Welcome to February’s blog update for the Eastern Counties Neighborhood Police Area.
As I am sure many of you are aware on the 9 February the new force structure was launched. This sees Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Rutland LPUs merging to become the Eastern Counties Neighborhood Policing Area.
There are still police stations in all of these locations from where your dedicated Neighborhood officers work from.
Crime investigations are now dealt with by another specialist department which has freed up the time of our dedicated neighborhood officers to focus on community engagement, patrol and anti-social behaviour. These are exciting changes for the force which we are already seeing the benefits from.
Campaign launched to discourage agricultural thefts
We have recently launched a new scheme within the Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area, with the aim of reducing thefts of agricultural trailers.
Large reflective signs which display the message ‘Please stop if seen driven between 10.00pm – 5.00am’ are available to all owners of agricultural trailers. They are being distributed to members of ‘Farm Watch’ and the local farming communities.
The reflective signs aim to highlight vehicles to the police to help them recognise vehicles that should not normally be moved between the hours of 10.00pm and 5.00am. By stopping the vehicle and speaking with the driver, it can be identified as to whether or not the vehicle has been stolen.
It is hoped that this scheme will reduce the number of vehicles thefts from rural locations.
Farmwatch launched in Market Harborough
After the successful launch of Farm Watch in the borough of Melton Mowbray and Rutland, we have now launched the scheme in the district of Market Harborough.
The Farm Watch initiative has been set up to provide a line of communication between local farmers, contractors, landowners and the police, in order to gather information that may be useful in catching criminals.
The scheme uses a Fast Text system where the police are able to share information with registered users with a single text message. For example, if a suspicious vehicle is reported to the police the details can be sent out by text to members, and if the vehicle is then seen its location can be reported by ringing 101 and reporting it to the police.
The scheme is free to join; all you need is a mobile phone capable of receiving text messages.
If you are interested in becoming part of the scheme please call 101 and follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer. When promoted key in the relevant officers identification number:
- For Market Harborough – PC Lucy Cross 6671
- For Melton Mowbray – PC Sharon Roscoe 4364
- For Rutland – PC Steven Houghton 6127
Officers are on the buses!
Officers in Rutland and Market Harborough are “all aboard” their village Library Bus services within their local communities.
The scheme involves officers and PCSO’s jumping on board the local village library bus with the aim of being more accessible to local residents in the area.
Please come along and see us if you have a library bus that visits your village.
Fatal 4 Operations
Over the coming months there are a number of ‘Fatal 4’ operations planned for the Eastern Counties. These events are aimed at educating drivers caught committing the four main offenses that cause accidents. The offenses include speeding; driving whilst on a mobile phone; not wearing a seat belt; and drink driving.
I will let you know the results of the operations once they have taken place.
Spring is almost sprung!
I also wanted to take an opportunity to remind you all that any moment now we will all be opening the sheds after a long winter. If you are anything like me, the next stop will be off to the garden centre to buy new essential gardening tools. Please can I ask that you check the security of your sheds and check that the lock is fit for purpose? We spend £100s on good garden equipment, but then spend as little as possible keeping it safe.
Similarly as the weather turns better, we may choose to go out walking in our local beauty spots. Please do consider using the formal car parks as they afford you a higher level of safety for your cars and belongings than choosing the grass verges.
I will speak to you all in my next update, in the meantime – roll on the kinder weather
Inspector Lou Cordiner
Eastern Counties NPA Commander