Can you provide any information relating to the following incidents/activities? If so, please let the Police know on 101 quoting the appropriate incident number (in bold).
Please do not reply to my email address directly as this is only monitored once a week.
Firstly, contents of a poster being displayed by Woking Police this week.
YOUR BIKE IS AT RISK OF THEFT
Lock your bike using a recognised ‘Sold Secure’ certified D-lock (or U-lock).
Lock both wheels and frame to the bike rack, if possible. Make the lock and bike hard to manoeuvre ensuring little room between the bike and rack. Cable and chain locks are easily broken into and takes a thief only a few seconds to break them.
Consider using more than one lock. Register your bike on https://www.immobilise.com Report a bike theft on 101 (or 999 if it’s happening at the time.
WOKING incidents in the past period.
Thursday 1 February 02:38 – 02:47 - 45180012135 – New Zealand Gold Club, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Woking.
Burglary. Informant reports an attempted break in to one of the machinery sheds at the location. No access was gained but damage had been made to the door. 3 males caught on CCTV.
Thursday 1 February 09:00 – 21:00 - 45180012223 – outside Woking Library.
Theft. Pedal cycle was left outside Woking library locked with two locks and when the victim returned the locks had been cut through and the bike stolen. The remaining pieces of lock have been retained.
Monday 29 January 17:00 – 19:00 - 45180012568 – outside LA Fitness, Horsell Moor, Woking.
Theft. The informant has reported the theft of his pedal cycle. The informant secured his bike outside the gym. The lock was also taken. The bike is a Trek push bike worth £280
27 November 2017 – 13 January - 45180012442 – property in Bracken Close, Woking.
Burglary. Over this period, the garage has been broken into and searched.
Friday 2 February 11:45 – 12:30 – 45180012448 – bike racks in Commercial Way by BHF, Woking.
Theft. Informant reported theft of bike. The bike was left double locked in bike rack. It was locked on each wheel and then locked together. The bike is described as Cannondale ladies mountain bike purple and green in colour and valued at £1599.
Friday 2 February 16:20 – 17:00 – 45180012908 – outside Co-op in Horsell, Woking.
Theft. An Ipad Pro stolen from car whilst parked outside shops. The Ipad was kept under the driver’s seat, and the car was UNSECURED.
Monday 27 January 1300 – Saturday February 3 13:00 – 45180013128 – outside property in Woodside Close, Knaphill, Woking.
Burglary. Hole in roof has been made and the garage has been entered.
Thursday 1 February 1500 – Sunday February 4 17:15 – 45180013260 – property in Horsell Moor, Woking.
Burglary. The informant has returned home to find that her house had been broken into over this period. Unknown persons had gained entry by smashing through the patio doors located at the rear. While inside they have conducted an untidy search of the house with the main concentration being in the bedrooms upstairs.
Monday 5 February 00:25 – 45180013333 – property in Inkerman Road, Knaphill, Woking.
Burglary. Garage has been broken into where a lawnmower and a leaf blower has been stolen by 3 unknown males.
Sunday 4 February 22:00 – Monday 5 February 07:00 - 45180013353 – property in Mayhurst Close, Woking.
Burglary. Victim reported a burglary that has occurred in his garage. Garage door has believed to have been picked, the side gate has been cut to gain access. A lock on the wheel of the bike has also gone.
Friday 2 February 18:34 - 45180013406 – property in Little Mead, Goldsworth Park, Woking.
Criminal Damage. 4 youths have approached a car - one has used a knife to cut through the passenger front tyre.
Monday 5 February 11:45 – 13:30 - 45180013478 – bike rack in Commercial way, Woking.
Theft. Mountain bike stolen outside Seymours. Cycle was locked and unattended. Black Cannondale Gents Mountain Bike.
Monday 5 February 16:00 – 18:00 - 45180013606 – Church Street East, outside Christ Church, Woking
Theft. Victim has left his pedal cycle chained to the railing o/s of ChristChurch. Bike is described as a black Carrera Crossfire Men’s hybrid cycle. It has a rear mudguard fitted and also has both front and rear lights. The lock, which is also missing, was a simple cable with a lock on the end.
Monday 5 February 08:00 – 17:30 - 45180013725 – bike racks near Big Apple in Chobham Road, Woking
Theft. Victim’s bike was stolen, it was locked up with a combination lock in the parade of bike stands. The bike was 20in frame main colour was white and had blue also on the Frame the make was a Carrera Kraken Mountain Bike front and rear disk brakes.
Monday 5 February 08:00 – 17:30 - 45180013960 – property in the Farthings, Knaphill, Woking
Burglary. Garage broken into and household items stolen
10 January – 7 February. - 45180014186 – property in the Hollies Avenue, West Byfleet, Woking.
Burglary. Occupied annexe on side of house has had items taken from within with no forced entry.
22 December 2017 – 6 February 12:00. - 45180014237 – property in Queen Elizabeth Way, Woking.
Burglary. Victim’s house has been broken into through the bathroom window and items stolen. Victim had been away
Going on Holiday?
About to start your holidays this weekend? We'd love it if you help us make sure your house isn't tempting to thieves whilst you are away.
