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Netteswell Neighbourhood Police Team With Christmas fast approaching, here are some Seasonal Crime Prevention tips:- Christmas Shopping

● Don’t get loaded down with too PCSO Megan Hardy

many bags. Try to keep one hand free. ● Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If unavoidable, tell them NEVER leave a shop without you. Make sure they know what to do if they lose you, e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant you are lost.

● Agree a meeting point with older children

in case you get separated. ● Be careful where you park your car,

especially if you will be returning after dark. ● If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into

position. ● Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built up areas, especially if you’ve got bags of presents in the car.

● Most of us like a drink or two but remember that alcohol will affect your judgment

- don’t let it endanger your personal safety. ● The most common date rape drug is alcohol, with victims being given drinks with a far

higher alcohol content than they expect. ● Watch your drinks and food to ensure that

nothing is added to them. ● Never leave your drink unattended, even

if you are going onto a dance floor or to the toilet. ● If your drink has been left unattended, do

not drink any more of it. ● If something tastes or looks odd, do not eat/drink any more of it. Be aware that some

date rape drugs are colourless and tasteless. ● If someone you do not know or trust offers to buy you a drink, either decline or

PC Timothy Knights ● Don’t leave lots of presents on show in a

parked car as they could tempt thieves. ● Keep alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets

may well be operating. ● Keep a close watch on your valuables and try not to keep them all in one place.

Christmas Parties accompany them to the bar and watch that

nothing is added to your drink. ● Know your own limit. ● If you meet someone new at a party,

don’t go home with them or invite them back to your home, or accept a lift from them. Arrange a second date in a public place to get to know the

person better. ● Pay attention to your instincts. If you feel

uneasy about someone, there may be a reason. ● When it’s time to go home, carry your keys, mobile phone and some money in your pocket, so you can give up your handbag or wallet and escape quickly if necessary on the way home.

If you have anything you wish to discuss with your local beat officers please contact us on 07710 016 031. Local Beat officers email: OR

A Farewell Note from our Neighbourhood PCSO Megan Hardy

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that in the very near future I will be leaving the ward and possibly Essex Police. When I first joined the Police nine years ago I was designated as the Police Community Support Officer for Great Parndon. After that I was allocated the area of Netteswell and took on this role eagerly. I have come to know many of you personally and enjoy attending meetings or simply walking my beat to offer reassurance and security to the residents. Unfortunately over the last couple of years, due to cut backs that Essex Police have been forced to make, PCSO numbers have reduced significantly and therefore my role has changed. I am less able to walk my beat as I am needed to cover a larger area so as a result I have become mobile in a police vehicle which means I have been unable to get to see as many of you as I would have liked, and my resident talks and meetings have become few and far between.

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