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by Harlow Newsletter on Thu, 26th Jun 2014 1:21 pm
Welcome to this new edition of the Harlow Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter.  It is important that this, your local newsletter, includes items of specific interest and relevance to the local community, and, I Have asked for news items and contributions from both Harlow Council and Essex Police, and hope to include some in the next edition.

Meanwhile, I hope that you find the content useful:-

POTS AND PLANTS WARNING!!
Summer is here, along with the usual crime trends that accompany it. At this time of the year, we often notice a sizeable increase in the theft of large pot plants and hanging baskets from private houses throughout Essex.
Where the thieves have been seen, it is reported that they simply pull up outside the house in a Transit style vehicle, two men walk into the garden then lift the pot into the vehicle and drive off. It's all over in a few seconds. The thieves seem to target large pot plants (some of the ones stolen in the past, were valued at over £200 each), garden ornaments and mature hanging baskets. Almost without exception the thefts have occurred from FRONT gardens.
There are very few ways by which you can secure a large terracotta pot to the floor and, if you chain hanging baskets to their brackets, past offences, have shown that the thieves may simply pull the brackets from the wall causing more damage.
The best advice we can give is not to display such items where passing thieves will be able to see them from the highway. If you have valuable pots and hanging baskets display them in the BACK garden, at least over the summer period.
The thieves know that there is big money to be made in stolen pot plants, hanging baskets, garden furniture, lawnmowers and other gardening equipment at this time of the year. We appreciate these items are difficult to secure but, at the very least, don't make it easy for them.
And, whilst taking about the vulnerability of our front gardens, here are some more thoughts from me:-
“Personally speaking, as I travel around Brentwood, Epping Forest and Harlow districts, I often notice bicycles, children’s scooters and ride-on toys, left insecure and strewn around front gardens, or lying against fences, walls and hedges, often on the public side of garden boundaries (footpaths etc).,
As both a parent and grandparent, I know how expensive some of these items are to buy, which is why I recommend that we all remember to take appropriate steps to ensure that these items don’t become easy pickings for thieves!”
My final thought, is that it is far easier to take precautions against theft, than to comfort and pacify a distraught child, who has lost his or her, favourite possession!
For further advice contact, please contact:-
Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer - Brentwood, Epping Forest & Harlow. Direct Line: 01279 621862
Email: colin.freeman@essex.pnn.police.uk or
Harlow Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor:   Graham Anthony Tel: 101 Ext: 300383
Email: graham.anthony@essex.pnn.police.uk





HELPING TO KEEP ESSEX SAFE.
EPPING FOREST CRIMESTOPPERS
AWARENESS DAY

For anyone who ventures across to Epping Market, please come and see me between 9am - 12.30pm on Monday 14th July 2014.  You will find me running an information stall, outside Costa Coffee, and next to Barclay's Bank in the High Street.
HARLOW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
NEEDS YOU !
Become a Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador:  Help us to expand our network across Harlow.  Tell your friends and neighbours about the benefits of belonging to an active Neighbourhood Watch

This edition has been put together by:  Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer for Harlow, Epping Forest and Brentwood.
Colin supports and promotes the work of Neighbourhood Watch, as well as running, co-ordinating or participating in around fifty other Watch schemes, such as Allotment Watch, Business Watch, Farm Watch, Golf Watch etc.,
Colin is based at Epping Police Station, his direct line telephone number is:  01279 621862    Email:  colin.freeman@essex.pnn.police.uk


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TALKING RUBBISH

by Harlow Newsletter on Mon, 16th Jun 2014 11:19 am
DON’T RUBBISH ESSEX!
LITTER WATCH - DON’T BE A DROP OUT


DON'T RUBBISH ESSEX:  Essex County Council launched a month long anti-litter campaign on the 2nd June 2014, all fourteen local authorities are taking part in this initiative.

