Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Swavesey Neighbourhood Profile Update Aug 2012


Copied below is the documents associated with next weeks Neighbourhood panel at Over community centre. I am hoping to attend so if you have have any issues that you would like to raise but can't be there in person please let me know.

Neighbourhood Profile Update

Histon Neighbourhood

Swavesey Panel

Tues 21ST Aug 2012


 Introduction

Aim

The aim of the Neighbourhood profile update is to provide an overview of action taken since the last reporting period, identify ongoing and emerging crime and disorder issues, and provide recommendations for future priorities and activity in order to facilitate effective policing and partnership working in the area.
The document should be used to inform multi-agency neighbourhood panel meetings and neighbourhood policing teams, so that issues can be identified, effectively prioritised and partnership problem solving activity undertaken.

Methodology

This document was produced using the following data sources:
  • Crime and ASB dataLocal officers feedback

  • Data from door to door surveys
  1. Previous Priorities & Engagement Activity

Previous Priorities

At the neighbourhood panel meeting on 22nd Feb 2012 the following issues were adopted as priorities. The tables below summarise action taken and the current situation regarding the priorities which were set:

Support speed watch schemes in Graveley, and look at speeding in Over and Knapwell

Objective

To address continued concerns from the panel around speeding in rural villages. With the assistance of speed watch volunteers, areas to be surveyed and assessed for Police enforcement activity.

Action Taken



Update on speed watch and Police enforcement.

A replacement trainer has yet to be found in the South Cambs area, the task of replacing the trainers sits with Ch. Insp Alderson. In the mean time “Granddad rights” have been given to schemes to train new members.

The process of recording and administrating the scheme is being migrated from front line staff to business support teams. This is a very time consuming process, requiring a significant time commitment from staff to process the data collected, and send out letters. Driver and vehicle details must be inputted manually through the Police national computer. Requests have been made to increase the detail of statistics given to speed watch and Parish councils from the data collected. Any increase in data processing will have a direct impact on front line policing, so this request has been refused. It is hoped that in the future the business support teams will be able to assist in providing more detailed break downs of information to the panel.

Owing to the abstraction of officers to back fill for officers deployed to the Olympics and the normal seasonal increase in calls for service only limited time could be given to enforcement this period. Roadside speed enforcement is a labour intensive process, therefore the local team advocate a holistic approach to speeding that does not rely solely on Police enforcement.

Over Village, Station Rd was identified as a new hot spot by residents attending the last panel meeting. A request has been made to Highways/ County Council to look at the speed enforcement sign posts which are not as clear as they could be. Police issued a total of 6 tickets in this area for speeds between 47 MPH and 65, but found that the vast majority of motorists were travelling far below 40 mph perhaps believing it to be a 30 zone.

Knapwell, Enforcement is predominantly required here at rush hours, peak time for calls for service to Police. The local team have been in contact with residents who have volunteered to set up a speed watch. This has been delayed, however training has now been arranged and the scheme should be up and running soon. A limited amount of enforcement has been conducted here (not at the ideal times) and only one ticket has been issued. During visits in previous periods up to 6 motorists have been caught in an hour’s visits, so the site is worth continued attention.

Graveley, the speed watch scheme in this area continues to be very active. There has been no Police enforcement in this area in the last three months owing to the reduction in resources outlined above.


Current Situation


Speeding will continue to be a concern for the panel, resources should allow for an increase in activity in the next panel.

The three areas highlighted are sites which should continue to be on the priority list along with:

-Middle watch, Swavesey
-Cootes lane, Fen Drayton
-Earith Rd, Willingham
-St Michaels, Longstaton

Keeping...

-Toseland Rd, Graveley
-Station Rd, Over
-High Street Knapwell

In the spirit of the Panel being a multi agency group, an account should be sought as to the current strategy from C.C.C. and the Parish councils specifically for these sites to assist in speed reduction and the promotion of road safety.

Continue or Discharge?


Continue

Respond to rise in criminal damage in Willingham

Objective


To respond to the rise in criminal damage in Willingham

Action Taken



Work has been undertaken in specific areas such as Daniels Close and the Sports Pavilion to prevent damage occurring.

Patrols appear to have helped slightly ease the problems in these areas, however damage is still up across the entire village. Looking at the break down of crimes there does not appear to be any further “hot spots”.

