SSCG - Christmas Message from Community Police

posted 20 Dec 2012, 02:25 by Phil Handy   [ updated 21 Dec 2012, 06:32 ]
At the recent SSCG meeting Finbar Simmons, Community Beat Manager, emphasised the need for people to be aware of safety and security issues particularly over the Christmas period.  "Thieves continue to operate during this time.  Always lock valuables in the boot of your car whilst shopping and draw the curtains when you switch your lights on at home, particularly if you have Christmas presents visible under your Christmas tree."

Finbar praised the actions of a local resident whose actions and quick thinking led to the arrest of a burglar who had committed more than 20 offences in the area. When the resident saw some suspicious activity at the house of a neighbour whom he knew was not at home, he first of all made a note of the registration number of a car which was parked nearby and which he did not recognise.  He then went to investigate the neighbour's house and in doing so, disturbed a burglar who fled in the suspicious car.  The police were later able to trace the car and this lead directly to the arrest of the burglar.  Finbar asked everyone to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.

He also spoke about the need for people to be visible while out during dark winter days and evenings.  In particular cyclists must use lights on their bikes if out after dark.  Parents should ensure that children have lights fitted to their bikes and that they are used so that the cyclist is visible to motorists.

The next SSCG meeting will be held at St Saviours Church Hall on 13th March 2013.  All are encouraged to attend to learn more about what is happening in the community and to take the opportunity to air any concerns.