Terry sets up a crime-fighting community web to tackle Rayleigh burglaries

Echo: Terry Coppins – set up a website for people to report any suspicous behaviour Terry Coppins – set up a website for people to report any suspicous behaviour

A RESIDENT has set up a crimefighting web community after being burgled because he says the police are too overstretched to deal with it.

Terry Coppins, 28, set up the Rayleigh Protection Group on Facebook after catching two hooded men on CCTV stealing £2,000 worth of equipment from his garden shed.

The break-in followed two other burglaries in the area last week.

The page is now followed by more than 900 people and Mr Coppins says it has already contributed to the naming of a man wanted in connection a stolen iPad.

He said: “I set this up on Saturday and every day it’s getting bigger.

We’ve had lots of messages with information about things going on in Rayleigh.

“The main reason behind it is the police are overstretched at the moment. They’re doing their best, but it took them 24 hours to come to my house after I reported the burglary.

I’ve got a pregnant girlfriend and was worried the thieves would come back and try the house.

“So we’re going to start policing our own streets, not as vigilantes, but in the sense that if we see something, we are going to report it on the page and people can check it out and look out for each other.”

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Mr Coppins’ shed in Hatfield Road, Rayleigh, was broken into at 8pm on Thursday.

The culprits were caught on CCTV which Mr Coppins put up after his neighbour warned him she had lost £6,000 worth of possessions in a burglary.

Two hooded men can be seen on the footage making their way into his back garden via a back alley and broke the lock to his shed with what appeared to be a pair of bolt cutters.

They then took a hedge trimmer and pole trimmer worth about £1,500 as well as bags of rope worth about £500 before being disturbed by the alarm. They were then seen by a neighbour running towards a white van parked nearby.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

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6:56pm Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Calling yourself the RPG, might bring unwanted attention, though taking any part of the law into private will always backfire.
Calling yourself the RPG, might bring unwanted attention, though taking any part of the law into private will always backfire. CarnMountification
  • Score: -35

8:20pm Thu 17 Apr 14

MilesBond says...

Good on you mate! Got burgled myself last year and since then I have seen endless reports in the Echo of burglaries around my area. I've since learned that loads of my neighbours have been burgled too. Police never mentioned that to me. I think there is a huge problem locally and clearly it is not getting sorted.
Good on you mate! Got burgled myself last year and since then I have seen endless reports in the Echo of burglaries around my area. I've since learned that loads of my neighbours have been burgled too. Police never mentioned that to me. I think there is a huge problem locally and clearly it is not getting sorted. MilesBond
  • Score: 44

9:25pm Thu 17 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

Good luck, but the police don't take kindly to people muscling in on their racket and showing up their incompetency. Be careful.
Good luck, but the police don't take kindly to people muscling in on their racket and showing up their incompetency. Be careful. supermadmax
  • Score: 27

10:13pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
Appalling idea. What puts you above the law. Jack222
  • Score: -52

10:15pm Thu 17 Apr 14

_Lotus_ says...

Jack222 wrote:
Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
You should ask what makes the burglars think THEY are above the law...
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Appalling idea. What puts you above the law.[/p][/quote]You should ask what makes the burglars think THEY are above the law... _Lotus_
  • Score: 59

10:24pm Thu 17 Apr 14

benfleet101 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
What exactly is it that you think they may be doing that is not within the law?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Appalling idea. What puts you above the law.[/p][/quote]What exactly is it that you think they may be doing that is not within the law? benfleet101
  • Score: 26

10:55pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Rachie says...

benfleet101 wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
What exactly is it that you think they may be doing that is not within the law?
Fair question. Vigilante action is a completely different thing as far as I can see.

These people appear to gather information to give to the police.
[quote][p][bold]benfleet101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Appalling idea. What puts you above the law.[/p][/quote]What exactly is it that you think they may be doing that is not within the law?[/p][/quote]Fair question. Vigilante action is a completely different thing as far as I can see. These people appear to gather information to give to the police. Rachie
  • Score: 28

11:57pm Thu 17 Apr 14

emcee says...

