Neighbourhood Inspector for Rushcliffe, Inspector Tim Cuthbert, has given us his latest update.
“Some crime related updates for you to start with. We continue to see a reduction in shop theft since the summer.
“At its peak, there were over 100 shop theft incidents in Rushcliffe in one month. However, thanks to a sustained effort from the team and some innovative crime prevention work by the shops themselves, we’re currently only seeing around 30 incidents a month. We will, of course, continue our efforts to tackle theft into the New Year.
“The increase in theft of motor vehicles using keyless technology is a concern. In the last six weeks, we’ve put on additional night time dedicated patrols, both in plain clothes and uniform, as well as gaining the support of the Operational Support Department and their ‘interceptor’ teams in the area.
“As a result, these incidents have reduced significantly, and I’d urge people with keyless entry technology on their vehicles to consider purchasing a Faraday pouch or box to keep your keys in.
“I attended a Rural Crime community meeting recently along with Councillors, the PCC and Chief Inspector Collings, who leads on Rural Crime for Notts Police, and we discussed challenges facing the rural community in Rushcliffe.
“Whilst we’ve seen a huge 50% reduction in rural crime this year following the successful prosecution of a specific group, we’re not complacent. It was a superb event to attend and listen to those previously impacted by rural crime issues, and discuss how we plan to tackle them. We’re also due to be provided with new specialist 4×4 vehicles to tackle rural issues.
“Another event I was pleased to attend was the fantastic Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards held at the Rushcliffe Arena in November.
“It was a humbling evening highlighting so much of the voluntary work that goes on across the area and, whilst there were so many nominations deserving of recognition, my personal congratulations go to Nicola Brindley, who won the Pride of Rushcliffe award for her tireless work supporting the victims and families impacted by domestic violence through the Tara’s Angels charity.
“Having met with our partners recently, I’ve now revised our Rushcliffe Policing Priorities for the coming quarter. They will be:
- Keyless car thefts
- Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in East Leake
- Metal theft in remote locations.
“We’ll be putting plans in place to tackle all the above, and I’ll report back on progress.
“Last month saw the sad and untimely passing of PC Scott Redgate, an officer who worked the majority of his service in Rushcliffe on response and beat teams in the area.
“Many of you will have met him and known him, and no doubt remember him for his sense of humour and larger than life personality. He’ll be greatly missed by the teams based in West Bridgford and Cotgrave.
“Finally, I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to everyone in Rushcliffe from myself and the Rushcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Team.
“Thank you for your continued support to keep Rushcliffe a safe place to live, work and enjoy.”