Wiltshire Police & Neighbourhood Watch

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WILTSHIRE POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – 2014

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging live in Malmesbury area – September 2014

People in the Malmesbury area can now sign up for free messages – by email, text and voicemail – about policing and crime matters in their neighbourhood by joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging.

Wiltshire Police, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson and Wiltshire & Swindon Neighbourhood Watch Association have initially launched this new two way communications tool which you can sign up to at www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk.

Malmesbury is one of four neighbourhood policing areas going live on Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. The others are Pewsey, Swindon West and Warminster.

People who live or work outside these areas can still sign up and they will receive messages as and when their area neighbourhood policing team starts to use Community Messaging.

PCC Angus Macpherson, who is commissioning this new initiative, said: “Both myself and Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty are committed to involving communities in the prevention and reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour, in line with priorities in my Police and Crime Plan and the Force Delivery Plan.”

“Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is an exciting new system allowing the police to send emails, texts and voicemail messages to those signed up. It means we will be able to share information quickly and efficiently with our communities, including Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and members.”

People signed up via www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk will be able to receive messages about policing and crime matters in their area, such as community policing news and events, appeals for information and crime prevention advice.

They will also be able to reply to messages, feeding back information to their local neighbourhood officers to help them in policing their local area.

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “This is additional tool with lots of potential for us to use to engage, inform and involve our communities in policing and crime matters. This is in line with our ethos to see pro-active, preventative policing becoming a permanent feature within Wiltshire Police and involving communities and more volunteers in policing and crime related issues.”

The Office of the PCC, Wiltshire Police and Wilshire & Swindon Neighbourhood Watch Association have been working together to set up Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. It is part of a national system called Neighbourhood Alert, which is used by national Neighbourhood Watch and 12 other police forces.

Wiltshire & Swindon Neighbourhood Watch Association Chairman Gwyn Comley said: “We are really looking forward to using this new messaging system, which will mean we have a central database of our coordinators and members. During the sign up process, people are also asked if they wish to be part of or start a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme and I would encourage people to do so. The aim of Neighbourhood Watch is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.”

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is being commissioned by the PCC in line with his priorities in the Police and Crime Plan and his commitment to involving partners, communities and volunteers in the reduction and prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is quick, simple and free. There are no contracts, costs or obligations of any kind for anyone who signs up.

To join Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging or to find out more visit www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk.

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging will NOT be monitored 24 hours a day. People should always call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.

PCC Messaging

A Community Messaging event in Malmesbury held during the launch week. From left are Commissioner Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire & Swindon Neighbourhood Watch Association Chairman Gywn Comley, Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Ian Mace, Malmesbury Town Community Beat Manager Rachel Webb and area sergeant Martin Alvis.

Commissioner consulting on police and crime element of council tax – January 2014

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is consulting on the police and crime element of council tax for 2014-15. more…

 
The Commissioner is considering an increase in the police and crime element of council tax of £3.15 a year for the average home (band D property). This to help reduce the impact of significant central government grant reductions on policing and crime services in Wiltshire and Swindon.

An average increase of £3.15 per household would provide the Commissioner with an additional £740,000 of local income for 2014-15. It would still be the lowest council tax rate for police and crime services in the south west.

Looking ahead three years to 2016-17, a proposed increase of £3.15 a year would reduce the potential funding shortfall by £2.3 million, meaning that savings of £12.5 million would be required rather than £14.8 million. Since the start of the austerity period, savings of more than £10 million have already been made.

Mr Macpherson said: “During the past few months we have been reviewing the budget very carefully and it is clear that as central government funding continues to reduce more and more, we have to look at a small increase in the police and crime element of council tax.”

The council tax rate for policing and crime services in our area has not increased for the past three years and it will still be the lowest in the south west. I do believe people will be willing to pay just a little bit more a year towards sustaining high quality policing and crime services in the county, especially neighbourhood policing.

“Ensuring value for money for residents in Wiltshire and Swindon while maintaining high quality services is very important to me. That is why we are embracing new ways of working smarter across the public sector, working with other PCCs and police forces in the south west and local partners. As public sector budgets continue to be cut, the aim is to work more effectively together to both improve customer service and reduce costs.”

The current rate of police and crime council tax for an average band D home in Wiltshire and Swindon is £157.77. This would increase to £160.92 under the proposal.

