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Stealing

Stealing is a crime that can cause nuisance and harm to all victims. Whether burglary (things taken from homes and businesses), vehicle theft (taking your vehicle or things from it), or theft and robbery (things being snatched from people or businesses including muggings), the impact is extensive.

These crimes are seen as a priority in Buckinghamshire, as well as across the country, as they take up a lot of police time and cause great distress. These crimes are most often heard about and, although the numbers in the county are relatively low, hearing about them can cause people to feel unsafe.

These crimes are most likely to take place when someone is given opportunity eg a window is left open,  items left in view, someone obviously carrying valuable items on them.

One of our key aims to protect your from stealing and ensure you are aware of some simple things you can do to protect yourself.  We are also there to provide extra help and support to those who need it.

Protecting yourself

  • Don't leave valuables on display - keep it hidden, keep it locked, keep it safe
  • Try and park near other vehicles and in a well lit area rather than a secluded place
  • If you have to walk alone at night, use places that are relatively busy
  • When on your own, make sure you are aware of your surroundings
  • Keep your tools, ladders and bikes out of sight and locked away
  • Are you expecting someone? If in doubt don't open the door.  
  • Consider a 'No door selling at this house' notice
  • Be aware what is happening in your neighbourhood. Find out where your local neighbourhood watch is. If there is not one in your area, why not consider starting one up.

How we are helping to reduce crime

The police work with us to put in place things that can help reduce your chances of being a victim. It’s not all about catching criminals as much as what can be done within the community.  These are just some of the things we are working on together:

  • Property marking of phones, bicycles, jewellery and any valuable items in your home
  • Advanced DNA linked property marking to connect criminals with stolen items and links them back to the owner.
  • Campaigns on keeping your home and vehicle safe
  • Work with Trading Standards to target bogus callers who prey on vulnerable people
  • Operations to catch offenders using trap cars
  • Using crime data and intelligence to target any hotspots and increase efforts in those areas
  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to quickly identify stolen or suspicious vehicles
  • Specific work on drug treatment and educating about the harm caused - many stealing offences take place to fund a drugs habit
  • Help people who need extra security installed in their homes
  • Support victims of these crimes reassure and prevent them from becoming a future target

If you have any concerns about stealing crimes in your area, or personally, contact us,(01296 387077, communitysafety@buckscc.gov.uk); look out for your neighbourhood police officers or contact the police on 101 for non emergencies or 999 for emergencies.

Reporting crime is very important and will often help us to catch criminals or better understand where we need to focus our efforts.

You can also report crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 444

If you have been a victim of crime, Victim Support is one of the agencies with trained people to support you. Call 08 08 16 89 111 or email supportline@victimsupport.org.uk.

Cold caller

Bogus callers and distraction burglary

Distraction burglary by bogus callers is a cruel crime primarily targeted at elderly or vulnerable people and those who are living on their own. Their primary aim is to enter a house to steal and they often trick people into believing they have a real purpose for being there, eg claiming to be from a utility company.

Some bogus callers will try other methods of gaining your trust by saying they have seen something dangerous in your back garden or that they have lost their pet etc.

Your house is secure until you allow such a person to enter it.

If a caller is genuine they will not mind you asking them to prove who they are and they will be happy to wait while you confirm it, perhaps by calling their place of work.

If you are ever in doubt, however, do not open the door.  Never put yourself at risk.

Trading Standards work hard to tackle this type of crime and have plenty of useful advice and experience. Consumer advice and information can be had by calling Consumer Direct on 03454 04 05 06.

Door sticker

Email tsd@buckscc.gov.uk quoting your name and address for a sticker to deter doorstep callers.  

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