Denham and Gerrards Cross latest neighbourhood policing update May 2021

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Neighbourhood Team
Your neighbourhood team consists of:
PS 5731 Dan Ryder
PC 6463 Teresa Covey
PCSO 9345 Paul Dobbin
PCSO 7958 Paul Austin

The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) will be decided by the Policing Issues Panel; comprised of representatives from Community Boards from the whole of Chiltern & South Bucks. The Police do not run the panel, 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 has been an area of concern to many residents within the community, especially this year when we saw the roads becoming less congested with traffic, due to more people working from home. Understandably, we have not been able to complete any Community Speed Watch Events during the pandemic. To address this, hopefully you would have seen from our social media pages, and we have increased speed enforcement.

Our Roads Policing unit have been deploying our mobile speed camera vans over the last couple of months at various locations around the South Bucks area. 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.

Priority – Burglary

From 1st February 2021 to 30th April 2021 residential burglaries have seen a decrease of 69% from last quarter (Nov to Feb) from 13 down to 4 burglaries.

As the country starts to return to some form of normality and restrictions are lifted the NHPT are preparing to take part in a number of police led operations designed at tackling the core issues such as Burglaries, vehicle crime as well as speeding and anti-social behaviour. These operations will continue to run throughout the rest of this year and into 2022.

Following a spate of Keyless Car Thefts in GX overnight 5th/6th May, suspected to be stolen using a signal jammer, TVP has a limited number of Signal Blocking Pouches available from the Town Council Offices. We recommend these are used to store your keys and are readily available on the internet for as little as £8 for two pouches. A small price to pay to protect your vehicle!

Keyless Vehicle Theft is where a vehicle is stolen without the thief having physical access to the key. Thieves use a signal boosting device which picks up and boosts the signal detected from your key to the vehicle, making your vehicle think the key is nearby. Driving out of range of the key will not cause the engine to shut down and allows the thief to reach their destination.

What can you do!

Keep your keys away from the front of your property
Consider investing in a steering lock as these can act as a real deterrent.
Use a signal-blocking pouch or metal tin to keep your car key in.
Turn off keyless fobs wireless signal
Motion sensor outdoor lighting and CCTV

Priority – Anti-Social Behaviour

We have seen a different trend in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) this year, the community have been utilising open spaces where restrictions have limited their normal activities. Unfortunately, this has attracted those who have tried to disrupt communities. Over the Summer months, we identified areas that were becoming of a concern to us. We monitored reports for time parameters, completed Hi-Vis Patrols, took action against those causing most harm. Working in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council, dispersal orders were also occasionally utilised to support our joint aims.

Following ongoing ASB issues with scrambler bikes on fields in Hollybush Lane, Denham, Officers caught up with a couple of groups and have identified males and bikes and have received warnings.

Other Good News Stories

Residents may have noticed the police helicopter over Denham this week, which was assisting in searching for a high risk missing child, who was subsequently found hiding close to home.

The NHPT have been out visiting various businesses suspected of Modern Day Slavery. Working with immigration we have identified 5 possible victims, who have now been suitably safeguarded and investigations are ongoing. One male was arrested for immigration offences.

Driver seen using mobile phone in Denham. Checks revealed vehicle was untaxed. Vehicle seized, driver reported, 3 occupants walking home!

Driver spotted running red light in Denham. Driver stopped, cannabis found in vehicle. Driver failed drugs swipe and arrested

COVID Compliance

Over many months, our Neighbourhood teams have worked closely with colleagues in Buckinghamshire Council. You may have seen us out and about in various locations with the Environmental Health officers from the Council; challenging apparent non-compliance with COVID restrictions. Most locations across our neighbourhood have been supportive of the Government’s guidelines, and those where the public have voiced concerns have greatly improved safe business practice, with the right advice.

Recently we have visited Tesco, Beaconsfield Services and other small or independent shops, restaurants, petrol stations and public houses to reinforce Government guidelines.

Compliance Patrols continue in key places and quarantine checks have regularly been carried out at home addresses following foreign travel

Offenders Brought to Justice
Juvenile received a community resolution after admitting to causing ASB in Gerrards Cross.

Adult received a community resolution after admitting to possession of cannabis in Denham

Adult received a community resolution after admitting to sending malicious communications via Facebook in Denham.

Juvenile given a conditional caution after admitting to the offence of assault without injury in Gerrards Cross.

Adult given a conditional caution after admitting to the offence of assault without injury in Gerrards Cross.

Adult received a community resolution after admitting to the offence of criminal damage in Gerrards Cross.

Female received a community resolution after admitting a Public order offence in Gerrards Cross.

Female received a community resolution after admitting the offence of Assault without injury in Denham.

Male received a community resolution after admitting a Public order offence in Denham.

Have Your Say Events
During the Pandemic we have had to move away from ‘HAVE YOUR SAY’ Events as normally they encourage people to gather which we are looking to avoid. We understand some people still want to see us face to face, therefore we have been looking at ways we can still give people the opportunity to speak with officers, pass concerns, information or a smile and a wave to your children. To overcome gatherings we have identified areas for us to be present, visible and whilst completing our never-ending paperwork. We want the areas to be key points in each community where people are able to see us safely, varying times throughout the month and locations. Due to various reasons, on demand, operationally commitments and to prevent large gatherings we will not be publishing times and dates. however we wish to make the community aware of these locations and if you see a Police vehicle or officer at these locations, we are there for you to speak to us, please come and say hello and help us identify any concerns you have or any information, you may feel will assist us.

The Shell Garage, Denham Green
BP Garage, A40 Denham
Bus Turning Circle, Packhorse Rd, GX
The Village Hall, Fulmer
The Village Shop, Hedgerley

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