Advice from the Barton Neighbourhood policing team on crime prevention.
By BartonLady | Sunday, July 03, 2011, 15:02
After a meeting with Sgt David Burton and PC Lee Fuller,
Barton Police Station
of the neighbourhood police team, they have highlighted a few things that
residents of Barton can do to prevent themselves becoming the victims of crime.
As many residents will be aware, the removal of lead from
property has increased over the last few weeks; this is a direct result of the
dramatic rise in the cost of lead. Many residents only find out that the lead
has been removed when it starts raining and water is leaking inside the
building. When they report the crime many residents don't know when the theft
took place. This then makes it difficult for the police to tie crimes to any
removed lead found at scrap yards or in thieves' procession. Sgt Burton and PC
Fuller would like all residents and companies, who have lead on their building,
to make a daily check that the lead is still in place. Any thefts should then
be reported immediately.
Ensure that all ladders are stored securely, preferably
locked away from view; if this isn't possible, lock them securely to immovable
object. Be aware of ladders being carried late at night or at unusual times. To
reach the lead on buildings a ladder is essential, report anything unusual to
the police on 0845 60 60 222 or if a crime is in progress 999.
In the Humberside police area an increased number of cold
callers are operating in the area. These cold callers are preying on the
vulnerable and unwary. The type of services on offer include:-
offering to write wills and other official documents, these documents are
poorly written and in some cases not legal. The cost charged will be far
greater than using a local solicitor.
Gardening and Landscape Services
people offer to do gardening, trim hedges or cut down trees. Many are uninsured
for any damage caused by the trees being badly felled. They also add on to the
price quoted for example the removal of rubbish.
These companies once they have undertaken the work charge
exorbitant fees for the service. PC Fuller advises;
"Before using anyone offering these types of services,
get a written quote stating exactly what work is to be undertaken, what the
total cost is going to be and don't pay in advance. Ensure that you get an
additional written quote for any additional work that is suggested once work
has been started."
"Ask for an address you can check and a landline
"Get other quotes for comparison and ask all companies
for references from people they have completed work for."
If you can't find the company in a local directory,
locate the address given, or only have a mobile telephone number don't use
Selling pre payment credit
with a prepayment meter should not pay for any credit that a cold caller that
offers or has put credit on your meter. You are paying a con merchant for
credit that you will be charged again for when the meter is read. No utility
company has a doorstep credit service. Pre payment credit is only available
from authorised outlets.
increase in temperature it's very easy to leave property vulnerable to crime.
An opportunist thief can use that open window or door to gain access to your
home. Even when the property is occupied be aware of the vulnerable points of
your home, don't give the thief a chance. Remember to close and lock all
windows and doors when you leave your home. Don't think that because a window
is only open a tiny bit its safe! If you can get a hand in, so can a thief!
Think about your property in the garden. Don't leave
valuable garden furniture unsecured or expensive BBQ's. Put them away when they
are not in use, or ensure that they are secured. Teach children not to leave
their bikes in a vulnerable position while they are playing. Try to make sure
that the access to your garden is secure. Don't give the opportunists the
The police would like to hear of anything suspicious and
can be contacted on 0845 60 60 222. If you witness a crime in progress please