This set of Pages is to provide information on home security, up-to-date local warnings, and emergency contact numbers, for our village.
The following are current warnings in our area; the older ones lower down the page may be 'old' but their threats are still considered relevant:
5th January 2015
A lad on a bicycle has been seen behaving in a suspicious manner several times in the village over the last few weeks, cycling slowly up and down the road and appearing to look intently into houses and gardens. He has been spoken to and told that he has been noted. However, people should be aware and - if they continue to see someone behaving in this manner - the police should be advised immediately on 101.
3rd April 2014
There is a credit card scam that has been going the rounds of Norfolk over recent weeks. Very briefly, a resident receives a telephone call from a person claiming to be a police officer, not necessarily from the Norfolk area. This bogus police officer claims to have taken into custody someone who has been cloning the resident's credit/debit card, and asks for their bank details. YOU MUST ALWAYS ENSURE THAT YOUR BANK DETAILS AND/OR PIN ARE NEVER DIVULGED OVER THE TELEPHONE TO ANYONE; YOUR BANK WILL NEVER ASK FOR THIS INFORMATION!!!
If you hang up at this stage, wait AT LEAST five minutes before making a call (whether to the police or your bank, or anyone else), or use another line (or your mobile if the original call came in on the landline), as these people have been known to keep the line open and then play dialling and ringing tones, 'hold' music and recorded messages, when you attempt to make another call.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraud should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
19th November 2012
We have received notification of two further break-ins, in the vicinity of the church.
It appears that the village is being targeted - presumably by just one person or team. Most of the break-ins have been at properties that are either isolated, or do not have many other residential premises close by.
It is believed that the team may consist of a man and a woman, the woman remaining in the car whilst the man carries out the break-in.
PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SUSPICIOUS OR UNKNOWN VEHICLES PARKED IN OR AROUND THE VILLAGE.
16th November 2012
A further burglary has taken place in the village, this time in Dumbs Lane and with similar characteristics to the recent crime in Hall Road. Thieves broke in through the front door, carried out a ‘tidy’ search, and stole cash and small items, which are easily convertible to cash. The property once again was fairly isolated, with no houses overlooking it. Unlike the previous robbery this one took place during the day when the householder popped out for a couple of hours.
31st October 2012
A burglary took place on Hall Road overnight (31st October) whilst the owner was away on holiday. Thieves attempted to break in through a rear door and, when unsuccessful, gained entry through the front door. Although it is difficult to prevent this type of opportunistic robbery it is important that everybody is alert to any unusual activity.
You may wish to consider the following recommendations:
If you are planning to go away, let your neighbours know so that they can keep an eye on your property and obviously do the same for them.
It’s a good idea to set up a timer on your lights so that it looks like your house is occupied.
Cancel milk, newspaper and other deliveries.
19th October 2011
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS ('Parcel Delivery Service') suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655. This appears to be an annual scam, so please keep this in mind.
6th October 2011
A property in Hall Road was burgled during the afternoon, whilst the householder was out. Entry was forced via a window at the back.
We need to remain vigilant at all times, as although Hainford has generally been a low-crime area, there are always criminals around and it is important that we keep our eyes and ears open for unusual or unexpected activity.
13th September 2011
There was a break-in at a property in Cromer Road earlier this month. Would everyone please maintain their vigilance, and if you are aware that a neighbour is going to be absent for any time, keep a special look-out.
27th November 2010
A quantity of diesel was stolen from a property in Spixworth Road.
NOTE: The theft of heating oil from easily-accessed tanks has been a recurring problem in not only Hainford but the area as a whole over recent years, and the current high cost of heating oil can only exacerbate the situation. Residents are strongly recommended to follow published security procedures. Also, tank security enclosures are available (at a price, of course!), but the safety provided by such a device may be deemed worthwhile rather than having your heating oil stolen and running out during a cold snap.
13th October 2010
A quantity of diesel was stolen in Horstead between 8th and 11th October.
As there have been a number of thefts of heating oil in and around our village over the last year or two – and with the colder months almost upon us – the Police advice relating to the safe storage of diesel is also relevant to heating oil:
Keep your tank in a well overlooked position – this will ensure thieves are more likely to be seen.
If your tank is close to your house make sure that it can be seen from your windows – this coupled with lighting will make it less of a target.
Security lights can help deter potential thieves. Low level ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity.
Enclosing your tank in a building which can be secured is better still. However it is important not to overlook the importance of ventilation; advice should be sought from your oil company.
If you have a gate keep it closed and locked when you are out.
Make sure your perimeter fence is in good condition and is not easy to climb.
Invest in a good quality lock. Close shackle padlocks are recommended as they offer better resistance to bolt croppers and other tools that thieves usually come equipped with.
Check your oil gauges regularly to alert you to any potential thefts and help investigations by narrowing crime times down. Many tanks can be fitted with a gauge to monitor levels which can be read inside the house.
Suspicious activities - as with "Crimes in Progress" - MUST ALWAYS be reported to the Police FIRST, NOT your Homewatch Co-ordinator.
Police : crime in progress
e.g. Vehicle stolen; property damaged; suspected drug use or dealing; want to give the police information about crime in your area; or you would like to speak to a local police officer.
(Please note that this replaces 0845 456 4567)
Please note that this is a newly-introduced number being rolled out across England & Wales by the end of 2011
Always get an Incident Number, and e-mail details of the incident plus Incident Number to the Webmaster at
0800 555 111
Page last updated: 27/11/16
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