Welcome to my update for October.
We have had a busy few months since the last blog was published.
West Midlands woman sent to prison following offences committed in Rutland.
Just after the last blog was published in July we received news of a conviction of a woman following a walk in theft at a Rutland care home.
Toni Ann Templeton, from Willenhall near Coventry, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court to three years and three months imprisonment for offences of fraud and theft in Rutland.
She pleaded guilty to one offence of conspiracy to steal and one offence of conspiracy to commit fraud. The offences relate to a care home in Rutland where three members of staff reported thefts from their purses and bags, and subsequently reported fraudulent activity on their bank cards.
The thefts and fraudulent activity took place in December 2013.
In August we launched Rutland Farm Watch which is being coordinated by PCSO 6127 Steve Houghton.
The Farm Watch initiative has been set up to provide a line of communication between local farmers, contractors, landowners and the police, in order to gather information that may be useful in catching criminals. Two-way communication is essential and members are asked to report all crimes, incidents and anything suspicious, so that intelligence can be gathered and information can be acted upon quickly.
The scheme uses a Fast Text system where the police are able to share information with registered users with a single text message. For example, if a suspicious vehicle is reported to the police the details can be sent out by text to members, and if the vehicle is then seen its location can be reported by ringing 101 and reporting it to the police.
So far we have had 80 people sign up to Farm Watch in Rutland and I would like to expand the scheme to as many farms as possible. It is free, and all you need is a mobile phone capable of receiving text messages. If you are interested in becoming part of the scheme please get in touch with PCSO Houghton by ringing 101 and when prompted key in his identification number 6127.
2000 followers for Oakham police on twitter
I am keen that all of the officers at Rutland LPU provide a visible, on the ground policing presence, and I am sure that you are aware that policing a largely rural community brings its own challenges.
This is supplemented by our presence on facebook and twitter where you can find up to date information about what is happening in Rutland. PC 1312 Joe Lloyd is the Beacon Officer for Oakham and Barleythorpe and runs the @OakhamPolice twitter account. Joe recently achieved his 2000th follower making it one of the most popular accounts run by Leicestershire Police.
When Joe took over the account two years ago there were just over 500 followers and he was set a challenge to achieve 750. Joe said that if he managed to achieve the target before Christmas he would dress up as Santa, which PCSO (now PC) Jay Cooper as his elf. Joe achieved the target and did as promised and became Santa at a local school for less able children, which now does every Christmas.
We have one facebook account, and four twitter accounts for Rutland LPU, you can find out more information by visiting these links.
Inspector Lou Cordiner: www.twitter.com/rutlandlpu
Oakham and Barleythorpe Police: www.twitter.com/OakhamPolice
Rutland Police (including Rutland North and Rutland South): www.twitter.com/RutlandPolice
Uppingham Police : www.twitter.com/UppinghamPolice
Over the course of the last few months we have suffered an increase in burglaries to sheds, garages and outbuildings. We have worked hard to provide targeted patrols and crime prevention advice together with initiatives such as our volunteers on horseback and Farmwatch.
In August the total was 26 of which only one was a house burglary. In September we received 14 reports of burglary of which three were house burglaries. The early results in October indicate that the figures are continuing to go in the right direction.
As a reminder there are a few simple steps that can be taken to help prevent you becoming a victim of a burglary.
- In early evenings when your house is unoccupied leave a light on. Better still, use a light timer. We have some for sale at Oakham police station.
- Ensure all doors and windows are locked, even if you are only leaving the house unoccupied for a short time.
- Store all keys out of sight – Ensure valuables are not on view from outside.
- Remove, or secure, any climbing aids or tools that may be used to break-in to your home, e.g. ladders, wheelie bins, gardening tools etc.
- Use good quality locks and padlocks to secure sheds, garages and outbuildings.
Until next time,
Rutland Local Policing Unit