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13 September 2017

Darker Nights

Upon walking down the road and with the darker nights now it is easy to spot that empty house; there is a line of houses, lights within and signs of occupancy. In the middle of these houses is a similar house but this one is in darkness with no signs of occupancy, easy to spot the empty house and chances are the burglar will too. At this time of year an increased number of house burglaries occur between dusk and when you get home. You don’t have to be a magician to create the illusion of occupancy and it may help protect your house. To become an illusionist make your home appear occupied even when you are out. Simple things like lights on timers in rooms that you would normally occupy whilst in and a TV simulator for the evenings, you can now even get a timer that fits over your light switches (search on the internet for light switch timer) and door bells you can monitor and answer remotely via your mobile phone. During the day leave a radio on, boots outside the back door, newspaper over the arm of the chair with a drink on the table and a pair of spectacles, the list goes on. Don’t leave garden tools out in the garden though or you may find the burglar uses them. Lock tools securely away in a secure shed or garage; use a shed alarm these can also be remotely monitored too.

Sent by Kevin Blake


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10 September 2017

Burglary in Main Road Hawkwell

A burglary was committed in Main Road, Hawkwell, Hockley. Between 4pm on Thursday 7th September and 2pm Friday 8th September. Do you have any information that may assist us in our enquiries. If so please call Essex Police on 101 quoting 42/128870/17.

Thank You, PCSO 8507 Ginn - Rayleigh Police Station


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10 September 2017

Burglary in The Spinneys

A burglary was committed in The Spinneys, Hockley. This occurred between 11:00pm on Thursday 7th September to 8:30am Friday 8th September. If you have any information that may assist us in our enquiries please call Essex Police on 101 quoting Incident EP-20170908-0240.

Thank You, PCSO 8507 Ginn - Rayleigh Police Station


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02 September 2017

Burglary in Ironwell Lane

A dwelling burglary occurred in Ironwell Lane, Hockley, between hours of 16:00 and 17:45 on 29/08/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting EP-20170829-0865 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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21 August 2017

Burglary in Southend Road Rochford

A house distraction burglary occurred in Southend Road, Rochford, between hours of 12:15 on and 12:45 on 20/08/2017. Where a male posed as someone to “do” the water/taps. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 469 of 20/08/2017 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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20 August 2017

Burglary in Rochford

A house burglary occurred in Parklands, Rochford, between hours of 03:00 and 04:00 on 15/08/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/118255/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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19 August 2017

Rayleigh Assault

A man was left with a fractured eye socket and facial injuries after being assaulted on a night out.

The 33-year-old had left Linx Nightclub in High Street, Rayleigh, shortly before 2.40am on Saturday, August 5 and was walking along the street when he was assaulted near New Look.

He will require surgery for his injuries.

Investigating officer Dc Rory Scarlett, of Southend CID, said: “The victim does not recall what happened but witnesses report two men were believed to be involved in the assault.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw what happened, or the events leading up to this incident.”

Contact Dc Scarlett on 101.

Alternatively, contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or

www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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19 August 2017

Rochford Burglary

A house burglary occurred in Rutland Gardens, Rochford, between hours of 22:00 on 13/08/2017 and 06:45 on 14/08/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/116765/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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27 July 2017

Hockley Attempted Burglary


An attempted burglary occurred in Harrow Close, Hockley, between hours of 00:00 and 03:00 25/07/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting EP-20170725-0914 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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01 July 2017

Hockley Burglary

On Sunday 25th June a burglary was committed in Marylands Avenue, Hockley. This occurred between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Did you see any suspicious activity. If so please call Essex Police on 101 quoting 42/89771/17. 

Kind Regards, PCSO 8507 Ginn - Rayleigh Police Station


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01 July 2017

Tarmac Scam

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after reports of rogue traders fleecing people out of thousands of pounds to fill in potholes. According to numerous reports, the group claim they have tarmac left over from a previous job and can fill in the holes on private land for a fee. Sgt Paul Downes said: 

“If you are approached by someone offering to fill in potholes I urge you
 not to agree to the work. 
“The group lays a strip of tarmac and are charging, in some cases, several thousands of pounds. 
“They are also threatening violence if you refuse to pay. 
“The work is of poor quality and the prices are way above average for this work.” 

It follows incidents in the Dengie and Tendring areas and is thought the group are moving through the county offering the service. 

Sent by Kevin Blake to all of Essex


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05 June 2017

Burglary in Hockley Road

A house burglary occurred in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, between hours of 10:10 on Thursday 01/06/2017 and 10:20 on Thursday 01/06/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/77988/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 71326


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01 June 2017

Beware Of Bogus Council Workers

We have recently had a couple of incidents in different areas of Essex where Bogus Callers have made out they were from the local council and had come to investigate and remove rats nests in the loft. These bogus callers have then proceeded to take a deposit of cash (or in at least one case with a card reader) and said they would return to remove the nest and then disappeared. 
If you do get a visitor along these lines, they are likely to be fraudulent. Please ring your local council direct to confirm that any caller is bonafide. Fraudsters can produce fake ID badges. 
If an unknown trader knocks on your door at any time , don’t open it unless you use a door chain . Preferably, open a small window either upstairs or downstairs and speak through the window. 
To verify someone’s identity please ring the organisation they claim to be from. Use a number from a bill or telephone directory that you have looked up yourself – never use a telephone number provided by the caller. A bona fide caller will wait outside whilst you verify their validity – a bogus caller is also likely to disappear as soon as they know you are telephoning to check identity. 
Please do not let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them. REMEMBER – Your door - Your House - Your choice. Not sure? Don’t Open the Door.  Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker on your front door. These are available from Trading Standards free of charge. Call them on 03454 040506. If you do need work undertaken on your property, Trading Standards operate a ‘Buy With Confidence’ scheme, which enables residents to identify approved local traders who have readily demonstrated a commitment to high working standards, high levels of customer care and a fair trading policy. The ’Buy with Confidence’ scheme is available via the internet https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/ or by telephone 03454 040506

REMEMBER: NOT SURE? DON’T OPEN THE DOOR

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01 June 2017

Ashingdon Burglary

A house burglary occurred in Albert Road, Ashingdon between hours of 07:30 on 30/05/2017 and 07:30 on 31/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/77216/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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01 June 2017

Rochford Burglary

A house burglary occurred in Parklands, Rochford, between hours of 00:00 on Thursday 18/05/2017 and 16:00 on Monday 22/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/73490/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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