December 2015 - There are currently no local priorities in place
for Grays Central. Members of public are not attending the Local
Community Meetings that are bi monthly. Dates and times are
displayed on the Events tab. Without any attendee's we are unable
to set any priorities for Grays Central.
Burglary is still one of our biggest issues, although as a district
we have seen this decrease recently. We continue to run several
operations to tackle all aspects of this issue, including the force
wide operation “Insight”. Due to this new regularly have
intelligence led designated patrol routes by high visibility
uniformed officers, as well as covert patrols in relevant
Avoid being a burglary victim. Let's make life difficult for the
burglar. There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent
your home being burgled and avoid the distress of having your
treasured possessions stolen, here are a few we recommend:
Consider fitting a timer switch which will turn your lights on when
you are not at home, and consider leaving a radio on for background
Fit dusk to dawn security lighting.
Have an alarm fitted and service it regularly.
Look at the boundaries of your property and keep hedges short and
Neighbours - support each other and keep an eye on vulnerable or
Immediately report any suspicious incidents to the police.
Mark valuable items (which belong to you) with your postcode.
Ensure pedal cycles are chained up or locked away in secure
Keep sheds and garages secure with a good locking device and
consider installing an alarm on these if you store any equipment of
Keep all tools hidden from sight whether they are in vehicles or
Remember burglaries can occur when people leave their premises
insecure. Don't let yourself become a victim. Always remember to
lock your door with the key when you are going out and before you
go to bed at night and please keep the key close by at night in
case of an emergency.
During hours of darkness we strongly recommend increasing the
safety of your property by using timers on light switches, external
security lights and motion detection lights.
If you need crime prevention or home security advice, please do not
hesitate to contact us using the details on this site so we can
arrange a suitable date and time for us to attend your
Please take a look at our Be Safe section of our website which will
give you handy tips and advice about how to keep you and your
Please consider motion sensor lighting, CCTV and leaving internal
lights on at home if out during darkness hours. For free security
advice on your property please contact us for an appointment.
Vehicle crime in Thurrock is still a priority issue, both theft of
motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles. To tackle this issue
we have implemented increased high visibility patrols in the hot
spot areas, as well as operation Bedwin to deal with this, so
please ensure that you keep your vehicles secure and ensure that
you take all of your valuables out of your vehicles and especially
do not leave anything of value on view. If you witness any
suspicious behaviour please call us so that we can attempt to
combat this problem. Please also ensure that you check your number
plates on a regular basis as there is an increase in thefts of
You can help stop vehicle crime in our area by ensuring your
vehicle is always locked and if it has an alarm it is in full
Please ensure that all valuables are out of sight when leaving your
vehicle, satellite navigation systems are easy to steal from a car
if they are left on show, as are all small items such as mobile
phones and MP3 players.
If you are having problems or you are a victim of crime please
report it. If we do not hear from you, we cannot help you.
We are noticing a trend in the types of vehicles targeted and the
property that is being taken, such as satellite navigation systems
and catalytic converters.
We strongly recommend parking your vehicle in a locked garage or as
near to a light as possible, either street lighting or
security/motion detection lights on driveways.
Operation Bedwin, our vehicle crime operation, has so far been
extremely successful in parts of Thurrock, and has had some good
results from our proactive team.
There are other local operations targeting a range of issues
including vehicle crime, Burglary, Drugs and
If you would like any further advice, or have anything else you
would like to discuss with our team please contact us on the
details given on the "Contact" link.
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