Neighbours on Street Patrols

HIGH-VISIBILTY resident security patrols are being planned in Thorpe Bay - in an effort to drive down burglary.

The matter is being urgently discussed by Burges Estate Residents Association in the wake of worrying spate of break-ins.

The plan is for pairs of residents, kitted out in high visibility vests with ‘security’ emblazoned on them and torches, to hit the streets at alloted times.

Each team would patrol two streets each - during the peak burglary times of 4pm to 11pm.

It comes after at least ten homes were raided in the last three weeks.

Ron Woodley, independent councillor for Thorpe Bay, has floated the new idea after several residents came to him with their concerns.

He said: “The last thing any potential burglar or criminal wants is to have people that are visibly walking the streets as a deterrent, and that’s what it would be.

“I would not want anybody to approach a suspect, they all have mobile phones and they can ring 999 immediately.”

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8:34am Fri 25 Jan 13

Rich{Carole says...

Good luck to them, if the courts done their jobs right a house breaker should get 10 years as this is a vile sick crime. This stiff sentence would cut this crime by 90%. But the courts will not do this and the scum that do this crime will continue knowing they just might get community service iof they are caught.
Good luck to them, if the courts done their jobs right a house breaker should get 10 years as this is a vile sick crime. This stiff sentence would cut this crime by 90%. But the courts will not do this and the scum that do this crime will continue knowing they just might get community service iof they are caught. Rich{Carole
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9:14am Fri 25 Jan 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

Rich{Carole wrote:
Good luck to them, if the courts done their jobs right a house breaker should get 10 years as this is a vile sick crime. This stiff sentence would cut this crime by 90%. But the courts will not do this and the scum that do this crime will continue knowing they just might get community service iof they are caught.
With a justice system that only fines someone £35 for killing, harsh sentencing for burglary is unlikely.
[quote][p][bold]Rich{Carole[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them, if the courts done their jobs right a house breaker should get 10 years as this is a vile sick crime. This stiff sentence would cut this crime by 90%. But the courts will not do this and the scum that do this crime will continue knowing they just might get community service iof they are caught.[/p][/quote]With a justice system that only fines someone £35 for killing, harsh sentencing for burglary is unlikely. Shoebury_Cyclist
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9:32am Fri 25 Jan 13

heartbeat says...

Well done Ron Woodley. Burges Estate residents are soooo lucky to have someone who gets things done. The Residents' Association there are a formidable force!
Well done Ron Woodley. Burges Estate residents are soooo lucky to have someone who gets things done. The Residents' Association there are a formidable force! heartbeat
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10:25am Fri 25 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

all burglars will now know not to go out on the 'job' until after 11pm that's all
all burglars will now know not to go out on the 'job' until after 11pm that's all Eric Whim
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1:23pm Fri 25 Jan 13

eddicaine says...

Well done, do the police job for them, don't catch anyone though because you might get arrested
Well done, do the police job for them, don't catch anyone though because you might get arrested eddicaine
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1:46pm Fri 25 Jan 13

perini says...

As I predicted, this is just the start of things as we have a totally ineffective police force and a more than useless judiciary system. How long now before vigilantes take to the streets? - not long I would think!
As I predicted, this is just the start of things as we have a totally ineffective police force and a more than useless judiciary system. How long now before vigilantes take to the streets? - not long I would think! perini
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1:51pm Fri 25 Jan 13

emcee says...

So does this mean residents wearing high vis "security" vests and issued with their very own "bat phone" will get priority over any other resident in the town when dialling 999? After all, it is not often police give a rapid response from a 999 call these days.
And why should residents have to do the job of the police. Proper beat officers for each area of the town, 24/7 (burglars do not work specific shifts). That is what the public really want.
So does this mean residents wearing high vis "security" vests and issued with their very own "bat phone" will get priority over any other resident in the town when dialling 999? After all, it is not often police give a rapid response from a 999 call these days. And why should residents have to do the job of the police. Proper beat officers for each area of the town, 24/7 (burglars do not work specific shifts). That is what the public really want. emcee
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3:07pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"
Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported" Carnabackable
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5:06pm Fri 25 Jan 13

stopmoaning1 says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"
Er, because the residents will know each other.

