Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglaries Across Cheshire

Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglaries Across Cheshire

Cheshire residents are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries across the county.

A series of homes, sheds, garages and businesses were targeted by burglars over the weekend.

Vehicles parked in front of homes were also targeted, with keys to the cars stolen from inside the properties.

The majority of the burglary incidents occurred in Warrington.

There were also a significant number of burglaries in Widnes, Runcorn, Crewe and Ellesmere Port over the weekend.

Burglary incidents also took place in Winsford, Wilmslow, Congleton, Macclesfield, Mere, Smallwood, Alsager, Chester and Frodsham.

Police are investigating the burglaries and are assuring residents that they are doing everything they can to catch the people responsible and bring them to justice.

They are also urging anyone with information about any burglary incidents in Cheshire to come forward and are appealing for residents to take action to reduce their chances of becoming victims.

Chief Superintendent Bill Dutton said: “The public can aid our fight against such crimes by contacting us if they see burglaries being carried out or anyone acting suspiciously in their area.

“Information in relation to anyone carrying out, or suspected to be carrying out, burglaries will also be gratefully received.

“Cheshire residents can also help us and themselves by making it as difficult as possible for criminals to break into their homes, sheds, garages and businesses.

“They can do this by following our anti-burglary advice.”

The force’s tips for deterring would-be burglars include:

Homes and vehicles
• Ensure that all windows are closed and doors are locked at your property, even when you are at home or in the garden
• Use security devices, such as steering locks, to keep vehicles secure
• Never leave your car keys, house keys, purse or wallet on display near a door or window
• Use the security measures on modern windows, which allow them to let some air in but still be locked
• Keep all valuables out of sight of prying eyes
• Always avoid keeping large amounts of cash in your home
• If you are replacing or fitting new doors and windows, get ones that are certified to British Standard BS7950 (windows) or PAS 24-1 (doors)
• Fit mortise locks (Kitemarked BS3621) to all front and back doors, as well as locks to all windows which are easy to reach
• Have a burglar alarm fitted, but make sure that it is installed properly and works.

Outbuildings
• Never leave a garage, shed or other outbuilding unlocked and easy prey for opportunist thieves
• Fit strong padlocks to outbuilding doors and make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in
• Good external security lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief – the most appropriate form is high efficiency low energy lighting controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch so that it only comes on when it is dark
• If you have external security lighting that comes on when sensing movement, make sure that the lights are directed downwards to prevent them from being annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic
• Strong fencing or gates will make it difficult for intruders to get onto your land
• Solid fences or walls, particularly those with a flat or rounded top, are relatively easy for a burglar to climb over – fixing trellising to the top can make it more difficult
• Check for weak spots where a thief could get onto your land, such as a low or sagging fence or a back gate with a weak lock
• A thorny hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off, as can gravel areas due to the noise of walking on them.

Businesses
• Be aware of people loitering near your premises
• Be suspicious of people in vehicles watching the business, particularly if this happens more than once
• Be alert for the unusual, such as people looking nervous and anyone showing unreasonable interest in security or staff numbers
• Check the identity of non-customer visitors, such as alarm engineers, surveyors etc, and call the organisations they claim to represent before allowing access
• Encourage staff to think critically about weaknesses in security and discuss them with management
• Seek advice from specialist insurers and brokers
• Keep as little cash as possible in the premises
• Do not count cash within the view of anyone else
• Locate any tills away from entrance/exit doors – this lessens vulnerability to till snatches
• Transfer excess cash to somewhere safe – you do not need a large number of notes in tills
• Restrict access to the rear of counters by always securing lockable doors and counter flaps
• If large amounts of cash need to be banked or collected on a regular basis, the safest method is to employ a recognised cash carrying company
• Consider extra security equipment such as plastic till guards, smoke and dye money packs, a pneumatic cash transfer system, external access and time delay safes, counter caches, anti-bandit or bullet resistant glass and fast-rising screens.

Anyone with information about burglary incidents in the county should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries .

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Dan Hind (Police, Media, Chesh Engagement Unit)

April 2019 Newsletter

April Newsletter

Daresbury Local Policing Unit (Moore, Sandymoor, Preston Brook, Daresbury, Windmill Hill)

The summer is HERE!  Don’t forget your factor 50 or the umbrella!

As your new PCSO, just a little not to tell you that I am settlingin nicely  and getting around to meet my new community.

Off road bikes

As you know or have seen we do still have the ongoing issues with off road bikes some SECTION 59’S have been issued and a number of BIKE SEIZURES. This will be an ongoing problem especially with all the nice weather we have already had and this AMAZING summer were going to have.
Op Scrambler, which is aimed at tackling off road bikes, is still ongoing.

