Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
Personal Attack Alarms
Personal attack sounds, and is, extremely serious, though it is often softened by the phrases ‘Bag Snatched’, ‘Purse Snatched’ or ‘Mugged’. Few, other than the victims really appreciate the initial shock and long-term effects. Police reports from our Beat Team demonstrate that this is happening in Sedgefield. No-one is immune. Attackers often have the audacity to warn victims not to struggle or scream as it will only make things worse for them. Not true. Conversely, this response makes it difficult for the robber and a personal attack alarm can help do this for you.
So what is it? This safety device is capable of creating a 125db sound that attracts attention and scares away potential assailants. To compare, it’s the same volume as a military jet during take-off. It’s also simple to use. Instead of having a button that could easily be pressed by accident, the device utilises a pull-pin. Once pulled, the device emits its ear-piercing sound for up to 30 continuous minutes, or until the pin is replaced.
It can be reused over and over, and it easily attaches to purses, keys, and backpacks. It’s also small enough to fit in your pocket. But it packs a wallop.
Evidence has shown that attackers panic on hearing it and their instinct is to flee the scene. It works so well that Police are recommending it strongly as a deterrent. This advice applies to us all, not just the elderly and vulnerable.
Buy one and make it difficult for them, not you!
Durham Police Recruitment Drive
Police Forces have launched major recruitment drives to boost the number of officers across the region. Durham Constabulary is accepting applications for new police constables and launched their campaign on 10th October. For the first time, forces offer Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships in conjunction with universities. Student officers will study towards a degree in Professional Policing Practice as part of a 3 year training programme while working as a Police Officer. Durham Constabulary has partnered with Northumbria University and the university fees will be paid for by the force, with students being paid police officers from day one, with a starting salary of £24,177.
The recruitment drive is part of a national campaign, which aims to recruit 20,000 new police officers over three years. It is hoped that this will benefit our Beat Team in Sedgefield. Through the apprenticeship, you will ‘earn while you learn’, combining vital on the job experience with classroom-based learning at Northumbria University, as well as joining a Force that has achieved the highest possible overall rating for four successive years from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.
Sounds like a ‘no brainer’.
Lock It Up Campaign
Dark nights are here and last month we gave advice on security for the winter including your vehicle. Police officers are patrolling the streets in the hope of catching suspects riding around on bikes and trying car doors. Officers patrolling as part of the Lock It Up campaign will also try car doors looking for unsecured vehicles. If yours is one they will give you a polite knock even if it is at 3am, reminding you to Lock It Up!
Theft from vehicles mostly occur from those left unlocked. Thieves try their luck until they find one. The Police will do everything they can to disrupt and tackle those responsible, but let’s work together to make it difficult. Keep it locked. Also, on frosty mornings don’t leave your car unattended with the engine running. It’s an open invitation to a thief.
Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think, but don’t be a victim. Lock up, stay safe and sleep well.
Call 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org
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Remember, crime isn’t as common as you think… but don’t be a victim.
Please lock up, stay safe and sleep well.
Local Police: Call 101
to report concerns, seek advice or pass on information. Always keep notes and ask for an incident number.
Crime Prevention Officer:
Rona Stocks. email@example.com
Police Community Cohesion Officer:
Faye Callan. 101 Extension 742317. Faye.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.