Local policing priorities for South Molton Rural

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

Priority

Increased connectivity

South Molton Local policiing team, in conjunction with our new Police Support Volunteer Millie and Councillor Advocates, aims to increase and improve the quality and effectiveness of our connectivity and communication with the communities we serve.   

Issued 19 April, 2018

Action taken

Update: 11 May 2019 - Volunteer and Rural Policing

Millie has left her role as Volunteer to pursue her studies and we have Laura joining us to keep our Facebook and Social media pages updated.  Please follow our page on Facebook 'South Molton Police'   as Laura will be posting local and relevant items relating to our policing activity.

The Force has created a new team to guide and support our Neighbourhood teams with Rural Policing.  The force along with other like forces across the country have recognised that rural communites are especially vulnerable to certain types of crime.    Pc Martin Beck has responsibilty for Devon and has recently been in South Molton at the Market and Mole Valley to give advice and support around crime prevention and encourage reporting of information.  There will be a stand at the North Devon Show this year so come and have a chat.  

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 18/06/2018

Each Parish and Town Council now receive a newsletter on a monthly basis in addition to our monthly 'Police Blog' in the South Molton and District news publication.

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 19/04/2018

Monthly press communications completed by way of the 'Police Blog' in the South Molton and District news, monthly newsletters to Parish Councils and news update to the Molton Monthly publication. These are in addition to the social media outputs done locally and by the Force.

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 21/07/2018

Street briefing had on Wed 18th July with one of our new Cllr Advocates Steve Wilkinson at Chittlehamholt village shop. It was great for us to meet up in person and discuss current issues and campaigns with a view to forging a way forward for future communications.

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 25/09/2018

On Thursday 20th Sept 2018, a meeting was held of the South Molton and District Crime Prevention panel where it was decided to have a working smarter approach to linking in with rural and urban communities. Part of this involves the increased use of social media accounts (Our station Twitter and Facebook accounts are up and running now) and also by holding quarterly parish meetings with key stakeholders to discuss and deal with any issues or concerns raised.  

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 07/07/2018

We are now on Twitter and have published our Connectivity Plan for our neighbourhood as per our news section.

 

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 26/11/2018

Pertinent updates continue on social media and other platforms in order to keep our communities 'in the know' with current patterns and initiatives. It is all working well as part of our connectivity plan, copy within our news section.

 

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 11/08/2018

Our very own Police Volunteer Millie has now created a Twitter and Facebook page for the station, the inception of which has received many positive comments from the community as to our increase in ability to share information and updates with them in 'quick time.'

Actioned 11 May, 2019

Priority

Safer driving

South Molton Local Policing team are actively engaged with promoting road safety initiatives across the area in an effort to improve driving standards, targeting the 'fatal five' distraction factors. This includes the use of mobile phones, failing to wear seat belts and speeding in the South Molton area.

Issued 19 April, 2018

Action taken

Update: 11 May 2019 - Red Thumb Day and Enforcement

Red Thumb day was on the 23rd April and we shared some pictures on our Facebook page.   Our Colleagues in Roads Policing are spending as much spare patrol time  as possible working on the A361 as we are now into the busy summer period.   

The purpose of Red Thumb day is to make drivers aware of distractive devices such as phones and tablets when driving.  This is one of the offences our roads policing officers will be looking out for on the A361 over the summer. 

We are also acting on information and intelligence you have been telling us about those who choose to not have insurance for their vehicles.  We have seized a vehicle recently and have more on the list we are looking out for.     Having no insurance or MOT costs us all, as premiums go up to cater for the cost from uninsured drivers.  Not having an MOT means the car is not safe and a danger to others, both drivers and pedestrians.  Keep giving us the information we will act on it.

We have seen a couple of nasty collisions on the East Street Zebra Crossing over the last year; between pedestrians using the crossing and Vehicles.  We have prosecuted in both cases.  Please be  extra aware when using or passing the crossing and do not park or stop on the ZIG ZAG lines.   

 

Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 26/11/2018

High visibility patrolling carried out on the A361 North Devon link road by officers yesterday daytime along with a traffic operation targeting uninsured drivers elsewhere across the Force. Please click on below link for article:-

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=1bb5f1e4-eab5-4573-8a44-da6124f3e5b2 

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 18/06/2018

A joint road safety event was had on 29th and 31st May 2018 with our colleagues from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. Please click on the following link for the news article in the North Devon Gazette.

http://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/sm-police-op-1-5543067

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 21/07/2018

Local officers have been out in conjunction with our colleagues from the roads policing team in both marked and umarked vehicles targetting driver behaviours which are one of the main causal factors for collisions. Three motorists dealt with for excess speed, use of mobile phone and not wearing their seat belt.  

