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The idea of Neighbourhood Watch is to alert the village of any possible scams and police warnings of crime trends.
Please phone the police direct with reports of possible crimes taking place.  (see numbers below)
 

Our new Community Support Police Officer is Hannah Mungeam  - she can be contacted by email: hannah.mungeam@kent.pnn.police.uk

Hannah will be hosting a ‘surgery’ on Tuesday 25th February from 15:30 – 16:00hrs. in St Paul’s School

EVERYONE WELCOME

If you have any issues or queries regarding your Neighbourhood Watch scheme, please contact Jacqui.Blake@kent.pnn.police.uk.
For the non urgent reporting of crime and suspicious incidents, call Kent Police at the time of the incident on 101, or in an emergency 999
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The Swanley Village Neighbourhood Policing Team are:
PCSO Tim Darling
They can be contacted on the 101 service         PC's are no longer specifically dedicated to areas

Email christinebanks32@yahoo.co.uk to be added to the list of villagers who receive up to date email bulletins from police sources in connection with the Village.
Only one number per resident address please.  Duplicate numbers for the same address are not catered for due to size of address list.

The purpose of these emails is to pass on local police bulletins, warning of crime trends in the area, to enable us to take precautions to prevent it, rather than recording crimes that have already occurred.


Animal Welfare  Animal Welfare Officer  Anne Marie on 01322 343078                                                                                  .
                                                       
Crockenhill Animal Retreat. A Charity sponsored by Heather Mills   Telephone Billy on 07720 495238  .

Crime stoppers  Telephone 0800 555111    website www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You dont need to leave your name to report a crime or information that could lead to an arrest. 
 

24 Facts About 24 Years Of Crimestoppers
Here are some facts about Crimestoppers which was started in 1988, 24 years ago...

All Areas

  1. Over 113,000 arrests and charges have been made since 1988.
  2. Over 1.3 million actionable calls have been received since 1988.
  3. More than £122 million of goods has been recovered since 1988.
  4. More than £223 million of drugs have been seized since 1988.
  5. Around 23 people are arrested every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers
  6. 29 cases are cleared up every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  7. One person every seven days is charged with murder as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
  8. In the last three years the number of people arrested and charged as a result of Crimestoppers information has increased by 32 per cent.
  9. In 1988, Crimestoppers received just under 5,000 calls with useful information – last year over 90,000 pieces of such information were received.
  10. Since 1988, 964 people have been charged with murder/attempted murder with the help of Crimestoppers information.
  11. The ‘Most Wanted’ section of the website established in 2005 has already resulted in 1,474 criminals being arrested.
  12. 47 fugitives believed to be on the run in Spain have been arrested as a result of the 65 appeals launched in the crime campaign, Operation Captura.
  13. During the UK riots in 2011, the number of online forms received by Crimestoppers increased by 300 per cent.
  14. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Most Wanted website was designed with the help of Crimestoppers. 75 per cent of convicted child sex offenders posted on the site have been found.
  15. Crimestoppers’ website www.crimestoppers-uk.org receives an average of 145,000 unique visitors every month.
  16. There is a Crimestoppers 24/7 call bureau ensuring calls can be answered around the clock, 24 hours every day.
  17. Around 40 per cent of the information the Crimestoppers call bureau receives is via the online giving information form on our website.
  18. In 2010 Crimestoppers launched its new youth brand Fearless and website fearless.org .
  19. Crimestoppers has a presence across the UK largely thanks to our 44 regional volunteer committees
  20. Crimestoppers has over 500 people volunteering in their spare time to help fight crime in the UK.
  21. The Charity’s combined following on Facebook and Twitter increased by 255 per cent over the last fiscal year.
  22. Crimestoppers has established the Integrity Line for private companies to pass on information about crime and wrong-doing in their organisation.
  23. This year Crimestoppers launched a Just Text Giving service allowing anyone to give a donation by texting CSUK01 followed by their amount to 70070.
  24. Last year, the Charity launched its first ever product;  Crimestoppers Property Protector.

There have been a number of burglaries in the Sevenoaks area recently. As a result, your Neighbourhood Policing Team and I would like to remind you that you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by following a few of these simple steps:
  Homes with no security measures in place are ten times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Making just a few changes can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary.
  • hide all keys, out of sight. Do not leave them near to windows or your front door.
  • install a burglar alarm.
  • install good outside lighting.
  • leave radios or lights in your house on a timer when you go out or are away on holiday. This is especially important as the nights begin to draw in.
  • store valuable items (including passports, driving licences and bank statements) out of view.
  • hide cash and wallets away.
  • secure bicycles at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.
  • make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition.
  • keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

In most burglaries, the criminals break into the house or flat through the door, so make sure your doors are strong and secure. If you are fitting new doors or windows, make sure the ones you buy are certified to British Standard BS7950 (for windows) or PAS 24-1 (for doors).

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 in a DIY store 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.

If you see anything out of the ordinary where you live, any suspicious vehicles or people, please call Kent Police straight away on 01622 690 690, or in an emergency / if you believe a crime is in progress dial 999.

Please could you pass this information onto your neighbours, to make them aware and asking them to be vigilant.

Kent Trading Standards  advise consumers to be wary when letting doorstep sellers into their homes.

Too often they receive reports from residents who have regretted letting people they don’t know into their homes because they either end up buying something they don’t want or realise that the seller might not be genuine.

Householders may have doorstep callers giving excuses such as they need to read a meter or that they have goods or a service to sell. Whilst some of these callers may be legitimate, some may be criminals wanting to steal, or con you into parting with your money in exchange for poor quality or non existent goods or services. Remember you do not have to let someone into your home unless YOU want to.  Always check a caller’s identification and make your own checks. A genuine caller will not mind making an appointment to come back at a later date. This also gives you time to ensure you have a relative or friend with you when any caller returns. 

If you would like shopping advice, or if you have had a caller at your door who you are concerned about please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06. Further consumer guidance notes on scams, doorstep callers and consumer rights are available online at www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/kent Kent Trading Standards operate a good trader scheme called Buy With Confidence. To find an approved trader please call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or look online at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

We've also had a number of reports recently from residents, saying that they've received phone calls from people asking for personal details (e.g. date of birth, bank account or debit card details). Please do not give any personal information out to anyone, whoever they may claim to be working with and regardless of what they may be offering you help with.

Please pass this information onto your neighbours and friends, to increase their awareness.

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