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.
Community Cards 2018
Community Cards is a sticker-collecting scheme encouraging Year 6 pupils to get involved with activities, care for their community, be safe and engage with local community organisations.
The scheme is centered upon getting the best out of young people and encouraging them to be aware of their responsibilities and the opportunities in their local community. The scheme aims to improve relationships between 11 year-olds and various agencies that work in the community, make young people more aware of the services available to them and encourage young people to engage in constructive activities.
In total 15 schools took part, we received some very close results and great individual entries. This year Ivingswood Academy and Dorney School won the trip to Legoland and Curzon C of E Combined School won a trip to The Climb at Chiltern Pools, Amersham.
Special thanks to our sponsors LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, GLL and The Entertainer who supported the 2018 Community Cards scheme.
National Neighbourhood Watch Week
We recently supported National Neighbourhood Watch Week which took place from Saturday 16th June to Sunday 24th June. During the week we encouraged Chiltern and South Bucks residents to start up a NHW scheme in their road. We delivered over 400 letters to several streets with Thames Valley Police and Area Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and have since had interest from:
- Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield
- Church Grove, Little Chalfont
- Sandycroft Road, Little Chalfont
- Brays Lane, Hyde Heath
- Queen Elizabeth Crescent, Beaconsfield
- Field Way, Chalfont St Peter
- Donnay Close, Gerrards Cross
Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever and they can:
- Cut crime and the opportunities for crime
- Help and reassure those who live in the area
- Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities
- And lots more
How Does It Work?
Neighbourhood Watch schemes can be large, covering whole estates, or they might involve just a few houses. It depends on the area and what people living there want.
Iver NHW Area Coordinator Jane Brown and PCSO Roy Fisher
How can I set up a Scheme?
If you want to start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, join one already operating in your road, or find out more about how Neighbourhood Watch works, please contact the Community Safety team: 01494 586535, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Chalfonts NHW Area Coordinator David Alder and PCSO Chris Hinkley-Ging
Tool Marking with Thames Valley Police
We have been out and about with Thames Valley Police visiting building sites in Chiltern and South Bucks offering a free tool marking service.
This upsetting crime can have a devastating effect on business not only in lost time and revenue on the work you are doing but also in the outlay for new tools and the associated time loss to source them.Often criminals are opportunists and will take advantage if they see an easy steal. Prevention is better than cure. Here are a few tips to help prevent you becoming a victim of this unfortunate crime:
- Store your tools sensibly - The harder your tools are to get to, the less likely thieves are to make off with them. It’s best to take your tools in from your van overnight; it may be the last thing you want to do after a day’s work but losing your tools would be worse.
- Park for prevention - If you can’t bring your tools in overnight, or will be leaving your van unattended for a prolonged period during the day, it’s a good idea to park in a way that will prevent or deter thieves from getting easy access to the doors or try to park in a busy, well-lit area, preferably in view of CCTV cameras. Even if someone does break into your van, you’re more likely to find a witness or get the culprit caught on camera.
- Check your insurance - If you don’t have tools insurance as part of your insurance policy, think about adding it in. It can help pay for the cost of replacing your tools should they be stolen. Do check your policy wording to find out exactly what’s covered, what the limits and excesses are, and if there are any conditions. For example, some insurers will require you to have certain alarms fitted in your van for tools stolen from it to be covered by the policy.
- Last but by no means least…
- Mark your property and record the make, model and serial number.
If you would like your tools marked for free with CRE MARK please contact Thames Valley Police via their non emergency number 101 to arrange for an officer to visit you at a convenient time and location.