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Arboretum Ward Strategic Priorities: October 2018

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October 2018

Crime to date on the ward has risen in comparison to the previous year. This isn’t good news but the Neighbourhood Policing Team are working tirelessly to combat this rise. To help concentrate our efforts we and our partners are working hard to ensure further reductions in the two identified Crime Priorities:

  1. Residential burglary
  2. Vehicle offences

Following meetings with our Partners, we are also working on tackling antisocial behaviour (ASB) on several fronts, namely:

  1. Street Drinking
  2. People being drunk or rowdy in public places
  3. Rubbish and littering
  4. Noisy neighbours or loud parties

Many incidents do not follow any patterns or trends and cannot be traced to a single location, time, day, victim or offender so they are difficult to prosecute but where they are attributable to an offender we will always take positive action.

The Arboretum Neighbourhood Policing Team will contact every victim of Burglary, follow up Vehicle offences and ASB to reassure you, offer advice and maximise the amount of evidence that can be gained by completing House to House and CCTV enquiries.

Please note your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will still be proactively dealing with priorities identified at the local neighbourhood level.

In order to further reduce Burglary and Vehicle offences on the Arboretum Ward we will:

  • Target those criminals who are actively committing this type of crime on our area. For example, any individual who has historically committed these crimes on our area but is currently wanted for an unrelated offence will be prioritised for arrest.
  • Use social media and face-to-face communication to educate and inform the public regarding crime prevention.
  • Prioritise intelligence ensuring that anything that is ‘Burglary or Vehicle crime’

We will support the victim to ensure a prosecution where the evidence exists, but there are things that we can ask the public to do to help us prevent incidents.

  1. Keep doors and windows locked at night. Try not to put expensive electrical items on display near open windows. Leave a light on in the property when you go out, set the burglar alarm if you have one, and if not consider fitting one. It’s best to have Home insurance.
  2. Keep vehicle doors locked and secure, try not to leave items on display such as cash, phones, and other valuables. Park your vehicles courteously and in well-lit areas.  Vehicles are sometimes vandalised over inconsiderate parking.
  3. Bin fires are quite common.  This said, you can help us by only putting your bins on the street on the morning of your scheduled collection and putting them away again as quickly as possible.
  4. Do not over fill your bin.
  5. Do not leave bulky waste out.  This can be used to cause damage and is a target for arson.  Make use of the Council’s bulky waste collection service which is a free service and can be arranged on 0115 915 2000.
  6. Report fly tips or suspicious behaviour so that the Council and Police can react appropriately.  Call 101 or in an emergency 999.  Or report anonymously through Crime stoppers on 0800 555111.
  7. Report to the Council any walls, street lamps etc that require repairing.  It may not be the Council’s responsibility to repair a wall but they will liaise with the owner.  Damaged walls provide ammunition to damage property.
  8. Talk to your children and make sure they value other people’s property.

October 2018 update

Officers have been working on Operation Graduate throughout October targeting high visibility patrols to tackle burglary and anti- social behaviour in the student areas of the Arboretum ward.

The Street Offences Team (Op Lumination) have conducted uniform and plain-clothed patrols targeting burglary, drug, antisocial and vehicle offending. They have made some significant arrests, executed warrants and recovered stolen property as well as seizing illegal vehicles and property.

Many officers and partners were also committed in and around the Forest Recreation Ground to ensure that Goose Fair was a safe and enjoyable experience for all those that visited our ward.

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