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Community Safety News March 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.

999 police, what’s your emergency?

We all know who to call in an emergency situation. If a life is in danger or a crime is in progress then it’s always the police on 999.

But for a simple question, a crime that has taken place but the offender has left or just to speak to a police officer, the right place to go is not always so instinctive.

101 is the police non-emergency number and is available to answer these very calls at any time of the day.

Thames Valley Police recently launched an online service as an alternative option to make these reports and enquiries. Forms submitted via the website, www.thamesvalley.police.uk are also monitored and actioned 24/7.

Operation Gauntlet Fraud Awareness Events

Thames Valley Police, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils’ Community Safety Team and Trading Standards launched Operation Gauntlet, the Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire Scam Awareness and Prevention campaign this month.

In support we held two fraud awareness events for members of the public to raise awareness of current scams and give advice about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the 80 residents that attended the events!

Rural Crime Events

In support of Rural Crime Week which started on Monday 4th March we held two rural crime events with the local neighbourhood policing team to inform residents of how to keep their homes safe and offer a free tool and tack marking service.

Jane Brown Iver Area Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator joined us at our event in Flowerland Garden Centre. She was able to give Neighbourhood Watch to our residents and explain the benefits of starting a neighbourhood watch scheme in your road.

For more information and advice please visit: www.chiltern.gov.uk/ruralcrime or www.southbucks.gov.uk/ruralcrime

Community Cards

We have been busy making up school packs for Community Cards 2019. This year we have a total of 23 schools taking part across Chiltern and South Bucks.

Bike Marking

Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are encouraging residents to be more conscious of how secure their bikes are and if they haven’t already, get them property marked to reduce the risk of theft.

The Community Safety Team will be providing bicycle security marking labels to local residents. If you would like a bike label, please contact communitysafety@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk with ‘bike label’ in the subject line or call us on 01494 586535.

As well as marking your bike there are other ways of preventing and reducing the risk of bike theft:

• Keep your bike in a locked garage or shed, as more than half of bike thefts take place from the victims’ properties.

• Always lock your bike when you are leaving it, use a strong lock and secure it to a bike rack where possible; as thieves can lift bikes over signposts especially if the lock is loose.

• There are other ways to identify your bike, such as recording and registering it on www.bikeregister.com/ or investing in an electronic tagging system.

Thank you for reading!

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