Dashing in to thwart crime

This Is Wiltshire: Christmas shoppers in Swindon town centre. Christmas shoppers in Swindon town centre.

OPPORTUNITIES for crime in Swindon’s town centre are likely to increase over the Christmas period, but police and retailers are attempting to tackle the surge with the return of a familiar operation.

Operation Dasher, which has been used in the central shopping district for several years according to inSwindon, will be dedicated to policing the town centre during the day, including late night shopping.

Wiltshire Police’s Swindon Town Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will deploy a number of crime prevention strategies, including higher visibility and covert patrols.

Swindon Community Safety Partnership’s Christmas safety campaign was launched at the end of last month and this operation forms part of the police’s commitment to that agency.

Central NPT’s Inspector Adrian Burt said: “Crime and anti-social behaviour during the daytime remain relatively low.

“Our partners in the town; the retailers, store security staff, inSwindon and centre managements firms have a shared commitment and responsibility to maintain this during the busy festive period when an increase in opportunistic crime can occur.

“Our aim is to ensure Swindon town centre is a safe and pleasant place to visit.

“The Day Safe network is a valuable resource to this and information sharing assists in both the prevention and detection of crime.”

Town centre community beat manager, PC Paul Bezzant, said: “The increased footfall in the town can see an increase in opportunistic crime.

“In conjunction with our partners, under Operation Dasher, we will robustly police those insistent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.

“We effectively use our offender management strategies to deal with those persistent offenders and there is a great team ethos amongst are partners in the town.

“The Day Safe network, with our shared commitment, gives the town an invaluable resource.

“There is a real team effort with more pairs of eyes looking out to curb crime and anti-social behaviour.”

A spokesperson from inSwindon, the group charged with managing the town centre, said: “We work closely with the police throughout the year with a focus on making the town centre safe for shoppers in the Christmas period.

“We are trying to make shoppers aware of their responsibility with reference to car parks and shopping.

“The volume of shoppers in the town centre and the footfall goes sky high. People are taking advantage of the offers in the town centre.

“The nature of the increased volume means there are more opportunities for crime to take place. We are just making sure people are aware and taking responsibility, making sure their cars are not at risk of being broken into.”

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6:51am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

These people can do what they like, but crime in this town will continue to rise as long as our local judiciary keep letting repeat criminals walk free from court, re-engergised and encouraged to go on committing crimes:

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The next time you, your friends or your family are victims of crime, ask yourself why. Ask yourself why the criminal who did it will have had previous convictions and why those people were out on streets committing more crime instead of having been dealt with correctly.

And ask yourself if you really believe the money you're forced to hand over to pay for this level of 'protection' from criminals is entirely worthwhile.
These people can do what they like, but crime in this town will continue to rise as long as our local judiciary keep letting repeat criminals walk free from court, re-engergised and encouraged to go on committing crimes: is.gd/MSqYSI The next time you, your friends or your family are victims of crime, ask yourself why. Ask yourself why the criminal who did it will have had previous convictions and why those people were out on streets committing more crime instead of having been dealt with correctly. And ask yourself if you really believe the money you're forced to hand over to pay for this level of 'protection' from criminals is entirely worthwhile. Ringer

10:27am Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Ringer wrote:
These people can do what they like, but crime in this town will continue to rise as long as our local judiciary keep letting repeat criminals walk free from court, re-engergised and encouraged to go on committing crimes:

is.gd/MSqYSI

The next time you, your friends or your family are victims of crime, ask yourself why. Ask yourself why the criminal who did it will have had previous convictions and why those people were out on streets committing more crime instead of having been dealt with correctly.

And ask yourself if you really believe the money you're forced to hand over to pay for this level of 'protection' from criminals is entirely worthwhile.
What do you think posting the same view over and over and over again achieves other than totally boring the readers of these pages? These are the comments section of a local newspaper - you really are not going to fuel a revolution by your postings here!
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: These people can do what they like, but crime in this town will continue to rise as long as our local judiciary keep letting repeat criminals walk free from court, re-engergised and encouraged to go on committing crimes: is.gd/MSqYSI The next time you, your friends or your family are victims of crime, ask yourself why. Ask yourself why the criminal who did it will have had previous convictions and why those people were out on streets committing more crime instead of having been dealt with correctly. And ask yourself if you really believe the money you're forced to hand over to pay for this level of 'protection' from criminals is entirely worthwhile.[/p][/quote]What do you think posting the same view over and over and over again achieves other than totally boring the readers of these pages? These are the comments section of a local newspaper - you really are not going to fuel a revolution by your postings here! Phantom Poster

10:38am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis. Ringer

10:58am Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order. Phantom Poster

11:28am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then.

