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  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.


HOMEWATCH  November - December 2014

The police locally are warning about increased thefts from sheds, outbuildings and garages at this time of year. Please make sure these are secure, particularly if you keep tools, machines or vehicles there.

If you are going to be away in the near future, for example over Christmas or the New Year, please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

8 November – 1 December 2014

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 3 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting.  We have recorded 347 vehicles since the last report of which 7 were speeders, and 5 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over.  One speeder was recorded at 47mph outside Coronation Terrace!

We are now asked to record the numbers of vehicles going at 35 and 36 mph in order to provide evidence of the need for attendance by the police camera car.

The practice for the positioning of signs has been revised, and this will be immediately obvious to drivers. We are told that the revision is to ensure the safety of the speedwatch teams.    

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

For a variety of reasons it is still difficult to assemble a team for each 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.

1 Dec. 2014, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  October - November 2014

I am sad to report that one crime was committed in Caston last month. Please be extra vigilant.

The nights are drawing in so please check your external security lights and any time-switches you may be using for internal security.

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

7 October – 3 November 2014

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 4 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting.  There was one cancellation due to bad weather. We have recorded 394 vehicles since the last report of which 5 were speeders, and 2 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over.  We are now asked to record the numbers of vehicles going at 35 and 36 mph in order to provide evidence of the need for attendance by the police camera car.

The practice for the positioning of signs has been revised, and this will be immediately obvious to drivers. We are told that the revision is to ensure the safety of the speedwatch teams.    

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

For a variety of reasons it is still difficult to assemble a team for each 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.

3 Nov 2014, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  August-October 2014

I am glad to report that Caston did not figure in last month’s local crime stats.

The nights are drawing in so please check your external security lights and any time-switches you may be using for internal security.

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 July to 6 October 2014

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 10 sessions since the last report to the Parish Council Meeting.  There were two cancellations due to bad weather. We have recorded 1,052 vehicles since the last report of which 39 were speeders, and 8 vehicles were travelling at 35mph or over.  We are now asked to record the numbers of vehicles going at 35 and 36 mph in order to provide evidence of the need for attendance by the police camera car.     

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

For a variety of reasons it is still difficult to assemble a team for each 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.

We have the flashing sign for the next week when it will be placed at various locations, weather permitting.

6 October 2014, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  April - May 2014

There is nothing specific to the parish to report, however residents are reminded that the police post periodical general notices on the village web site, and these are also sometimes in the Waylander.

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 April to 14 May 2014

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 4 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting.  One other session was cancelled due to bad weather.  We have recorded 442 vehicles since the last meeting of which 8 were speeders, and 18 vehicles were travelling at over 35mph.  We are now asked to record the numbers of vehicles going at 35 and 36 mph in order to provide evidence of the need for attendance by the police camera car.     

A CSW session has been arranged for this week.

14 May 2014, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  February 2014

Now that spring is almost with us you may be tempted out and about so please take extra care with those of your possessions which ‘live’ outside. Thefts in this area of garden fitments are quite frequent.

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

3 February to 3 March 2014

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 4 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 342 vehicles since the last meeting of which 6 were speeders. We shall have the flashing SAM sign for 2 weeks next month.

We are now asked to record also the numbers of vehicles going at 35 and 36 mph in order to provide evidence of the need for attendance by the police camera car.  Be warned!     

3 March 2014, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  January 2014

Sadly we did not quite keep our clean record over the past two months, and there has been one reported theft in the village.

Please take extra care with those of your possessions which ‘live’ outside.

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

5 November 2013 – 3 February 2014

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team has had 10 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 862 vehicles since the last meeting of which 62 were speeders. We have also had the flashing SAM sign for 2 weeks but have been able to use it on only a few occasions because of the wet weather.

We are now asked to record also the numbers of vehicles going at 35 and 36 mph in order to provide evidence of the need for attendance by the police camera car. Be warned!     

3 February 2014, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  December 2013

Nothing to report.

If you are going to be away over Christmas please tell a neighbour or friend or contact Homewatch on 01953 483961. Happy Christmas!

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

8 October – 4 November 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 4 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting. We have recorded 329 vehicles since the last meeting of whom 17 were speeders.  The percentage of speeders is average, but the speed of those exceeding the limit is still unusually high; 2 were driving at 48 and 55!

2nd December 2013, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  November 2013

One theft in the village was reported for the past month.

Thefts tend to increase with the approach of Christmas. Please do not leave your presents, received or to be given, on display through the car or house windows. Check your locks and alarms regularly. Have a crime-free festive season!

