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Todwick Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

December 2013

Welcome to all those villagers who have signed up to the Todwick Neighbourhood Watch since our last newsletter in September 2013. We hope that you find these newsletters informative and useful and we always value your information and feedback. We do not publish anyone’s name, address or any other private details.

Burglaries

According to one of the major insurance companies November is the worst month for burglaries with a home in the UK being burgled every 2 minutes. As many of you know, Todwick had a number of burglaries towards the end of October, (near enough to November), to confirm the point. We have raised the issue of lock snapping and lock bumping in the past. If you have a uPVC external door and the locks have not been changed in the last 2 years, we strongly recommend that you take action to replace the locks to conform to today’s standards. For people with DIY skills, it is a straightforward job. If you need help or guidance please contact Norman as I have details of several points of contact for people who can do the job for you. Also please remember if you are burgled & have to claim on your insurance, you may end up paying a higher premium for several years.

It is also worthwhile considering using timers for interior lights. They are cheap and easy to fit and can be used in conjunction with energy saving bulbs. So whether you are in or out, the lights come on and go off automatically giving an impression of someone being at home. Outside lights which are triggered by any movement within their range are also worth considering having installed.

In mid November properties in Thorpe Salvin, North Anston & South Anston were burgled. As a result, South Yorkshire Police sent out a warning to all Neighbourhood Watch areas for residents to be vigilant. Be aware of vehicles that look out of place in the village. Also be aware of anyone behaving suspiciously. If you are in doubt telephone the police on telephone number 101.

Christmas is Coming

There are several things you can do to help protect yourself during the run up to Christmas. Always make sure your house is secure before leaving. Be extra vigilant with your bags and purchases when out shopping as thieves are about. Always make sure your purse or wallet is safe and your handbag firmly fastened. If you put your bag in a trolley, never turn your back on it. It is advisable not to leave purchases on view in the car, they are a magnet for thieves. Whenever possible park in an authorised secure car-park where the risks are lower. Thieves look like anyone else in the street, so don’t leave your-self to being vulnerable as a victim.

Safety Checks

If you haven’t already taken advantage of the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service free home check, we strongly recommend that you call them on 0114 2532522. It’s better than having to dial 999 for them!! This free service will provide you with a free smoke alarm if one is deemed necessary (the firemen will fit it for you). The checks cover kitchen hazards, hot oil pans, electrical hazards, smoking and candles, heaters and fires, young children, bins and rubbish, a fire action plan and a “bedtime routine”.

Scams

Scams come in all shapes & sizes. Many are obvious but some still catch people unawares. This quarter we look at PayPal who have issued a statement on what to look out for in emails that purport to come from them. If anyone would like a copy please let me know.

Also never let anyone have remote access to your computer. They may tell you that you have a problem which they can resolve. If you fall for this excuse you could find yourself locked out of your own computer.

Child Safety

South Yorkshire Police have asked that we circulate the following warning. In November, at approximately 5 pm to 5.30 pm a young girl was approached by a lone white man in a car. The man invited the girl to get in the car. Thankfully she declined. The vehicle is a dark (possibly black) VW Golf. The man of medium build is said to be in his 30’s. Please make sure that your children are safe.

Contact Information

S. Y. Police non-emergency calls to report crime or give information dial 101

Crimestoppers to give information about crime (you do not have to give your name) dial 0800 555 111 open Mon-Fri 8 am to 10 pm & Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Action Fraud this is the government run reporting centre for fraud. Calls can be made on 0300 123 2040 anonymously or text on 0300 123 2050

Streetpride part of Rotherham Borough Council. For most general problems with bin emptying, damaged bins, street lighting, potholes & other problems associated with roads & pavements 01709 336003

Crime Statistics

The reported crime statistics for Todwick for September, October & November 2013 inclusive, kindly provided by South Yorkshire Police are as follows:

Burglary in a dwelling

3

Burglary in building – not dwelling

1

Harassment

1

Interference with motor vehicle

1

Miscellaneous theft

1

Anti social behaviour

4

Thanks to all the villagers who have provided details of incidents and issues.

Thanks also to Sheila Pantry for ensuring that our village website www.todwick.org.uk shows our newsletters.

Norman Anderson (chair)