September Breakfast

This September we were delighted to be joined by Police Inspector Sally Henderson and Design Out Crime Officer Phil Kemp.

Police Inspector Sally Henderson has urged Felixstowe businessmen and women to share any information they have on crime, or potential crime, with the local police, either online, or by dialing 101. “Even if you think it’s not really important, It could be that vital final bit of information we need to solve a crime. You are the eyes and ears of the community and play an important role in our community policing activity,” she told Chamber members at the September Breakfast at the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.

Inspector Henderson is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the south-east locality (Ipswich East, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Walton and the Trimleys) and said that while Felixstowe was seen as a low-level crime area, there were a couple of potential problem areas and “we are working hard to make sure the town remains a safe place to live, work, travel and invest in.
“The local Safer Neighbourhood Team are based in the joint police / fire station in Felixstowe and investigate a range of different crime types as well as working with partners to find long term solutions to local crime and antisocial behavior problems. My teams across the locality work very closely together and I can bring across additional officers to the area to tackle particular issues if and when needed”

“If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by phone, or online. Information is key to us and all contacts are recorded. Obviously, if it is an emergency, call 999, but we also see and react to 101 calls and online reports.”

Inspector Henderson also mentioned the Police Connect free messaging service. Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone. You can choose to receive regular updates on crime and public appeals, safety advice and meetings and events. You can specify what you receive messages about including business crime as well as specific locations. For more information click here

Design Out Crime officer Phil Kemp, who accompanied Inspector Henderson to the Breakfast, explained how he could help businesses improve their security by using products, specially designed to prevent break-ins.

“We are often seen as problem solvers, as well crime officers, working with companies to help them improve security, using approved doors, fences, alarms, windows and lighting etc.” They also checked planning applications to help developers adapt new buildings to counter crime.

During a great conversation following the talks, Mr. Kemp advised members looking for further information about risk management in both new and existing commercial buildings to log on to the Secured Environments website  Advice on security for small businesses is available,  for more information visit this  website
To report crimes, or potential criminal activity online visit Suffolk Police 

 

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