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

8 October – 4 November 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had only 2 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting, we had to cancel one other due to pouring rain, and on another occasion there was a lack people with time available.  We have recorded 184 vehicles since the last meeting of whom 11 were speeders.  The percentage of speeders is average, but the speed of those exceeding the limit is still unusually high.    

We have still have some stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.

4 November 2013, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  October 2013

Fortunately there have been no reports of serious crime in the last month.

Darker nights and empty properties are not a good combination. If you are going to be leaving your property even for a short period please let someone nearby know or call Homewatch on 01953 483961.


CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

2 September – 7 October 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 6 sessions  since the last Parish Council Meeting, although we had to cancel one due to pouring rain.  We have recorded 683 vehicles since the last meeting of whom 22 were speeders.  The percentage of speeders is lower overall, but the average speed of those exceeding the limit is still high, for example one speeder in the past month was driving at 48mph.  

We have done a Speedwatch session on two Saturday mornings.  On one of these we had a training session with our latest volunteer who has been vetted for Speedwatch.  He’s able to do weekends so this may allow more flexibility in the times of our sessions. 

We have still have some stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.


7th October 2013, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  September 2013

Fortunately there have been no reports of serious crime in the last two months.

Now that the winter is approaching and you will be thinking about ordering more heating oil, please ensure your supply is kept securely, as theft of oil continues to be a problem.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

1 July – 2 September 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 8 sessions  since the last Parish Council Meeting, although we had to cancel one due to lack of manpower, and another due to poor light conditions.  We have a session booked for later this week.  We have recorded 978 vehicles since the last meeting of whom 31 were speeders.  The percentage of speeders is lower overall, but the average speed of those exceeding the limit has risen, for example one speeder in the past month was driving at 46mph.   

We have an extra volunteer who has been vetted for Speedwatch.  He’s able to do weekends so this may allow more flexibility in the times of our sessions.  

APPEAL - We would  be glad of a New Speedwatch Co-ordinator who would arrange the sessions, put up/put down the signs, and make returns to the Police Co-ordinator.  Sometimes the putting up/putting down of the signs is taken on by one of the Volunteers, other than the Co-ordinator, as is dropping in the returns to the Parish Clerk for the Police.

We still have some stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.

2nd September 2013, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  June 2013

Further to the comments about WATCH in the last report, there have recently been one attempted theft, one serious incident of fly-tipping and some criminal damage to an Anglian Water installation. Both the latter posed a direct threat to the quality of life in the village. The only safeguard we have is to be extremely vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual activity either to the police on 101, or to the appropriate authority/utility.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

14 May – 30 June 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 7 sessions  since the last Parish Council Meeting, although we had to cancel one due to excessive rain and one due to lack of manpower.  We have a session booked for later this week.  We have noticed the percentage of speeders is lower overall, but the average speed of those exceeding the  limit has risen, for example one speeder in the past month was driving at 48mph.   

The flashing sign is on loan again now for 2 weeks, for 1-hour sessions in various places around the village. We hope to be able to use it fully this month.  Generally this sign has had the noticeable effect of moderating most motorists’ speeds during those sessions. 

We have an extra volunteer interested in Speedwatch.  He is at present completing the vetting form and will get it to the Clerk as soon as possible.  He’s able to do weekends as well as summer evenings so this might allow more flexibility in the times of our sessions.  

APPEAL - We would glad of a New Speedwatch Co-ordinator who would arrange the sessions, put up/put down the signs, and make returns to the Police Co-ordinator.

We have still have some stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.

1st July 2013, Caston Speedwatch Volunteers.


HOMEWATCH  APRIL 2013

Recently all the Homewatch signs were cleaned for the summer and one which was no longer legible has been replaced.

Although there have been several serious crimes in the parish in the last year, we seem to have escaped fairly lightly so far.

Some people may have been annoyed to have been approached twice for a Red Cross donation. They should know that the first caller in the week preceding Red Cross Week was bogus. The Red Cross and the police are investigating.

I cannot emphasise enough the WATCH part of the scheme. It is a community scheme and is only fully effective when we are vigilant not only about our own property and belongings but on behalf of our friends and neighbours also. Please look out for unusual and suspicious activity in your area and report it, either direct to the police or to me on 01953 483961.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

9 April – 13 May 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 5 sessions  since the last Parish Council Meeting. These sessions produced 20 speeders, and we counted 615 vehicles.  We have a session booked for later this week.  We have noticed the percentage of speeders is lower overall, but the average speed of those exceeding the  limit has risen in the past month.   

