Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Tim Cuthbert updates residents and businesses on car cruising, shoplifting, car theft and ASB affecting the borough.
Needless to say, it has been a busy time for the Police in Rushcliffe.
Firstly, I need to thank the residents of Rushcliffe for their patience, understanding and resilience during the recent flooding episodes.
With closed roads, and businesses and houses impacted, I’m really grateful to both the public for their actions to support each other, and to the multitude of agencies (Fire & Rescue, Environment Agency, Nottinghamshire County and Rushcliffe Borough Councils, Severn Trent top name but a few) working around the clock to combat the problems with flooding.
Our team at West Bridgford is changing slightly, as we say goodbye to Sgt Sarah Merrall after a lengthy stint working in the West Bridgford NPT, she is moving on to a new role in November, with T/Sgt Martyn Barber coming into the team. Martyn brings a wealth of experience from working in response roles & neighbourhood roles previously, as well as more complex intelligence based regional work, and I’m sure he’ll be a real asset to the team.
Patrols have been increased in Bingham following reports of ASB in the town, with Sgt Brett Price overseeing our response to that issue, and I was pleased to be invited to Bingham Town Council to discuss such matters last week with the councillors last week, and update them on our activity there in person.
Our on-going work to combat car cruising continues, with meetings held around the issue at Ratcliffe On Soar Power Station involving Police and representatives from the local authorities, and I hope for some significant progress in terms of legal powers in the coming months to tackle car cruising force-wide led by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Needless to say, high visibility patrols will continue in the area, with enforcement carried out against those involved in car cruising in our problem spots. They are proving effective so far, with a drop in the calls relating to that matter.
A reduction in shop theft offences in West Bridgford has been noted in the last two months thanks to the work between the NPT and local businesses, with key offenders targeted with Criminal Behaviour Orders, high visibility patrols, and joint working with the shops in the area. Increased CCTV coverage following the Safer Streets investment has also had an impact too.
Rushcliffe has seen an increase in theft of motor vehicles in the last month, with vehicles being stolen overnight via keyless entry devices in the West Bridgford area. I’m pleased to say that after targeted overnight patrols were put in place due to this increase, with support from the Operational Support Department and Rushcliffe Response teams, we’ve made some significant arrests on Monday morning, with two suspects being detained in stolen vehicles, and they have now been charged and remanded to court. This is on top of a further arrest earlier in October of a Lithuanian male arrested in similar circumstances who has been taken into the custody of the Home Office, and he awaits deportation.
In terms of crime prevention advice, as peace of mind, if you have a keyless entry system on your vehicle, you may wish to consider storing your car keys inside a ‘Faraday’ pouch in your address, which helps prevent criminals remotely accessing the key codes from modern car keys using scanning devices. Faraday pouches are relatively cheap, but could be a fantastic tool to increase your home security against such offences.