If you would like to receive more information or to be kept informed by email,
Contact: Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer, details below:-
Garden security - Hints and tips
With the weather steadily improving and with the nights getting longer, it is even more important that your garden is secure from would-be criminals. Making your garden more secure could prevent an intruder from getting into your home, garage or shed.
Hints and tips for securing your garden:-

• Installing strong fences or gates will act as a deterrent, preventing intruders getting into your garden.
• Ideally any gates, fencing, walls and hedges at the front of your house should not be more than 1.2m (4ft) so the front of your property can be seen by passers-by.
• A standard 1.8m (6ft) wall or fence at the back of your house is sufficient. Increase the height to 2m (6ft 6in) if there is public access on the other side – any higher than this will need planning permission.
• Trellis fixed to the top of a fence is not only decorative but can provide extra protection as it is difficult to climb over, breaking easily and noisily.
• If there is an access point to your garden at the side of your house a strong lockable gate will act as a deterrent.
• Garden gates should be at least the same height and strength as your fencing with hinges securely attached to the gateposts.
• Fit good quality locks to gates that cannot be reached from over the fence.
• Remember to always lock your gates.
• Planting prickly plants or a hedge, such as firethorn, climbing rose or hawthorn, around the perimeter of your garden can be a powerful deterrent.
• Gravel on paths and driveways can act as an alert to someone coming towards your property.
• Install dusk to dawn security lighting. The low energy lamp stays on in the dark and switches off when it starts to get light.
• Secure garden furniture and wheelie bins so they cannot be used to climb on and gain access to upstairs windows.
• Do not leave ladders lying around – they could be used by thieves to climb into an upstairs window. Keep them locked in a garage/shed.
• Do not leave tools, gardening equipment or debris lying around in the garden as they could be used to smash windows.
• Keep your garden neat and tidy so it looks cared for.
• While working in your garden, make sure doors and windows are locked to stop unwanted visitors.
• Do not use barbed wire, razor wire or broken glass on walls or fences to protect your property - you could be held legally responsible for any injuries caused.
For further advice contact, please contact:-
Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer - Brentwood, Epping Forest & Harlow. Direct Line: 01279 621862
Email: colin.freeman@essex.pnn.police.uk or
Harlow Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor:   Graham Anthony Tel: 101 Ext: 300383
Email: graham.anthony@essex.pnn.police.uk







 HELPING TO KEEP ESSEX
                   SAFE

FIGURES released by independent charity Crimestoppers, reveal arrests as a result of information passed to Essex Police have increased by 82% compared to the previous year.  In all 113 arrests were made by the county force this year compared to 62 arrests in 2013 and 204 positive outcomes were also recorded as a result of Crimestoppers information, such as a warning letter being issued or patrol being stepped up.
With the organisation celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, this increase highlights a growing awareness of its work in communities. It also highlights the significant role the public plays in the fight against crime.
HARLOW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
NEEDS YOU !
Become a Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador:  Help us to expand our network across Harlow.  Tell your friends and neighbours about the benefits of belonging to an active Neighbourhood Watch

This edition has been put together by:  Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liaison Officer for Harlow, Epping Forest and Brentwood.
Colin supports and promotes the work of Neighbourhood Watch, as well as running, co-ordinating or participating in around fifty other Watch schemes, such as Allotment Watch, Business Watch, Farm Watch, Golf Watch etc.,
Colin is based at Epping Police Station, his direct line telephone number is:  01279 621862    Email:  colin.freeman@essex.pnn.police.uk


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Harlow Neighbourhood Watch - eNewsletter

by Harlow Newsletter on Mon, 3rd Mar 2014 8:07 pm
March 2014 - eNewsletter
Welcome to the latest newsletter, a little later than we had planned
as we find ourselves heading for spring already !
The good news and the bad
.....although mainly it's all pretty good!
It appears the good work of the community in partnership with the council and your local police has continued to pay dividends into 2014 as it did for 2013. Figures released on Friday show a further reduction for Harlow crime of 1.8% compared to the same date last year but the 3 big headlines were a 33% reduction in robberies, 25% in house burglaries and 11% in criminal damage but "other" burglaries and vehicle crime are a little higher that last year so still work to be done.
Sheds still being targeted 
....with many having very poor locks and no security lights or alarms
Your local Chief of Police, C/Insp Justin Smith said, "It seems our local thieves have turned their attention to residents’ garden sheds and we have seen allotments targeted also. These are really hard areas for us to patrol so I really need the public’s help with making these harder to get into". He went on to suggest that if there was enough interest he would set up some pedal cycle marking days at the police station where he committed to doing some himself!
Sat Navs and handbags a favorite 
....far too many cars are left with valuables inside at night
Despite some good arrests lately it appears there are still opportunists out at night trying car door handles and looking for valuables. The message is simple, don't leave anything worth stealing in the car and keep your eyes peeled when you get up for a call of nature in the night and be ready to dial 999 or 101 depending on what you see - the police at Harlow like nothing better than a good "suspects seen acting sus" call!
..and finally, Noisy Padlocks

