a window smashed (ref 45200040308).
Blackthorn Road and Driscoll Way, Caterham on the Hill. Overnight April 19th to 20th two bay trees were stolen from the driveway of a house and plants stolen from another. Two people wearing balaclavas were involved in the latter incident (ref 45200041389/41567).
Stafford Road, Caterham. Between 20.00 April 16th and 21.00 April 17th both wing mirrors of a car were kicked off causing damage (ref 45200040481).
Stafford Rise, Caterham – Criminal Damage. Overnight April 14th to 15th the window of a vehicle was smashed (ref 45200039620).
Ninehams Road, Caterham on the Hill – Criminal Damage. During the day on April 21st two tyres on a vehicle were slashed (ref 45200041794).
Slines Oak Road, Woldingham – theft. Between 17.00 April 16th to 07.00 17th the driver’s side window of a van was smashed , entry gained and Makita power tools, two boxes of hand tools, boxes of drill bits , a Worcester 27i system boiler and a Nest Thermostat were stolen (ref 45200040266).
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