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I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas & New Year festivities and celebrations! Welcome to 2022.   Let’s hope that we see continued improvements with things so that ‘normality’ becomes more & more present.

Until then we must remember that Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.

Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.

  • Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet. You must also wear this covering in shops among various other places.
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required.

For further information & clarification please visit the GOV.UK website.

Here you will find the latest government updates.

To make you aware, we have received reports of theft of catalytic converters from vehicles in the Sevenoaks area. To reduce the risk of becoming a victim to this type of crime, you can look to do the following:

  • Mark or etch it with the vehicle identification number or a unique serial number
  • Secure it to your vehicle with a cat clamp, cage or wire
  • Park in a garage or busy, well-lit area where possible

If you see something suspicious, report it.

It is worth being mindful that it appears that hybrid vehicles are a bit of a target at the moment. It is likely this would be due to the precious high-value metals that are present in these converters, such as palladium, rhodium and platinum.

E-Scooters

These PLEVs (Personal Light Electric Vehicles) are ever popular and you’re likely to have seen people using them out in public. However, these are only permitted for use on private land with the owners permission. They are treated as motor vehicles and subject to the same legal requirements, such as driving licence, insurance, number plates, lighting, road tax, crash helmets etc. Without these, e-scooters cannot be used legally on the road. As you are currently unable to insure/tax these, they remain illegal to use on roads, pavements and other public spaces.

Sevenoaks Town and St Johns

The town PC and PCSOs remain vigilant working alongside staff and security at all the major stores in deterring theft and following up on crimes committed. Smaller stores in town are also regularly visited to ensure everything is all in order whilst providing crime prevention and reporting advice.

Buckhurst multi storey car park & environmental park ASB issues are still of focus to our Town PC and PCSO who are still regularly communicating with members of the public who live in that vicinity. Any persons or vehicles encountered that are seen/believed to be involved in ASB in this location continue to be dealt with robustly and accordingly. We have not received any reports in other areas such as The Vine or further down into Knole Park.

Sevenoaks Eastern

The eastern part of Sevenoaks continues to be primarily free of reported ASB and crime. Previous hotspots such as Hollybush Park and café need not be a current focus of ours, however it will be again in due course when footfall increases and warmer weather draws more people in. It does however continue to receive sporadic patrols in order to deter any potential ASB/crime that may still occur, potentially due to the low footfall.

Sevenoaks Kippington

A focus on this part of Sevenoaks remains the train station and the surrounding area. Although this would primarily be covered by British Transport Police and South Eastern, our officers continue to work closely with them to assist in Policing this area and those using the train network. The station land and nearby shops do appear to be meeting points of choice for groups of younger people, and we regularly engage with all, and subsequently deal accordingly should there be any concerns or issues raised around antisocial behaviour and crime. We have excellent links in with station staff and CCTV operators and so are able to quickly and efficiently apprehend any offenders that choose to use the train network as their method of transport into and out of the town.

Sevenoaks Northern

The northern part of Sevenoaks includes visitor attractions such as the wildlife reserve, Bradbourne Lakes, and Greatness Park. High footfall stores include Aldi and Sainsburys. Despite having received a very minimal amount of reports of ASB/Crime for these areas, local officers continue to carry out patrols in these areas to deter these issues from occurring. The current very cold and/or wet weather will of course reduce this public footfall and so our presence will adapt accordingly as the seasons change.

Seal and Weald

Residents of Weald are reminded that the Police operation mentioned last month remains in place and so there continues to be no call for alarm for local residents due to the increased presence of Police. As well as the centres of these areas, PCSOs have been paying further attention where able to the more rural parts including Stone Street, Godden Green and Underriver. Underriver was one location where a resident was recently victim to attempt theft of the catalytic converter from their hybrid vehicle.

My Community Voice

We are up and running on My Community Voice with a few alerts having already gone out re crime and activity occurring in the area. It is a new messaging service that helps Kent residents, businesses, and community groups to keep in touch with their local policing teams. The service sends updates about your local area directly from the police officers themselves.

To find out more and to sign up, head to the Community Voice Kent website.

To see more of what we’re up to on a regular basis, follow us on Twitter – @kentpolice7oaks

 

Hope you’re enjoying 2022 so far. The next newsletter will be with you in February.

Kind Regards

PCSOs Tim and George

Email: csu.sevenoaks@kent.pnn.police.uk

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