Weekly Crime Reports – Monday 11th January 2016

January 11, 2016

Attempted Burglary Dwelling 42/11246/16
Dockerell Road, Stansted
Between Thursday 31st December and Monday 4th January
Thieves attempted to gain entry to the property and in doing so causing damage around the lock cracked the wooden front door.

Criminal Damage & Theft from a Motor Vehicle 42/12730/16
Service station at Birchanger
Between 22.00 hrs on Thursday 7th January and 03.30.hrs on the following morning
Thieves slashed the nearside curtain of a parked DAF truck. They removed a cardboard box which contained airplane parts from the vehicle which were later found in the car park. Suspect also slashed a pallet which was shrink-wrapped but nothing stolen.

If you have any information regarding this crime please contact Braintree Police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Crime Prevention Advice from Essex Police – Personal Safety

The most important thing to remember in personal safety is to be aware of your surroundings, “keep your wits about you” and plan your journey, have a plan in mind should things go wrong. You are very unlikely to become a victim of crime and these tips are intended to help safe guard you.

1. Mobile phones and personal music players. Before you answer a text or a call check it is safe to do so, they can take your attention away from your surroundings and reduce one of your important senses; your hearing. Remember your illuminated screen lights up your face, reduces your vision around you at night and shows someone your desirable mobile phone. Then there are also a number of road accidents that occur due to the same distractions.
2. Trust your instincts. Our instincts have developed over years, if something does not feel right or you feel unsafe go with the feelings, avoid the location. Try to use well lit, busy streets and use the route you know best. Walk facing the traffic so you can see cars that approach you and the people within. If you feel threatened raise the alarm, head for a crowded place, make a noise, knock on a door. When it’s safe to do so dial 999 it’s an emergency after all!
3. Plan Ahead. Have a plan in your mind, if……….happens I will do what? It’s also a good practice at home, for instance – if I am awoken in the night by the smoke detector going off what’s the plan? Plan your journey to give yourself time so that you don’t need to take the short cut you would not normally use; let someone know where you are going and what time you are likely to be back; know the times of buses and trains; take the number of a reliable taxi company with you. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and you have sufficient cash for your journey (don’t carry too much though and don’t exhibit it).

Clothing – hoodies reduce your peripheral vision; wear something you can move easily in.

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