Po­lice fo­cus on three tar­gets

Bur­glary, theft and anti-so­cial acts

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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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.

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