Parish Council update from Allerdale Rural
Thank you for your invite to attend the Bridekirk Parish..Council Meeting on
11th December 2014. I am unable to attend as I am not on duty and send my
There have been no incidents reported to the Police for the area of Bridekirk
since 11th November 2014.
- PLEASE FIND BELOW SOME USEFUL CRIME PREVENTION
A Message from your Neighbourhood Policing Team
Cumbria Police are urging householders to keep doors and windows locked to
prevent "sneak-in" thefts.
Recently there have been a few sneak-in burglaries at homes in Allerdale and
some have been in this area.
Offenders have entered houses by insecure doors and windows and have also
stolen property including handbags, cash, mobile phones, laptops and keys.
There have also been distraction burglaries whereby offenders have made an
excuse when knocking on doors, for example, asking to use the toilet.
Most have happened during the evening or overnight, at houses where doors
have been left unlocked or windows open. In some cases occupants have been
at home but unaware of the burglary until later.
It would appear that some offenders are wandering the streets looking for
insecure doors and windows. Nationally, over 40% of domestic burglaries are
committed by opportunist thieves taking advantage of open or unlocked doors
Crime levels have fallen recently and dwelling burglary remains a relatively
rare crime, but there are still some thieves out there looking for easy
The good news is that by taking a few basic precautions, homeowners can
reduce the chances of becoming a victim.
Crime Prevention Tips
- Whenever possible keep your doors locked and
windows closed, especially if you are upstairs, or in another part of the
house, or in the garden. Also we encourage people to fit, and most
importantly use, good locks on ground floor and accessible windows.
- Remember to lock up even if you are only going
out for a couple of minutes - that is all the time a thief needs.
Before going to bed, close all ground floor and accessible windows and
remember to lock all your doors.
- It is worth remembering that most household
insurance policies do not cover the theft of property from within a home
that has been left insecure.
- Postcode all types of property to deter
thieves and improve the chances of tracing the stolen items. "Postcoding"
can be done with ultra-violet marker pens, engraving, stamping or even
paint. Property can also be made identifiable by other unique systems, such
as "Smartwater". Further details are available at www.smartwater.com
or from your local Neighbourhood Police Officer or Crime Prevention Officer.
- If you have an intruder alarm - use it. Set it
at night to protect vulnerable zones.
- Report anything suspicious
- Please let us know as soon as possible if you
see anyone behaving suspiciously; many criminals are apprehended due to
information from members of public. Telephone: 101, or if a crime is in
progress: 999. If you have information regarding crime you can also contact
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- You will not be asked for your name or any
Inspector 489 Gary Hunter
Cumbria Community Messaging
Please pass this message onto friends, family and residents of your areas to re
highlight the issue.
If you would like to join Cumbria Community
Messaging then please contact us or visit: www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk
It is managed by the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association and offers you and
other members of communities across Cumbria the means to receive crime
information from Cumbria Police. You can select which information you wish to
receive by managing your own settings, and it is completely FREE. Anyone can
join, you do not have to be a member of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), or become a
member of NHW to join. Farm Watch, Church Watch and Camping and Caravan Watch
are a small example of the schemes that you can register for. You can join as an
individual or as a group. If you want to receive information but do not wish to
be responsible for a larger group, you are still welcome to make use of this
As well as Cumbria Constabulary the partners providing information are Cumbria
County Council, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch
Association. If you do not have internet access, contact your local PCSO and
they will aid in registering your details on the system.
YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW CUMBRIA POLICE ON TWITTER AND
FACEBOOK. THESE WILL GIVE TRAFFIC REPORTS AND INFORMATION IN RELATION TO CUMBRIA
POLICE AND ANY UNEXPECTED INCIDENTS.
To follow Allerdale Rural Police specifically use the link below.
Below is also a link to Cockermouth's online News
Letter which gives current information about what has been going on. There are
also links to the other areas that Allerdale Rural Policing Team cover. It also
shows which Community Officer covers your areas and the next meeting dates.
Contact can be made to: AllerdaleRuralNPT@cumbria.police.uk
or call 101
For emergency always call 999
Your local Police Community Support Officer is PCSO 5170 Lyndsay Tuck
Thank you, Lyndsay