Anti-Social Behavior

We have had a few issues with ASB over the past month, Sandymoor school playing fields were being used by youths to play football when it is locked but since being spoken to we have not had any other issues.

Drugs

There hasn’t been many issues with drugs this month but all the usual hotspots are being targeted on a daily basis. There has been a small problem with youths taking cannabis into schools to try with their friends but we are targeting this and doing our best to stop it.
We had a small dumping of Cannabis plants at the top of Keckwick lane which was dealt with and the plants were destroyed.

Roads Policing

Officers have been out with the TruCam (Speed Camera) in different areas this month with a number of drivers not adhering to the 30 mph & 60 mph speed limits.

Schools in the area will continue to be regularly visited by the local PCSO to assist with parking issues, can we please just nudge people about parking on double yellows and Zig-Zags it really is so Dangerous for the children and I won’t take any excuse. I am personally parking in car parks which people have allowed schools to use on drop off and pick up times, I will be clamping down with fixed penalty notices as will the other PCSO’s covering the area.

Surgeries

All surgeries will be getting held at the tier 2, (Sandymoor Community School), from now on but we are hoping to change this in the future to the new café  which opening up at Phoenix Park.

I have been told that some people in further places can’t make it to surgeries so I will be running a Mobile surgery out of the Police van in locations I can find out are issues, so drop me an email if there is anywhere I can help in this matter.
Parish Council Meetings will be attended, when I am available, to discuss any Policing issues.

Parking Issues

We have had an issue with parking on Tudor road, Manor Park with numerous vehicles parking dangerously. However, since addressing this, by working with the local businesses, people have been parking more reasonable. I will continue to monitor this area and deal accordingly in the future.

For regular updates follow us on Daresbury and Windmill Hill Police Facebook and Twitter Pages

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Facebook: Facebook.com/DburyWHillPol

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Scott Walker (Police, PCSO, Runcorn LPU East PCSO)

Our News – The Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

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Police Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglary Incidents Involving Outbuildings

Police Call For Vigilance Following Spate Of Burglary Incidents Involving Outbuildings

Cheshire Constabulary is advising residents across the county to be vigilant following a spate of burglary incidents involving outbuildings, including sheds and garages.

Such incidents occurred in Winsford, Northwich, Macclesfield, Wildboarclough, Alsager, Little Neston, Frodsham and Warrington.

Superintendent Laura Marler said: “The public can aid our fight against such crimes by contacting us if they see such burglaries being carried out or anyone acting suspiciously in their area.

“Information in relation to anyone carrying out, or suspected to be carrying out, such burglaries will also be gratefully received.

“Cheshire residents can also help us and themselves by making it as difficult as possible for criminals to break into their sheds, garages and other outbuildings.

“They can do this by following our anti-burglary advice.”

The force’s tips for deterring would-be burglars and protecting your outbuildings are:
• Never leave a garage, shed or other outbuilding unlocked and easy prey for opportunist thieves
• Fit strong padlocks to outbuilding doors and make sure that the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in
• Good external security lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief – the most appropriate form is high efficiency low energy lighting controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch so that it only comes on when it is dark
• If you have external security lighting that comes on when sensing movement make sure that the lights are directed downwards to prevent them from being annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic
• Strong fencing or gates will make it difficult for intruders to get onto your land
• Solid fences or walls, particularly those with a flat or rounded top, are relatively easy for a burglar to climb over – fixing trellising to the top can make it more difficult
• Check for weak spots where a thief could get onto your land, such as a low or sagging fence or a back gate with a weak lock
• A thorny hedge along the boundary of your property can put thieves off, as can gravel areas due to the noise of walking on them

Anyone with information about burglary incidents in the county should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Daniel Millington (Police, Media Officer, HQ Digital Communications)

Have Your Say On How You Would Like To Contact Police In A Non-Emergency

Have Your Say On How You Would Like To Contact Police In A Non-Emergency

People are being asked to give their views on how Cheshire Constabulary can make better use of technology to continue to provide the best possible service to the public.

The Constabulary has launched an online Public Contact Survey to find out how the Cheshire public use technology and how people want to engage with police in an ever-changing digital world.

The survey should take no longer than five-minutes to complete and asks questions around how you like to keep in contact with people in general and how you would like to be able to contact police in a non-emergency.

The Constabulary’s options for contacting police in a non-emergency are currently by dialling 101 (the police non-emergency number), visiting an enquiry desk at a local police station, speaking to an officer in person at a local police surgery or contacting a named officer via the Cheshire Police website.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Ngaire Waine said: “We are all now living in a world where we are rapidly becoming more and more reliant on technology and having to adapt to the many daily tasks we do. As we let more technology into our lives, it is changing the way we keep in touch with each other and the way we access our goods and services.

