Thieves are about!
Never leave items on show when you leave the car, especially any sat nav systems. This and the sat nav cradle should always be removed from unattended vehicles. Do not leave it hidden in the car, and clean the suction cup mark of the holder from the window.
If you must leave items in the vehicle put them in the boot out of sight. If you buy a valuable item, never store it in the boot and then continue shopping.
Handbags, leather jackets, wallets, laptops, cameras and shopping should never be left on view in the vehicle.
Think about where you park - use well lit places or secure car parks if possible.
Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the vehicle.
Keep the inside of the vehicle tidy as an untidy vehicle containing opened mail, plastic bags etc may attract the curiosity of a thief .
Northumberland contains numerous car parks in rural locations which have been preyed on by thieves who steal from unattended motor vehicles.
Northumbria Police have implemented 'Operation Admire' to combat the criminals and to advise the public as follows:
- Police officers patrols remote car parks and car parks linked to castles, country homes and other tourist attractions
- Signage has been erected warning about thieves
- Signage has been erected instructing people to not leave valuables on display
- Remote camera equipment is installed to capture images of people and vehicles involved in crime
- Northumberland County Car Park Wardens patrol the pay and display car parks monitoring activity
If you see any vehicles or people acting suspiciously in and around your property please contact Police immediately - making a note of the registration number, make, model and possible direction of travel. Then please contact Police
Wind Turbines versus Photo Voltaic Solar Panels
More and more people are becoming concerned about the proliferation of onshore wind turbines across Northumberland, which is alleged to have more wind turbines than any other county in England.
However there are alternatives, one of these being photo voltaic solar panels, which are steadily growing in popularity, and are suited to both rural and urban areas.
Photo voltaic solar panels produce electricity during daylight hours, regardless of weather conditions, unless covered in snow. Whereas wind turbines are unable to operate in calm weather and must be switched off during very strong winds.
Experts have stated that wind turbines operate up to a mere maximum of 26 per cent of their rated capacity, therefore electricity derived from coal, gas and nuclear power remains essential.
Photo voltaic solar panels, which can be installed on roofs of buildings, erected in fields and gardens, or even on five-barred gates would contribute greatly to the demand for electricity without despoiling our beautiful countryside.
I support productive renewable energy, but regrettably wind turbines are very erratic and inefficient. For this reason they are being dismantled in the Netherlands and Germany. Whilst the Danish government, initially immensely keen on wind turbines, drastically cut subsidies for wind power in 2003 because it proved to be so very unreliable, resulting in a number of areas suffering prolonged total blackouts during a long calm autumn.
I read last year that the cost of wind-based electricity in this country is three times that of other energy sources, because of the extremely generous subsidies paid by we consumers to wind turbine owners.
Why have monstrous wind turbines ruining our beautiful landscapes when there is an effective, much less obtrusive and cheaper alternative?
Councillor Marie Gillespie
Cornhill-on-Tweed Parish Council