Agenda item

PACT - Greater Manchester Police

Minutes:

The Police introduced themselves and gave the following updates:

Crime Figures:

 

 

Sept 2016

Oct 2016

Nov 2016

Vehicle crime

5

1

5

Domestic burglary

5

2

1

Burglary other

2

2

3

Theft from person

0

0

0

Theft from dwelling

0

0

0

Theft cycles

0

0

0

Theft from vehicle

4

4

5

Shoplifting

3

3

5

Arson

2

0

0

Criminal damage

6

14

9

ASB

19

14

9

 

The figures are generally good in comparison to other areas in the Borough.  Operation Dark Nights is now underway which provides advice for staying safe and protected during the winter months.

Car crime
GMP has received several reports of tyres being slashed in Milnrow and Newhey. It is believed to be an individual carrying out the attacks.  The Police don’t think the person is local and the motive is unknown.

Quad bike nuisance
The Police confirmed that they had received two reported incidents during the previous two months.  There are no immediate solutions for this issue, however, residents are encouraged to report every incident as it helps the Police to build a picture and it also helps to direct Police resources.

Speeding Kiln Lane
This is a matter that is regularly raised at the forum; it is a concern for the local community.  The Police don’t have the resources to enforce the speed limits on every street.  It was discussed that determining the speed limits in the area would be helpful.
Action 1: Pursue a speed survey via RBC Highways (Tracey Knight)

PCSOs
A resident asked whether GMP still have PCSOs as they don’t appear to be as visible as they have been in the past.  It was explained that whilst there has been some staffing issues and reductions, PCSOs are still active in the community and continue to be the eyes and ears for the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Burglary
Details were given about a recent local burglary that had taken place.  The Police apologised for the lack of follow up since the incident.  The resident was reassured that the correct action will now be taken.

Possible abandoned car
Concern was expressed about a car that appears to have been abandoned near to Harbour Lane. The Police advised that if an abandoned car is a danger to the public they have the powers to remove, which isn’t the case with this car.  The forum was advised that the Council’s Community Safety Officer was dealing with this matter.

No Right Turn on Ladyhouse Lane
It was reported that a number of vehicles, during peak times, have been witnessed queuing to turn right into Ladyhouse Lane which is prohibited.  Whilst the Police understand the community concerns in reality they do not have the resources to enforce the traffic order at this junction.  The Council has previously looked into this issue and it is thought that the work was too cost prohibitive.
Action 2: Revisit the scheme details and costs at Ladyhouse Lane (Tracey Knight)

Speeding
It was reported that cars are speeding on Huddersfield Road, Dale Street and Smith Hill.  The Police agreed to carry out enforcement operations when resources allow.  The Township will also consider speed surveys in these locations.
Action 3: GMP to carry out traffic operations (Sgt Martin)
Action 4: Establish the feasibility of traffic surveys at these locations (Tracey Knight)

Light timers
The Police confirmed that home light timers are invaluable as a deterrent.  Opportunist thieves are looking for an easy option and will discount a property if there is a chance somebody is at home.

Goods recovered
The Police advised that £20k worth of stolen plant equipment has recently been recovered from a local farm.