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Community Safety News May 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.

Beaconsfield Day of Action

We joined the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and Natwest's Community Banker, Sarah Thompson in Beaconsfield for a day of action. We visited Waitrose, Natwest and Nationwide providing scam and crime prevention advice. Shoppers were reminded to keep their bags closed, zipped and buckled at all times and to never leave their bags unattended in the shopping trolley.

PCSO Sarah Puksis & Eve Chason at Waitrose, Beaconsfield

Safe Place Scheme

To ensure the Safe Place Scheme is kept up to date we regularly visit the high streets with the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams, ensuring those who are registered as a 'safe place' still wish to be and it also gives us the opportunity to talk to new shop/ business owners to see if they would like to become a 'safe place.'

This month we have refreshed the Safe Place Scheme in Great Missenden and Beaconsfield. Residents of Abbeyfield House and members of the Gold Hill Baptist Chuch Lunch Club are also now aware of the scheme and what sticker they should be looking out for if they ever feel confused or vulnerable whilst out and about.

Counterfeit goods seized

A number of business premises were visited in Chesham on 16th May. The majority were providing a great service to the community however several illegal items were found including counterfeit spirits and cigarettes. All items were successfully seized thanks to great partnership working; Thames Valley Police, Trading Standards, Community Safety and B.W.Y Canine Ltd. A special thanks must go to Scamp & Yoyo for finding the hidden items!

Operation Gauntlet Events

We are continuing to raise awareness of current telephone scams through Operation Gauntlet events. Working in Partnership with Thames Valley Police, Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards and Natwest's Community Banker we are encouraging residents to Pause... and think!

  • 16th May we held a drop in session at Chesham Library
  • 17th May we held a talk for residents of Abbeyfield House, Great Missenden
  • 29th May we attend the Gold Hill Baptist Church Lunch Club, Chalfont St Peter

Dementia Action Week

Dementia action week was 20th May - 26th May. This year's aim was to encourage everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.

To support Dementia Action week we were part of a multi agency stall at Amersham Market on Tuesday 21st promoting information and services available to support our ageing population. Partners included: Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils joint Leisure & Communities Team, Community Safety, Thames Valley Police, Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards, Natwest Community Banker, Voices & Choices, NRS Healthcare, Carers Bucks and Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

A number of other events across Chiltern and South Bucks have taken place during Dementia Action Week, these included:

  • Dementia Friendly Golf Taster Session, The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club
  • Dementia Friends Session, The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club
  • GLL Dementia Friendly Thai Chai, Iver Evreham Centre
  • Amersham Mobile Museum, Amersham Library
  • GLL Dementia Friendly Climb Session, Chiltern Pools
  • GLL Dementia Friendly Swim, Chesham Leisure Centre

Spring Crime Awareness Event

On 29th May we attended Wyevale Garden Centre, Beaconsfield with PCSO Viajy Desai. Shoppers were reminded of the below useful tips to help keep their sheds and tools safe:

  • Clearly security mark all tools with your house number/ name and postcode
  • When you are finished with your tools lock them away in your shed. A ladder left out can be used to break into your house
  • Use a good quality padlock or mortice lock on the door of your shed
  • Make sure your windows, hinges and hasp fittings are strong, as this can often be an entry point
  • Cover windows so no one can look in to see what you have got in your shed
  • Fit external motion activated security lighting
  • Lock bicycles to a fixed structure
  • Do not leave house doors and windows open whilst in the garden as an opportunist thief might take advantage whilst you are busy in the garden

How do burglars see your home?

With lighter evenings, Thames Valley Police is encouraging residents to Spring into Action by reviewing their home security as part of a focus to tackle burglary. The best way of doing this is to look at your property through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised at how easy it would be.

To get started, simply download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/

Being burgled is a traumatic experience. It’s not just the financial cost of replacing stolen items, but also the emotional impact of feeling violated after a stranger has been in your home. In this short video, Jennifer and Sam talk about how they were affected after their home was burgled.

South Bucks Community Forum

Defibrillator Registration

Citizens Advice Chiltern Volunteers Session

Future Events

  • 6th June - Have Your Say - 10.00am - 12.00noon - Tesco, Taplow
  • 7th June - Have Your Say - 2pm - 3pm - Tesco, Amersham
  • 11th June - South Bucks Community Forum - 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Fitzwilliam Centre
  • 19th June - Scam Awareness - 10.30am - 12.30pm Barclays, Beaconsfield
  • 26th June - Scam Awareness - 10.30am - 12.30pm Nationwide, Beaconsfield

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

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