November 18, 2017

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

A barn full of straw was set alight last night causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. This was in an isolated rural location near Sand Hutton and Claxton. Please be vigilant and report to police immediately if people are seen on land or acting suspiciously. Incident number 12150045291 refers if you have any information about last night’s arson.

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

North Yorkshire Police has announced the start of the Evolve Programme – a three-way collaboration with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary.

Through the programme, each of the police services will be exploring ways to work together across organisational boundaries, in order to increase operational resilience, improve services for communities and achieve financial savings.

In the first phase of the programme, the forces will focus on integrating services in the areas of major crime, response to civil emergencies and disaster victim identification.

Subsequent phases of Evolve will look at increasing collaboration across other specialist areas of the service. Local policing will not be included in the programme, and local police will continue to be embedded at the heart of their local communities.

Whilst the main focus of Evolve will be on service improvement, all three police forces will be seeking to reduce operational costs through the programme, as part of broader plans to meet the financial challenges facing all police services. In the first year, North Yorkshire Police is aiming to save approximately £2m, with further savings possible as the programme develops.

Commenting on the Evolve collaboration, North Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable, Dave Jones said:

“Good neighbourhood policing sits at the heart of our service in North Yorkshire, and we will continue to keep that focus. But there are other areas of policing where it makes sense to think beyond county boundaries, and these are the areas that we will be looking at through the Evolve Programme. It is early days, and there is a lot of work to do, but I believe this collaboration with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary gives us the right vehicle to meet operational policing challenges in a new way.”

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:

“I want the people of North Yorkshire to have the best possible police service, with the best possible value for tax-payers. To do that, we need to form partnerships with a range of different organisations, including other police forces. Together we will ensure the Evolve Programme delivers services and savings in the best interests of local people.”

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

CCTV – how useful is it?

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has been in the national news today promoting the use of CCTV cameras by householders.

He comments in the Daily Mail that police forces need crime scene footage, and that cameras at eye level are often more helpful than overhead cameras in identifying offenders. This has raised concerns in some quarters about privacy issues and the use of facial recognition technology.

It stands to reason that once a crime has been committed, clear CCTV footage can be very useful in helping to identify the offender. However, it is obviously preferable to stop the crime being committed in the first place, and this is where Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch comes into its own. The 2008 Campbell Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Neighbourhood Watch shows it as effective in 26% of cases. It’s not just about reporting when you’ve seen something suspicious, but about creating the kind of strong communities where crime is less likely to happen in the first place, and providing people with the most up-to-date target hardening advice to help them deter criminals and protect their homes.

So what is the best way to guard against being burgled?

As well as joining or starting a Neighbourhood or Home Watch scheme, there is a lot more you can do to keep your home and property safe. An analysis of the British Crime Survey (now the Crime Survey for England & Wales) from 1992 – 2012 puts forward the ‘WIDE principle’ as being the most effective way of reducing burglaries - ‘WIDE’ standing for:

W – Window locks

I – Interior lights and timer

D – Double or deadlocks

E – External lights on sensor

These used together, offer 49 times more burglary protection than if you have no security measures at all.

So regardless if you have CCTV or not, there is still a lot you can do to keep your home safe. Make sure you apply the WIDE principle to your home!

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Jonathan Mortimer, the independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel, are today asking for victims of crime to come forward to help scrutinise the use of police cautions and other non-court penalties.

The Panel was set up last year in response to public concern about the use of Out of Court Disposals in North Yorkshire. The Panel has identified that its objectives are to ensure that such penalties are used appropriately, consistently across the county and to make recommendations to North Yorkshire Police.

The Panel already has an independent chairman, as well as representatives from various criminal justice partners such as Magistrates, but members of the public are now being encouraged to sit on the Panel.

Jonathan Mortimer, independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Panel said: “Victim representation is vital since we must engender victim trust and satisfaction in the varying methods of criminal justice disposal and give victims a voice”.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said: “I want victims’ needs to be at the heard of everything we do. Having members of the public and victims of crime on the Panel will also increase transparency and understanding. I would ask members of the public who are interested in holding the police to account and have the relevant experience, to send us an email and apply.”

If you would like to put your name forward please email info@northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk with your experience and why you think you are the right person to sit on the Panel. You will need to have experience of being the victim of crime where an Out of Court Disposal has been used or considered. Further, to have an interest in the criminal justice system and an understanding of the effect of crime on victims would be an advantage. The post will be voluntary but all expenses will be reimbursed.

