Policing and Crime
This section provides information on Policing and Crime.
The latest news from Suffolk Police can be found at: www.suffolk.police.uk/new.
Details of how Policing is organised.
Policing/Safer Neighbourhood Team
Policing in Kesgrave is managed by the Ipswich East Safer Neighbourhood Team. They are a dedicated team made up of police officers, police community support officers, special constables, volunteers and other organisations. They work together with local people in their neighbourhood to improve our quality of life.
There are 30 Safer Neighbourhood Teams spread across Suffolk and each team has a remit to solve problems identified by local people - which could range from crime and anti-social behaviour to noise and litter.
Kesgrave and Rushmere also jointly fund their own dedicated PCSO.
Further information can be found on the Ipswich East SNT Website, including:
- The team
- Neighbourhood priorities
- Crime maps - Crime Report Statistics, Detailed Statistics
- Ipswich East SNT Newsletter
- Getting Involved
- Contacting them
- Police Connect (up to date information about crime and policing issues in your area via email to your computer, by text to your mobile phone, by telephone and to your landline.
There is also the following twitter feeds:
- Ipswich East SNT - twitter.com/IpsEastPolice
- Mike Sarbutts Match Funded PCSO - twitter.com/PCSOSarbutts
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are the voice for the people, someone to lead the fight against crime, and someone to hold to account if they don’t deliver.
Their role is to represent you and your concerns, ensuring the policing needs of your community are met.
PCCs set the direction and the budget for policing.
Further details can be found at: www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk
Reporting Crimes and Issues
Details of how to report crimes (999/101), antiscoial behaviour fraud, missing persons, lost property etc can be found <here>.
Details of services offered are listed below.
Bumblebee Auctions is the national police website that sells lost or stolen items that can’t be reunited with their rightful owners.
The website allows members of the public to view and bid for various items being sold by police forces around the UK, such as bikes, jewellery, tools, photographic equipment, clothing and much more.
The money generated through these sales is put back into the community by financially supporting local charities and organisations. This is done via the Safer Suffolk Fund which improves the quality of life for those that live, work, travel, and invest in Suffolk.
Visit their website to view items for sale from Suffolk Police and other forces. Items for sale on Bumblebee Auctions change on a daily basis, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the items available for sale.
Immobilise Property Database
Suffolk Police has joined forces with the online property database Immobilise to help keep property safe and reunite stolen items with their rightful owners across the county.
For more details on Immobilse go <here>.
Neighbourhood Watch is about people getting together with their neighbours to help combat local crime.
Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch scheme helps to make our neighbourhoods more secure and our communities feel safer.
The main objectives of Neighbourhood Watch are to:
- prevent and reduce crime in our neighbourhoods
- provide reassurance to people in our communities
- provide practical and up-to-date crime reduction advice
- encourage members of our communities to be alert and watchful in looking after themselves and others
- act as a channel of communication by passing on information from the police to the community and from the community to the police.
Statistics show that levels of crime are less in residential areas covered by Neighbourhood Watch than in those which are not.
There are around 19 schemes in Kesgrave.
Further information on how to set up a scheme can be found at www.suffolknwa.co.uk/setting-up-and-running-a.html and details of Suffolk Neighbourhood Watch can be found at www.suffolknwa.co.uk.
Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone.
For further details on Police Connect please click <here>.
News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.suffolk.police.uk/news/latest-news.
Suffolk Police operates Suffolk SAFEKey to provide protection and assistance should you lose your keys. It also allows police access to Suffolk properties in the event of an incident occurring whilst you are away.
For further details on the SafeKey Scheme please click <here>.
There are watch schemes in operation across Suffolk, in urban and rural areas, bringing local people and the police together in an effective partnership to keep their communities safe.
Kesgrave and Rushmere run a combined Speedwatch Scheme. To ...
Further details can be found at: www.suffolk.police.uk/services/watch-schemes
Scams/Fraud Advice inc Reporting
Every day, people throughout the UK are falling victim to a scam of one kind or another. These scams come in different forms - letters, email, telephone calls and text messages.
