Your local policing team is made up of dedicated neighbourhood officers and community support officers based in your community, supported by additional officers from the wider area.
We work closely with our partners and engage the community when deciding our policing priorities for your area. By working together we aim to find solutions to longstanding local problems while maintaining our wider focus on preventing crime and antisocial behaviour across Nottinghamshire.
Local priority setting meetings were held in September 2023, these were attended by partners who all work on both the Aspley, Bilborough Wards. It has been identified that Shop Theft has seen an increase on these wards, this is in line with a general increase across the Nottinghamshire force area and nationally other Police Forces are reporting increases.
All Partners recognise that they can contribute to trying to reduce this crime and agree there are many motivations behind its increase including, Drug and alcohol dependencies, the cost of living crisis and reduction in many families being able to cope on existing budgets. Partners will support by providing debt advise, budgeting advice, access to food banks , drug and alcohol treatment referrals.
Police will work with retailers to try and increase store security , design out problem areas and improve physical deterrents such as store security and CCTV.
Police will investigate offences and target those offenders that repeatedly commit them, robustly collating all the available evidence so that we can provide strong prosecution files. For those repeat offenders we will be asking for Criminal behaviour orders to be granted upon conviction to provide additional measures to control those that commit multiple offences . We will work with housing providers to look at any civil powers that can be put in place if they live and commit offences in their neighbourhood.
Police will look at avenues where stolen goods are realised and sold on and target those that handle these stolen goods, we are aware that social media sites selling stolen goods are prevalent and will investigate those behind these sites.
Shop Theft is not a victim less crime , it affects companies and there ability to employ local people , losses impact the pricing of goods that affect the wider community.
Issued 01 December 2023
Shop Theft - October 2023 to December 2023
During the last month officers on the City West have investigated a number of shop theft offences targeting those offenders that repeatedly offend with increased patrols in areas that have been highlighted as high-volume crime areas and premises. As a result, several offenders have been arrested and prosecuted with a number of repeat offenders receiving custodial sentences. We encourage the continuing reporting of shop thefts on 101 as without these calls we do not get the full picture of what is happening on the area. With this information City West officers can target areas of concern in order to address the area priority.