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 11/08/2018

Officers and staff continue to work closely with colleagues from Roads Policing across the alliance in order to promote road safety and deal with those who transgress the law. Local male arrested this week for drink driving and two others dealt with for driivng offences on the A361, North Devon Link road. 

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 07/07/2018

Officers and staff continue to focus on road traffic related matters, this month being distractions. In our monthly Police Blog (see attachment on News section) we have also highlighted the need to keep windscreens clear to avoid haze / dazzle from the sun... 

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 19/04/2018

Staff from South Molton Policing team are actively working with partner agencies towards improving driver awareness and standards within the local area. Efforts are ongoing through the use of high visibility patrolling, use of unmarked vehicles, specific traffic operations coupled with utilising the local press and social media.  

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 25/09/2018

There have been lots of roads policing activity across our patch in recent weeks, with people dealt with for drink driving, using mobile phones when driving and parking on the zig zags in the town.

We would also like to encourage you to take the "Road Safety Pledge" as listed in our news article section.

Actioned 11 May, 2019

Priority

Rural Crime initiatives

To address and reduce criminality within the rural community by linking in with our partners on a regular and effective basis. Increase the use of and membership to the Devon Alert scheme.  

Issued 19 April, 2018

Action taken

Update: 11 May 2019 - Moving Forward

South Molton and Lynton Neighbourhood Officers met this week with partners from the Local Authority, Avon and Somerset Police, Trading Standards and Rangers from the National Park and National Trust.

We have been getting together for some time now to share our resources to tackle issues in the National Park, and have some good results with anti social  driving and riding on Exmoor and some significant breakthroughs in the fight against Deer Poaching.   

Deer Poaching is a complex issue to understand for those outside of the community. In brief, the indiscriminate culling of large numbers of deer while trespassing with firearms, in often reckless circumstances, has a big impact on those that live and work on Exmoor.  For farmers and workers, being able to feel safe when out working on thier land is a right, and we would not accept this behaviour in our built up areas. Other aspects around cruelty and welfare to the deer are really concerning, which is why we have been conducting monthly operations to suppress and disrupt this activity.

 

Update: 10 April 2019 - Rural Crime Operation Exmoor December 2018

A two night Operation was conducted on Exmoor that inteligence and information suggested crime activity would occur.   This was a joint operation with other agencies and was succesful in disrupting actrivity and an investigation is now ongoing.   

Update Apr 2019

We have continued with these operations and are now investigationg further offences relating to Wildlife Crime

Update: 02 January 2019 - Update 26/11/2018

Efforts continue in support of our rural crime strategy with recent operations undertaken. Reports of criminality across our rural comunities continue to be low, but we are looking to work closely with our communities and partner agencies in an attempt to make it lower still. Please be our eyes and ears when out and about, protect your assets and report any suspicious activity to us immediately.

Update: 02 January 2019 - Updates 18/06/2018

Membership of our Devon Alert cheme has now increased significantly as a result of our efforts and we continue to work closely with our partners and other agencies to keep them informed with the aim of making the area safer thus reducing criminality. This was encouraged during our supportive visit to Mid and East Devon for the Devon County Show....  

Update: 02 January 2019 - Update 07/07/2018

The membership to the Devon Alert scheme has increased significantly in our area with communities getting signed up. Please see news article for details on how to sign up.

Update: 02 January 2019 - Update 11/08/2018

Officers and staff continue to patrol the rural area in an effort to disrupt and detect criminality - we are pleased to report that crime in our area remains low at this time. Please continue to look after your assets, keep an eye when out and about and report any suspicious activity to us...

Update: 02 January 2019 - Update 19/04/2018

The Devon Alert scheme (formerly community messaging) has been promoted across the district via various formats and we will continue to do so. This is a very effective tool aimed at crime reduction and reducing the fear of crime within the communities. 

Update: 02 January 2019 - Update 25/09/2018

Officers and staff continue to patrol the rural area in an effort to support our rural communities and carry out relevant stop checks - we are pleased to report that crime in our area continues to remain low at this time. Please continue to look after your assets, keep an eye on your areas when out and about and please report any suspicious activity to us at the time...

Actioned 11 May, 2019

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