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Inspector Simon Riley's Blog: July / August 2018

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Since I wrote my
last blog, it would appear that we now have proof that wonders really do never

 Firstly - the
weather!  With the exception of last
weekend it hasn't let up and everyone is walking around looking tanned and
healthy and full of the joys of Summer - which is great to see.  We now have the 'Beach at Beeston' up and
running and I am sure many of you will be taking advantage of an afternoon 'by
the seaside' without the long drive and the inevitable traffic queues.

 Secondly, in keeping
with my mention of the world cup last month, the England team surpassed all
expectations and whilst they ultimately didn't bring  'it' home, they nevertheless brought people
together in a way that hasn't been seen for some time in our nation.  Friends, relatives, neighbours, all coming
together with one common cause was brilliant to see and there was a real feel
good factor across the borough for those few, short, weeks.  And whilst the England challenge ultimately
fell slightly short of the ultimate goal, the power of sport to unify and
change lives for the good should never be underestimated. This is a view which
I have articulated to a number of elected members and partners in recent weeks
as I have gotten around to meeting them for the first time.  Sporting opportunities for young people can
often be the difference between a rewarding teenage period, where good
foundations are laid for adulthood, or a downward slope into criminality.  As we are now into the summer holiday period,
this is never more pertinent, as without outlets to relieve boredom this is
often where youngsters take their first forays into unacceptable behaviour, ASB
and ultimately criminality.   

 If anyone has ever
thought of, or is thinking of, or has just set up some sporting activities for
children, or getting involved in provision of sport for young people then I
would be interested  in hearing from you.  Clearly, work with young people can only be
undertaken by people with a clean and current DBS certificate, but subject to
that clearance, I would encourage anyone who feels they have something to offer
to have a go.  I speak from personal
experience when I say that it can often be frustrating and at times you may
feel like you are trying to herd cats, but ultimately it is hugely rewarding
and from a community perspective can often make a difference to the quality of
life in that area.  One super local
example of this is the Basil Russell Youth Club which is running throughout the
Summer holiday period on Thursday and Friday evenings, from 5:30pm to 8:30
pm,at Basil Russell Playing Field in Nuthall. 
Open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 18, this represents a super
opportunity for young people to go and interact and join in activities in a
safe and controlled outdoor environment (shelter is available should the
British Summer revert to type!).

 And on the note of
bored youngsters, ASB and associated crime - 
I am fully aware of the issues being experienced by the residents of
Chilwell West at present.  We are
currently gathering as much evidence as we can against the young people
perpetrating these offences and making life a misery for the law-abiding people
of the Inham Nook, Eskdale Road area and the users of the recreation
ground.  We are also looking to take
action against the parents of those involved wherever and whenever we can.  If you are reading this and you know your
child(ren) are involved in this completely unacceptable behaviour, then yes,
that means you - and we will
take the appropriate action against you and your children.  We have a large range of powers available to
us and our partners, such as the Borough Housing Department, have many of their
own.  We will not be afraid to use them
and will seek to do so at every opportunity we can.  As a warning to those involved - I can't
spell it out any clearer than that.

 As a positive note
to end upon, crime has continued to fall across the borough as a whole during
July and the past 2 weeks have recorded excellent reductions in many offence
types (a 36% reduction in shop theft for example).   Nothing as spectacular as the reduction in
Burglary in June (which by the time the whole
month's figures were taken into account was a staggering 52% and not the 48% I
reported in my blog last month, which was written with 5 days of the month
, which has remained at the June levels through July.  

 One area of crime
does stand out though, as it completely bucks the usual seasonal trend - we
recorded only 4 shed/garage burglaries 
in the whole of July across the whole of the borough.  I'd like to publically thank my Neighbourhood
Policing Teams, led by Sgt Deb Regan (South) and Sgt Andy Browning( North) for
this, as they have worked tirelessly in pro-actively targetting addresses at
risk of this type of crime and giving out crime prevention measures and advice
provided  by our partners on the borough
Community Safety team.  I'd also like to
thank those of you who have engaged with this activity - you have undoubtedly
prevented yourself from becoming a victim and have assisted us in keeping those
crimes low in number.  In addition, ASB
in general is also down by comparison to where we would expect it to be at this
time of year - again, this is down to proactive patrols and the right messages
being given out, alongside support from the people of the borough.  My challenge is now to keep Crime and ASB at
the lower figure through the summer holiday period.  Autocrime is still high in all areas of the
borough and its reduction is one of my priorities over the coming weeks.  If you see anyone acting suspiciously around
motor vehicles, especially during the hours of darkness, then please, please
call it in, either by 101, or if it’s a crime in action, by dialling 999.

 And with that, I bid
you farewell.  If you are holidaying over
the school holiday period, please have a great - but ultimately safe,
time.  Ensure your home security is
preserved and don't publicise the fact you are away on social media -
particularly if you have an open profile. 
Happy Holidays!

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