Community Safety

From time to time we receive messages from Thames Valley Police, Chiltern District Council and Bucks County Council on messages relating to security and safety. These can be wide ranging and cover many different topics. Rather than place them all on our news pages where they will eventually disappear we have added them to this page, so they will always be available if you are looking for help and guidance. As we are sent them, if they are not already present on the site, we will add them in here and place a note on the news page to alert you and let you know where you can find them.

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Defensive Planting

CDC and Thames Valley Police

From the Community Safety Term,  Chiltern District Council, 

Extract:

The ever-increasing popularity and sophistication of gardening has not gone unnoticed by the criminal. Garden crime is a reality. According to police statistics, the most likely items to be stolen are mowers, strimmers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, garden furniture and plants.

Nature herself provides one of the best solutions to many garden crimes. With careful thought and planning you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of garden crime, whilst at the same time creating an attractive garden. For instance you can create an impenetrable hedge, which looks far more attractive than security fencing but is just as effective.

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Neighbourhood Watch

CDC and Thames Valley Police

From the Community Safety Term,  Chiltern District Council, 

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South Bucks District Council and Chiltern District Council Community Safety are actively promoting new and revitalised Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, especially in areas which have experienced incidents of recent burglary. Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives. Behind it lies a simple idea:

Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime. Everyone knows that the police are there to fight crime, but they need your help to do an effective job, Neighbourhood Watch is all about an active partnership with the police.

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Shed Safety

CDC and Thames Valley Police

From the Community Safety Term,  Chiltern District Council, 

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As the weather heats up, opportunist thieves will start to look out for open windows, insecure sheds, gardening tools left out and new bikes purchased at Christmas.

If people don’t know you have a valuable bike or equipment in your shed, they are unlikely to put much effort into breaking in. Install as many security measures as possible. The harder you can make a thief work, and the longer it takes them to break in, the more likely they are to give up.

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Shopwatch

CDC and Thames Valley Police

From the Community Safety Term,  Chiltern District Council, 

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What is Shopwatch?

Shopwatch is a partnership scheme in which retailers unify as an independent group. They work closely with Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils’ Community Safety Team and Thames Valley Police to pre-empt theft, crime and anti-social behaviour in retail premises to help make shopping areas safer for both customers and staff.

How does Shopwatch work?

 The Shopwatch members communicate when they have an issue with an individual(s) and share information to seek an effective resolution. This could mean a ban for a named person(s) from all premises signed up to the Shopwatch Scheme. A ban from local shops is very effective as once an individual is banned from one shop they are automatically banned from all.

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Theft from Motor Vehicles

CDC and Thames Valley Police

From the Community Safety Term,  Chiltern District Council, 

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Drivers are being urged to take simple steps to avoid falling victim to thieves targeting parked vehicles – vans in particular.

It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it.

To avoid becoming a victim:

  • Fit a car alarm
  • Ensure you empty your vehicle of valuable items
  • Mark your tools using a CRE Marker or permanent marker pen with your house number and postcode
  • Use a steering wheel lock…………………………………….

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Tool Marking Tips

CDC and Thames Valley Police

From the Community Safety Term,  Chiltern District Council, 

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Tool Marking Tips

Unfortunately there has been a spike in tool theft in England; this includes the Thames Valley Area.

This upsetting crime can have a devastating effect on business not only in lost time and revenue on the work you are doing but also in the outlay for new tools and the associated time loss to source them.

Often criminals are opportunists and will take advantage if they see an easy steal.  Prevention is better than cure.

Here are a few tips to help prevent you becoming a victim of this unfortunate crime:

Store your tools sensibly – The harder your tools are to get to, the less likely thieves are to make off with them. It’s best to take your tools in from your van overnight; it may be the last thing you want to do after a day’s work but losing your tools would be worse.

Park for prevention – If you can’t bring your tools in overnight, or will be leaving your van unattended for a prolonged period during the day, it’s a good idea to park in a way that will prevent or deter thieves from getting easy access to the doors. You could also park in a busy, well-lit area, preferably in view of CCTV cameras. That way if someone does break into your van, you’re more likely to find a witness or get the culprit caught on camera.

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