Warning after vans targeted by thieves

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Do you have tools stored in a van overnight outside your home?  

Between 1 and 15 February, 33 crimes have been raised for theft from vans across the county, with 24 of the vans having tools stolen from them.  

The breakdown of the offences are:

Cambridge:
·  5 February: Park & Ride, Babraham Road – forced entry – tools stolen
·  5 February: Cowley Road – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  6 February: Teversham Drift – forced entry – tools stolen
·  12 February: Randal Way – forced entry – tools stolen
·  15 February: Premier Inn, Ring Fort Road – lock drilled – tools stolen

South Cambridgeshire:
·  6 February: Queensway, Sawston – forced entry – tools stolen
·  7 February: Travelodge, Newmarket Road, Little Abington – forced entry – tools stolen
·  7 February: Riddy Lane, Bourn – forced entry – tools stolen
·  7 February: Brookside, Toft – forced entry – tools stolen
·  7 February: High Street, Grantchester – not specified – tools stolen
·  9 February: Villa Place, Impington – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  12 February: Clarkes Way, Bassingbourn – unknown method of entry – tools stolen
·  12 February: The Tanyard, Bassingbourn – forced entry – tools stolen
·  12 February: Red Lion Hotel, Station Road, Whittlesford – forced entry – nothing stolen
·  13 February: Rectory Road, Duxford – forced entry – tools stolen

Huntingdonshire:
·  7 February: Marlborough Road, Eaton Socon – forced entry – tools stolen
·  9 February: Landsdowne Road, Yaxley – forced entry – tools stolen
·  9 February: Herne Road, Ramsey – lock drilled – nothing stolen
·  10 February: Whytefield Road, Ramsey – forced entry – not specified
·  12 February: Kingsbrook, St Ives – forced entry – nothing stolen ·  13 February: Constable Road, St Ives – forced entry – tools stolen ·  15 February: Limes Park, St Ives – lock drilled – nothing stolen

Fenland:
·  8 February: Shaftesbury Avenue, March – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  8 February: Church Street, Wimblington – not specified – tools stolen
·  8 February: Newgate Street, Doddington – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  8 February: Barton Road, Wisbech – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  8 February: Nightall Drive, March – lock drilled – nothing stolen ·  8 February: Church End, Leverington – lock drilled – nothing stolen
·  9 February: New Road, Chatteris – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  9 February: North End, Wisbech – lock drilled – tools stolen
·  13 February: Fillenham Way, Chatteris – vehicle unlocked – nothing stolen

Peterborough:
·  8 February: Russell Close, Thorney – lock drilled – nothing stolen
·  9 February: Woburn Drive, Thorney – lock drilled – tools stolen  

We are finding these thieves are breaking into the vans by drilling into the locks and forcing doors open.  

While we’re working hard to identify those responsible, there are measures that can be taken to prevent your van from being targeted, such as installing anti-drill panelling.  

Here are some tips to protect yourself from falling victim to this crime:
·  Get your tools marked. This makes them less desirable and more difficult to sell on as they can be easily identified. This can be done by visiting the immobilise website.
·  You can purchase and install small cameras that are designed to record the inside of vehicles and can help us in identifying offenders.
·  Keep a regularly updated inventory of what is kept in the vehicle, making note of serial numbers. This helps us to reunite the items with their rightful owners if they are recovered.
·  Where possible, reverse your van into a driveway. This makes it harder for thieves to access any rear doors
·  If you do not have any already, install outside lighting that is triggered by motion, as this can deter thieves.  

Even if you do not own a van, be sure to look out for your neighbours! If you see something suspicious, please report it to us by calling 101 or through our online reports.  

Always call 999 if you believe a crime is in action or someone is in immediate danger.  

We would also be interested in seeing any footage from video doorbells or CCTV which may capture any suspicious activity. This can be passed to us via our website’s online reporting function.  

Kind regards,  
Message Sent By
Lucy Ward
(Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Communications Assistant, Peterborough and Fenland)

Cambridgeshire Peterborough Children’s Health: A Platform for Families

Cambridgeshire Peterborough Children’s
Health: A Platform for Families
Introducing www.cambspborochildrenshealth.nhs.uk the new online NHS resource for parents and carers. Designed with local families, 0-19 Healthy Child Programme and other NHS children’s services to be a go-to resource for children and young people’s health advice. Using a collaborative approach based on need and evidence the platform focuses on:
Easy access to health information – with a family focused design, information is quick to access and easy to use on a phone, tablet or laptop. Accessibility has been prioritised to ensure information can be translated, downloaded and adapted to suit a family’s reading needs. Being a local resource connected with local services – seamless linking to local resources such as ‘Keep Your Head’, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough SEND Hubs and partner NHS services. There are also dedicated service pages where professionals can find the most up to date contact details, referral forms and guidance.

Evidence based topics for our families’ diverse needs – offering a mixture of general and specialist NHS advice for families with children and young people. Covering many topics including:
Behaviour, emotions and mental health Child development and growing up Common illnesses  Feeding and eating Moving and being active Peeing, pooing and toileting Sleep Speech, language and communication Staying safe and accident prevention There is also specialist information on topics such as sensory differences, physical skills development, communication skills, physical and mental health and more.

With a mixture of original content and linking to local information, Cambridgeshire Peterborough Children’s Health is a resource supporting and connecting local services. 
  
