Aug 3, 2013

Bottesford NHW Alert: Messages from the Police and Fire Service

From LPU Commander John Gray

In the early hours of Wednesday morning a car that was parked unlocked was broken into on Victoria Street, Melton and a wallet stolen. A member of the public observed a suspicious male in the area and didn’t ignore it but had the presence of mind to contact the police. This resulted in an arrest of a 22yr old male from Leicester who has been charged yesterday and is awaiting court and the victim got their property back.

I have 3 messages:-

  1. Don't leave your car unlocked
  2. Don't leave valuables in the car
  3. If you see someone acting suspiciously then they are probably up to no good. Please please phone it in. Don’t be frightened to phone 999 if you think they are committing a crime

John Grasy

Melton Mowbray LPU Commander

Leicestershire Police


Protecting Your Business from Burglary 

Leicestershire Police is launching a campaign to help businesses and organisations like yours protect themselves from burglary.
Although commercial burglary has fallen in each of the past five years, we want to drive it even lower. Last year there were more than 4,000 burglaries at businesses and organisations throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The impact can be significant on a business, even if it is adequately insured. There are likely to be direct losses in the form of repairs to damage and lost goods or cash. There is also likely to be disruption to the firm’s day-to-day operations, and an increase in next year’s insurance premium.
Protecting your business does not need to be expensive in either time or money.
The Force has come up with five top tips that owners or managers should consider:
1. install a suitable CCTV system;
2. minimise the amount of cash kept on the premises, especially at times when the premises are empty;
3. if you do need to keep cash on site, get a safe, bolt it to the wall or floor, and restrict access to the keys;
4. keep cash and valuable stock where they cannot be seen, especially when your building is unoccupied;
5. keep an eye on people who may be viewing your property – if necessary challenge anyone acting suspiciously, and make a note of car registration numbers and report them to the police.
There is more detailed advice, broken down sector-by sector, at 
Neil Castle
Detective Superintendent

Force Lead Officer for Serious Acquisitive Crime

Two Large Barn Fires in Less Than a Week Spark a Warning From Firefighters

Firefighters have urged farmers to be vigilant during the hot weather after responding to two large barn fires in less than a week.

Fire crews are carrying out periodic inspections in the aftermath of a large barn fire in Oaks in Charnwood during the early hours of Tuesday (30/7/13) morning. This follows a similar incident, only three days earlier on Saturday (27/7/13) morning, where firefighters tackled a blaze at a farm in Diseworth involving more than 25,000 tonnes of hay.

The two farms involved, both located in the north of the county, have suffered considerable financial loss as a result of these fires.

Fire Investigator DC Del Gillespie said: “While our investigations into the cause of both of these fires have not revealed anything suspicious to date, we would like to encourage farmers and the farming community to complete brief risk assessments at their properties.

“This includes keeping your hay or straw stacks to a reasonable size with adequate circulation around the stacks.

“By regularly checking the stacks for self-heating and removing any non- essential combustible materials, you can help to prevent these incidents from occurring.”

Security and vigilance are other measures that need to be considered at this time of year, and the Service urged the farming community to report any suspicious behaviour to Leicestershire Police.

A practical step-by-step guide to the risk assessment process for agricultural premises is available to download on the LFRS website here:

For any further advice please contact DC Del Gillespie on 0116 229 2168.

Messages circulated by:

John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626

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