Hello again everyone.
those of you who are not aware, we now have a new Neighbourhood
Watch secretary, who has taken on the task with great enthusiasm
and, on behalf of all members, I would like to extend a warm welcome
to Jane Markwell. Over the coming months, Jane and I will be
looking at ways of trying to improve the Newsletter content and
coverage as well as working to get more people involved with the
Scheme. The next meeting has been booked for Monday, 17th May at
7.30 p.m. All members are urged to attend and anyone wishing to
know more about Neighbourhood Watch is welcome to come along. Jane
and I will see you there — don’t
forget 7.30 on Monday, 17th May at Redhill School.
Moving on to other matters :
you are all aware, spring is just around the corner and I am sure
that, like me, you have all started to dust off the lawn mowers and
all the other tools in the shed ready to do battle with the lawns
and borders. Please don’t forget to get all your tools, etc.
post-coded and use a stout chain to lock them all up because, just
like use, the thieves know that people will be getting everything
ready for the gardening frenzy and they will not miss an opportunity
to liberate your tools, if you do not take adequate steps to secure
them. Likewise with garden ornaments and hanging baskets. If you
do decide to purchase garden ornaments try, where possible, to buy
the heaviest. This will, hopefully, deter them and if they do
decide to take your ornament, you can sleep safe knowing that they
will at least given themselves a hernia for their trouble !!. With
hanging baskets, try to get into a routine with watering them. Take
them down in the evening and place them out of sight or in the
shed. If you give them a good watering first, they will have dried
out a little by morning and won’t be so heavy to carry and hang up.
This may seem like a chore, but at least you will have your basket
Since I have been Community Beat Officer for Borrowash & Ockbrook, I
am ( and still remain ) surprised by the number of garages that are
full of everything APART from the car !. Ask yourself this question
what have I got
in my garage that is worth more
than my car ?. I’ll eat my hat if one person has got
anything more valuable stashed away. So come on—have a spring clean
of the garage and get rid of all the junk and get the car put away.
If you put your car away, it will keep would-be burglars on their
toes as they won’t know if you are out or not. A car that is always
left on the drive is a sure indication to a thief that the occupants
are at home and the chances are he will wait until there is NO car
on the drive before he strikes.
Whilst on the subject of cars, please remember to take your keys out
of the ignition !!. Common sense for most of us, I know. However
there has been a slight rise in this type of car theft - where the
victim has left the vehicle “for a couple of moments” outside a
shop, for instance, only to come out and find the car gone.
Remember you are unlikely to be insured if your car is stolen in
this way. You have been warned and please don’t forget that you can
contact me at any time for crime prevention advice or any other
matter that I can help you with.
Stay safe until the next time.