Firstly, not everybody prostitutes themselves to Facebook.
Secondly, there is allready a form of what this Rayleigh Protection Group is... it's called Neighbourhood Watch. NW has been going on for years and with the support of the police. Maybe Mr Coppins should organise his own NW with his neighbours, it will also enable those not computer savvy or those who would rather not use Facebook to get involved.
Lastly, the police are NOT overstreatched, they are mismanaged.
Firstly, not everybody prostitutes themselves to Facebook. Secondly, there is allready a form of what this Rayleigh Protection Group is... it's called Neighbourhood Watch. NW has been going on for years and with the support of the police. Maybe Mr Coppins should organise his own NW with his neighbours, it will also enable those not computer savvy or those who would rather not use Facebook to get involved. Lastly, the police are NOT overstreatched, they are mismanaged. emcee
  • Score: 10

1:34am Fri 18 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

CarnMountification wrote:
Calling yourself the RPG, might bring unwanted attention, though taking any part of the law into private will always backfire.
and doing nothing is just open day for scum.

Great idea, should be more of it. We cannot trust the police to chase up and prosecute miscreants. They'd rather target innocent people on the say so of nutcases.

Trouble with you is you are always on the side of the scum.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: Calling yourself the RPG, might bring unwanted attention, though taking any part of the law into private will always backfire.[/p][/quote]and doing nothing is just open day for scum. Great idea, should be more of it. We cannot trust the police to chase up and prosecute miscreants. They'd rather target innocent people on the say so of nutcases. Trouble with you is you are always on the side of the scum. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

1:43am Fri 18 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Great idea but Facebook is a playground for the sort of Jeremy Kyle rejects and nutters that regularly inhabit this page (obviously not all of you, just a minority).

Facebook is also full of criminals who are perfectly capable of processing information and posing on the Facebook page as residents. Facebook is NOT secure as I found out to my cost.

Locking down your page is absolutely no guarantee whatsoever of your online safety. Regular clean ups of your friend list makes no difference either.

Privacy is not secure, your computer is not secure. Nutters can access it, clone and hack you and distribute all sorts of filth around the internet which other morons and idiots then read and believe.

I am vehemently against the use of Farcebook for promoting anything. Tw@tter is just as bad.

You might end up with more criminals than you started with. Otherwise great idea. The police are far too political these days and far too ready to jump at the command of politicians, Labour in particular are good at dangling the police at the end of a puppet string, as we have seen in recent months with the state sponsored hate campaigns that have been reported in the Echo, masquerading as true stories.

People are sick and tired of this open season for criminals. There is no justice in this country, unless you have come from outside it. So quite rightly, people want to fight back. You can't blame them.

As for people putting themselves above the law, isn't that exactly what the crims are doing? And laughing at the rest of us.

Good God, they even do it on this very website.
Great idea but Facebook is a playground for the sort of Jeremy Kyle rejects and nutters that regularly inhabit this page (obviously not all of you, just a minority). Facebook is also full of criminals who are perfectly capable of processing information and posing on the Facebook page as residents. Facebook is NOT secure as I found out to my cost. Locking down your page is absolutely no guarantee whatsoever of your online safety. Regular clean ups of your friend list makes no difference either. Privacy is not secure, your computer is not secure. Nutters can access it, clone and hack you and distribute all sorts of filth around the internet which other morons and idiots then read and believe. I am vehemently against the use of Farcebook for promoting anything. Tw@tter is just as bad. You might end up with more criminals than you started with. Otherwise great idea. The police are far too political these days and far too ready to jump at the command of politicians, Labour in particular are good at dangling the police at the end of a puppet string, as we have seen in recent months with the state sponsored hate campaigns that have been reported in the Echo, masquerading as true stories. People are sick and tired of this open season for criminals. There is no justice in this country, unless you have come from outside it. So quite rightly, people want to fight back. You can't blame them. As for people putting themselves above the law, isn't that exactly what the crims are doing? And laughing at the rest of us. Good God, they even do it on this very website. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

6:01am Fri 18 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Well residents have been doing the councils job of cleaning/litter picking the streets where they live. Why is policing their own streets any different?
Well residents have been doing the councils job of cleaning/litter picking the streets where they live. Why is policing their own streets any different? Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 15

7:11am Fri 18 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Jack222 wrote:
Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
And when some one gets a good hiding for picking on an innocent person, who will they be calling ?THE POLICE, this was a shed burglary, the property is right next to a public footpath, the insecure and weak side gate allowed access to the tin shed, where did the road signs come from, stolen? by RPG ?
Weak locks and weak story....
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Appalling idea. What puts you above the law.[/p][/quote]And when some one gets a good hiding for picking on an innocent person, who will they be calling ?THE POLICE, this was a shed burglary, the property is right next to a public footpath, the insecure and weak side gate allowed access to the tin shed, where did the road signs come from, stolen? by RPG ? Weak locks and weak story.... CarnMountification
  • Score: -11

9:08am Fri 18 Apr 14

LostFaith.com says...

