BikeSafe - Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police are giving motorcyclists across the county an opportunity to improve their skills and become better and safer riders by attending a motorcycle course.

In conjunction with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Police is running a series of ‘Bikesafe' motorcycle workshops in a bid to decrease the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured in the county.

Bikesafe is a nationally recognised police-run biking initiative focusing on education, and aims to improve rider awareness and rider ability. In 2008 it won the prestigious Motorcycle Industry sponsored Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for achievement and innovation.

In 2012, 24 people were killed on Suffolk's roads, 6 of which were motorcyclists (25 per cent). In 2012, 8 motorcyclists died, 26.6 per cent of the total fatalities on Suffolk's roads.

Last year Suffolk Police ran six workshops. All ‘fully qualified' riders are welcome to attend whether they've just passed their test or have been riding for years. This year's series of workshops start on Friday 15th March, in readiness for the onset of Spring when many motorcyclists will be considering taking their bikes out for the first time this year. The sessions cover a Friday evening from 7pm and a 9am start on the Saturday

Further courses are planned only the following dates:

April 19th and 20th (complete)

May 17th and 18th (complete)

June 21st and 22nd

July 19th and 20th

August 30th and 31st

September 6th and 7th

Pc Kevin Stark, from Suffolk Constabulary's Serious Collision Investigation Team, commented: “The response we have from those attending the Bikesafe workshops is always very positive. The workshops give motorcyclists greater awareness of the hazards they may face when out and about and help them become better and safer riders.

“Last year, we saw a decrease in the number of motorcyclists killed on Suffolk's roads and we hope by running future workshops we can help to reduce this number further.

“No matter how experienced or careful you are, advanced rider training will improve the way in which you ride and increase your chances of riding safely, thus avoiding a crash or collision.”

The workshop includes classroom sessions covering topics such as positioning and cornering, plus an escorted ride-out session with a police motorcyclist who will offer an accurate and personalised assessment of the rider's performance.

Furthermore, we hope to include a first aid session on the Saturday afternoon.

The workshops are held at Police Headquarters at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich.

Bikesafe is suitable for all qualified riders regardless of biking experience. The course is aimed at those wishing to add to the skills they have already acquired and improve their level of riding and general road craft.

The workshops cost £55 per person. For further information on Bikesafe workshops, call Hayley Batterham on 01473 613730 or Pc Kevin Stark on 01473 383395 or email Alternatively details about the course can be found on the Bikesafe page of the Suffolk Police website: or

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Police Direct Team

Heating Oil Theft Advice

The theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the police have noticed an increase in this type of crime over the past month in rural areas. These tanks can contain many thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes very good sense to take a few precautions to protect such a valuable commodity.

Check with your insurance provider that you are not only insured for fuel thefts, but also any oil seepages, either through wear and tear or deliberately caused by an offender. The cost of any resulting environmental clean up could prove expensive.

The position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of a thief. If the tank is within good view of the house, then the thief may consider the risk of being seen too high. If the tank is close to a road, path, drive or

alleyway then it will be a far easier target. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace but, on the other hand, it could help to conceal the thief.

A thief will usually come equipped with a limited range of tools to attack your tank so it's worth spending a little more on good quality locks. Closed shackle padlocks are best as they offer most resistance to the most popular of burglar tools, namely the bolt cropper. Due to their design, closed shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip. Another recent security measure available is a padlock with a built-in alarm, which activates, when tampered, at up to 110 decibels.

Remote electronic oil level gauges are now available, which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly falls in fuel level. These gauges are sited within the house to warn of any potential problem. Security lights, can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for thieves. It is not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy ‘dusk ‘til dawn' lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity.

Thieves will not want to force their way through or over a prickly hedge. The smallest trace of blood or shred of ripped clothing could help the police identify the offender. Some effective natural planting includes: Berberis x Stenopylla Crataegus Monogvna (Hawthorn) Ilex Aquifolium (Holly) Pyracantha (Firethorn) Rosa Rugosa. A trellis can be decorated with defensive planting.

Suffolk Police are asking everybody to look out for any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area following a delivery of heating oil and to report this to Police as soon as possible. For further advice on heating & diesel oil thefts, or to obtain advice from your local Crime Reduction Officer please dial 101.