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Runnymede NHW updates from 2 to 8 July 2020

Alert message sent 08/07/2020 14:34:00

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Burglary Residential: The number of residential burglaries continue to be low, but please look after your elderly and vulnerable neighbours to avoid them falling prey to bogus officials or workmen. With the warmer weather and the likelihood of windows being left open, ensure they are secured when you leave the house and overnight, to protect against ‘creeper’ style burglaries. Burglaries from sheds and garages continue - with gardening equipment a target.
45200067787: Shakespeare Road, Addlestone 
Between 4am and 6.45am on Wed 1 Jul 2020 – car keys and bank cards stolen through front window and Skoda stolen.
45200067807: School Lane, Addlestone 
At about 2.30am on Wed 1 Jul 2020 – two mountain bikes stolen from garden shed.
45200067866: Garden Close, Addlestone
At about 4.30am on Wed 1 Jul 2020 – alerted by home alarm system, key in internal lock used to unlock door and enter to steal a purse.
45200068278: Garage in block, Ottershaw Park, Ottershaw 
Between 3pm on Tue 30 Jun and 10.30am on Thu 2 Jul 2020 – bicycle stolen from garage.
Burglary Commercial
45200068515: Building Site, Lotus Park, Egham Hythe 

Between 5pm on Thu 2 and 7am on Fri 3 Jul 2020 – power tools stolen from building under renovation.

The concern is that residential burglaries will increase as the lock-down is eased. Now is the time perhaps for you to be thinking about your home security. SelectaDNA are offering a home forensic marking kit for only £25 (including VAT, postage and packing), instead of a similar kit retailing at £60 to NHW members – buy on-line at https://www.selectadna.co.uk/nhw and quote "NHWSurrey". Consider calling your Police Designing out Crime Officer (DOCO) to discuss crime prevention, but the following basic advice may be all that you need to do:
  • The majority of burglaries are committed by burglars accessing the back of the house to break in through a door or window.
  • Replace and update the eurolocks on your patio and kitchen doors.
  • Making side gates higher and fitting a padlock makes it more difficult for them to get to the rear of your property. 
  • We have seen evidence of burglars lifting up a fence panel to get into rear gardens. A typical fence panel slides down between concrete posts. It can therefore be lifted up, unless secured tightly with nails, screws, grips or wedges. When you're next at the garden centre, see what they have that you can use on your particular style of fence. It need not be expensive. 
  • Don't make it easy for them and remember to keep your wheelie bins behind the locked side gate so they can't be used to climb on.
E-Mail Scams: Suspicious e-mails can now be simply forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk a new service being provided by the National Cyber Crime Security Centre (NCSC). For full details go to https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails

Vehicle Crime: This period there have been 6 reports of a theft from vehicle - Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe; The Causeway, Egham Hythe; Stonehill Road, Ottershaw; Garfield Road (catalytic convertor from Honda CR-V); Garfield Road, Addlestone (catalytic convertor from Honda Jazz); Green Lane, Chertsey;  

Please lock vehicles and remove anything of value from them overnight. The thefts of catalytic convertors is a national problem, with some manufacturers now providing additional security. Speak to your main dealer about these products.

Other Theft/Criminal Damage: 
45200067752: School Lane, Addlestone – shed damaged whilst attempting to steal from it. 

This information is shared for the policing purposes of community safety and to prevent crime or disorder. There is a public interest - the prevention or detection of crime. It does not include information that would prejudice legal proceedings, or the current or future operations of the responsible authorities.
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Malcolm Cressey (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Surrey, Runnymede)

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