Neighbourhood Policing Update: Peterborough South On a bitterly cold night, and developments related to the triple murders, one involving a Fletton resident in the process of breaking as the meeting was being held, the Police Panel meeting held last week for Wooston/Stanground and Fletton was lightly attended but a great deal of police and public business was discussed and priorities, set for the next three months.
Inspector Andy Bartlett, who is also the Police Safer Neighbourhood Manager presented a powerfully illustrated view of what has been happening and what is likely to happen in our neighbourhoods. Ward Councillors ( with the exception of Cllrs Rush and Cereste) were in attendance, Chris York sent his apologies from his sick bed, but was given a full briefing over the internet and phone!
Crime Prevention Police officers from our neighbourhood have been visiting a series of addresses and checking the security. Where they have discovered open windows and garden gates unlocked they have alerted the resident and left advice cards. This has led to 37 windows found to be open, and insecure 26 open rear gates, and some 16 cars with doors left unlocked.
The priority set at the last meeting was to reduce non dwelling burglaries. Operation Dawpool was set up using plainclothes officers and high visibility patrols. This led to targeted work with known suspects in the area. Council officers from protective services were also involved, offering practical support to vulnerable families of the suspects.
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A recent innovation is the setting up of what is called the red route patrols, these are patrolled in a variety of way and at different times taking in known targets and locations high on the list of police priorities. Over 134 stop searches were carried out. It was found that th majority of crimes are carried out overnight and currently garden sheds are a key and easy target for the burglar, many left unlocked and no alarm in place. The process is clearly disrupting the activities of the few who make up the majority of the crime statistics for this neighbourhood.
Turning to vehicle crime across the neighbourhoods. A process of high visibility policing has been carried out. Opwration Dawnpool covering both this and non dwelling burglaries. Arrests have been made of a number of local suspects and are currently on bail. Generally the situation is much improved.
The third priority set at the last meeting (due to a number of incidents) involved Southfields Junior School. Police officers are continuing to work and engage with the school. This led to arrests of two persons on school property. The PCSO team of Bestwick and Shabbir are now undertaking additional programmes with the school. The main offenders from approximately five families, have bee referred to the troubled families group, setup in part with central government funding. There have been no further reported issues.
Generally over the last few months shoplifting offences have continues to rise throughout our neighbourhoods. Particularly, increases in food and drink being taken from supermarkets and corner shops. Officers are targeting ‘prolific shoplifters’ and asking Courts to impose appropriate sentences.
There was a feeling in the audience that magistrates within their existing powers, could increase penalties handed out, and consider the greater use of Criminal ASBO orders [CRASBO].
Some five Section 23 Misuse of Drugs Act warrants were executed during the period under review and all produced positive finds. Two substantial cannabis factories with significant finds and suspects arrested and currently on Police bail.
In Stanground new CCTV is now in place covering the Skate Park, Community Centre and Southfield School.
Thought is being given to setting up a Crime prevention house so fresidents can get crime prevention advice and see some of the safety products commercially available, and working. which could be used in their own houses.
Some newer devices are relatively inexpensive and can be easily fitted. Local firms wishing to get involved are invited to contact Sgt Lloyd at Hampton for information.
A number of issues involving two alleged brothels, drug dens, minimotos, sexual harassment, and personal safety issues were handed over to police for further investigation. Several individual conversations were also held between officers and those who attended. The meeting ended at 8pm.
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