- Fri 6th Jul 2012
Last month I mentioned the on-line policing survey. This month, I would like to draw your attention to the Hayling Island Community Network survey. This is your opportunity to have a say on all sorts of things that affect the island. You can access it on-line at www.hicn.org.uk and also obtain paper copies at a lot of places, including the library, community centre, supermarkets, post offices and a number of other local shops. Make sure you have your say on local matters.
To keep you posted on the 999 Day planned for Sunday 22nd July, plans are shaping up to match previous years so we have our fingers crossed for fair weather. We hope to see you at Beachlands Field. Please bring sunshine with you.
Unfortunately, the burglary series I mentioned last month continued briefly, despite one of the suspects being remanded in custody. Forensic evidence identified a new offender in the area and his prompt arrest ended the crime spree. Some islanders saw Roads Policing Unit officers working on the island recently. They used both marked and unmarked vehicles and mobile data technology, principally targeting travelling offenders. They made three arrests as a result and seized three cars in the process. What you would not have seen was plain clothes officers working around the island, targeting burglars. They caught two offenders from Portsmouth committing a burglary at a shop in West Town. My point is to offer you reassurance that we take crime on Hayling Island very seriously and that you should be confident that we are working hard to prevent crime and keep you and your property safe. Even though a number of arrests have been made, I would remind you to keep your homes secure even when you are at home or in the garden. I don't want any more burglary victims!
The policing priorities were reviewed at the June meeting of the Hayling Island Community Network and they remain the same: dealing with speeding motorists, engaging with young people to tackle anti-social behaviour and addressing parking issues. Plans for a Junior PCSO scheme are progressing. We aim to be engaging with younger children of junior school age, involving them in community work and fun activities. This is intended to encourage respect for their elders and the environment with the long term aim of reducing the number of young people that become involved with anti-social behaviour. It never ceases to amaze me how many young people think it is acceptable to litter, graffiti, cause noise and disturbance to others and drink in public. I wonder whether they don't know any different or whether they simply don't care. Schemes like Junior PCSO encourage social awareness and reinforce work being done in schools and by other organisations such as the Scouts and Guides.
Community Speed Watch continues to presenting us with a challenge. After some hopeful discussions with potential sponsors, we find ourselves back at square one. This is very disappointing for both my team and the willing volunteers that are prepared to give up their time to participate in the scheme. Instead, we are looking to share equipment with a neighbouring police team. It is my hope that it will lead to finding local support and sponsorship once the benefits are more obvious. Meanwhile, we have completed some enforcement activity on the Seafront when the opportunity has been there.
Thank you to everyone who came to see us at our beat surgeries in June.
The surgeries are a great opportunity to meet members of the team and for you to pass on any concerns and information to us. Your voice also influences local policing priorities.
Beat Surgeries for July and early August will be
Every Wednesday, 10am - 12 noon at the Hayling Library in Elm Grove
Thursday July 5, 5pm - 7pm at the Texaco garage in Havant Road, Northney
Monday July 16, 5pm - 7pm at the Hayling Library in Elm Grove
Sunday July 22, 12 noon - 2pm, Northney Farm Tea Rooms
Thursday August 2, 5pm - 7pm at the Texaco garage in Havant Road, Northney
We would like to encourage as many people as possible to take advantage of these surgeries. They are not just for reporting crimes but you can also seek advice or discuss any local issues that you would like to see tackled, which can be presented to the next panel meeting.
Contacting the Team
You can contact us on 101 and ask for Hayling Island's Safer Neighbourhoods Team. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @HaylingPolice. You can see us at any of our beat surgeries. We look forward to hearing from you.
By forum user, Gemma
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