Local policing priorities for Wincanton Rural North

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.

Priority

We have seen a marked increase in the number of cybercrimes reported to us. Recently residents have been contacted via the phone by someone claiming to be from their internet provider saying that there is a problem with their internet account and computer and that the problem could be fixed if they were given remote access to their computer. This service naturally comes at a cost and victims have been giving out personal data and all of their bank account and sort code details including the security code on the back of their bank cards only to then find that their bank accounts have been emptied. This is only one example of cybercrime so to try and combat this type of offence we will be holding various advice workshops across your areas in October. We will be giving advice especially to our more vulnerable residents on how to deal with these types of calls. We will confirm nearer the time when and where these advice workshops will be taking place. In the meantime please be alert when answering the phone to anyone asking for your bank details or for you to withdraw or transfer cash. Remember, banks, police officers and service providers will never ask for your PIN, security code or your account details.

Priority

With the start of the school holidays we are seeing a slight increase in criminal damage to cars in Castle Cary. Windows are being smashed and paintwork is being scratched. Keep your eyes peeled and report anything suspicious to the police. If you are able to provide the police with information about this crime or any other crime please contact the general enquiries number 101 or you can visit Wincanton police station Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask for your name or attempt to trace your call.

Priority

Speeding vehicles continues to be an issue across the area and there is currently only one active speedwatch group in the Charlton Mackrell area. Our Speed enforcement unit are also regularly out and about monitoring the situation. If you want to make a difference to speed in the area then you may wish to consider volunteering to set up a new speedwatch group. At least four people are required to make this a success in any one area so if you would like to get involved please get in touch with the beat team by calling 101 or by attending Wincanton Police Station between 10:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Action taken

Since our last update the beat team have been out on several occasions giving support to the Charlton Mackrell community speed watch group. On the 7th June, nine drivers were stopped and dealt with by police and we will continue to give support to our valued volunteer speed watch groups.

Actioned 7 June, 2018

Priority

New PACT priorities will be set following a Partners & Communities Together meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at Ansford Academy in the main hall from 7pm – 9pm. Members of the public & community are very welcome to attend.

Action taken

On the 20th February 2018 Wincanton Rural North and Rural South Neighbourhood Policing Teams held a joint PACT meeting at Ansford School in Castle Cary. This was well attended with 50 people present. The meeting highlighted two areas of concern from residents in the Rural North area and they are anti-social behaviour and speeding.

Actioned 21 March, 2018

Priority

Anti-social behaviour continues to be a core issue for the Neighbourhood Policing Team and local residents. There are various ‘hotspot areas’ where young people congregate that we regularly patrol and with the onset of the lighter evenings, we expect to see more young people hanging around. We will continue to patrol these hotspot areas and deal with any issues that come to our attention, with relevant powers used where necessary. We are however endeavouring to work with young people not against them. We ask that residents report any anti-social behavior to us by either phoning 101 asking to speak with a member of the beat team, or by visiting Wincanton Police station. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask your name or attempt to trace your call. If a crime is in progress call us immediately on 999

Action taken

With the start of the school holidays we will continue with our foot patrols in the identified hotspots however reports remain low at this time. If you witness anti-social behaviour or you have any concerns regarding a particular area, then please do get in touch with us by either visiting our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk (click on contact us & then click on general enquiries), phoning 101 or by attending Wincanton Police Station between 10:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Actioned 7 August, 2018

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