Built on the foundation of the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough joint services, this new online resource combines all the online offers previously provided on the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust website.
How professionals and local partners can help
Supporting the campaign

As our promotional campaign launches over the next few weeks, we would appreciate any support from colleagues and partners. There will be a social media campaign on Facebook, X (formally known as Twitter) and Instagram @CambsPboroCYP. Any shares, likes and comments would be very helpful. There are also template materials to help spread the word:
A Template article and bulletins for any external newsletters you create for local families.  A poster you can easily print out. A TV slideshow for waiting rooms. Template message for internal and professional updates.
Collaboration and partnership working

This is just the launch, there is still lots of exciting work to come to continue developing the platform. There are also lots of opportunities to collaborate and ensure seamless linking between local resources. We are looking forward to working with our fantastic local colleagues. Please use the collaboration form to get in touch.
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust: providing services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk   Delivering excellence in Children and Young People’s Services: a partnership between Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

How you can help protect children

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Did you know? Last year we received more than 180 applications for information through an important law introduced to protect children.

Sarah’s Law, also known as the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, was introduced following the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000.

It allows anyone who looks out for the welfare of a child to apply for information held by police which may indicate whether an individual poses a risk to children. This includes whether they have been convicted of any sexual offences.

In 2023, Cambridgeshire Constabulary received 184 Sarah’s Law applications.

 

Sarah’s Law is an important piece of legislation which gives people the opportunity to ask for information if they are concerned about someone’s behaviour or a new individual has access to their children.

There are many reasons someone might choose to make an application. A common example is if someone is entering into a new relationship and the person in question is therefore likely to have unsupervised time with their children.

We’d urge parents and carers to be aware of this scheme and consider making an application should a circumstance arise where they feel it is needed.

For more information on the scheme, visit our dedicated website page.   Kind regards,  
Message Sent By
Tara Cox
(Police, Communications Officer, Corporate Communications)

New bus stop posters warn of emerging scam

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The force has launched a campaign warning the public about the dangers of an emerging scam.  

It works through QR – quick response – codes and can see victims unwittingly download malware or provide fraudsters with sensitive information.  

In some cases victims have lost thousands. One victim lost £13,000 after scanning a code on a station parking machine, which took her to a phony website.   

Posters have been put up at bus stops in Cambridge in a bid to spread the word about the threat.  

The posters show someone scanning a QR code on a menu – just one of the many places QR codes can be found – with the words, “Never been quished? Let’s keep it that way”, written across them.

The posters encourage people to scan a code, which will take them to a dedicated force webpage, packed with messages on how to stay safe from this latest scam. It also highlights how quick and easy it is to scan a code.   

Fraud and cyber prevention officer Dave York said: “Quishing, also known as QR code phishing, involves tricking someone into scanning a phony QR code with their phone or device. The QR code then takes the user to a fraudulent website that might download malware or ask for sensitive information. It’s the latest trend used by scammers to get to your hard-earned cash.  

“QR codes are often found on things like parking machines, charging points, emails, even restaurant menus. Once scanned, scam codes will take you to a bogus website where you innocently input your details thinking you’re paying for a service or visiting the genuine site, when in fact, you’re sharing all your personal details with the scammers.    

“There are a number of things people can do to keep themselves safe, including:  
–  If the QR is on a poster in a public area, always check whether it appears to have been stuck over the original. If the sign or notice is laminated and the QR code is under the lamination or part of the original print, chances are it’s more likely to be genuine  
–  If in doubt download the app from the official Google or Apple store or search the website on your phone’s internet browser, rather than scanning a QR code to take you there. It may take longer, but it’s more secure  
– Check the preview of the QR code’s URL before opening it to see if it appears legitimate. Make sure the website uses HTTPS rather than HTTP, doesn’t have obvious misspellings and has a trusted domain  
–  Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t share your details    

“It’s hoped the posters, coupled with the webpage, will highlight the potential risks around scanning QR codes, what to look out for and how to keep yourself safe from the scammers.
 
“Technological advances bring a whole host of benefits, but sadly also a whole host of opportunities for scammers.”  

For more on quishing, visit the website.   Attachments Poster.PNG  
Message Sent By
Larissa Chapman
(Police, Communications officer , Corporate Communications)

Road Closure February 2024- Bar Hill

We have been advised that a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order has been approved for Bar Hill intersection on and of slips to A14 and Hattons Road (B1050) as lies between Hazewell Court and Saxon Way Bar Hill.

Works are anticipated to go ahead to fix the ramps on the flyover on both sides of the B1050.

Work will be carried out over night between 8.30pm and 6am Friday 9th February to Monday 12 February 2024. A Diversion will be in place.

For more information please contact Highways at Cambridgeshire County Council on 0345 045 5212 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or go to https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/roadworks-and-faults/roadwork-and-traffic-information

Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) Fenland – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Willingham Parish Council have been asked to share the following information about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Fenland, which covers Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

If not familiar with AA, you may find the following of interest: 

1. Over 4,800 AA meetings nationally, weekly. 

2. Free to attend, no waiting lists. 

3. All inclusive, AA welcomes everyone, the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. 

4. A safe, confidential space. Where a warm welcome awaits.  

5. Non religious, a spiritual program. 

6. Available 24/7, along with Zoom meetings, and a free 24 hour confidential helpline. 

7.  280,000 estimated admissions to hospitals 2019/2020. A 2% increase over the previous year. 

(https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/statistics-on-alcohol/2021)