You Said, We Did
You Said - You would like us to look at parking especially in and around London End and Wycombe End
We Did - We have issued a large number of tickets since the last newsletter to vehicles parking on the diagonal lines at London End, and to those parking on the pavements around The Crazy Bear. This has seen an improvement in the standards of parking in the area, however, and we will continue with our efforts. However, please be aware that parking, while an issue, is not the main focus of the neighbourhood teams currently, especially at this time of year. There have been various consultations with Bucks County Council, Bucks Highways and local residents to try and put some long term solutions in place.
On a rolling 12 month time period, crimes reported in Beaconsfield have fallen by 8% compared to the previous 12 months. In the last four weeks crime in Beaconsfield is 11% lower than the same period in 2016.
We are also targeting drivers parking on the pavements in particular around the roundabout at the top of Station Rd, junction with Wycombe End/London End. Officers are issuing tickets and in discussion with the town council we are aware that some consideration is being given to fixed planters to prevent cars blocking the pavement.
You Said - You are concerned about burglary
We Did - During November and December we traditionally see a spike in burglaries due to the increased night time hours and the clocks going back. Using something called ‘Peak Seasonal Trend Analysis’ we have identified timings, dates and locations which have increased likelihood of being subject to a burglary.
Officers are visiting all areas who fall within these patterns and advising residents. We are completing work with the County Council Community Safety Partnership to try and identify if there is anything that can be done to the environmental surroundings to decrease the likelihood of a burglary, (increased lighting, cutting back hedges, clearing alleyways etc.)
We have been conducting targeted automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operations and we are increasing patrols in and around those areas. Burglaries are fortunately very low in the area and we are working hard to reduce the number that we do have.
Under another banner ‘Operation Glove’ we are conducting targeted patrols and ANPR operations to reduce burglaries using additional teams from across the force. You may see increased activity by officers in the area but this is nothing to be concerned about.
We regularly publish messages though our social media platforms as well as those of the County Council, to try and raise awareness and give people advice on what they can do to reduce the chance of them being subject to a crime.
Beaconsfield Police is closing on the 5th December 2017. There is no need for concern by residents at all. We know that although some people still like to come and attend a police station to report crime or for advice, the way that the vast majority of the public contact us has changed. Our front counter services aren’t used like they used to be and while we have to save money and make cut backs, it’s the stations that have to go rather than the officers.
Beaconsfield Police Station has been run by a volunteer for many years, so has been more of an information point in recent years than offering fully fledged counter services.
You will still keep your existing 4 PCSOs and 1 PC working solely in this town, they will just be starting and finishing their shifts at a different base. As mentioned in the press recently, other forces are cutting back or considering cutting back neighbourhood teams and effectively getting rid of the PCSO role in their force areas. We have had confirmation and reassurance that this will not be happening in Thames Valley. The force recognises the role and will retain numbers as they are.
Offenders Brought to Justice
43 year old female, charged with Shoplifting at Waitrose, Beaconsfield
25 year old male, charged with Shoplifting at Sainsbury’s, Beaconsfield
44 year old male, charged with Criminal Damage, Holtspur
33 year old female, charged with Criminal Damage, Beaconsfield
33 year old female, charged with Assault on Police, Beaconsfield