Police & Crime Commissioner Survey 2013

In November 2012, Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected by the public to help cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service across force areas in England and Wales.

As part of their roles, PCCs are expected to engage with the public and ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible, improve local relationships and increase police accountability.

In order to gather the initial views, opinions and experiences across the Neighbourhood & Home Watch movement, you are invited to participate in our PCC survey. The survey shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete, and you won’t need any specialist information or knowledge.

Please note that the closing date for this survey is Tuesday 30th April 2013.

To take part in the survey, please click here.

The full link for the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHWN-PCC-Survey

Recent Burglaries

Overnight on Sunday 24th March, a house on Went Road was broken into.  The suspects are believed to have approached the property through the rear gardens of houses on Loughborough Road, neighbours heard a noise around 1.00am.  A Toyota Yaris car was taken.

Also during the same night, a house on Hill Rise was burgled.  A Ford Fiesta was taken.  This car has since been recovered following an accident with one occupant still in the vehicle.

Were you in these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, the Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officers)

Birstall mum distraught after thieves steal machine which allowed disabled daughter to talk

A mother is distraught after thieves stole the machine which is the only way her disabled daughter can talk.
Louise Wood branded the intruders who broke into her Birstall home “toe rags”.

Her 31-year-old daughter Natalie, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to talk, walk or feed herself, uses a Liberator machine to talk to people.
The theft left Natalie unable to communicate.

Mrs Wood, 57, said: “I haven’t the words to describe how we all feel.
“I am devastated at what these toe rags have done. My daughter cries every night thinking they are going to come back.
“I can’t understand why they took Natalie’s machine. It won’t be of any use to them – it is pre-programmed for Natalie – but it is the only way she can communicate with people.
“It was everything for her. It spoke for her, it had a camera and Facebook and her music.”
The burglary happened between 3pm and 7pm on Friday, while Mrs Woods was visiting her mother in Glenfield Hospital, with Natalie.
Mrs Wood said: “My daughter’s room had been trashed.
“In Natalie’s room the Liberator, which looks like a computer screen and is about the size of a laptop computer, was missing.”
Mrs Wood believes the thieves, who also took a handful of euros and a Nintendo DS console, will dump the Liberator, which cost between £8,000 and £10,000.
The Liberator was bought for Natalie by the local authority and is insured. It should eventually be replaced.
Mrs Wood said: “We had to make a special application for this machine.
“I think she is the only person in Leicestershire to have one and one of the reasons was because she is a communications advocate for disabled people and teaches at Loughborough College.”
Leicestershire Police said they were investigating.

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Mum-distraught-thieves-steal-machine-allowed/story-18480080-detail/story.html#axzz2ODZxaczo

Tell the Police what they should be dealing with

The Police are in the process of setting the priorities for Birstall. Part of this involves asking local people what issues local police should be dealing with. Please take a few moments to follow this link and complete their on-line questionnaire. It only takes four minutes and will greatly assist them. http://www.leics.police.uk/media/uploads/library/file/consultation-survey_3.html Thank you for your time,

Birstall Safer Neighbourhood Team

More information about your local team can be found by following this link http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/birstall

Trading Standards Warning Re Bogus Cold Callers across the County

Leicestershire Trading Standards has received reports from across the County that elderly and vulnerable residents have received cold-calls on their doorstep from traders offering to jet wash paving, repair fences, cut down trees and lay new driveways.

Large sums are charged for relatively little work and once the resident agrees to have the work carried out and the traders gain access to the property, such as rear garden areas, pressure is applied to the resident to persuade them to have other jobs done.

No cancellation rights or paperwork are given and the traders start work straight away, which they should only do if the customer specifically agrees to this in writing. Professional looking leaflets showing an ‘0800’ number is the only information the customer receives.

Trading Standards always advise residents to never agree to work on the doorstep and if the caller refuses to leave call the Police on 999 and then Trading Standards.

If you know of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or use telltradingstandards@leics.gov.uk

Calls from firm falsely claiming to be Swift Solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been informed that unsolicited telephone calls are being made to members of the general public, with the caller falsely claiming to be telephoning from the firm Swift Solicitors.

We understand that the calls invite the recipient to provide details regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident that they may have been involved in. If the recipient refuses to provide the requested information, the caller can become threatening and intimidating. We are also advised that the calls can also become frequent and a nuisance.

Any unsolicited telephone calls purportedly from Swift Solicitors regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident, particularly if it involves the payment of money should be reported to the police. Affected members of the public can also report the matter to the SRA via fraud@sra.org.uk. Solicitors should report the matter to the SRA red alert line on 0845 8500999 or redalert@sra.org.uk.

Swift Lawyers Limited

There is a genuine firm called Swift Lawyers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The firm’s office is at 123 Market Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 0DF. The firm’s legitimate telephone number is 01942 886825.

Nuisance/Scam telephone calls.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA )has been informed that unsolicited telephone calls are being made to members of the general public, with the caller falsely claiming to be telephoning from the firm Swift Solicitors.

We understand that the calls invite the recipient to provide details regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident that they may have been involved in. If the recipient refuses to provide the requested information, the caller can become threatening and intimidating. We are also advised that the calls can also become frequent and a nuisance.

Any unsolicited telephone calls purportedly from Swift Solicitors regarding a personal injury or road traffic accident, particularly if it involves the payment of money should be reported to the police. Affected members of the public can also report the matter to the SRA via fraud@sra.org.uk. Solicitors should report the matter to the SRA red alert line on 0845 8500999 or redalert@sra.org.uk.

Swift Lawyers Limited

There is a genuine firm called Swift Lawyers Limited which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The firm’s office is at 123 Market Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 0DF. The firm’s legitimate telephone number is 01942 886825.

(Information received from Leicestershire NHW on behalf of Leicestershire Police)

Recent Burglaries.

1)  On Sunday March 10th between 1.45pm and 9.45pm, a house on Elmfield Avenue (close to Cliffwood Avenue) was broken into.  Access was gained by forcing a rear door.

Crime ref:- LC/01028/13-7

2)  Between 9.00pm on Tuesday 12th and 11.00am on Wednesday 13th March, a house on Beechfield Avenue (middle part) was broken into.  Access was gained by forcing a rear patio door.

Crime ref:- LC/01058/13-9

Were you in the areas of these incidents, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the Leicestershire police non-emergency number.

(information from local beat officers)