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A window of a Ford Ka parked in Meriadoc Drive was smashed between 4pm Monday and 7am yesterday and the car searched, but nothing stolen.
And a window of a Ford Focus in Holkham Avenue was smashed sometime between 4pmMonday and 6.30am Tuesday.
Witnesses who saw anyone acting suspiciously or has any information about these incidents are asked to call Chelmsford police station on 101.
Drivers are advised to choose somewhere busy and well lit to park or to use a garage if they have one.
Make sure your vehicle is locked and secure. Never leave your property on display on the dashboard or seats. Remove valuables such as radios, sat navs, mobile phones and laptops and wipe away the marks left by the suction pad on sat navs as they may lead thieves to believe it is in the car somewhere.
An innovative programme of Drug Testing on Arrest has been extended to every police custody suite in Essex thanks to close partnership working between Essex Police, local authorities, specialist drug treatment programmes, the courts, the Integrated Offender Management System, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.As part of the national Drug Interventions Programme, people arrested by police for specific Trigger Offences can be drug tested, within a legal framework. This programme of drug testing is called Drug Testing on Arrest. The so called “Trigger Offences” are those crimes (mainly acquisitive crimes such as theft, burglary, vehicle crime and robbery) which are most strongly linked with drugs misuse. The idea behind the initiative is to divert people into drug treatment so that they can address their addictions and move away from criminal behaviour.Details of the legal framework for Drug Testing on Arrest and a list of the Trigger Offences can be seen here:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/118047/Introducing-Locally-Funded-DTOA.pdfThe costs and the harm to victims caused by individuals seeking to fund a Class A drug addiction is considerable. According to National Treatment Agency research, a heroin or crack cocaine user costs society an average of £26,074 per year. Home Office research has found that the overall volume of offending of over 7,700 individuals nationally was 26% lower following identification through a positive drug test in police custody. Around half of the individuals who tested positive for Class A drug use showed a significant decline in offending of almost 80% in the following six months. All this research supports the view that securing treatment at the earliest opportunity reduces offending significantly.
If you want support and access to safeguarding services, you can also use the Essex Victims Gateway to learn of specialist support services in your area with advisors trained in working with victims of serious sexual offences. The Essex Victims Gateway can be accessed at the following link:http://www.essexvictimsgateway.org/Essex has outstanding specialist agencies such as the South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) who can be contacted on 01375 380609, the Southend-on-Sea Rape Crisis (SoSRC) contactable on 01702 667590, and the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA), whose number is 01206 769795.Alston notes that we must continue to combat serious sexual crime, to bring perpetrators to justice, and to support victims.