Steer clear of vehicle crime
The Bolsover Community Safety Partnership is advising motorists to be on their guard against car thieves, particularly during the current spell of hot weather when people are tempted to leave the windows of their vehicles open or even leave their vehicle running unattended whilst they cool them down with the air conditioning.
Despite advances in technology, car crime is still a problem. Most vehicle crime is opportunistic. There are a few simple steps to protect your vehicle and belongings from thieves:
- Lock the doors and close the windows when you leave the car – for any length of time.
- Remove all items from your vehicle – some thieves will break in for items you may not consider valuable – even a jacket can seem like an appealing target for a thief.
- Remove sat navs from display and wipe the mark from the window where it has been secured.
- Remove the stereo if you can. Also, tuck in wing mirrors and put the aerial down to discourage vandals.
- Park with care – park in busy well-lit areas, near CCTV cameras or in a secure car park.
- Never store your car’s documents in the car.
- Fit an immobiliser or steering lock to help secure older vehicles or even consider fitting a tracking device.
- Think about having the windows etched with the car’s vehicle registration number (VRN), and make a note of its chassis number.
- Keep your car keys in a safe place, even in your house, so that in the unlikely event someone breaks in, they cannot steal your car too.
- Don’t leave your engine running while it’s unlocked or unattended - it takes just a couple of seconds for someone to jump in and make off with your vehicle.
- Remove any tools from vans parked in the open overnight.
Check it’s locked, and check again - you can hear the central locking activating in most modern cars. The sound it makes is normally a heavy-sounding clunk or click. So stay close and listen as you press the remote button to lock your car, and make sure you hear the central locking activate. Many modern cars also feature a visual signal, in the form of flashing indicators. If yours is set up like this, make sure those indicators flash too.
Never leave any valuables on display
For ideas and tips on ways to secure your belongings, please call 01246 593098. If you have any information relating to crimes in your area please contact Derbyshire Police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
Don’t be a victim – keep it safe
Date issued: 23 August 2016
Interest in the Olympics may be at fever pitch this week, but not all of our sporting heroes are competing in Rio.
Derbyshire Sport and the county’s local authorities are on the look-out for home grown starlets to enter the 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, which is being run in partnership with Champions (UK) Plc.
Brand new Olympic champion swimmer Adam Peaty, from the City of Derby Club, is an obvious nomination given his performance in winning 100m breaststroke gold in Rio.
But the awards are also a great opportunity to promote some of the many other worthy athletes, coaches, clubs and volunteers from around the county, at both elite and grass roots level.
“Winning a Sports Award is a great boost for anyone involved in local sport – it’s very rewarding for other people to recognise you have excelled and it’s a reminder of how many people make a valued contribution,” said athlete Niamh Emerson, last’s year’s Young Sportswoman of the Year and a bronze medal winner at the 2016 European Youth Championships.
“I like the fact that it’s not just athletes at the top of their sports that are rewarded, but the coaches, clubs and volunteers from across Derbyshire too.”
The Sports Awards are the perfect opportunity to highlight the vital role sport and physical activity plays in the lives of Derbyshire people.
Nominations will automatically be fed through to local district, borough and city awards, with winners at that level going through to contest the county awards.
Hayley Lever, director of Derbyshire Sport, added: “The Derby Telegraph Sports Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase our county’s sporting heroes and emerging talent.
“Local and county awards are all about recognising people with passion, commitment and dedication, who do so much for their communities.
“They also help to demonstrate the hard work that coaches and volunteers do to get people of all ages active and engaged in sport.”
There are 13 awards in total and the closing date for nominations is Friday September 9. Full details, along with how to nominate someone can be found at http://derbytelegraphsportsawards.co.uk/enter-awards.
Alternatively call Katie Crockett on 01773 571224 to obtain a paper copy of the nomination form.
Date Issued 12 August 2016
Public footpath restricted to tackle anti social behaviour
A notorious problem footpath in Shirebrook is now the subject of a Public Spaces Protection Order (1MB) (PSPO).
