Crime Prevention Day

Next week on Wednesday 21st of Feb,  Cambridgeshire Police is going to be holding it’s biggest ever one-day crime prevention day.  For 24 hours we are going to be holding crime prevention events and initiatives across the county.  As part of this we are offering Cambridgeshire residents the chance to have a comprehensive shed-security survey carried out.

Shed breaks are unfortunately very common in Cambridgeshire but thieves can be deterred with some simple and low cost techniques.  If you would like one of our officers to visit you on the 21st to carry out a security survey of your shed you can book your visit here:

Some quick points-

  • The number of available slots are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • You must be available at home during your preferred time slot to take advantage of this

We look forward to helping as many of you as we can on the 21st-  please check in with for more details on the crime prevention day.

Best Wishes

Superintendent James Sutherland

Police Surgery

I will be holding a Police Surgery on Saturday 17th February 2018 between 2–4 pm at Morrison’s food store in Cambourne, I will be in the main entrance next to the car park, this is an open event for anyone wishing to discuss local concerns.


This is also Knife Amnesty Week, so if you have any bladed articles that are no longer wanted or required! Please drop them off at Cambourne Police Station between 4-5 pm when I can open the office to let you in to drop these items off in a secure environment.


My Surgeries will also be offering security advice in relation to protecting your home and valuables and I will have a few items available to purchase at a minimal cost.


Thank you for your continued help & support.

PCSO 7269 John Coppard

South Cambs Division

Cambridgeshire Constabulary



Crowded places like shopping centres and busy pubs often attract pickpockets because it is easier for them to steal your personal items without you knowing.

Don’t give thieves the opportunity. Help yourself avoid becoming a victim of pickpocketing by following our advice.

We encourage you to;

  • use a bag that can be closed properly so that it’s difficult for someone to open it and reach in
  • wear bags across your body rather than over your shoulder
  • avoid tucking your bag under your chair or table where someone can easily grab it
  • consider using a lanyard which attaches your phone or purse/wallet to your bag or clothes
  • keep your purse or wallet at the bottom of your bag
  • avoid putting valuables such as phones, wallets or purses in your back pocket
  • register your property with Immobilise so that if your belongings are lost or stolen, there’s a better chance of them being returned to you.

Report pickpocketing

If you believe you have been the victim of pickpocketing, you can report this to us 101.

PCSO’s Update

The Green, Hilton – Police received a report of vandalism to the wall of the Pavilion and a notice-board on The Green at Hilton, that happened at some time overnight on Sunday 27th / Monday 28th January. Graffiti was sprayed high up on the Pavilion wall and across the notice-board, and although it has been wiped off the notice-board, the wall of the Pavilion is thought to require specialist cleaning. (Ref CF0057850118)


Potton Road, Hilton – Thieves stole a laptop computer from a cupboard in a community building on Potton Road, Hilton, at some time overnight on Monday 29th / Tuesday 30th January. It is thought that they may have entered the building via an insecure fire door. (Ref CF0056880118)


A14 Westbound – Police received a call reporting a lorry stuck in mud on the verge of the wrong side of a slip-road onto the A14 at Galley Hill in the early hours of Tuesday 30th January. The foreign lorry was attempting to travel eastwards on the westbound carriageway. The Highways Authority managed to pull the lorry out of the mud and into a lay-by, where police officers spoke to the driver regarding traffic offences. (Ref CC-30012018-0023)


A14 Eastbound – Police had to close a lane of the eastbound A14 near junction 25 at Hemingford Abbots for a time on Wednesday afternoon, 31st January, due to a broken down lorry. Long tailbacks were reported for a time until recovery services were able to tow it away. (Ref CC-31012018-0274)


Grove Lane, Hemingford Grey – A cream-coloured ‘Bailey Pageant’ caravan was reported stolen from Grove Lane, Hemingford Grey, on Saturday 3rd February, although it is thought that the theft could have happened at any time during the last month. The caravan was fitted with a wheel clamp, which was also taken. (Ref CF0065740218)


St Ives Road, Houghton – Intruders were disturbed in the act of breaking into a house on St Ives Road, Houghton, on Monday evening, 5th February. They had attempted to force open a side door but when that was unsuccessful they came to the front of the house and forced open the front door. Although they are thought to have gone inside and upstairs, they were disturbed by a passer-by who challenged them at the door, whereupon they made off. Nothing is thought to have been stolen. Police have carried out enquiries at neighbouring houses and the investigation is continuing. (Ref CF0070180218) 

CF0067570218 – THEFT Date Occurred: 04/02/2018 11:40 – 04/02/2018 15:30 Location: Park And Ride, Butt Lane, Milton Description: Ladies GIANT hybrid bicycle stolen from cycle shed. Offender/s has cut the lock securing the cycle and left behind a small child’s cycle.