I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends.

Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you.

Yet.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.[/p][/quote]Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then. I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends. Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you. Yet. Ringer

11:53am Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then.

I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends.

Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you.

Yet.
Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst.

It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.[/p][/quote]Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then. I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends. Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you. Yet.[/p][/quote]Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst. It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone? Phantom Poster

12:14pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then.

I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends.

Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you.

Yet.
Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst.

It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?
But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.[/p][/quote]Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then. I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends. Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you. Yet.[/p][/quote]Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst. It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?[/p][/quote]But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience. Ringer

12:35pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then.

I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends.

Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you.

Yet.
Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst.

It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?
But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.
Of course you are - your basing on on your personal perception via family and friends, exactly as I am. I'm my day to day life I can't recall anyone complaining about being burgled or beaten up. I also can't believe that my circle of friends and colleagues is so totally misrepresentitive of everyone else!

The number of people encountering crime in their day to day life is very small, unless you live in a housing estate with drug dealers at the end of the road.

However I'm sure that Daily Mail readers would argue otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.[/p][/quote]Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then. I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends. Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you. Yet.[/p][/quote]Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst. It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?[/p][/quote]But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.[/p][/quote]Of course you are - your basing on on your personal perception via family and friends, exactly as I am. I'm my day to day life I can't recall anyone complaining about being burgled or beaten up. I also can't believe that my circle of friends and colleagues is so totally misrepresentitive of everyone else! The number of people encountering crime in their day to day life is very small, unless you live in a housing estate with drug dealers at the end of the road. However I'm sure that Daily Mail readers would argue otherwise. Phantom Poster

1:54pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then.

I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends.

Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you.

Yet.
Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst.

It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?
But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.
Of course you are - your basing on on your personal perception via family and friends, exactly as I am. I'm my day to day life I can't recall anyone complaining about being burgled or beaten up. I also can't believe that my circle of friends and colleagues is so totally misrepresentitive of everyone else!

The number of people encountering crime in their day to day life is very small, unless you live in a housing estate with drug dealers at the end of the road.

However I'm sure that Daily Mail readers would argue otherwise.
What an inane comment. I could equally say that you sound just like the typical Guardian or Mirror reader with your 'Everything's fine, honest' attitude, but where does that get anyone?

I'm glad you, your friends and your family have never experienced any crime at all, but that's not the experience most people have.

Mind you, I'm still trying to stop laughing about those you know in Penhill and Pinehurst apparently living charmed lives where crime and criminals are something that doesn't exist.

Maybe it's a different Penhill and Pinehurst that all the criminals reported in the Adver live in?
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.[/p][/quote]Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then. I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends. Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you. Yet.[/p][/quote]Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst. It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?[/p][/quote]But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.[/p][/quote]Of course you are - your basing on on your personal perception via family and friends, exactly as I am. I'm my day to day life I can't recall anyone complaining about being burgled or beaten up. I also can't believe that my circle of friends and colleagues is so totally misrepresentitive of everyone else! The number of people encountering crime in their day to day life is very small, unless you live in a housing estate with drug dealers at the end of the road. However I'm sure that Daily Mail readers would argue otherwise.[/p][/quote]What an inane comment. I could equally say that you sound just like the typical Guardian or Mirror reader with your 'Everything's fine, honest' attitude, but where does that get anyone? I'm glad you, your friends and your family have never experienced any crime at all, but that's not the experience most people have. Mind you, I'm still trying to stop laughing about those you know in Penhill and Pinehurst apparently living charmed lives where crime and criminals are something that doesn't exist. Maybe it's a different Penhill and Pinehurst that all the criminals reported in the Adver live in? Ringer

1:54pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
Ringer wrote:
I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes.

It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.
Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.
Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then.

I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends.

Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you.

Yet.
Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst.

It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?
But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.
Of course you are - your basing on on your personal perception via family and friends, exactly as I am. I'm my day to day life I can't recall anyone complaining about being burgled or beaten up. I also can't believe that my circle of friends and colleagues is so totally misrepresentitive of everyone else!

The number of people encountering crime in their day to day life is very small, unless you live in a housing estate with drug dealers at the end of the road.

