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.

Action taken

The beat team in partnership with Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue and local support services have organised two advice workshops to help residents be safe online and in their homes. The first workshop will be held at 2pm on Wednesday the 3rd October at Templecombe Sports & Social Club, Vine Street, Templecombe, Somerset BA8 0JY. The second workshop will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 31st October at Henstridge Village Hall, Ash Walk, Henstridge, BA8 0QB. So if you are worried about nuisance calls, unsure how to keep safe using the computer, want to know how to stay safe in your home or if you’ve been the victim of crime, come along to one of our advice workshops, we are here to help.

Actioned 27 September, 2018

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.

Action taken

There continues to be sporadic damage and break ins to vehicles in the Castle Cary area. We do not have a specific pattern so we ask you to be extra vigilant and remove anything obvious from your vehicle at night, including any work tools. If there is nothing on display in the vehicle it is less attractive to the thief and they will hopefully move on and leave yours alone. What might seem like a chore could save you time and expense in the long run – remove those items yourself.

Actioned 14 September, 2018

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

Speeding in the area is still being monitored by the beat team, the speed enforcement unit and by our valued community speed watch groups. An interesting set of figures regarding community speed watch has recently been published on our force Twitter feed which says "July saw a monthly record for the number of community speed watch sessions carried out within Avon & Somerset by 142 speed watch groups. As a result of this we wrote to nearly four thousand drivers educating them on the impact that their speed has on communities giving the message to SLOW DOWN!"

Actioned 23 August, 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

Now that the darker colder nights are creeping up on us, we expect to see some reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour. Report levels remain low at this time however, and we will continue with our patrols in those hotspot areas identified by previous calls and our own knowledge. If you witness any anti-social behavior, or you have any concerns regarding a particular area, then please do get in contact with us by either phoning 101 or by attending Wincanton Police Station between 10:00 and 18:00 Monday - Friday. You can also contact us by visiting our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk (click on contact us & then click on general enquiries).

Actioned 14 September, 2018

Priority

From 8/10/18 – 1410/18 the Wincanton beat team will be out and about in the local community giving advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of rogue trading. Rogue traders are criminals who take advantage of people by using high-pressure sales techniques. Their work is often overpriced, poor quality, or not required at all. The beat team will be visiting some of our more vulnerable residents in sheltered accommodation, giving them advice and reassurance and also conducting foot patrols in high risk areas. The team will also be dropping off advice leaflets at library’s and churches and service stations in the area. We will also be visiting farms in our rural areas, and we will be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles with the help of our mobile ANPR unit. The beat team will also have information stands at Morrison’s in Wincanton on the 8th and the 14th of October and Lidl Wincanton on 10th October. Local residents are very welcome to come over and have a chat and get advice from their local beat officers and PCSO’s. Remember - it's your doorstep and your decision, so be confident, and turn them away.

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