The flashing sign is on loan again for 2 weeks next month, for 1-hour sessions in various places around the village. We were unable to use it as much as we had intended in February and April because of  poor light and weather conditions, so hope to be able to use it fully in June.  Generally this sign has had the noticeable effect of moderating most motorists’ speeds during those sessions. 

Our appeal for more volunteers produced 2 people.  After they had been vetted by the Police, and had training, these 2 volunteers have swelled our team to 8.  This allows more flexibility in the choice of days, times, and personnel.  Thankyou!

APPEAL -  We would still like to have at least 2 more volunteers, especially going on into the Summer months when we would hope to do more sessions.  We could then take full advantage of the extra person power.  We would also be glad of a New Speedwatch Co-ordinator who would arrange the sessions, put up/put down the signs, and make returns to the Police Co-ordinator.

We have still have a few stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.


HOMEWATCH  FEBRUARY 2013

The theft of heating oil is still a very common crime in the Breckland area. Please take all the precautions you can to safeguard your supply. If you think your tank is vulnerable contact the Watton Safer Neighbourhood Team at Watton Police Station for advice on extra security measures.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

5 February – 4 March 2013


The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 5 sessions booked since the
last Parish Council Meeting, but we had to cancel 1 of  those due to extremely cold conditions.  The remaining sessions produced some speeders, and we counted the average number of vehicles.  We have a session booked for later this week.  We have noticed the percentage of speeders is lower overall.  This may change, however, when we are able to use the beginning and end of the day as daylight is extended.

The flashing sign is on loan again for 2 weeks next month, for 1-hour sessions in various places around the village. We were unable to use it as much as we had intended last month because of  poor light and weather conditions, so hope to be able to use it fully in April.  Last October this sign had the noticeable effect of moderating most motorists’ speeds during those sessions. 

Our appeal for more volunteers produced 2 people.  After they had been vetted by the Police, and had training, these 2 volunteers have swelled our team to 8.  This allows more flexibility in the choice of days, times, and personnel.  Thankyou!

APPEAL -  We would still like to have at least 2 more volunteers, especially going on into the Summer months when we would hope to do more sessions.  We could then take full advantage of the extra person power.

To further increase awareness of speed in our village, we have still have a few stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.

Speedwatch Volunteers – 04.03.13.


HOMEWATCH  FEBRUARY 2013

The gardening gurus are telling us to prepare our garden equipment and machinery for the new season. Please remember also to keep the tools and equipment in a secure place. Theft from gardens, sheds and outbuildings is a very frequent crime at this time of year.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

4 December 2012 – 4 February 2013

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team had 4 sessions booked since the
last Parish Council Meeting, but we had to cancel 2 of those due to adverse weather conditions.  The remaining sessions produced 1 speeder, and we counted 182 vehicles.  We have a session booked for later this week. 

The flashing sign was on loan again for 2 weeks from 7 January, for 1-hour sessions in various places around the village.  Unfortunately, due to the cold and snowy weather, and poor light conditions, we were unable to use it as much as we had intended.   Last October this sign had a noticeable effect of moderating most motorists’ speed during those sessions. 

Our appeal for more volunteers produced 2 people.  After they had been vetted by the Police, and had training, these 2 volunteers have swelled our team to 8.  This allows more flexibility in the choice of days, times, and personnel.  Thankyou! 

To further increase awareness of speed in our village, we have stickers available to go on our wheelie bins urging drivers to “Slow Down In Our Village”.  These have added impact when used once a week, instead of  being on display all the time.  They cost £1.10 each, so please telephone 01953-483961 if you would like one or some.  This is part of the Norfolk County Council C.A.R.S. initiative – Caring About Rural Speeds.

Speedwatch Volunteers – 04.02.13.


HOMEWATCH  NOVEMBER 2012

Nothing to report. If you are going away over the holiday please do not forget to tell either me or a neighbour. Have a merry Christmas and a safe and crime-free New Year.
 

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

6 November to 3 December 2012

 

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team have had 4 sessions since the
last Parish Council Meeting, and we have a session booked for later this week. 
We have again varied the time and location of each session together with the position of the signs we have to display.  These sessions together produced a number of motorists driving with excessive speed, namely 7 speeders.  One session had no speeders.  We recorded a total of  356 vehicles     

 

The flashing sign on loan for 2 weeks from 15 October, used for 1hour sessions in various places around the village, had a noticeable effect of moderating most motorists’ speed during those sessions.  We should have this sign on loan again shortly after Christmas.

