Please find below the figures to what crime has been reported for Drypool between 1st and 31st March 2020
1 x Theft of Pedal Cycle’s 11 x Criminal Damage to Vehicles 11 x Criminal Damage to Dwellings 9 x Theft from Vehicle 6 x Theft of Vehicle 9 x Burglary Residential
Below are the figures for reported Anti-Social Behaviour between 1st and 31st March 2020
5 x ASB Personal
15 x ASB Nuisance
1 x ASB Environmental
ASB Personal – Deliberately targeted at an individual or group or having an impact on an individual or group rather than the community at large
ASB Nuisance - Engaging in or threatening to engage in conduct causing or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to persons engaged in lawful activities
ASB Environmental - Incidents where individuals and groups have an impact on their surroundings including natural, built and social environments
Please feel free to contact me for any crime prevention advice or if you are part of any local groups and would like some involvement from myself or just to give me some feedback about what you would like to see being messaged on My Community Alerts
Due to the number of reports of Criminal Damage please see the below crime prevention advice…
Give your car the protection it deserves from damage
Park in well-used and brighter locations
Vehicles parked in dark and less busy areas are more liable to be damaged or broken into because the suspect cannot easily be seen by anyone; it’s always advisable to park somewhere that’s well-lit and where people are walking and there is likely to be passing traffic. The busier the better, as a rule.
What’s more, if your car stands out as being, say, more expensive than others in the area, it could be a target. That’s when it’s worth considering parking somewhere where your car is likely to be safer. It might not always mean the shortest or most convenient route back to it, but it could help prevent damage to your vehicle. Better to be safe than sorry.
Hide your stuff away
Leaving items like iPads, mobiles and laptops in plain view is asking for trouble. If you can’t take it with you, then hide it. The same goes for bags and clothing.
As for sat navs, it’s good to hide the device and the rubber suction cup that sticks to the windscreen, but don’t forget to check if there’s a mark on the glass that gives away the fact that you have one on board.
Protect your windows
Consider using security film. It comes in either clear or opaque options and really does strengthen the glass and leave minimum damage if someone tries to smash their way into your vehicle.
Pick your car park carefully
The Safer Parking Scheme is a national standard that benchmarks the safety and security of car parks. A ‘Park Mark’ means the site has been assessed and vetted by the police.
Check out the Park Mark website for more information and to find ‘marked’ car parks.
If possible, when you park, try to leave some space between your car and other cars. It not only prevents accidental damage, it also means thieves or vandals are more likely to be seen.
When you park your vehicle, just follow these simple tips:
close your sunroof
check you haven’t left your keys in the ignition
don’t keep your log book in the car
double-check your central locking has actually locked – listen for the clunk/click noise (if you’ve got keyless then look through the window to check)
don't leave your car with the engine running
don't leave anything of value in the car
How to protect your property against vandalism
Keep it visible
It might feel like your house is more secure behind a high wall or fence but the fact it can’t be seen from the street could make it a more tempting target.
Make sure your property can be easily seen by your neighbours and the public by ensuring hedges, fences and walls at the front are no higher than one metre. That way, you’re not giving an intruder anywhere to hide.
Clever use of lighting can also help to keep burglars at bay. We recommend dusk-till-dawn, low-level white lighting, especially in vulnerable, low visibility areas such as the side or the rear of the property.
Lights should be a minimum of three metres above ground with vandal-resistant casings.
Create a boundary
By doing this, you’re laying out your patch, marking your territory – and anyone crossing that line uninvited or unauthorised is trespassing.
You can do this in a number of ways, such as a low fence, wall, hedge, flower bed or small bushes. Best to avoid a rockery or large stones as they can be used by vandals.
And if you’re having your driveway done, make it a different colour to that of the road.
Protect what’s yours
Be sure to safeguard vulnerable points such as ground floor windows with one-metre high sharp, prickly bushes. Nature’s barbed wire, can offer protection and look good too.
Security film – a clear or opaque covering that can be stuck onto windows – makes it harder to smash the glass.
White walls attract vandals with spray cans but anti-graffiti coatings that prevent paint from bonding to surfaces are great deterrents.
Don’t make it easy for them
There’s more to security than keeping gates closed and doors, windows and sheds locked.
First off, if you have a surface which anyone can sit on – like a ledge or a low wall – make sure it’s not ‘bottom-friendly’. For example, planters with prickly plants look nice but are a pain for anyone just hanging around or any uninvited guests. Also, secure the side and rear boundary of your property with a two-metre high fence topped with a trellis, which is lightweight and unable to support a person. What’s more, it makes an awful racket if anyone tries to use it to gain access.
Keep it tidy
It’s a fact that rubbish attracts rubbish. If a property is messy, some people won’t think twice about adding to it or simply hanging around in the area.
A neat and tidy property conveys a sense of order. That’s why we advise not to leave rubbish, ladders, wheelie bins or anything else that could be used for burglary or vandalism lying around.
A GOOD website to look at is https://www.police.uk/ and especially the ‘Crime Map’ as this will give you information about individual crimes near you postcode.
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PC 805 Darren Kirkwood
Drypool Community Beat Manager
Preston Road Police Station
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Non-Emergency - 101
***All figures will be correct at the time of analysis and publication but may change if classifications are changed or further information comes to light