“With this in mind, we’re keen to hear from as many Cheshire residents as possible to find out how they are now using new technology and whether they would like us to make it more available for accessing police services.

“The information will be used to help shape and improve how our residents can access police services in non-emergencies situations in the future, and how we can improve our contact with them.

“It is important to point out that the results of this survey will in in no way effect our 999 service and people should always dial 999 where there is a threat to life or a crime is in progress.”

The Public Contact Survey can be accessed online via the link below or by visiting the Cheshire Constabulary website.

Public Contact Survey

The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday, 20 March 2019.

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Clare Harrison (Police, Engagement Officer, Cheshire)

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Tenancy Deposit Scheme Alert

Action Fraud have received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online. Prior to a viewing the suspect requests that the individuals pay a deposit and sometimes a month’s rent upfront, claiming that this money will be put into the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, and is therefore protected under government legislation.

After the individual pays the money, the suspect sends a bogus email purporting to be from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit. However, this is not the case as the money was sent directly to an account associated with the suspect and the victim is left out of pocket and without the home they had thought to be putting a deposit on.

What You Need To Do

  • Always make sure you, or a reliable contact, has viewed the property with an agent or landlord before agreeing to rent a property.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Only transfer funds when you’re satisfied a genuine property, safety certificates and valid contract are in place.
  • Only pay for goods or service by bank transfer if you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.
  • Once you’ve paid your deposit, you can check whether it’s protected by entering your tenancy deposit certificate code on TDS website (www.tenancydepositscheme.com).
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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

 

 

Firelink Enewsletter – January 2019

Firelink Enewsletter – January 2019

Welcome to January edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.

Cheshire Fire climbs the ladder to number three in Stonewall’s Top 100

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) is moving closer to the top of LGBT charity Stonewall’s prestigious Top 100 Employers list for 2019.

The Service has jumped another place from their 2018 fourth place to number three on the list and is the highest performing public sector organisation in the UK. Cheshire Fire is also the best performing emergency service in the UK due to its efforts to engage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff, volunteers and communities.

This is the seventh consecutive year the Service has featured in the Top 100, which assesses organisations ranging from local authorities to international investment banks against criteria including engagement with staff and communities, training and leadership. CFRS entered the Top 100 in 2014 at number 25 and has increased its ranking year on year. It has also been the highest performing UK emergency service in 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019.

Find out more – Cheshire Fire climbs the ladder to number three in Stonewall’s Top 100

White Ribbon Award for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has been accredited with White Ribbon Status as part of its pledge to protect vulnerable people in Cheshire.

White Ribbon Status is an official White Ribbon accreditation that will provide the service with specialist training and guidance to use to help bring about genuine change.

This accreditation scheme recognises that public sector organisations, large and small, can achieve so much more than individuals can alone when it comes to tackling domestic violence.

Find out more – White Ribbon Award for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

 

Review of 2018

2018 was a busy year for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, not only for incidents but for the wealth of work in our communities and businesses our crews, advocates and support staff carried out.  Watch the work we do with younger people in the county, along with awards the Service has won.

Watch our video review of 2018

 

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting for on-call firefighters at the following fire stations: Alsager, Audlem, Birchwood, Bollington, Frodsham, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Malpas, Middlewich, Nantwich, Northwich, Penketh, Poynton, Runcorn, Sandbach, Stockton Heath, Tarporley, Wilmslow and Winsford Fire Stations.

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals with common sense, the ability to work as part of a team and able to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations. Qualifications aren’t necessary, applicants just need to be at least 18 years old and physically and medically fit with good hearing and eyesight.

Potential recruits also need to be able to reach their local fire station within five minutes of home or work and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community. The role attracts an average income in the region of £5000 a year.

Find out more – On-call firefighter recruitment

 

Cold weather – home fire safety tips

During the current cold weather, please keep yourself warm but stay safe by following our safety advice:

Are your elderly friends and relatives safe?

Spare a thought for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours too. Are they as safe from fire as they could be?

Visit the Age Concern website for more information on winter safety: Age Concern website

 

Refresh your biker skills in 2019

We are encouraging motorcyclists to refresh their riding skills and attend a Biker Down course in 2019.

Biker Down is a free training course for motorcyclists of all ages and experience – and is run by bikers for bikers.

It offers motorcyclists the chance to learn practical skills to help avoid being involved in a crash, as well as essential first-aid training and advice on what to do should they find themselves first on the scene of a crash where someone is injured.

For more information – Refresh your biker skills in 2019

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Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Fire , Administrator, Cheshire Fire)

Hm Revenue And Customs Alert

Hm Revenue And Customs Alert

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Bogus Caller Alert

Bogus Caller Alert

 

 

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