Canal Watch Bi-Monthly Newsletter

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Recent Incidents and Crime
Good News  - Since the last bi-monthly canal newsletter, I can report a vast decrease in water related crimes -  only 3 incidents in October and none in November so far which is reassuring.
Date and Time
Crime Reference

K & A Canal, Seend
06/10/2020 23:30
U/K suspects have stolen an electricity assisted pedal cycle that was towed to the front of a barge. Carrera assisted mountain pedal cycle, silver with turquoise writing TVO £900

08/10/2020 03:36
Unknown Suspect(s) has cut the ropes on the canal boat he had hired.

Hilperton Marina
09/10/2020 00:01
Unknown suspects have stolen IP's canal boat from outside marina via unknown means.

Crime Prevention Advice
Do you know what Services the Bobby Van can offer?
Our clients do NOT need to have been victims of Crime. We can visit anyone aged 60 or over, (or younger if they are vulnerable through health or disability). It is a FREE service that we offer. We are able to do a security check and if appropriate make their home secure. We change locks, install door security chains, door viewers, window locks and other items to make the property as secure as we can, (for which there is no charge). We are also able to offer a FREE Fire risk assessment on behalf of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. Again, even if we fit new alarms there is no charge.
The Bobby Van Trust also has an ‘On-Line safety’ section to the Charity. A team of Police vetted volunteers can contact clients to ensure that they have basic knowledge to keep themselves secure on their mobile devices. Again it is a FREE service.
Please feel free to pass on this advice to anyone you feel that would benefit from it or even better encourage them to sign up to Community Messaging.
Winter water safety
Our waterways are beautiful places to visit in all seasons, and winter with its snowy landscapes and frosty mornings can really be a great time to head down to the canals for a walk. However, as the temperature drops there are some important potential hazards to be aware of.
Be prepared - To be extra careful around water over the winter months, there are lots of things you can do:
Plan your route – think about where you want to go and how long you want to be out for
Take a friend – it is safer to walk with others
Tell someone where you are going – in case you are out for longer you can be found more easily 
Stay away from the edge – Can you see the edge of the towpath? in the snow, it may be slippery
Check the weather – look at the forecast and see what's coming your way
Wear the right clothing – waterproofs, footwear, warm layers help cope with the wintry conditions
Take your phone (or even a whistle) – if you get into trouble, or see somebody else in trouble, you can call or whistle for help 
What to do if you see someone in the water
Don’t get into the water, instead:
Call the emergency services on 999 as soon possible
Keep an eye on the person
Keep talking to them, and stay near them
If you can, throw line to them or use a tree branch to reach out to them
Even strong swimmers may face difficulties in icy water
You may feel you can help by getting into the water too, but remember that the water is freezing:
All year round the shock of the cold water can really take your breath away and cause your muscles to cramp, making it very difficult for you to stay afloat
There may be objects hidden under the water that could cause you harm
The water may be deeper than you think. Canals don’t normally have sloping sides and there are only ladders at locks so it’s not easy to get out – especially wearing heavy, wet clothes and helping someone else
Staying on the surface is much harder when you are trying to help someone else, they may panic and push you under
Boaters might not be able to see you in or under the water and won’t know to stop – if a boat hits you it can cause serious harm to you and the other person 
For more advice on keeping safe by the water this winter see the RLSS (Royal Life Saving Society UK) website
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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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