Police priorities and crime figures commentary for Rushcliffe

Between April 2018 to October 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) area – which includes Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe – has seen a 5.7% reduction in burglary. This includes commercial and residential burglary. Includes Gedling and Broxtowe figures. Car crime in Rushcliffe up 14%.

Having said this, these general reductions are being supported by good reductions specifically in Gedling and Rushcliffe:

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  • Broxtowe: +10% (508 crimes total, including +7.5% residential)
  • Gedling: -19.9% (221 crimes total)
  • Rushcliffe: -17.9% (224 crimes total)

The good news is that for the past 19 weeks, burglary numbers have remained below ‘normal’ levels, albeit levels have just started to return to normality.

Whilst the overall numbers of residential burglary across the Community Safety Partnership is ‘relatively’ low, it is a high impact crime which has an adverse personal effect on those subjected to it.

On 22 September 2018, the South Nottinghamshire CSP Operational Delivery Group agreed that the CSP priorities should include residential burglary as a six-weekly priority.

Please note your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will still be proactively dealing with priorities identified at the local neighbourhood level.

In order to further reduce burglary crime on South Nottinghamshire CSP we will:

  • Target those criminals who are actively committing this type of crime on our area. For example, any individual who has historically committed a burglary on our area but is currently wanted for an unrelated offence will be prioritised for arrest.
  • Use social media and face-to-face communication to educate and inform the public regarding crime prevention.
  • Prioritise intelligence ensuring that anything that is ‘burglary’

October 2018 update

There have been 12 residential burglaries reported across Rushcliffe Borough to date in October. The majority of offences have been in the wider West Bridgford area including Ruddington, Gamston and Trent Bridge. There have also been reported burglaries in Bingham and Keyworth. The good news is that there have been a number of significant arrests of offenders suspected of committing burglaries in Rushcliffe Borough.

The common features of these recent offences have been that, in the main, they have taken place during the daytime whilst the house is unoccupied. We can also narrow a small number down to afternoon hours. Whilst thinking about preventing future offences it is worth considering that the clocks are about to go back so we are firmly into the darker winter months. Residents are asked to consider their home security and what interior and external lighting they use when the house is unoccupied. This is the time of year when historically we see an increase in burglary reports.

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Our Neighbourhood Policing officers have been visiting locations and roads where there have been recent burglaries and door knocking neighbouring properties to discuss crime concerns and offering practical burglary prevention advice.

Shop theft

Between April 2018 to October 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) area, which includes: Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe has seen a 7% increase in shop-theft (1,073 crimes total):

  • Broxtowe: +16.6% (554 crimes total)
  • Gedling: -1.9%  (304 crimes total)
  • Rushcliffe: -1.4% (215 crimes total)

On 22 September 2018, the South Nottinghamshire CSP Operational Delivery Group agreed that the CSP priorities should include residential burglary as a 6 weekly priority.

Please note: your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will still be proactively dealing with priorities identified at the local neighbourhood level.

In order to further reduce shop-theft across South Nottinghamshire we will:

  • Target those criminals who are actively committing this type of crime on our area. For example, any individual who has historically committed a shop-theft on our area but is currently wanted for an unrelated offence will be prioritised for arrest.
  • Use social media and face-to-face communication to educate and inform retail premises regarding crime prevention.
  • Continue to support and develop the effective use of shop watch.
  • Prioritise intelligence ensuring that anything that is ‘shop theft’ related is actioned swiftly.

October 2018 update

There have been 17 reported shop theft offences to date in October (26/10). Of this number the majority have taken place in larger retailers in the West Bridgford area.

There have been two arrests this month related to these shop thefts.

Work continues with the West Bridgford Shop Watch scheme to share information and to agree practices to prevent this type of offending. As we approach Christmas our shops will become busier and shop lifting tends to increase as well.   We are planning now for our uniformed officers to be our and visible at the most crowded locations in the build up to Christmas.

Motor vehicle crime

Between April 2018 to October 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) area, which includes: Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe has seen a -6.6% reduction (1,132 crimes total). Longer term, an issue for the CSP is Theft of Motor Vehicle (TOMV) which has seen an increase of +16.9% (298 crimes total).

  • Broxtowe: -16.3% (425 crimes total)
  • Gedling: -10.9% (353 crimes total). Theft of motor vehice issue: +32.1% / 111 crimes total)
  • Rushcliffe: +14.2% (354 crimes total) Theft of MV ISSUE (+68.8% / 81 crimes total)
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On 22 September 2018, the South Nottinghamshire CSP Operational Delivery Group agreed that the CSP priorities should include motor vehicle crime as a 6 weekly priority.

Please note: your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will still be proactively dealing with priorities identified at the local neighbourhood level.

In order to further reduce motor vehicle related crime across South Nottinghamshire we will:

  • Target those criminals who are actively committing this type of crime on our area. For example, any individual who has historically committed a vehicle crime on our area but is currently wanted for an unrelated offence will be prioritised for arrest.
  • Use social media and face-to-face communication to educate and inform the public regarding crime prevention.
  • Prioritise intelligence ensuring that anything that is ‘vehicle crime’ related is actioned swiftly.
  • Proactively use ‘capture car(s)’. The capture car is a special car that looks like a normal car, but has in-built technology that enables the police to capture evidence against the criminal.

October 2018 update

There have been 22 theft from motor vehicle offences reported to date in October. The reoccurring theme is cars and vans that are broken into whilst parked in supermarket and pub car parks. In a third of cases there was no damage caused in getting into the vehicle which would indicate that in most cases the vehicle was not locked or in the case of some transit vans that the suspect has used a jamming device.

We are working with the retailers and businesses to encourage them to remind customers about vehicle security and have visited a number of busy car parks including Asda, Loughborough Road and Nottingham Knight to speak with customers and deter offenders. Again please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular social media targeted crime prevention advice.