Please do not give out personal information, particularly bank or card details, or any other information that could be used to gain access to your bank accounts. If you have doubts about who has called take their name and number and say you will phone them back. Then find a number for the company (check literature they have sent you if you are a customer of theirs) and call them back on the number provided to check the person is who they claim to be. Never agree to have any work done without first getting quotes from several legitimate companies and do not hesitate to hang up if you are suspicious.
If you are approached and offered the chance to partake in something that seems too good to be true, before you respond stop and think.
There are a number of methods used to try to get you to part with money but if anything involves sending cash to claim a larger sum of money it is more than likely to be a scam.
A useful guide produced by the Metropolitan Police Force can be downloaded <here>.
To receive fewer unsolicited sales telephone calls, consumers can register with the Telephone Preference Service on 0345 070 0707 or www.tpsonline.org.uk and to receive less unsolicited mail they can register with the Mailing Preference Service on 0207 291 3310 or www.mpsonline.org.uk.
If you have been a victim of fraud, there are two ways to report it to Action Fraud.
On line: www.actionfraud.police.uk or over the phone call: 0300 123 20 40
Basic steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of fraud are listed below:
Bogus Phone Calls
General advice for dealing with bogus phone calls:
Please be extremely careful when dealing with any unknown callers and to NEVER to give out personal information or to hand over cards or money in these circumstances. Please remember the following, and please alert older family members and friends to the tricks the scammers can use -
- Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN, bank card or bank account details over the phone – never give these details out.
- The police will never call you and ask you to withdraw money from your account, and will never ask you to handover bank cards, to give to a courier or taxi driver, regardless of how convincing the caller may seem.
- If you receive such a call leave the landline for at least five minutes to make an outside call. Fraudsters will keep the line open and have been known to play ring tones, hold music and a recorded message down the phone so the victim believes they are making a call to a legitimate number.
- Use a friend’s or neighbour’s telephone instead.
- Friends, family, carers and neighbours are asked to spread the word to ensure everyone is aware of this scam and not to give out personal details.
Bogus Solicitor Scam
The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) has recently posted several warnings of e-mails and letters being circulated from bogus solicitor and law practices. The e-mails in particular are using names of bone fide companies however these e-mails do not originate from them.
The scams take the form of unsolicited emails, text messages, telephone calls or direct mail. They will promise you something unlikely in return for a "small fee", or try to get hold of your personal details such as
- bank account details
- your full name
- your date of birth; or
- login details to bank accounts and other sensitive online accounts.
If you have been targeted by such scams, do not give out any money or personal details. However, if you think there's a good chance someone approaching you may be genuine, ask lots of questions—just don't give them any money or personal details up front. Most scammers will not answer your questions or will just continue to pester you for money or personal details.
Remember, if it seems too good be true, it probably is. Your money may disappear, but the thing you were promised won't appear.
It is a criminal offence for someone to call themselves a solicitor or act as a solicitor if they are not on the roll of solicitors.
You can check if someone is a solicitor by searching Find a solicitor, the Law Society's online directory of solicitors. This directory contains details of almost all of the solicitors that are regulated by the SRA —the only genuine ones not on there are those who have requested their removal from the database.
If you would like to double-check that a solicitor is genuine, or if you think you are dealing with a bogus solicitor, contact the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Athority) immediately.
Check the SRA’s scam alerts for details of recent and ongoing scams.
Post Mail Box Scam
This is where criminals stealing mail to commit fraud ie where mail has been stolen from postal boxes and then used to open up personal and business accounts.
Simple steps to prevent becoming a victim of this type of fraud include:
• Never grant unauthorised access to communal areas where mail boxes are located.
• If possible collect mail from your mailbox shortly after it has been delivered.
• Do not leave mail in your mailbox for long periods of time.
• If you are going away for a long period, ask a neighbour to check your mailbox.
• Consider switching to online paperless bank statements.
• If you start receiving regular mail at your address which is not in your name, contact the sender directly and confirm what information is held by them.
• If you see damage to any mailboxes notify the resident and landlord immediately as it is likely others could have been targeted.
To report any cases of fraud or to get advice about fraud or internet crime call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or dial 999 if you believe a crime to be in progress.
- Never feel under pressure to make decisions, which could lead to unnecessary, expensive or poor quality work being carried out.
- Always get at least two quotations before agreeing to get any work carried out.
