Operation INSIGHT is Essex Police’s response to burglaries and is based on the theory of “predictive policing” which, as the name suggests, is about using a particular form of crime pattern analysis indicating where crimes are most likely to happen.
Academic research indicates that criminals are habitual in behaviour and go back to the locations where they have had previous success, this supports the theory of Repeat and Near Repeat Offending (i.e.; you are more likely to become a victim if you live near a victim).
Predictive Policing uses crime pattern analysis to indicate where offences are most likely to occur next.
Given the ability to ‘predict crimes’ logic dictates we should concentrate our policing efforts in these areas which are mapped as circular zones around victim’s addresses.
Resources are directed to conduct intensive patrols within these zones, supported by the process known as “cocooning”.
These zones are shared with key partners such as Community Safety Accredited organisations,
Following a burglary, we will visit near neighbours, the number of dwellings to be visited will be site specific, but would normally include 10 houses either side, 10 in front and 5 behind (see map below).
Attending officers will conduct an initial assessment of security and vulnerability which may inform referrals to other scheme such as crime prevention officers or local handy man schemes.
These households will receive bespoke crime prevention advice and reassurance.
Staff will also be expected to advise householders of ECM by providing a postcard and encouraging them to sign up. This process should be followed up by sending an ECM dwelling burglary message (using standard template) to the local area.
The success of Operation Insight is continually assessed and currently indicates a 9% decrease in offences year on year.
Elderly people targeted by Fake Police Officers There has recently been a series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public claiming to be police officers. The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If first contact is made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.
• Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101.
• Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present.
• If you receive a phone call from a police officer, ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity.
• The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone.
• The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them.
An electronic application form to join the Essex Community Messaging is within the down load section of this website.
Please e-mail the completed form to PS Cathy Calder to the e-mail address shown.
Alternatively, by clicking onto the ECM logo situated at the bottom, left hand corner of the front page to this website will link you directly to the Essex Police website page for you to sign up.
We will be launching Harlow Heritage Watch on the 19th September at 2.00pm in Monks Barn within Harlow Study Centre. We are lining up guest speakers to support the event that includes the office for the Police snd Crime Commissioner, Harlow Police snd Harlow Council. There are over 200 properties in Harlow and Roydon listed with Historic England as being of historical and architectural importance to the nation.
Following the launch of Essex Heritage Watch by Essex Police earlier this year, Harlow Neighbourhood Watch will be launching Harlow Heritage Watch on the 19th September. There are over 200 properties in Harlow and the surrounding areas that are of national, historic interest. These can be found on the Historic England website. We hope to have a number of guest speakers at the launch to be held in the Monks Barn within the Harlow Study Centre, itself an ancient listed building along with the nearby St Andrews Church. Crimes that impact on Essex's heritage include:
Architectural Theft: Arson: Anti-Social Behaviour; Criminal Damage: Metal Theft, Theft of Historic Artefacts: Unauthorised Metal Detection and Vehicle Damage.
See www.essex.police.uk/heritagewatch for further information.
Further details of the launch will be published nearer the time on this website.