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Kingswells Neighbourhood Watch

Updated: 1 January 2003

POLICE NEWSLETTER _NOV 2002

BASIC CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE

Don't leave belongings on view inside motor vehicles, remove CD player fascias from the vehicle, do not leave them in the glove box or boot of the car.

Be mindful of never leaving your handbag or jacket, containing your wallet, unattended, at work, in the shops, or in your car.

Do not leave house doors or shed and garage doors insecure, both during the day and overnight.

Consider fitting an alarm to your house as an additional line of defence against a break in to your home.

Never have your PIN Number written down, nor leave it somewhere it can be readily accessed, such as in your purse or wallet, which can easily be stolen.

WINTER HOME SECURITY - LIGHTS OUT, YOU'RE OUT!

With the winter evenings now with us, please follow these simple tips to help prevent your house from becoming a target,

  • Ensure you have good outdoor lighting &endash; consider installing PIR lights
  • Make your home appear as if someone is in by using timer switches
  • Make sure you have good windows and door locks
  • Postcode your valuables with an ultra violet property marking pen

SPEEDING

At the request of the Kingswells Community Council we recently conducted a speeding survey on Kingswood Drive and Kingswells Crescent. This survey highlighted that speeding is an issue on Kingswells Crescent, particularly around midday.. Be mindful of your speed and drive with care. We will be watching!

YOUTHS

Parents, where are your children during the evenings at the weekends? More and more the Police are being called out to deal with groups of youths who are hanging around at the rear of the shopping centre or within the grounds of Kingswells Primary School. They are underage drinking and causing annoyance to nearby residents. The empty bottles and cans are there for all to see. We all have our part to play in keeping Kingswells a desirable place to live. Be aware of where your children are and what they are up to!

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area or have any other issues you wish to discuss, then contact your local Community Beat Officer, Constable Jim Watson on 386980. Kingswells has a very low crime rate. Help keep it that way.

Your local Community Beat Officer is Constable Jim Watson, if you have an issue you would like to discuss with him please call him on 386980. (Posted 16.12.2002)


WINTER HOME SECURITY - Lights Out, You're Out!

Every winter Grampian Police see an increase in the number of domestic housebreakings throughout the Force area. This is undoubtedly due to the onset of darker nights and, as Christmas approaches, the fact that many of us will have bought our Christmas presents. So as a result, our homes are even more vulnerable.

One of the most effective ways of reducing the risk of housebreaking is to make sure that our homes are not left in darkness when we go out.

This winter, as part of our anti housebreaking campaign, we would like to invite Neighbourhood Watch members to help us identify vulnerable homes in their own schemes and alert the householder to the dangers.

You can make use of as many members of your scheme as you wish, in fact the more the merrier!

SO WHAT EXACTLY WILL YOU HAVE TO DO?

Week 1

At the beginning of the week commencing Monday 4 November 2002, we will be asking you to:

1) Take a walk down your street and identify the houses which are in darkness

2) Take a note of the address on a form which will be provided to you.

3) Post 'First Message' leaflet through the door.

Week 2

Week commencing Monday 11 November 2002, repeat steps 1 and 2 and at step 3, post 'second message' leaflet through the door.

Return the list to the Crime Reduction Unit at Bucksburn and thereafter the houses which you have identified will be contacted by a Crime Reduction Officer.

To send you on your way, we will give you a pack containing Crime Prevention messages, Neighbourhood Watch calling cards, a sheet for listing the vulnerable properties visited and an addressed envelope for you to return your list to us.

Grampian Police see Neighbourhood Watch as a very valuable asset to our communities and welcome your assistance in this campaign.

If you have any problems then please contact Bucksburn Crime Reduction Unit on telephone number 01224 386875 or e-mail christa.reid@grampian.pnn.police.uk.

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