DAVENTRY COMMUNITY POLICING MESSAGE
from Sgt Sam Dobbs – Daventry Police | 22 December 2016
Further to my Christmas message sent out last week, I now report to local communities that since then, Daventry District suffered 17 non-dwelling burglaries – the highest we’ve seen this year. These crimes, targeting sheds, garages and farms, have been evenly spread across seven of wards including four crimes in Flore, and three each in Yelvertoft, Spratton, Moulton, Brampton, Weedon, Brixworth and Drayton ward of Daventry. Seven of the crimes have involved the theft of tools or farm equipment. Almost all offences have been committed overnight on weekends between Friday and Monday.
What the police have been doing:
We have successfully briefed a very large number of local farmers on what to look out for and what to do in suspicious circumstances
We have run a campaign to have valuable agricultural plant security-marked
We ran a recent successful operation to increase policing overnight in rural areas
Earlier this month, we stopped a vehicle towing a new cattle trailer full of garden machinery. The driver had no good explanation for the trailer or contents and was arrested and has been charged with burglary, now awaiting court with curfew conditions.
Last month, we worked with bordering forces to catch people handling goods stolen from this community at a nearby market in the neighbouring county.
How the public can help us
See how easy it is to see garden tools (like petrol strimmers, blowers, mowers etc) in your shed or garage. Ensure your shed/garage/outhouse is locked. If you lost your key to the shed and garage, how easy could you break in? If it’s easy for you, it will be easier for the burglar/thief. Are you insured for thefts without signs of forced entry? You may not be.
Consider increasing your shed/garage/outhouse security. For less than £50 you can buy and fit a movement sensor alarm which texts and phones you when activated. It is set by a key fob. Remember that a PAYG SIM requires a telephone call once a month, so you will need to test/activate the device once a month to force a phone call. You can mount one of these devices inside a shed, vehicle, container, cab or trailer. It may not prevent the crime, but may limit the loss.
Report vans and people which/who look out of place around farms and rural areas (999 is appropriate in these circumstances). Now that more people are reporting, we are able to put these details into the public arena and make life difficult for those people (often from out of the county) who are targeting our community. Remember that if you can let us have details of registration plates, we can use that information in our number plate readers around the county so we will be alerted when thieves move across the county boundary.
Report to us if you learn of cheap plant and garden machines being sold in the community, at markets or sales/car boot events. Handling stolen goods is an offence. Without handlers, there would be fewer thefts.
Let’s continue to work together to make Daventry District’s safe and peaceful community one which is also hostile to thieves.
Speeding in Scaldwell
Scaldwell has seen an increase of over 40% in traffic through the village in the last 6 years – with average work day traffic now in excess of 2000 vehicles per day. With this increase has come increasing numbers of speeding motorists with residents in Scaldwell now expressing significant concern about speeding vehicles. With your support the Parish Council wants to join Community Speedwatch to tackle this danger.
If we join, all volunteers are properly trained to use the calibrated speed gun, just like the police use. We can’t (and don’t want to) fine motorists we find speeding, but they will get a warning letter from the police as a reminder.
We will also get signs reminding people to slow down and interactive devices that will display the speed of a vehicle for drivers to see. All designed to educate and make drivers aware of speeding in our community.
Any evidence collected from Speedwatch can be used by the Parish Council in any discussions with the County Council over possible traffic calming methods.
We need your help…
We need 6 to 10 adult volunteers to help with Scaldwell Community Speedwatch before we can join the scheme, so we are asking for your help.
If you would be interested in acting as a volunteer, or would like to know more about what’s involved, could you please contact me as soon as possible and no later than the 2nd Jan 2017. You can e.mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your interest in supporting the scheme.
It’s easy…no door knocking, no disturbance and you’ve done your bit!
Thank you very much.
YOUR DETAILS WILL NOT BE PASSED ON TO ANY THIRD PARTY. THEY WILL REMAIN WITH THE COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH PARNERSHIP FOR USE WITH THIS PROJECT ONLY.
From Cllr Purcell, Springbank, Old Rd
So, for those of you interested in Gigaclear’s new broadband service, there have recently been a few changes you may not know about.
There has been some confusion among customers ordering the installation service with Gigaclear to date. Although the company has always stated this service is from £95, the actual cost is often higher as the trunking and length of cable used is charged extra.
To avoid misunderstandings, Gigaclear is now operating a more transparent pricing structure so customers will know upfront the whole price they will pay. This is not an increase but a clearer way of informing customers.
The self-install option is still available.
There are 4 pricing bands for installation, which are now fixed, and you can find out more about what’s included in each band here: http://www.gigaclear.com/our-broadband-products/for-home/home-broadband-packages/ – bottom
The activation fee of £100 remains the same and once you have ordered this they will take care of that for you. An independent installer will then make contact to arrange a date to do your installation. It is at this point, when your service is live, that you will start paying for the Gigaclear service.