Car thieves and louts on radar
The neighbourhood policing teams in the area have outlined their main priorities for the area for the next couple of months.
The priority for the Rodbourne and Cheney Manor area, which is covered by community beat manager Simon Peet, is theft from vehicles, which has been added to the priorities after an increase in thefts from vehicles over the past few months.
The police have asked drivers to be more vigilant and ensure that they do not leave items on display in their cars or leave them unlocked.
Officers have been carrying out plain clothes patrols at night to try and catch criminals in the act, and have said they will continue to monitor this crime trend, and patrol the streets.
PC Peet said: “The thefts from vehicles appear to be occurring due to owners leaving expensive items on display or simply leaving vehicles unlocked.
“We have carried out patrols in the areas suffering this particular crime and have located a number of vehicles that have had windows down.
“Had we not been patrolling the streets it is highly likely that these insecure vehicles would have been targeted by criminals.
“Unfortunately these issues are spread out across the area, so I urge everyone to check their vehicles are secure and all windows are closed and no valuable items are in the vehicle when it is not being used, even if owners are popping to a local shop.
“It takes seconds for these people to get into a vehicle, and they are quite often difficult to trace.”
In Moredon and Rodbourne Cheney, which is covered by community beat manager Gareth Kitchener, anti-social behaviour and speeding along Akers Way are top of the priorities for the police.
The police, in conjunction with the council, have imposed a dispersal order on much of Beech Avenue because many of the residents have experienced anti-social problems over the summer. The order will allow police to move on groups thought likely to cause such problems.
PC Peet said: “It is really important that people let us know about anti-social behaviour so that we can build up evidence that people have been inconvenienced and so implement solutions.
”We would therefore ask residents to contact us if there is a problem in their area.
“We have also been looking at speeding, particularly on Akers Way.
“This is a 30mph zone but speeds greatly in excess of this are regularly recorded by the local speedwatch volunteers.
“We will be looking to perform further speed enforcement initiatives on that road, and some others, over the coming months, so we are urging drivers to keep their speed down in and around Moredon.”
A drop-in meeting with the neighbourhood policing team is taking place at St Andrew’s Methodist Church today, between 2pm and 3pm, and there is another on Friday, September 20, at the church again between 2pm and 3pm.
Anyone with any information about the police priorities can contact PC Peet or PC Kitchener, on 101.
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