September update from Amersham The Missendens The Chalfonts Neighbourhood Policing Team
Alert message sent 17/09/2019 08:40:00
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Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Policing Team
From: PS3675 Darren Walsh
The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided by the Community Forum. This steering group is made up of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area. The forum is not run by the police, although we do attend as representatives. This allows us to speak to a wide cross-section of the community, find out what you most want improved in the area, and consider how we and others can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen by the forum every three months and are then assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Priority 1; Burglary
We did; Analysis suggests that large numbers of burglaries are being committed by people not from our area. There is still a large number of burglaries occurring in the afternoon between 1200-1600 hrs as well as a number of cases were groups have been breaking into properties at night.
This is our number one priority in reducing burglaries and keeping our community safe. Neighbourhood Policing has been involved in a number of cross border operations with other departments and forces in targeting criminals whilst they are travelling into our area from predicted locations.
Operation Greenbelt resulted in 20 + vehicles were seized for a variety of motoring offences. Multiple drivers were reported for the above traffic offences. Two males being cautioned for drug possession in the Chalfont area, 8 arrests and 33 traffic offences reported
Op Groundhog resulted in 5 arrests, 5 vehicles seized, 3 stolen motor vehicles being recovered, a donor vehicle stopped and 1 person being reported for offences
NHPT continue to attend events, conduct HYS’s and raise awareness of burglary. There has been a lot of interest from victims of crime about the use of Smartwater dab it on property marking kits which can be used on all types of property including jewellery. Victims of burglaries are now being given Smartwater Kits following being targeted. We will be looking at an official launch to promote this fact shortly and hopefully this will act as a deterrent.
Priority 2; Drug Dealing
We did; The Op Stronghold team is leading the response to County Drug Lines(CDL) and working with NHPT in safeguarding potential victims of CDL. Neighbourhood Teams have been developing intelligence so that warrants and orders can be obtained and executed.
Three persons were arrested in Amersham following threats being made of stabbing the victim if he did not assist an OCG in driving for them.
Working with the Problem Solving Team we have managed to obtain 3 closure orders in Chesham preventing people from visiting vulnerable person’s addresses and preventing suspected criminal activity from continuing.
Neighbourhood Teams have been working on developing intelligence. With the intelligence gathered warrants can be applied for. At the time of writing there is an ongoing court case involving Amersham Drug Dealers.
Priority 3; Rogue Traders
We did; Following the last Community Forum you stated how you were concerned of Rogue Traders targeting people.
Amersham have been raising the awareness of saying no to doorstep selling and working with Trading Standards and Chiltern & SB DC in creating no door stop selling zones. This will help to prevent would be burglars using the pretence of knocking at addresses pretending to sell goods and also assist in protecting vulnerable people from rogue traders. Twenty Two Roads have signed up to the scheme. A recent incident involved a trader posting flyers which stated he was working at a neighbours and was available for work if required. The note also claimed that discounts were given to OAP’s. The victim called trader who later agreed to do so some work. He was later found looking around through drawers. This is another example of the need to choose your tradesmen carefully through recommendations or approved sites such as Checkatrader.com.
The NHPT are frequently engaging with victims or potential victims of Fraud and Scams. When notified, the NHPT will conduct visits and complete assessments to identify vulnerable people as part of Operation Signature.
We continue to provide education for carers and potentials victims to raise awareness of types of fraud working in partnership with the community safety team and NatWest as part of Op Gauntlet.
We are also using the Banking protocol. An example of this in work recently was a sharp eyed banker who spotted a suspicious withdrawal by an elderly person. Intervention led to us discovering that he had been the victim of frauds by people claiming to be from his internet provider. Measures have been put in place to protect this person from further frauds. Whilst he was being dealt with at home the fraudsters called twice, even speaking to the police. This protocol is also in place to protect the vulnerable from rogue traders who in the past have marched people to their bank to be paid. Again, this is another example of the need to pause and think when you receive unexpected calls.
September to October Priorities
Thank you to all who made their views known via the online survey and at the meeting. The next meeting of the Chiltern Community Forum is To be confirmed at this time. The current ‘You Said We Did’ (Community priorities) for the next quarter, were set at the Forum Meeting on 10th September 2019 in Amersham. These are:
Drug dealing: Led by the police and supported by the community. We will work closely with support agencies to identify and prevent abuse of identified residents who may be vulnerable to ‘Cuckooing’ (vulnerable residents are exploited by existing drug users and dealers). We will continue to educate parents and engage with schools and youth groups. We will continue to work with our partners, to target, prevent and reduce reports of drug use and dealing within the neighbourhood. Drugs warrants will be executed at identified premises to target reported offenders where necessary. Closure orders will be sought for identified premises within the neighbourhood. This prevents any person apart from support agencies and current residents from entering or remaining in the premises. The targeted high visibility patrols completed by officers and the information gathered from local residents, enables us to understand the local issues and target enforcement to reduce drug related issues, improving the area for local residents
Burglaries: Led by the police supported by the community; this will be tackled through pursuing offenders, crime prevention activities including ANPR operations, crime reduction events, and education.
