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Community Safety News JULY 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.

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.

Ivingswood Academy
Dorney School

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, communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk or communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk

Chalfonts NHW Area Coordinator David Alder and PCSO Chris Hinkley-Ging

Tool Marking with Thames Valley Police

Tool Marking with Iver Neighbourhood Policing Team

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.
Stolen power tools recovered by Thames Valley Police

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.

National Bike Week 2018

To support National Bike Week the Councils' Community Safety team were encouraging residents to be more conscious of how secure their bikes are and if they haven't already; get them marked to reduce the risk of theft. Throughout the week we gave out a total of 540 bike security labels to residents and schools across the districts.

Bike marking is quick and easy to do and is a vital tool in reducing bike thefts. A wraparound label with your postcode on, stuck to your bike frame will deter thieves and will help police return it to its rightful owner in the event of it being stolen. If you want to insure your bike, many insurance companies will ask you to security tag your bicycle.

If you would like a free bike marking label please email communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk or communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk or call 01494 586535

SHOPWATCH

Shopwatch is a partnership scheme where retailers unify as an independent group. They work closely with Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils' Community Safety Team and Thames Valley Police to pre-empt theft, crime and anti-social behaviour in retail premises to help make shopping areas safer for both customers and staff.

Current areas with schemes:

  • Amersham
  • Chalfont St Peter
  • Little Chalfont

Shopwatch has been a great success and a number of individuals have been issued with exclusion notices. This has stopped their anti-social behaviour and business owners have reported back that they can feel safe and can come to work and not feel threatened.

If you are a business in Chiltern and South Bucks and wish to find out more about the scheme please contact: communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk or communitysafety@southbucks.gov.uk

Friends Against Scams

The Community Safety team recently completed a Friends Against Scams session delivered by a Natwest Community Banker. This was a great opportunity for us to refresh our knowledge and think about what we can do to raise awareness in the community about scams.

We are now Friends Against Scams!

Natwest Community Banker delivering the Friends Against Scams Session

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to "Take a Stand Against Scams".

Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them. This information enables communities and organisations to understand scams, talk about scams and cascade messages throughout communities about scams prevention and protection. Friends Against Scams encourages communities and organisations to take the knowledge learnt and turn it into action.

To find a Friends Against Session near you please visit: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article.php/37/become_a_friend

Thank you for reading!

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