(News of Brackley Station front counter service and local crimes at end of this page)
South Northants Safer Community Team
WARD CLUSTER UPDATE
PCSO Clive Ashmore
Wards covered in this update
Danvers & Wardoun, Washington and Astwell Wards
Avoiding heating oil theft
Heating oil theft – 5 tips to protect your tank
Make sure you don’t make it easy for thieves this year by following five simple rules:
Many thieves are opportunists so where you place your tanks will be an
important factor in whether they consider it a target. For delivery reasons, you will want your tank to be easily accessible. However, try to keep it as far from the road as you can. Not only will it be less visible but to a thief trying to make a quick getaway, the thought of lugging your tank 200m up the road to their vehicle won’t sound particularly appealing. You should also remove or store any empty oil drums or external fuel lines so as not to draw attention to the presence of oil.
Invest in a good quality tank lock. A pair of bolt cutters can easily cut through the average lock but flat tank locks should prove a much harder contender. Many people also plant defensive shrubbery around their tanks to deter thieves. No one likes having to battle through thorny shrubs. However, make sure that there is a path for your suppliers to reach the tank and that the shrubs don’t obscure your view of it.
It should be no secret that thieves like to operate away from prying eyes. Try placing the tank somewhere near a window so you can keep an eye on it easily. Thieves may consider it too big a risk if they can be easily scouted out. Although you can’t monitor your tank at all times, you can install motion sensitive lights that will act as an effective deterrent from anyone approaching your tank.
If thieves do succeed in gaining access to your oil, there are still a number of procedures that can be put in place to ensure that they won’t get away with it.
Alarm systems have been designed to fit to storage tanks and alert you if your oil level is getting critically low or drops dramatically. Also, consider installing some CCTV. Cameras can be bought for relatively cheap these days and not only could you be lucky and catch thieves in the act, but you stand a much greater chance of identifying them afterwards.
If all else fails and your oil is stolen, you might still be financially protected. Make sure in advance that your insurance policy covers thefts and if it does, take care of any conditions specified by the company about the security of your premises.
Hopefully, if you follow these tips, your tank will be more secure this year so you can enjoy the winter months in comfort.
Brackley Police Station front counter service
From the 1st April 2015, there will no longer be a front counter service at
Brackley police station. It will still remain an operational base for local officers.
Towcester station front counter will be open – Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
10am to 2pm
Daventry station front counter will be open – Monday-Saturday, 10am to 4pm
All front-counters will close on bank and public holidays.
People will still be able to contact police on the non-emergency telephone
number 101 or report a non-urgent incident online at www.northants.police.uk,
where they can also find a range of advice and information.
I have listed below the Crime incidents reported for January 2015
27th – 28th, Burglary of a Barn (Quad Bike, Chainsaw, Battery Chargers
and Strimmer stolen), Radstone
22nd , Criminal Damage to a fence, Banbury Road, Chipping Warden.
8th – 9th, Burglary of a workshop, (Quad Bike, Trailer, Chainsaw and
Strimmer stolen), Welsh Lane, Helmdon
31st Dec – 8th Jan, Theft, (3 x packets of cigarettes), Queens Street,
29th Dec – 3rd Jan, Burglary of a Shed, (Mower, Chainsaw and Strimmer
stolen), Banbury Road, Moreton Pinkney
No known reported serious Anti Social Behaviour Issues in your village
Locally identified priority
Tackling Rural Issues/Crime.
Patrolled Helmdon Primary School at pick up times
Speed enforcement operations in the villages
Gave school presentations at Syresham Primary School, Little Oaks pre
School and Magdalen College School
Night time operations checking locations and vehicles for persons
involved in theft of/from motor vehicles and heating oil
Visit our Crime Prevention page at:
Keep updated with information by visiting:
Useful Contact Details
Fly-tipping Tel: 01327 322344
Noise problems Tel: 01327 3222323
Stray dogs Tel: 01604 862239
Action Fraud Tel: 0300 123 2040
Drivewatch Tel: 0800 174615
The Council out of office hours telephone number is 0800 160 1022
101 is new non-emergency number for Northamptonshire Police
Call 101 to speak to your local officers, discuss concerns you have about where you
live or to report incidents and crimes that do not require an emergency response
In an emergency, call 999