PCSO Joseph Cain : PCSO for Chiddingstone and Chiddingstone Causeway
The non-urgent reporting number is now 101 this number can used for reporting a non-urgent crime or incident, contacting local officers and making enquiries. This number replaces 01622 690690.
It is now also possible to report non-emergency crimes online. Please visit: https://www.kent.police.uk/services/report-a-crime/kent-police-online-reporting
With the spiralling cost of all fuel oil types, the theft of these commodities is becoming a more attractive proposition to potential offenders throughout the country. For obvious reasons, bulk fuel is probably the most attractive target. Therefore this advice is aimed at that section of our community; farmers, householders and businesses; particularly those in rural communities, who have heating or fuel oil, such as diesel stored in external tanks.
The following advice may help improve the security of your supply:
- The simple act of keeping your yard or drive gates closed and securely locked could prevent a theft.
- Ensure gates and fences are in good repair.
- Consider installing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) along with suitable lighting.
- The location of storage tanks can be a critical factor.
- Ideally they should be situated within sight of your home, office or business while at the same time being difficult to see by the general public.
- Plant thorny shrubs around your tank, e.g. Pyrocanthia, Berberis, Ilex or even Gooseberry
- Regularly check your fuel levels so that you can easily spot if the level drops.
- Tank valves should be locked as should any inspection or filling hatches and consideration should be given to purchasing a remote electronic oil level gauge which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a certain level. Install lockable caps with crop proof padlocks/fittings and where possible provide vulnerable fuel hoses with hardened/flexible casing so that they are harder to cut.
- Remember when buying alarms, CCTV, locks or any security devices, the better the quality the longer it will last.
- If you are installing or re-siting an oil tank, consider securing the tank in an alarmed, ventilated, brick or block built, locked structure. Consideration could also be given to surrounding the tank in a weld mesh lockable cage, however also remember that the oil tanker driver will need access to fill the tank!
- Check your oil is covered by your household or business insurance.
- Record the details of any unfamiliar vehicles and their occupants seen in the area.
It is very important to mark property with your postcode, including items in your shed and garage and please don’t leave valuable items on view. Items that are marked are less likely to be stolen, however, if they are stolen and recovered, they can be returned to the rightful owner. Forensic Marking solutions are also readily available. If you would like further crime prevention advice, please contact your local Neighbourhood Team via 101.
Security is everyone’s responsibility and our aim is to introduce measures that prevent or deter crime and increase the risks for the criminal.
Information regarding this type of crime can be passed onto Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111
or visiting http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Kent Police have informed us that they have had a number of reports of burglary other than to dwellings throughout the whole of Kent. This will include burglaries to garden sheds, outbuildings and garages but not to homes. The offenders are normally looking for power tools, mowers, cycles and quad bikes. Please find here some crime reduction advice from Kent Police. If you would like a copy of this leaflet in large print, another format or language call 01622 652158.
Contact Kent Police
If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, call 999
For all non-urgent crime reports or enquiries, call 101
If you are deaf or speech impaired, text 'police' then your message to 60066
For more safety advice, details of your neighbourhood team or to find out about policing priorities where you live, visit www.kent.police.uk