Agenda item

Police and Communities Together

Minutes:

PC Giblin introduced himself as the new Neighbourhood Officer for the area.  Since 7 November 2018 he is part of the new Neighbourhood Team including a new Inspector and Sergeant, to coincide with a change in response shifts to maximise staffing levels and allow targeted policing.

He was unable to attend but supplied the crime statistics from 20 August 2018 to date:

 

 

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Total

Burglary dwelling

4

6

17

5

33

The main Modus Operandi of the burglaries being smashing rear patio doors, the prime time being between 4pm to 8pm and 2am to 4am.  Primary target area was Bagslate Moor Road, Birdy Estate, Bury Road and War Office Road.  A lot were attempts.  The last recorded burglary was on 11 November 2018.

Theft in dwelling

1

1

0

0

2

Both were insecure premises.

Criminal damage

2

6

8

9

25

Primary area is Marland, time is late evening, various targets, throwing stones at dwellings and damaging vehicles.

Theft from motor vehicle

2

7

4

4

17

Mostly Bury Road and Marland, some vehicles insecure, various times of day.

Theft of motor vehicle

0

1

4

0

5

Various beats and times.

 

A targeted Burglary Operation is ongoing involving staff from other areas, plain clothes patrols and both liveried and non-liveried police vehicles, hi visibility patrols, leaflet cocooning, liaison with Home Watch coordinators, use of social media, Force Intelligence Officers and analysts and a lot of CCTV attained.

One prolific male burglar in the Norden and Shawclough areas was arrested on 22 October 2018 and remanded in custody and due for sentencing next week.  Over the weekend of 11 November 2018 two males, from out of the area, were arrested in Norden for an attempted break in.  They are believed to be part of a bigger team using two vehicles.  There have been no burglaries since these arrests.

Residents from Springbank Lane recently held a residents meeting with Police and Councillors which resulted in the sharing of information and the setting up of a What’s App Group where residents are now able to pass messages, look out for each other and be aware of when one is away from home.  This initiative was thought to be an excellent model which others could emulate.

Burglaries will remain a priority for the foreseeable future.

The need to be aware of vehicle security was expressed; do not leave valuables or any item on display and check the vehicle is locked.  Also ensure during the winter months not to leave vehicles unattended whilst defrosting.

Speed awareness operations in the area will take place and anyone wanting to volunteer to conduct a Community Speed Watch is welcome.

Enforcement of vehicles parked on footpaths was explained, namely where parking restrictions are in place it is the responsibility of Rochdale Council’s Civilian Enforcement Officers and where no restrictions are in place the Police can enforce where an obstruction is being caused or a vehicle is parked in a dangerous position.

Online PACT meetings will continue; the next date is yet to be set.

The monthly Communication Newsletter now being produced by the Police was welcomed and it is effective in letting the community know what is going on.