Police & Crime Commissioner for Suffolk:  Tim Passmore
Office of Police & Crime Commission, Police HQ, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3QS; (01473) 782773; email:  spcc@suffolk.pnn.police.uk;
website:  www.suffolkpcc.co.uk/

Local police:  PC 379 Debbie Tyrrell/PCSO 3048 Denise Ford
Police Station, Bentley Road, Capel St Mary, Ipswich IP9 2JN; (01473) 613500; email: babergheast.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk    
website:  Safer Neighbourhood Babergheast

Neighbourhood Watch/Saferneighbourhood

For further information on your local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, go to:  http://www.suffolk.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods/myneighbourhood/hadleigh.aspx

Sudbury Police Station, Acton Lane, Sudbury CO10 1QN
Tel: 01284 774330
E-mail: joanna.moore@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Emergencies 999
Non emergencies 101
Crime stoppers 0800 555111
Babergh East Team 01473 613500
NHS Direct 0845 4647
Gas emergencies 0800 111999
Electricity 0800 7838838
Anglian Water 0800 145145
Essex/Suffolk Water emergencies 0845 7820999
Trading Standards 01473 581694
Citizens Advice Bureau 01473 219777
The Samaritans 08457 909090
National Drugs Helpline 0800 776600
Childline 0800 1111

For Suffolk Constabulary/Safer Neighbourhood Area Crime Report for January 2013, go to:  Suffolk Constabulary Report

Crime Reduction Advice

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’ve just popped out to the neighbours, or working in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn the key)

- Consider upgrading locks if they do not reach current British Standards or Kite Marked approved, and fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach from flat roofs etc.

- Remove all keys from view, including car keys, and keep them out of sight but nearby should you need them for and safety or fire risks (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox to)

- Install an intruder alarm in the property, with a visual external box to deter offenders before they even try to set foot over the property. Look on www.nsi.org.uk or www.ssaib.org for Police approved alarm companies that operate in your local area

- Install good outside lighting such as ‘dusk till dawn’ lights at the front door/s and on your garages and sheds if there is a chance that you or neighbours would see suspicious activity by having them. Otherwise they just aide an offender

- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property if you are planning to go away, and ask them to pick up mail

- Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied

- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows and store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe that’s bolted to the wall and floor

- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition, and cut back hedging and shrubs so they would not ‘hide’ an offender on your property and helps improve natural surveillance of your property

- 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

- Mark your property with your postcode and house number in a UV pen and register your property for free with www.Immobilise.com  (UV pens can be purchased for £1 from Sudbury and Hadleigh Police Stations)

- Alternatively a property marking solution such as www.smartwater.com could be utilised instead

- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and call your local NHW Officer on 101 if you’d like more information.

- The Master Locksmith (MLA) has a list of approved locksmiths for your area, just visit www.locksmiths.co.uk