We shouldn't just sit back and do nothing, but alas the system only works if you play it the right way. As others have rightly said facebook is public and what's to stop the criminals following your page, neighbouring watch was seen as a load of nosey parkers with nothing better to do, but the same thing displayed out on the net is somehow different ? Work with NW and make it stronger.
And I urge everyone to attend neighbourhood meetings, held in every ward every 3 months, attended by police and local councillors. These meetings are a source of information you won't get anywhere else.
We shouldn't just sit back and do nothing, but alas the system only works if you play it the right way. As others have rightly said facebook is public and what's to stop the criminals following your page, neighbouring watch was seen as a load of nosey parkers with nothing better to do, but the same thing displayed out on the net is somehow different ? Work with NW and make it stronger. And I urge everyone to attend neighbourhood meetings, held in every ward every 3 months, attended by police and local councillors. These meetings are a source of information you won't get anywhere else. LostFaith.com
  • Score: -1

9:12am Fri 18 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
CarnMountification wrote:
Calling yourself the RPG, might bring unwanted attention, though taking any part of the law into private will always backfire.
and doing nothing is just open day for scum.

Great idea, should be more of it. We cannot trust the police to chase up and prosecute miscreants. They'd rather target innocent people on the say so of nutcases.

Trouble with you is you are always on the side of the scum.
Being a racist bigot, and having written many a defamatory story, you of all Kim, have got away with many a crime, you should have been arrested for your far right wing political views and vile hatred of foriegners.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: Calling yourself the RPG, might bring unwanted attention, though taking any part of the law into private will always backfire.[/p][/quote]and doing nothing is just open day for scum. Great idea, should be more of it. We cannot trust the police to chase up and prosecute miscreants. They'd rather target innocent people on the say so of nutcases. Trouble with you is you are always on the side of the scum.[/p][/quote]Being a racist bigot, and having written many a defamatory story, you of all Kim, have got away with many a crime, you should have been arrested for your far right wing political views and vile hatred of foriegners. CarnMountification
  • Score: -11

11:01am Fri 18 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Just seen the youtube video, and it shows the back garden with a shed and the burglars, though it has to be asked, was the garden gate locked?
Just seen the youtube video, and it shows the back garden with a shed and the burglars, though it has to be asked, was the garden gate locked? carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -5

4:23pm Fri 18 Apr 14

barneydrop says...

It's a good idea as Rayleigh has become a sh**hole in recent years.
The High Street is practically a no-go area on Friday and Saturday nights thanks to the lax policing and licensing laws.
Also bad parenting is partly to blame as a vast majority of under-16s now roam that area on those nights.
For example, one Friday evening my wife and I and two friends were heading towards Websters Way car park after dining at Ask.
As we approached the traffic lights we noticed an elderly couple being verbally abused by a group of four boys and two girls, who appeared to be around 15 and 16 years old and clearly drunk.
We intervened to help the man and woman and my friend and I were grabbed by the arm by two of the boys.
Unfortunately, for them both I and my friend are karate black belts so needless to say the two young lads were last seen rolling around on the street in agony while the other four legged it.
It's not something I am proud of but I was put in a situation that demanded action.
It's a good idea as Rayleigh has become a sh**hole in recent years. The High Street is practically a no-go area on Friday and Saturday nights thanks to the lax policing and licensing laws. Also bad parenting is partly to blame as a vast majority of under-16s now roam that area on those nights. For example, one Friday evening my wife and I and two friends were heading towards Websters Way car park after dining at Ask. As we approached the traffic lights we noticed an elderly couple being verbally abused by a group of four boys and two girls, who appeared to be around 15 and 16 years old and clearly drunk. We intervened to help the man and woman and my friend and I were grabbed by the arm by two of the boys. Unfortunately, for them both I and my friend are karate black belts so needless to say the two young lads were last seen rolling around on the street in agony while the other four legged it. It's not something I am proud of but I was put in a situation that demanded action. barneydrop
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Fri 18 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Great idea but Facebook is a playground for the sort of Jeremy Kyle rejects and nutters that regularly inhabit this page (obviously not all of you, just a minority).

Facebook is also full of criminals who are perfectly capable of processing information and posing on the Facebook page as residents. Facebook is NOT secure as I found out to my cost.

Locking down your page is absolutely no guarantee whatsoever of your online safety. Regular clean ups of your friend list makes no difference either.