Whilst neither the police nor us should be endorsing any particular product or company, it would be equally wrong not to pass on information about something we have found that might help make you a little safer. These padlocks seem like a great idea as they have a very loud alarm built into them which is set off when they are moved which might just be enough to scare away a thief. We are sure there are other similar items (if you have any experience or suggestions please let us know) and it occurs to us that you could hang them anywhere that you want to be alerted to movement.
The internet shows a variety of different companies selling these same items under different brandings and at different prices but in the spirit of the "Harlow Community" we thought we would point out that the towns branch of Maplin has them listed as part number N85JA for £10.99 and the manager, Chris Wickers, told the local PCSO that he will give a 10% discount to Neighbourhood Watch members on presentation of this newsletter - 1 per person while stocks last and only for March 2014 and he also said, he will give away a free one to our 100th new member so get some people signed up by fowarding this on and having them click the green button 0 we will announce the winner next month.
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Harlow Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter 3

by Harlow Newsletter on Fri, 13th Dec 2013 4:38 pm
Harlow Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter No.3
Welcome to the third of our newsletters. We have resisted the temptation to use a Christmas template despite the festive period being nearly upon us but rest assured, we will try and get one more out to keep you up to date just before Christmas day so keep watching. In this letter just wanted to send a quick reminder of some simple ways to make Harlow safe for everyone including yourself.
Mopeds a favourite
The local police have told us that over the past few weeks several small motorcycles and mopeds have been subject of theft or attempted theft - make sure they are alarmed and chained up properly - better still, out of sight where possible to protect them.
Tools In Vans
Another easy picking in the middle of the night are vans with tools left in them. Is your van alarmed? Do you know the serial numbers of your tools? Better still, can you take some of the easier- to-lift tools indoors at night.  Let's not make it easy for them.
Christmas Locked Up
The fear of being locked up for Christmas along with some excellent phone calls from residents leading to significant arrests, has slowed the Harlow burglaries to a trickle but let's not get complacent. Locking your UPVC doors properly at night to stop them being popped open is a simple but effective way to protect yourself.
Snow Patrols
When the snow eventually starts to fall consider your neighbours, especially those who find it harder to get around. After it has settled for a while go and have a look for footprints, are your neighbours stuck inside and have you got a few minutes spare to knock and check they are OK? That's true neighbourhood spirit.
Pedal Power
A few pedal bikes have been taken over the past few days from the town area so please keep your eyes open for any being offered for sale and if you are a regular rider then ensure you have a good lock. If you ask your local PCSO about post-coding your bike we are told they would love to try and find their stamping kits for a Sunday morning!
Quick Pit Stop
With temperatures dropping to below freezing earlier this week with fog at the same time it's a good idea if you take advantage of this mild weekends weather to give your car the once over. Screenwash full? Wipers OK? Headlights and brakelights all working?
  Got Your Number
There were reports last week of cars and motorbikes having their number plates stolen which were later used on other cars while crimes were committed. Several auto repair shops now sell special numberplate security screws. A replacement set of plates is over £20 so this small investment seems to make good sense.
Speeders Beware.
It has taken some time to get off the ground in Harlow but we are are told that the local "Speed Watch" groups are being retrained and re-launched ready for the new year. If you want to get involved then make contact with your local Neighbourhood Policing Team Sergeant.
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Harlow Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter 2

by Harlow Newsletter on Tue, 19th Nov 2013 2:36 pm
HNHW   E-Newsletter 2
With 36 sleeps till Christmas we thought it time for another quick newsletter.....
With Christmas rapidly approaching it's worth a quick thought about how you might try and ensure you stay as "merry" as possible during the festive period so here are a couple of crimes that your local police tell us you might be able to help protect yourself and your neighbours from.
MISSING A CAT ?

It seems that as the price of metal has risen then so have the amount of catalytic converters being stolen overnight (8 this past fortnight) in Harlow. The crime prevention tactical advisor at the police station has some suggestions like fitting a movement activated floodlight or a CAT protector and is happy to talk through other options on 01279 625460.
The Neighbourhood Watch message is "look out for yourself and your neighbours and be ready to dial 999 or 101 should you need to."
MOBILE PHONES AT RISK !

With second-hand iPhones, Blackberries, Galaxies etc fetching good money often with "no questions asked" you will not be surprised to learn that these are currently one of the thieves best targets for easy cash.

Harlow police will be running an awareness campaign at various locations over the town to give you advice on how to help protect yourself and will be urging you to register your phone with www.immobilise.com to help make it useless to a thief.
Don't forget to forward this on to people you think might like to....

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