However I'm sure that Daily Mail readers would argue otherwise.
What an inane comment. I could equally say that you sound just like the typical Guardian or Mirror reader with your 'Everything's fine, honest' attitude, but where does that get anyone?

I'm glad you, your friends and your family have never experienced any crime at all, but that's not the experience most people have.

Mind you, I'm still trying to stop laughing about those you know in Penhill and Pinehurst apparently living charmed lives where crime and criminals are something that doesn't exist.

Maybe it's a different Penhill and Pinehurst that all the criminals reported in the Adver live in?
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: I'm absolutely hoping people get so sick of it that something may eventually get done about this serious problem, yes. It's one of the biggest issues facing this town currently and it blights countless lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Well I've lived in Swindon for over 30 years and have never once encountered this "blight" of criminality. Perhaps a sense of perspective would be in order.[/p][/quote]Count yourself as exceptionally fortunate, then. I don't think I know anyone who's not experienced direct attacks, criminal damage, burglary or worse on themselves or their family/friends. Still, you keep pretending crime's not a problem in Swindon - based, seemingly, on the fact it's not happened to you. Yet.[/p][/quote]Well I must have a very exclusive circle of friends and family then - even thoogh some live in Penhill and Pinehurst. It's rather ironic that you berate my views because they are coloured by personal experience - 'pot kettle', anyone?[/p][/quote]But that's the difference, I'm not just basing it on my own personal experience.[/p][/quote]Of course you are - your basing on on your personal perception via family and friends, exactly as I am. I'm my day to day life I can't recall anyone complaining about being burgled or beaten up. I also can't believe that my circle of friends and colleagues is so totally misrepresentitive of everyone else! The number of people encountering crime in their day to day life is very small, unless you live in a housing estate with drug dealers at the end of the road. However I'm sure that Daily Mail readers would argue otherwise.[/p][/quote]What an inane comment. I could equally say that you sound just like the typical Guardian or Mirror reader with your 'Everything's fine, honest' attitude, but where does that get anyone? I'm glad you, your friends and your family have never experienced any crime at all, but that's not the experience most people have. Mind you, I'm still trying to stop laughing about those you know in Penhill and Pinehurst apparently living charmed lives where crime and criminals are something that doesn't exist. Maybe it's a different Penhill and Pinehurst that all the criminals reported in the Adver live in? Ringer

3:05pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Tell me, what percentage of people in Penhill and Pinehurst have been mugged and burgled such that it's impossible that I would know anyone who hadn't.

You might have noticed that the Adver doesn't include stories where people HAVEN'T been mugged or burgled. Maybe that is so common that it's not worth reporting.
Tell me, what percentage of people in Penhill and Pinehurst have been mugged and burgled such that it's impossible that I would know anyone who hadn't. You might have noticed that the Adver doesn't include stories where people HAVEN'T been mugged or burgled. Maybe that is so common that it's not worth reporting. Phantom Poster

6:31pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Actually, thinking back I was burgled once about 40 years ago, while living in a council estate in the east end of a fairly rough city. Meh! It happens - you've got move on with your life.

Even in those days in such a crime ridden environment I don't remember all my friends and relatives being mugged or burgled - and believe me, it was a lot worse there than in Swindon now.

I think you really need a new circle of friends. I'm sure that the old ones will appreciate it as you seem to have jinxed them!
Actually, thinking back I was burgled once about 40 years ago, while living in a council estate in the east end of a fairly rough city. Meh! It happens - you've got move on with your life. Even in those days in such a crime ridden environment I don't remember all my friends and relatives being mugged or burgled - and believe me, it was a lot worse there than in Swindon now. I think you really need a new circle of friends. I'm sure that the old ones will appreciate it as you seem to have jinxed them! Phantom Poster

9:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Good news - I've talked on the phone to my friend in Pinehurst this evening ( who no doubt Ringer thinks is made up!)

it seems that she hasn't been mugged this evening and her home hasn't been burned down! However, I've told her not to be too optimistic about lasting through the weekend, bearing in mind where she lives!

I wonder where Ringer lives? Any guesses?
Good news - I've talked on the phone to my friend in Pinehurst this evening ( who no doubt Ringer thinks is made up!) it seems that she hasn't been mugged this evening and her home hasn't been burned down! However, I've told her not to be too optimistic about lasting through the weekend, bearing in mind where she lives! I wonder where Ringer lives? Any guesses? Phantom Poster

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