On the Beat by Supt Dennis Lacey, October 31, 2014

Supt Dennis Lacey ANL-140321-093941001
Supt Dennis Lacey ANL-140321-093941001
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That time of year is here again when the clocks change and we see the darker nights drawing in.

Please keep in mind most burglaries are carried out by opportunist thieves so the darker nights can bring with them out into our community using the cover of darkness to look out for lapses in security, such as doors and windows insecure or property left on display in cars.

We have seen a series of burglaries across the district this month and continue to have reports of shed break-ins, mainly in the Lynn and Gaywood areas.

Our officers are working hard to find those responsible, but I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to review the security of your homes and outbuildings.

n Always lock your doors and windows whenever you leave the home. An open door or window is an opportunity to a thief.

n Make your house look like someone is at home – use timers on lights and a radio to deter the opportunist thief.

n If you are going away get your neighbours to help – park their car on your drive and pick up the post.

n Don’t leave valuables on show.

n If you have a side gate lock it with a suitable padlock – look for Sold Secure tested products or those with the Secured by Design award.

n Property mark your belongings – kits for all kinds of property are available. Check the Norfolk Police website, www.norfolk.police.uk, for some alternatives.

n Fit a security light and shed alarm to deter potential thieves

n Use padlocks and chains to secure high value items including power tools, lawnmowers and cycles to an anchor and each other.

t’s also that time of year again when families take to our streets to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The main message I would like to reiterate for this time of year is show respect to others, be mindful that some of our more vulnerable residents can find it distressing and scary to have people knocking on their door after dark.

I would ask everyone to respect the wishes of those who choose not to celebrate this occasion.

The same applies for Bonfire Night – have fun but stay safe and respect other residents.

Additional officers will be on duty for what can be one of the busiest periods of the policing calendar.

We’ve also created some posters for people to use which can be downloaded from the police website.

One poster welcomes trick or treaters to the door while an alternative asks that trick or treaters do not disturb.

Thanks to continuing support from the local media, the public have responded well to our requests for them to act responsibly over the last few years and these events have passed without major incident. We hope this continues.

On Sunday, at about 5.15pm, a motorcyclist was killed when he was involved in a collision with a car at the junction with the A17 and Station Road in Terrington St Clement.

We experience a rise in collisions on the roads at this time of year as drivers and riders don’t always adapt to the worsening driving conditions. A lapse in concentration can have catastrophic consequences, so ensure you drive safely, allow for adverse weather and check that your vehicle is roadworthy.