You can also put your name forward:

Online at: http://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news/victims-of-crime-sought-for-independent-justice-panel/

Write to:

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

12 Granby Road

Harrogate

North Yorkshire

HG1 4ST

Telephone: 01423 569 562

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Observations are requested for a Ford Transit Van/Tipper in white registration NJ57HCY with the letters K&K written in red on the bonnet. Vehicle has been seen in suspect circumstances in the Ryedale area. If seen please contact 101 quoting ref 12150005230

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Urgent warning following internet blackmail scam

Detectives in York have issued an urgent warning after three men from the York area have been blackmailed by a woman claiming to be called Cathy Wong.

The woman has befriended them on Facebook and asked them to skype her. She has then enticed them into performing an indecent act which she has recorded on video.

She has then told the men, who are all students, that her grandmother is ill and needs money and has asked them each to send £3,000 via money transfer.

When they refused to send the money, she has threatened them with uploading the video to Youtube.

It is believed that the scam is occurring world wide, however these are the first cases reported in the York area. The men are not known to each other and officers are concerned that there may be other victims. Officers are exploring the possibility that the scam is operated by an organised crime group.

Police are urging internet users, particularly students, to be on their guard and to contact them if they believe they have been targeted.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Dyer of York CID, said: “This scam is causing considerable distress to the victims and I urge anyone who uses any kind of social networking site to be very wary of what they are getting into.

“I am concerned that there are other victims of this scam who are too embarrassed to come forward about what has happened. I urge them to please get in touch with the police. Your information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and with sensitivity. Please do not suffer in silence.”

To report an incident, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Or you can email Rebecca.dyer@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

You can also pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

#AskTheChief webchat: your chance to quiz the chief

Chief Constable Dave Jones is hosting a live webchat to give residents in North Yorkshire the opportunity to talk to him about crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.

Mr Jones will be online between 5pm and 6pm on Monday 12 January 2015.

He would like to discuss people’s experiences with North Yorkshire Police and to hear suggestions about how the policing service in the county can be further improved.

Mr Jones said: “As Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, I believe it is important for me to engage with our communities and find out what people are concerned about. I have found that my regular webchats are a valuable way of receiving feedback from residents, helping me to understand the issues which are important to them so that we can improve the service we offer. I look forward to answering as many of your questions as possible between 5pm and 6pm on Monday, so please try and join me online.”

To join the latest webchat visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/webchat

Residents who are unable to take part in the live webchat are encouraged to send their questions to the Chief Constable in advance via the North Yorkshire Police Twitter account @NYorksPolice, using the hashtag #AskTheChief, or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/NorthYorkshirePolice

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

There has been an increase recently in the Ryedale area of vehicles, particularly vans, being broken into.

Please be advised not to leave valuables in vehicles and where possible works vans to be parked so that rear doors cannot be opened.

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The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Police Launch National Counter Terrorism Awareness Campaign

North Yorkshire Police is supporting a national police campaign, designed to make it harder for terrorists to attack the UK.

The National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, will run from November 24 – November 30. During the week, police and partner agencies will work together to deliver activity and events across the country, to increase vigilance amongst the general public, businesses and the transport community.

Activity will focus on five key areas, where simple measures and an increased understanding could help to prevent an act of terrorism. Each day will feature a different theme: crowded places, transport hubs, preventing violent extremism, terrorist financing and the tools terrorists need to operate.

In North Yorkshire, each theme will be supported by different engagement activity, ranging from security briefings for sports venues, retailers, leisure parks and transport operators, to the delivery of public advice in community venues, universities and shopping centres.
Targeted police operations will also take place at key sites across the force area in an effort to disrupt terrorist activity, or criminal efforts which may help to fund or support terrorist objectives.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: “In August the threat to the UK from International Terrorism was increased to severe. While there is currently no specific intelligence of an attack on the UK, it is vital we ensure we are in the best possible position to prevent and detect any potential terrorist threats. Members of the public and the business community have a particularly important role to play went it comes to recognising suspicious activity and reporting it to police. Those who work in, or visit, crowded places are often best placed to recognise the early signs that something is wrong. We want them to know what to do if they suspect something is out of the ordinary and how they can help to protect themselves and others. By working together we can make it harder for terrorists to operate in the UK. Through increased awareness and vigilance we can reduce their opportunities and disrupt their activities to better protect our communities, our businesses and industry.”

If you suspect it, report it. Anyone with concerns about suspicious activity or behaviour is asked to contact the Confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321. In the case of an immediate threat, always dial 999.

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Cold calling roofers

Report received over the weekend of “roofers” cold calling in the Starbeck area of Harrogate, targeting elderly consumers offering felting, fascias and guttering. This resulted in Trading Standards Officers directly intervening, saving the consumer over £1000. Please ensure you always obtain paperwork for any work undertaken on your property, and any work quoted in excess of £42 MUST carry a 14 day cooling off period (your right to cancel). If you have any information please contact North Yorkshire Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06 and ask the information be passed to Katrina Nelson-Berry