Neighbourhood & Speedwatch Reports

The co-ordinator for both Neighbourhood & Speedwatch is Colin Bearne.  Colin can be reached on bearne@supanet.com or on 01953 483 961.  He will be pleased to hear from you in respect of Homewatch particularly if you are going away and your house is being left unattended or in respect of Speedwatch if you have any particular concerns or indeed are willing to assist on that project.

Wheeliebin stickers 'SLOW DOWN IN OUR VILLAGE' are now available on application to Colin Bearne cost £2.20 for 2 stickers, one for each bin.


CASTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH  June - July 2017 

There have been sightings of suspicious characters in the village. Please report any suspicious behaviour, especially where you know that the property ( or properties ) involved are temporarily empty or the householder is absent.

The warmer weather leads to more open windows and doors. Please be careful not to leave potential burglars easy access.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

1 June – 3 July 2017

There have been four sessions since the last council meeting.  462 vehicles were observed, and despite our signs and very obvious presence, we were able to record 17 of these as speeding.

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week. We are still critically short of volunteers.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

July 2017


CASTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH  Jan –Feb 2017 

There have been no reported crimes in the parish since the last meeting of the council.

The police recently reported an increase in this area of  the number of thefts of heating oil and of metal objects and machinery from gardens. Please be on your guard and take extra care.

As soon as the weather settles to a fine, dry spell it will be possible to replace the old Homewatch sticky signs.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

10 Jan – 6 Feb 2017

Because of the inclement weather it has only been possible to organise 2 sessions since the last council meeting. 157 vehicles were observed, and we were able to record 10 of these as speeding. Dirty licence plates continue to pose a problem.

We are still on the lookout for volunteers to help with the moving of the SAM2 flashing sign.

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

Jan 2017


CASTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH  Dec 2016 – Jan 2017

There has been one known theft in the parish in the period concerned.

Sometime between 4 and 7 Dec a set of decorative lights and battery was removed from the area near the entrance to the church. Given the place and time of the crime the theft is a particularly mean one

Please remember in this context that Neighbourhood Watch exists not only to help prevent crime in the village but also to help in the aftermath. Details flushed out by information made public by the victim may well help the police in identifying the culprits and possibly in recovering stolen property.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

6 Dec 2016 – 9 Jan 2017

There have been only 2 meetings of the Speedwatch team since the last council meeting. This is accounted for by the adverse weather and by our normal stand down over Christmas. 213 vehicles were observed, of which only 1 was speeding. Our figures show that traffic flow in the village increased over the holidays but that, conversely, speeding in general decreased.

I must repeat yet again our plea to have even more support, especially with the  periodic re-installation of the SAM2 flashing sign. A few tall strong individuals would be a great help.

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

Jan 2017


CASTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Nov - Dec 2016

There is nothing to record this month from the parish, but thefts in nearby Great Cressingham and Brandon Road, Thetford serve to remind us how necessary it is to make all outhouses and sheds secure, especially in the darkest time of the year.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

8 Nov – 5 Dec 2016

There have been only 3 meetings of the Speedwatch team since the last council meeting. The weather has not been kind to us. 214 vehicles were observed, of which 7 were speeding. Once again our figures for the period concerned show that traffic flow in the village has generally decreased, but that speeding has remained constant

I must repeat yet again our plea to have even more support, especially with the  periodic re-installation of the SAM2 flashing sign. A few tall strong individuals would be a great help.

Further to the effectiveness of the sign, we are still experimenting with the positioning of the posts to which it can be attached

 Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

Dec 2016


CASTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Oct –Nov 2016

There is nothing to record this month.

The festive season approaches and extra care is needed not to make our presents gifts to criminals by leaving them obviously displayed and easily accessible.

The December Parish Council meeting will include a section devoted to a Neighbourhood watch presentation by the county level coordinators.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

4 Oct – 7 Nov 2016

In the period concerned there have been 5 meetings of the Speedwatch team. 470 vehicles were observed, of which 18 were speeding. Our figures for the period concerned show that traffic flow in the village has generally decreased, but that speeding has remained constant

.This month I must repeat our plea to have even more support, especially with the  periodic re-installation of the SAM2 flashing sign. A few tall strong individuals would be a great help.

Further to the effectiveness of the sign,  it is possible to say that the impact in Nothacre and the repositioning of the sign in Attleborough Road are both success stories.

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

Oct 2016


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH  July-Sept  2016

Sadly, as reported on the village website, there have been two serious thefts of property in the parish since the last council meeting, one involving considerable damage to the property concerned. Both the offences occurred in Northacre, in one case almost at the far end of the road.

If you know your property to be particularly at risk by virtue of its location please talk to the police on their non-urgent number about all the additional precautions that can be taken. I am always happy to discuss this by visit or over the phone.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

 4 July – 6 Sept 2016

In the period concerned there have been 6 meetings of the Speedwatch team. 695 vehicles were observed, of which 42 were speeding. Our figures for the period concerned show that traffic flow in the village has generally stabilised.

