This week saw the easing of lockdown which has been a long time coming but please make sure you still comply with the remaining guidelines that are in place.
The Neighbourhood team has been busy this week and you may have seen some of our officers on our new electric bikes. These are a fantastic piece of equipment that allows officers to respond to incidents in a quick and effective manner. We have managed to speak to many more people within the community and offer reassurance and have an overall greater policing presence. They are brilliant for accessing areas where our police vehicles can’t access, and the bikes will be utilised more and more in the coming days, weeks and months.
An incentive has been agreed which will be offered through Crimestoppers for information leading to the seizure of off-road bikes and/or apprehension of the rider where criminal damage has been caused, they have been ridden whilst the rider was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or there has been driving offences. The appeal for information must be specific, relating to a certain bike in a certain area at a certain time and is not an appeal for general info regarding off road bikes. If this information proves to be beneficial to the police and results in seizures, the public will receive a small monetary award.
We are working with partner agencies to secure funding and are always looking at new and innovative ways to tackle the problem.
Have you heard of our online messaging service ‘Keep in the Know’? By signing up to this service for free you can find out what’s happening in your local area, receive regular crime updates, information on road closures and learn about what your local neighbourhood policing team is doing. You can decide what agencies you wish to receive messages off when you sign up to the service. Head over to www.keepintheknow.co.uk and click ‘Sign up’. It doesn’t take long and you can be kept up to date with many different things.
PC Holly McCabe