PCSO’s Update

Huntingdon Road, Wyton – Police received a call reporting that a car had crashed into a parked car on Huntingdon Road, Wyton, in the early hours of Friday morning, 30th March, and the driver had walked off leaving his damaged vehicle obstructing the road. Police arranged for recovery services to tow the car away whilst attempts were made to contact the registered owner. A police helicopter was called in to try to locate him, but no trace could be found. (Ref CC-30032018-0037)

Banks End, Wyton – Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at a flat in a block at Banks End, Wyton, that happened in the early hours of Tuesday 3rd April. Thieves entered via a first-floor window, carried out a search of the premises and then left having stolen a quantity of cash. (Ref CF0173980418)

Date Occurred: 03/04/2018 at 01:30 and 04/04/2018 at 06:00

Location: Water Lane, Oakington and Weswick

Description: Unknown offender/s have forced entry in a garage and taken various items from within.  

Date Occurred: 01/08/2017 09:00 – 02/04/2018 19:00

Location: Villa Road, Impington

Description: A VIN number and suspension has been stolen from a horse trailer.

 

Date Occurred: 31/03/2018 19:00 – 03/04/2018 09:00

Location: Mill Road, Fen Drayton,

Description: A tractor has been stolen from a farm on Mill Road. There were marks left on the ground to suggest this has been pulled by another vehicle.

 

Date Occurred: 03/04/2018 09:00 – 03/04/2018 12:00

Location: Station Road, Waterbeach

Description: A locked Daywes Carnaby pedal cycle has been stolen from the train station in Waterbeach.

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

PCSO’s Update

CRIMINAL DAMAGE

 

Between Tuesday 26th at 23:00 and Wednesday 27th at 06:00 a padlock leading to a workshop in Dial Close, Little Paxton has been damaged. No entry was gained to the workshop or the property.

 

Should you have any information with regards to the incidents above please call 101, extension 8624. To provide information about crime anonymously to the police, please call Crimestoppers, an independent charity, on 0800 555 111.

Theft of Tools

Unfortunately, this area has seen a recent increase in thefts of tools from vehicles.  This is a crime that could easily be prevented or reduced, so please take time to read and consider the following crime prevention measures when leaving your vehicle unattended:

  • If you have a garage that can accommodate your vehicle, please use it!
  • If you do not have access to a garage try and park it as near to your property as possible and/or in a well lit area.
  • If your vehicle doesn’t have a factory alarm fitted, consider fitting an alarm but check with your Insurance Company first to determine what specifications they recommend?
  • Where possible, try and remove all items from your vehicle when parked overnight.  If this is not practical or possible, consider storing them inside lockable cabinets that can be secured to the side panels or floor of the vehicle.  Alternatively and where possible, consider chaining tools and items together to make it harder for them to be moved and carried away.
  • Consider ‘marking’ all tools and power tools with a property marking kit such as a DNA type Kit.  Alternatively consider the use of more visible markings achieved by the use of Engraving/Etching Kits or similar.
  • Register all items that carry a serial number on the national ‘Immobilise’ database.  This free of charge facility is available by logging onto – www.immobilse.com
  • Please remember that some insurance companies will not recompense you for items stolen from inside your vehicle, so check your insurance policy carefully to see what your cover includes.

 

Scam Alert

As we have previously reported, we continue to receive reports of incidents where fraudsters are phoning people pretending to be police officers & bank staff. They will try to convince their victim to give their bank details or withdraw large amounts of cash. This is a scam!

The police, banks and building societies will never ask you to do this. If you ever have doubts about someone phoning you, hang up, wait at least 5 minutes to ensure the line has been terminated and call the company back on an official number (check your bank card or a statement), never call the number the fraudster gives you.

Further advice can be found at www.actionfraud.police.uk

To report fraud – call 999 if its happening now, or 101 if it’s already happened.

PCSO’s Update

Grove End, Hilton – Police were called to a disturbance outside the Village Hall at Grove End, Hilton, late on Saturday evening, 24th March, following a report of a large number of young people milling around, breaking bottles and banging on windows. When officers arrived the group was dispersing, but one police car was damaged when bottles were thrown at it. (Ref CC-24032018-0475) 

St Ives Road, Houghton – The side window of a car parked at a sports field near St Ives Road, Houghton, was smashed, reportedly by a group of young people, at around 9:30 pm on Monday evening, 26th March. (Ref CF0162170318) 

A1123 Wyton – Police received calls reporting an elderly man walking along the A1123 at Wyton at around midday on Wednesday 21st March. The man was dressed in black and appeared to be unaware of his surroundings and possibly at risk. A police patrol was dispatched to search the area but was unable to find anyone matching the description. (Ref CC-21032018-0161) However, more calls were received later in the day, reporting a man of the same description seen walking along the A14 in the dark near The Hemingfords. A police patrol found the man at Godmanchester and took him to safety at Huntingdon. (Ref CC-21032018-0435) 

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  •   the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

PCSO’s Update

Date Occurred: 24/03/2018 at 10:00 and 26/03/2018 at 10:00

Location: Station Road, Willingham

Description: Unknown offender/s have broken into a barn and completed a search, unknown if anything has been taken.

