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Amersham Chalfonts and Missendens NHP Crime Update from PS 3675 Walsh

Alert message sent 17/01/2022 14:50:00

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The Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Team consists of:
INS Richard Vine, PS 3675 Darren Walsh, PC 6633 Matthew Carson, PC7844 Matthew Cumming.
Along with:
PCSO 4233 Lucy Sandford and PCSO 8632 Jen Shraga covering the Chalfonts.
PCSO 7495 Lucy Groves and PCSO 9783 Chris Hinkley–Ging covering the Missendens.
PCSO 8882 Jacqueline Day, PCSO 9601 Charlotte Marsh and PCSO 9631 Kerry Clarke, covering Amersham.

The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided from the Policing Issues Panel. This steering group of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area allows us to hear what the community wants us to focus on and to consider how we can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen, every four months and are assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Priorities from the PIP meeting on the 29th November 2021:

Priority 1; Serious Acquisitive Crime i.e. robbery, burglary, theft from, or of a motor vehicle
We did;
Criminals are changing how they work. With changes in technology, offenders no longer have to enter your house to steal a car. Keyless car crime has become a huge problem with many of the public unaware of the risks. The team has been giving out crime reduction advice almost daily via, meetings, visits, social media, and through Neighbourhood Watch. Our annual Peak Seasonal Trend Analysis Operation took place in October to raise awareness of current crime themes. Identified areas received crime reduction events to raise awareness.

My team has been proactively working with other departments and police forces in targeting travelling criminals aiming to deny them the use of the roads in Chiltern & South Bucks. There has been excellent results in disrupting a variety of crimes. In the last 3 months 21 people were arrested, 22 people reported and 15 cars were taken off the road as a result of our operations. The message we want to send out to criminals is that if you come into C&SB there is a high chance you will be caught and punished.

Since the start of the COVID Pandemic, we have seen a huge reduction in the amount of Burglaries across our area and has continued since restrictions eased. This goes to show that burglars do not like to target properties when someone is likely to be at home due to a heightened chance they will be caught. This echoes the basic advice of make it look like someone is at home to reduce being a victim.

One of our Force priorities is to have a 15% reduction in residential burglary. Year to year I can report there were 39 such incidents in Amersham a 37% reduction, 26 in the Chalfonts a 61% reduction and 10 in the Missendens a 60 % reduction.

Robbery thankfully is not a common offence. In the last 12 months there have been 3 offences in the Missendens, 2 in the Chalfonts and 6 in Amersham. This equates to a 54% decrease in Amersham, a 33% decrease in the Chalfonts but a 200% increase in the Missendens due to 1 offence the year before.

Theft of Motor Vehicle. In the last 12 months 20 offences occurred in Amersham a 38% reduction, 51 in the Chalfonts a 38% rise and 10 in the Missendens a 17% reduction.

Theft from Motor Vehicle. Figures show there were 61 offences in Amersham a 31% reduction, 57 offences in the Chalfonts a 19% reduction and 22 offences in the Missendens a 5% gain.

The reduction figures are good news for the area. COVID no doubt has had an effect with more people working from home reducing opportunities available to thieves. This goes to show the importance of giving the appearance that someone is at home.

Priority 2; SPEEDING
We did;
Community Speedwatch schemes are currently running in Chalfont St Peter, Missenden, Prestwood, Holmer Green and Kingshill areas and I anticipate that Amersham, Chesham Bois and Little Chalfont will have schemes in operation shortly.
We want to expand the scheme to other areas and will be working with local parishes and volunteer groups to create new groups. An advancement in the CSW scheme’s website came into fruition last month. The system allows CSW members to import information without the need for an administrator. The system also has on-line training and a record of sites. This will make it easier for new members to join and members to manage their schemes.
I would like to add a special thanks to all the volunteers who do go out in the cold and to our Police Support Volunteer Mr Grover who give up their time to help support these schemes.
Operation Glare
In the last quarter, the following locations were targeted, by police, for enhanced checks:
Amersham Road, Bell Lane, Elizabeth Avenue, Cokes Lane in Little Chalfont, and, Austenwood Lane, Denham Lane and Kingsway in Chalfont St Peter.

Speed Cameras in Chiltern
Our Road Safety vans and fixed cameras provide enforcement and a visual deterrent across the JOU. The aim of the enforcement we carryout is to help support you to reduce the speed of traffic, making the roads safer for all road users, and reduce the risk of injury, collisions and casualties in your district.