There does not appear to be a link in regards to the offenders over all, but clearly linked incidents such as front doors being kicked in Berry Croft can be accounted to the same group of people.



Current Situation


Over this period there have been 17 reported crimes of criminal damage in the village. Broken down:

2 crimes relate to neighbour dispute where windows have been broken by throwing stones. There was no direct evidence of the then neighbours being involved.
1 isolated window being chipped, suspected to be by a stone being thrown. Unknown suspect
3 crimes relate to the Sports Pavilion, one male has been arrested and dealt with by way of community pay back. 2 crimes remain undetected.
2 Graffiti incidents where the letter “TWC” have been sprayed on property. No suspects.
1 damage by tenant to house found on moving out by land lord.
2 Berry Croft, people kicking doors.
1 dispute over conifer trees.
1 relating to neighbour dispute, having paint thrown over front door.
3 scratches on cars
1 damage to apple trees.


Continue or Discharge?


Continue:

Only one of the above 17 crimes has been detected, (with an offender being brought to justice). Most of the crimes provide little opportunity for detection, with no descriptions of offenders, and reports of suspects being based mainly on supposition by the aggrieved. Each of the 17 crimes is to be reviewed, to confirm no further opportunities exist to bring an offender to justice.




Report back to panel: activity aimed at managing ASB in the summer months.

Objective

Identify regular and emerging ASB hot spots (ASB in this context meaning rowdy, disorderly or drunken behaviour, public order offences or noise nuisance. Not including lawful gatherings of persons on green spaces regardless of age).

Action Taken



PCSO for each area were asked to identify previous problem areas on their beats. Together with this information and calls for service officers were tasked daily via the daily management process to patrol various areas to help reduce incidents occurring.


Current Situation



The following areas have been identified as area for monitoring based on previous information. None of these areas are currently experiencing problems, the panel is asked for their thoughts on these areas and others perhaps not identified

Willingaham
The Pavilion
One Stop Shop

Over
Skate park and recreation field.
Fen End

Fen Drayton
The Pavilion

Swavesey
Moat way


Continue or Discharge?


Discharge/ adapt for Halloween and fireworks nights?

Engagement Activity

Papworth: Continued concerns about boy racers. To be discussed further at the meeting.

Girton: Concerns raised during a door to door surgery about inconsiderate parking in Wellbrook way.

Willingham: Issues raised by residents of Daniels Close in regards to anti social behaviour of one resident. PCSO Claire Whiteman has held a residents meeting with Flagship housing to address this matter. The residents have now opted to move. Further feedback from the areas suggests that the problems has now improved.

Longstanton: Concerns raised with PCSO Page in regards to criminal damage in Haddows close, this information was provided anonymously. There are as yet no formal reports of damage for the last three months, PCSO Page has been tasked with following this up.
  1. Emerging Issues

Bar Hill Ward (Bar Hill, Boxworth, Dry Drayton, Lolworth)

Crime: Is up by ten crimes on the last period, but is still falling compared to previous years. A spike in criminal damage is noticeable from the recorded figures. These follow no particular pattern, and reflect petty vandalism around the alleys and mall area. Making off without payment from Tesco and Shell UK patrol stations also remain a regular theme in the Wards crime figures. 15 crimes can be accounted to these two businesses.

ASB: Down slightly on last period and again continues to fall on last year’s figures. Again there are no particular trends of note in regards to calls for service. Officers continue to robustly monitor the skate park. Concerns continue in around the visible migration of the area as young person’s area, towards a general meeting place.

The Barhill DPPO has not been used this period, and remain unused year to date and within a rolling 12 months.

Girton Ward

Crime: Burglary remained stable on the last period, levelling off from the previous increase at 4 in the last three months. Patrol work continues to target the small number of streets that continue to be targeted. A good reduction of violent crime can be seen from last period, retuning figures back to a normal, year on year amount.

ASB: No trends of note, although an increase is seen over the last three months. Calls range from reports of abandoned vehicles, glass sales men, an unwanted house guest to a report of a male collecting scrap metal

Longstanton Ward

Crime: Cycle theft remains the predominant issue for the parish. Despite a recent arrest and charge of three males, thefts continue. A road show has been run across the guided bus network however commuters continue to ignore or remain unaware of the risk of using very cheap locks. The profiles of offenders in general are younger males using the bus network to return back to Longstanton, then stealing bikes with no lock of easily forces locks to cycle onwards to Willingham, Barhill and Longstanton.

