|Helen O'Driscoll Police Community Safety Officer, Peterborough - Southern)|
Over the past 7 days we have had the following crimes occur on the sector:-
TWO Thefts from Person
5th May at 1230 a male on a bicycle grabbed a bag from a lady walking in Walgrave, Orton Malborne and rode off at speed.
Male was described as white,
slim with short dark hair,
and could be seen meeting up with another male on a bicycle after the offence took place.
If you were in the area at the time, did you witness anything?
On 6th May at 0805 a female was walking along Whittlesey Road near to Aldi, when a male on a bicycle rode past and grabbed her phone from her hand. Male described as white,
grey hoody and dark jeans
on a blue mountain bike.
5th May a burglary recorded at Blackmead, Orton Malborne between 1250 and 1345 pm. Two males were seen cycling away from the Blackmead area towards Bodesway with a large holdall. Again, did you witness anything?
6th May between 9am and 1pm in Holcroft, Orton Malborne an offender gained entry to house through open kitchen window and took an Xbox, Playstation an Acer laptop and a Dell laptop.
If you live in that area do you know anyone that has been offering items such as this for sale?
THREE Thefts from Vehicles
Apollo Avenue, Stanground - tax disc stolen from vehicle parked on the roadside
New Road, Woodston - window smashed and sat nav taken from glove compartment
Saunders Close, Sugar Way - window smashed and mobile phone stolen
PLEASE REMEMBER TO REMOVE ANY VALUABLES FROM YOUR VEHICLES AND DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING ON DISPLAY.
SEVEN Thefts of bicycles
- Blackmead - black and blue BMX stolen from garden
- Emperor Way, Fletton - Hybrid men's cycle , white handlebars, black spokes, red wheel rims. back wheels stolen whilst left outside property
- Church Drive, Orton Waterville - black boy's Versus BMX stolen (purple seat)from outside the shops
- High Street Fletton - Carrera boy's mountain bike (white and green) stolen from outside property
- Bifield - men's CUBEAIN hybrid cycle stolen from black garden
- Ferry Meadows - DIAMOND BACK men's mountain cycle, black frame with white and orange stripe on the bottom bar.
Marsham - female's mountain cycle with special wide seat fitted stolen from front garden of property.
Bike thefts are increasing on the sector so please make sure you are buying a good quality chain and D lock (preferably a 'Sold Secure' product ) as thieves will cut through normal chains and locks in seconds. If you are storing your bike in a shed then please consider a shed alarm and a close-shackle padlock at the very least.
- There have been incidents of a company contacting residents this week to offer security products at a reduced or heavily discounted rate.
These sales people have periodically visited Cambridgeshire to sell alarm and security products to homeowners; making misleading claims such as you can buy an alarm for just £1; or staying in the person's home for a great length of time to get them to sign up for a security system.
These techniques are illegal and the companies involved have been advised by colleagues at Cambridgeshire Trading Standards as to the correct business practice to follow. The company has also featured on Watchdog where sales reps. were putting undue pressure on homeowners to buy a security system.
"If during a visit to your property a trader refuses to leave contact the police immediately and make note of the time of the request, and the time the trader leaves."
If you are considering buying an alarm, look for companies that have been independently assessed by S.S.I.A.B (Security Systems & Alarms Inspection Board) www.ssiab.org or N.S.I. (National Security Inspectorate) www.nsi.org.uk always obtain at least three quotes to compare the price and service offered.
- Independent Inspectorates are not-for-profit approval bodies who carry out inspection services for the security industry in order to protect consumer interests. They are governed by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) the sole accreditation service recognised by the government. Look for local firms where possible and personal recommendations from friends, or neighbours are a good guide.
If you have been contacted by a company and feel concerned please contact Trading Standards Consumer Helpline for advice (0845 40 40 50 6) or call 101 for assistance.
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