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Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Contacts

From the 4th April 2016 following the Constabulary re-structure, each SNT will have a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for certain responsibilities. 

The SPOC for Ipswich Neighbourhood Watch areas are as follows:-

Ipswich Central
PCSO 3189 Geoff Plumb

Ipswich West 
PCSO 3207 Mark Page and
PCSO 3289 Francis Howard

Ipswich East
PCSO 3079 Toby Bass and
PCSO 3194 Michael Sarbutts

Rise in car crime


In a hurry? It is so tempting to quickly press your car key fob, whilst walking away from your vehicle, thinking that it has locked - but are you sure? This is the main area of concern at the moment for all parts of the Town. All SNT’s have noticed a rise in car crime where the vehicles have not been locked.

So a polite reminder to you of the importance of physically checking that your vehicle is locked, even if it is parked on your driveway. It goes without saying, and never leave any items of value in your vehicle, or even more so on display - as this can attract the opportunist.

The Police have recently received a couple of reports from residents to say that they had seen a person trying car doors. In one instance the offender was arrested by the Police, but in the other instance the Police did not receive the report until several hours later as the witness was scared to report it. 

So a reminder to everyone of the importance of reporting such sightings, immediately, on 999.

Data Link Pots


Data Link is a voluntary scheme for anyone living at home, who might be reassured to know that essential information would be readily available to the Emergency Services, should they suffer an accident or sudden illness. 

The scheme ensures that vital information is available not only to identify you, but also to advise of relevant illnesses, allergies, medication and contact addresses. 

The Data Link pot, which holds your information, lives in the fridge - you then display a sticker on the inside of your front door and a second one on the outside of your fridge to indicate it’s location.

Anthea pipe, the Ipswich Community Watch Liaison Officer holds a stock of Data Link pots that NW Schemes can have on a sale or return basis for NW members. Each pot costs 50p. If you would like a supply of these for your members please do get in touch with Anthea.

First Aid Awareness

Would you know what to do in the event of a medical emergency?

Smart Phone? Smart Move!


If you use a smart phone, there are a couple of very good “Apps” that people can download free of charge. These apps cover all aspects of first aid, as well as other generic safety advice. 

To take a look at these two apps, just click on their logos

Crime Prevention & Safety Booklet


A comprehensive Safety Advice booklet,  designed by the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) (NHWN) setting out a whole range of topics, all in one document.

You can download the booklet from here

Speed Watch Volunteers


Suffolk Constabulary are currently seeking Speed Watch volunteers for Ipswich, and if you are interested in joining, please make contact with your local SNT nearest to where you live. You can call 101 and ask to be put through to your local team or you can contact them via the website Safer Neighbourhood Team

What are the benefits?

  • Fewer fatalities and serious injury collisions.
  • Increase in road safety awareness by and for all road users.
  • Enhancing the role of community members as volunteers.
  • Raise awareness of anti-social road use.

Setting up a scheme

If you need to know more or are interested in setting up a local scheme where you live, please contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team

Cable Thieves


Police are warning the public about an increase in theft of BT cables within Suffolk.

Offenders lift manhole covers or force cable boxes and cut through cables leaving local residents without phone and internet connection. 
The public are being asked to look out for things like:

  • Work being carried out in streets and on roads by people not wearing hi-visibility vests, using unmarked vans, flatbed trucks or 4x4 vehicles.
  • Removed or disturbed cable box covers.

Police would urge residents to keep an eye out for cable thieves and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles seen in their local areas by either dialling the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if they believe a crime is in progress.

Cyber Streetwise


Are you savvy online? Perhaps not as streetwise online as you would like to be or think you are?
The National Fraud Agency is launching a new campaign, Cyber Streetwise, to give some essential tips to improve our performance online and help keep important stuff safe. 
Adopting a few simple online behaviours can help keep you and your family safer, such as:

  1. Using strong, memorable passwords.
  2. Installing anti-virus software on new devices.
  3. Checking privacy settings on social media.
  4. Shopping safely online – always ensuring to check online retail sites are secure.
  5. Downloading software and the application of patches when prompted.

You can read more about the campaign at

ABS Locks Exclusive


40% of burglaries in England & Wales involve the forcing of a door.

The ABS snap secure lock is the highest accredited security door lock on the market and is one of the most effective ways of securing your home! 

Avocet ABS Locks offer Neighbourhood Watch members exclusive discounts. Another benefit of being in a NW scheme!

See their information leaflet here

Karen Hales Murder 1993


Now 20 years on since her murder, Suffolk Police are still refusing to give up on finding Karen's killer and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who has any information in relation to Karen Hales murder should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Read more here

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