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Amersham, Chalfonts and Missendens Neighbourhood Policing Team
Covid-19 Thames Valley Police is committed to delivering a service to the public and will continue to do so whilst the UK deals with the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic. We will continue to respond to incidents and investigate crime as usual, however please understand that some incidents do not always require immediate or urgent police attendance. We would like to advise our friends and associates of the Chiltern Community Forum to please use the valuable information and links available on the website when considering if a police response is required
Some officers have been advised to self-isolate after the guidance was given by the government and health services. This has resulted in the Neighbourhood Teams being required to support our emergency response colleagues with specific demands on the Police service. I would like to add that if our direct email inboxes are used as a means of contacting the Neighbourhood Teams, the reply may take slightly longer than usual.
We thank you all for your support.
PS 3675 Darren Walsh
The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided by the Community Forum. This steering group is made up of local residents and representatives from organisations across the area. The forum is not run by the police, although we do attend as representatives. This allows us to speak to a wide cross-section of the community, find out what you most want improved in the area, and consider how we and others can accomplish these aims. The top three priorities are chosen by the forum every three months and are then assumed by your Neighbourhood Policing Team.
You asked us to concentrate on: Priority 1 - Burglary We did - Figures show that Chiltern & South Bucks is one of the most targeted areas in the force for burglaries. The Police will use analysis to identify crime areas and times when organised criminals are likely to target addresses in our area. Targeted houses will often be attacked by a gang of people rather than an individual. Recent experience has shown that criminals are coming from places afar a field as Chile. Six people were charged with burglary in this period.
There have been several reported incidents where cars have been stolen without the offenders taking the keys to the actual car. Investigations have shown that criminals are going up to front doors and scanning keys through the front door. Please be careful with your car keys, at home and when out and about, and be aware of the risks when left next to the front door. Metal tins can be used to block car keys signals or signal blocker pouches can be purchased for around £6. Neighbourhood policing have been involved in a number of cross border operations with other departments and forces in targeting criminals whilst they are travelling into our area from predicted locations.
The following Operations took place in response to dealing with the threat of burglaries:
Operation Guillotine resulted in additional night time patrols by 6 additional uniform units taking place over a 2 week period. This resulted in 8 arrests, 7 people dealt with for drug offences, 1 person reported for driving offences, 1 vehicle seized and 40 people being stop searched.
Operation Greenbelt results:
December; 3 people arrested, 2 penalty notices issued, 3 people reported and 4 vehicles seized. January; 6 arrests, 3 people summonsed and 8 vehicles seized February; 7 arrests, 6 people summonsed, 6 vehicles seized and 3 FPN’s issued
Operation Go is a new initiative from the Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire neighbourhood team. Through Thames Valley Alerts, the team will send out up-to-date intelligence that they are working on to identify offenders of local crimes. By sharing this intelligence with you, our local residents, it is our hope that you will provide our extra eyes and ears in the local community, helping us to identify people and vehicles that we are looking for to assist with our investigations.
I am pleased to announce that the Missendens LAF have agreed to part fund with TVP an ANPR camera for Prestwood. This will have an impact on criminals who are working in that area.
Priority 2; Drug Dealing
Drug related reports have increased which some may think is a concern but the increase highlights the proactivity with stop searches, arrests, warrants, intelligence development and partnership working. The Operation Stronghold team is leading the response to County Drug Lines (CDL) and working with NHPT in safeguarding potential victims of CDL. Working with the Problem Solving Team, we managed to obtain a closure order in Amersham to prevent people from visiting a vulnerable person’s addresses and preventing suspected criminal activity from continuing.
Neighbourhood Teams have been working on and developing intelligence. Patrols have resulted in a number of stops around Stanley Hill, Chalfont St Peter and Hervines Park in drug usage. One of the Amersham NHPT team was the most proactive officer on our area in regards to stop searches with 35% of those searches resulting in items being found.
We continue to conduct local drug operations. Operation Grandiose has been created in regards to being able to target drug issues more robustly and will focus on the areas of Amersham, Chalfont and the Missendens. We will also assist Chesham in combatting known drug dealers who may be targeting our areas.
