Beat News October 2018

Crime update
We have had a total of fifty-one crimes reported in October, which is similar to September when we had fifty-three. Thefts from vehicles has once again been the largest category with seventeen reports being received. We are still having reports of sat-navs, bank cards, money and mobile phones being stolen from cars – please remove these kinds of items from your vehicle when you park it up at night as if the thieves are continuing to find them, they will continue to target the area. On a positive note, a male has been arrested in relation to several thefts from vehicles just across the border in Thurmaston and we believe that he may have also been responsible for some of the offences in Birstall. He has been released at this time whilst further enquiries are made.
We have had seven reports of assault this month, six reports of vehicles being stolen, six Public Order offences and three reports of vehicles being damaged.
There have been two non-dwelling burglaries reported, but more positively, no reports of any actual house burglaries this month, which is obviously good news.
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Crime Prevention Advice
As mentioned above, we have had six vehicles stolen this month, compared to just one in September. As modern cars are very difficult to steal without the keys following these simple steps can prevent you from becoming a victim:

  1. Never leave your car keys in the ignition. Even if you are just getting something from the boot, thieves can jump in and drive away before you have time to react.
  2. Don’t leave your engine running & your car unattended whilst defrosting it in the morning. In cold weather, thieves will be looking out for vehicles defrosting & can steal them in seconds.
  3. If possible, lock your car in a garage at night or park it on a driveway. Vehicles left on roads are more likely to be stolen than those on drives or in garages.
  4. Hide any ‘spare’ keys for your car in a good hiding place so that they are not easily accessible if someone breaks into your house.

REMEMBER – Your insurance may not pay out if you have been negligent with your car keys!

Neighbourhood update
The beat team have been doing a lot of work this month in conjunction with Charnwood Borough Council following complaints about Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) occurring at various addresses in the village. If you are experiencing ASB, please report it to either the Police on 101 or Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 263151.

Meet your local police team
One Stop Shop – Hallam Fields Rd. Sat 3rd Nov (2.30 – 3.30) & Sun 9th Dec (4pm – 5pm).
Sibson Rd Beat Office – Sat 17th November & Sat 15th December (both 10am -12 midday).
Kingsgate Shops – Tuesday 20th Nov (12pm – 1pm) & Monday 17th Dec (11am -12 midday).
Co-op, Wanlip Lane. Sunday 9th December (2.45pm – 3.45pm).
Tesco, Sibson Road – Thursday 20th December (4pm – 5pm).

PC 1759 Dave Jaeckels