Theft at Allotments
There has been a recent increase in the number of thefts in comparison with previous years, in particular numerous sheds have been attacked at the same site.
The offenders are targeting sheds which are both secured and insecure. The sheds are being attacked throughout the night, and at weekends. The offenders have stolen items including gardening equipment and tools
Crime Prevention generic advice would be to;
Preventing Theft from a Motor Vehicle
When you park your vehicle, just follow these simple tips:
Lock your vehicle
Locking your vehicle, even when filling up or parked on your drive, greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeted by an opportunist thief. Even if you have locked your vehicle, check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open.
Fuelling up or popping back into your house to get something are perfect examples of how easy it is to turn your back for a moment and forget your vehicle is unsecured. So get into the habit of locking your vehicle even if you’re only going to be away from it for a moment.
If your vehicle has wing mirrors that fold in automatically when locked, make sure you lock it properly. Criminal gangs are looking for vehicles like these where the wing mirrors are still out because it is clear to them that the vehicle has been left unlocked.
Take it with you or hide it
Your mobile phone, coins for the car park, sunglasses, packs of medication or other items that can earn quick cash are irresistible to the opportunist thief. Remember, the cost of replacing a window is often much more than that of what’s stolen. And it should go without saying that wallets, handbags, purses and credit cards should never be left in an unattended vehicle.
Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle
Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure, but still, don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it.
Tool theft from vans
Vans are often targeted by thieves for the tools stored inside. If you have to leave tools in a van overnight, it's a good idea to mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems, including Smartwater. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on. Consider using a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools – a number of security rated products are available. Small cameras are also designed to record inside vehicles and portable battery alarms are useful
Park in well-lit and busier areas
It can take less than 30 seconds to break into a vehicle. Parking in well-lit areas and busy streets increases the chances of a thief being seen, so they’ll probably steer clear. 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.
Car park finder|Safer Parking Scheme (parkmark.co.uk)
Hide electrical items and leave no clues
Leaving Sat Nav mounts, suction cup marks on windows or cables on view gives it away that you have left a Sat Nav, smartphone or other device in your car. Even if they can’t see the Sat Nav or iPad they might still break in to see if it’s stored in the car, out of sight.
Take your documents with you
Having a vehicle’s registration and insurance documents could let a thief pretend to be the owner. Which means they could sell it on quite easily. So, never leave any documents in the vehicle.
We are also encouraging the community to call us on 101 if they see anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle.
If you ever feel at risk, or a crime is in progress, please always dial 999.
Thank you for your help. It is only by the police and the public working together that we can prevent and detect crime.
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
(C2263 Rous Lench to Ab Lench, Rous Lench)(Temporary Closure) Order 2021
Proposed Order: to close that part of C2263 Rous Lench to Ab Lench from its junction with U43605 Abbots Lench Lane to its junction with C2022 Broad Lane to Rous Lench.
Reason: New Customer Connection by Severn Trent Water.
Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.
Alternative route: C2263 Rous Lench to Ab Lench, C2022 The Green, C2011 Rous Lench, Green to Low Road, C2011 Low Road, C2263 Ab Lench Road, C2263 Rous Lench to Ab Lench and vice versa.
Maximum duration: 18 Months. Anticipated duration: 3 days Commencing: 29 November 2021
Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester
4 November 2021
Due to the current restriction of Covid-19 and the need to self-isolate, your kits have been sent out postally. Unfortunately, it was not possible to do this for all households due to Data Protection Regulations. This meant that only those on the open electoral register or who had given us their details in our consultation last year have been sent kits. Any other household will receive their free kit when lockdown lifts.
Quick recap on SmartWater and its benefits: it consists of 85% Water, 10% polymers plus a unique mix of rare earth metal traces making every bottle unique. It is invisible in daylight but fluoresces under UV light. You dab a small dot on your valuable items.
If your items were stolen and had been protected by SmartWater, the police could trace them back to you by the national database where your kit is registered.
SmartWater protected areas see an average reduction in burglaries of 65%. Thieves know that it is a Smartwater area by the stickers in your kit (to put on items and in your windows) and by street signage (that is to come).
It is ESSENTIAL that the window stickers go up on your property in full view – this is a huge burglary deterrent.
If you have received your kit, please put it to use straightaway and make your home and our area safer.
If you have not yet received yours then please be reassured, we will get it out to your household as soon as we can. If you wish to email me to double check you are on the list for a kit, then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.