Brookmans Park and Little Heath
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Newsletter 3, 2005 -- Winter
by Christel Anslow
Yes, my friends, Xmas is coming, for you and for everyone, and that will include criminals.
As you are all starting to buy Xmas presents, can I remind everyone to be aware and vigilant. Firstly, do not leave them in display in your car once you have finished your shopping. Once you are at home, leave them in a secure, out of reach and out of sight place. Try not to put the presents under the tree too early, especially if they can easily be seen from the street. Don't tempt thieves by leaving presents on display. To put it simply: Don't encourage window shopping in your own home.
Hertfordshire Police is aware of a spate of burglaries where the main and only objective is to steal car keys of high value, high performance cars. I can not stress enough the importance of garaging your car(s) at all times, even if it is for a short period. Also, if you have an alarm, make sure it covers your garage area, and set the alarm at night time and every time you go out.
If you do not have a garage, think about a steering-wheel lock or a clamp. They are cheap and easy to use. Leave your keys in a safe and secure place. If you want to keep spare keys, the loft is a good place to use.
Identity theft - is that you?
All of us have heard about this type of crime on the TV and radio, but what do we have to look for and how can we protect ourselves?
You might become of victim of identity theft if:
Can I ride a motorised scooter or buzzboard on the road?
When ridden on a public road, these vehicles are regarded as a "motor vehicle" for the purposes of the Section 185(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
The legal age to drive this type of vehicle is the same as for a moped, with the rider required to have a provisional licence and have taken the CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) test. Riders must also be wearing an approved crash helmet, have the vehicle taxed, with a valid MOT certificate, valid insurance, proper number plates, brakes, lights and indicator signals.
Remember: the term "road" includes not only a carriageway but also pavements and verges and also any highway, which encompasses footpaths, bridleways and by-ways. It can also include privately-owned roads to which the public have access and has in some cases included car parks.
Note: The original Neighbourhood Watch newsletter included the name Go-ped. This has been changed to Motorised scooter in the section above because Go-ped is a brand name and is not the only maker of motorised scooters.
Contacting the police
In an emergency always dial '999'. The number for all non-emergencies is 0845 33 00 222.
Please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you know anything that might help detect a crime and do call the police if you see anything suspicious.
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