In our pages here you can find out about the Neighbourhood Watches in the City of Chelmsford area - both across the urban centres and in our rural areas. Find out what we’re about, which Watch area you might be in, and how to join with us. If you live in an area with no Watch find out about how to start one up.
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This summary is published each month, with more detais at the community policeing website:
Our Member of Parliament for Chelmsford, Vicky Ford, MP, chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cyber Security (which brings together MPs and peers who have a particular interest in this subject), and she has written a short article for us. Click here to read her article in full:
From Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Hammett:
I am the Detective Chief Inspector for the North of Essex and I am responsible for teams that investigate complex crimes, serious sexual assaults, serious violence, house burglaries and domestic violence.
I have two teams that operate from Chelmsford Police Station, they are CID and Domestic Violence.
My CID team investigate house burglaries across Chelmsford and Maldon, the work closely with forensic experts, analysts and community police officers to prevent and detect these offences.
As Autumn is upon us, we have earlier evenings and this gives more opportunity to thieves, especially around house burglary during the working day. My advice to help prevent burglary would be:
Use timer switches on a lamp, radio or tv set so that they turn on as it gets dark in the afternoons.
Make a habit of checking that ground floor windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the house or go to bed. Upstairs windows should be locked when the house is unoccupied.
PVCu doors must be locked by lifting the handle and turning the key to ensure all the security features are in place. Car and house keys should be kept out of sight in a safe place. Don't leave them on display on window sills, in porches, hallways or kitchens.
Secure your rear garden by shutting and locking any gates. Burglars can use garden tools, like ladders to break in, so make sure you securely lock away any tools after use.
Read Chelmsford’s Police District Commander Chief Inspector Gerry Parker’s introduction to community policing by clicking this link