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Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter 3rd to 17th January 2018

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Tandridge  Neighbourhood  Watch  Newsletter

Bulletin 3

17th to 31st January 2018



Dear Neighbourhood Watch Members


In general you will note the repetitions in break in’s to sheds, garages and outbuildings. 


Wooden sheds seem to be the most vulnerable and are very popular targets for thieves as they often contain quite high value items, especially bicycles, power tools and lawn mowers. It is not that difficult to improve security of outbuildings and of items within them.


It may be obvious but, secure the door.  If you can keep a thief outside the shed, you've done your job and all internal security is just there as a backup. Securing the door with a good hasp & staple and a good quality padlock is a good start, but these must be fitted properly and it is just as important to secure the hinges!


Use a proper anchor inside the shed.  Wooden sheds are vulnerable as a determined thief can often simply kick his way through the wall or even break in through the roof.

Securing the items inside is therefore crucial and an anchor of one kind or another is the foundation for everything else.


Wooden sheds are often awkward as they are commonly resting on soil with just a wooden floor and no solid walls etc., available. One option is to cut a hole in the floor and to lay some fresh concrete and then fit a conventional ground anchor. This can give the best security, but it can be expensive or time-consuming to achieve, and can still result in an anchor that is awkward to use for securing equipment.


The Shed Shackle can give an effective anchor that is still easy to fit in a wooden or metal shed, or a Ground Anchor can give a higher level of deterrent if you have concrete or brickwork available or don't mind the extra effort of laying fresh concrete.


Use a good quality chain and lock and use them properly.  It is important to choose the appropriate type of chain and lock to suit the value of the item(s) to be secured.

You may also consider a shed alarm.


There a several battery-powered shed alarms available from DIY stores and these offer a valuable additional deterrent. Their fundamental weakness, however, is that the thief is already inside the shed when the alarm goes off. The surprise might be enough to make them leave empty-handed, but many times alarms go ignored and if you have valuables that are not physically secured there is a good chance he will take something with him.  Using a Shed Shackle will surely increase the time required and the thief's risk of being caught.


Kind Regards

Dan Gutierrez

Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector


 ** Please note that owing to staff holidays this, and the next Bulletin, will be less comprehensive than usual. The next fully comprehensive Bulletin will cover the period February 15th to February 28th **


 If your area is not referred to below it is because we have not been informed of the crime or it has not been affected by reported crime in the categories below. Feedback from you will help to achieve the most appropriate circulation of information.

A couple of very long shifts for the Safer Neighbourhood Team and Proactive CID - worth it for the result……….


                             January 3rd – January 17th 

Lingfield, Smallfield ,Blindley Heath and Felbridge  


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Station Road, Lingfield. Between 10.30am and 18.17pm on 24th January. Detatched property broken in to and coins stolen. (ref 45180009067)


Cogmans Lane, Smallfield. At 16.30pm on 24th January. Detatched property broken into as a result of a large rock from the back garden being thrown through a patio door. New boxed TV stolen from within. (ref 45180009059)


Felcourt Road, Lingfield. Between 07.40am and 16.30pm on 29th January. Rear window smashed at a house and cash and jewellery stolen (ref 45180010965)


South Godstone, Nutfield and South Nutfield


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Backlands Meadow, Nutfield. On two occasions, one at midnight, and then the second at 02.00am on 20th January, two people together made two separate attempts to break into a shed at the rear of a set of flats. The owner heard them and shouted at them on the first incident, and they ran off. Again, they were heard at 02.00 am and by the time they were chased away; they’d broken the padlock with an adjustable spanner. Nothing was stolen, but a nearby car was damaged when they threw the spanner at it. (ref 45180007348)


Mid Street, South Nutfield. Between 10.40am and 12.40pm on 26th January. Detatched house broken in to as a result of a brick being thrown through a side window. Jewellery and cash stolen. (ref 45180010199)


Oxted, Hurst Green, Limpsfield, Godstone and Bletchingley


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Broadham Green, Oxted.  Between 0958 and 14.45 on January 17th, a rear kitchen window was forced open to a private dwelling but nothing believed to have been stolen at time of reporting (ref45180006374)


