HAVE A SAFE CHRISTMAS
Avoiding pickpockets and bag snatches / Drink and drug driving facts
Pickpockets and handbag thieves often operate in pairs in busy places. It is therefore important to always be aware of your surroundings and the people nearby. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, clothes and shoe shops, supermarkets are places where people tend to be careless with their bags. Be aware of who’s around you when you’re shopping.
Pickpockets often operate in pairs and use distraction techniques to avert your attention whilst they steal from your bag.
Wear your bag across your body, so that it opens on the side facing you
In winter, wear your coat over your bag to hide it – you’re any easy target if you leave your bag facing backwards over your shoulder or carry it over one shoulder
Never leave your bag unattended in a shopping trolley or basket or on the back of a pushchair – always keep it with you
Avoid carrying valuables in the outside pockets of rucksacks
If you use a wheelchair or motorised scooter, keep your valuables in front of you, rather than hanging them on the back of the chair where thieves can dip into them
Keep your bag or briefcase where you can see it or feel it – on your lap or touching your feet, not hung on the back of your chair when you’re eating or having a drink
Keep your keys in a different pocket from anything that has your address on it
Don’t keep the PIN for your cash card with you
Keep the emergency number to cancel your credit cards with you so that you can phone immediately if you have to.
Although drinking and driving or getting behind the wheel while impaired is much more socially unacceptable than in the past, there are still a small minority of motorists who are either ignorant of the dangers or who are prepared to run the risk.
Enforcing drink and drug driving offences is a priority for West Mercia Police throughout the year, as well as additional targeted campaigns during the summer and Christmas periods when drink / drug drive offences typically increase. Every time the police attend a road traffic incident, they breathalyse the drivers at the scene.
Drug driving laws introduced in 2015 make it a lot easier for the police to tackle drivers who choose to drive while under the influence of drugs, with new roadside drug testing kits in place to detect cannabis and cocaine.
There is no failsafe guide as to how much you can drink and stay under the limit, since it can depend on other factors such as your weight, age, metabolism and the amount of food you have eaten.
The only safe option is to avoid alcohol altogether when driving. Alcohol affects everyone very differently and any amount can impair your ability to drive. The only safe option is to avoid alcohol completely if you’re driving as even ‘just one drink’ could put you over the limit. Why risk it?
For more information on drink driving, visit the Think! Drink Driving website:
Some drink and drug driving facts:
Alcohol affects your ability to drive safely as your reaction times are impaired and you are unable to judge speed and distances.
It is impossible to try and get alcohol out of your system quickly, it always takes time. A shower, a cup of coffee or other ways of ‘sobering up’ will not work.
If you have been out drinking, you may still be affected by alcohol the next day and could lose your licence if you drive and are still over the legal limit.
Illegal substances and even some over-the-counter drugs can impair your driving in numerous ways, including:
CHRISTMAS YOUTH EVENT
After the success of Octobers youth event we’re pleased to announce Hereford Rural North SNT are joining Herefordshire Voluntary Organisation Support Services again on the 18th and 19th December 2017. The event is aimed at 11 – 25 year olds
Moreton on Lugg – Monday 18th December 1pm – 3pm
Credenhill – Tuesday 19th December 1pm – 3pm
The event includes Hereford Drift Trikes, Christmas games, support and advice, assault course and lots of fun!
Crimes and incidents of interest from 1st Nov 2017 to 29th Nov 2017
Sutton St Nicholas/Marden/Moreton on Lugg
Sutton St Nicholas – Between 6th and 7th November persons unknown have vandalised school equipment and smashed display pumpkins. The incident is part of a spate of anti-social behaviour occurring at the location.
Between 15th and 16th November, persons unknown have entered the outside school grounds and removed the protective cover from the Primary School guinea pig hutch. Other school equipment has also been tampered with causing damage.
15th November between 1930 -2100 persons unknown have entered the village hall during a WI meeting. A short time after 9pm it was discovered that a cake and plate have been stolen from the kitchen area. SNT continue to patrol the area – see the West Mercia website for updates of this on the priorities list www.westmercia.police.uk/myarea
Dormington/Mordiford/Fownhope/Tarrington/Stoke Edith/Hampton Bishop
Hampton Bishop – 4th October a member of the public reported finding horse saddles and a mountain bike dumped in the field behind the village hall. Some of the items found related to the reported theft at Lugwardine.
Stoke Edith – Some time between October and beginning of November, farmer discovered the theft of 30 sheep.
Dormington – Between 25th and 26th Nov, theft of quad bike from agricultural location. Bike was described as a green Kawasaki. Offenders forced locks in order to gain entry to workshop where quad was stored.
Credenhill – Between 16th and 19th November during unknown times in the area of Hendon Drive, victim has discovered 3 nails in their vehicle tyre causing a puncture. Victim has then found more nails in the same location causing them to believe the placement of the nails as malicious.
Between 18-19th November a second victim found 2 nails in their vehicle tyre and noticed 8 more in the car park of Hendon Drive. SNT continue to patrol the area – see the West Mercia website for updates of this on the priorities list www.westmercia.police.uk/myarea
Lyde – 15th November; theft of heating oil from residential tank. Unknown by victim exactly when theft occurred
Bartestree/Lugwardine/Westhide/Withington/Whitestone/Preston on Wynne
Lugwardine – Between 2nd and 3rd November, theft of a large quantity of horse tack from local livery yard. Items taken included saddles and horse rugs.
Canon Pyon/Kings Pyon/Westhope/Wellington
Wellington – Between 21st and 22nd November, theft of 12 Christmas trees from business location. The trees were between 8 – 10ft and packaged ready for delivery.
If you have any information that may assist police with enquiries, please call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PS Gareth KING
PC Bart McDONAGH
PCSO Elena EKANITE
PCSO Alex NUTHALL
Telephone: 101 to talk to your local SNT or report a crime
Facebook / Twitter: @HerefordCops
Only call 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or life is in danger.
If you would prefer to report a crime anonymously including drug related information you can also call CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111
ACTION FRAUD 0300 124 2040
Fraud is carried out in many forms. It is conducted in face-to-face interactions, over the telephone, or online. The people who carry out fraud schemes usually do so through anonymity. This makes fraudulent actions much more successful, and it allows the person to continue to make illegal money in the future. For this reason, it is extremely important for all U.K. residents to report fraud whenever they encounter it. It is better to be safe than sorry, so you should report suspicious activity whenever you can.