I am one of the local Police Community Support Officers for the Poringland and Loddon areas. Norfolk Constabulary have recently set up Church Watch in the South Norfolk area, to look out for your local churches, especially in the darker winter months when the churches are more at risk and vulnerable to crime.
We are trying to gather current details of who heads your parish’s churches and who the key-holders/wardens are, so that we can contact them in an emergency and protect these important buildings.
Can you please update me with any details to assist us.
Thank you in advance,
PCSO Marie Albinagorta 8562
Poringland Police Station
By following a few simple steps, you can reduce the chances of becoming a victim of burglary.
- Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house. This limits the amount of escape routes available to burglars.
- Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
- Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
- Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
- Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
- Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.
- Leave low-energy lights on timers around the house and keep a radio on to make it seem as though someone is home.
- ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
- Burglars often prefer to work in the dark to avoid detection. Stop burglars from hiding in your driveway and paths by installing an ambient security light that will not disturb neighbours.
- Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
- Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
- Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
- Never leave spare keys in an open place. Hide away to prevent them being stolen.
- Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
- Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
- Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
For further crime prevention advice please visit the Suffolk Constabulary webpage www.suffolk.police.uk or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.