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Neighbourhood Watch What is Neighbourhood Watch? Neighbourhood Watch is a community-led initiative supported by the police. It aims to reduce the opportunity for crime and improve community safety by the reporting of suspicious incidents to the police and to each other. Research has shown that areas where Neighbourhood Watch is operating are less likely to be targeted by burglars. For more information, see our Neighbourhood Watch pages on this web site. Callers at the door, friend or foe? If you don't know who is at the door ask, 'Who are you?' Use the door chain. Check the caller's card. Never be afraid to confirm details via a phone call. Most utility services offer a password scheme and a phone number which you can ring to check the identity of callers. If in doubt, shut your door. Ring 999 to contact the police. Be wary of anyone calling at your door offering to do repairs or gardening. If they claim you need work done, ring a reputable company. Never allow them in your home or garden. Not Sure - Don’t Open the Door On holiday, or away from home? To reduce the risk of a burglary while you are on holiday make sure you: Cancel the milk and papers  Hide valuable items Property mark your valuables  Lock your garage/tools  Make arrangements for your post Lock all doors and windows Tell a neighbour/friend Cut the lawns Set timer switches on lights and/or radio. On your journey avoid displaying your name and address on your luggage. Put your address inside the case to help identification if the luggage is lost. Mark your property Mark any valuable items, i.e. TV or video, with your postcode followed by the house number or first two letters of the house name. If they are stolen and later found, the police can identify them and return them to you. Use a permanent etching tool or an ultra violet property marking pen and repeat this every six months. Remember to also keep a record of serial numbers and a description of items. If possible, photograph valuable items such as jewellery, antiques and paintings. Derbyshire Police wish to remind residents to be vigilant to prevent them becoming a victim from bogus door-to-door sellers following a number of distraction burglaries committed by bogus salesmen. Door-to-door sellers need a Pedlars Certificate issued by the police force for the area in which they live. If they do not have a certificate or fail to produce it when asked, they are committing an offence. If someone offers you items on your doorstep always ask for proof of ID or a Pedlars Certificate and do not allow them into  your home. If you are still unsure contact the organisation they claim to represent and ask them to come back when you have a friend or relative with you. Contact the police if you are suspicious. A new Non-Emergency Number 101 is now available to contact the Derbyshire Police. This is a phone service run by police forces in the UK for the public to contact the police. At present all forces currently have a different 11 digit number and 101 will be the same for all police forces, in a system similar to 999. The purpose of the service is to use it for reporting minor and non-emergency crimes where immediate or high-priority response is not required, such as anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance, abandoned cars and other minor traffic offences. When the number is dialled the caller is put through to the local constabulary’s Force Contact Centre - in our case Derbyshire Constabulary. 101 is being introduced as part of the government’s wider work to improve access to the police, ease pressure on 999, and help to efficiently and effectively tackle crime and disorder. While 999 is a well-recognised number to report emergencies, the 2010 British Crime Survey found that only 54 per cent of the public know how to contact their local police if they want to talk to them about local policing issues, crime or anti-social behaviour. The 0345 123 3333 number will remain as a way for people to contact Derbyshire Constabulary from other parts of the UK or from abroad. 1. When to call 101: A call to 101 would be to report less urgent crime and disorder or to speak to your local officers. For example, call 101 if: · your car has been stolen · your property has been damaged · you suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood Or to: · report a minor traffic collision · give the police information about crime in your area · speak to the police about a general enquiry.     2. Difference between 101 and 999: You should continue to call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.    3. Cost of 101 call: Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone. Everyone calling the police for non-emergency matters will now know exactly how much a call will cost them, and can be assured of equal access whether they are on a pay-as-you-go mobile or a home landline.    4. Answering 101 calls: Calls to 101 are answered by police call handlers in the control room of the local police force. This ensures that staff with local knowledge can answer and deal with the calls and respond appropriately. You will not be put through to a large national call centre. When you call 101, the system will determine your location and connect you to the police force covering that area. You will hear a recorded message announcing the police force you are being connected to. If you are on a boundary between two or more forces, the recorded message will give you a choice of which force to be connected to.    5. Reporting general nuisance or environmental issues: You should continue to call your local council for things like:  reporting graffiti  dog fouling  abandoned vehicles  dumping and fly tipping
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