At the Outer North West Area Committee we received the Annual Community Safety Report, and the highlights which may be of interest to you are:
1. Off Road Bikes. The Area Committee contributes £1,500 per annum towards the running costs of two vehicles. The Bikes are deployed across the Division to patrol greenspaces or to target specific problems. The vehicles are effective in reducing anti social behaviour and low level crime, particularly on green spaces providing reassurance to those using parks and greenspaces. A dedicated (answer phone) telephone number has been set up for the service (0113 2395092) to deal with calls about nuisance bikes and this number is publicised in community newsletters and the Police Neighbourhood Policing Team Website.
2. Capture Technology. This project uses high tech equipment to track and trace stolen property. The project includes capture cars where sat navs are left on display, houses set up to look like they are occupied with a laptop on display, or bicycles; the items in question contain tracking equipment or software which is used to track where stolen items are taken. The project has had successful outcomes, leading to offenders pleading guilty earlier because of the weight of evidence against them. Valuable evidence is also gained about where stolen goods are taken and the action taken against those receiving and handling stolen goods. During the last 18 months the project has led to the arrest of 25 individuals and the most notable success being the sentencing of a burglary nominal to 876 days in prison. The team is currently in the process of purchasing 2 sets of covert cameras to be deployed in asb hotspots to capture information about those involved in anti social behaviour such as arson, graffiti, rubbish dumping, etc.
3 Operation Alaska. This operation targeted vehicles who transport refuse (particular focus on metal) and involved stopping the vehicles and examining the type of waste they were carrying, any defects evident on the vehicle, the type of fuel being used and if the driver had appropriate insurance and a waste carriers license. Taxi License Officers also assisted and took the opportunity to undertake checks on taxis. Agencies involved in the Operation include DVLA, Environmental Action Team and taxi Licensing Officers. Three successful Operations have been run so far.
4. Speed Indication Device / Speed Gun. The funding was used to match fund the purchase of a Speed Indication Device (available to community groups) and a speed gun for use by the Police. The process for identifying speeding concerns is now well established and PACT (Partners and Community Together) help identify priorities and community members to go out with this equipment. Where concerns are evidenced through the SID, these are referred for attention using the speed gun. Vehicles identified through the SID are sent a letter about their speed, to date 1,400 letters have been sent through this initiative.
5. Test Purchasing. This project was funded through a wellbeing grant in 2010 /11 and aimed to develop and utilise local groups to undertake local test purchasing for on and off licensed premises. The project worked with Trading Standards to develop a process to officially warn premises and then refer for license review. During the life of the project, 25 on-licensed premises were visited and 272 off licensed properties, 10 on licensed premises and 23 off-licenses failed test purchasing a range of measures were used to deal with these failures including, fixed penalty notices, action plans to improve, control measures and 1 repeat offender referred for court action.
6. CASAC. The Area Committee has funded £40,000 of target hardening to be used to provide match funding for residents. The scheme pays £100 towards the cost of a basic target hardening package, with the resident paying the remaining £50. If additional work is required beyond the basic package then residents are asked to fund this, examples include additional external door locks. Police statistics are used to identify streets to promote target hardening and PCSOs undertake door step engagement with residents and encourage them to contact CASAC and arrange an appointment for the free home security checks. The Community Safety sub group receives regular update reports about the work undertaken through this project and the last project returned showed that 312 target hardening jobs had been completed with 12 jobs remaining.
7. The Arson Taskforce, part of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, has undertaken a number of projects in the area working with partners to develop work in hotspot areas and at high risk times such as mischief night and bonfire night. Examples of work undertaken in Outer North West include:
· Contributing to environmental audits to identify rubbish which should be removed before it maybe set alight
· Working with schools to highlight the danger and risk of fire, different products are delivered with different year groups in partnership, eg Fire Service and Police delivering ‘Prison me no way’ which shows where the wrong path in life may lead to, working with year 9 in relation to the dangers around bonfire night
· The Possible Arson Targets (PAT) project working with building control to identify empty buildings which could be possible arson targets to make sure they are secure and clear of danger
· Strikeout Campaign which sees the Arson Taskforce, Police and Trading Standards working together to visit commercial premises and remind them of their responsibility in relation to the sale of matches and lighters to underage children, particularly around mischief night / bonfire night
8. Analysis of Crime Figures
The attached tables provide an overview of crime figures for Adel & Wharfedale. The figures presented cover the period April 2009 – March 2010 and April 2010 – March 2011 and relate to all crime types, including Fraud & Forgery, handling stolen goods, sexual offences and other thefts.
The figures show that the bulk of the crime increase mentioned previously, relates to theft from motor vehicle increase of 25 (49%), burglary with 33 (26%) more burglaries and violent crime 31 (35%) more offences than the previous year. Criminal damage and theft of motor vehicle reduced with 64 (38%) and 7 (29%) less offences.
Theft from motor vehicles remains a challenging area with vehicle users leaving valuables on display in vehicles or leaving vehicles unlocked or with windows open. Various tactics are used to help get the message across about not leaving valuables on display, examples include knocking on doors to inform residents that they have left their vehicle insecure or with items on display, making a note of vehicle registrations and asking DVLA to write to vehicle owners and remind them not to leave goods on display and capture car deployment into hotspot areas.
CASAC has undertaken specific work in Adel to tackle burglaries through the well being target hardening project. There is strong demand from residents in this area to work with CASAC and address lock vulnerabilities.
ADEL & WHARFEDALE WARD
|Theft from Motor Vehicle||51||76||25||49%|
|Theft of Motor Vehicle||24||17||-7||-29%|