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The idea of Neighbourhood Watch is to alert
the village of any possible scams and police warnings of crime trends.
Please phone the police
direct with reports of possible crimes taking place. (see numbers below)
If you have any issues or queries regarding your Neighbourhood Watch scheme,
For the non urgent reporting of crime and suspicious incidents, call Kent Police
at the time of the incident on 101, or in an emergency 999.
- For all non-urgent incidents or enquiries, call
- If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, call
- If you are deaf or speech impaired, text 'Police'
and your message to 60066
- For news, advice or details of your neighbourhood
officer, visit www.kent.police.uk
The Swanley Village Neighbourhood Policing Team are: PCSO
They can be contacted on the 101 service
PC's are no longer specifically dedicated to areas
See newsletter for up to date contacts & events
For advice on Fraud Prevention
Rachel Wallis on 07860 478257 or email at
SwanleyVillageRA@outlook.com or phone Brenda
to be added to the list of villagers who receive up to date email bulletins from
police sources in connection with the Village.
Only one number per resident address please.
Duplicate numbers for the same address are not catered for due to size of
The purpose of these emails is to pass on local
police bulletins, warning of crime trends in the area,
to enable us to take
precautions to prevent it, rather than recording crimes that have already
Animal Welfare Animal Welfare Officer Anne Marie on 01322 343078 .
Animal Retreat. A Charity sponsored by Heather Mills Telephone Billy on 07720 495238 .
Crime stoppers Telephone 0800 555111
You dont need to leave your name to report a crime or
information that could lead to an arrest.
24 Facts About 24 Years Of Crimestoppers
Here are some facts about Crimestoppers which was started in 1988, 24 years
- Over 113,000 arrests and charges have been made since 1988.
- Over 1.3 million actionable calls have been received since
- More than £122 million of goods has been recovered since
- More than £223 million of drugs have been seized since
- Around 23 people are arrested every day as a result of
information given to Crimestoppers
- 29 cases are cleared up every day as a result of
information given to Crimestoppers.
- One person every seven days is charged
with murder as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- In the last three years the number of people arrested and charged as a
result of Crimestoppers information has increased by 32 per cent.
- In 1988, Crimestoppers received just under 5,000 calls with useful
information – last year over 90,000 pieces of such information
- Since 1988, 964 people have been charged with
murder/attempted murder with the help of Crimestoppers information.
- The ‘Most Wanted’ section of the website established in 2005 has already
resulted in 1,474 criminals being arrested.
- 47 fugitives believed to be on the run in Spain have been
arrested as a result of the 65 appeals launched in the crime campaign, Operation
- During the UK riots in 2011, the number of online forms received by
Crimestoppers increased by 300 per cent.
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Most Wanted
website was designed with the help of Crimestoppers. 75 per cent
of convicted child sex offenders posted on the site have been found.
- Crimestoppers’ website
www.crimestoppers-uk.org receives an average of
145,000 unique visitors every month.
- There is a Crimestoppers 24/7 call bureau ensuring calls
can be answered around the clock, 24 hours every day.
- Around 40 per cent of the information the Crimestoppers
call bureau receives is via the online giving information form on our website.
- In 2010 Crimestoppers launched its new youth brand Fearless
- Crimestoppers has a presence across the UK largely thanks to our 44
regional volunteer committees
- Crimestoppers has over 500 people volunteering in their
spare time to help fight crime in the UK.
- The Charity’s combined following on Facebook and Twitter increased by
255 per cent over the last fiscal year.
- Crimestoppers has established the Integrity Line for
private companies to pass on information about crime and wrong-doing in their
- This year Crimestoppers launched a Just Text Giving service allowing anyone
to give a donation by texting CSUK01 followed by their amount
- Last year, the Charity launched its first ever product;
Crimestoppers Property Protector.
There have been a number of burglaries in the
Sevenoaks area recently. As a result, your Neighbourhood Policing Team and I
would like to remind you that you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of
burglary by following a few of these simple steps: Homes with no security measures in place
are ten times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures
Making just a few changes can make a big difference in keeping your home safe
- hide all keys, out of sight.
Do not leave them near to windows or your front door.
- install a burglar alarm.
- install good outside lighting.
- leave radios or lights in your house on a
timer when you go out or are away on holiday. This is especially
important as the nights begin to draw in.
- store valuable items (including passports,
driving licences and bank statements) out of view.
- hide cash and wallets away.
- secure bicycles at home by locking them to an
immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.
- make sure the fences around your garden are in
- keep ladders and tools stored away;
don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
In most burglaries, the criminals
break into the house or flat through the door, so make sure your doors are
strong and secure. If you are fitting new doors or windows, make sure the ones
you buy are certified to British Standard BS7950 (for windows) or PAS 24-1 (for
Glass panels on doors are particularly
vulnerable. If you have one on your door, you could replace it with laminated
glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can
stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive,
key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks (with keys) to
all downstairs windows, and those upstairs that are easy to reach.
If you see anything out of the ordinary
where you live, any suspicious vehicles or people, please call Kent Police
straight away on 01622 690 690, or in an emergency / if you believe a crime is
in progress dial 999.
Please could you pass this information onto
your neighbours, to make them aware and asking them to be vigilant.
Kent Trading Standards advise consumers
to be wary when letting doorstep sellers into their homes.
Too often they receive reports from residents who have regretted letting
people they don’t know into their homes because they either end up buying
something they don’t want or realise that the seller might not be genuine.
Householders may have doorstep callers giving excuses such as they need to
read a meter or that they have goods or a service to sell. Whilst some of these
callers may be legitimate, some may be criminals wanting to steal, or con you
into parting with your money in exchange for poor quality or non existent goods
or services. Remember you do not have to let someone into your home
unless YOU want to. Always check a caller’s identification and make
your own checks. A genuine caller will not mind making an appointment to come
back at a later date. This also gives you time to ensure you have a relative or
friend with you when any caller returns.
If you would like shopping advice, or if you have had a caller at your door
who you are concerned about please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.
Further consumer guidance notes on scams, doorstep callers and consumer rights
are available online at www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/kent Kent Trading Standards operate a good
trader scheme called Buy With Confidence. To find an approved trader please call
Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or look online at
We've also had a number of reports recently from residents, saying
that they've received phone calls from people asking for personal details (e.g.
date of birth, bank account or debit card details). Please do not give any
personal information out to anyone, whoever they may claim to be working with
and regardless of what they may be offering you help with.
Please pass this information onto your neighbours and friends, to increase
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