Community Safety News November 2018 EDITION

The Community Safety Newsletter aims to keep residents informed about what the Community Safety Partnership has been involved with in Chiltern and South Bucks districts in the last month.

Christmas party season has started!

The party season is upon us - a time of celebration, fun and catching up with colleagues, family and friends

Whilst you are out and about why not check that the bar or pub supports the Ask For Angela Initiative? Ask For Angela aims to stop harassment that some people experience in social situations by enabling people who are feeling unsafe or threatened while on a date to alert bar staff so they can then defuse the situation or arrange a safe way of getting home

Look out for the Ask For Angela sticker in the pub/bar window or the poster which will be located in the toilets.

For more information and to see pubs/bars that support the scheme please visit: http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/askforangela or http://www.southbucks.gov.uk/askforangela

Bright ideas to keep your home safe in the dark evenings

This time of year when the clocks have gone back homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars.

To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils Joint Community Safety team is encouraging householders to take some simple steps to protect their home:

• Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home

• Keep valuables and other electronic equipment such as laptops out of sight

• Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with www.immobilise.com

• Double lock UPVC doors or use dead locks on solid doors

• Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door and out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letter box

• Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight

• Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves

You can also contact Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team on 01494 586535 and for further crime reduction advice you can visit:- https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/ www.chiltern.gov.uk/crimereduction or www.southbucks.gov.uk/crimereduction.

Chiltern Community Forum

Come along to the next Community Forum! The Chiltern District Community Forum has been developed to help identify the community safety priorities in Chiltern District for the next three months.

This is a great opportunity to identify, review and resolve priority neighbourhood issues. The forums bring together the police, members of the public, partners, stakeholders and community groups, enabling us to work together to solve issues in our communities.

The forum will take place on Wednesday 21 November, 7.30pm-9.30pm at Rossetti Hall, 38 New Pond Road, Holmer Green HP15 6SU

To find out more about the forum, what it does and how it works please visit: www.chilterncommunityforum.org/

Thames Valley Cyber Crime Forum

Thank you to everyone that took part in the Thames Valley Cyber Crime Forum on Thursday 8th November, to view all the questions and answers please visit: http://thamesvp.coverpage.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/template=thamesvp/altcast_code=5140e3d44c/width=700/height=550

White Ribbon Day

For White Ribbon Day 2018, we're holding a staff cake sale in aid of Wycombe Women's Aid.

White Ribbon UK works predominantly with men, asking them to stand up and take responsibility in ending violence against women

Wycombe Women’s Aid is a registered charity working in the Wycombe, South Bucks and Chiltern Districts of Buckinghamshire. They work with women and children who are experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence and who are dealing with its effects and consequences.

For more information about Wycombe Women’s Aid please visit: http://www.wycombewomensaid.org.uk/

Neighbours . . . everybody needs good neighbours

How well do you know your neighbours?

A survey a few years ago revealed that one in three Britons could not name any of their neighbours. Most of us live surrounded by other people and yet loneliness is reaching epidemic proportions and will only get worse as families become more fractured and geographically separated.

The Street Association is trying to reverse that trend. Residents who have one on their street now know their neighbours, nod to them to say ‘hello’ or stop to chat. The initiative looks to residents to be the eyes and ears in their community to be aware of the most vulnerable around them and bring a sense of security to the street.

Residents run Street Associations themselves after receiving a start-up member pack from the County Council. Packs include letters to let your neighbours know you’re a contact on the street, a directory of local organisations to signpost to support if needed, community safety and scams information to raise awareness and tips on being neighbourly.

If you’d like help to start a conversation to connect your street where you live, please request a member pack from communities@buckscc.gov.uk or call 01296 382345 to leave a message.

Thank you for reading!

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