There has been a lot of concern on the village Facebook page over the risk of burglary in the village. Our PCSO, Jane Coaley, has asked us to publish this letter giving the Police viewpoint on this….
It has been brought to my attention that messages are being posted on Facebook claiming that there have been several burglaries in Woodford and that someone is going around trying door handles to properties. To disperse any rumours that are going around, I can confirm that two incidents have been reported; the first being by a resident in Anscomb Way reporting that she heard her conservatory door slam shut which had been left unlocked to let the dog out. Officers attended and noted that there was no damage to the door and no offences had been committed which indicates that the wind may have caused the door to slam shut. The second incident was reported by a resident in Sidney Road who was visited by an unknown male looking for another male with the same surname.
With regard to “several burglaries”, there was an attempted garage break-in along Ash Way during January and I am pleased to report that no crimes were reported for the month of December.
Crime in the village is extremely low compared to the rest of the County and Woodford is one of the safest places to live in Northamptonshire. Having said that, the support of our communities is essential in helping to reduce crime – the police cannot do this alone. By following the points below, you can better protect your home and property and help reduce crime and the fear of crime in Northamptonshire.
- Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
- Keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes, doors and windows.
- Leave a light on or use a timer switch so your house looks occupied if you’re out after dark.
- Make sure your home is visible from the street by keeping bushes and fences low at the front.
- Use dusk to dawn lighting to light up your front door after dark.
- Check existing lighting, alarms and locks are working and replace any faulty equipment. Remember to check batteries in smoke alarms.
- If you don’t lock up, are you insured?
- Don’t forget garages, sheds and outbuildings – make sure they’re locked and secure too.
- If you live alone don’t advertise this on social networking sites.
If you wish to report an incident please call the Police on 101. In an emergency please dial 999.
PCSO JANE COALEY