CF0068010218 – BURGLARY Date occurred: 04/02/2018 17:15 – 04/02/2018 17:25 Location: Cambridge Road, Impington Description: Security alarm activated which alerted neighbours. Offender/s forced entry into the home via the front door and an untidy search was conducted upstairs, watches and jewellery were stolen.

CF0068340218 – BUSINESS BURGLARY Date occurred: 03/02/2018 13:00 – 5/02/2018 07:20 Location: Jackson Civil Engineering, Station Road, Longstanton Description: Offenders forced open the main gate and compound gate. Tools and equipment were stolen from the containers on site.

CF0068520218 – ATTEMPT THEFT Date occurred: 04/02/2018 17:30 – 05/02/2018 05:00 Location: Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton Description: Offender/s attempted to gain entry to the car park ticket machine to steal money from within but were unsuccessful.

CF0068550218 – THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE Date occurred: 02/02/2018 16:00 – 05/02/2018 07:30 Location: Green End, Landbeach Description: Offender/s removed and stole batteries from farm vehicles.

CF0068590218 – THEFT Date occurred: 25/01/2018 10:30 – 26/01/2018 17:00 Location: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, Histon Description: A SPECIALIZED Mountain bicycle was left locked and secured at the bicycle racks near to the bus stop at the Guided Bus Route. Offender/s removed the rear wheel damaging the chain and replaced the stolen wheel with another wheel which did not fit.

CF0069180218 – BUSINESS BURGLARY Date occurred: 28/01/2018 16:00 – 29/01/2018 08:00 Location: Construction site, A14 Huntingdon Road East Bound, Longstanton, CB23 8DS Description: Offender/s entered the site by unknown means, removed a lock from the fuel storage unit and stole 1000 litres of diesel from within.

CF0069820218 – THEFT Date occurred: 05/02/2018 18:00 – 05/02/2018 19:45 Location: Bake, UNIT 8 Huntingdon Road, Boxworth, Cambs Description: Iphone X stolen whilst on charge near external door.

CF0070000218 – BURGLARY Date occurred: 05/02/2018 19:50 Location: Daintry Close, Papworth Everard Description: Offender jemmied and forced entry through the front door. On entering the victim’s bedroom the offender was confronted by the victim and fled the scene. A dark grey hatchback or estate style vehicle was seen parked nearby.

CF0070130218 – BURGLARY Date occurred: 05/02/2018 20:00 Location: St Vincents Close, Girton Description: Offender/s gained entrance by breaking the lock of the living room window situated at the rear of the house and climbing through. Untidy search of upstairs bedrooms and children’s jewellery stolen.

CF0070200218 – BURGLARY Date occurred: 02/02/2018 03:45 – 06/02/2018 01:20 Location: St Johns Close, Waterbeach Description: Offender/s gained access via a rear side gate completely hidden from view. Offender/s smashed window of the French doors and conducted an untidy search of the property and stole jewellery from within. Offender/s closed curtains and left lights on before leaving.

CF0070310218 – THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE Date occurred: 05/02/2018 16:00 – 06/02/2018 07:00 Location: Allington Close, Histon Description: Front Registration plate stolen from a White Ford Transit van and a rear registration plate stolen from another White Ford Transit van. At around 03:00 hours on 06/02/2018 the victim’s dog was alerted by something and barked waking him up.

CF0070370218 – BUSINESS BURGLARY Date occurred: 06/02/2018 07:45 – 6/02/2018 07:45 Location: Old Crown Inn, High Street, Girton Description: The Old Crown Inn is currently under refurbishment. Offender/s gained entry by cutting the lock to the gate securing the car park. Entry has then been via a back entrance door which was forced open. Once inside offender/s stole multiple power tools.

CF0070570218 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE Date occurred: 04/02/2018 00:00 – 04/02/2018 16:00 Location: Holywell Ferry Road, Fen Drayton Description: Entry gained via front gate which was damaged by the offender/s. A vehicle was set on fire and then left to burn out. Fire caused extensive damage to outbuildings.

CF0070600218 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE Date occurred: 04/02/2018 06:00 – 06/02/2018 06:00 Location: Kings Street Housing Asso, Cornell Court, Orchard Park Description: Offender/s has caused damage to an internal door by attempting to pull the FOB system off of the wall.

CF0070750218 – CRIMINAL DAMAGE Date occurred: 06/02/2018 00:00 – 06/02/2018 00:25 Location: Cambridge Road, Waterbeach Description: Offender has thrown a pavement/driveway type of brick at the victims front living room window causing it to shatter.