You'd think it goes without saying to lock up houses & sheds properly (but you'd be surprised how many break-ins are through open doors or windows!) but check out our top tips here https://goo.gl/KFjri2
Please share to keep your friends and family's home safe too.
As well as the above
- Don’t discuss holiday plans in front of strangers
- Don’t post details on social media
- Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries
- Mow the lawn and tidy the garden
- Ask someone to collect your mail
- Give a trusted neighbour contact details if necessary
- Ask your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme to keep an eye on your property
- When travelling, don’t display your home address on your luggage tags.
Keeping your bicycle safe
- Store your bike in a locked shed or garage
- Take photos of your bike including one of the serial number then register it on immobilise.com
- Mark or tag your bike
- If you need to leave your bike outside use a good lock, hardened steel
- D-locks are recommended, remove the saddle or front wheel and detach any lights or equipment.
Top tips for keeping your home safe and secure
Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox)
- Install a visual burglar alarm
- Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
- Leave lights on in your house or on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
- Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
- Mark your property with a forensic marking product and register your property with Immobilise
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewelry, passports) in a correctly installed safe
Doors and windows
In many burglaries, criminals break into a house or flat through a door, either by forcing the lock or breaking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar which is available for both lock and hinge side for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do this. Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach from outside.
Reducing garage, shed and garden crime
- Use good quality fixings and a padlock to secure doors
- Use anti-tamper screws in door hinges
If possible, lock any windows
- Fit a mains or battery powered alarm
Use a forensic coding product to 'property mark' all valuable tools and equipment with your postcode/house number
- If possible, secure lawnmowers and other valuable equipment to a shed or garage wall
- Lock tools away when you aren't using them.
The majority of burglaries that are committed occur at the rear of properties. For this reason it is important to deter access into your back gardens. Gates should be closed and locked at all times when not in direct use. Deter the scaling of gates and fences by adding trellis to the tops of them. Please make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when not in direct use. Please don’t think that because you are only popping out for a moment that it won’t happen to you!
Consider the installation of an intruder alarm in your home. Any alarm installed should conform to standard BS EN 50131 and should be fitted by a company that is NSI (National Security Inspectorate) or SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) approved. Details of such companies can be found at www.nsi.org.uk or www.ssaib.co.uk
Cars in winter
Frosty Mornings have arrived, Surrey Police would like to remind motorists not to leave their vehicles with the keys in the ignition while the vehicles defrost. Thieves are known to target residential areas on cold and frosty mornings looking for cars where the owner has started the engine to defrost the windscreen and then returned inside, leaving the car unattended.
• If you have a garage, always put the car away at night. This not only keeps the car frost-free but also out of sight of would be car thieves.
• Always remove keys from the ignition, even if you are leaving your car, just to open a garage door. It only takes a thief a few seconds to jump in and drive away.
• Cover your windscreen the night before a frost is forecast. This will shorten the amount of time it takes to clear the windscreen.
• Ensure you have the required de-icing materials available.
• Stay with your car while it is defrosting. You may even consider taking a cup of tea out with you while you wait.
• Make sure you allow yourself longer in the morning to get ready if frost or snow has been forecast the night before.
• Motorists should also be aware that some motor insurance policies become invalid, or the cover reduced, if a car is stolen as a result of keys being left in the ignition.
Following this advice will help protect yourself, your vehicle(s) and others from harm on our roads this winter.
Finally, this week I was asked to forward you some information on a recent prosecution for “fly-tipping” in Woking.
Local man prosecuted for fly-tipping at Parley Drive recycling site
13 December 2017
Please note: these pages contain archived information. Whilst the details were correct when first published, they may since have 'aged' and some of the information could be out-of-date.
Woking Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Janibush Piyas of Frailey Hill, Woking, at Guildford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 6 December 2017, under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for fly-tipping household items on two separate occasions.
On 20 July 2017, one male in a black Mercedes was observed on CCTV depositing nine sacks containing household waste and a further 19 sacks of waste on 16 August 2017 by the recycling banks on Parley Drive.
A DVLA enquiry confirmed the registered owner and Mr Piyas was invited to the Council Offices for an interview under caution where he admitted the two offences.
At the Court hearing, Mr Piyas pleaded guilty and was fined £1,120 for each offence and ordered to pay £485 in costs plus £170 victim surcharge and £134.38 towards the cost of removing the unauthorised waste - a total of £3,029.38.
Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, said: "This is another successful prosecution for fly-tipping. Yet it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to tackling the problem through whatever means necessary across the Borough.
"Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated under any circumstance. The Parley Drive recycling site has clear signage identifying it as somewhere to recycle certain household items, not a general dump for waste.
"Disposing of unwanted household items is easy. Extra recycling can be placed in a clear plastic bag at the side of your recycling bin on collection day. Whilst textiles and small electrical items can be placed in bags and left next your recycling or general waste bin each week.
"For items which cannot be disposed of or recycled via your kerbside collection service or recycling banks, residents can dispose of their waste at the Martyrs Lane Community Recycling Centre, which is open seven days a week.
"This successful prosecution should send a clear message that we will not hesitate to take legal action against those responsible."
For information about the Borough's waste and recycling services, please visit www.woking.gov.uk/waste
That’s all for now.
Community Engagement Volunteer - Woking