- Ask someone you trust for a second opinion.
- If a trader calls at your home, you have a seven-day cooling off period in which you can cancel any contract above £35.
- If you are in any doubt, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.
If you are looking to have work carried out, The Suffolk Trader Scheme promotes the use of Checkatrade's directory of local tradesmen who have been verified by Suffolk Trading Standards.
The Check a Trade directory allows consumers to see what others have said about a trader, enabling you to find the right tradesman for your needs.
In exchange for this free service, you will be asked to give feedback on traders for others to read.
The website has been running for over 15 years, and receives over 26,000 daily visits.
If you are unable to access the online directory please call 0333 0146 190.
General advice for dealing with spam email:
- Do not open attachments or click on links in spam email
- Banks, companies, and HM Revenue and Customs will not ask for your username, password or personal details via email
- Email addresses and contents can be fake, even if they appeared to be from a legitimate organisation
- Never reply to spam email or ask to un-subscribe, it only confirms that your email account is active. Most email services provide a "junk or safe list" which if activated can filter spam out of the users inbox
- If it is too good to be true, then its not true.
- Spammers will use current events to legitimise their message, sometimes within hours of the event.
- If you are suspicious of the sender, do not take the risk - always delete spam email
It is a fact that keeping windows and doors of houses, sheds and garages locked and secure significantly reduces the chances of being burgled – Lock up and keep safe.
Items stolen as a result of insecurities tend to be smaller things such as cameras, laptops, and mobile phones from houses, or tools, cycles and lawnmowers from sheds or garages.
It’s tempting at the end of a relaxing day in the Summer to leave items out such as games, BBQs, garden furniture, toys, and bicycles. These items are attractive to thieves and costly to replace. A few minutes packing up the garden could prevent later inconvenience and expense.
Friends, family, and neighbours should keep an eye on the elderly and/or vulnerable to prevent them becoming victims of distraction burglars or rogue traders – If in doubt, keep them out.
Basic security steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of opportunist crime are listed below.
- Keep locked and secured by a decent lock which is ‘Secure by Design’ rated.
- Ensure security markings are recorded and photos of the caravan taken.
- If possible, park them under lit areas and consider CCTV.
- Strongly recommened - have tracking devices fitted, as these can result in prompt recovery
Other useful tips to consider include:
- Use locking wheel nuts and a good quality clamp on the wheels
- Do not leave expensive personal belongings inside and ensure they lock them on site when out for the day also. If out for the evening, consider leaving a light and or radio on, to make the place look occupied.
- Consider the use of shed alarms which are relatively inexpensive easily available at hard ware stores yet provide a good deterrent.
Site owners, are urged to review their site security and consider such things as CCTV, barriers, lighting, ditches around the perimeter to prevent access via fields, regular patrols around the site, particularly after dark to ensure security is maintained.
If anyone sees any suspicious activity on a caravan site they should try and obtain descriptions and vehicle registrations.
For further useful tips please download this leaflet <here>.
Cash Point (Skimming)
Please be on your guard when withdrawing money from of cash points and think security when withdrawing money, paying attention to the advice on the machines.
There are a number of simple steps, which all cardholders can take to help fight ATM crime.
- Scan the whole ATM area before you approach it. Avoid using the ATM if there are suspicious-looking individuals around.
- Check to see if anything looks unusual or suspicious about the ATM showing it might have been tampered with.
- If it appears to have any attachments to the card slot or key pad, do not use it and if possible alert nearby staff or call the police.
- Stand close to the ATM and shield the keypad with your hand when keying in your PIN to prevent a camera or prying eyes obtaining those details
- If your card gets jammed or retained by the machine report this immediately to your bank or building society, ideally using your mobile phone while you are still in front of the machine.
- Check that others in the queue keep a good distance from you. If anybody is standing so close to you that they can see your hands, then don't enter your pin number. Trust your instincts and, if you feel uncomfortable, discontinue the transaction and walk away.
- Keep your PIN secret. Never reveal your PIN to anyone, not to someone claiming to be from your bank, the police and especially not to a "helpful" stranger.
- Try and make sure that the number is kept private and be swift to remove both the card and money when they are returned to you.
