The message below is from Sgt Jon Scurr. He is based at Canning Circus Police Station and supervises Wollaton as well as a number of other areas.
He is keen to become involved in Wollaton as it is a new area for him, and he has asked for this to be passed on to you all. He has arranged additional officers to patrol Wollaton over the last couple of days because of the burglaries. Yesterday there were 8 officers on foot patrol just covering Wollaton all day.
The start of the message is a duplicate of what I have already let you know but keep reading as there is some good information about getting your stolen property back further on.
We should also remind everyone about Smartwater. If you don't have it and would like some, it is free, please e-mail and I will arrange for it to be dropped off. If you are not already aware it is an invisible liquid with unique bar codes in it that you paint onto your valuables. It allows the Police anywhere to return them to you and helps massively in prosecuting the thieves.
PC 2160 Bampton
Message from Sgt Scurr:
I’m writing to inform you of a crime trend that has developed recently.
There is a rise in dwelling house burglaries in the area from Reynolds Drive, along Lambourne Drive towards Wollaton Road and the roads off to the left, namely Elvaston, Runswick, Ranelagh through to Seaford Avenue.
There are two distinct patterns in the last month:
Saturday and Sundays between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
We had some success over the weekend (05/11/2011) during which following a keen eyed resident who contacted the Police, we arrested 3 youths responsible for a burglary at an address on Runswick Drive. They were subsequently charged with that offence and a further one at Seaford Avenue. One of the youths has been remanded into Youth Custody pending the trial. The other two have been charged and bailed with conditions not to enter Wollaton and a nightime curfew.
I hope this success reassures you that we are committed to reducing burglaries in the area.
One point to note is that when officers have been doing house to house enquiries in the above described area some residents have reported suspicious characters in the area preceding the reported burglary. Can I stress the importance of contacting Nottinghamshire Police via the 999 system. Never think you are wasting our time. We would rather prefer to attend and eliminate the person from anything than not know who they are etc.
Please consider descriptions
Clothing (from top to bottom)
Are they carrying anything
How many doors
Anything distinctive i.e.stickers in windows etc
Please be aware to lock all your doors and windows upon leaving the house and consider thus use of timer switches on lights in rooms usually occupied whilst you are at home.
In addition please set house alarms.
If you are going away for a period of time, please consider the use of a friend / relative or neighbour to look after your house during that period. If your neighbours know you’re away they are more inclined to be alert to strange youths / vehicles etc and contact us.
Can I draw your attention to the National Police Property Register accessed via www.immobilise.com
This is a free system which enables you to record all of your valuable possessions, which if stolen and recovered by the Police can easily be identified via the website and returned them to you.
Finally for those of you with smart phones please consider downloading one of the following apps: findmyiphone (iphones / ipads) or wheresmydroid (android phones – Blackberrys etc)
These apps are designed so that if you misplace your phone you can remotely switch them on / send them a text for the finder to contact you on a specific number / ring it to locate etc. In addition to this there is a fantastic facility to locate the phone via GPS direct on Google Maps. Thus if your phone / ipad is stolen when you report it to the police you can inform the officer / 999 operator that you have this app and they can access the relevant website via your password / username and hopefully locate your phone. We have used this facility to great effect recently following a house burglary in The Park estate.