West police winning against crime
The Neighbourhood Police Team in West Swindon have a good news story to tell: in line with a trend right across the town, crime and anti-social behaviour statistics are down in the West over the last year:
• anti-social behaviour down by 15%;
• violent crime down by 23%
• vehicle crime down by 28%
• robbery against the person down by 23%
• criminal damage down by 3%
NPT beat manager PC Tom Turner told the West Swindon Forum that good intelligence, information from the community and firm police response, combined with a cool summer and less money to spend on alcohol, had all contributed to the improvement. He said, “we want to thank the community for alerting us to problems. We’re also grateful to schools for working with us before the holidays to get the message over to young people that anti-social behaviour is unacceptable.”
There has been a slight rise in house burglaries due to windows being left open and sheds unlocked. Tom added, “most of the break ins are being done by habitual criminals known to the police.
“We’ve been conducting more night operations to catch the burglars. Both my colleague beat manager Steve Yates and myself spent a couple of weeks each on anti-riot duty in London so we’d like to draw attention to the seven special police officers working with us in the West. They’re very helpful in assisting the PCs and support officers ensuring our area is safe.”
He said three positive drug warrants had been carried out since the last forum meeting and several more are in the pipeline. A 12 year old causing major problems in Toothill was now in secure foster care whilst squatters in Cottington Close, Freshbrook had been evicted, as had a woman terrorising a street in Shaw.
He added there are now several hidden cameras in key locations on the look out for anti-social behaviour.
Police have new local contact number
As part of the national roll out of non-emergency telephone numbers, communities across Wiltshire will be able to dial 101 to reach the police. The current non-emergency number 0845 408 7000 will be phased out.
The introduction of 101 aims to give quicker access to local police and to ease pressure on the 999 emergency number which is sometimes mis-used to make general enquiries or to speak to a local officer.
When someone calls 101, they will hear a recorded message announcing that they are being connected to their local police force. The system will determine the caller’s location and connect them to the relevant police force. If a caller is on a boundary between two or more forces, the recorded message will give them a choice of which force to be connected to.
The message will also give the caller the option to select an alternative police force if the incident they are calling about took place in another force area.
People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired can text-phone 18001 101.
The cost will be a flat rate of 15p whether calling from a landline or mobile, irrespective of call length.