Community Safety News AUgust 2020 EDITION

The Community Safety Newsletter aims to keep residents informed about what the Community Safety Partnership has been involved in across Bucks within the last month.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

We are carrying out consultations on Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) for Aylesbury Vale parks and public spaces, and relevant areas in Buckingham town centre, and Winslow and Steeple Claydon.

This is a chance for anyone with an interest in any of these areas to say if they would like the PSPOs to remain in place or not. You can also add any comments that you feel need to be considered.

The consultations, along with further details about the PSPOs, timings, areas included and maps, can be found at:

Anti-Social Behaviour

During the summer months anti-social behaviour (ASB) can spike. If you are meeting with friends and family in your homes, gardens or open spaces it is really important to be mindful of your surroundings. We must remain considerate of our communities and neighbours at all times. Remember, from 14th September the government guidelines state you can only socialise in a group of 6 or less.

What is Anti-Social Behaviour?

ASB is behaviour which causes, or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people who are not in the same household as the perpetrator. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance. Examples of ASB can include but are not limited to:

  • Animal related problems e.g. Dog barking
  • Fly tipping/ Litter/ Rubbish
  • Graffiti
  • Harassment/ Intimidation
  • Noise nuisance
  • Persistent nuisance
  • Public disorder
  • Street drinking / Begging

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, please view your area webpage below for guidance on who to report such incidents to:

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Rural Crime

Preventing and detecting crime can be harder in rural areas due to there often being fewer witnesses to such crimes. However there are many ways you can protect yourself from being a victim of rural crime:

  • Keep boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
  • Keep all doors and windows shut and locked when not in use
  • Install a visible burglar alarm
  • Make sure windows and door frames are secure and in good repair
  • Fit strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
  • Fit good quality window locks
  • Consider security bars and grilles for vulnerable windows and openings
  • Make sure gates cannot be lifted off or have their fixing bolts removed
  • Check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly
  • Use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control wide access points to yards
  • Property mark all machinery, tools and horse tack
  • Once property marked record the details on an inventory form

For additional security you could also:

  • Install automatic security lights that come on at dusk and turn off at dawn
  • Install CCTV cameras to watch over the most vulnerable areas of the property
  • Install a monitored intruder alarm system
  • Install an entry control system infrared, intercom or keypad
  • Establish a single gated entrance and exit, removing all private access points that are not in use

Keyless Vehicle Theft

Keyless vehicle theft is where a vehicle is stolen without the thief having physical access to the key. Thieves use a signal boosting device which picks up and boosts the signal detected from your key to the vehicle, making your vehicle think the key is nearby.

If you own a keyless vehicle please watch the following video to find out what security measures you can put in place to protect your vehicle.

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams. If you are interested in becoming a Friend Against Scams free awareness sessions are now available.

Social Media

Don't forget to follow our new social media accounts to keep up to date with key community safety messages and crime reduction tips:

Coronavirus Information

For further information on the coronavirus, service changes and details on how to access support across Buckinghamshire please visit Buckinghamshire Council's website: Bucks Coronavirus information

Contact Details

If you would like to speak with a Community Safety Officer or you would like further information please visit our Community Safety webpage

Thank you for reading!

Created By
Hayley Casey