Speedwatch Volunteers – 03.12.12.


HOMEWATCH  OCTOBER 2012

Sadly there is one serious burglary in the village to report this month. Once again it was at a property on the edge of the village, and such properties may be seen as soft targets by opportunist thieves. This unfortunate break-in only underlines the need for safety locks and working alarm systems.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

2 October to 5 November 2012

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team have had 5 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting, and we have a session booked for later this week. 

We have again varied the time and location of each session together with the position of the signs we have to display.  These sessions together produced a number of motorists driving with excessive speed, namely 13 speeders.     

Current Speedwatch Team – this consists of  only 6 volunteers (we have had 14).  We have to operate a Speedwatch session with a minimum of  3 trained operatives.  We started the Community Speedwatch 4 years ago in July 2008 since when it has been co-ordinated by 2 couples.  We do feel the Scheme is worth continuing, but we do need more volunteers NOW to enable more flexibility with availability of  the individuals we have to choose from, and to have a change of Co-ordinator(s) from time to time.  Each session lasts for 1 hour, plus putting up and taking in the portable signs advertising that a session is in progress, and in the autumn and winter we can usually manage 1 session per week.  In the spring and summer it can be more.  Perhaps an advert should go into the Waylander asking for further volunteers soon as possible. 

We have had the flashing sign on loan for 2 weeks from 15 October, but have not been able to use it daily because of wet weather.  However, on the occasions that it was used, in various places around the village, it was noticed that it had the effect of moderating most motorists’ speed.

Speedwatch Volunteers – 05.11.12.


HOMEWATCH  SEPTEMBER 2012

Happily there is nothing to report.
Soon the evenings will be even darker, so now is the time to check any security lights you have fitted so that they do what is required. Also you may wish to consider fitting fresh ones and servicing alarms, fitting locks, etc.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

4 September to 1 October 2012

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team have had 4 sessions since the
last Parish Council Meeting, and we have a session booked for later this week. 
We have again varied the time and location of each session together with the position of the signs we have to display.  These sessions together produced a number of motorists driving with excessive speed, namely 12 speeders.  In all we counted 480 vehicles.   

Current Speedwatch Team – this consists of  only 6 volunteers (we have had 14).  We have to operate a Speedwatch session with a minimum of  3 trained operatives.  We started the Community Speedwatch 4 years ago in July 2008 since when it has been co-ordinated by 2 couples.  We do feel the Scheme is worth continuing, but we do need more volunteers NOW to enable more flexibility with availability of  the individuals we have to choose from, and to have a change of Co-ordinator(s) from time to time.  Perhaps an advert should go into the Waylander as soon as possible. 


HOMEWATCH  AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2012

Happily there is nothing to report, and let’s hope for a peaceful and crime-free autumn.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

   10 July to 3 September 2012

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team have had 7 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting, and we have a session booked for later this week.  Another planned session had to be postponed due to bad weather.  We have again varied the time and location of each session together with the position of the signs we have to display.  These sessions together produced a number of motorists driving with excessive speed, namely 22 speeders.  In all we counted over 850 vehicles.  

We have at last heard about the mobile flashing sign under the Enhanced Speedwatch Scheme.  We will be part of an area group, and the sign will be periodically available to us for two weeks.  We will have a SAM flashing sign available to us from 15 October.  The machine will display motorists’ actual speed up to 30mph.  After 30 and up to 40 it will advise motorists to ‘Slow Down’.  After 40 the sign will advise in large letters to ‘SLOW DOWN’.  The sign can be erected and operated by one or two members of the team, and at least one team member must stay with the sign.  Nine possible sites have been identified in the Village, and they have been Risk Assessed and approved by the Police.


15 June 2012

HOMEWATCH  MAY- JUNE 2012

I have not been notified of any criminal incidents or suspicious behaviour during the past month. Considering this included a week of village festivities and celebrations we can count ourselves lucky.

If you are going away and would like a watch kept on your property please let me know.

I have a number of window stickers to warn off door-to-door cold callers. If you would like some or one of these please contact me on 01953 483961.

CASTON COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

  15 May to 11 June 2012

The Caston Community Speedwatch Team have had 3 sessions since the last Parish Council Meeting.  We have a session booked for later this week.

We have again varied the time and location of each session together with the position of the signs we have to display.  These sessions together produced a number of motorists driving with excessive speed, all in the region of 40 miles per hour.

We still have yet to hear about the training of one of our team members to operate a mobile flashing sign under the Enhanced Speedwatch Scheme.


 

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