December 2017/ Issue 26
Your Questions Answered – “What is the point of reporting crime to the police? I know who did it but they do nothing”
News Release – Man charged with drink-driving following a collision in Knaphill
Crime Prevention Advice – Christmas Safety Tips
Your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team – personalities, priorities, crime statistics, stop & search statistics
How to help your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team – reporting crime etc
31 Brook Road, Bagshot has had a closure order extended until 14th March 2018. The property had been linked to drugs and anti-social behaviour. The order in place has restricted those who can enter and in turn has seen an upsurge in the quality of life of those who live locally.
Police carried out a visit to an address in Camberley along with persons from Trading Standards on 14/12/2017 where a male was arrested for fraud and money laundering offences. Following the arrest numerous items were seized to assist in the investigation and subsequent search warrants were carried out at business premises in Camberley. An investigation is now under way.
Two people have been arrested in Camberley this week for drunk-driving as part of Op Dragonfly – targeting drink / drug drivers.
Following some suspicious activity taking place at an address in Camberley a quantity of drugs, money and foreign documents were found and seized. This find has allowed the local Surrey Heath Safer Neighbourhood to follow up on leads and develop a better intelligence picture.
A car wash in Camberley has this week been served stop notices by the Borough Council to cease trading following an on-going investigation into how the business trades. This is a great example of partner agencies working in conjunction to tackle illegal trading.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Q. What is the point of reporting crime to the police? I know who did it but the police do nothing.
Ans. Firstly, it is important to report a crime to the Police so that it can be recorded, a crime number allocated and investigated as necessary (see below). If we don’t know about a crime, we cannot research patterns for intelligence purposes, or make links to a series.
Secondly, we are fortunate that we do not live in a totalitarian state where anyone can be arrested and imprisoned (or worse) merely on suspicion of committing a crime. If there is proof that a particular person committed a crime, the Police will always record it as such. If it is only suspected that someone committed a crime the Police can question them formally or informally but without proof/evidence of them being responsible for committing the crime they may not be able to secure a charge or similar sanction.
Thirdly, in an ideal world, the Police would have sufficient resources to investigate all crime. However, Police budgets are limited and as such we have to make some difficult decisions about what is proportionate for our finite resources to investigate. As a result, the Police recognise that they are unable to investigate every crime. They have a standard method of assessing whether to investigate a crime or file it away until further evidence is forthcoming.
They call it THRIVE. This is short for Threat, Harm, Risk, Investigation, Vulnerability and Engagement. They firstly assess the threat of a person or thing causing danger or damage to a person, property or the community. If there is a threat, they then have to assess the likely harm (physical or emotional) that could be caused if the threat is carried out and the risk that the threat or harm will occur or recur.
Having assessed the threat, they then have to consider what viable and proportionate (ie is it cost effective, too time consuming or resource intensive) lines of investigation are available. If the threat is assessed as low and the chance of solving the crime is also low, it will be filed and not investigated further until the circumstances change (eg new evidence, new witnesses etc).
If the threat is assessed as high, the crime will be investigated even though the chance of solving it may initially be assessed as low due to the risks involved. In cases that are high on “Solvability” but low on Threat/Harm/Risk there is scope for professional discretion. The assessment of the threat is also affected by considering the vulnerability of those involved (eg the victim/suspect, their family and others involved) which could affect their ability to take care of or protect themselves.
Engagement considers whether the victim of the crime or the police can deal with the threat themselves or whether they need to engage other units or teams within the police or from partner agencies.
The THRIVE assessment is always recorded for each crime on the police computer in order that these decisions made by officers tasked with deciding whether or not to investigate a crime are accountable.
If you are reporting a crime that won’t be investigated then you will be told the reasons why by the contact centre.
(Nb. If you have any questions that you would like to put to the Surrey Heath Police Commander, please send them in a reply to this communique)
Man charged with drink-driving following a collision in Knaphill. Issue Date:13 December 2017
A man has been charged with driving over the prescribed limit of alcohol following a collision in Knaphill on 12 December. Vivencio Cuenca, 63 of Barnby Road, Knaphill was driving a silver Hyundai on Anchor Hill when, at approximately 5.15pm, his vehicle was in a collision with another car. The occupant of the other car fortunately only suffered minor injuries but was taken to hospital as a precaution. The road was closed from around 5.50pm while ambulance and fire and rescue service teams worked on the recovery. The road was reopened around 7.45pm.
Each and every year, people’s lives are destroyed through drink and drug-driving, and it won’t be tolerated on our roads in Surrey and Sussex. In the first 10 days of our Christmas anti-drink/drug driving campaign, we have made 50 arrests for drink and drug-driving offences – of these, 25 people have been charged and 20 released under further investigation.
People in Surrey can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers www.crimestoppers-uk.org website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE
CHRISTMAS SAFETY TIPS
Be safe at home
1. Keep your home secure Make sure that you’ve secured all outside doors and windows and, if going out and you have a burglar alarm, make sure it’s set.
2. Store gifts well out of sight until Christmas Day.
3. When going out, user timer switches. To turn switches on when it gets dark - don’t forget bedrooms.
4. If going away. Don’t close your curtains in the daytime, unless a room is clearly a bedroom. Ask a trusted friend to close them for you when it gets dark. They can make your house look occupied in your absence and even park their car in your drive. The best burglary deterrent is to make your house look occupied at all times.
