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Homeowners are being urged to prevent burglaries by keeping property secure and valuable out of view over the festive season. People leaving presents on view under Christmas trees, buying lots of new items and leaving homes unoccupied as they go out shopping or visiting friends and family can prove a tempting combination for criminals. In order to tackle the issues Humberside Police will be targeting known offenders and carrying out both high visibility and undercover patrols of burglary hotspots.
Burglary at any time is awful but at Christmas the distress caused can be even worse with homes feeling violated and plans for festive period being thrown into disarray.
“For this reason we are committed to the public in supporting you with policing activity to prevent and deter burglaries across the force, with proactive targeted patrolling, offering guidance to residents around improving the security of their homes and targeting offenders to ensure they are quickly brought to justice.
But the key is preventing as many offences as possible by encouraging members of the public to keep their homes secure, avoiding placing presents or valuables in view to would be burglars and by reporting crime in progress to us on 999.
Det . Chief Inspector Jon Cross, Humberside Police
In December 2014*, 313 homes were targeted by burglars across the Humberside police force area . Some victims had their gifts stolen and festive plans ruined by opportunist offenders. On Gifford Close, Hull last December an insecure home was targets by a opportunist thief . The unknown burglar spotted the slightly ajar rear ground floor window before entering the property and stealing a number of presents that were wrapped under the tree.
In another incident on Kettlewell Road, Grimsby last year offenders entered a unlocked flat and took 20 presents that had been left wrapped in the property.
I don t want to see similar incidents to these again this year and therefore I would urge everyone to do their bit by keeping their homes secure to keep thieves out and not leaving items that may tempt thieves on display.
“Together we can make it a Christmas to remember for all the right reasons.
Det . Chief Insp . Jon Cross . Humberside Police
Here are our top five tips for keeping you and your home safe over Christmas:
Keep your home secure . A third of burglaries see thieves getting in through unlocked or open doors and windows.
Store gifts out of sight until Christmas day.
Be a good neighbour, report anything suspicious in your area to the police on 101.
Make your home look occupied even when you re out . Use timer-switches on your lights, ask a trusted friend or neighbour to close/open your curtains for you and use a plug-in timer for the radio to make it look and sound as if someone is at home.
Remember to also keep your outbuildings as secure as possible . Use a decent lock and consider fitting an alarm.
For further advice on keeping yourself and property safe over the Christmas period visit Humberside Police’s virtual on-line Yuletide Christmas Calendar1. Behind each window of the calendar you will find a Yuletide related Christmas video aimed at highlighting the work of the force, helping to keep you safe or simply bringing a smile to your face. If you see people acting suspiciously in your community, if there is a burglary in progress or if you have details about those involved in criminality get in touch .
This can be done using 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Three arrests have been made after a group of trespassers sneaked into Doncaster airport and climbed into the cockpit of a plane. Police were called in after a group, describing themselves as ‘urban climbers’, filmed themselves breaching airport security to get into the cockpit of a plane. The group got into an empty hangar to climb into the plane. Footage of the incident and photographs were shared online. Airport officials admitted the incident when the footage emerged. The authorities were informed and airport bosses stressed that the ‘safety and security of our passengers’ remained their ‘number one priority’. A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police have this morning arrested three men in relation to an incident at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“The men, all aged 19, from Ilford, Rugby and Sheerness, have been arrested on suspicion of endangering the safety of an aircraft.
“The men have been arrested in relation to a report of trespassing at the airport, made to police on Sunday, November 20.
“They remain in custody at this time being questioned by specialist officers.”
On 3 November Stephen and Brett Stocks of Fort Security plead guilty and were sentenced for working without a licence at Sheffield Magistrates Court. An investigation began when the South Yorkshire police arrested an unlicensed Door Supervisor in December 2015. The unlicensed operative admitted the offence but refused to state who had employed him. Further enquiries revealed that he worked for Fort Security. It was during this investigation that it became apparent that Stephen Stocks was responsible for supplying two unlicensed security operatives in June to the Eroica Festival in Derbyshire.
Our Head of Formal Investigations Nathan Salmon said:
These individuals were brought to the attention of the SIA in 2014. They were warned; however it would appear that these warnings were ignored and offending continued. This resulted in a further investigation which concluded with their successful conviction.
Further enquiries revealed that Brett Stocks, the son of Stephen Stocks, was also managing and supervising an operative on this contract, despite not having any type of SIA licence. Brett Stocks has never held an SIA licence and this amounts to a Section 3 offence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (PSIA). During the investigation, it also became clear that Brett Stocks acted as a manager and supervisor to a security operative supplied to Eroica Festival, despite being unlicensed.
He denied supplying, supervising, or managing anyone, and stated that he had no business connection to Fort Security. Stephen Stocks was also formally interviewed. Other than confirming he was the father of Brett Stocks, he maintained his right to silence. In addition, when we requested further information under section 19 of the PSIA (2001) Stephen Stocks did not cooperate and this information remains outstanding. Stephen Stocks was found guilty of supplying unlicensed security operatives, a Section 5 PSIA (2001) offence and for failing to provide information as requested under section 19 PSIA (2001).
He was fined 600, and ordered to pay a 60 Victim Surcharge and costs of 3,000.
Brett Stocks was found guilty of acting as a manager or a supervisor of a security operative engaged in licensable conduct, a Section 3 PSIA offence (2001). He was fined 500 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of 50 and costs of 1,300.
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk.