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Gerrards Cross and Denham Quarterly Update October-December 2021 by PS Dan Ryder

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Gerrards Cross & Denham

Neighbourhood Team
Your neighbourhood team consists of
Sergeant 5731 Dan RYDER
PC 0795 Bryony POWELL

Neighbourhood Priorities

The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) will be decided by the Policing Issues Panel; comprised of representatives from Community Boards from the whole of Chiltern & South Bucks. The panel 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 – Burglary

From September to the end of November 2021, we have seen a decrease of 89% in the number of burglaries compared with the same quarter last year. Considering that a larger proportion of residents were restricted and working from home last year, it is pleasing to see that this decrease has occurred. It represents a decrease of forty burglaries during this three month period.

October was the start of our Winter Burglary Campaign, which utilises crime analysis to predict where future offending may occur. We will target these areas; providing crime prevent advice, together with touchdown procedures including high visibility, specific patrols, and general target-hardening of the wider environment.

Beyond local Neighbourhood and Response officers, recent police operations have also included colleagues from Metropolitan Police, Hertfordshire and British Transport Police; tackling cross-border offending. As a universal priority for respective communities, our collective resources have proven a highly effective means apprehending those suspected of being responsible.

Please remember to not leave your house in darkness, and consider purchases of alarms, timer switches and doorbell cameras which are all great tools in combatting burglars. Take a look at Thames Valley Police Website for further crime prevention advice or contact your local Neighbourhood Team.

Priority – Anti-Social Behaviour

We have not seen an appreciable level of anti-social behaviour this quarter and we believe that the higher visibility process that we adopted last year is proving to be effective

During October, we focussed more specifically on Anti-social Behaviour; when access to fireworks and other hijinks became more common. Last year, we were pleased to see so many sticking to guidelines and finding means to celebrate these events safely.
Recently, our attention has been concentrated around Denham Cricket Ground, Alderbourne Field and West Common & East Common in Gerrards Cross. You can help us by reporting issues to us on web forms, or via 101.

The team had been made aware of increasing issues of ASB in and around the Gerrards Cross Tescos car park with vehicles displaying and playing loud music. Working with Tescos, the car park is now monitored by ANPR with fixed penalty notices being issued to any vehicle remaining in the car park for longer than 15 minutes outside of opening hours.

Priority – Speeding

Speeding has been an area of concern to many residents within the community but, with the slight increase in traffic gradually taking effect, the number of complaints has reduced. We have not been able to complete any Community Speed Watch Events during the summer or autumn due to the lack of volunteers. To address this, we are hoping to increase speed enforcement on A40/Oxford Road and Windsor Road in Gerrards Cross and Tilehouse Lane and A412 in Denham

To support this, we are training more officers to conduct speed measurement; using enforcement devices. We are reviewing the information we are getting from these operations and using this data to guide future deployments. We work very closely with our Roads Policing Dept. and work with them when operational demand allows.

More of this work will continue over the festive period; including our annual Drink Drive Campaign.

Other News

Over the last 3 months the NHPT have continued to develop information around drug dealing in the Neighbourhood. Due to this dedicated work we have secured 3 warrants which have located and identified large cannabis factories. The investigations regarding this are still ongoing.

On the 7th October. Officers stopped a Black Toyota in Gerrards Cross which had been linked to a number of Catalytic converter thefts from neighbouring areas. Within the vehicle we located 5 stolen catalytic converters. Occupant arrested and vehicle seized. Enquiries still ongoing

On the 22nd October NHP along with RP colleagues stopped a team of Burglars coming into the area which we strongly suspected to be looking to commit offences, enquiries, identified that they were in a stolen vehicle from a Burglary in London and both occupants were arrested for Burglary and the vehicle was seized.

Offenders Brought to Justice
01/10/2021 – Theft from vehicle – non local offender arrested
10/10/2021 – Denham – Cannabis found in car. Offender from West London arrested and COMMUNITY Resolution issued
17/10/2021 – Denham – Serious drug offence - non local offender arrested and cautioned
22/10/2021 – Public order issue – Community Resolution issued


Over the last few months we have started adapting a Pop up police station within our communities. We have publicised on our Social media Platforms times, dates and locations that we will attend and set up information boards and various crime prevention advice packs and items such as timer switches and keyless pouches to protect your vehicle keys. This is also an opportunity for the communities to meet and speak with members of your local community team and seek advice regarding any issues you may be encountering. We will be continuing to look to adapt these pop up police stations in the coming months.

Please be aware we are still seeing an increase in Keyless thefts around the area. Over the coming weeks we will be looking to have pop up police stations in the area to address this issue, however please be cautious regarding this increase. We are recommending our communities to protect your vehicle keys by purchasing and keeping them in Faraday Pouches, which can be purchased for as little as £6 from Amazon.

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