Privacy is not secure, your computer is not secure. Nutters can access it, clone and hack you and distribute all sorts of filth around the internet which other morons and idiots then read and believe.

I am vehemently against the use of Farcebook for promoting anything. Tw@tter is just as bad.

You might end up with more criminals than you started with. Otherwise great idea. The police are far too political these days and far too ready to jump at the command of politicians, Labour in particular are good at dangling the police at the end of a puppet string, as we have seen in recent months with the state sponsored hate campaigns that have been reported in the Echo, masquerading as true stories.

People are sick and tired of this open season for criminals. There is no justice in this country, unless you have come from outside it. So quite rightly, people want to fight back. You can't blame them.

As for people putting themselves above the law, isn't that exactly what the crims are doing? And laughing at the rest of us.

Good God, they even do it on this very website.
It would seem carrier pigeon or wind-up pen is your fav social network..yet you were once a fan of all you now denigrate..boo hoo hoo
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Great idea but Facebook is a playground for the sort of Jeremy Kyle rejects and nutters that regularly inhabit this page (obviously not all of you, just a minority). Facebook is also full of criminals who are perfectly capable of processing information and posing on the Facebook page as residents. Facebook is NOT secure as I found out to my cost. Locking down your page is absolutely no guarantee whatsoever of your online safety. Regular clean ups of your friend list makes no difference either. Privacy is not secure, your computer is not secure. Nutters can access it, clone and hack you and distribute all sorts of filth around the internet which other morons and idiots then read and believe. I am vehemently against the use of Farcebook for promoting anything. Tw@tter is just as bad. You might end up with more criminals than you started with. Otherwise great idea. The police are far too political these days and far too ready to jump at the command of politicians, Labour in particular are good at dangling the police at the end of a puppet string, as we have seen in recent months with the state sponsored hate campaigns that have been reported in the Echo, masquerading as true stories. People are sick and tired of this open season for criminals. There is no justice in this country, unless you have come from outside it. So quite rightly, people want to fight back. You can't blame them. As for people putting themselves above the law, isn't that exactly what the crims are doing? And laughing at the rest of us. Good God, they even do it on this very website.[/p][/quote]It would seem carrier pigeon or wind-up pen is your fav social network..yet you were once a fan of all you now denigrate..boo hoo hoo ThisYear
  • Score: 0

6:38pm Fri 18 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Yes, having seen the youtube footage, those signs in this back garden, have been stolen from road works, in Rayleigh, now this puts into question the integrity of the whole of the RPG's gripe and promotion of their so called cause, Ive already contacted PSD of Essex Police, regarding certain posters, having had their inside info posted here, look forward to RPG speaking about a few home goals..
Yes, having seen the youtube footage, those signs in this back garden, have been stolen from road works, in Rayleigh, now this puts into question the integrity of the whole of the RPG's gripe and promotion of their so called cause, Ive already contacted PSD of Essex Police, regarding certain posters, having had their inside info posted here, look forward to RPG speaking about a few home goals.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Fri 18 Apr 14

beejiu says...

Jack222 wrote:
Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
He's no more above the law than the police are. Ultimately, it is up for the justice system to determine who breaks the law and who doesn't, not the Police or the CPS. It is perfectly possible for a regular citizen to bring their own private prosecution in a court under the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1985. If only we had more people like this group, we wouldn't have so much crime.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Appalling idea. What puts you above the law.[/p][/quote]He's no more above the law than the police are. Ultimately, it is up for the justice system to determine who breaks the law and who doesn't, not the Police or the CPS. It is perfectly possible for a regular citizen to bring their own private prosecution in a court under the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1985. If only we had more people like this group, we wouldn't have so much crime. beejiu
  • Score: 3

