PRIORITY UPDATES (Updated 29th April 2012)
ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Nottinghamshire Police are among eight other forces in the country that have put into place new procedures to deal with problems of anti social behaviour more efficiently. This came into effect from November 2010.
They include improvements such as even better communication and working between police and partner agencies such as the council, and an improved procedure of how incidents of anti social behaviour are recorded and dealt with as well as victims of anti social behaviour being kept informed regularly of how their problem is being tackled and what action is being taken.
During the month of April, 24 calls have been received relating to anti social behaviour in the St James/Phoenix ward. This is a decrease against last month. Anti social Behaviour can be anything from neighbour disputes and rowdy parties to youths congregating on street corners causing a nuisance.
Many of you will have seen the ‘youth bus’ parked up on Wollaton Avenue from time to time. This service engages directly with young people, and has been successful to date.
If you see persons behaving anti-socially please call us as soon as possible remembering to take down as much a description of the offenders as possible, as evidence is needed in order to take action against offenders. Gedling Council can take anonymous witness statements that can be taken discreetly and at a time convenient to you if you are worried about reprisals.
Anti Social Behaviour is a priority for the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and we will continue to proactively patrol and either deter or detect these types of offences. If you do have any complaints regarding ASB, please get in touch, as we would like to hear your views. If you don’t report incidents, we won’t be aware there’s a problem, and we won’t be able to deal with it.
Although a decrease from last month it is still unacceptably higher than we would like. Although some of the incidents reported have been malicious and on police arrival were found to be false, it still remains one of the areas priorities. The majority of the calls are linked to young people behaving in an anti social manner, gathering in large groups. On dealing with some of these incidents myself it appears that alcohol is involved, with many of these young people being ‘drunk’.
I am in the process of looking at this issue, and using the resources I have available to us will be looking to deal with this issue in a more robust manner, this will include the young people themselves, their parents or guardians, and the local businesses.
In relation to criminal damage 3 calls were received in the month of April, all of which relate to damage to peoples homes. This is a substantial decrease on last month.
If you see any such behaviour please call 999 immediately remembering to get the best description as possible of the people involved possible, and direction of travel. As we suspect that the majority of this behaviour is carried out by young people parents are advised to be aware where your child are and who they are out with. Children are very influential to participating in such behaviour to gain status within their peer group. If they are caught behaving in such a manner the consequences are very serious. Any information can be reported anonymously on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
There have been 5 burglaries reported involving properties in the area in the month of April, 3 of which involve a burglary being committed in the victim’s actual home. In 2 of these incidents the offenders have walked into the house through an unlocked or open door. The third burglary was committed by a family member.
Please ensure you secure ALL windows before leaving your home and secure anything that may be used to gain entry to your home including ladders and garden tools and keep your valuables away from prying eyes. It is a good habit to check doors and windows are shut and secured before you go to bed.
Residents are advised to be vigilant and report anything suspicious by dialling 999. Remembering to get the best description of persons possible and taking down registration numbers where appropriate, as well as trying to remember their direction of travel and any other information that may help us. No one will ever criticise you for calling 999 if you think someone’s property or life is at risk. Information passed to us is total confidentiality we do not have to visit you. We can call you on the phone or arrange to visit you at a time and place convenient to you.
If you see anything suspicious please report it right away. Your call could be the final piece in the jigsaw to enable the Police to detect the crime. No one will ever criticise you for contacting the Police. If you feel you need any home security advice, please to don’t hesitate to contact us.
As with all of the above incidents, if you witness a crime whilst it is happening, please ring 999.
THEFT OF LEAD
There have been no reports of lead theft in April. Previously it appeared to be porch roofs that were being attacked. These thefts have generally occurred in the early hours. On several occasions resident’s bins have been used to access the lead. If you have lead on your property please ensure you remain vigilant and keep anything that can be used to access it secured. Bins can be secured with a bicycle chain.
However we still continue to be plagued by Scrap Dealers both legitimate and unregistered. Local officers are continuing to stop check all vehicles and where possible remove these unlicensed dealers from the road. Please be aware not to leave metal in the front garden, if you don’t want it taking.
THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE
The good news is that there have been no thefts of motor vehicles reported during the month of April.
Sadly though there have been 3 thefts from motor vehicles in April, which happily is a decrease from last month. In at least 2 of these thefts it would appear that the owners have left tools and sat navs inside that vehicle. I would urge residents to be vigilant in this matter, and make sure items of any value are removed from their vehicles. If you have a sat nav it is also a good idea to remove the mount, and the suction marks from the windscreen if appropriate. Many thieves will break into cars if they see a sat nav mount displayed as there could be a chance the sat nav has been stored away in the glove box etc.
The Safer Neighbourhoods Team executes several drugs warrants per month and generally recovers a large amount of illegally grown drugs. Cannabis production appears to be the drug of choice at present and we are always seeking information that will both apprehend and convict the persons producing and selling these drugs. The message from the Local Beat Team is if you are dealing or growing drugs at your home or on the street, expect a visit in the near future. We know who and where you are!!
If you have any information regarding the production or distribution of illegal drugs in your area please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE
As we are coming to the start of lighter evenings, and in general people tend to stay at home more, it is important that doors and windows are locked whilst you are at home. It only takes a burglar a few seconds to walk into a property and steal items without your knowledge. It is also prudent not to leave handbags, keys and high value items near the entrances to your home.
Please ensure you secure ALL windows and doors in your home before retiring for the evening, or leaving your home, as even a small opening is accessible by thieves, even on the first floor of a property. Please do not leave items such as keys on display with insecurities in your home. It only takes a second for your property to be removed from your home. It is a good habit to get into to take your house/car keys upstairs when you go to bed. Continue to turn on timer switches during the dark hours of the day as signs of activity at a property are a big deterrent to thieves. Also remember to dispose of waste properly that may give away clues to high value items in your home; such as TV packaging.
Please ensure that you lock your car and you remove any item of value from the vehicle when it is unattended, as previously mentioned. This includes disabled badges. If they are not in use put them in the glove box as badges have been targeted in the past. Although Burglary and auto crime levels are low in South Nottinghamshire a proportion of people become unnecessary victims by leaving homes and vehicles insecure.
If you would like any other crime prevention advice, it is readily available free upon request. If you would like any information about Smartwater, than please contact us.
Please come along to our beat surgeries and patch walks and watch out for more of our updates for what’s happening in your area. If you work or live in the Phoenix or St James area and would like to host a beat surgery then please get in touch. Maybe you run a community group or organisation and you would like a visit from myself or Allan, again please get in touch.
Nottinghamshire Police have a website at http://www.gedlingcommunity.co.uk where people who live or work in the area can sign up for free information alerts. These can be sent to you by email, text message or recorded voice message. Why not have a look at the site and sign up today.
As previously mentioned if you wish to contact a member of your Safer Neighbourhood Team please use the link above to e-mail us. In addition, please click on the tab ‘Local crime and detection statistics’ to view crime on your beat area.
Please remember, if you see anything suspicious then please ring the police as soon as possible, on either 101or 999, or CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 080055511.
GOOD NEWS STORIES
During the month of April numerous reports have been received from Crimestoppers in relation to reports of drugs being grown and supplied from properties throughout the area. As a result of these reports various warrants have been executed, many of them being successful with drugs being recovered.
I am also pleased to reported that crime has fallen this month in the Phoenix and St James area, along with incidents that are reported to us, that are not subject to be recorded with a crime number.
At our recent Priority Setting Meeting, which we hold on a quarterly basis, the local councillors that represent you all had no real issues to report. Very often the councillors are the first port of call for their constituents, and will let me know if they have any issues in the area that need addressing. The next meeting is scheduled for 17th July 2012 at 6.30pm at Carlton Police Station.
At our meeting we discuss what the priorities are to be in the following quarter of the year. For Phoenix and St James the priority will be anti social behaviour in the Wollaton Avenue, Princess Avenue, Queens Avenue and Kings Avenue areas, along with speeding in particular along Arnold Lane. The priorities are decided after consultation with residents and community surveys that are completed on a regular basis. If you would like to see a different priority then please get in touch, also if you would like to attend then next meeting then again get in touch.
Have a safe and peaceful May.