Crime prevention advice

Scunthorpe: Residents urged to help prevent crime

7 Nov 2017

We are welcoming local residents and businesses in Scunthorpe to work with our officers to help prevent crime and report criminal activity in the town. 

Detective Inspector John Cram, North Lincolnshire Bronze Commander said: “We want residents and business outlets to provide information directly to us, so we can build an accurate picture of the issues you are currently suffering, enabling us to direct our police officers to where they will make the biggest difference. We will target those who cause the greatest harm to your communities. These include violent offenders, drugs offenders, burglars and those who commit robberies. 

“Residents can contact us directly by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They can speak directly to an officer or come into a police station to report any information they may have. 

“We need your information so we can target the right locations. Targeted police patrols at the right time and in the right areas are a very effective deterrent to offenders. Information is vital to us, and allows us to police specific areas proactively and visibly. 

“There will be extra patrols on the streets, and when we can identify someone for an offence we will act in a robust and positive manner by arresting those responsible. 

“Residents can act to prevent themselves from becoming victims. Burglaries can leave victims feeling violated and vulnerable. Burglary prevention, however, is often common sense and doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and setting your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim. 

“There are a number of steps to take to cut down the risk of being robbed. No-one should be a victim of robbery and it is a significant crime we take very seriously. Always be vigilant and aware of who is around you, and keep items such as mobile phones, money or handbags close by and whenever possible not on open display. Try and avoid isolated routes such as alleyways or deserted land and plan your journeys. When returning from a night out book a registered taxi, share lifts with friends and always look after each other.

“This is the same when taking money out of cash machines. Be extra cautious when using an ATM and try to plan any withdrawals during the day, at busy locations and better still when you have a friend with you. Always ensure no-one is looking over your shoulder, keep your PIN hidden, and beware of being distracted when withdrawing cash. Once you have made your transaction put your money away quickly, somewhere secure and out of view. 

“The theft of mobile phones can be upsetting and very inconvenient. Often while talking on the phone you can be distracted and less aware of your surroundings. Try and limit their use and use them somewhere where you can see what’s happening around you. Many thefts occur in pubs and clubs from a table-top or from an open bag, so taking extra care can reduce such opportunities for thieves.

“Each mobile has its own unique IMEI number which, if known, could assist in getting your mobile back should it be lost or stolen. Key *#06# into your key pad to recover your unique IMEI now. Write it down somewhere safe or better still, register it for free on the police approved property website at www.immobilise.com. Also have a look at the many free mobile tracking Apps, which if loaded onto your phone could let you know where it is should it go missing.

“You should record makes, model types, serial or frame numbers belonging to your property especially mobiles, laptops, TVs and in particular bicycles. There is a very simple way of doing this via the free website www.immobilise.com. Property recorded as stolen on this website can be checked from anywhere in the UK by all UK police forces and registered second-hand dealers. This can increase the chances of getting it returned, as well as preventing criminals benefiting from your loss and helps us in bringing criminals to justice.

“We’re sending out a strong message to criminals that we’re working with our partner agencies to reduce crime in Scunthorpe as well as with members of the public who want to play their part in making their home town safe.

“We are committed to making Scunthorpe a safer place and a better place to live and to run businesses.“