Burglars on top of hit list
November 08, 2007
BURGLARS are top of Bracknell police’s hit list for November after a series of break-ins in the north of the borough.
This month has been declared burglary month by the force and the community safety and neighbourhood policing teams are set to crack down on offenders.
As part of the initiative crime reduction advisors, Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators and police community support officers (PCSOs) are working to get crime reduction advice to as many people as possible.
Margaret Weber, neighbourhood watch co-ordinator, said: “We’ve had a spate of burglaries recently in the northern parishes, especially Winkfield, but I’m pleased to say there is now a very active Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the area.
“More than 50 people have signed up so far, with others joining all the time.
“Our neighbourhood officers and PCSOs have been busy giving out crime reduction advice in Winkfield, Binfield and Warfield.
“We have also placed adverts in parish magazines and put up posters in public places such as council offices advising residents on how to keep their property secure.”
After a burglary occurs and is dealt with by police officers, the crime reduction team steps in to provide additional support.
Advisers send letters and a ‘Safer Homes’ pack of crime prevention material, to the victim and residents in the surrounding area.
Householders are offered a free home security survey and the opportunity to join Neighbourhood Watch.
PCSOs have also been given special training recently to help them carry out basic home security surveys and give crime prevention advice.
John Oblein, crime reduction adviser, said: “Since October, we have been participating in ‘Hot Streets,’ an initiative run by the Berkshire Fire Service.
“Concentrating on one street at a time, the fire service goes house to house offering free fire safety surveys, while we offer home security surveys.
“Now that we have more staff trained to carry out home surveys, we can provide prompt and relevant crime reduction advice, as well as reassurance, to residents throughout Bracknell Forest.”
As part of the month-long focus there will be an information event for senior citizens this Friday at the Look In in Broadway between 10am and 2pm.
PCSOs Fran Millen and Steph Elvin will be on hand with members of the crime reduction team to talk to the over-50s.