Though our volunteer numbers have increased we are still keen to have even more support, especially with the  installation of the SAM2 flashing sign. A few tall strong individuals would be a great help.

It is still too early to make any definite statements about the impact of the sign and other installations at the entrances to the village. But it is our impression that vehicle speeds near Coronation Terrace have dropped.

 Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

Sept 2016


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH June - July  2016

Nothing serious to report this month

Enjoy the sunny weather (when we get some) but remember to secure all doors and windows when you are away from the house, also to put away garden tools and machinery in particular sit-on mowers.

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

7 June – 4 July 2016

In the period concerned there have been 3 meetings of the Speedwatch team. 365 vehicles were observed, of which 16 were speeding. Our figures for the recent past show that traffic in the village has generally increased considerably.

Though our numbers have increased we are still keen to have even more support

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

July 2016


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH May - June  2016

With effect from this month Homewatch is being re-branded as Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch.

There have been several local thefts of unattended vehicles, and also of diesel from unattended farm vehicles. Because of this please take special care with machinery such as sit on mowers and similar vehicles.

Let’s enjoy the summer weather, and make it crime free by reporting any suspicious behaviour. If you are going for a holiday break make sure your house is checked on by a friend, neighbour, or Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator

For Neighbourhood Watch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

18 May – 6 June 2016

In the period concerned there have been 3 meetings of the Speedwatch team. 270 vehicles were observed, of which 13 were speeding. The top speed recorded was 48mph in a 30 limit!

.Though our numbers have increased we are still keen to have even more support

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers
June 2016


HOMEWATCH   April - May  2016

With effect from this month Homewatch is being re-branded as Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch. This will make little or no difference to the parish, and all the contact numbers remain the same. It does put us on the national network, however.

At a local level a vehicle that had apparently been stolen was involved in a collision with a parishioner’s boundary fence, causing damage to both fence and vehicle. The driver made off.

Also earlier this week there have been reports of a single man cold-calling for casual work. Please be on your guard.  

As usual take adequate precautions with all your possessions, both indoor and outdoor.

For Homewatch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

5 April – 17 May 2016

In the period concerned there have been 5 meetings of the Speedwatch team. 620 vehicles were observed, of which 20 were speeding. The top speed recorded was 49mph in a 30 limit!

 We have recruited 2 new members in the past week, and they will start working with us in the coming week.

Nevertheless we are keen to have even more support

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers

May 2016


HOMEWATCH  February – March  2016

In the past month or so there have been a number of thefts of unattached trailers and horse-boxes. The police are advising owners to make sure such vehicles are kept securely clamped and locked.

As usual take adequate precautions with all your possessions, both indoor and outdoor.

For Homewatch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

1 February – 7 March  2016

With daytime temperatures hovering around 5-6 degrees we have been unable to hold any CSW sessions this past month

Since the last Council meeting two sessions of electronic 24/7 monitoring by the police have shown a compliance rate of over 85%. This has caused some of us to think that our continued presence may be more cosmetic than effective in reducing vehicle speeds. Indeed it may not be as effective as the SAM flashing sign which we have at regular intervals. The Council may wish to bear this point in mind when considering alternative measures.

No CSW session has been arranged for this week. When the weather becomes milder we shall, however, be out and about again

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

CSW Speedwatch volunteers
March 2016


HOMEWATCH  February – March  2016

In the past month or so there have been a number of thefts of unattached trailers and horse-boxes. The police are advising owners to make sure such vehicles are kept securely clamped and locked.

As usual take adequate precautions with all your possessions, both indoor and outdoor.

For Homewatch ring 483961

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

1 February – 7 March  2016

With daytime temperatures hovering around 5-6 degrees we have been unable to hold many CSW sessions this past month

Since the last Council meeting Caston Speedwatch has held 1 session, observing 192 vehicles and 3 of these were exceeding the stipulated limit.

These low figures are the result of the intervention of inclement weather and the Christmas holidays.

 A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

Seasons Greetings from the Speedwatch Team  securely clamped and locked securely

6 December 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  November - December 2015

Just a short message:

 One very good piece of advice from the police, especially at this time of year: Try to look at your house with the eyes of a burglar, and then take any security measures that seem necessary. It’s well worth the time and any expense.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Homewatch

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

3 Nov 2015 – 7 Dec 2015

The shortening daylight hours and illness amongst the team has meant that we have been under considerable pressure in providing regular sessions. Things would be a lot better for us if WE HAD MORE VOLUNTEERS – PLEASE!

Since the last Council meeting Caston Speedwatch has held 4 sessions, observing 384 vehicles and 15 of these were exceeding the stipulated limit.

 A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

Please join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

Seasons Greetings from the Speedwatch Team

6 December 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  September - October 2015

There are no serious crimes in the parish to report since the last meeting.

Unfortunately there is no prospect of a significant drop in the cost of heating oil, and this remains very vulnerable. Make sure you have adequate locks and that security lighting is operative.

