Inspector Chris Pearson leads the Gedling Neighbourhood Policing team which helps crack crime across the borough.
Here’s his latest update on progress his team made over recent weeks…
The main policing priorities for the Gedling Borough continue to be residential burglary, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and drug supply.
I recently met with colleagues from Gedling Borough Council where we agreed to continue our focus on the agreed priorities for the next three months. The most recent #Whatmatters survey outlined that drug supply and ASB are of increasing concern in our communities and therefore we will continue to work closely with our partners to address these issues.
There has been a continued focus on residential burglary in the last four weeks following an increase in offending in Woodthorpe, Calverton and Carlton.
On June 24 a male forced entry to a residential property on Gardenia Grove, Carlton before taking a television from the address. The investigation has now resulted in a 20-year-old male being charged with a burglary. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing next month.
Over in the Gedling North area we have recorded burglary offences on Walsingham Road and Breck Hill in Woodthorpe where garages have been broken into and bikes stolen overnight. Along with this an offender was disturbed at a residential property on Coronation Road, Woodthorpe as the victim returned home.
Officers also responded to a report of a burglary on Rothbury Close in Arnold whereby a car was stolen after the offenders gained entry to the house and located the keys. The vehicle has now been recovered and the investigation is ongoing.
In Calverton two offences have been reported with a burglary on Main Street and Moor Road.
I know that burglary has a huge effect on victims and in response to this increase we have ensured that appropriate patrols are in place overnight with support from response officers and operational support colleagues. This will ensure that officers on patrol in the right places and at the right time.
I would always ask that home security isconsidered as part of making itextremely difficult for would be offenders. The key crime prevention points are follows and there is more information on our website at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice
- Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’rejust out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors
- Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
- Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures)
- Consider installing CCTV to cover your property and put up a sign to declare that you have CCTV for your neighbours and potential intruders to see.
- Install good outside lighting and make sure your security lights are in good working order
- Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
- Leave radios or lightsin your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
- Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition, especially rear fencing
- Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
- Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
- Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
- Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
- Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe
The Operation Reacher team and colleagues from the neighbourhood policing teams have kept the pressure on drug dealing offenders over the last month. The first warrant was at an address on Oakdale Road, Carlton. Officers made two arrests at the location before seizing around £7k in suspected criminal cash, along with Class A and B drugs. The Operation Reacher team are continuing the investigation.
Over in Arnold, the Reacher team were on patrol in Arnold town centre on June 29 when they recognised a male believed to be involved in drug dealing. Following a search of this male they recovered a large amount of cash. The male was arrested on suspicion of drugs supply offences and the cash was seized for further investigation. Another excellent result by the Reacher team who are investigating a number of individuals involved in drug supply offences and I look forward to sharing the results once these cases have been heard at court.
Finally we had a visit from the forces knife crime team during June with patrols focused around Killisick and Arnold this time round.
The team quickly spotted a male who parked his car before trying to make off. In the process he discarded drugs over a garden wall and was in possession of cash believed to be from drug dealing offences.The male was arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences. Another great arrest and I am determined that we will keep the pressure on these individuals over the coming months.
Drug dealing is linked to other more serious crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities. We are continuing to listen to our communities and will develop intelligence with a view to taking action where required. There is definitely more to come and I look forward to providing you with more updates as we move on through this year.
The numbers of ASB reports in the last month has remained mostly in line with May this year which is encouraging considering the football, warmer weather and easing of the COVID19 restrictions.
Year-to-date ASB is showing a reduction of around 39% which is due to the relaxation of the COVID19 regulations.
ASB is clearly a priority for all our partners and this month PC Chris Whild and PCSO Kirsty Szeluk have continued to lead on reported issues in Ravenshead as a hotspot area. Following damage to a residential garden they identified the offenders and agreed with the victim that the offenders would do something to support the local community. PC Whilst organised a litter pick with the focus on looking after the Ravenshead leisure centre. Our hope is that this will encourage some ownership of the area and have a lasting effect on the offenders. This is a great use of the ‘Community Resolution’ and I hope that we will use this approach more often to deal with community issues. The offenders will always be recorded on our systems and it is unlikely that they would be offered the same opportunity if they were to offend again.
ASB is unfortunately linked to criminal offences such as damage and public order. We are working closely with the council wardens, CCTV colleagues and housing partners to do deal with repeat issues in the community. We meet regularly to review our problem-solving approach and this has resulted in a number of civil injunctions being obtained recently to deal with repeated anti-social behaviour.
Autocrime has increased in recent weeks with a particular spike around the Arnold area.
The offenders have entered vehicles overnight and have managed to take wallets, handbags etc and have subsequently been able to use stolen bank cards in local shops. The Operation Reacher team have been working on this issue along with the Arnold neighbourhood team. We have managed to make three arrests now and as result of our intervention a male has now been returned to prison.
We continue to investigate a number of offences and officers are reviewing CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses. As always I’d ask that valuables are removed from cars overnight as the offenders have targeted vehicles where items of value have been left on display and the vehicles have been left unlocked. We do have advice available for vehicle security
Summer drink/drug drive campaign
As you would expect we are very much invested in the summer drink-drive campaign. We will be carrying out a number of Fatal 5 operations across Gedling over the coming month and this is also linked to our work around speeding enforcement across the Gedling Borough.
Please remember that drink/drug driving costs lives and with the pubs now open and the football on I have already seen an increase in arrests for this type of offence in Gedling which is clearly unacceptable.
This month the Reacher team have also spent some time policing in Calverton in relation to speeding complaints. The team visited the area and issued 4 x Traffic offence reports on Main Street. The speed camera vans will also be visiting Calverton to support this work and we will be visiting our other villages during July. We are publishing the results of the operations on our Facebook pages so please give us a follow if you would like to know more. I know the Reacher team have asked for feedback from the community and we have identified some other locations to visit so thank you for the all of the feedback.