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ALERT: Increase of purse thefts

Your latest Smart Alert.

Staffordshire Police have received several reports over the county of purse thefts over the Christmas shopping period.

It’s easy for pick-pockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves amongst the crowds in shopping areas at this busy time of year.

Often working in pairs or groups, pickpockets will use various ways to lift your purse or wallet out of your pocket or bag.

One can purposely bump into you, or sometimes distract you while another will adeptly help themselves to your money and cards. You won’t feel them stealing from you.

Don’t put your money or wallet in a back pocket. Carry your bag close to you and so it opens facing you, keep a hand on it.

Don’t leave bags on a shopping trolley, wheelchair, motorised scooter, or pushchairs.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

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ADVICE: Protect your property

Your latest Smart Alert.

REMINDER:

Burglars are busy at this time of year. Make sure your Christmas presents go to those they indended for and….

– Keep presents and valuables securely stowed and out of sight

– Lock windows and doors

– Keep sheds and garages secure

– Avoid leaving your house darkness – leave lights on and TV’s, radios where possible

– Make your property and register it through immobilise.com

– Invest in security lighting

– Set your alarms

– Look out for your neighbours

– Report any suspcious activity

Keep safe this Christmas!

for more information visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/crimeprevention

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Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

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The Milwich with Fradswell Parish Council Meeting will take place at Fradswell Village Hall on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 7.30pm.

The Draft Agenda for the meeting can be seen by clicking here

Draft Minutes of the previous meeting are available by clicking here.

A full list of all our councillors (updated December 2018) can be seen by clicking here. Contact them if you wish to raise issues relating to the Parish. Dr. Malcolm Calhaem and Mr. Fergus Cameron represent Fradswell, the remaining Councillors represent Milwich parishioners.

If you want to find out more about the role and responsibilities of the Parish Council and its Councillors then click on this link to take you to the Communities, Parishes and Local Councils website.

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Appeal after trailer containing £35,000 worth of goods stolen

Your latest Smart Alert.

Detectives from Staffordshire Police are appealing for information after a trailer with £30,000 worth of furniture inside was stolen in Stone.

Unknown offenders drove in a white MAN lorry cab to Micklow House Farm on Eccleshall Road at approximately 9.10pm on Saturday 8 December and left 50 minutes later with the trailer attached, before making off.

Steel rope valued at over £5,000 and weighing 1.7 tonnes used to move cranes was also inside the trailer.

Officers are particularly interested in speaking to anyone that may have seen the stolen trailer or saw anything suspicious near Eccleshall Road on 8 December.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 65 of 11 December.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

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Following the money this Christmas

Your latest Smart Alert.

Officers will be following the money this Christmas to prevent attacks taking place on cash in transit vans and cash machines.

Police vehicles will be accompanying cash vans as they make deliveries and watching ATMs (cash machines) as part of a national crackdown.

During the Christmas shopping rush there is potential for an increase in the numbers of attacks on cash deliveries, ATMs and cash vehicles. To prevent this, officers will be providing the ultimate deterrent of a police escort.

Sergeant Mike Elkin from our Tactical Support Team said: "Although this increase in attacks on cash machines and cash vehicles isn’t a particular problem in Staffordshire, it is something that has been noticed nationally and we need to be alert to the possibility they could take place.

"We will be using marked and unmarked vehicles and uniformed officers to follow the cash vans and our officers will be very visible while the deliveries are being made. We will also be using more covert methods to ensure that offenders are not carrying out preparatory work prior to carrying out crimes.

"As well as making people aware of what we are doing, we’d also like them to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity near cash machines or banks. If you see anything strange, please report it to us at once and if you suspect a cash machine has been tampered with, please report it before you use it."

To report suspicious activity please ring 101. If the offenders are still there please ring 999 immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

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Christmas Shopping – Prevention Advice

Your latest Smart Alert.

Christmas Helpers…

We are reminding you to keep safe when out Christmas Shopping at this time of year.

Shopping with lots of bags can draw unnecessary attention. Always keep an eye on your belongings and ensure:

– Your car is parked in a well-let area

– Have your keys at the ready and be aware of those around you

– Avoid isolated areas

– Avoid distractions from you looking at your phone or listening to music

– Take your own carrier bags – thieves can quickly work out who is buying high – value items.

– Don’t leave your shopping in your car or in a plain sight

#KeepsafethisChristmas

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Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

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My Staffs App – Advice & Support

Your latest Smart Alert.

The police are often asked for advice and support, and there is often expectation from members of the
public for us to provide all of the answers. We are not always best placed and are not always the right service to answer some of these questions.

MyStaffs is an online portal for people to access all sorts of services – council, police, fire and voluntary services, where members of the public can report issues such as abandoned vehicles, road defects, fly tipping, noise complaints, etc., and also pay fines, and find all sorts of advice and information for themselves.

Drug and alcohol advice

  • Benefits support
  • Domestic abuse service and support
  • Mental health support
  • Voluntary and charitable organisations
  • Things to do – Leisure activities, community groups, lunch clubs
  • Volunteering, community, befriending groups and activities
  • Housing, financial, and legal advice
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Children’s services
  • Parenting services
  • Keeping safe and crime prevention advice

This tool offers a multitude of services easily accessible in one place. We encourage familiarisation and use of this application, as it can provide you with lots of information to support and services across Staffordshire. Please signpost and encourage members of the public to use this online service too which can be easily downloaded as an App to any mobile device. It can assist us to help people in accessing help and support for themselves at the earliest opportunity, enabling them to feel safe and supported, which is important for all citizens but especially those who are most vulnerable.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

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