6:32pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Rayleigh20124 says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Yes, having seen the youtube footage, those signs in this back garden, have been stolen from road works, in Rayleigh, now this puts into question the integrity of the whole of the RPG's gripe and promotion of their so called cause, Ive already contacted PSD of Essex Police, regarding certain posters, having had their inside info posted here, look forward to RPG speaking about a few home goals..
What makes you think they are stolen? Terry would by law have to put out road signs when he is working in a street by the side of a road. You can buy road signs from shops if you didn't realize, if he had 100's of road signs stacked up in his garden that would be cause for concern, but as he clearly needs them for his work, I can't see your justification for calling him a thief. And having known Terry since he was a young boy and known how hard he has worked to get his business where it is today, I applaud him, and find you dispicable.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Yes, having seen the youtube footage, those signs in this back garden, have been stolen from road works, in Rayleigh, now this puts into question the integrity of the whole of the RPG's gripe and promotion of their so called cause, Ive already contacted PSD of Essex Police, regarding certain posters, having had their inside info posted here, look forward to RPG speaking about a few home goals..[/p][/quote]What makes you think they are stolen? Terry would by law have to put out road signs when he is working in a street by the side of a road. You can buy road signs from shops if you didn't realize, if he had 100's of road signs stacked up in his garden that would be cause for concern, but as he clearly needs them for his work, I can't see your justification for calling him a thief. And having known Terry since he was a young boy and known how hard he has worked to get his business where it is today, I applaud him, and find you dispicable. Rayleigh20124
  • Score: 8

7:39pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Rayleigh20124 says...

CarnMountification wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Appalling idea.

What puts you above the law.
And when some one gets a good hiding for picking on an innocent person, who will they be calling ?THE POLICE, this was a shed burglary, the property is right next to a public footpath, the insecure and weak side gate allowed access to the tin shed, where did the road signs come from, stolen? by RPG ?
Weak locks and weak story....
You seriously need to look at your life, coming on websites shouting your mouth off! You have gotten yourself so worked up that you had to make a new username because you forgot your last log in details. Go and troll on Facebook please.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Appalling idea. What puts you above the law.[/p][/quote]And when some one gets a good hiding for picking on an innocent person, who will they be calling ?THE POLICE, this was a shed burglary, the property is right next to a public footpath, the insecure and weak side gate allowed access to the tin shed, where did the road signs come from, stolen? by RPG ? Weak locks and weak story....[/p][/quote]You seriously need to look at your life, coming on websites shouting your mouth off! You have gotten yourself so worked up that you had to make a new username because you forgot your last log in details. Go and troll on Facebook please. Rayleigh20124
  • Score: 6

12:06pm Sun 20 Apr 14

stopmoaning1 says...

emcee wrote:
Firstly, not everybody prostitutes themselves to Facebook.
Secondly, there is allready a form of what this Rayleigh Protection Group is... it's called Neighbourhood Watch. NW has been going on for years and with the support of the police. Maybe Mr Coppins should organise his own NW with his neighbours, it will also enable those not computer savvy or those who would rather not use Facebook to get involved.
Lastly, the police are NOT overstreatched, they are mismanaged.
I work in motor insurance and deal closely with the police on a daily basis.
They most certainly ARE overstretched.
Anybody who thinks otherwise should try working with them for a couple of days.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Firstly, not everybody prostitutes themselves to Facebook. Secondly, there is allready a form of what this Rayleigh Protection Group is... it's called Neighbourhood Watch. NW has been going on for years and with the support of the police. Maybe Mr Coppins should organise his own NW with his neighbours, it will also enable those not computer savvy or those who would rather not use Facebook to get involved. Lastly, the police are NOT overstreatched, they are mismanaged.[/p][/quote]I work in motor insurance and deal closely with the police on a daily basis. They most certainly ARE overstretched. Anybody who thinks otherwise should try working with them for a couple of days. stopmoaning1
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Sun 20 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

Next we will be told that we mustnt do the pllice's job for them cos they will be made redundant. i reckon that these will do a better job because who sees a policeman any more?
Next we will be told that we mustnt do the pllice's job for them cos they will be made redundant. i reckon that these will do a better job because who sees a policeman any more? jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

2:56pm Tue 22 Apr 14

cg1blue says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Just seen the youtube video, and it shows the back garden with a shed and the burglars, though it has to be asked, was the garden gate locked?
If the garden gate wasn't locked, would that make it ok to burgle someone?

Why do you try to justify this crime? Perhaps you'd like them to introduce a Burglars Rights Act.....
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Just seen the youtube video, and it shows the back garden with a shed and the burglars, though it has to be asked, was the garden gate locked?[/p][/quote]If the garden gate wasn't locked, would that make it ok to burgle someone? Why do you try to justify this crime? Perhaps you'd like them to introduce a Burglars Rights Act..... cg1blue
  • Score: 5

11:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

LoopyLou88 says...

Give the CCTV to the police let them catch the scumbags in the mean time - just put up some elctric fencing you'll soon hear the scumbags cries of pain.
Give the CCTV to the police let them catch the scumbags in the mean time - just put up some elctric fencing you'll soon hear the scumbags cries of pain. LoopyLou88
  • Score: 1

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