- Be especially cautious if strangers try to distract you or offer to help at an ATM, even if your card is stuck or you are experiencing difficulty with the transaction.
- Regularly check your account balance and keep your receipt to check against your statement.
Please call the police immediately using 999 if you see anybody acting suspicious near ATM machines.
Or please use the following link to pass useful information to Suffolk Police about any incident.
DO NOT USE THIS LINK IN AN EMERGENCY OR IN A SITUATION THAT REQUIRES AN IMMEDIATE POLICE RESPONSE WHEN YOU SHOULD RING 999.
The following tips will help you to stay safe:
- Keep all doors locked at all times, even when you are in. Keep windows secure and don’t forget to shut and lock them when you go out and at night. Always make sure that you have a fire plan so that everyone in the house can get out in the event of a fire.
- If you are not expecting or don’t recognise a caller, think very carefully before you open the door. It is your home and you are not obliged to open the door.
- If you do decide to open the door, make sure that you check through the viewer before hand and use the door chain.
- Always insist on seeing a photo ID card. Before you decide whether to let them in, don’t be afraid to ask them wait outside while you independently check their identification. Don’t rely on the number on any ID card produced – always find a number yourself that you know to be genuine (ie from a utility bill, bank statement etc). Genuine callers will not mind waiting.
- If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call police immediately on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Whilst you may have refused to let a suspicious person in, the next house they call at may contain a vulnerable person who is not so aware of the potential danger.
Download this leaflet for additional information: Cold Callers Leaflet
Cyber bullying is when an individual or a group of people use modern technology such as email, instant messaging, text messaging or social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, to intimidate and bully someone. For the victim, cyber bullying can be abusive, causing distress humiliation and embarrassment.
Those who take part in online bullying often use a group of friends to target their victims. They can ask others to add a comment to a photo on a blog, or forward something embarrassing onto another group of friends. Sometimes, these people do not even realise they are actually bullying someone.
If someone is bullying you on your own social profile page, there are tips you can follow, which if necessary can help the police investigating these types of offences:
- Keep and save any bullying emails or images you have been sent.
- Take a screenshot of any comments that are threatening, but then delete them so you don't have to read them again.
- Make a note of the time and date that messages or images were sent, along with any details you have about the sender.
- Try changing your online user ID or nickname.
- Do not reply to any bullying messages or get into any online arguments.
Remember to lock your pedal cycle to something secure when leaving it unattended – even for short periods of time. Don’t leave your bike lying around your garden – they make an easy target for thieves – lock it away in a secure shed, or similar.
- LOCK – Keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home.
- STOP – Before you answer the door, stop, and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked any back door and taken the key out. Look through the spy-hole or the window to see who it is.
- CHAIN – If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first. Keep the chain or bar on while you are talking to the person on the doorstep. (Normally when the door is shut and locked, leave the chain or bar off in case you need to get out in an emergency.
- CHECK – Check their details and identity before you let them into your home. If it is someone looking for help only go out to help if you have someone else with you. If it is someone claiming to be an official, ask for and carefully check their identity card, make sure the caller’s name and picture are the same as on the identity card, even if the visit is pre-arranged. Check their identity with the company concerned if you are at all suspicious.
The most common tricks used to get into peoples homes are:
- Claiming to be from the water or gas board, charity, council or police
- Asking to use the toilet or telephone
- Claiming to have lost a ball in the garden
- Offering to do work on the house, such as gardening or building work
These are Suffolk Police’s top 10 tips to help prevent burglary:
- Prevent access to rear of property (eg high lockable gates-walls, fences).
- Fit British-standard five-lever Mortise locks (or UPVC equivalent) to all external doors.
- Fit (and use) locks to all ground-floor windows and remove keys from locks.
- Rear garden fencing/walls should be approximately 6ft, preferably with additional topping (eg trellis or plastic strips with conical points to make climbing difficult). Homeowners should pay particular attention to fences and walls that adjoin alleyways, footpaths or open land.
- Reduce cash kept in the house to a minimum and ensure good quality jewellery is not left in jewellery boxes or dressing tables.
- Security mark (with house number and postcode) desirable items (eg flatscreen televisions, laptops, mobile telephones and games consoles) and record details and photograph for reference in the event of theft.
