Weekly crime summary 24 March 2016
Public Enquiry Office opening times over Easter
Norfolk Constabulary is reminding members of the public about opening times over the Easter period of all Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs).
The PEOs will be open as normal apart from Good Friday 25 March and Easter Monday 28 March.
Anybody wishing to speak with an officer is advised to use the yellow phone outside the police station, as this connects directly to the Contact and Control Room.
Alternatively, call the non-emergency number on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
Take some time to think about security as the clocks go forward
With the clocks going forward this weekend, householders across Norfolk are being urged not to make it easy for potential thieves.
Officers are advising people to pay extra attention to home, bike and vehicle security with the onset of lighter nights – often seen as an opportunist time for this type of crime.
Norfolk Constabulary offers the following advice to residents:
Always lock your windows when you leave the house.
Remove the keys and keep them in a safe place. However, everyone should know where the keys are kept so they can escape in an emergency.
Keep your front and back doors locked or in view when you are at home.
Use or consider fitting a door chain and spy hole – a chain allows you to speak to the caller without opening the door fully and the spy hole also you to see who is at the door.
Fit five lever mortice locks to all external doors.
Check your cylinder locks on patio/plastic doors and ensure they are snap and bump resistant – a local Master Locksmith can advise if you are not sure.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under the doormat, burglars know all the usual hiding places.
Never leave your house or car keys in or near a door or window.
Attention should also be paid to the security of sheds and garages and to the property stored within.
Parked cars – especially those left in remote areas such as beauty spots – should be left locked and secure with no property left on display and satellite navigation devices, car audio equipment, cameras, handbags and laptops should be removed from the vehicle entirely.
Bikes should always be left secure, using a sturdy lock covering the bike stand, wheel rim and frame together.
People attending large scale events or out and about in busy areas should be mindful of thieves and keep handbags closed and mobile phones out of sight and kept securely on their person.
The clocks go forward on Sunday 27 March 2016.
Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
Please be aware that due to the introduction of new software, a reduced service continues to be provided by Police Connect.
The full service will be resumed as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk
Message from Chief Inspector Paul Wheatley