You said you were concerned about speeding in and around the Beaconsfield area.
We did We have now set up a Community Speed Watch in the area and have about 5 volunteers. They have been trained by PCSO Dave Wenham and now go out independently to conduct speed enforcement. This is excellent news and coupled with speed enforcement that we also do should make Beaconsfield a slower place.
You said you were concerned about parking.
We did We understand that the issue of parking causes a lot of problems. Recently there have been issues with the chevrons down the middle of the carriageways in the Old Town. We have seen an unusual amount of cars parked on them and I, along with the Town Council, have received complaints. My understanding is that chevrons were put in about 2002 to allow lorries to load/unload to stop them parking on the nearside of the road causing obstruction. I think that as there has been building at the back of the Swan this has displaced parking and so there is nowhere else to park and because drivers see parking on the chevrons they assume they can as well. I have asked the Town Council to have a look at the chevrons and consider either taking them out or putting some signage/enforcement. At present we will continue to advise drivers not to park there and hopefully this situation will be sorted out soon., We
I emailed NSL, the civil parking enforcement company, under the Freedom of Information Act, to see what they have been doing in Beaconsfield. I asked them about the three towns, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Denham and the figures that have given me haven’t been broken down but this is what they said. They patrol 7 days a week 08-6pm Monday to Saturday and to 4pm on a Sunday. They have issued 3880 tickets in the last year between the 3 towns. I have seen them out and about in Beaconsfield. If you wish to complain about parking on single/double yellows, parking bays, disabled bays or anything similar, then please call them and complain to them. While people complain to us then NSL will not be aware of the problem areas. Please either call them on 01494 478826 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Other News Over the next few months Burglary and Anti-Social behaviour will be our focus. I sent out a TV Alert to about 2000 people for their opinion on what the priorities should be over the next few months. Burglary came out on top, closely followed by Anti-social behaviour. We have a whole team devoted to the disruption of burglars and working in areas that have seen a spike or series of burglaries. For instance last year we saw a criminal duo on a motorbike responsible for about 8 burglaries in and around Beaconsfield. The team ensure they are out in plain clothes looking for them and targeting where they like to commit crime. Fortunately this workedand the suspects were arrested and are currently on bail.
Last year we saw a high amount of Beaconsfield residents being targeted and scammed through the ‘courier’ fraud. This type of fraud is where a call is received from a male pretending to be a police officer (often they use the name DCI Hart). The male will then say the victim’s bank is giving out counterfeit money and they are investigating it. The male asks the victim to go to their bank and withdraw money, (usually high amounts), and then they will call them back. They tell the victim not to mention this to anyone, particularly the bank as they are under suspicion. The male then calls them back, the victim reads out the serial numbers of the notes and surprise, surprise the notes are counterfeit. Shortly after, the ‘courier’ arrives at the victim’s door and collects the money on behalf of DCI Hart. Extensive work has been done with Hertfordshire Police who have also had a number of incidents similar to ours. Offenders have been identified through various means and a number of suspects have been identified and arrested. The investigation continues. You will, I’m sure appreciate, this type of crime takes a lot of time to investigate, particularly the links between the suspects and victim, therefore helping to prove the case. I will of course update you in my next newsletter.
We have been doing a lot of talks to the more vulnerable members of our society about scams and how not to be a victim and to protect yourself from fraudsters. I think most people will have received some kind of call or email trying to get money. Whether it is the ‘you have inherited £3,000,000 from a long distance relative’ to the Inland Revenue email to refund you £276. Both want you to either send money to ‘release the funds’, or your bank account details. Both are scams, as are the Microsoft scam and the iTunes/PayPal scam. The general rule is if you have not contacted them then do not click on anything in the email. I got the iTunes email the other day and ‘Googled it’ and it clearly tells you these things are scams. DELETE. If you are concerned about anything either call them on their main line switch board, ask a friend or relative to help to see if it is true, or come and see us and we will help you. Of course if you do not have an iTunes or PayPal account then it is a clear scam. As for the long lost relative?? DELETE DELETE DELETE.
You all may now be aware that Beaconsfield Police office will be closing. Although this may initially cause individuals and the community concern, the level of police will continue and we will still maintain our level of commitment to the neighbourhood. We will still be contactable in the same way and will be maintaining our presence and availability in the area. Since budgets have been squeezed and reduced, Thames Valley police are committed to maintain the frontline support of its officers in the community. Although it is not without impact the ability to maintain levels of service by cutting expenses elsewhere including reducing building costs has been a necessary evil. We hope that the office closure will have little impact as the way we communicate with and contact police has evolved in modern times but we realise that for some the closure may not be welcome. I would reassure them by saying we are still here, you can pick up the yellow police phone which is a direct line to us and we will still help you in whatever way we can.
Offenders Brought to Justice
We have recently had a DNA ‘hit’ identifying a suspect for the criminal damage at a property in Beaconsfield. This suspect will soon be receiving a visit from us!
A male is due to be summonsed for 23 offences of Making off without Payment. He has attended numerous petrol stations filling up his car and then saying he has forgotten his money. He fills in the correct paper work but then never returns to make payment. He has done this 23 times, and has continued to do this even though he has been arrested and interviewed about the offences. Once I can understand, but 23 times?
Just before Christmas a woman was cautioned for assaulting 3 members of staff at the Crazy Bear.
In December a male sexually assaulted a female at Revolutions, Beaconsfield. He has now been charged with this.
Two males have been arrested and charged with different offences of shoplifting in Sainsbury’s, Beaconsfield.
A male has been charged for assaulting his partner in their home in Beaconsfield in December.