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Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Policing update May 2021

Alert message sent 19/05/2021 10:31:00

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Neighbourhood Team
Your neighbourhood team consists of
Sergeant 6792 Rachel DALE
PC 6058 Mike Austin
PCSO 9722 Vijay Desai
PCSO 6540 Dave Wenham
PCSO 9509 Dee Hawkes

Neighbourhood Priorities

The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided by the Community Forum for the whole of South Bucks. 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.

Priority – Speeding

Speeding is an ongoing concern for many residents within the community. We have not been able to complete any community speed watch events during the pandemic as we do not want to have more people in the police station than is absolutely necessary. We have addressed this by ensuring that more time is allocated to speed enforcement and education from the Neighbourhood Police team. Work is currently underway to get the Community Speed watch back operational as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Roads Policing Department and mobile camera vans have also been conducting speed enforcement in the Beaconsfield area. We will continue to ask for roads policing officers to come to Beaconsfield and work with them to reduce the number of speeding vehicles in the area.

Mobile Speed camera vans have been deployed in the South Bucks area over the last couple of months at various locations. In February the mobile speed camera was deployed on 8 occasions and identified 424 offences. The fixed camera identified in two separate locations 86 speeding offences. In March the mobile camera was deployed on four occasions around the area and 374 offences were identified. Our fixed camera have identified 363 offences in South Bucks during March

The overall aim of the speeding enforcement is to reduce the number of speeding vehicles through Beaconsfield. This is done by a mixture of methods. Issuing tickets to offenders, offering education courses, informal road side education and advice, and reporting to court for those exceeding the speed limit by a large amount.

Priority – Burglary

From February to April 2021 there have been 5 reported residential burglaries in Beaconsfield this is a slight increase from the last 3 months however more people are now leaving their homes to go to work and so this was expected. The figures are still low for the area. Of these 5 burglaries 1 person has been arrested and charged for one burglary. 2 people have been arrested for a burglary where items were stolen from a garage. The investigation into this is still ongoing.

We are continuing to run our operations in the Beaconsfield area to tackle burglary. These operations utilise the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras that we have on our vehicles. The Neighbourhood Police Team work with officers from the Roads Policing department, Dog unit and response officers to run the operations with detectives from our CID and newly formed Priority Crime Team dealing with any offenders that we arrest for burglary.

We thank the community for making it harder for burglars to commit offences in the Beaconsfield area. We encourage the community to visit the Thames Valley Police Website for crime prevention advice or to contact your local neighbourhood team. We would like to remind people that while the nights are dark to make sure that your house is not left in darkness. Smart lightbulbs or timer switches are very useful for making it look like you are home.

Priority – Anti-Social Behaviour

We are continuing to see a different trend in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) due to the pandemic. We have seen that open spaces have become a lot busier due to the restrictions on meeting inside. This has meant that these open spaces are attracting more ASB than previously. We have therefore adapted our approach to this and have been carrying out more patrols in these areas. We have been taking a robust approach to ASB and have a number of Police Powers to be able to do this.

We are aware of ASB in Holtspur with teenagers hanging around the recreational ground. A number of groups have been approached and spoken to by the Neighbourhood team who have explained to them what is and what is not acceptable behaviour in the area.

There have been a number of criminal damages reported in Beaconsfield and Holtspur. A 13 year old has been arrested for a number of these criminal damages, he has also been arrested for assaults, public order offences and one robbery. Due to the amount of offences and the impact they have had on the victims these offences are being dealt with by a detective from the Priority Crime Team. The investigation into them is still ongoing and he has bail conditions not to enter Beaconsfield. A push bike that this person had stolen has also been recovered and returned to its rightful owner.

We would therefore encourage people to report all ASB online on the Thames Valley Police website or call us on 101. This then gets passed to the Neighbourhood team and allows us to see a better picture of what is happening in our area and what is effecting people the most.

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Ian Stacey (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator, Chiltern & South Bucks)

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