CF0072310218 – THEFT Date occurred: 06/02/2018 19:30 – 07/02/2018 08:00

Location: Oak Tree Way, Histon Description: Vehicle entered by unknown means and an untidy search had been made of the interior.


CF0072590218 – THEFT Date occurred: 07/02/2018 10:51

Location: Wilkin Walk, Cottenham Description: A Male took miscellaneous scrap items from a skip on a driveway without owner’s permission.


CF0072750218 – THEFT Date occurred: 06/02/2018 20:00 – 07/02/2018 07:30

Location: Longstanton Road, Oakington And Westwick

Description: Vehicle entered by unknown means and an untidy search of interior and boot has been made. Items stolen from within.


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’.





It is that time of year again when we ask you to provide some valuable feedback about updates to the Neighbourhood Alert system that powers  I sincerely hope that since you registered on 27/08/2013, you have found the system and messages helpful and easy to use?

Based on the feedback we had from thousands of members, we made a huge change at the end of 2017 and updated the email layout to what you see here.  I promised in December that after a few weeks I would ask for your feedback regarding this change and this is your opportunity to give me what for!

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May and it means that we also need to double check that you feel informed and confident that we are managing your data responsibly and with your consent.  You will hear a lot more from me regarding this over the next few months but for now, this survey asks some important questions about how you feel we manage your data.

I am incredibly grateful that you continue to use the Neighbourhood Alert system.  We are ten years into this project and twenty four police forces now use it which makes us the largest community messaging system in the UK.

We can only do what we do with your involvement, support and interaction so please keep rating messages, take a moment to give feedback when you see that survey button below and please be assured that we do this to help the Police and partners keep you safe.

Please take a few minutes to complete this annual survey by clicking the button below.

Please click here to complete our survey

PCSO’s Update

Date Occurred: 31/01/2018 20:00 – 01/02/2018 09:30 Location: Thornton Way, Girton Description: Volkswagon Golf stolen from driveway following break in to victims home address. It is thought that the car keys were taken and used to move vehicle.

Date Occurred: 30/01/2018 09:00 – 01/02/2018 13:00 Location: Water Lane, Cottenham Description: White Mercedes Sprinter van stolen from outside victim’s home address.

Date Occurred: 01/02/2018 08:00 – 01/02/2018 14:40 Location: Vicarage Close, Waterbeach Description: Offender(s) have smashed the rear ground floor window to gain entry, jewellery stolen from within the property.

Date Occurred: 01/02/2018 22:00 – 01/02/2018 22:15 Location: Cornell Court, Orchard Park Description: Damage caused to communal entry door to block of flats.

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

Burglary Prevention

By taking simple preventative measures you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:-
ALARMS: One of the most effective deterrents is to install a burglar alarm. Ensure it is set every time you leave the house.
SECURE ENTRY POINTS: Don’t leave any windows or doors unlocked or ajar as these can be easy access points for a burglar.
IF YOU ARE GOING AWAY: make your home look lived in, ask your neighbours to keep an eye out and install timer lights. You are at much less risk of being the next victim if burglars think you are at home.
LOCK UP YOUR SHED: Burglars will often enter sheds to look for tools that can be used to break-in to your house.
STRONG COMMUNITIES: Our officers continue to conduct highly visible and plain clothed patrols in our communities but we are all safer when we work together – Make friends with neighbours or join your local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Look out for the elderly & vulnerable – houses where there are things like ramps, handles and key safe boxes are often seen by offenders as potential easy targets.

Often when we respond to reports of burglaries, victims will tell us that they feel like they have been followed to establish when they are most likely to be away from the home. This is very rarely the case, but offenders will often visit an area in the days leading up to a burglary to scope out potential targets. If you believe someone knocking on your door could be a burglar then contact the police immediately on 999.

Keep a note of anything unusual:

  • Take a description and registration of unknown vehicles parked in your area
  • Note down as much information as possible about suspicious incidents, including dates and times, as well as descriptions of anyone you believe to be involved
  • If you see a witness, who is intending to leave the scene before police arrive, ask for their contact details and pass these to our officers

PCSO’s Update

Date Occurred: 29/01/2018 02:00 – 29/01/2018 02:00 Location: Chambers Drive, Orchard Park Description: Unknown offender(s) had attempted to gain access to property during the hours of darkness using a sharp implement and smashing a window. A set of keys were stolen from the property.

Date Occurred: 28/01/2018 22:00 – 29/01/2018 07:00 Location: Trinity College, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Description: Unknown offender(s) have smashed the rear driver’s side window to a black Toyota Yaris and gained entry. Expensive camera equipment has been stolen from within the vehicle.  Date Occurred: 29/01/2018 11:09 – 29/01/2018 11:09

Location: Normanton Way, Histon Description: Entry has been forced through the conservatory door of the address, and an untidy search has been conducted. Nothing is believed to have been stolen at this time.

