from PCSO Tony Martin
Hot on the heels of our previous post regretting that Kerrie Harding was no longer acting as our area PCSO comes the first post from our new PCSO, Tony Martin.
I am your new PCSO for your village. I have been working for Cambridgeshire Constabulary for 10 years and have spent the last 6 years at Histon, where I have been covering Histon and Impington and Orchard Park. I plan to send you out an E-cops message every week but this may be fortnightly depending on the crimes that happen in your village. I will also try to include some general information which will cover various security advice and general topics. This weeks is on Neighbourhood Watch.
This week I have again been involved in Operation Oaklands 2 in tackling crime in South Cambs in Bourn. This is a campaign to prevent and reduce burglary, shed break-ins and vehicle crime across the district. Each week the Neighbourhood Teams will visit a village or town which will be flooded with uniformed staff to spread our crime prevention message. Next week will be Duxford. You will be able to purchase from visiting officers Smart Water, Shed alarms and window alarms. For more information please see our website.
Date for your Diary
Our Next Police Panel Meeting will be at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 25 th February 2015 at Cottenham Village College.
Please have a look at our new local policing in south cambs website at www.southcambscops.org
On this site we will be posting a range of material ranging from blogs, reports and articles about policing in south Cambridgeshire. All these updates come direct from your local team, and offer you the opportunity to have your say on local policing.
Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch is about local people working together to create safer, attractive and friendly places to live, places where crime is less likely to happen and people are less likely to turn to anti-social behaviour.
There is no set Neighbourhood Watch Programme because each group is owned and run by its community. Every community has its own needs and Neighbourhood Watch groups are exceptionally well placed to meet them. After all, who knows what a community needs better than the people who live in it?
Neighbourhood Watch schemes can vary in size from a few houses to a large estate. They are generally led by a volunteer co-ordinator from the local area/community who takes on the role of linking the community to the police. By being more aware of local issues, sharing information and advice, local residents are able to develop closer links while reassuring and supporting vulnerable households.
Police and Neighbourhood Watch Working Together
Anyone can reach the police quickly and easily in an emergency by dialing 999, or in a non-emergency on 101. So why have Neighbourhood Watch to liaise with them? The simple answer is that it helps you and your neighbours give your local police a much clearer sense of your current and emergent needs and local issues. Neighbourhood Watch group members know their communities well and can develop an even deeper knowledge by talking to their neighbours and finding out what matters to them. Police and other organisations can then take action based on this knowledge.
The police do not run Neighbourhood Watch schemes, but are glad to get input and clear guidance on local needs from them. Watch members are active citizens who want to help their communities. The police need the support of active citizens to help prevent anti-social behaviour and, if it has occurred, to bring those responsible to account.
If you’re interested in getting involved with a Neighbourhood Watch, the first thing to do is check whether there’s a group in your area already. You can do this by checking the national Neighbourhood and Home Watch website www.ourwatch.org.uk or contacting your area NHW representative by posting a request on the county website www.cambsnhw.org.uk. Alternatively contact your Local Policing Team via www.eCops.org.uk or the local policing pages.
Over the last month in Longstanton – from 1 st January to 31 st January. – There were 7 crimes.
01.01.15 – Kides Crescent, Longstanton – A person has intervened during a domestic argument and has been pushed.
06.01.15 – Cambridgeshire Guided Bus way, Longstanton – A locked bike has been removed from the cycle racks.
08.01.15 – High Street, Longstanton – There was a verbal domestic where a female has been punched.
08.01.15 – Bar Road, Longstanton – A large compressor has been removed from a field.
27.01.15 – Magdalene Close, Longstanton – A van was parked in a communal car park. Overnight offenders have gained entry into the van and have taken some tools.
28.01.15 – Hatton Park Primary School, Hattons Park, Longstanton – Two parents got into an altercation where one was allegedly hit.
30.01.15 – Collingwood Drive, Longstanton – An unlocked cycle was taken from a garden.
If you have any information regarding any of the above incidents and feel you can help, please contact us on 101 or call crime stoppers, an independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.