Figures from the Road Safety Mobile and Speed Enforcement Team advised, that between Sept – Nov 867 offences were captured by the mobile speed cameras whilst 907 offences were captured by fixed cameras.
Priority 3; ASB
We did;
TVP’s more robust attitude towards cannabis will have an effect on those caught in possession of cannabis. They will now be required to complete a drugs awareness course.
Chalfont St Peter has had issues with public order and criminal damage. Mental Health frequently plays a part in people’s behaviours and we are currently working on finding solutions in several cases. These cases require intervention from a number of agencies to try to achieve an acceptable outcome and to get people the support that they need. However, this is not a get out of jail free card and we will still seek charges, when appropriate, and look for court orders off the back of convictions.
Targeted house visits in problem areas, to discuss concerns with residents, resulted in a number of people coming forward to discuss their concerns and observations. This led to drug dealers and their properties being identified. Such visits took place in Prestwood, Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles, Amersham and Holmer Green. This course of action has assisted our Stronghold Team in obtaining warrants and recovering drugs at a number of locations. The team has also been able to promote our NHW groups; getting a group set up in The Bramblings in Amersham following reports of ASB. We aim to make life as uncomfortable as possible for any would be gangs or criminals so that we can protect our community.
Most of our current workload within the Anti-Social Behaviour category stems from neighbour disputes. This issue continues to grow and demand seems to be higher at this time. Some of the work that the team are currently dealing with include noise disturbances, arguments, cannabis smells and drug use, inconsiderate parking, boundary disputes, hate crimes and allegations of harassment. We continue to work with our partners in a multi-agency approach to solve issues and hold people to account.

Have Your Say meetings
We will be running a HYS van and giving crime prevention advice on the following dates:
07/02/22 – Market Square Chalfont St Peter and a joint meeting with members of Bucks Council in Amersham. Times to be updated on Forum Website.
Come and meet C8632 Jen SHRAGA, C9631 Kerry CLARKE and C9783 Chris HINKLEY-GING.
23/03/22 – Tesco in Amersham, Peterley Manor in Prestwood and Holy Trinity Church in Seer Green
Come and meet C7495 Lucy GROVES, C9601 Charlotte MARSH and P7844 Matt CUMMING.

Other News

Violence Against Women
In the current climate with a heavy focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG), this is a joint venture with Richard who will teach the classes, with the support of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Thames Valley Police (TVP) who will provide crime prevention advice and support after the classes, so in a nutshell the plan is:

• Free self-defence classes for females at LITTLE CHALFONT PARISH HALL
o 11:00 - 12:30 hours on Saturday 22/01/2022
o 11:00 - 12:30 hours on Saturday 05/02/2022

• Participants 16+ years old
• Advance booking required Email:

• Up to 40 participants per class, with 1 class per person (reserve lists will be maintained)

• Crime prevention advice and support / Q&A session with local police officers after the classes

N.B. Any persons who attend the sessions will be required to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) on attendance/can complete and email it ahead of the class.

Offenders Brought to Justice
Offences from the 1st October 21. This does not include persons who are currently under investigation.

Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person given restorative disposal for public order
Person given restorative disposals for drugs
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person given a caution for criminal damage
Person given restorative disposals for drugs
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person given a conditional caution for criminal damage
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person charged for drug possession
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person charged for possession of a knife

Person given restorative disposal for dog bite
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person given restorative disposal for assault
Person given restorative disposal for public order
Person given restorative disposal for cannabis
Person charged for public order

5 people given restorative disposal for cannabis
Person given restorative disposal for harassment

Rural Crime
Thames Valley Polices Rural Crime Taskforce is now operational. Already their work has resulted in a large amount of plant machinery being recovered. I’ll be looking to utilise their resources on our areas to further combat criminals coming into the Chilterns targeting our residents. Throughout the coming year we will be completing seasonal rural crime reduction campaigns with the focus on landowners target hardening their property. Reviewing 2021 figures showed a 200% increase in this type of crime. A further breakdown across the Chiltern Area showed there were 20 burglaries, 34 criminal damages, 7 arsons. Another incident that is occurring regularly is hare coursing. This activity normally results in damage to gates and farmers land, trespassing and cruelty to animals. If you see suspicious activity, at night, please call it in for us to check out.

From the last Policing Forum it clear how much of a concern Fly-tipping is in the community. The police will be supporting Bucks Councils Waste Enforcement Team in disrupting offenders. Two people are being prosecuted, by the Councils Enforcement Team, for separate incidents, following our patrols catching them in the act.

Social media
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Our “Twitter” feed @tvp_chiltsbucks will show you what the policing team are doing, will provide crime prevention information, witness appeals and “Good Result” stories. The Facebook group TVPChilternandSouthBucks will provide the same information as Twitter but seems to be the preferred social media site used by the public.

We do not take reports of crime via social media and we do not see comments placed into personal social media groups. To report crime online visit

Stay safe out there and keep your eyes peeled.

Sergeant Darren Walsh

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Darren Walsh (Police, Sgt, Amersham)

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