The consultation will run from Monday 6 January 2014 – Monday 3 February 2014. During this time the Commissioner and members of his office will be attending Wiltshire Council Area Boards and Swindon Borough Council Locality meetings to talk with people about the proposal.

Parish and town councils and chambers of commerce will too be informed about the consultation.

Mr Macpherson will be speaking with the Police and Crime Panel about the proposal at a meeting due to take place in Swindon on Wednesday 15 January.

The panel are then due to meet again on Thursday 6 February where the Commissioner will formally give his proposal to the panel.

WILTSHIRE POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – 2013

Neighbourhood Watch Alert – Scam Emails – December 2013

A scam email supposedly from the Royal Mail is circulating indicating that a package etc cannot be delivered for various reasons and require information from you in order to effect the delivery.

ROYAL MAIL DO NOT send emails to households. Legitimate postmen and women leave a card with official contact details in order for you to pursue.

Please spread the Gospel … DELETE ALL EMAILS FROM PEOPLE YOU DO NOT KNOW!

Have a great and secure Christmas.

Commissioner Angus Macpherson marks one year in office

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson says partnership, pro-activity and prevention remain key as he marks his first year in office. more…

 
Mr Macpherson was the first PCC in England and Wales to be sworn-in following the elections on 15 November 2012. He took office a week later on 22 November 2012.

Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “In March I published my Police and Crime Plan following wide consultation with the public and partners. This plan sets the strategic direction of policing in Wiltshire and Swindon and at its heart has the philosophy of partnership, pro-activity and prevention.”

“A key part of this philosophy is working with communities and partners, including, of course, Wiltshire Police, local councils, probation, voluntary schemes, charities and other statutory agencies, to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, rather than reacting to it.”

“Through my Police and Crime Plan and the Chief Constable’s Delivery Plan we are working to this ethos. For example I have provided impetus and resource to community volunteers by providing funding for two new staff to support Community Speed Watch and investment in a more efficient data recording and processing system.”

“Community Speed Watch is a great scheme seeing volunteer residents recording speeds on local roads. It raises awareness of speed limits and road safety and can prevent people from driving over the legal limit.”

The Commissioner’s £1 million Innovation Fund is another way in which Mr Macpherson investing in proactive community projects.

In the first funding round 12 projects were awarded nearly £400,000 towards their own schemes which aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as support vulnerable victims and witnesses. These include a mobile youth van in Swindon to give young people a place to go rather than hanging out on the streets and Wiltshire Police Outbox which refers young people to boxing clubs to give them a positive activity to engage in. The deadline for the second funding round, of three, is 15 November 2013.

Mr Macpherson added: “Another big area of work we have been progressing this year is a strategic partnership between my office, Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council.”

“Understandably this is a significant piece of work involving us sharing buildings where possible, with Monkton Park in Chippenham being the first public building in Wiltshire where people can speak to both the police and council. There is also a commitment made for neighbourhood policing officers to be based at community campuses wherever possible.”

“Work is also on-going looking at where both the police and council can share ‘back office’ support services. This partnership is about improving customer service, protecting frontline services and providing value for money across the public sector in the face of significant government budget cuts.”

Mr Macpherson says that key to these partnerships is establishing good working relationships with Wiltshire Police, particularly Mr Geenty, and Wiltshire and Swindon council leaders. He is also working closely with other south west PCCs and forces on collaborative operational projects.

Mr Macpherson spends a significant amount of time meeting, talking and listening to people in Wiltshire and Swindon about policing and crime matters so he can represent their views.

Since taking office the Commissioner has attended more than 400 meetings or events and his office is receiving about 300 contacts from the public each week in the form of letters, emails and phone calls.

Another part of the Commissioner’s remit is to oversee the way the force deal with complaints.

To do this he has appointed an Independent Complaints and Appeals Adjudicator, Professor Allan Johns, to provide clear water between the Office of the PCC and Wiltshire Police.

To mark his one year in office, a booklet explaining his role, priorities and highlights has been produced. This is available online at www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk.

Mr Macpherson will also be attending a national event organised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCCs) in London on 14 November.

People can contact Mr Macpherson via his office on 01380 734022, via email pcc@wiltshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or via his website www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk, where he writes a weekly blog.

He is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/WiltshireandSwindonpcc.

