Community Safety News November 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.

Chiltern Neighbourhood Watch Event

The Chiltern Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Area Coordinator, David Alder arranged a NHW Coordinators event on Wednesday 6th November.

We went along and gave a presentation on what the Community Safety Team do and how we support NHW along with other schemes and initiatives. Partners from Thames Valley Police- Sergeant Darren Walsh, Street Associations- Helen Cavill and Natwest- Sarah Thompson also spoke about their roles and how their work fits in with NHW.

If you are interested in starting a NHW scheme in your road or would like to join a current scheme please contact us for more information: Communitysafety@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk

Have Your Say

Chiltern and South Bucks Neighbourhood Policing Teams hold regular Have Your Say's which give residents the opportunity to raise any issues or concerns within their community.

This month we have supported the below Have Your Say's. We gave lots of crime reduction advice, raised awareness of scams, reminded residents to keep a light on during the winter months and much more!

  • Monday 11th November - Chiltern Hospital, Great Missenden
  • Wednesday 13th November - Sainsburys, Taplow
  • Wednesday 27th November - Dobbies, Beaconsfield

To find out when the next Have Your Say will be in your area visit the Police UK website.

PCSO Chris Hinkley-Ging, Missendens NH Team & PCSO Vijay Desai, Beaconsfield NH Team

Op Gauntlet - Phase 2

Thames Valley Police launched Operation Gauntlet to raise awareness of telephone scams across Chiltern and South Bucks. We have visited numerous social groups across both areas spreading the word of current trends and signs to look out for with the aim of preventing further residents of becoming victims of fraud.

On Thursday 21st November we had a meeting with Thames Valley Police, Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards and Natwest to discuss ideas for phase 2 of Op Gauntlet. There are a number of other scams e.g. rogue traders, voucher scams, investment scams that are sadly happening within Chiltern and South Bucks. We are working on our ideas shared at the meeting so we can help raise awareness within our communities.

If you are aware of a group that would benefit from a scam awareness talk please do contact us to arrange - Communitysafety@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk

Mediation Buckinghamshire

Mediation Bucks are an independent organisation that help people resolve disputes. They facilitate discussions that lead to jointly agreed solutions.

On Thursday 21st November Mediation Bucks held their Annual Awards Evening and AGM to share the great things they have done over the last year and plans for the future. We would like to thank Mediation Bucks for awarding Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council as one of their supporters of the year.

If you would like to try and settle a dispute informally but have found it difficult to talk to your neighbour contact Mediation Bucks for assistance.

  • 7 out of 10 people who had used mediation would use it again.
  • In 8 out of 10 disputes when the neighbours met, an agreement was reached.
  • You don't have to be in the same room as your neighbour.
  • The mediators can visit you at home and at a time that suits you. They are independent and the visit is very informal.
  • Mediation is free.

White Ribbon Day

Monday 25th November marked White Ribbon Day - a day focused on raising awareness and working towards ending domestic abuse.

To show our support we organised a White Ribbon Cake Sale. All donations raised went to Wycombe Women's Aid (WWA). WWA work with women and children in Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks who are experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence and who are dealing with its effects and consequences.

This year we raised an amazing £88! Thank you to all Chiltern and South Bucks staff who supported our Cake Sale by baking/ buying cakes and making a donation.

For a list of local and national support services please see our websites: Chiltern District Council or South Bucks District Council

If you think you or a friend are being abused, check the warning signs and speak to someone you trust or contact a support service. You are never to blame for abuse, it is a choice made by the abuser.

Chiltern Community Forum

The Chiltern Community Forum was held at The Misbourne School on Wednesday 27th November. The forum was well attended with some great discussion around what the Chiltern Neighbourhood policing priorities should be for the next quarter.

Ahead of the forums we circulate a short survey asking residents what they would like the priorities to be. This month we had a staggering 600+ residents complete the survey which is fantastic!

The Chiltern Neighbourhood Policing priorities for the next quarter are:

  1. Residential Burglary
  2. Drug Dealing
  3. Speeding

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey and/ or came along to the Community Forum to share their views and have an input.

Winter Home Security

Let's beat the burglar this winter and ensure our homes are secure! Follow these simple yet effective tips to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

  • Light up - Leaving your house in darkness will only make it more appealing to a burglar. A timer switch could be used for lights to come on at various times throughout the day/ night when you are not home.
  • Lock up - That 'small' window you left open could be a burglars way in to your home. Ensure all windows and doors are locked before leaving your property.
  • Be secure - Don't leave valuable items on show e.g. laptops for a burglar to see through the window. Keep your belongings out of sight and ensure they are marked. If you would like a UV pen to mark your property please contact us Communitysafety@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk

Our Bad Santa video shares further tips on how to keep your property and belongings safe leading up to Christmas.

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

Thank you for reading!

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Hayley Casey