Date Occurred: 29/01/2018 21:30 – 29/01/2018 21:40 Location: Cody Road, Waterbeach Description: Unknown Offenders driving a white van have been witnessed stealing ladders from a Volkswagen Transporter.

Date Occurred: 29/01/2018 18:00 – 30/01/2018 05:45 Location: Winship Road, Milton Description: During the hours of darkness, unknown offender(s) have forced entry into a work premises by hack sawing through the gates. Nothing is believed to be stolen at this time.

A141 Hartford / Warboys – Police received a report of a car being driven very erratically and dangerously on the A141 between Hartford and Warboys, on Tuesday afternoon 23rd January. The car was followed to Chatteris where it stopped and officers were able to carry out a road-side breath test for alcohol, which gave such a high result that the driver was taken directly to hospital. (Ref CC-23012018-0234)

Potton Road, Hilton – Police received a report of suspected hare-coursers or poachers in an off-road vehicle on fields near Potton Road, Hilton, on Tuesday evening, 23rd January. However, although a patrol was dispatched to search the area, the suspicious vehicle could not be found. (Ref CC-23012018-0427)

Lattenbury Hill, A1198 – A lorry driver parked up for the night in a layby on the A1198 at Lattenbury Hill reported being woken by suspicious noises from the back of his vehicle shortly after midnight early on Wednesday morning, 24th January. When he investigated, a car drove off at speed. However, the lorry was not broken into and nothing was taken. (Ref CC-24012018-0007)

A141 / A1123 Hartford Roundabout – Police needed to tow away a broken-down car which had been abandoned near the Hartford Roundabout on Wednesday morning, 24th January, as it was half on the carriageway and causing an obstruction to traffic. (Ref CC-24012018-0144)

Gore Tree Road, Hemingford Grey – Police received a call reporting that a vehicle had driven onto farmland off Gore Tree Road, Hemingford Grey, at some time overnight on Tuesday 23rd / Wednesday 24th January, leaving deep tyre tracks and damaging crops. A padlock securing a farm gate had also been broken and removed. (Ref CF0047150118)

A1123 Hartford – Police were called to a collision involving a lorry and a van on the A1123 at Hartford on Thursday afternoon, 25th January. When routine checks were made, the van was found to have no valid insurance, so police arranged for it to be seized and towed away. (Ref CC-25012018-0235)

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

PCSO’s Update

Date Occurred: 26/01/2018 06:30 – 26/01/2018 06:45 Location: High Street, Cottenham Description: Whilst the victim was driving down the High Street in Cottenham, an unknown male threw a stone at the victim’s vehicle causing some damage to  the bodywork.

Date Occurred: 14/01/2018 10:30 – 14/01/2018 11:30 Location: Swavesey Road, Fen Drayton Description: An unknown offender has keyed a blue Renault Scenic, causing damage to the passenger door.  Date Occurred: 26/01/2018 08:00 – 26/01/2018 16:00

Location: Foxhollow, Bar Hill Description: An unknown offender has stolen both the front and rear index plates from a yellow Volkswagen Golf saloon.

Date Occurred: 26/01/2018 10:00 – 26/01/2018 17:00 Location: Swavesey Guided Busway, Station Road, Swavesey Description: An unknown offender has stolen an insecure Claude Butler Urban from the Swavesey Guided Busway, Station Road, Swavesey.

Date Occurred: 26/01/2018 06:45 – 26/01/2018 18:45 Location: Station Road, Waterbeach Description: An unknown offender has entered the victim’s vehicle (make and model not given at this time) through the rear passengers window. A search was conducted but no items were taken.

In Huntingdon West:

20.01.2018  –  Werheim Way Unknown offender(s) have smashed the nearside front windscreen of vehicle.  Once inside money and a dash cam was stolen.

24.01.2018  –  Rowan Close Unknown offender(s) have overnight damaged both wing mirrors of victims car whilst parked outside property.

In Godmanchester:

06.01.2018  –  Stokes Drive During the hours of darkness a vehicle was keyed by unknown offender(s) whilst parked on the road outside the victims home.

22.01.2018  –  Bearscroft Lane Unknown offender(s) have damaged the back door handle of a vehicle to gain access.  Once inside a full set of Dewalt tools in a box and a bag of clothes were stolen from inside.

22.01.2018  –  Ermine Street Unknown offender(s) have broken into a vehicle and stolen various tools.

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

Stop Fraud Week


22-26 JANUARY 2018

Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.

Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud.

The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.

  1. A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  2. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Please share the attached leaflet with friends and family and together we can help stop fraud.

To read more about the campaign and to access all the resources go to