Alcester Police North SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 25th April 2021

Published: 26 April 2021

For operational and privacy reasons not all the incidents that occur on the Alcester area are listed in this report. Please remember to report any anti-social behaviour, suspicious activity or crimes to us as soon as possible - this can be done via the 101 and 999 telephone numbers or if not an emergency via our online reporting forms that can be found on our website.

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-

STUDLEY

  • *Anti-Social Behaviour. Alleyway near to Atcheson Close, Studley. Group of youngsters in the alleyway generally causing a nuisance. May have been a fight nearby. 7.30pm Saturday 24th April. 0408 24/4/2021
  • *Anti-Social Behaviour X calls. Pool Road, Studley. Approx. six youngsters seen on the roof of new building and also around the building site. On police arrival, those still at the scene were spoken to and their details taken. No damage was found at the time. 6.30pm Wednesday 21st April. 0308 21/04/2021
  • *Attempt Burglary. Alcester Road, Studley. Tool marks found on from door to premises, indicating that someone had tried to gain entry. This was not achieved. Between 19th & 20th April. 0286 20/04/2021

MAPPLEBOROUGH GREEN

  • *Theft. Henley Road, Mappleborough Green. Two pedal bikes secured together outside business. On the owners return the bike lock had been cut and one of the bikes stolen. Afternoon of Tuesday 20th April. 0038 21/04/2021

WOOTTON WAWEN

  • *Vehicle Crime. Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Catalytic Converter stolen from Honda Jazz. Overnight 13th & 14th April. 0312 23/04/2021
  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. Silver Van seen acting suspiciously in the area. Occupants looking at cars etc. Afternoon of Sunday 18th April. 0051 19/04/2021
  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen. Silver Van seen on private road to farm. The van drove off at speed when they realised they were being watched. The last three letters of the registration number were ‘BUH’. 7pm Sunday 18th April

EARLSWOOD

  • *Malthouse Lane / Lakes area, Earlswood. Incidents reported this week – group of approx. 5 people smoking cannabis walking towards the Lakes / no trace on police arrival – 2 youths smoking drugs by the Lakes – group of people on a beach area of the lake causing a nuisance with a fire / no trace on police arrival -

TANWORTH

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Blind Lane, Tanworth. Man seen to run down alleyway and then across fields. Caller concerned regards his behaviour. Nothing untoward reported at the time. 11pm Sunday 18th April. 0089 19/04/2021

Warwickshire Police speak to e-scooter riders and parents to raise awareness of e-scooter legislation - PC 1338 Adam Fletcher from the Roads Policing Unit said “We understand that buying an e-scooter can be tempting, especially as the weather improves however the law is clear. You can buy one but it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter in any public space including roads, pavements, parks, town centres or canal towpaths for example. The only place a privately owned e-scooter can be used is on private land.” This is because e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs) so they are treated as motor vehicles and subject to the same legal requirements such as MOT, licensing, tax and insurance. As e-scooters do not have number plates, signalling ability and don’t always have visible rear lights, they can’t be used legally on the roads. PC Fletcher said “Warwickshire Police is working with partners including Warwickshire County Council to educate e-scooter riders first. However, those who continue to ignore the law will have their escooter seized, so please make sure you keep your e-scooter on private land so this doesn’t happen to you. Whilst some parts of the country are taking part in Government trials for e-scooter hire with a view to making them legal to use on the roads, Warwickshire is not currently part of the trials so e-scooters cannot be hired at this time.

Mark Ryder, Strategic Director for Communities at Warwickshire County Council said: “We understand the public’s support for environmentally friendly modes of transport, and we want to work with our local communities to make sure our public spaces are safe for everyone. There are a number of trials underway looking at how e-scooters could work and what safety requirements would be needed, and we are keen to learn from these before exploring how they could be used effectively and safely in Warwickshire. Along with the Police, we are therefore asking the public not to buy an e-scooter at this current time, and please do not ride an e-scooter in a public place” Please follow Warwickshire Police on Twitter @WarksPolice and @OPUWarks and help us raise awareness of e-scooter legislation by sharing our posts. More information can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/e-scooter-trials-guidance-for-users

Catalytic converter theft protection advice - Did you know a thief can steal a catalytic converter in a matter of minutes? Most vehicles have catalytic converters, which can be stolen for the value of the precious metals or illegally re-sold. We’ve seen a recent spate in catalytic converter thefts across the county. Thieves tend to target hybrid cars – including models such as the Toyota Prius, Honda Jazz and Lexus – as the value of their converter is higher and they can be accessed more easily with a jack. The simplest way to prevent catalytic converter theft is to put your vehicle in a garage or secured area if you have one. Alarms, lighting and CCTV can also help to deter thieves.

Other ways to protect your vehicle include:

  • •buying and fitting a protection device specifically to cover the catalytic converter
  • •installing motion-activated lighting if you park your vehicle on a driveway, but if this isn’t possible, park it in a well-lit, busy area
  • •using your vehicle's alarm or installing a Thatcham approved alarm, which should activate if the vehicle is tilted or lifted. Alarms that can alert you via mobile devices are extremely useful.
  • •ensuring your dashcam is set to detect movement
  • •looking out for anyone ‘working’ or acting suspiciously under vehicles (particularly in busy car parks)

In addition, if you are going to be visiting somewhere for a long period of time (e.g. a supermarket), we would advise you to park so it is difficult for thieves to lift your vehicle. Marking kits can also be purchased which assist police investigations as converters can be tracked back to the vehicle they came from if located. Please call 101 to report any incident and always dial 999 if you see a crime in action

Further crime prevention advice can be found on the internet. Here are some examples:-

https://thecrimepreventionwebsite.com/reducing-theft-from-vehicles/707/catalytic-converter-theft/

https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/vehicle-crime/catalytic-convertor-theft

https://heycar.co.uk/guides/best-ways-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft

ALCESTER POLICE NORTH SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

Team email - Alcesternorth.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Sgt 1685 David Ebbs David.Ebbs@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PC 497 Caz Wright caz.wright@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6273 Aadila Hussain - Aadila.hussain@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6330 Sanjay Singh - sanjay.singh@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6350 Brooke Taylor brooke.taylor@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

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