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Next Police Forum Meeting is   Wed 25 Sept  2013  @ 7 pm @ Billinghay  Fire Station Mill Lane ,  If you have any issues please come along to share them with us all are welcome .You can now register on line for Lincolnshire Alert @ www.lincsalert.co.uk the community messaging system run by Lincolnshire Police .More action less crime it all adds up !!

CURRENT NEIGHBOURHOOD PRIORITIES:

ASBO Billinghay , Foot Patrols all villages , Links alert promotion  all villages and  Neighbourhood Watch .

Speeding  issues will be carried out by Police Constables as part of normal duties    

your local contacts are

PC 418 Martin Green

Martin joined Lincolnshire Police in 1998 and served for several years in the Grantham area before moving to Boston working on the Roads Policing Unit as a Firearms Officer. In October 2009 he became the Cranwell and Heckington Beat Manager, Policing the local communities from Cranwell to East Heckington to Swayton and Walcott near Folkingham. He is specialised in traffic and wildlife crime along and having a good knowledge of issues affecting the rural communities.

 

Martin is now the Community Beat Manager for the Sleaford Rural South and Sleaford Rural North Neighbourhood Policing Teams.


PCSO

PCSO Katie Munroe

Katie joined Lincolnshire Police in March 2011 working in the Force Control Room and also as a Special Constable in Lincoln. Katie then became a PCSO in May 2012 working in the Sleaford Rural North and she now covers the Sleaford Town area.


 2248 Sarah Kennedy  101 3828  mobile 07825 100396 e-mail sarah.kennedy@lincs.pnn.police.uk

You will see these & others out & about in our villages on foot ,on bikes & in cars !!

help them to help us , keep your doors /sheds locked even if you are in your garden , be safe . a



Security Tips for Domestic Oil Tanks

Introduction

Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the police have always noticed an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit. With hand power tools and small mobile pumps available it is easy for a thief to gain entry into your oil tank via either the point for filling or by simply drilling a hole through your tank side and inserting a tube and pumping the oil directly into containers. A one thousand litre tank can be emptied in minutes in this manner making your heating oil a valuable commodity to a thief in his daily ‘work’.

It therefore makes good sense to take precautions to protect your oil tank, with the purpose of this information to give the reader a few ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for the thief. After all, would you leave over 600.00 in cash lying around in your garden? So please, read on.

About the Tank

OFTEC or the “Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry” for short offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises! There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you. They can be reached atwww.oftec.org.uk or by calling 0845 6585 080. They also produce an “Easy guide to domestic oil storage” which is a very straightforward and useful document.

Where can we put it?

The position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of the thief. If the tank is close to the house, with one or more windows capable of giving a view of it, then the thief may consider the chances of being seen too high. If the tank is close to a road, path, drive or alleyway then it will be a far easier target. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it does give the thief the advantage. Not many oil tanks are works of art so who wants a tank in full view?  While it may not be desirable, or legal, to have the tank close to the house some sort of compromise location would be sensible. Of course this will not only be a major consideration when a new tank is to be installed but may be necessary if the tank has been targeted before! They do need to be within a reasonable distance of the road otherwise the oil supply company may not be able to refill it for you.

Locks

A good thief will come equipped with a limited range of tools to attack your tank so it’s worth spending a little more on good quality locks. Close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to the most popular of burglar tools – the bolt cropper!  Due to their design, close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip. Remember that buying a padlock is like buying a car the more you pay the better the quality you get and the longer it will last. An internet search on ‘close shackle padlock’ will provide numerous suppliers and products and are also available at DIY and most hardware stores.

Alarmed

Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. There are several different versions on the market at the moment and cost between 70 and 100. An internet search on ‘heating oil tank alarm’ will give access to a variety of products and suppliers. External PIR alarms are available in both professional and DIY models. These may be positioned to cover the area where your oil tank is sited and alert you to intruders to that area. Be aware that some systems will be affected by small animals, with the neighbours cat or the passing fox being possible culprits. So please ask questions relating to the sensitivity of your intended purchase. Search for ‘external alarms’.

Lights On

Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief. It’s not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy “dusk ‘til dawn” lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users. All such items are available from DIY stores at very reasonable prices.

Defensive Planting

This is nature’s way of helping to reduce crime. Thieves will not wish to force their way through or over a prickly hedge. The smallest trace of blood or shred of ripped clothing could help the police identify the offender. A variety of shrubbery exists that will help to give this type of protection, but remember it will take time to establish and should be considered as a secondary protection. All good garden centres will be happy to advise on the quickest growing and most suitable plants for use in this area.

Protective Surround

Fences and walls can also make life difficult for the thief. A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank but it must be remembered that the oil tanker driver will need access to fill the tank! A metal grill or cage with a lockable access point can further improve security and possibly be the highest level of physical protection you can give to your oil tank. Steel cages are available for other purposes but they have yet to be specific to oil tank design, due to the variants in oil tank sizes. To this end you would require to look for a cage that would completely cover your tank. The cage would need to be able to be bolted/concreted into the ground and consist of a lockable door, to enable entry for filling. An internet search on ‘security cages’ gives access to retailers providing lockable cages with roof sections. Whilst a surround cage may give ultimate protection it will be one of the most costly outlays for preventing theft from your tank, but the cost of replacing a full oil tank would still be far greater. Remember to use a ‘close shackle’ padlock to secure your cage access gate.

