Posted on 25th June 2015
Safer Neighbourhood officers in Holmebrook and Rother have new policing priorities to work towards following a community panel meeting with residents.
Members of the area’s Safer Neighbourhood team hosted the event on Wednesday, June 10 and invited local people to have their say on neighbourhood issues or concerns.
They used feedback to set policing targets to work towards for the next three months.
Officers will be working to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) at Potter’s Place and around St Augustine’s Church by increasing patrols in the area at key times. They will be speaking to anyone found to be committing ASB and taking appropriate action where necessary, as well as working alongside partner agencies to set up diversionary activities for young people to get involved with.
Misuse of drugs in and around the Grangewood area is also on the policing agenda for officers. They will be working to build up information about drug dealing and target those responsible through searches and warrants, making arrests and taking appropriate enforcement action.
They will be developing relationships with the community to reassure residents and gather information, whilst working with the council's housing department to ensure a joint approach is taken to tackle the issue.
Officers will also be tackling acquisitive crime across the Safer Neighbourhood area, in particular burglary and vehicle crime, by carrying out high visibility and plain clothes patrols to gather information and deter offenders.
The team are vowing to hold regular crime prevention events at prominent community venues including churches, supermarkets and parks to raise awareness and offer crime prevention advice. SmartWater kits will also be issued to residents who are most vulnerable to these types of crimes to help to protect their property from thieves.
Residents across the area who would like to report any issues or pick up crime prevention advice are being urged to contact the team by calling 101.
You can also keep up to date with policing in the area by following @HBrookRotherSNT on Twitter.