Priority 3 - Speeding
We did -
Following the last Community Forum you stated how you were concerned of speeding in your areas. Op Glare is a dedicated response by the NHP team for dealing with motoring offences. The following locations had been identified as suffering from speeding and speed enforcement took place there.
Chalfont St Peter - Joiners Lane
Amersham - Holloway Lane, Chesham Road, Copperkins and Bois Lane
Missenden/Holmer Green - Martinsend Lane, Earl Howe Road
Locations are chosen from feedback from you the public and figures supplied by your local Parish Councils.
There are several groups now up and running. An event to train volunteers in Amersham on Saturday 18th January 2020 resulted in almost 50 people attending. We will soon be assisting these volunteers in setting up speed checks. I will be looking to assist other areas in setting up their own CSW groups. If you would like more information then please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
February to May Priorities Thank you to all who made their views known via the online survey and at the meeting. The next meeting of the Chiltern Community Forum is to be confirmed at this time. The current ‘You said we did’ (Community priorities) for the next quarter, were set at the Forum Meeting in February 2020 at Chalfont St Peter. These are:
Drug dealing: Led by the police and supported by the community.
Burglaries: Led by the police and supported by the community.
ASB: Led by the police and supported by the community.
The Forum will be looking at an Agency approach to dealing with the issues of school parking a common theme that upsets residents who live close to schools.
ASB Chalfont St Peter has seen a reduction in the amount of ASB that is being reported to the police
Theft from Motor vehicles There has been a rise in the theft of registration plates. There is an ongoing investigation into this with lines of enquiry. There are number plate fixing kits which can be purchased at a reasonable price to prevent this from occurring to you.
We are experiencing a rise in thefts of catalytic converters in Amersham and the Chalfonts. This crime trend is taking place at all hours of the day and at a variety of locations. Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions. The devices contain small amounts of three precious metals: platinum, palladium and rhodium. In recent years, the price of these metals has soared to record levels, which means that catalytic converters can provide a substantial return to a thief for just a few minutes work.
Analysis from the start of this year in Chiltern & South Bucks shows that the following makes are particularly being targeted Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi. Transit/Sprinter vans and other vehicles with high clearance are especially vulnerable. Advice for vehicle owners • Where possible, park in your garage • Install a Cat Converter anti-theft bracket • Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle • Consider security lighting • If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut • Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle • Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number (see Retainagroup) and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers)
‘Have Your Say’; Due to the current situation with Covid 19 these meeting have been put on hold.
Local Area Forums BCC have announced that the LAF’s are to be replaced by the creation of 16 Community Boards to ensure strong connections between Buckinghamshire Council and our diverse communities. Community boards will help the new council understand and respond to local communities and their individual needs, giving local communities a voice and facility to work with councillors to improve services and make real changes in their local area.
Community boards will begin their work following the local election in May 2020 and first meetings are anticipated to take place in June/July 2020. Residents, town and parish councils and community organisations will be encouraged to get involved to make sure the boards are successful in making real changes and improving the lives of our residents at a truly local level. Each community board will meet at least five times a year and the meetings will be open to all to attend.
Between now and the launch of the new council, BCC will be working to set up Community Boards to launch in May. This will include setting up a new team to support the boards with at least 1 dedicated community co-ordinator per community board area.
Offenders Brought to Justice This does not include persons who are currently under investigation or have been released on bail.
Amersham Male given cannabis warning Male charged with witness intimidation and assault Male cautioned for harassment Person given Youth Restorative Disposal for theft Male given caution for shoplifting Male charged with robbery Male charged with assaulting 2 police officers and offensive weapon Male cautioned for possession of cannabis Male charged with assault Male cautioned for criminal damage
Chalfont St Peter Male cautioned for possession of cannabis Male cautioned for possession of cannabis Male cautioned for possession of cannabis Male charged for possession of cannabis Male charged with burglary Male charged with shoplifting Male charged with harassment and criminal damage Male given cannabis warning
Missendens Male charged with burglary Male charged with breaching court order Male given cannabis warning Male caution for an assault Male cautioned for possession of Class A
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Ian Stacey (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator, Chiltern & South Bucks)