Anyway, the very fact they are doing this is the result of the governments wholesale destruction of the police force - and other services. Anybody seen the story on the BBC news site about the ambulances
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"[/p][/quote]Er, because the residents will know each other. Anyway, the very fact they are doing this is the result of the governments wholesale destruction of the police force - and other services. Anybody seen the story on the BBC news site about the ambulances stopmoaning1
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5:15pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Cosmo Spring says...

emcee wrote:
So does this mean residents wearing high vis "security" vests and issued with their very own "bat phone" will get priority over any other resident in the town when dialling 999? After all, it is not often police give a rapid response from a 999 call these days.
And why should residents have to do the job of the police. Proper beat officers for each area of the town, 24/7 (burglars do not work specific shifts). That is what the public really want.
it'll be their baseball bat phones we'll be hearing about soon enough
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: So does this mean residents wearing high vis "security" vests and issued with their very own "bat phone" will get priority over any other resident in the town when dialling 999? After all, it is not often police give a rapid response from a 999 call these days. And why should residents have to do the job of the police. Proper beat officers for each area of the town, 24/7 (burglars do not work specific shifts). That is what the public really want.[/p][/quote]it'll be their baseball bat phones we'll be hearing about soon enough Cosmo Spring
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10:14pm Fri 25 Jan 13

jolllyboy says...

It was always going to happen. If the police cannot do their jobs and protest the residents of the town then residents will feel they have a right to protect their own property. And they do. Just do not be intimidated by the burglars or any that threaten you because that is how some neighbourhood watches fold as no-one will tell on the rotten apple amongst them for fear of reprisals.
It was always going to happen. If the police cannot do their jobs and protest the residents of the town then residents will feel they have a right to protect their own property. And they do. Just do not be intimidated by the burglars or any that threaten you because that is how some neighbourhood watches fold as no-one will tell on the rotten apple amongst them for fear of reprisals. jolllyboy
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2:18pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

stopmoaning1 wrote:
Carnabackable wrote:
Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"
Er, because the residents will know each other.

Anyway, the very fact they are doing this is the result of the governments wholesale destruction of the police force - and other services. Anybody seen the story on the BBC news site about the ambulances
Yeah right, the residents all know each over,lol
[quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"[/p][/quote]Er, because the residents will know each other. Anyway, the very fact they are doing this is the result of the governments wholesale destruction of the police force - and other services. Anybody seen the story on the BBC news site about the ambulances[/p][/quote]Yeah right, the residents all know each over,lol Carnabackable
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2:20pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Carnabackable wrote:
stopmoaning1 wrote:
Carnabackable wrote:
Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"
Er, because the residents will know each other.

Anyway, the very fact they are doing this is the result of the governments wholesale destruction of the police force - and other services. Anybody seen the story on the BBC news site about the ambulances
Yeah right, the residents all know each over,lol
Ambulances? don't you mean ambulance, and no I haven't heard of it...
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stopmoaning1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: Whats to stop the would be burglar, donning a high vis jacket carrying a torch and going on a job, with his mate, "oh we are just checking,the window of this property,,a noise was reported"[/p][/quote]Er, because the residents will know each other. Anyway, the very fact they are doing this is the result of the governments wholesale destruction of the police force - and other services. Anybody seen the story on the BBC news site about the ambulances[/p][/quote]Yeah right, the residents all know each over,lol[/p][/quote]Ambulances? don't you mean ambulance, and no I haven't heard of it... Carnabackable
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10:44pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Major Incident says...

As once happened in another part of the country, the residents' patrols will probably be hailed a success because the burglaries will stop having been displaced to a neighbouring area. The ongoing police investigation will later identify the burglar as one of the residents who actually assisted with the patrols!
As once happened in another part of the country, the residents' patrols will probably be hailed a success because the burglaries will stop having been displaced to a neighbouring area. The ongoing police investigation will later identify the burglar as one of the residents who actually assisted with the patrols! Major Incident
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