PCC Innovation Fund Update

Applications are now being taken for the second round of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s £1 million Innovation Fund. more…

 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is looking to commission community and voluntary projects which aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and schemes supporting victims and vulnerable people in innovative ways.

The deadline for applications for the second funding tranche of £315,000 is 15 November 2013. It follows 12 projects being commissioned in July under the first funding round.

Mr Macpherson said: “I was delighted to commission a range of exciting projects through the first funding round and now seeing them progress. By funding those 12 projects we also helped to unlock £163,000 in match funding and I’m hoping a similar sum will be unlocked again during this round.”
“I am now looking forward to receiving the next set of applications and supporting projects that help achieve my six main priorities and make a lasting difference in our communities.”

The Commissioner’s six main priorities are, working with communities are partners to:

  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses first
  • Reduce offending and re-offending
  • Drive up standards of customer service
  • Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

Mr Macpherson is also particularly looking for innovative new ideas that help to break cycles of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The £1 million Innovation Fund has been divided into three tranches as follows:

  • £400,000 by 31 July 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 July 2013
  • £300,000 by 30 November 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 November 2013
  • £300,000 by 31 March 2014 in respect of applications received by 15 March 2014

£15,000 was not allocated in the first funding round, so this will be rolled-over making £315,000 available in this second funding round.

The Commissioner will consult with an advisory panel, made up of Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty, Swindon Borough Council Leader David Renard, Wiltshire Council Leader Jane Scott and The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon, before deciding which applications to fund. A youth representative is also going to be invited to join the panel.

More information about the Innovation Fund, including a downloadable leaflet, application form, template grant agreement and details of successful first round applicants, is on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website – www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk.

Police and Crime Commissioner is hosting a business crime forum on Friday 6th September.

Commissioner shows he means business with crime forum

Hundreds of business men and women in Swindon and Wiltshire have the chance to help shape the way police tackle crimes against business. more…

 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, has embarked on a major consultation exercise with the bosses of large companies, the owners of small and medium enterprises and the many sole traders.

He is organising a free Business Crime Forum at the Corn Exchange in Devizes on Friday 6 September.

Chief Constable Pat Geenty will be at the event to take part in a question and answer session.

Mr Macpherson recently published a Business Crime Survey on his website to find out about the impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on local employers. The results will be presented at the forum.

If you would like to attend, please register in advance on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website. Doors open at 8.45am and the event runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

PCC launches £1 million Innovation Fund

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is launching a £1 million Innovation Fund today (Friday 7 June). more…

The Commissioner is looking to fund community and voluntary initiatives throughout Wiltshire and Swindon which will help towards achieving his six main priorities as set out in his Police and Crime Plan.

Mr Macpherson said: “I am really excited about launching this £1 million Innovation Fund and making this money available to projects on the ground that can make a real difference to communities.”

The Commissioner’s six main priorities are, working with communities are partners to:

  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses first
  • Reduce offending and re-offending
  • Drive up standards of customer service
  • Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

Mr Macpherson added: “This fund is about supporting innovative new ideas which will make a lasting difference to community safety and I’m particularly interested in projects that help to break cycles of crime and anti-social behaviour, including supporting repeat offenders.”

The funding will be awarded in three tranches as follows:

  • £400,000 by 31 July 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 July 2013
  • £300,000 by 30 November 2013 in respect of applications received by 15 November 2013
  • £300,000 by 31 March 2014 in respect of applications received by 15 March 2014

Any organisation with aims and activities that meet the criteria can apply for funding. Any funds not awarded in one tranche will be ‘rolled-over’ to the next funding tranche.

The £1 million Innovation Fund is being funded from Office of the PCC reserves.

The Commissioner will consult with an advisory panel, made up of representatives from Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon, before deciding which applications to fund.

For more information, including a downloadable leaflet and an application form, visit www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk. If you have any other questions about the fund, please call the Office of the PCC on 01380 734022.

Hare Coursing

Hare Coursing is suspected to have taken place in Upper Seagry overnight on 02/03-03/03. 2x dead hares were found in fields along with beer bottles and dog faeces. If you see vehicles next to a field late at night (unfamiliar vehicles) and people with torches and dogs please report this on101.

Elizabeth Duncan
PCSO 6184 for Chippenham Rural NPT
Monkton Park Police Station, Chippenham
Tel: 01249 709501
Email: elizabeth.duncan@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk

Neighbourhood Watch Alert – Oil Thefts – March 2013

Dear All,

Can I suggest we all keep an extra-vigilant eye on our oil tanks? We may have had a theft in Luckington, and if so, there’s no time better than a moonless night — like tonight — at 03:00 for thieves to come back and siphon off a few hundred pounds’ worth of someone else’s oil. more…

Please check that Watchmans are plugged in and monitored, and that you can hear yours if it’s the sort that sounds an alarm when tank levels drop rapidly. Lids to plastic bunds can usually be padlocked, and any locks to outhouses that contain tanks should be checked.

And if you do suffer a theft, please alert your neighbours through NhW, and inform the Police.

Luckington and Alderton Neighbourhood Watch
nw@tgpf.info

Neighbourhood Watch – Distraction Burglars – March 2013

A REPORT IN THE LOCAL PAPER TODAY (04/03/2013):

Malmesbury area recently – distraction burglars. – They were pretending to be security officers – and asked an elderly gent to check his valuables, etc as they had caught a burglar carrying stolen items and wanted the householder to check to make sure that none of his property had been stolen. more…

This not only gets the thieves into the home – it leads them straight to anything of value – and this is a carbon-copy of an incident in West Kington a couple of years ago – on that occasion they pretended they were Police Officers.

THESE PEOPLE ARE GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO – EXTREMELY PLAUSIBLE – please answer your doors with care.

If they say they are security/police officers – or govt./council officials – they will have identification – and will be happy for you to close the door on them while you CHECK with the local council/police etc to verify their claims. If they aren’t willing to wait – they aren’t who they say they are.

Police and Crime Plan Update – March 2013

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, is reminding people to give their views on his draft Police and Crime Plan. more…

Members of the public can visit the Commissioner’s website – www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk – to read a draft version of the plan and give their feedback until Sunday 10 March.

Mr Macpherson said: “Since publishing the draft Police and Crime Plan on Monday 18 February we have contacted a wide range of organisations to inform people that they can read the draft document and comment on it via my website. The consultation runs until Sunday 10 March so with less than a week to go I am encouraging people to log on to www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk to read the draft plan and give their views, as it is very important to me to gain feedback from as many people in Wiltshire and Swindon as possible.”

Mr Macpherson, or representatives from his office, are also at a number of meetings this week to talk to residents about the draft plan, as follows:

  • Chippenham Area Board on Monday 4 March at the Neeld Hall from 6.30pm – 7pm, during 30 minutes before the meeting starts
  • Salisbury City Community Area Partnership on Wednesday 6 March from 6pm at Sarum College
  • Malmesbury Area Board on Wednesday 6 March at Crudwell Village Hall from 6.30pm – 7pm, during 30 minutes before the meeting starts
  • Warminster Area Board on Thursday 7 March at Warminster Civic Centre from 6.30pm – 7pm, during 30 minutes before the meeting starts

The final version of the Police and Crime Plan will set the strategic direction of policing in Wiltshire and Swindon for the next four years. This includes key initiatives the Commissioner will implement during his term in office.

Mr Macpherson’s draft Police and Crime Plan focuses on working with communities and partners and is divided into six main sections:

  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses first
  • Reduce offending and re-offending
  • Drive up standards of customer service
  • Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

Key initiatives within the draft plan include:

  • Strengthening neighbourhood policing by creating Safer Neighbourhood Teams, involving not just the police but other agencies, such as local authorities, and communities themselves
  • Greater police officer visibility, including more foot patrols, within our communities
    Launching a £1 million innovation fund – organisations that help reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and re-offending in Wiltshire and Swindon will be able to apply for funds
  • Setting up quarterly victim forums and victims panels to ‘test check’ services
  • Enhancing the quality of service people receive when they contact Wiltshire Police
  • Reducing the current reoffending rate by commissioning services which support those leaving prison

There is also an underlying theme throughout the draft plan – partnership, pro-activity, prevention. This is key to Mr Macpherson in helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Wiltshire and Swindon.

As well as the draft plan itself being published on the website, members of the public can read an executive summary and download each section of the draft plan separately.

Printed copies of the draft Police and Crime Plan are available on request by contacting the Office of the PCC on 01380 734022.

All feedback will be considered before the final plan is published by the end of March.

Your views wanted on draft Police and Crime Plan – February 2013

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, wants your views on his draft Police and Crime Plan. From now until Sunday 10 March people can visit the Commissioner’s website – www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk – to read a draft  version of the plan and give their feedback. more…

Mr Macpherson said: “It is very important to me to gain the views of as many people in Wiltshire and Swindon as possible on my draft Police and Crime Plan.”

“The final version of this document will set the strategic direction of policing in Wiltshire and Swindon for the next four years. This includes the key initiatives I will implement during my term in office.”

“It is an important document and I strongly encourage people to log on to www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk to read the draft plan and leave comments.”

The Police and Crime Plan is a much wider reaching document than the previous Policing Plan produced jointly by Wiltshire Police Authority and Wiltshire Police. As well as working with the police, it will include working with partners, such as local authorities and voluntary community sector organisations.

As part of the consultation process, Mr Macpherson held three workshops with the voluntary and community sector about the plan in Swindon, Salisbury and Trowbridge in January and February. He has also met with chamber of commerce groups.

Mr Macpherson, and representatives from his office, have also attended Wiltshire Council Area Board and Swindon Locality meetings to talk to people about the forthcoming plan.

Mr Macpherson’s draft Police and Crime Plan focuses on working with communities and partners and is divided into six main sections:

  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Protect the most vulnerable in society
  • Put victims and witnesses first
  • Reduce offending and re-offending
  • Drive up standards of customer service
  • Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

Key initiatives within the plan include:

  • Strengthening neighbourhood policing by creating Safer Neighbourhood Teams, involving not just the police but other agencies, such as local authorities, and communities themselves
  • Greater police officer visibility, including more foot patrols, within our communities
  • Launching a £1 million innovation fund – organisations that help reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and re-offending in Wiltshire and Swindon will be able to apply for funds
  • Setting up quarterly victim forums and victims panels to ‘test check’ services
  • Enhancing the quality of service people receive when they contact Wiltshire Police
  • Reducing the current re-offending rate by commissioning services which support those leaving prison

There is also an underlying theme throughout the draft plan – partnership, pro-activity, prevention. This is key to Mr Macpherson’s plan in helping to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in Wiltshire and Swindon.

You can read the draft plan and give your feedback from now until Sunday 10 March on the Commissioner’s website www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk.

All feedback will then be considered before the final plan is published at the end of March.

As well as the draft plan itself being published on the website, members of the public can read an executive summary of the draft plan and download each section of the plan separately.

Printed copies of the draft Police and Crime Plan are available on request by contacting the Office of the PCC on 01380 734022.

Wiltshire Police Non Emergency Number – 101 – January 2012

Non emergency 101 number logo

Wiltshire Police has changed its non emergency number to 101.

The 101 number is being introduced nationally in phases and on 19 September it was launched across forces in the South West, including Wiltshire. more…

Although 999 is a well recognised number to report emergencies, the 2010 British Crime Survey found that only half of the public knew which number to call if they wanted to speak to their local police about policing, non-urgent crime and anti-social behaviour.

Wiltshire Police’s Head of Contact Management, Chief Inspector Charlie Armstrong, said: “Changing our non emergency contact number to 101 makes it much easier for people to contact us. It is easy to remember and will be used by all forces across the country by the beginning of 2012.

“We are constantly looking for ways to build on and improve our service to the public and this change is a positive one that we are confident will be welcomed by our communities.”

Wiltshire Police Authority Chairman, Christopher Hoare, said: “The introduction of 101 provides the public of Wiltshire and Swindon with an easier number to remember for contacting Wiltshire Police.

“Calls to 101 are automatically directed to the nearest police force, so I can assure the public that calls from Wiltshire will be answered by Wiltshire Police staff.”

Calls to 101 cost 15p per call, irrespective of how long that call may last. This applies to landlines and mobile phones.

People with hearing or speech impairments are able to use the non emergency textphone number 18001 101.

The 101 number replaces the existing non emergency number (0845 408
7000) for Wiltshire Police. The 101 number should be used for all non emergencies such as: reporting a crime, contacting local officers, getting crime prevention advice, making an appointment with a police officer or making us aware of policing issues in your area.

It does not replace 999, which should be used in an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.