- Fit additional padlocks and hasps on garage doors-ensure no tools left out and garages and sheds locked.
- Do not hide spare keys unsecured outside properties.
- Use timer plugs to give the impression property is inhabited when empt
- Consider fitting a burglar alarm as a back up.
- Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
- Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
- Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
- Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
- Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
- Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.
- Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
- ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
- Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
- Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
- Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
- Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
- Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
- Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
- Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
For more security advice visit https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z.
Leaving your house in total darkness is a sure sign no-one’s at home and an invitation to burglars.
Burglars look for quick win opportunities; they don’t want to run the risk of a confrontation so simply leaving a light on to give the impression someone is at home is often enough to deter them. Timer switches can also be fitted to operate radios and lights if you’re not back from work until after dark or if you’re away for a few days. Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken in to.
A high proportion of all break-ins are as a result of properties being left insecure so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.
Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother – and also to never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot. Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.
- Stay alert and aware of what's going on around you when using your phone in public.
- If you're not making a call, keep your phone hidden away in one of your front pockets or inside a bag.
- Always use your phone’s security code or PIN
- Keep a record of your unique reference number (IMEI). To get this, dial *#06#, which allows you to block it from being used if it is stolen.
- Download a tracking application, which could help trace your device if it’s stolen.
- Use an ultra violet property marker to write your post code and house number on valuable possessions.
- Insure your possessions and keep the insurance details handy.
To help prevent personal theft:
- Carry wallets in an inside pocket, where possible, but never in your back pocket.
- Zip up hand and shoulder bags, and carry with the fasteners against your body to prevent a thief from dipping into it.
- Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm, or in front of you.
- Don’t display jewellery.
- Don’t show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.
- Never leave your bags or other valuables unattended.
- Ensure any bags placed on the on the floor are in front of you so that any movement of the bag will be noticeable.
Your ten tips for staying safe:
- Think through your route
- Personal attack alarms are cheap, reassuring and effective
- Keep to well-lit, busy areas and avoid short cuts
- Keep valuables tucked away out of sight
- Accept the offer of company from a relative or friend – ‘safety in numbers’
- Stay alert to your surroundings and avoid wearing earphones
- If you hear footsteps behind you, turn and look. It may deter a potential attacker if they know they have been seen
- If you feel you are being followed, cross the road or change direction towards a busy place
- Walk towards on-coming traffic and don’t approach an unknown vehicle if it stops near you
- Always ensure that there is someone who knows where you are.
- Don’t forget to lock your car doors, close windows and secure your sunroof – and never leave your keys in the ignition.
- If you have a garage, use it - but still lock your vehicle. If you park on a driveway or on the street, try to ensure it is in a well-lit area.
- Activate your steering lock and use a visible mechanical lock inside your vehicle – it may deter the thief from even trying. Consider having an anti-theft device, an engine immobiliser or alarm fitted, preferably with a visible warning light to warn thieves that your car is protected.
- Don't leave valuables or other items on view in your car. A handbag ‘hidden’ under a seat or a mobile phone left on the dashboard are an easy target. A coat or newspaper on the back seat could be hiding something – an opportunist thief will break in to take a look.
- Try not to leave anything of value in your vehicle, even for a short time. Take the items with you or leave them at home.
- If your car is fitted with a removable radio or front plate, remember to take it out, and if you have a satellite navigation system don't leave the docking station on the windscreen as this advertises the fact you have the system. The thief will break in and check the glove box thinking that you may have left it in there.
- Security mark all your audio equipment with your postcode. Have index marks or vehicle identification numbers etched on all glass surfaces.
- Don’t leave documents that may aid the thief, such as your driving licence, MoT and insurance certificate in your vehicle.
- Thieves steal wheels, especially expensive alloy ones, valuable parts, and even siphon off fuel - so fit locking wheel nuts and lock your fuel filler cap.
You may also want to consider:
Fitting aftermarket locks and alarms (see www.thatcham.org)
Secure storage vault within the vehicle.
Removing tools from the vehicle.
Overtly marking tools with your details and also registering items with a serial number at www.immobilise.com
Parking your vehicle within a secure building or compound.
Parking your vehicle with the doors against a wall or garage to restrict access.
Installing CCTV that sends a notification when activated.