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Please find attached crime update from Trowbridge Neighbourhood Team for this week.

A policing model fit for the future

During the last few months we’ve been making some changes to how we police our communities across the county.  We introduced a Community Policing model five years ago to ensure the service we provided was best suited for our communities.  However, with changing communities, priorities and types of crime Chief Constable Kier Pritchard commissioned an improvement programme to ensure the model continues to meet the needs of the people of Wiltshire.

We’ve now made some changes and wanted our community to know what these are.

Changes made include:

Introduction of new policing teams in Warminster and Royal Wootton Bassett.
The amalgamation of Swindon Community Policing Teams (CPTs) in to one CPT area
Changing the names of our community policing teams to reflect the towns from which they parade so their patch is easier for the public to understand.
Reintroducing dedicated teams to focus on neighbourhood policing. These teams are made up of officers and PCSOs.
The CPT Neighbourhood Teams are responsible for proactive policing, community engagement and working with partners to solve community problems.
The CPT Response Teams will be directly responding to crimes and incidents.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “The first principle of policing is to prevent crime, and you can only do that by knowing your community.
“In recent years the Force has become too reactive, and these changes mean that more focus will be placed on proactive policing and preventing crime.
“The uplift of 49 police officers coming into Wiltshire will offer support and additional capacity to CPTs as the improvements embed.
“I was also delighted to be supported by the public to make a small increase of £10 per year, for an average household, in this year’s policing precept. This money will be directly invested to support our Community Policing Teams.”
The re-introduction of CPT Neighbourhood teams will be the most visible improvement in the model, with each CPT led by a Neighbourhood Inspector, and each team led by a sergeant.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “I truly believe these changes will mean our communities will be getting the very best out of my officers, staff and volunteers.
“The additional officers and staff promised by the Commissioner as part of the precept increase in 2019 and those from the Government mean that we now have the opportunity to look at how we can prevent crime happening in the first place and better work alongside the communities we serve.
“It won’t be an overnight fix and there is still work to do, but I’m hopeful of even more officers being announced for Wiltshire in the next tranche of the national recruitment campaign enabling us to ensure that we continue to keep Wiltshire a safe county.”
You can find out more about your community policing team by visiting the ‘your area’ pages on the Wiltshire Police website

Police ask drivers to ditch their mobile phones and focus on the road

 This March, we are supporting the National Police Chiefs' Council’s campaign to tackle drivers who use their mobile phones whilst driving.
Anything that distracts you from being able to concentrate on the road whilst driving, puts others in danger. For mobile phones, this goes beyond the making of a call, to texting, checking emails, browsing social media, sending snap chats, or selecting music.
New legislation that came into effect on 1 March 2017 meant that drivers caught using their mobile phone whilst behind the wheel now face six points on their driving license and a £200 fine. For some, this can result in the loss of their license and the wider consequences for an individual this has. However, the true cost of distraction can sadly be far more tragic than just points and a fine. 
Wiltshire Road Safety Unit Sergeant Simon Drewett said, “It is really important that drivers do not become complacent about road safety and take unnecessary risks with not only their own lives, but the lives of other road users too.
“If you use a phone whilst driving (and that includes hands free), then your attention is diverted away from the road and what is happening around you.
“Whether using a phone handheld or hands free, your risk of crashing increases 4 fold. Even glancing at a phone for 2.3 seconds whilst driving at 30mph, you miss 100ft of road. That is the equivalent to the length of Boeing 737.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said “Making our roads safer is part of the ‘prevent crime and keep people safe’ priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. The majority of road users are responsible and law abiding. There is however a minority of dangerous drivers who use a mobile phone behind the wheel that put everyone else at risk. We need to put road safety at the forefront of our minds and challenge this behaviour.
“Using a mobile phone whilst driving should be as much of a taboo as drink/drug driving. Most people would never dream of drink driving, but few people know that a driver distracted by a phone can be impaired to the same degree as a drink driver and be equally as dangerous.”

This week has seen a number of incidents of criminal damage to parked and unattended vehiles in different locations across the town.  It can be very hard to protect yourself from these seemingly random acts of criminal damage, and even harder to try and identify the culprits.  When you do park your vehicle try and park in a place where there are CCTV cameras or lots of people to deter vandals.  Consider installing CCTV at home, but ensure the cameras can capture good quality images at night, which is when most of these incidents happen.


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