Community Safety News June 2019 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.


We had a great time plogging on Wednesday 5th June with our colleagues from Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council for National Volunteers' Week and World Environment Day. Plogging is a Swedish activity which is litter picking whilst jogging.

Colleagues from Licensing, Estates, Community & Leisure, Planning, Housing, Environmental Health, Waste & Community Safety

Have Your Say

Thames Valley Police regularly hold 'Have You Say' events across Chiltern and South Bucks. These events give residents the chance to meet their Neighbourhood Policing Team and raise any local concerns.

On Friday 7th June we joined the Amersham Neighbourhood Policing Team at Tesco. Lots of crime prevention advice was given out. We also reminded shoppers to keep their handbags on them at all times and not to leave them unattended in shopping trolleys.

PCSO Jacqueline Day & PCSO Matthew King at Tesco, Amersham

National Bike Week

In support of National Bike Week we offered free bike marking labels to Chiltern and South Bucks residents. Whilst some bikes are returned to their owners, most are never seen again because they have no markings on them, or no recorded details e.g. serial numbers, size, make etc. Bike marking is a simple solution to this problem and means that the police are more likely to identify the bike and return it to the owner: a simple sticker with your postcode on, stuck to the inside of your bike frame, will inform the police of ownership.

If you would like a free bike marking label please contact us with your name, postal address and quantity (subject to availability, must be a resident of Chiltern or South Bucks).

National Neighbourhood Watch Week

National Neighbourhood Watch Week was 8th - 16th June. We arranged a number of promotional letter drops with the Chiltern and South Bucks Neighbourhood Watch Multi Scheme Administrators: David Alder and Jane Brown with the hope to get more schemes up and running in our districts.

During the week we visited roads in:

  • Iver
  • Chalfont St Peter
  • Chalfont St Giles

We also attended a Neighbourhood Watch event at Iver Parish Council on 22nd June organised by Jane Brown. We were on hand offering lots of advice on crime prevention, home security, scams and of course the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch.

If you are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your road or would like to see if there is an active scheme already running please contact the relevant contact below:

Spring Crime Awareness Event

We visited Davies Brothers Nursery, Burnham on Wednesday 19th June with the Neighbourhood Policing Team. Shoppers were reminded how to keep their sheds and tools safe. Lots of other crime reduction advice was given and leaflets handed out.

PCSO Paul Austin at Davies Brothers Nursery, Burnham

Safe Place Scheme

This month we have refreshed the Safe Place Scheme in: Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Great Missenden, Stoke Poges and Richings Park.

We have now launched the Safe Place Scheme in Denham. We visited a number of the local shops and businesses to see if they would like to be a part of the scheme. Once we have received confirmation of those premises that would like to be a 'Safe Place' they will be listed on our websites.

To see which Chiltern and South Bucks shops and businesses are registered as a temporary 'safe place' please visit our web pages:

Scam Awareness Events

This month we joined Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Policing Team at local banks to help raise awareness of scams. We were at Barclays on Wednesday 19th June and Nationwide on Wednesday 26th June. Lots of scam prevention advice was given to customers and informative scam leaflets handed out.

If you know of a Chiltern or South Bucks group that would benefit from an Operation Gauntlet- telephone scams session please get in contact.

Chiltern Community Forum

The Chiltern Community Forum took place at the end of May at the Chiltern Hills Academy, Chesham. The Neighbourhood Policing priorities for the next quarter are:

  • Burglary
  • Drugs
  • Rogue Traders

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and took the time to attend the forum. It is a great opportunity for Chiltern residents to meet partner agencies and have their say.

South Bucks Community Forum

The South Bucks Community Forum took place on 11th June at the Fitzwilliam Centre, Beaconsfield. The Neighbourhood Policing priorities for the next quarter are:

  • Residential burglary
  • Drug dealing and drug related ASB
  • Theft from motor vehicles

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and took the time to attend the forum. It is a great opportunity for South Bucks residents to meet partner agencies and have their say.

No Cold Calling Zones

No Cold Calling Zones is a joint initiative between Thames Valley Police, Trading Standards, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s joint Community Safety Team. The intention of the scheme is to prevent distraction burglaries and give vulnerable people the confidence to say NO to uninvited callers.

No Cold Calling Zone signs are placed at the entrance and exit of a road to advise potential sellers that residents in the area do not want ‘doorstep selling’. Stickers are also provided for residents to display in their windows. This makes it easier for residents to say NO to sellers who appear at their door, and assists the Police when speaking to doorstep callers in the area.

If you would like your road to become a No Cold Calling Zone please contact us for further details.

Neighbourhood Policing Newsletters

The Chiltern and South Bucks Neighbourhood Policing Teams create a quarterly newsletter to help update residents. The newsletters include upcoming events, neighbourhood priorities, offenders brought to justice and much more. The following newsletters are now available:

  • Amersham, Chalfonts & Missendens
  • Burnham, Farnhams & Taplow
  • Gerrards Cross & Denham
  • Iver, Stoke Poges & Wexham

You can find the newsletters on our websites: www.chiltern.gov.uk/NeighbourhoodPolicing www.southbucks.gov.uk/NeighbourhoodPolicing

Rural Spotters

Thames Valley Police has launched a new team of volunteer rural spotters in Chiltern and South Bucks. The volunteers are all horse riders who will engage with the rural community whilst out on their normal hacking route and assist in rural and equine crime prevention. The role is voluntary and has no police powers attached. The role builds on the work of the Thames Valley Horse Watch network which brings local horse owners, riders and equestrian workers together with their local police team.

The aim is for horse riders to report any suspicious incidents or crimes they witness whilst out on their rides. Those who would like to sign up will be given training and a hi-vis tabard. If you would like to be a rural spotter please contact Helen Evans for further details: helen.evans@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Community Policing Awards 2019

The Community Policing Awards take place each year to recognise the work of officers, staff and volunteers who have made the greatest contribution to their community. We would like to congratulate PCSO Dee Hawkes from Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Policing Team for being the winner of Buckinghamshire Police Community Support Officer 2019.

Friends Against Scams Event

If you would like more information and advice from the Community Safety Team please contact us at CommunitySafety@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk or on 01494 586535

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