The following is a local policing update for the Rural Flegg Villages neighbourhood
Weekly crime summary 7 June 2016
We have recently seen an increase in the number of burglaries in the Great Yarmouth area, particularly overnight.
There are a number of measures you can take to help protect your property from burglary and prevent yourself from becoming a victim.
· Be aware – Most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves. Sometimes, they don’t even have to use force – they get in through an open door or window. Get into the routine of checking that windows and doors are closed and locked and use window limiters if windows are to be left open at night.
· Evaluate the height of your front boundary – walls, fences and hedges should all be no higher than 1m and trees should be crowned to 2m from the ground to give a good view from passing traffic/pedestrians so any thief will be visible.
· Lighting on the property should be fit for purpose – don’t light areas which are not overlooked as this gives the criminal light to work in with little chance of detection. Consider lighting at the front of the property to make sure all visitors are easily visible. Dust to Dawn lights can be more effective than sensor-activated lights, they can have a lower lux (dimmer) so they do not cause irritation to neighbours.
· Fit locks which are fit for purpose to your windows and doors. All final exit doors should be fitted with at least one five-lever mortice lock which is BS3621. All accessible windows should be fitted with window locks – two on windows over 30cm. Accessible windows are all those on the ground floor and upper floors accessible from a flat roof or other climbing aid.
Use automatic timers to light up your home and consider using timers on any radios inside your property to give the appearance of occupancy and create a level of uncertainty in the mind of the criminal.
Please remain vigilant to unusual activity around your property and those of your neighbours and if you see anything suspicious contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.
Summer safety – dogs in hot cars
As we enjoy some warmer weather we would like to remind residents not to leave your dog in a parked car. On cooler days strong sunshine can still make car interiors very hot and even with the windows open The Kennel Club calculate that it can take just 20 minutes for dogs to suffer from heatstroke and die.
Appeal after fail-to-stop collision in Great Yarmouth
Police are appealing for witnesses following a fail-to-stop collision in Great Yarmouth at the weekend.
It happened on Saturday 4 June just after 2.50am when a car crashed into a shop in St Peters Street at the junction with King Street, causing structural damage to the front of the store.
The driver of the vehicle, thought to be red or burgundy in colour, failed to stop at the scene and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the vehicle involved.
Anyone with information should contact PC Dave Carter at Acle Roads Policing on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.