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Newark and Sherwood Police Priority: Auto crime.

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Date: 
October 2019

Police Priority- October 2019I held my first Local Policing Priority Setting meeting this week with Newark and Sherwood District Council. The priority for the last year has been Operation Vow (drugs related acquisitive crime). This is now well established and has become daily business. A review has just been completed and the initial results look positive. I will share them once they have been consulted on.

This felt like a good opportunity to move our focus to something else. After reviewing various sources of information we agreed that the new priority for the next three months should be autocrime- this includes fuel thefts on the A1 (and associated damage to farm crops), theft of tools from works vans, and then theft of and from motor vehicle. 

Vehicle offences are +23.4% YTD and it is having an impact across the whole of the district. This is an outlier as we continue to see crime reductions YTD in most other crime type areas. The next few weeks will see us putting a plan together about how we are going to tackle the different elements of this offence type, I will keep you updated as we go along. 

November update:

Our autocrine
plans are underway, this has included various covert tactics, plain clothes
patrols and crime prevention messaging to the public. Please head over to https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention
for some helpful crime prevention guides on various types of vehicles. 

An operation
to tackle vehicle crime and theft from motor vehicles on the A1, and subsequent
damage to farmers crops took place between the 21st and 27th
October which involved covert tactics and high visibility patrols of the
laybys. This formed part of a national operation with our neighbouring forces
that patrolled the A1 Corridor and the M1 motorway. As a result we saw a
decline in offences. Theft of diesel on the A1 remains a significant issue and
work with the Highway Agency continues with further operations planned.

Advice guide - Protecting your vehicle

Crime prevention advice to help avoid you becoming a victim of vehicle crime.