Happy New Year from Keyham Lane Local Policing Unit

Happy New Year from Insp Ed McBryde-Wilding and all at Keyham Lane Local Policing Unit who cover the council wards of Charnwood, Humberstone and Hamilton, Rushey Mead, Belgrave and Latimer.  Council Ward Maps

What a year for everyone with the Olympics and the Jubilee, and a busy one for all our officers with many of them policing, not just Keyham Lane, but events around the county, London and the rest of the country.

There were changes in the Police with the introduction of the Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) in November, our local PCC being Sir Clive Loader. His responsibility is to represent all of Leicestershire’s communities on Policing matters and hold the Police to account. Full details can be found at http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Home.aspx .

From the 7th January there is a change to our local Safer Neighbourhood Team that will make the individual beat teams bigger and the officers will be working different shifts to give you the best coverage. This will mean that when you report a crime you are more likely to see a local officer, with them working through to 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. There will always be our response officers who respond to all our urgent calls who are 24/7 many of which have specific responsibility for the Keyham Lane area.

This year has seen a reduction in crime across Keyham Lane LPU and this is, in no small part, due to the hard work of your local officers.

Overall crime is down by 18% on 2011 – 928 less victims !!

One of the most pleasing areas for a reduction is house burglaries that are down over 25% compared to 2011.

If you want to see more about the crime in your area, what has happened with them or who your local teams are then the http://www.police.uk/ website has up to date details and you just put in your postcode and it will show what crime has taken place in your local area. Please remember if you want any advice on crime prevention or assistance you can always speak to us or visit, http://www.leics.police.uk/advice-and-information

Of course the website that has all the details of your local officers and the latest news is the Leicestershire Police website http://www.leics.police.uk/

We have worked hard in the last year to try to reduce many of the local problems from crime to anti-social behaviour and have had some really good results at reducing those problems and holding offenders to account. The very nature of Policing means that we have dealt with some very sad incidents and incidents that dramatically affect individuals, so we must not forget that for some people, 2012 was not a good year. I would just like to reassure you all that we will continue to work our hardest to protect as many people as possible from the harmful actions of others and continue to hold offenders to account.

However, we can’t do this alone and we need your help to let us know what the problems are, where they are happening, when they are happening, who is involved and any other information that may help us identify and target issues in your area. Please don’t think it is not worth reporting anything because the more reports we have the better picture we can build.

There is a consultation web page that allows you to put in your local concerns. It only takes a few minutes and you don’t need to have any further involvement if you choose not to. In addition you can request us to contact you if you want to know what is happening, http://www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/consultation-survey .

To receive up to date information that provides news and information about policing activity or initiatives, crime prevention advice as well as major incidents affecting your area then you can register for Neighbourhood link at https://www.neighbourhoodlink.co.uk/sign-up

If you do have information that would help us target crime and those people that cause the most harm to our communities, but you are worried about getting involved or being identified then Crimestoppers is completely anonymous but ensures that the information is passed through to us. Tel 0800 555111 or https://secure.crimestoppers-uk.org/ams.form.anonymous.asp

I would like to thank all of the officers at Keyham Lane and the invaluable help of our Special Police Constables and Volunteers and our first group of Police Cadets from Hamilton Community college. If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with Leicestershire Police please visit our website.

I wish you all a safe and happy New Year

Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding