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Stevenage South - Safer Neighbourhood newsletter - winter 2020/2021

Staying in touch during the pandemic

I lead a team of PCs and PCSOs called the Safer Neighbourhood Team.Sergeant Nic Achilleos

We work to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in this area.

We are based at Stevenage Police Station but we also conduct regular patrols and hold socially-distanced surgeries or other events so that residents can continue to raise issues or concerns.

Read on to find out about more ways to stay in touch.

Sergeant Nic Achilleos


 How we are working to keep your neighbourhood safe

Safer neighbourhoods: reducing crime, catching criminals and keeping people safe

Throughout the year, your Safer Neighbourhood Team sets priorities for policing in this area.

These priorities are based on reports or feedback from the public. We then work with our partners, including the local council, to tackle these issues. These priorities are discussed and updated throughout the year at priority-setting events. We advertise these events regularly on social media and OWL.Anti-social behaviour in Ridlins End Playing Fields has now reduced, but this remains a policing priority going forward

You said:

Anti-social behaviour at Ridlins End Playing Fields and Stadium.

We did:

This became a priority following numerous complaints from local residents. After speaking to those most affected, we identified four hotspots: the car park, benches within the playing field, the sluice gate and the play area. We increased patrols in these areas and working in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council, another CCTV camera was installed to cover the car park. This is in addition to the existing camera coving the play area. Use of nitrous oxide was identified as one of the main issues in the area. As a result, signs have been put up reminding people of the dangers of this and that the area is regularly patrolled by officers. This work has helped address the issues, but we will continue to monitor the area.

You said:

Anti-social behaviour involving mopeds and off-road motorbikes in Shephallbury Park, Ridlins and Peartree Park.

We did:

This continues to be an issue. However, following consultation with the community in Shephallbury last year, we were able to gather more information about the offending bikers and their bikes. The bikers often covered their faces but local residents were able to provide detailed accounts and descriptions of the bikes concerned, including registration numbers. One bike was seized and
four riders were issued with warning notices. We continue to proactively patrol the areas to deter behaviour and catch offenders.


echo - what matters most

echo: What matters most

You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area.

Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, plans and campaigns.


OWL - Online Watch Link

OWL: Online Watch Link

Sign up to OWL to receive email updates from local police and Neighbourhood Watch officers about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area.

The updates are free and include relevant crime prevention advice.


   A message from Chief Inspector Simon Tabert

I am the chief inspector for Stevenage and as such responsible for policing in the town.Chief Inspector Simon Tabert

2020 was a strange year, and I can see from many of the responses to our posts on social media that the public have clear views about what we should be doing. They don’t always agree with what we are trying to achieve. So I welcome this opportunity to reassure you all that your police officers in Stevenage are committed, dedicated and diligent officers. They work hard to support victims and people in crisis, as well as investigate crime and catch criminals. We work closely with Stevenage Borough Council and other agencies to understand what communities want us to do.

We have regular public meetings where in more normal times you can come along and have your say, and your neighbourhood officers are visible in the community and easily contactable. You can call us, report things online, or by email, and you can text us using echo.

It’s quite hard to capture everything that we do in just a few words, but my teams are out there 24/7 in often difficult circumstances, doing their best for you.


Keeping in touch with you

Engaging with local communities is a key part of the role of your Safer Neighbourhood Team. Officers continue to work hard to keep in contact with you despite the pandemic and the associated restrictions. They have canvassed residents’ opinions on what local policing issues they want to be prioritised.Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team speak to residents in Marymead

Officers have done this online using echo and OWL. As and when restrictions have allowed, they have held face-to-face events and surgeries with residents at The Glebe, The Hyde and Marymead shops. Steps were taken to make sure they were socially distanced and safe.

Speeding was an issue that many raised and as a result of your feedback we have increased speed enforcement patrols on locations including Gresley Way, Chells Way and Mobbsbury Way.
Vehicle crime has also been raised as a concern and officers have since arrested a suspect in connection with the series of wing mirror damages in Chells.

Residents also report concerns about drug-related crime. Our work in this area is ongoing but is dependent on the information you supply to us about suspected drug activity. Please continue to report this information to us.


Your police force working for you

As well as your Safer Neighbourhood Team, there are many more policing teams working in this area, and across the county, to keep you safe.

Our “Intervention” teams respond to emergencies and reports of crime, missing people or other urgent incidents. There is also a detective team who investigate crimes including burglaries.  Volunteer police officers from the Special Constabulary also provide support.

There is also a wide range of countywide specialist teams that work to investigate complex crimes, protect people and pursue offenders.

Collaborated teams such as the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit and Major Crime Unit work to keep our motorways safe and investigate the most serious crimes. We also work with partners including other police forces and law enforcement agencies to tackle cross-border crimes such as county drug lines and organised crime.


Protecting people from domestic abuse

The pandemic and associated restrictions have brought many challenges to individuals and families.  If home isn't safe, we're here to help.  If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call 0300 790 6772* for advice and support.  *In an emergency, always call 999.  If you are afraid to speak, call 999 from a mobile and press 5, 5.  For mo

For people living with domestic abuse, it has been particularly difficult. Many were left feeling more isolated and vulnerable due to the measures. Early reports in lockdown also suggested that perpetrators may be using the restrictions to wield more control over their partners.

As a result we as a force stepped up our response to domestic abuse.  Working with partner agencies, we jointly-launched a social media and advertising campaign to let people know that help and support were available despite the restrictions on daily life.

As well as investigating crimes, our specialist Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit has helped many people get into safe accommodation or apply for injunctions that will protect them and their families.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call 0300 790 6772* for advice and support.

Remember - domestic abuse isn’t just about violence. It can be psychological, sexual or financially controlling behaviour. There’s no need to suffer in silence.

*  This number operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  Calls outside of these hours may be diverted to a national helpdesk.


How to contact us

Non-emergency

For general enquiries or to report a crime after the event:

  • Report online.
  • Use our webchat service by clicking on the green button on this website.
  • Call us on 101. (101 calls cost 15p per call but you can call 01707 354000 instead if your call plan includes free calls to 01 numbers).

Emergency

In an emergency,  always dial 999. An emergency is when:

  • A crime is in progress or a suspect is nearby.
  • Someone is injured, threatened or in immediate danger.
  • There is a risk of injury or serious damage.
  • You need immediate police assistance.

Your Safer Neighbourhood Team

Stevenage Police Station

 

Your Safer Neighbourhood Team is based at:Hertfordshire Constabulary: Prevention First

Stevenage Police Station
Lytton Way
Stevenage
SG1 1HF

 

To contact the team or to make an appointment to speak with them, please email them or call 101.

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Other useful local contacts


Protect your money

Action Fraud: National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre

Fraudsters continue to target Hertfordshire residents and are becoming increasingly more sophisticated.

Find out how to spot a scam and protect yourself online and offline. If you think you have been the victim of fraud, report via Action Fraud (opens in a new window) or call 0300 123 2040.


We’re recruiting now

If you or someone you know would like to become a police officer, we’re now offering a new educational route into policing, called Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF).

We’re also recruiting police community support officers (PCSOs) and voluntary roles including part-time special constables. Find out about all of our current vacancies.


PCC plans largest force in history of Hertfordshire

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd

We all know that 2020 was different, difficult and challenging but the plan to build Hertfordshire’s largest ever police force remains on track.Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd

Officer numbers in the county are already higher than a decade ago and are on course to increase to 2,314, the highest number ever, by early 2023. At the start of 2020 an overwhelming majority of residents told me they were happy to pay an average of £10-a-year more council tax to support the increase. I hope you are reassured that even after this increase, you continue to pay one of the lowest precept contributions for policing in England and Wales.

Due to the running of an effective and efficient constabulary, I have ensured that Hertfordshire is one of the few counties to maintain a dedicated local policing model. Each of our 10 districts has at least one fully-operational police station, complete with neighbourhood officers and emergency response teams. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has rated policing in Hertfordshire as ‘good’ across all areas including keeping people safe and reducing crime.

Wider work with partner agencies to reduce offending and to deliver on the public’s priorities has been conducted thanks to funding from my Criminal Justice Innovation Fund, Action Fund and Road Safety Fund.

My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan called “Everybody’s Business” is at the heart of what the constabulary and I do to maintain Hertfordshire as one of the safest counties in the country. I would encourage you all to read it on the PCC website (opens in a new window).


Extra officers coming to Stevenage

New frontline officers are joining their colleagues at Stevenage Police Station, which is one of the largest stations in the county, with a front counter that is open seven days a week and a custody suite.Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd

The fully operational station includes local neighbourhood officers, detectives and emergency response teams, so they are close to the communities they serve.

I have ensured that members of the public can contact local officers by email to report a concern or a crime – contact details are in this newsletter. Or if you prefer, you can make an appointment to speak to them by emailing or calling 101.

Local priorities in the district include anti-social behaviour, youths causing crime and disruption.

Stevenage has highest use of stop and search in the county and officers have my full backing to use their powers following an intelligence-led practice. This is monitored by a scrutiny panel, run by my office, which examines how the tactic is being used.

Fly tipping has increased during the pandemic, but I am pleased that Stevenage Borough Council is signed up to my scheme, which has enabled those who have rubbish dumped on their land, to have it removed for free.

Shortly I will take delivery of two new speed-camera enabled road safety vans, which will be deployed to those areas where the community raises concerns about speeding.

 

David Lloyd - Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire


Dedicated service for every victim in Hertfordshire

Beacon: Hertfordshire victim centre

In the unlikely event of becoming a victim of crime, it is important to know that you are entitled to support and services.

I am keen to ensure people are aware of their rights and entitlements, while remaining informed on each step of the journey in the aftermath of a crime.

For the past five years Hertfordshire’s Beacon victim care centre has been providing free and confidential advice to support adults and children who have been a victim of crime. They can provide practical and emotional support; advice and information; advocacy and restorative justice (the opportunity to communicate with the perpetrator if appropriate).

Two new specialist units have been created to assist victims of domestic abuse and those suffering from anti-social behaviour. Beacon already has the UK’s first dedicated Fraud Hub who contact every person in the county who has fallen victim to the crime.

Beacon’s services are available to all victims, including those who have chosen not to report the crime to the police. 

The Beacon Helpline is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Helpline

Hertfordshire is a safe place to live and work, but should you ever become a victim of crime then the Beacon team is available to help you. 


Contact the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd

To contact the Commissioner or find out more about his work and his new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan, visit his website (opens in a new window) or email.

Write to:

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Harpenden Police Station
15 Vaughan Road
Harpenden
AL5 4GZ

Or call 01707 806100.

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