If you are going to be away in the near future please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

8 Sept – 5 Oct 2015  

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 4 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 591 vehicles since then of which 18 were speeders, and 13 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over. This low percentage of speeders is only achievable, naturally, during speedwatch sessions. There has been a noticeable increase in the volume of traffic at certain periods and unfortunately a similar increase in driver bad behaviour: tail-gating, use of hand held phones, eating and drinking and smoking and abusive gestures and behaviour to speedwatch members. The Parish Clerk has written to various GPS organizers with respect to the use of the village street as a through route by non-local traffic.

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

Join us if you are concerned about speeding in the village. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

5 October 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  June-July 2015

In the recent very warm weather we have had we often open as many doors and windows as possible, but please remember not to make it easy for the criminal by leaving any of them open when you are away from the house, or even dozing at the bottom of the garden!

If you are going to be away in the near future please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

2 June – 6 July 2015  

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 5 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 738 vehicles since then of which 31 were speeders, and 17 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over. This low percentage of speeders is only achievable, naturally, during speedwatch sessions. To achieve a permanent low figure other traffic calming measures would of course be needed. We have had another visit from the police camera support officer.

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

On a related subject we have received several comments about the sheer size of articulated vehicles seemingly needlessly coming through the village, instead of taking the alternative, safer, route between Watton and the A11

Please, if you are concerned about speeding in the village, consider joining us. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

13 April 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  May-June 2015

Norfolk police are warning about a local spate of thefts from parked vehicles left unattended. Please remember that your vehicle is a target even when parked outside your home.

Further to last month’s note about catalytic converters, please note that it is now possible to have them security coded. Contact police for details.

If you are going to be away in the near future please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

11 May – 1 June 2015  

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 3 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 485 vehicles since then of which 24 were speeders, and 11 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over. We are anticipating another visit from the police camera support officer, which will reinforce our efforts.

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

So, please if you are concerned about speeding in the village consider joining us. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

13 April 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH ANNUAL REPORT as at 11 May 2015

The parish has been lucky and had a relatively crime-free twelve months. In general residents have been very good at alerting me about incidents and of when their house is likely to be empty. In this respect I should also point out that security firms and the emergency services nearly always ask for the keyholder and if residents feel they could share this information with me it would make things a lot easier for all concerned.

Opportunistic theft is still the main threat, and this often affects outdoor equipment such as oil-tanks and expensive garden-care machinery.  There is also an increasing danger of metal theft as scrap values soar.

We have again been lucky to have the support and help over the year of our PCSO, Tonya Winsley.  She keeps us abreast of developments, and conveys our concerns back to the police.

Colin Bearne – 11.05.15.

SPEEDWATCH – ANNUAL REPORT as at 11 May 2015

We have managed a meeting almost every week this past year.  We have lost a surprisingly low number weeks due to inclement weather.

To repeat what was said last year it has been obvious that as soon as our signs are put out the vast majority of drivers moderate their speed, though a significant minority, sometimes as many as 10%, do not.

During the year a sizeable number of drivers has been written to by the police about their speed in the parish.

The team is agreed that additional means need to be found to induce drivers to respect the speed limit on a permanent basis.

We have recruited one more member during the year, but we are still struggling to make double figures. Were we to get more, planning the sessions would obviously be easier for all concerned

Speedwatch Team Volunteers – 11.05.15.


HOMEWATCH  April 2015 – May 2015

Again there is fortunately nothing to report this month other than to warn about the  theft of scrap metal and metal objects in the county. I should also renew my warning about the  increasing amount of theft of catalytic converters, particularly from 4x4s. Please take all the security measures you can.

If you are going to be away in the near future please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

14 April 2015 – 11 May 2015  

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 4 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 479 vehicles since the last report of which 23 were speeders, and 14 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over. We are still hoping for another visit from the police camera support officer, which will hopefully help to reinforce our efforts.

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

So, please if you are concerned about speeding in the village consider joining us. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

13 April 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  March 2015 – April 2015

Again there is fortunately nothing to report this month other than to renew the warning about the continuing spate of heating oil theft in the county. I should also add that there is an increasing amount of theft of catalytic converters, particularly from 4x4s. Please take all the security measures you can.

If you are going to be away in the near future please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

2 March 2015  - 13 April 2015

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 6 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 717 vehicles since the last report of which 16 were speeders, and 12 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over. We are now hoping for another visit from the police camera support officer, which will hopefully help to reinforce our efforts.

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

So, please if you are concerned about speeding in the village consider joining us. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

13 April 2015, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH   February 2015 – March 2015

There is fortunately nothing to report this month other than to renew the warning about the continuing spate of heating oil theft in the county. Rural domestic burglary is also prevalent. Please take all the security measures you can.

If you are going to be away in the near future please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

2 February – 2 March 2015

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 4 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 466 vehicles since the last report of which 7 were speeders, and 11 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over.  Thanks to the dedication of the team we now have regular visits from the police camera support officer, which will hopefully help to reinforce our efforts.

We should also report that the winter was very kind to us this year and very few sessions have had to be cancelled or abandoned

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

So, please if you are concerned about speeding in the village consider joining us. It takes only 1-2 hours of your time every alternate week.

2 March 2015,

Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.

 


 

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