Limpsfield is generally a very peaceful area with a low crime rate. However, crime does take place in our lovely part of the world, and we all need to be vigilant. Read on to find out more about crime prevention in our area and key information on who to contact.
Recently we have seen increases in car thefts, thefts from commercial vans, theft of catalytic converters and home burglaries. There is also an issue with rural crime, with much of our parish being rural with many farms, riding stables and other agricultural and rural residential properties reporting thefts of equipment and livestock.
It’s safe to say that the more we stick together and the more vigilant we are, the safer our environment can be. During Covid-19 pandemic, we have all experienced a renewed sense of community and have returned back to the “good old days” when we knew our neighbours and looked out for each other.
Many roads now have their own WhatsApp or Email groups for residents. These can be a great way of keeping in touch about local security/crime issues too, as recently demonstrated by a proactive WhatsApp group in Park Road, Limpsfield, with the quick action of one of the residents leading to the apprehension of one of a gang of car thieves who have been casing many houses in the area, stealing vehicles to order…
WhatsApp groups could be viewed as the natural development of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, which started before today’s technology was available to all.
Neighbourhood watch does indeed still exist and is extremely useful. You can still set up a local scheme for your road or immediate vicinity. There are various groups in Limpsfiled, and the local organisational hub is the Tandridge NW – https://www.tandridgenhw.org/
You can find out lots of tips and how to set up a scheme here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved/.
Useful website for information about local crime:
- To sign up for local crime reports, join the newsletter at https://www.intheknow.community
- For crime stats information and local police info: https://www.police.uk/pu/your-area/surrey-police/oxted-limpsfield-and-hurst-green/
- For local information by Tandridge Police: https://www.facebook.com/TandridgePolice/
- For Neighbourhood Watch: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get-involved/find-my-local-neighbourhood-watch/
- https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/toolkits – Crime Prevention Toolkits
HOW TO REPORT A CRIME
- To report a local crime that has already taken place or non-emergency call 101 or https://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/report-a-crime/
- If you’re on social media you can report a crime via Tandridge Beat or Surrey Police via their Twitter or Facebook feeds.
- For emergency or any crime in progress call 999
- To provide anonymous information on crime, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
LOCAL POLICE CONTACTS
Our local PCSO is Lisa Cobby – you can contact her about any local crime or concerns -Tel: 07720 044781 or email: Lisa.Cobby1@surrey.pnn.police.uk
- PS 40573 Fee Mead
- PC 40300 Kevin Stimson
- PCSO 14276 Terry Pearson
If you wish to provide information on non-urgent suspicious matters or unusual behaviour you have observed which may be useful intelligence for a future, date please contact the Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team:
Telephone: 01483 630220
Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch
The Tandridge Neighbourhood Watch organisation has a website that also lists previous newsletters, not only for Neighbourhood Watch, but also for Country Watch.
Do you know somebody who is carrying out criminal activity but fear the consequences of being identified as the person who reported them? Maybe you’ve seen or heard something about a crime but don’t know what to do. Are you scared to come forward and be a witness?
If you feel like this, it’s easy to think there is nothing you can do, but there is. Crimestoppers is there to support you. Tell them what you know, either by phone on 0800 555 111 or on the anonymous online form and nobody will ever find out who you are https://crimestoppers-uk.org
Please be extra vigilant and to call us on 101 if you see anyone or any vehicle acting suspiciously. If you have any information on this report then please call 101, Ref: 4520####### or you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More information about securing your property can be found by visiting www.surrey.police.uk
Please make sure you report all rural crime to the police on the contacts above…
Country Watch Signs
£10 each from Caterham Police Station. Please bolt/screw them onto gates/fences and check they are clean and not obscured by foliage. To obtain a new sign, if required, please contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Register your horse https://www.equineregister.co.uk/home and make sure you report all equine crime.
- Saddle Marking (Equine community) – If you would like your saddles marked (free) then please email your interest to email@example.com (signs cost £10 each)
- Getting and using a horse passport