Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, Craig Berry writes his monthly update for the community including bike thefts, burglary and rural crime.
Inspector Berry writes:
‘Welcome to the latest edition of my monthly blog. My name is Craig Berry and I am the officer responsible for the policing of Rushcliffe Borough.
‘Over the month of May we have seen an emerging pattern of bike thefts taking place in and around West Bridgford Town Centre outside the main shops and supermarkets. In addition, bikes have been stolen from the cycle huts at Rushcliffe Arena and ROKO gym.
‘In response to an increase in bike theft we have deployed capture bikes at problem locations which resulted in an 18-year-old man from Aspley being arrested and charged with bike theft.
‘Criminals are using bolt croppers to cut through weaker chain locks and coil locks. We strongly advise that cyclists invest in a decent D-lock as these are far likely to be targeted.
‘Local police officers are offering bike marking and also using CCTV cameras to assist in identifying those responsible. We will continue to advertise our bike marking events on our social media pages.
‘With the arrival of the summer there is a predictable return to certain crimes such as bike theft, shed burglary and walk-in house burglaries.
‘Please think carefully about how you will prevent yourself, your family and your neighbours becoming a victim. There is a lot of advice on our website and the starting point should be that we don’t make it easy for criminals.
‘There were two house burglaries reported to the force at the start of June and a garage burglary reported in Bingham. In one of the cases the burglar reached through an open window to steal a handbag.
‘The offences took place on Orchard Avenue, Grove Road and Carnarvon Place. Neighbours were quick to respond to suspicious behaviour on Grove Avenue which probably preventing more crime. Some prompt investigation by detectives led to three arrests within 24 hours in a neighbouring force area.
‘We have continued to work on the April to June local policing priorities and have seen a reduction in antisocial behaviour reports at both Edwalton and Bingham Market Place which is good to see.
‘The Rushcliffe Reacher team continue their recent successes with 20 arrests, recovered stolen property, cash and four vehicles seized including quad bikes that were being used antisocially.
‘The team are concentrating their efforts again on rural village burglaries and machine thefts. This has resulted in several arrests along with the recovery of stolen vehicles and machinery.
‘One of these being the only vehicle that one elderly farmer had to get around. Fortunately, it was protectively marked and found by the team within 24-hours of being stolen. The protective marking helped us identify it within the hour and then returned it to the farmer.
‘With help from the local beat teams we will be looking to set up property marking events which we will be advertising through our social media pages. This along with our activities is helping to prevent and detect rural crime.
‘Partnership working this month with Environment Agency and the council has seen us helping to tackle fly-tipping in the rural areas of Rushcliffe. We have identified a suspect for some of the offences in East Bridgford/Bingham and the Environment agency are taking the investigation forward.
‘Local intelligence has let to four warrants being executed in relation to drugs and stolen property. Stolen property worth over £20,000 and over £15,000 cash have been recovered this month alone. We thank the people who are contacting us to let us know what is happening in their area. Hopefully you have seen that we are acting on this information quickly and getting results that are having a positive impact on the community around them.
‘As the weather gets better, we are using our parks and open spaces more.
‘Unfortunately, that can lead to people trying to take advantage of us relaxing and enjoying our open spaces. The robbery of a bike from a young man at Holme Pierrepont last month is a classic example. The Reacher Team were in the area and managed to catch the offender trying to escape the park with the stolen bike.
‘You will see the team out an about in the local parks and Central Avenue in West Bridgford so please say hello.
‘In the next few weeks we will advertise our summer engagement plans which will tell you where and when you can come and see us over the summer to discuss any concerns and seek advice.
‘The West Bridgford team would like to wish PC Steff Griffiths well in his new role within the service and we would like to welcome his replacement for the Edwalton beat manager PC Tambu.
‘Enjoy the sunshine and speak again in early July.’