Agenda item

PACT - Greater Manchester Police

Minutes:

PS Richard Price introduced himself and PCSO Alan Shaw to the meeting.  PS Price has taken over as Neighbourhood Beat Sergeant covering Pennines and other wards within the Rochdale Borough.

Updates
The Police stressed the importance of reporting incidents on 101, although issues are discussed on social media sites they still need to be logged using the correct channels.  GMP doesn’t have access to closed groups on Facebook.  Residents expressed their frustration when trying to report crimes using 101; it was acknowledged that this is a national issue.  GMP’s website has a facility that allows you to interact via live chat; you can report ASB and share intelligence using this service.

Metrolink ASB
A multi-agency task group has been set up involving Officers from GMP, Rochdale Borough Council, Travel Safe and TfGM, who are working in partnership to tackle the ASB issues affecting Milnrow, Newhey and other areas within the Borough.  This initiative can have an impact on Police resources that are available in other areas.

Shoplifting
There has been a recent scourge in Littleborough.  GMP has made a recent arrest and investigations are ongoing.

Policing Issues and Residents’ Concerns
A resident spoke about a recent issue involving a number of fleet vehicles being broken into and having tools stolen and the effect this had had on their business.  It’s not only the cost of replacing the tools but the damage caused in gaining entry.  There is a spate of similar local crimes recently and residents feel that GMP isn’t being proactive in investigating the issues.  This issue is having a huge impact on individuals and businesses when tools are stolen, and residents feel it is organised crime.  There were reports of GMP not visiting the victims of crime which makes residents feel like nothing is being done and discourages them from reporting crimes.  Concerns were raised following recent discussions on social media of people taking things into their own hands, and this was discouraged by GMP.

PS Price explained that resources are reduced and times have changed, and there is a need to work more intelligently; there is a need for improved communications.  Reported crimes are investigated despite victims not being visited by a Police Officer.  There have been a couple of recent arrests for thefts from motor vehicles.

Residents expressed their concern at the lack of visible policing patrols; again this is the result of reduced resources.

The Police clarified the function and powers of a PCSO; their key role is being a visible presence, information gathering and reassuring the community.

A resident spoke about a crime involving a bicycle being stolen and the investigation work she undertook to recover the bike herself and the risks involved.  There is a great strength in feeling by residents and communities being targeted by these criminals.  Residents feel there is no deterrent for offenders and they have no confidence in the CPS.  Residents want to protect their goods and their livelihoods and some appear willing to take action themselves.  Some resident are considering employing private security.  Also some residents would consider paying more in Council tax for additional policing.
Action 1: Contact the resident regarding the crimes discussed (PS Price)
Action 2: Raise these issues at the Police and Crime Steering Group
(Councillor Emsley)

Crime Statistics

Littleborough

 

Sept 2017

Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Vehicle crime

4

6

5

2

Domestic burglary

7

4

2

4

Theft from person

0

1

0

0

Theft dwelling

0

1

2

0

Theft cycles

0

1

0

2

Theft from vehicle

7

6

6

1

Shoplifting

1

0

9

5

Arson

1

2

1

0

Criminal damage

5

9

8

4

Anti-social behaviour

7

14

12

7

 

Wardle

 

Sept 2017

Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Vehicle crime

3

3

2

5

Domestic burglary

5

5

9

6

Theft from person

0

0

0

1

Theft dwelling

0

0

0

1

Theft cycles

0

0

0

0

Theft from vehicle

8

9

3

3

Shoplifting

1

2

2

0

Arson

0

1

2

0

Criminal damage

3

14

6

2

Anti-social behaviour

5

11

8

7

 

Priorities
The priorities were agreed as domestic burglary.