Bletchingly Road, Godstone. Between 21.00 on 20th and 11.00am on 21st January. A shed broken in to and a Honda Mountfield Lawnmower (valued at £400) stolen. (ref45180007741)


Church Road, Lingfield. Between 16.30pm and 18.30pm on 22nd January. A house was burgled by smashing a front window with an available flower pot. A handbag and jewellery was stolen. Also stolen was a World War One Victory Medal with ‘R G Allen engraved on the rim’. A picture of it features on our Tandridge Beat Facebook media. (ref 45180008252)


Wheeler Avenue, Oxted. Betweeen 17.20pm and 18.00pm on 27th January. House broken in to following entry having been gained by a bathroom window. Jewellery stolen. (ref 4518010148)



Caterham, Caterham on the Hill and Whyteleafe



Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Trenholm Court, Beechwood Road, Caterham. Overnight between the 20th and 21st January, a garage was broken in to. A caravan housed therein had its awning stolen. (ref 45180007642)


Godstone Road, Whyteleafe. Between 21.30pm and 21.10pm on 25th January. An attempted Burglary. Jemmy marks at front door and footprints in porch. (ref 45180009495)


 Warlingham, Woldingham and  Tatsfield    


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages 




Gladeside Court, Succombs Hill, Warlingham. At some point over a three month period (09.00am on 26th November 2017 and 09.30am on 13th January 2018. A detatched garage broken in to and a Specialized Allez cycle stolen. (ref 45180007784)


Butlers Dene Road, Woldingham. Between 10.00 and 10.30 on January 17th. A man was seen in the front garden of a property. A damaged side window was then discovered. House to house enquiries nearby then raised attention to a suspect red Honda motorcycle with a male driver and a pillion passenger with long hair. The registration mark was then noted and the motorcycle was recorded as having been stolen. Enquiries continue (ref 45180006249)


Chapel Road, Warlingham. Between 06.30 am and 14.04pm on 20th January. A house was broken in to gaining entry to a back door. Nothing stolen, but the house alarm unit was found immersed in water in the kitchen sink.(ref  45180007451)


Beech Farm Road, Warlingham. At 07.50am on 22nd January. Resident heard a bang, and then saw a short white male in a tracksuit make off in a blue car with white stripes on the doors, (possibly an estate car). Then found detached their garage door ripped off and a length of blue rope attached to it. Nothing stolen, (ref 45180007934)


Landscape Road, Warlingham. Early on the 22nd January, a resident discovered on viewing his CCTV, that at 01.50am, a man had approached his front door and tried the handle, before then making off. (ref 45180007928)


Cramner Close, Warlingham. Between 19.00pm on the 18th and 09.30am on the 25th January. Detached garage broken in to and nothing apparently stolen. A half bottle of wine was left behind there, however (ref 45180009231)


Southfields Road, Woldingham. Between 11.00am and 18.17pm on 24th January. Detatched bungalow broken in to. Computers, Electrical goods and jewellery taken. (ref 45180009051)


Crewes Lane, Warlingham. Between 07.30am and 19.28pm on 26th January. House broken in to. Panel of glass smashed in at front porch and front door broken inwards off its hinges. Details of property stolen not yet available. (ref 45180009904)






The areas covered by the Safer Neighbourhood Team Officers have recently been changed and are set out below. The Area Patrol Team also cover the whole of Tandridge on a 24/7 basis dealing with fast time response calls.






PS 40085 Tom Griffin

PC 3939 Wayne Stephens

Caterham Hill


Whyteleafe & Portley




PCSO 13690 Amy Ord

PCSO 14276 Terry Pearson

PCSO 12599 Rupert Kelley




Caterham Valley



South Godstone



South Nutfield

PCSO 13917 Kerry Furlong

PCSO 12599 Vicky Seymour




PS 40147 Lyndsey Whatley PC 4623 Alice Bennett



Hurst Green


PCSO 13991 Rachel Gridley

PCSO 13853 Lorraine Wells

PCSO 12875 Hermione Pilbrow




Blindley Heath





PCSO 12437 Conrad Cheeseman

PCSO 13539 Stuart Wren






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