In Godmanchester:

12.03.2018  –  Rushes Walk Unknown offender(s) have attempted to gain entry to a flat by trying to prise open a window with a screwdriver.   No entry was gained.

20.03.2018  –  Bascroft Way Unknown offender(s) have stolen front and rear index plates from a vehicle.

22.03.2018  –  London Road Unknown offender(s) have stolen a vehicle whilst it was parked on the road.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact the Police by using the 101 telephone number.  Alternatively you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling  0800 555 111 or by using their on-line

Contact form.  In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use 999.

PCSO’s Update

Date Occurred: 20/03/2018 15:30 – 21/03/2018 07:45 Location: Cow Fen Drove, Swavesey Description: 8 batteries have been stolen from an electric fence.

CF0152410318 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE Date occurred: 21/03/2018 18:00 – 22/03/2018 07:30

Location: Water Lane, Impington Description: A brick was thrown at the windscreen of a parked car, no entry was gained and nothing was taken.

 

CF0152430318 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE Date occurred: 21/03/2018 17:00 Location: Village Hall, Cootes Lane, Fen Drayton Description: Damage was caused to the tiles on the roof of the village hall by persons that have climbed on the roof. 

 

CF0152690318 – THEFT Date occurred: 22/02/2018 10:00 Location: Magdalene Close, Longstanton Description: Front and rear vehicle index plates unscrewed and stolen from a blue Ford Focus. 

 

CF0153950318 – THEFT Date occurred: 22/03/2018 16:30 – 18:00 Location: Ely Road, Milton    

Description: Vehicle parked on Ely Road, passenger window was smashed and items were stolen. 

 

CF0154240318 – THEFT Date occurred: 22/03/2018 16:45 – 20:30 Location: Premier Inn, Ring Fort Road, Orchard Park Description: Two suspects wearing balaclavas forced open the driver’s side door to a ford transit van and stole tools from within.  

 

CF0155630318 – BURGLARY Date occurred: 23/03/2018 14:10 – 14:24 Location: Knights Way, Milton Description: A man was seen going to the rear of a house and coming out 10 minutes later putting gloves into his pocket. Entry was gained to the house and the shed however it appears nothing was taken. The man was described as white male, aged 20 – 40 years, wearing a grey Jumper, grey Bucket hat and a long sleeved top.

  

CF0156030318 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE Date occurred: 23/03/2018 15:10 Location: Footbridge over the A14, Milton Description: A person described as a youth has thrown an item off the footbridge causing damage to the windscreen of a car.

CF0157640318 – THEFT Date occurred: 21/03/2018 16:00 – 24/03/2018 18:45 Location: Sturmer Close, Impington Description: Front and rear index plates unscrewed and stolen from a blue Nissan Note.

CF0158280318 – BURGLARY Date occurred: 24/03/2018 21:00 – 25/03/2018 07:00 Location: Green End, Landbeach Description: Grain store entered – quad bike, frozen meats, tools and tractor batteries stolen from within.  

If you have any information which may assist with the investigation into this crime then please call 101, reply to this message or call crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Door-step selling

Following some complaints regarding door-step selling and rogue traders from the local community, Police and Trading Standards are highlighting the tactics that some traders may employ, and useful tips to protect householders from rogue traders or other uninvited persons calling at their home.

Selling door to door is not generally illegal but when customers fall prey to high-pressure selling tactics or doorstep callers problems can occur. Recent incidents serve as an excellent way of reminding people of how best to deal with traders who come to the door.

Please note there have been some reported incidents of people calling at homes selling paintings, and claiming to be deaf these door step sellers may be genuine but you should always be cautious.

Distraction burglaries are a particularly nasty crime targeting the most vulnerable people in society.

Trading Standards suggests the following ‘Top Tips’ when a doorstep trader or other uninvited person comes to your home:

  • Don’t believe all callers are genuine.
  • Don’t believe the ‘scare stories’ a salesman may tell you – they are rarely true.
  • Don’t believe genuine tarmac companies have loads over – they don’t!
  • Don’t sign anything or pay for anything until you are sure about it.
  • Don’t believe special deals, ‘today only’ – it’s high pressure selling.
  • Don’t allow strangers to have access to your property – “I need to check your taps/ water pipe” is a common trick that can lead to a distraction burglary.

Other reports have included people selling household items door to door, using hard luck stories or intimidation to get a sale. Often the items are overpriced and could be easily obtained elsewhere.

Victims of distraction burglaries should contact the Police immediately.

If someone you are not expecting calls at your home:

Not Sure Don’t Open the Door 

Keep your door shut and locked until you have checked the caller is genuine.

