Dec Police Update

We would like to start this month by highlighting the Leicestershire Police 'Darker Nights' campaign.

The 'Darker Nights' campaign aims to prevent an increase in burglaries over the winter months by reminding residents to lock their homes and encouraging them to leave a light on to make it look like someone is home.

The winter nights can make it easier for burglars to hide and make empty and unlit houses easier to spot. The force traditionally sees a seasonal rise in burglaries after the clocks go back in October, with offences rising through December and January and falling back to normal levels by around March.

An operation is in place to target and arrest those who are committing the offences and extra patrols are in place in key areas - both high visibility and plain clothed. We also want to encourage homeowners and businesses to review their security and take a few simple inexpensive precautions to protect themselves. Many people only tend to think about their home security after they've been burgled but I'm hoping to get people to think about their home security before it's too late. You can buy light timers cheaply at most DIY stores. Other burglary crime prevention advice includes;

*keep doors and windows locked at all times

*always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock

*keep valuables, bags, cash and keys out of sight and keep them in a safe place

*do not keep large quantities of cash or jewellery in your home or leave presents visible

*don't open the door unless you know who it is - use a door spy hole or door chain

*don't leave packaging from expensive items outside your house - take it to be recycled or put them in the bin

*use a light timer

*install a visible alarm system and security lighting to act as a deterrent

*prevent easy access to the back and sides of your home with locked gates or fencing

*if you're going away, don't advertise it on social media

*ask a neighbour or relative to collect post and open and close curtains while you are away

*register your belongings with

There has been a number of local patch walks across the Fosse, Westcotes and New Parks areas over the past month by Police and Partners, including council, housing and street cleansing departments. These identify local issues, graffiti, hazards and general refuse affecting specific areas. Please engage with those conducting these walks and ensure your issues are highlighted.

Several street consultations and community events listed on the Force website to provide further opportunities to engage with your Local Neighbourhood teams. To find these details look under the 'local policing' section of the Leicestershire Police website and look for your own area or speak to a local officer for more details. Plese click HERE to go to that page.

We have identified a number of cannabis grows recently across the area. These pose a significant fire hazard to the occupants and neighbours as well as potential health issues. If you have concerns or suspicions about any address please contact 101 or speak to your local Neighbourhood officer, which can be done in complete confidence. Signs to look for include;

Strong pungent smells

Plastic sheeting / condensation on windows

Unexpected fan noises

Attendance of previously unoccupied premises at irregular / unusual times

Seeing large numbers of lighting, reflectors, extractors and grow bags.

A new Facebook page covering the 3 policing Neighbourhood areas - 'Fosse, The West End and New Parks Police' has now been launched and will include things of interest and issues we wish to highlight to the Community. Please like and share!

Finally can we take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.

PS 1747 Dyer - Westcotes

PS 2233 Brennan - Fosse

PS 592 Walters - New Parks