Reported Crime Continues to Rise

The latest figures from Rushcliffe Police show there was another increase in incidents recorded by officers in Ruddington last month.

Whilst numbers are still relatively low, there were 33% more offences logged for our village in December 2021 than the month before. Perhaps the most concerning involves a 12 year old child reportedly being bitten by “a large grey dog” on Vicarage Park – with police still trying to trace this potentially dangerous animal and its owner.

Historically our former Sainsbury’s store on Dutton’s Hill was targeted frequently by shoplifters – and now the new Spar shop which replaced it has fallen victim as well. Drive-offs from the Loughborough Road filling station and several thefts from parked cars also feature in the statistics – prompting a reminder to residents not to leave valuable items inside unattended vehicles.

Whilst no burglaries were reported in Ruddington in the run-up to Christmas, villagers are being encouraged to leave a light on when out, to deter criminal activity. To help with this, Rushcliffe Borough Council is offering free 24-hour timers which can switch lamps on and off at specific times as it drops dark.

Sarah Merrell, Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant for Nottinghamshire Police says: “Using a timer for your lights means your house looks busy and occupied when you’re away. Even though nights will be getting shorter in the coming months, these timers can help to keep your home from remaining in darkness for long periods of time.”

You can find details of how to pick up your free timer >>HERE<<.

Residents are also advised to ensure all outbuildings, sheds and garages are checked and secured. Valuable items, particularly bikes should always be locked within a shed or garage and not left unsecured.

Ruddington crimes reported via 101 or online from 1st December – 31st December 2021:

4th December – An unknown offender stole a sat-nav from a Grey Jaguar parked outside the victim’s home address on Martin Crescent between the hours of 01:30 and 02:30.

5th December – An unknown offender entered the Spar store on Wilford Road and selected meat, making off with basket full of groceries before being challenged by staff.  The offender then ran off on foot.

The Spar shop on Dutton’s Hill

6th December – An unknown offender attended Sellars Avenue and stole 2 motorbike chains and a lock outside the victim’s address before making good their escape.

10th December – An unknown male seen on a pushbike in St Mary’s Crescent walking onto a driveway, ringing the doorbell and trying a car door handle.

10th December – A caller reported her black Mercedes was broken into on Wilford Road. She was not sure how they accessed it as there was no damage and she found the door open. The caller’s disabled badge and £10 note were stolen from the console.

10th December – An unknown person took items from within a vehicle that was left insecure on Sutton Gardens.

11th December – An unknown suspect filled with £70.21 worth of unleaded fuel and drove away from the Esso garage on Loughborough Road without paying. There is evidence of an altered VRM plate.

11th December – An unknown suspect filled with £43.47 worth of diesel fuel and drove away from the Esso garage on Loughborough Road without paying.

17th December – An unknown offender smashed open a gate, causing the wood to split, on Clifton Lane.

21st December – An unknown dog bit a 12 year old child, causing injury, on the park behind Vicarage Lane. It’s believed to be a large grey dog owned by an adult male.

Vicarage Park

21st December – An unknown offender gained entry to a parked motor home on Wibberley Drive and stole black Sony wireless headphones, 1 pack of blank CDs and 1 small bottle of white wine.

21st December – An unknown offender broke into a vehicle on Jewitt Way and stole an iPad. However, there was no damage to this vehicle, a blue Peugeot 207.

If you can help PC 1930 Cai Kemish and his team with further information about any of the reported incidents above, or may have captured CCTV footage which could be helpful, you’re asked to get in touch as soon as possible.

You can contact Nottinghamshire Police online >>HERE<<. Otherwise you may call officers on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Remember, you should dial 999 only in an emergency – if you see a crime actually taking place.

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