Local residents have complained about the footpath (Footpath 18) to the rear of Sookholme Road in Shirebrook as an area where people congregate, drink alcohol and cause anti social behaviour.
An area of the footpath has now been fenced and gated off to prevent people from using it and causing a nuisance to local residents. An alternative route for pedestrians has been provided along Long Lane and Sookholme Road.
Any person found on the ‘Restricted Area’ without the consent of the Council will be guilty of an offence under Section 67 of the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine or a conviction and fine of up to £1,000.
Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, Councillor Karl Reid said, “This has been an ongoing issue and one that we have been working with local residents to resolve. The PSPO is all about creating a safe environment and improving local communities quality of life and we felt the best way to do that was to gate the footpath off completely.
“This will now give local residents the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of their gardens without noise and disturbance coming from over the fencing.”
The Order, which is for a three-year period came into force on 29 July 2016.
Date issued: 11 August 2016
More Opportunities to Get Involved in Better Care Closer to Home Consultation
Informal drop-in sessions has been planned across north Derbyshire in the next step of the Better Care Closer to Home consultation. These follow a series of well attended, more traditional public meetings, and give people the opportunity to ask questions about the proposals and give their views.
A further series of public meetings is also planned for September. Care closer to home for most patients is being proposed in place of services for:
- older people receiving inpatient care in a community hospital, usually following a spell in an acute hospital because of an illness or accident, and
- older people with dementia who currently receive services in community hospitals.
The proposals respond to calls for better joined-up community-based care in or near to home.
Details of the Drop In Sessions are given below, along with a further series of Public Meeting dates for September.
Drop In Sessions - Call in at any time for an informal chat or help completing the consultation questionnaire.
- 15 August, 9.00 am - 11.00am, Pilsley Surgery, Willow Close, Pilsley, Chesterfield. S45 8JA
- 17 August, 9.00am – 11.00am, Holmewood Surgery, 19a Heath Road, Holmewood, Chesterfield. S42 5RB
- 22 August, 9.00am – 11.00am, Creswell Medical Centre, Welbeck Street, Creswell, Worksop. S80 4HA
- 2 September, 9.00am - 11.00am, Langwith Medical Centre, 206 Main Street, Langwith, Mansfield. NG20 9HD
- 5 September, 4.00pm - 6.00 pm, Killamarsh Medical Practice, 209 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield. S21 1DX
- 6 September, 9.00am - 12.00pm, Bakewell Medical Centre, Butts Road, Bakewell. DE45 1ED
- 7 September, 9.00am - 12.00pm, Evelyn Medical Centre, Marsh Avenue, Hope. S33 6RJ
- 8 September, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, Tibshelf Surgery, 3 Waverley Street, Tibshelf, Derbyshire. DE55 5PS
- 12 September, 9.00am - 12.00pm, Tideswell Surgery, Parke Road, Tideswell, Buxton. SK17 8NS
- 12 September, 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Castle Street Medical Centre, Bolsover, Chesterfield. S44 6PP
- 15 September, 9.00am - 11.00am, Emmett Carr Surgery, Abbey Place, Renishaw. S21 3TY
- 15 September, 3.30pm - 5.30pm, Stonebroom Surgery, 189 Birkinstyle Lane, Alfreton, Derbyshire. DE55 6LD
Public Meetings - Formal meetings – doors open half an hour before the meeting starts.
- Tuesday 6 September 6.00pm – 8.00pm Shirebrook Village Hall. NG20 8PW
- Wednesday 7 September 6.00pm – 8.00pm Buxton Pavilion Gardens. SK17 6BE
- Thursday 8 September 10.00am – 12.00pm Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club. S41 9BF
- Tuesday 13 September 6.15pm – 8.15pm Members’ Room, County Hall, Matlock. DE4 3AG
- Wednesday 14 September 6.00pm – 8.00pm Clay Cross Social Centre. S45 9JE
- Tuesday 20 September 6.00pm – 8.00pm Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ
- Thursday 22 September 6.00pm – 8.00pm Hope Valley College. S33 6SD
Date issued: 10 August 2016 (issued by North Derbyshire CCG)