Speeding: Working with the Community. We will continue with Operation Glare to target offenders. This will include use of a hand held speeding device along with advice on bad driving. We also continue to support Community Speed Watch Teams.
New Officers; The Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcement of 20,000 new officers was well received by the police. I have checked and TVP are still waiting to see what percentage of these officers we will be getting.
Rural Spotters; Thames Valley Police with the support of Thames Valley Horse Watch, National Farmers Union and Crime Stoppers has launched a scheme to use horse riders as “Rural Spotters” to help the Police as the eyes and ears of the rural community and to help prevent rural crime.
The Rural Crime Report of 2018 estimated that rural crime cost the UK £44.45 million pounds. These types of crimes include, fly tipping, theft of plant machinery, livestock attacks, poaching and hare coursing.
Volunteer riders will be asked to engage with the rural community whilst out on their normal hacking route and assist in rural and equine crime prevention. They will be asked to report any suspicious activity, including fly tipping, off road biking, hare coursing etc. to the rural crime reporting line, run by the NFU in conjunction with Crime Stoppers. The role is voluntary and has no police powers attached. The role is on a basis of “Help the Police to Help You” and reports of suspicious activity will be phoned in to the NFU Rural Crime Reporting line on a free phone number 0800 7830137. This should have a shorter wait rather than 101 and is run by Crime Stoppers and will hopefully lead to more crimes being reported.
The role is purely voluntary and there will be no payment or expenses paid. This is working “with” the Police not for the Police. • A short training course must be attended by all candidates. • All riders must carry their own personal liability insurance. • Riders must be over 18 years of age • Riders must have their own horse • Riders must demonstrate a level of competence on and off road. • Riders must have their own transport • Riders must not have a criminal record • Riders must pass the application process • Riders must have safe equipment and be well presented.
Riders must put their own safety and that of their horse first, and not take unnecessary risks. The first training day is scheduled for 28th October 2019 at 7pm.
‘Have Your Say’; future events are planned for Amersham Sept 20th 1-2pm; Tesco Amersham Old Town PCSO Mike Shepherd and PCSO Sandford. Oct 8th 12-1pm Tesco Amersham Old Town PCSO Day and PCSO Sandford Nov 24th 12-1pm Tesco Amersham Old Town PCSO Day and PCSO Sandford Dec 12th 2-3pm Costa, Sycamore Rd, Amersham PCSO Sandford and PC Carson
Chalfonts Sept 27th 4-5pm Seer Green Church, Wood Pond Close, Seer Green. PCSO Tugwell and PC Cumming Oct 25th 4-5pm Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Penn. PCSO Tugwell Nov 24th 2-3pm Chalfont St Giles Parish Church, High Street, Chalfont St Giles. PCSO Tugwell and PC Cumming Dec 22nd 2-3pm Costa Coffee High Street, Chalfont St Giles. PCSO Tugwell and PC Cumming
Missendens Sept 17th 2-3pm; Holmer Green Common with PCSO Hinkley-Ging and PC Carson. Oct 2nd 2-3pm; Misbourne School PCSO Hinkley-Ging and PCSO Groves Nov 11th 12-1pm; Chiltern Hospital, Great Missenden PCSO Hinkley-Ging and PCSO Groves Dec 9th 11-12pm; Peterley Farm PCSO Hinkley-Ging and PCSO Groves
Come and meet your local neighbourhood officers to discuss local issues.
Local Area Forums Missendens LAF at The Holy Trinity Church in Prestwood on 18th Sept 6.30-8.30pm. Amersham LAF at Hervines Park Pavillion in Amersham on 1st Oct 7-9pm. Chalfont LAF dates to be confirmed. Offenders Brought to Justice Amersham • Person charged with drink drive and public order • Person charged with harassment • Person charged with ABH • Person charged with dangerous driving • Person cautioned for possession of offensive weapon • Person charged with burglary • Two persons cautioned for drug possession Chalfonts • Person charged with assault • Person charged with stalking • Person charged with possession of class C drugs • Person charged for making threats to kill and 2 assaults • Person charged with criminal damage • Person charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply • Person charged with assault • Person charged with public order • Person given Adult Restorative Disposal for criminal damage • Person given caution for criminal damage (Figures are for incidents which have been reported in the last 3 month and charges have been made. This does not include longer term investigations.)
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