The Parish Council have been the victim of several ASB and criminal damage incidents over the last month, mainly graffiti at the skate park on Middleton Road in Yaxley. Please note, this area is covered by CCTV and I am working with all the schools to identify the offenders with visits to parents imminent. As you can imagine, not only is it upsetting, but extremely costly to the Council to deal with vandalism, a cost that may be incurred by the parents of any child positively identified. We ask parents to be observant, to know what your kids are up to when they go out, and if you have any information, please call 101 or Crime Stoppers.

There has been a spate of shop lifting within the centre at Malting Square, with the two supermarkets being targeted. If you have any information with regards this, please come forward.

In Farcet, I am going to repeat what I said in last month’s blog “There have been a few incidents involving vehicles, namely items being stolen from inside the vehicles. Please make sure you lock your vehicles, you live in a beautiful village away from the main hub and it can easily happen that you stop locking your vehicles because you feel safe, however, thieves rely on this and purposely target quiet, out of the way streets.” Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle overnight and certainly don’t leave it where it can be seen. Two Landrover Discovery’s were also stolen off the drive. There has been an increase in the number of villages and vehicles being targeted in the last month, if you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it either on-line, by phone on 101 or call Crime Stoppers.

GOT A MODERN, KEYLESS ENTRY VEHICLE? HERE’S SOME TIPS TO KEEP IT SAFE AND SECURE.

Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of? Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight. Store your keys away from household entry points such as your front and back doors or windows and consider using a signal blocker pouch to store your keys. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to get near to the key to amplify the signal. If you park your vehicle on your driveway we advise investing in a driveway alarm, these are very easy to use and do not require any DIY skills to install. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to police online at www.cambs.police.uk/report or call 101 (or 999 in an emergency) Review your car security. Check for after market security devices such as mechanical locks and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves.
For more information please see – www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Vehicle-security

Help us catch burglars operating in your area
Offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. If you believe someone knocking at your door could be a burglar then contact the police immediately.

Keep a note of anything unusual: such as description and registration number of unknown vehicles parking in your area; as much information as possible about suspicious incidents e.g. dates and times; descriptions of anyone you believe may be involved; details of any witnesses.

Report suspicious activity by calling: Police non-emergency 101; Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111; or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Securing entry points: Don’t leave any windows or doors unlocked or ajar as these can be easy access points for a burglar. If you are going away: Make your home look lived in and ask neighbours to keep an eye out. Install light timers as burglars are less likely to target homes if there is a risk of being seen. Alarms: Consider installing an alarm. Always obtain a number of quotes from approved companies.

Lock up your shed: Offenders often raid sheds to find break-in tools. Strong communities: Make friends with neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Call: 101; Textphone: 18001 101; Visit: www.cambs.police.uk Follow: HuntsCops; Subscribe: .org.uk

Stats – 13 reports of ASB nuisance; 12 reports of suspicious activity; 0 report of Poaching; 4 neighbour disputes; 0 arson; 5 nuisance vehicle reports; 10 reports of Criminal damage; 2 vehicle interference/theft from; 27 concern for welfare/missing.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Be safe out there.
Sent on behalf of PCSO 7230 Dawn Hodgson