Current crime in Rayleigh: [updated 04/06/2014]
There have been '88' crimes in Rayleigh in the last 30 days. These
include; 10x thefts from motor vehicles, 4x theft of a motor
vehicle, 7x burglary in dwelling and 14x criminal damages.
**ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR** What is anti-social behaviour?
The Home Office definition is: “Acting in a manner that caused or
was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more
persons not of the same household as (the defendant.)” ASB is
broken down into three categories: (1) Personal (2) Nuisance and
‘Personal’ is when it is perceived as either deliberately targeted
at an individual or group or having an impact on an individual or
group. Examples are incidents that cause concern, stress or
‘Nuisance’ is where an act, condition, thing or person causes
trouble, annoyance, inconvenience, offence or suffering to the
local community in general rather than individual victims.
‘Environmental’ includes incidents where individuals and groups
have an impact on their surroundings including natural, built and
There is a dedicated anti-social behaviour team at Rochford
District Council, 01702 318103. Email
You can report complaints of noise nuisance to Environmental Health
Office at the Council also via 01702 546366. You can find a lot
more information regarding nuisance noise, nuisance neighbours etc.
at www.rochford.gov.uk and following the link to Statutory
Examples of ASB reports and who to contact:
Abandoned Vehicles – report to District Council or in some cases to
police. These are clearly vehicles dumped as opposed to parked and
not belonging to a neighbour or visitor. If vehicles are covered by
road tax and insurance and not of police interest then police are
unlikely to attend.
Air weapon nuisance – report to Police.
Bonfires – report to Environmental Health at District
Firework nuisance – report to District Council unless fireworks are
being used dangerously.
Flytipping – report to District Council.
Noise – report to Environmental Health at District Council or your
relevant Housing Association. **see noise nuisance below**
Nuisance Communications e.g. unwanted telesales or calls etc –
report to your service provider e.g. BT, ee, Vodafone etc.
Nuisance Neighbours – initially report to District Council who in
some cases offers a mediation service. If criminal offences are
concerned then these should be reported to Police. It is always
worthwhile checking the internet before contacting police over a
boundary dispute e.g. when your bushes have been cut and clippings
thrown into your garden. The website www.nfh.org.uk provides advice
and examples of ‘neighbours from hell’ experiences being shared and
ways to resolve them.
Nuisance Vehicles – report to the Police if vehicles are being used
to cause harassment, alarm or distress. This could include vehicles
racing on the Highway, deliberately skidding, ‘dough nutting’ etc.
The Police Reform Act 2000 provides the police with a 1st instance
warning system and future breaches can result in a vehicle being
seized, possibly crushed.
Nuisance Youth – we were all young once. Consider what they are
doing before calling anyone. Gathering and being a bit loud isn’t
necessarily a matter for Police or District council. Even several
adults together can make a noise talking over each other.
**BURGLARY** BUY A SAFE for your jewellery!!!
There have been ‘27’ offences in this Fiscal year (which includes
attempts etc.) The internet is full of useful crime reduction
advice or you can contact the team. We strongly urge you to improve
your security in any way you can. Perhaps even create a
neighbourhood watch scheme?
BUY A SAFE for your jewellery!!! There is no change; Jewellery is
still the most sought after item although ‘Apple’ products and
laptops are also popular. There is currently no recurring point of
entry. All parts of the house seem just as vulnerable. Jewellery
should be kept in a safe which does not necessarily have to cost as
much as you think. In some cases valuable or sentimental items are
stolen which would more than justify the relatively inexpensive
purchase of a safe.
BUY A SAFE for your jewellery!!!
Adding an alarm really is worthwhile as it will deter a burglar
from hanging around long enough to take lots of items or search
BUY A SAFE for your jewellery!!!
Other deterrents include: Dogs, PIR or low level lighting and
gravel drives. UPVC doors especially those with an external handle
should be secured by a key.
In case anyone missed my message, here it is again: BUY A SAFE for
It is very difficult to prevent damage as they can be committed so
quickly. The offences occur sporadically and all over the
neighbourhood. Often these are committed without any warning or
**THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE**
Secure your vehicle and remove all valuable property.
Popular items to be stolen include; designer sunglasses, SatNavs,
money, wallets, keys and laptops! There isn't really a limit though
as thieves will steal anything on offer. !!!WARNING - SATNAVs ARE
NOT SAFE IN YOUR GLOVEBOX!!!
Police do not have any powers in relation to dealing with noise.
Your Environmental Protection offices at Rochford District Council
are charged with investigating matters of noise. In most
circumstances the problem can easily be resolved by politely
telling the person about it, if they do not know it is a problem
they cannot deal with it. If after a reasonable amount of time
nothing has been done to solve the problem, you can register your
complaint. You can do this by completing the on-line form ‘make a
complaint about a noise’ www.rochford.gov.uk or if you require any
further advice you may contact them by phone on 01702 318111 and
ask for the Environmental Protection Unit, or e-mail
In some cases the noise may be a police matter under ‘anti-social
behaviour’ for example a party being held on a regular basis when
parents are away. Regular meetings are held between the police and
District Council community safety department. If you are in any
doubt or for more advice, please contact us.
**BEAT SURGERIES & NEIGHBOURHOOD MEETING**
If you would like to discuss crime or any other issue, please
attend one of the beat surgeries or Neighbourhood Meetings. Dates
and times are shown on the events tab.
The Neighbourhood Meetings are for anyone that lives in, works in
or visits Rayleigh or Rawreth. We would encourage you to attend to
listen to issues being discussed and have your say. Residents
Associations, any other groups and organisations are more than
welcome. This is not just to discuss Police matters, but any issues
bothering you. If you cannot attend or don’t want to, we are
willing to raise your issues on your behalf. Please just email
details or call the team 101 ext: 490535. Please check the events
tab for more details and dates.
PLEASE NOTE: on rare occasions, an officer may not be available to
attend the meeting due to urgent operational commitments. However
minutes are taken and passed on to the policing team.
It goes without saying that Police are regularly trying to reduce
crime, fear of crime road traffic collisions and anti-social
behaviour within the community. Issues being raised at the
Neighbourhood Meeting will now be found on the ‘Local Priorities’
tab of this web page.
**COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH**
The CSW scheme has been running for just over a year in Rayleigh
& Rawreth. There are currently 9 recognised sites the
volunteers can use. CSW is a partnership between the local
community, local authority and Essex Police. Volunteers are trained
to use speed detecting devices for the purpose of gathering data on
motorists who are speeding. Volunteers are playing an integral part
in improving the quality of life by reducing anti-social behaviour
on the roads but also raising the awareness of the dangers of
If you would like to take part as a volunteer or to find out more
details; please contact Cllr Ian Ward at Rayleigh Town Council on
01268 741880 or alternatively; APS Steve Joynes on 101 extension
Do you have a working smoke alarm?? Have you ever discussed an
emergency escape plan with your family - should a fire happen?? For
further advice call Southend Fire station on 01702 614433.
To find out more information on whether your street is covered by
Neighbourhood Watch, or how to start your own; please contact the
NHW team at Rayleigh on 01268 770519.
Crimestoppers are an independent charity organisation and calls to
them are anonymous. You can report information on; crimes, who is
committing them, drug users & dealers, amongst other matters to
0800 555 111, www.crimestoppers-uk.org
**YOU TALK, WE LISTEN**
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