The following has been forwarded to us by our Clerk in his daily Virus updates.
During these unprecedented times home security may be the least of our concerns – indeed crime rates are currently reduced – but often complacency leads to vulnerabilitie say Notts police.
As we enter the 8th week of the government lockdown and are enjoying warmer weather many of us are taking to the garden. It’s important to remain alert! Whilst in the garden make sure the door at the opposite side of the house is locked,
- keep side and back gates locked and
- always put away gardening equipment at the end of the day.
- Ensure valuable items such as bikes and power tools are kept in a secure, locked garage or shed.
When you go out for your daily exercise, if the home is then unoccupied,
- check all doors are locked and windows closed,
- if you have a home alarm this should be activated.
While not at home check all motor vehicle doors are locked and items removed from view, where possible remove all valuables from the vehicle.
Remember if you have a keyless entry system fitted to your vehicle the key fob, it should be kept as far away as possible from doors and windows and stored in a signal blocking pouch or metal tin. Stay safe, stay secure. https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/document/advice-home
The following information has been provided by PC Shinn (Rushcliffe South – Nottinghamshire Police).
The Rushcliffe south beat team based at Cotgrave have been patrolling around the villages and towns of Rushcliffe since the restrictions have been put into place by the government.
We would like to thank the big percentage of people that are following the government and NHS advice and guidelines around Coronavirus (COVID-19). Local people have generally been seen walking around in quite small numbers and keeping the required 2 metres distance from others.
Where we see, or are being made aware of gatherings of people not following this guidance we are engaging, advising and dispersing the groups.
However as we have been patrolling we have seen a number of vehicles being used by people to travel to rural locations to take their ‘up to an hours’ exercise.
The advice from the professionals is that people should take their exercise from their home address and not travel by car to another location to do this.
Due to the reduction in traffic we have seen less Road Traffic Collisions (RTC’s), but if people continue to drive to areas away from their home unnecessarily, this creates a risk of emergency services and breakdown providers having to attend should you break down or have a RTC, putting those people at risk of infection and the virus being spread.
The following links provide further information which has been publicised through various media outlets.
What you can and can’t do
Guidance on access to green spaces
Within the above links are other short cuts to further information and is subject to change at short notice as the health professionals and government review.
We are dealing with a national health emergency and strongly encourage people to adhere to the guidance at all times; this will help prevent the spread of the virus in our communities.