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There has been several Theft from Vehicles in the Pulloxhill area this month.

This is a timely reminding to remove all valuable items from your vehicles. If this is not possible and you are keeping tools or other expensive items in your vehicle, then please consider fitting a lockable strong box or cage in your vehicle. Remember, property marking will make your tools less desirable on the second-hand market, as well as assisting the police with evidence of ownership and enabling the return of recovered property.

We also remind people of other types of theft involving the removal of index plates that have been secured by screws. This issue can be resolved by changing the existing screws on your car with clutch-head (one-way) screws. These are available from most major car accessory retailers and online from suppliers such as
www.solonsecurity.co.uk and www.personalalarms.com

Please report any suspicious activity to Bedfordshire Police on 101. If you witness a crime in progress, please dial 999 immediately.


PCSO 8007 Kaomi Marfell

20:59, 18 Nov 2017 by Parish Clerk

Image result for stay safeThere was an attempted break in on Thursday this week in Brook Lane Flitton and two  in Mill Lane Greenfield earlier in the week. There has also been an unusually high sighting of transit vans driving around the village and an unusual late night caller asking to use the phone due to a breakdown.

Plus there is an unconfirmed report of someone on the church roof last week during one night. If you see someone with ladders, during the daytime, it will be the roof being checked for any damage.

If you see anything suspicious at night with ladders, please call the Police.

Please pass word on and be vigilant. 

16:51, 11 Nov 2017 by Parish Clerk

Image result for road closuresThere will be a temporary Road Closure at the above location to erect a new high voltage pole & transformer to be carried out safely. Details are listed below. The alternative route for this closure is as in the details below. The restrictions are to be in operation only when the necessary signs are erected on site.  It has been agreed that to accommodate school transport buses will be let through.

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Road:                          Silsoe Road, Flitton

Reason:                      Erect a new high voltage pole & transformer

Length affected:        From Ampthill Road to 200 meters east on Silsoe road

Updated dates:          This closure will take place from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th November 2017.

Alternative route:      Ampthill Road, Flitton Hill, Wardhedges Road and vice versa.

 

 

13:03, 10 Nov 2017 by Parish Clerk
 
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Name the Gritter

Last month CBC asked for suggestions to name their Luton-Dunstable Busway gritter and had more than 850 responses. 

From that list they have narrowed it down to a shortlist of four names (pictured above) and need your vote to help them name the gritter. 

To cast your vote simply follow them on Facebook and react to their pinned post or follow them on Twitter and vote on their pinned poll. 

Voting will close on Sunday 12th November with a winner being announce shortly after. 


More about CBC winter maintenance service

If naming the gritter isn't something you're interested in then maybe the CBC gritting webpage will be. 

Visit the winter weather webpage for information on where they grit, when they grit as well as some interesting gritting facts. 

13:22, 09 Nov 2017 by Parish Clerk

Image result for refuse collections christmasBin hangers have been issued today which advise residents of both the revised Christmas & New Year collections times as well as the garden waste suspension.

Information appertaining to the revised Christmas & New Year collections will be on the Council website towards the middle of November. Further communication will also take place as well as a press release and press adverts.  Information relating to the garden waste suspension has now been circulated and details are already included on the Council website: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/waste/landing.aspx

Nearer the time further information will be released which appertains to the collection of real Christmas trees which is also mentioned on the hanger.

22:12, 06 Nov 2017 by Parish Clerk
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Bedfordshire Police has seen a slight increase in the theft of motorcycles in the last 3 months. Thefts of motorised scooters and mopeds remain at very low levels. Whilst investigations are ongoing, we would like to advise owners of steps they can take to protect their property. 

Use two or more security measures and reduce your risk of becoming a victim

Unfortunately security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen, but by using multiple security measures you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves. We recommend using a chain lock on your back wheel and through your bike frame, plus one other security measure, as a minimum. Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security:

Remove the keys

- Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first.

- Always use the steering lock and remove the ignition keys, even if you are close by or away for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for a thief so don’t make it easy for them.

Lock your bike

- Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike. A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.

- Use a chain lock through the back wheel (the front wheel can be removed easily so won’t help). Where possible, secure your bike, with the lock off the ground, to an immovable object such as a ground anchor, railings or lamp post, which will also stop thieves from just picking the whole bike up.

- If these options aren’t available, always try to thread the chain through your bike frame and back wheel if the design allows it. This helps protect parts being stolen and stops thieves from simply using a hammer or angle grinder to break the lock if it’s left trailing on the ground.

- Using a disc lock helps to secure the front brake disc to physically stop it from being wheeled away. - Use a grip lock to secure the brake and throttle controls.

Use a cover- just doing this can mean thieves don’t ‘see’ it.

- Thieves often ‘shop’ for particular bike models, so using a bike cover instantly makes it less attractive to them, as they can’t see if it’s the model they are interested in. A cover also provides another time consuming obstacle for the thief.

Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves.

- Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.

- A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.

Property mark the parts

- Marking as much of your bike as possible will make it more difficult for criminals to sell parts on, and therefore less attractive to steal.  It will also help police identify parts and return recovered stolen bikes.

- There are a range of bike marking providers that you can use.

When at home the best place to keep your motorcycle, moped or scooter is in your garage or shed

- Fit a garage door defender or upgrade garage door locks.

- Garage and shed alarms as well as low level dusk to dawn lighting will also enhance security. Fitting a ground anchor also provides extra security.

- Motorcycle lockers are also available to store your bike at home.

No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can

- Park it in an area near to your home where it’s well overlooked with good lighting.

- A Park Mark approved car park has a higher level of security than other car parks.

Help Bedfordshire Police to reduce further crime

- Stolen scooters are increasingly being used to commit further crimes, such as phone snatches. By protecting your scooter you could help to reduce these other crimes.

- If your bike is stolen, never put yourself at risk. Call police immediately on 999 if you see it being stolen or 101 if you discover it has gone.

- If you have any information or have seen suspicious activity relating to motorcycle theft, please report it to the police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

13:02, 31 Oct 2017 by Parish Clerk

16:52, 27 Oct 2017 by Parish Clerk
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Bedfordshire Police is reminding the public of important home security advice ahead of the clocks going back this weekend (Sunday 29 October).

During the winter months, offences against properties which are perceived to be empty tend to increase. This is either because the occupants are out of the house as the evening draws in, or because there are no lights or sounds to indicate that the property is occupied.

The force’s dedicated response to burglary, Operation Fidelity, sees officers from across the force working together to tackle burglary. As the clocks change, officers will continue to work to identify long-term crime hotspots, short-term spikes and key offending patterns, as well as investigating offences and carrying out disruptive tactics against known burglars. Our community policing and crime prevention teams will also be offering advice and reassurance to local residents.

Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Young, who leads Operation Fidelity, said: “The winter months are our busiest time for burglaries, and as we enter the time of year where the nights are darker and longer, we remain committed to driving down burglary in Bedfordshire. We understand that burglary is hugely distressing for victims, and so it’s vital we do what we can to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“At this time of year we’re taking the opportunity to remind members of the public about the steps they can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime. We have found historically that properties that don’t look ‘lived in’ are targeted, and so in particular I would encourage people to invest in timers for lights. If you are going out, make it look like you are in.

“Burglary is a priority for Bedfordshire Police. All of the officers who work on Operation Fidelity remain utterly committed to clamping down on burglary offenders, and making Bedfordshire a safer place for everyone.”

The clocks will go back on Sunday, marking the start of the winter season. Burglars may take advantage of shorter daylight hours to operate, but there are simple steps you can take to protect your home at night, and during the day when it may be unoccupied.

  • Use your lights at home – keep them on a timer when you are out so it looks like someone is home
  • Make sure all doors on your house and vehicle are securely locked at all times. If you have a UPVC door at home, make sure it is double locked
  • Keep all valuables and keys safely out of sight from windows, both in your home and car. Close curtains with a light on indoors.
  • Never leave garages or sheds unlocked – not only can valuable tools be appealing to thieves, they can also be used to force entry to your home
  • Don’t hide your keys under a doormat or in a flowerpot – it’s the first place a would-be offender will look
  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on your house when you go away, and do the same for neighbours by remaining alert to suspicious activity in your street
  • If you spot someone behaving suspiciously, contact police immediately
  • Don’t forget to security mark your property and register it on www.immobilise.com

Bedfordshire Police takes all reports of crime seriously. Call 101 to report an incident, or 999 if a crime is in progress.

You can also give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. To join or contact your local Neighbourhood Watch group, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk.

12:52, 27 Oct 2017 by Parish Clerk

Image result for halloweenThis time of year isn't always easy for everyone and Beds Police Officers are aware that some residents may require extra support in deterring Trick or Treaters.

They have attached a poster that you can display in your windows if you do not wish to have people knocking on your door. If any enquiries please contact PCSO 8007 MARFELL

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20:41, 25 Oct 2017 by Parish Clerk

..... and we’re prepared, are you?

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We’re ready for winter, are you?

With temperatures continuing to drop we are getting ready to roll out our gritters which will remain in operation until the end of March.

Our gritting crew have already been out on their practice runs and are now on standby, 24 hours a day, ready for then the temperatures do plummet.

 

For more information about winter weather and to find a list of roads we salt please visit our winter weather webpage.


Name Our Gritter

 

As well as gritting the priority roads we also grit the Luton-Dunstable busway and use a specialist gritter to do this.

 

This gritter has wheels in place to fit along the busway and will grit the busway in under an hour. The Busway gritter goes out at the same time as our usual fleet of vehicles.

 

A competition has been launched to Name the Busway Gritter on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Take a look and suggest a name before the 1st of November.


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20:37, 25 Oct 2017 by Parish Clerk