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Posts tagged “Crime Prevention”

So over the last couple of days there have been a couple of thefts from the village. 
 
An annoying petty crime with the theft of a water butt from the cemetary and a more significant loss of a digger from the stoneyard housing development on Bedford Road. 
 
If anyone has any information about either of these incidents please report them directly to the police or via clerk@lavendonpc.org 
 
Please be vigilant around the village and look out for your neighbours....let's keep Lavendon safe. 
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In response to the exceptional operational demands on the police, particularly in areas such as Thames Valley, the Government has encouraged all PCCs to raise the policing element of the council tax by £24 a year in 2019/20 or £2 a month for a Band D property. (The increase in other property bands are detailed within the survey) 
 
The PCC supports the increase in council tax by £24 for a Band D property. The draft budget for 2019/20 includes additional funding to increase local frontline policing, recruit more investigators and improve contact management with the aim to reduce call waiting times on 101 calls. Further information about the budget can be found here. 
 
The PCC is holding a public consultation exercise over the Christmas period to gather local council taxpayer views on the proposed increase in the police portion of the council tax. 
 
 
The survey is open until Wednesday 9th January at 5pm 
With the harvest now well underway due to the hot weather, please be on the lookout for hare coursers out & about. We are looking for 4x4s / estate vehicles in cut fields & people with lurchers type dogs with slip leads. For more info see below: 
 
Hare coursing 
 
What is hare coursing?  
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares. 
It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court. 
Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles until the court hearing. Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831. 
Hare coursing tends to start after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops. It usually occurs at dawn or dusk. 
Milton Keynes rural landscape makes it a popular area for hare coursing. It often attracts coursers from outside of the county. 
 
What to look out for 
If you see a suspicious vehicle / persons looking like they are scouting out your village, it is important to call 101 in the first instance and ask for Thames Valley Police and give them the registration plate if possible and description of people. 
 
The reason for this is:- 
 
a. The vehicle may be known to the police for previous crime activity 
b. The registration gets logged on our systems and the control room do a registered owner check on the vehicle so if it is spotted again, we have the details on our system 
c. If there has been a theft or burglary in the village, then at least we have a suspicious vehicle registration number that we can follow up on when investigating. 
d. Don’t forget when they are driving around, they are normally only scouting, looking to see who is home or not and they wouldn’t hesitate to come back a few days later, if not that night. 
As discussed at the recent annual meeting to the parish we are looking for volunteers to operate the speedwatch equipment in the local area. We will be having a demonstration on the eqiupment this Friday, 8th June at 9.00am and can operate during the day plus over the weekend. The plan is to use the equipment periodically as it will be shared with neighbouring parishes. 
If you would like to get involved just come along to the Olney Road bus stop on Friday at 9am for the demo and if you can spare the time on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday we would welcome volunteers to operate Speedwatch and make our roads safer. Simply Email clerk@lavendonpc.org if you are interested. 
On Monday 5th February Thames Valley Police will be launching the next phase of the #ProtectYourWorld campaign. This phase aims to inform and engage with young people (8-18) about staying safe online, as well as encouraging parents, carers and responsible adults to engage with their children about their online activity, especially social media and online chats. 
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY? 
 
North Crawley, Little Crawley, Astwood, Hardmead, Clifton Reynes, Newton Blossomville, Cold Brayfield, Moulsoe, Chicheley, Lavendon & Warrington 
 
We would like to make you aware of a new platform for the community to discuss and identify priorities which we will work together to address. This will be known as a Community Forum. 
 
The purpose of the Community Forum is to bring together, at a local level, the right organisations and members of the public to tackle the top community safety priorities identified through consultation. 
Thames Valley Police have delivered leaflets to homes around where burglaries have occurred within Lavendon in recent weeks. The advice given on these leaflets will help to protect you against burglary and can be viewed below. 
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