By Cheshire Constabulary - 3rd May 2015 6:00am
Spring has definitely arrived and many people are spending time tidying their gardens up, which inevitably means opening sheds and garages and dusting off various forms of equipment. In doing so, please be mindful that criminals will use this opportunity to view what you have stored in your garage, whilst the door is open, or even seize the opportunity to take unattended equipment or sneak into a house whilst the occupant is busy in the garden. Please enjoy the nice weather, but do not make yourself vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime.
I would also like to reinforce the message about not being tempted to get behind the wheel of your car after you have enjoyed a drink. The warmer evenings and increasing number of events which are held during the summer months may tempt people to have 'just one more' drink with friends. Such a decision could violently end a great many friendships in an instant! Please support any friends or family who may be a 'nominated driver' and challenge anyone who you hear saying to a friend 'You'll be alright with just one''
Local priorities for May 20151.
VEHICLE CRIME There has been a spate of thefts of tools from vans, predominantly in the Frodsham area, but with offences across the Rural policing area. Local officers are encouraging tradesmen to remove tools and equipment from vans overnight, where possible, or to fit additional locks or security. Also to park vans in locations which make is more difficult for them to be broken into
ROAD SAFETY Summer events and warmer evenings may tempt some drivers to increase their speed on the dry roads or to indulge in one too many social drinks. New officers on the Rural NPU are being trained in the use of the speed gun and are instructed to stop and deal robustly with any drivers who choose to put others at risk
ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR It is not unusual for the police to receive an increased number of calls about ASB during the summer months as new generations of youngsters venture out to meet their friends. Please consider that although the issues may be the same as previous years (kids tend to do the same things any particular age), it may well be a new generation this year who are not aware of the problems they are causing. It may be the case that they just need advising appropriately. Local officers are familiar with the usual locations which attract problem behaviour and will be targeting such areas to deter problems arising.
- Tarvin / Kelsall. Residents of Tarvin have reported a Male calling at addresses bearing id for a well-known charity. Our caller was unhappy that they were asked for bank details. Requesting bank details for a direct debit contribution is a common practice amongst charities however if you are unhappy with providing such information please consult your banking provider for further advice prior to signing up. Any reputable charity will provide you with enough information and identification to verify who you are dealing with.
- Complaints of agricultural vehicles in Tarvin being left outside the local deli and garage with the engine running, our complainant is fearful if the vehicle was to somehow engage gear it could cause injury or damage. Please do not leave vehicles unattended with the engine running as it is an offence to do so and would ease theft and possibly invalidate an insurance claim if the vehicle was stolen. Local officers will be monitoring the location.
- Police would be keen to identify two lads with scarves around their faces and both wearing woolly hats that ran off from a vehicle on Common Lane, Kelsall in the early hours of 24th April 2015, they ran towards The Wynd. Our caller heard glass smash but had not seen them taking anything from his vehicle. If you know who the offenders were please get in touch.
You Said-We Did
You Said "During the month there have been various reports and concerns regarding speeding in local communities, especially school areas."
We Did PC's and PCSO's have used the speed gun device in various locations across Western Rural. This has resulted in many warnings and tickets being issued. The use of the Speed Indication Device (SID) has also been implemented across the rural area.
You Said "There has been an increase in the reports of ASB in some specific areas across the rural this month. This is unfortunately inevitable during the lighter days and summer months."
We Did We are taking a pro-active approach to tackle ASB in the areas reported. You will see your local PCSO and Neighbour hood officers on patrol in these areas acting as a visible presence and engaging with all community members.
Tarvin Sunday 5th May 1000-1100am Local Beat Meeting, Tarvin Post office