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Crime Prevention Tips: Residents

Upgrade security on your sheds and garages
Lock your vehicle even when parked overnight on your drive
Remove items on display from your vehicle, consider leaving the empty glove box open
Mark your property with your house number and postcode
Note the make model and serial numbers of items
Take a photograph of your property and keep it on file
Join or start a Neighbourhood Watch
Report suspicious behaviour

Crime Prevention Tips: Businesses

If you sell alcohol join a Pub or Off Watch scheme
Check your security and upgrade where possible
Ensure you have clear sight lines to all parts of your premises
Leave some space on your window so you can see what is happening outside and the police and public can see in
 
An update from the Community Safety Partnership Manager Peter Kipps. If you have any questions, please contact 01372 474 399 or communitysafety@elmbridge.gov.uk
 
"I thought you might wish to receive an update on crime issues across Elmbridge borough. We have just received the figures up to the end of July covering the last 4 months.
Overall the Total Notifiable Offences recorded in Elmbridge by Surrey Police have risen just slightly by 1.7% compared to the same period last year. This equates to an increase of 44 incidents of crime compared to the same period last year.
Looking at the different types of crimes the figures show:
Criminal Damage offences are down 21% (-141 incidents) Most Serious Violence against the Person down 40% (-4 incidents) Other Violence against the Person up 2% (+ 9 incidents)
There are three particular areas where crime has increased compared to the same period last year
Burglary non residential which covers sheds, garages and of course business premises has risen by 41% (+ 67 incidents)
Theft of cycle has increased 59% (+ 41 incidents),
Vehicle Crime up 25% (+ 68 incidents).
Please bear in mind that the percentage change can alter quite a lot when dealing with low numbers.
Elmbridge remains one of the safest Boroughs in the Country but we cannot be complacent. Any crime is significant to the victim and we still need to drive the figures even lower and to do that we need your help.
There is roughly now only 12 crimes every 24 hours in Elmbridge much of this down to the ongoing good work of our police colleagues. These numbers when looking at the size and population of Elmbridge makes it extremely difficult for the police to know when and where. to be, to arrest or deter the offenders.
We need to keep residents informed of what is happening and engage them in taking the sensible precautions which will help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime in the first place.
The credit crunch is not helping us, as work slows and cash becomes restricted the anticipated increase in opportunist crime is starting to take place.
The theft of easily disposable items has increased significantly. Theft and handling of stolen goods is up 19% (85 incidents).
Whilst the figures for burglary have remained static this year (148 incidents or 2 incidents every 3 days) those from the less secure garages and sheds and from parked vehicles have increased significantly.
The economic downturn may also account for the 23% increase (+27 incidents) of domestic violence during this period as pressures increase on families.

Reporting Crime

Above all we need both residents and business to report incidents of crime and anti social behaviour, if we want the police or other resources to an area, we need to know what is going on and when incidents are taking place. By mapping this information over time it helps build up a better understanding of the problems and what can be done to make the largest impact on deterring future incidents.

Any Questions - Contact Elmbridge Community Safety Partnership Manager Peter Kipps.
Tel: 01372 474 399 or email communitysafety@elmbridge.gov.uk

Public Meeting: Safety In Elmbridge & Funding Opportunity.
The Safety Partnership will be launching its Plan for 2010/11. Priorities are:-Reducing anti social behaviour / Promoting positive youth activities; Reducing violence / Reducing substance misuse; Reducing crime / Increasing public confidence. More info
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