Police focus on three targets
Burglary, theft and anti-social acts
THE police neighbourhood team in Beaconsfield updated the town council’s community safety committee last week, identifying a number of issues in the town as well as sharing the latest crime statistics.
PSCOs Vijay Desai and Kelsey Johnstone addressed the public and councillors on Thursday at the town hall in Penn Road.
Mr Desai said the neighbourhood team’s three priorities are still burglary, theft and antisocial behaviour.
He said there were five dwelling burglaries from February 1, 2014 to date.
“One was the beginning of the week in Baring Road, where a family went away on holiday for a couple of weeks and when they returned they found their home had been broken into,” he said.
Burglaries in homes have reduced by 63 per cent, while non-dwelling burglaries by 45 per cent.
Theft from vehicles is down by 40 per cent.
There has also been a rise in theft of high value vehicles.
Mr Desai said thieves target cars with keyless fobs and gadgets.
He added: “This is unfortunately on the increase, especially with high value cars and power vehicles.”
There have been robberies in the area.
Mr Desai said the team has been carrying out a ‘clear car’ campaign, visiting the Beaconsfield service area each day and Beaconsfield services where police are carrying out a ‘clear car’ campaign seeing which vehicles have items on display, then sending a letter to motorists letting them know that they left items in view.
Violence against the person is also down by 23 per cent.
PCSO Kelsey Johnstone said there are a small number of cases, and most, if not all, are alcohol related.
Violence: It is not a case of
someone coming up to
someone in the street – it’s alcohol fuelled
She said: “We are talking about Saturday night when Revolutions gets let out. It’s not a case of someone coming up to someone in the street – it’s alcohol fuelled.
“That’s where a lot comes from. More recently it’s been Wednesday nights, as that’s student night.”
Anti-social behaviour has reduced by nine per cent, though the PCSOs said this may be because the youths they were aware of are grown up now and have moved out from the area.
Mr Desai warned it is younger children that are getting older that they have become aware of.
The team are also planning to hold surgeries in hot spot streets.
Police are carrying out an analysis, where they look at the statistics for Beaconsfield and identify areas with issues.
Once this is done surgeries will be held in problem or high risk roads.
The team has ordered 500 time switches that are available free, and there will bike marking and UV pens available too.
Mr Desai added: “They will look at the trends over the past three years and we will work with those results to target roads and hold surgeries there.
“It’s an opportunity for people to come and talk to us.”
Mr Desai also warned that the team is carrying out speed enforcement around the town.
He mentioned Holtspur Top Lane, after the traffic calming measures, had become less of an issue as had Gregories Road.