5. Cancel your milk order if you are going away.
6. A plug-in timer for the radio would make it sound as if someone is at home. Tune the radio to a station that has more talking than music.
Be safe when parked at home
7. Don’t leave the engine running. On cold mornings, never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running to warm it up or defrost the windows. So many cars are stolen this way it has a name – frosting!
8. Use locking wheel nuts on alloys. Fit locking wheel nuts, as alloy wheels are often a target for car thieves.
9. 10. & 11. Don’t leave car doors or windows open and remember to lock all car doors. Close and lock all doors and secure windows every time you leave the car unattended.
12. Don’t park cars where they’re hidden from view. If you can’t park in a garage, try and park your car where you can see it from a house window. Do not park it behind high walls or bushes.
13. Use security lights on outside walls. Thieves don’t like working in the light where they can be detected.
14. Remove your in-car electronic equipment. These are the most sought-after items in your car. With satnavs remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these.
15. Keep fuel caps locked. You should have a fuel cap which locks.
16. If you have a garage, use it. Always lock your car and garage or try to park in a well-lit, open place.
Be safe when leaving your car
17. Don’t leave anything on display in your car. At this time of year make sure any presents are kept well out if view. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’.
18. Do not display personal information in the car. eg. private mail or documents with your address on it.
19. Don’t keep car registration documents in the car. Having access to your car registration documents makes it easier to sell on your car illegally.
20. & 21. Take all your belongings with you when you leave the car and shut your glove compartment. Never leave any of the following on display, as they are all particularly attractive to car thieves: mobile phones; laptop computers; credit and debit cards; cash.
22. Use a steering wheel lock. Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering-wheel locks, are a good alternative to electronic immobilisers.
23. Security etch windows. Consider having your car’s registration number, or the last 7 digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched onto all glass surfaces – including the headlamps.
24. Don’t leave your keys in the ignition. When you leave your car, always remove the ignition key and lock all doors. Follow this routine all the time, even when filling up with petrol or just popping into the shop.
YOUR SURREY HEATH NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM
In the year ending June 2017, the average crime rate in Surrey Heath was lower than the average crime rate across similar areas. Click on the link to view the evidence: https://www.police.uk/surrey/SHSV/performance/compare-your-area/
Police in Surrey Heath continue to work to cut crime, but they cannot fight crime alone. They need your support. Your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team is there to listen to your concerns and act upon the issues that matter to you most in order to help you feel more confident in your community. Details of the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team can be found here: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/ . This link also provides you with the latest news from the police in Surrey Heath.
For more detail on your local neighbourhood team including the local PCSOs, their local priorities, the local crime statistics map for October and a stop and search map please follow the links below:
Camberley Town and St Pauls: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/camberley-town-and-st-pauls/
Old Dean, St Michael’s and Watchetts: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/old-dean-st-michaels-watchetts/
Frimley, Heatherside and Parkside: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/frimley-heatherside-parkside/
Mytchett, Deepcut and Frimley Green: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/mytchett-deepcut-frimley-green/
The Six Villages: https://surrey.police.uk/surrey-heath/the-six-villages/
If you have any information to give to the police on crimes in your area or wish to discuss issues that relate to crime in your area, the Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team can be contacted as follows:
Police Station Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Surrey Heath, Surrey GU15 3HD
How you can help Surrey Police and your Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Team
Reporting a crime. Find out how you can report a crime, including theft and burglary, criminal damage, hate crime, and fraud. Click on the link to https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-a-crime/
Reporting anti-social behaviour and driving. Report anti-social driving on the DriveSMART website. Click on this link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-anti-social-behaviour-and-driving/
Reporting lost and found property. Find out how you can report lost property. Click on this link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-lost-and-found-property/
Reporting neighbour disputes. Disputes between neighbours can be caused by a variety of reasons. If it involves an assault or threat of violence, a breach of the peace or criminal damage it is a police matter. Call 101, report online or call 999 in an emergency. For further details on how to report neighbour disputes click on this link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-neighbour-disputes/
Reporting road traffic collisions. If you are the driver of a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision and owner / insurance / vehicle details were not exchanged at the scene OR you sustained an injury, you must report the incident in person at a police station as soon as possible and within 24 hours. You are legally obliged to do this. For further details on reporting non-urgent traffic accidents click on this link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-road-traffic-collisions/
Reporting a sounding alarm. If an alarm sounds and there is evidence of criminal activity underway or you see something suspicious call 999. Don't be tempted to put yourself in danger by making checks yourself. Unless there is suspicious activity the police will not attend. If an alarm persistently sounds and it becomes a nuisance you should contact your local council who may send an Environmental Health Officer. For further information click on the link: https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-a-sounding-alarm/
YOUR FEEDBACK VALUED
Surrey Heath police continue to appreciate your feedback on the information that they are sending out via the regular Crime Reports and these weekly Communiques. Your suggestions on how we can improve them or give you more information that is relevant to you are very much appreciated? The responses so far have been mostly positive, but we would appreciate more. If you have not yet responded please do so. It will help ensure that these communiques continue if the response is positive or will change if the response is negative.