Do check the identity of the caller by asking to see an ID card.

Do challenge anyone looking over your property – did you give permission?

Consider if you really need the work done. Think before you decide. Shop around for the best deal.

Do ask the caller to leave you with information to study at your leisure.

Do remember you should be given a right to cancel a contract after cold calling.

If you need reliable a trader, use the Buy With Confidence scheme

www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk or Tel: 08454 040506 this is an approved Trader Scheme, set up by Trading Standards and supported by the Office of Fair Trading.  These traders operate legally and provide a good customer service.

Always remember

  • You do not have to open the door if you are at all uneasy.
  • Ring 999 if you feel threatened or are harassed by someone.
  • Lock all windows and doors (Don’t let criminals think they can just walk in)
  • Do not leave handbags or wallets on show (keep them in safe place out of sight).  Large amounts of cash should be placed in a bank or post office for safe keeping.
  • Use timer switches and low energy bulbs when you go out in the evenings to give the impression that you are at home.

Please look out for vulnerable residents in your community, and report any suspicious activity. 999 for emergencies and 101 general enquiries.
You can also report anonymously via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Speedwatch

South Cambs has active and very enthusiastic Speedwatch groups and would welcome new volunteers to help them run more sessions.

The Community Speedwatch scheme trains volunteers from members of the community to get actively involved in monitoring the speed of vehicles travelling through their neighbourhood.

Volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which display vehicle speeds. The registered owner of any vehicle seen exceeding the speed limit is sent an advisory letter by the Constabulary, explaining that speeding is unacceptable to the local community and asking them to be more considerate.

Volunteers typically offer 1 to 2 hours a month helping to reduce the speed of vehicles driving through their neighbourhood. There is no expected time commitment, volunteers attend sessions when they like, and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, and enjoy the activity whilst benefiting your community.

Volunteers are fully trained and insured by the Constabulary.

Training sessions will be held on Saturday’s 14th April, 12th May, 9th June and 14th July starting at 10.00am in Cambourne Police Station. If you would like to attend please book a space via e-mail.

If you would like more information please contact 

PCSO’s Update

The Thicket, Houghton – Police received a report of a car found abandoned on The Thicket footpath on Wednesday morning, 14th March, left half on and half off the path, over-hanging an embankment. When officers arrived there was no sign of the driver and recovery services were called to tow the car away; however, a suspect was later detained in St Ives town centre and taken into custody. (Ref CC-14032018-0146)

Vicarage Fields, Hemingford Grey – Police are investigating a break-in and burglary at a house on Vicarage Fields, Hemingford Grey, that happened on Wednesday evening, March 14th, between about 7:45 and 8:15 pm. Thieves forced a rear window to get inside the house then carried out a very untidy search, but at the moment it is not known what may have been taken. Police have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the immediate area, but would still like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious at the time or in the days leading up to the crime. Please contact the police using any of the methods listed at the end of this report. (Ref CF0138610318)
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Not sure – Don’t open the door

Although many people who call at your home will be genuine there are incidents when people pretend to be from a water company or another organisation, just so they can enter your home under false pretences and steal money or valuables.

Often termed ‘bogus callers’ perpetrators are highly organised, work alone or in pairs, and operate under a number of guises such as utility company staff (water, gas, electricity, etc), builders and gardeners, door to door sales people and even council staff or police officers.

Somebody at the door?

Ask yourself

  • Am I expecting anyone?
  • Are my doors and windows secure

Always check back doors and windows are secure and locked, before you go to answer the front door.

Ask them

  • What are you here for?
  • Can I see your I.D. please?
  • Do you have any paperwork relating to your call? 

Always use a spy hole or look through a side window to check who is there.

Chain

If you decide to open the door, put your door-chain or door-bar on first and keep it on while you talk to the person on the doorstep.

In cases where an offender failed to gain entry to a potential victim’s home, this was due to the occupant using their door-chain / spy-hole or quickly shutting the door.

Not sure?

  • Ring the company they claim to be from independently. Never ring the number they give you, look it up in the phonebook or ring directory enquiries.
  • You can ask them to wait outside while you contact a friend or neighbour to join you and supervise the visit.
  • If you are not sure they are legitimate or feel suspicious, don’t let them in, and call the police. 

Protect your home

  • Never leave a door or window insecure because you are expecting a friend or carer to arrive.
  • If you have a shared entrance never buzz open the door for strangers or hold the door open for someone who arrives as you leave the building. 

Legitimate callers

Genuine callers will carry ID and relevant paperwork. Most will wait patiently and be willing to answer any questions about their visit. It is good practice among many organisations to call ahead and make an appointment beforehand rather than turn up on your doorstep unannounced.

When to call the Police

  • If you are suspicious or feel that the caller may be bogus.
  • If someone forces entry or enters your home without permission.
  • You notice valuables or money missing shortly after someone has visited.
  • Whenever you think a crime has been, or is about to be committed.