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Local Business Update from Norfolk Constabulary – October 2013

As part of our commitment to keeping you informed about police and crime issues affecting the business community, we will be issuing brief monthly email updates on any areas relevant to you.
Please see below for October’s update.  If you require any further information on the issues noted, please contact Norfolk Police on 101. Click on the hyperlinks for full details:
COUNTY – Rural crime – An increase in rural crime has been noted over the past four weeks, and research shows that during the months of October and November, these types of offences often increase, with fuel and machinery being stolen. Rural landowners are advised to ensure that security measures are taken to protect fuel, machinery and equipment. Full advice is available here.
COUNTY – Residents asked to ‘show respect’ this Halloween - ‘Show respect’ is the message to people across the county planning to celebrate Halloween at the end of October and Bonfire Night in early November. Norfolk Constabulary officers will be working with residents, partner agencies and local businesses aiming to make sure that celebrations are safe and enjoyable for everyone. Additional officers will be on duty for what can be one of the busiest periods of the policing calendar and posters have been produced for businesses and residents to display in their windows.
 
COUNTY – Agricultural machinery marking days- ‘Cesar the Day’ events will be held in Norfolk and Suffolk in November. Local fitting firms and DataTag trained staff will be fitting DataTag’s ‘Cesar’ marking scheme, a 5-point security installation normally costing £149+VAT, at a reduced rate of £99+VAT. The days will be held on the 7th November atJ. Goodley & Sons Ltd, 110 Church Road, Tilney St Lawrence, Norfolk, PE34 4QG and on the 8th November at Kenny Hill Farm, at Kenny Hill, (Beck Row) Suffolk, IP28 8DU. Both days run from 8:30-5.30pm. Bookings must be made in advance by contacting:Jackie Evans, NFU Regional Office, Newmarket, on Tel: 01638 672100 or via email to Jackie.Evans@nfu.org.uk.
Further information is available from Phil Kemp, Crime Reduction Officer on 01473 613888 Ext 3313 or via email to phil.kemp@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

COUNTY – Warning over fake bank notes
 - Police are urging businesses to be vigilant over the use of fake bank notes following several incidents in Norfolk in the last week. The warning comes after businesses in Norwich, Thetford and Gorleston were targeted by suspects using fake £20 notes. A 49-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and questioned at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre. He has been released on conditional bail until December while enquiries continue. Officers are keen to raise awareness among retailers and are advising businesses to be vigilant when handling cash.
Chief Inspector Nathan Clark, local policing commander for Norwich East, said: “I would urge shop staff to carry out basic security checks and make use of the ultraviolet scanning equipment which many premises have to check the authenticity of bank notes.” Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to police on 101.
 
WYMONDHAM – CCTV issued following business burglary - Police investigating a burglary in Wymondham have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to. It follows an incident at Paper Wishes in Market Street when cash, about £200, was stolen from the till and a shop workers handbag between 4pm and 4.15pm on Saturday 7 September.


Local Business Update from Norfolk Constabulary – August 2013

Dear Business colleague
As part of our commitment to keeping you informed about police and crime issues affecting the business community, we will be issuing brief monthly email updates on any areas relevant to you.
Please see below for August’s update. If you require any further information on the issues noted, please contact Norfolk Police on 101. Click on the hyperlinks in subject titles for full details:
COUNTY – Rural burglaries – During June and July, a series of burglaries at rural post offices or village stores occurred in Suffolk and across into Norfolk. The incidents generally happened overnight and offenders forced entry to the business premises and stole cash and cigarettes from within. Business owners are encouraged to consider the use of alarms and CCTV systems. Cash should not be left in unattended properties overnight and buildings should be left secure at all times. Anyone with information in relation to these incidents is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101.
 
COUNTY – Campaign against speeding – Speeding motorists will be the focus of police officers across Norfolk and Suffolk this week, as the forces take part in the latest European-wide week of enforcement on the roads.
The TISPOL speeding campaign runs between Monday 19 August and Sunday 25 August 2013. There will be an increased number of speed checks carried out across both counties, led by the Joint Roads Policing Unit.
BRADWELL – Project Blue Sky - A range of agencies including Norfolk Police, East Coast Community Healthcare and Norfolk County Council Trading Standards took part in ‘Project Blue Sky’ on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 August.
The multi-agency initiative was a reassurance and welfare event being held on the Blue Sky Homes site at Bradwell and saw a range of organisations bringing a host of services and advice directly to the site for residents to take advantage of.
The aim was to bring health support and advice, crime prevention and safety advice direct to residents at the park and, if successful, it could be rolled out to different locations in the borough.
NORTH NORFOLK – Diesel thefts – A recent spate of diesel thefts has been recorded in the North of the county. Offenders have targeted tractors and farm machinery overnight and have siphoned fuel from within. Landowners are advised to ensure that machinery is kept locked and secure overnight and that vehicles are not left with large amounts of fuel inside when unattended for long periods.
WEST NORFOLK – Purse thefts - Police are urging shoppers and business owners to be extra vigilant with their personal belongings following a spate of purse thefts from shopping trolleys.Three incidents took place on Wednesday 7 August across West Norfolk, all in Morrison stores. The first incident took place on Elm High Road, Wisbech between 10.15am and 10.45am, following this in King’s Lynn between 11am and 12pm and Bridge Street, Downham Market  between 11am and 11.45am.
In all cases, the victim’s purse was taken from their handbag whilst their trolley was left momentarily unattended.
Crime prevention advice includes:
-       Never leave your purse on display
-       Do not leave your handbag, pushchair or shopping trolley unattended
-       Always ensure your handbag is closed and no valuable items can be seen
-       Close your purse and put it away before you leave the till
If you have any information on the above incidents, contact officers at King’s Lynn Police Station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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