Add a wire free beam alarm within the cage, which will activate should access be forced and a would-be thief may be scared off prior to getting to attack your oil tank. By placing this type of alarm within a caged area and correctly positioning the beam it would be possible to prevent false activations normally associated with small animals. Look up wire free external alarms.

CCTV

The use of CCTV as a crime prevention and a crime detection tool has grown massively in recent years. It could play a part in the protection of oil tanks, but before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs. Ask yourself:

  • What do I hope to achieve by using CCTV?
  • How much am I prepared to spend?
  • Is there a reasonable level of light where the cameras will be operating or do I need to think about using cameras with low light capability? (most thefts take place at night).
  • What am I going to record the captured images on? – digital recording is best
  • How am I going to provide the police with any evidence I may capture?

For those of you thinking along the lines of far greater security there are numerous CCTV options, for which we would suggest obtaining at least 3 quotations from reliable companies.

 

The objective of making adjustments relating to your heating oil tank is to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. Whilst all of these measures will require some financial outlay it may be more pertinent to make the necessary changes now rather than take the chance, become a statistic and still have to pay out for more oil, repair / replacement of your tank or in the extreme case, foot the cost of cleaning up your land where oil has been left to drain after thieves drilled a hole into your tank!

Unfortunately there is no one answer to the theft of domestic heating oil, but rest assured, the more you do to prevent your oil tank from becoming a target, the better chance you have of encouraging the thief to look elsewhere for easier pickings.

Subject: Hare Coursers Warned Lincolnshire is Geared Up to Deal with You

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Hare Coursers Warned – Lincolnshire is Geared Up to Deal with You 

As the hare coursing season (chasing hares and or rabbits with dogs) gets underway this year, Lincolnshire Police is launching Operation Galileo to tackle and reduce the incidents of hare coursing across the County. The force has always taken a proactive approach to dealing with this crime, and this year sees the formation of a dedicated team to increase the capacity to respond to incidents and bring offenders to justice. 

Inspector Andy Ham explains, “During the hare coursing season, which lasts from around September to March, the number of incidents has increased each year. Hare coursing, as well as being illegal, causes disruption, inconvenience and alarm to members of our rural communities. 

Evidence shows that the type of people who participate in it are often involved in other forms of criminal activity and in the main come from outside of Lincolnshire, regularly as repeat offenders. Having a dedicated team will enable us to not only respond quickly to reports and calls from the public, but it will also mean that we can improve the way in which we gather intelligence, monitor activities, patterns and locations, and consequently plan our policing activities and resources for maximum effect”.

The newly formed Galileo Team will consist of a Sergeant and six P.C.s, one of whom will be the Force Wildlife Officer, and one a Dog Handler. Local Neighbourhood Policing officers will still have responsibility for dealing with incidents when needed. 

Inspector Ham urges everyone to contribute to the police’s ability to deal with offences by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to them. “No-one knows the countryside better than the communities themselves and they are best placed to notice unfamiliar people, vehicles and suspicious activities. Please contact the police to report these straight away. 

Ideally, take note of vehicle registrations, times and specific locations. However, even information such as the make, colour and direction of travel of vehicles can be extremely valuable to us, as every piece of information is like a piece of a puzzle and can help us to build up a picture of what the hare coursers are doing and where they are targeting”.


Please call 101 to report any incidents or suspicions of hare coursing. Information can be input into police systems and non-suspicious vehicles can be easily eliminated. 
 
Background
Since the implementation of the Hunting Act in 2005, reported incidents of hare coursing have seen a year on year increase, sometimes significantly so.

The period from September 2008 to March 2009 showed a large rise on previous years with over 900 incidents reported to Police throughout the county.

This trend continued with large numbers of reported incidents through the hare-coursing season October 2009 toFebruary 2010, despite severe weather conditions. 

The season September 2010 to February 2011 saw an unprecedented rise with over 1100 incidents being reported, and this despite the severe weather conditions over Christmas 2010. 

Last year the season between September 2011 to end of March 2012 saw 1092 incidents reported.
 
Remember if you report it – we can log it and use it!

Message sent by
Gill Finn (Police & NHWN, Community Safety Officer, Lincolnshire)


Message sent on behalf of James Maddan, Chair of NHWN

We are all familiar with the wide variety of scams that have plagued our communities for the past few years.  Distraction burglary and other doorstep crime is pervasive and has a significant impact on the victims. The latest evidence from Operation Liberal is that the victim of doorstep crime is between two and a half and three times more likely to die or be admitted to residential nursing care than someone of a similar age who has not been a victim.I have been made aware of a particularly nasty scam which is spreading from London and the Home Counties where it started and is now being reported across England and Wales. This is known as the ‘Courier Scam’ and we should be making our members and the wider community aware of it.

The essence of the scam is described in a blog (attached) posted by the Chief Executive of Wandsworth Council in London and is self-explanatory. The police and the banks have issued some basic guidance (attached).

Message sent by
Sam Cox (NHWN, Administrator, UK)

 SEE ATTACHED  LINK

https://www.ourwatchmember.org.uk/images/site_images/1908_Courier_Scam.pdf

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