Holiday season is coming, and once all has been celebrated, there will be a recycling drop off area for Christmas Trees at Sancroft Hall. Keep an eye out for posters in the coming weeks!
This reminder comes following a number of break-ins reported in the west and south of the county over the last month.
Dark evenings can provide the perfect cover for burglars but by carrying out a few simple crime prevention steps, householders and motorists can thwart opportunist criminals.
The force recently launched a new crime prevention initiative, known as 1st Principle, which highlights that simple, inexpensive measures can easily be undertaken by anyone in the community.
As part of the initiative, an online suite of bespoke, easy to follow crime prevention documents are available to view and download on the constabulary’s website for free. Visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
• Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
• Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
• Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
• Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
• Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
• Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.
• Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
• ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
• Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
•You could also consider installing a doorbell camera in order to potentially film an opportunist burglar in action.
• Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
• Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
• Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
• Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
• Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
• Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
The county has around 200 special constables who volunteer their time to assist the regular police force in keeping Suffolk safe.
Becoming a special constable is a positive opportunity to develop existing skills or to learn new ones, give something back to your local community and become a part of a diverse organisation that fights crime in the county.
The role of a special constable includes providing high visibility patrols and helping to police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the community between the police service and the public.
To apply you must be 18 years older, a European citizen and able to pass the force fitness test. You should also be able to offer 16 hours a month to carry out duties. You will get full training to become part of a team that deals with a variety of incidents and events across Suffolk.
Karen Harris, Specials, Volunteers and Cadets Manager said: "All of our special officers are highly trained and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime and keeping Suffolk safe. We are seeking applicants from all communities in our county with differing skills and experience, so if you have 16 hours a month or more to offer us, anytime of the day or night, and are interested in finding out more please come along to one of our events.”
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said: "I am a great supporter of the fantastic work that our specials carry out across the county every day and I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to come along to one of the information events and find out more.
"Specials are an integral part of the policing family. They are extremely valued and valuable, and play an essential role in preventing, reducing and tackling crime to help keep Suffolk safe.
"These volunteer police officers are not called specials for nothing. We are absolutely indebted to them all, their commitment and enthusiasm is second to none. They give their time for nothing and add a completely different dimension to policing in the county.”
A number of Special Constabulary recruitment information events are being held in community hubs across the county. Details are as follows:-
Saturday 24 November – 10am-1pm –The Pavilion, Recreation Way, Mildenhall.
Saturday 1 December – 10am-1pm – Town Hall, Broad Street, Eye.
Monday 3 December – 6.30pm – Suffolk Constabulary Headquarters, Martlesham Heath.
Saturday 26 January, 2019 – 10am-1pm – Rifle Hall, London Road, Halesworth.
Saturday 23 February, 2019 – 10am-1pm – Southgate Community Centre, Caie Walk, Bury St Edmunds.
Saturday 16 March, 2019 – 10am – 1pm – King Georges Community Centre, King Georges Avenue, Leiston.
Attendees will be able to follow the applicant journey from start to finish, including how to complete an application form, what happens at assessment centres, details of the training programme, what personal safety training officers receive and speak to special officers to find out exactly what it’s like to be a special with Suffolk Constabulary.
If you intend to go along to one of the events, please confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot attend but would like more information, please go to our website http://www.suffolk.police.uk/join-us/volunteers/special-constabulary
Adult ’flu clinics for eligible patients
You are eligible for a ‘flu jab if you will be over 65 on 31 March 2019 or you have - asthma or a chronic respiratory disease; chronic heart disease; chronic kidney disease; chronic liver disease; diabetes; a weak immune system/immunosuppression; a history of stroke or TIA or multiple sclerosis or a disease of the central nervous system; a BMI of over 40 (adults) or you are pregnant.
Also eligible are people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Fressingfield Medical Practice
No appointment needed.
Eligible adults (see the list above) simply turn up at your allocated time (as indicated below)
Saturday 17 November
8.30am – 9.30am patients with surnames beginning with letters A & B
9.30am – 10.30am patients with surnames beginning with letters C & D
10.30am – 11.30am patients with surnames beginning with letters E - G
11.30am – 12.30pm patients with surnames beginning with letters H - L
1pm – 2pm patients with surnames beginning with letters M - O
2pm – 3pm patients with surnames beginning with letters P - S
3pm – 4pm patients with surnames beginning with letters T - Z
Children’s ‘flu injections: Parents of 2 and 3 year old children have been contacted already. 4 year olds will be vaccinated at school.