ASB: As with the other wards ASB has risen in the last period. One female with mental wellbeing issues accounts for a number of incidents, however the majority are relate to noise nuisance.

Papworth and Elsworth Ward (Conington, Elsworth, Fen Drayton, Graveley, Knapwell, Papworth Everard, Papworth St Agnes)

Crime: There were 4 thefts of cycles in the last period, an exception to the rule in this ward, three were from the guided bus, and one having been left insecure at a bus stop was stolen. There were also four burglaries seen in the Ward off the back of a previous series which has now been haulted following an arrest.

ASB: As per the last period noise complaints from motorists on the by-pass continue to dominate calls for service. Police have responded to and pre-empted a number of gatherings. The gatherings are lawful, and on occasions have been facilitated by local business allowing use of their car parks. It is hoped this matter will be discussed at the meeting, an application for a dispersal order is underway, support from local residents by means of a statements will be required.

Swavesey Ward (Swavesey)

Crime: Crime in Swavesey remains the lowest in the panel area with no particular trends of note. There have been a number of reported thefts of metal from gardens, on investigation these items were in fact waste being left ion gardens. As such the thefts are not being investigated, but the transfer of waste without the correct licence is being investigated.

ASB: The majority of calls relate to door to door sales persons and traders.


Willingham and Over Ward (Over, Willingham)

Crime: Further reductions in Burglary on the good improvement seen in the last period. Criminal damage remains a concern as above with numbers rising. Violent crime also sits higher than in the other Wards, almost all of these are accounted to incidents where there is a “known offender” and do not pose a general risk to public safety.

ASB: Damage and other nuisance calls remain the key concern for people making contact with us. A number of calls were also taken about the road closure, violations of the one ways streets and motorcyclists using the pavement all in attempts to avoid the road closure.
  1. Recommendations

The following Neighbourhood Priorities are recommended for consideration:

  • Continue to support speed watch
  • Continue focus on reductions in criminal damage in Willingham
  • Tackle anti social driving and gathering in Papworth.
  1. Current Crime and Incident Levels


Crime and Incident Levels in the Swavesey Area Neighbourhood, by Ward





Dwelling Burglary
Other Burglary
Violent Crime
Robbery
Theft of Vehicle
Theft from Vehicle
Cycle Theft
Theft from Shop
Criminal Damage
Other Crime
Total Crime
Total ASB
Nhod
Swavesey Area
May 12 – July 12
20
13
31
0
1
13
23
7
43
70
221
129
Feb 21 – April 12
15
23
24
0
5
14
10
12
24
75
202
106
May 11 – July 11
9
31
34
0
2
31
2
13
34
170
326
151
Wards
Bar Hill
May 12 – July 12
2
1
6
0
1
6
1
3
10
25
55
18
Feb 21 – April 12
2
3
1
0
1
5
0
6
5
22
45
19
May 11 – July 11
1
7
7
0
0
9
0
5
8
32
69
32
Girton
May 12 – July 12
4
1
2
0
0
0
3
0
6
7
23
13
Feb 21 – April 12
4
1
7
0
1
1
3
3
4
7
31
10
May 11 – July 11
0
2
1
0
0
5
0
5
1
13
27
6
Longstanton
May 12 – July 12
3
1
6
0
0
0
10
0
3
5
28
17
Feb 21 – April 12
0
6
2
0
1
1
2
0
1
5
18
11
May 11 – July 11
1
4
2
0
0
1
2
1
2
7
20
10
Papworth and Elsworth
May 12 – July 12
5
2
6
0
0
5
4
0
2
16
40
23
Feb 21 – April 12
2
2
6
0
1
4
0
0
3
15
33
23
May 11 – July 11
1
8
10
0
1
7
0
0
6
9
42
50
Swavesey
May 12 – July 12
0
2
2
0
0
1
3
2
1
5
16
11
Feb 21 – April 12
1
7
4
0
0
1
1
0
2
7
23
11
May 11 – July 11
0
3
5
0
0
4
0
0
1
9
22
14
Willingham and Over
May 12 – July 12
3
6
9
0
0
1
2
2
21
15
59
47
Feb 21 – April 12
6
4
4
0
1
2
4
3
9
19
52
32
May 11 – July 11
5
7
9
0
1
5
0
2
16
16
61
39