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There have been more thefts of garden equipment, also pedal cycles, from sheds and garages in
Lurgashall and surrounding villages. This is a peak time for thefts of tools and
equipment. Today's criminals are very mobile and we need to increase our vigilance,
reporting suspicious activities to the police as soon as possible. Be alert for the
casual caller and cruising van, taking registration numbers if you can. The sooner you
can pass on this information to the police the sooner they can act. Make sure that all
tools and equipment etc are stored securely and post coded.
The local Neighbourhood Panel under the Chairmanship of Ray
Cooper with representatives from Northchapel, Kirdford, Plaistow and Ifold, Ebernoe,
Loxwood and Lurgashall meets bi-monthly to discuss recent crime trends, allocate
priorities and report on action taken. The police.are represented by our local Police
Constable Philip Hanlon and our Police Community Support Officers Clair Gamlin and Ian
Luxford as available.
Should you have any items such as anti-social behaviour speeding
dangerous parking or other similar nuisances you would like to have discussed please
let me know . Paul Read (01428 707385) email read85©btinternet.com
We now have yet another promise for the introduction of Community Contacts,
the new messaging system which will streamline the way Sussex Police send out
messages to Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and members.
The information we receive from the police will be filtered and the team of Police Officers,
Community Support Officers and Special Constables will remain committed to keeping the members
of the community safe. The aims of Neighbourhood watch remain unchanged, that is to reduce the
opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour to occur by deterring would-be burglars and
vandals, and to maintain a community spirit so that all residents can contribute towards our
protection through communication and co-operation. To achieve these aims information must flow
in both directions. The Police need our help, they need us to report suspicious activity direct to
the Police using the non-emergency number 0845 60 70 999 and the 999 number when you genuinely
believe it is an emergency, identifying yourself as a member of the Lurgashall Neighbourhood Watch
scheme. The Police need community intelligence to achieve our shared aims.
As you may be aware there have been a number of thefts of garden ornaments etc. recently so it is
all the more necessary to remain vigilant as regards suspicious vehicles and individuals and be
security conscious at all times. Paul Read. 01428 707385.
At a recent Neighbourhood Watch meeting in Chichester, Mark Rendall, the new N. W. manager for the Sussex
Police revealed that people are not calling 999 for fear they will be criticised if the incident they are
reporting may not be considered severe enough. The police have noticed more and more people are calling the
0845 number because they are so worried that what they are witnessing may not be considered an emergency.
Mr. Rendall went on to say "we need to encourage people to feel free to use the 999 number when they think a
crime is being committed." He also went on to say that another trend is that people often waited several hours
before notifying police of something suspicious. Delay in passing on information means that it is too late for
them to act and criminals have got away with a crime. The 0845 60 70 999 number was set up specifically to deal
with non-emergency calls.
Sussex Police will be looking at ways to encourage more people to report crimes or suspicious activities as they
are happening by calling 999.
The Police are currently setting up Neighbourhood panels across the district, which will identify neighbourhood
policing priorities that really mean something locally. Neighbourhood Watch is a step forward in modern policing,
it provides additional eyes and ears and is important in the fight against crime. Remember that the Sussex
Police and Parish Council websites, www.sussex.police.uk and www.lurgashall.org respectively can be accessed
to keep you up to date between Newsletters. Paul Read. (O1428 707385).
New Email Notifications
Just to remind you Police Neighbourhood Watch information is available via this Website, www.lurgashall.org/nw. Click
on Local Policing and enter your post code in the box and our Neighbourhood Specialist Constable, Phillip Hanlon's page
will come up and from there you can see what is happening in our area. I also receive additional information from other
sources via email and can keep you up to date by forwarding any relevant local information. If you would like this please
let me have your email address at read85_at_btinternet.com; messages will be sent out BCC to preserve individual
recipient's anonymity from each other.