Monday 5th August 2019

Monday 5th August 2019

Officers are Appealing for Witnesses

An altercation took place on Sunday 4th August at 4.16 pm in Chart Downs, Dorking. We've arrested a man, but need to speak to independent witnesses to understand exactly what happened. In particular, the victim reports seeing a man in his 30's, with facial hair and wearing a red t-shirt. He was walking a dog (German Shepherd or Alsatian type) which had light and dark patches.

If you recognise the description of the witness, or saw the incident yourself, please call 101 and quote reference PR/45190081957. If you would rather remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers UK on 0800-555-111.

Country Watch Alert

In Moorhurst Lane, Beare Green, on Wednesday 31 July, two men were seen snooping around houses from a silver transit van with registration NJ13KUP or similar whilst delivering leaflets for "Guttering + Landscaping". There may be a link to rogue traders. Remember these pointers:

  • Say NO to doorstep callers.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Unsolicited phone calls - it's not impolite, it's your right to hang up.
  • https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards/finding-a-trader/rogue-traders-scams-and-cold-callers
Become a Creature of Habit

A recent burglary in Mole Valley reminds us that leaving home without completing your checklist can leave your home open to opportunist burglars! Getting into an exit routine ensures you don't forget the obvious. Here's what we recommend you do every time before you go out:

  • close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you're only going out for a few minutes
  • double-lock any door
  • make sure that any valuables are out of sight
  • keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
  • never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
  • in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
  • if you're out all day, then it's advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
  • set your burglar alarm
  • make sure the side gate is locked
  • lock your shed or garage
  • lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
Parents

We have received a number of reports across the county from worried members of the public who have seen young people using BB guns and realistic imitation firearms to intimidate others. There are lots of reasons why young people may carry one, whether it is to show off or for more sinister purposes, but they probably won't be aware of the real dangers involved. BB guns can look all too real and have the potential to cause significant alarm and concern.

BB guns are 'only toys' if they are used in a responsible way by a responsible person. When used to intimidate, threaten and assault others it becomes a weapon - one which shouldn't be in the hands of young people on our streets.

  • Does your child own a BB gun or similar?
  • Do you know where it is or what they are doing with it?
  • Are they taking it out with them without your consent?
  • Have they managed to get hold of one without you knowing?
You will appreciate that the Police have to take reports of firearms very seriously, which may involve a response by armed officers with real guns. Many BB guns and imitation firearms are very realistic so please ensure your children are aware of the risks if they take something looking like a real gun into a public place. Alternatively, if you'd rather your kids didn't have a BB gun at all - simply drop it off at one of our Police Stations and we'll take care of ensuring it gets destroyed!

For more information on how and where to drop off a BB gun, visit here: https://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/surrey-police/news/hand-in-your-illegal-or-unwanted-guns-during-national-firearms-surrender-375016

~Andy Reid (Surrey Police, In The Know Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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