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Quarter Update

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Eastleigh Neighbourhood Policing Team
Chandlers Ford Quarterly Report
This report covers the three month period of October, November and December 2018 for the Parish of Chandlers Ford.
This is the 3rd quarterly report I have produced for the parish. This is a process which will be generic district wide, so don’t be surprised if the format changes over time.
My aim as the Sergeant responsible for your Neighbourhood Policing Team is to provide you with an overview of the current crime figures, highlight any trends or patterns, seek feedback and your views in relation to the report, and then set update our community priorities based on all of the information we already have (seasonal trends / previous priorities / district problems / county wide problems etc).
Team Updates:
The team consists of PC Kim Gosden, PC Kat Smith, PCSO Lucinda Mack and PCSO Andy Ritchie. Kim will be retiring from the force in February. There is no news yet on a replacement.
We all work from Eastleigh Police Station however in March we will be moving to new premises off Shakespeare Road. We are also realigning all our shifts so that the whole team will be working together. This means there will be some gaps where there is no-one on duty for Eastleigh West but Eastleigh Central will cover.
Crime Summary:
I am pleased to be able to confirm that total crime recorded within the parish remains low. The following table gives you an overall comparator for October, November and December for 2017 and 2018:
Oct / Nov / Dec 2017 2018
1 Violence Against the Person 67 52
2 Sexual Offences 10 3
3 Robbery 3 5
4 Theft Offences 111 58
5 Criminal Damage and Arson Offences 27 10
6 Drug Offences 0 5
7 Possession of Weapons Offences 6 4
8 Public Order Offences 9 16
9 Miscellaneous Crimes Against Society 4 4
Totals: 237 157
You will see in these figures that there has been a substantial decrease in total crime, particularly in the area of theft offences. Last year there was an individual from Surrey committing burglaries in the area due to his girlfriend living here. He was caught and convicted. There has been a minor increase in robberies. All of these robberies involved a well-known group of teenagers from Eastleigh targeting other teenagers. The offenders were known to the aggrieved parties so have been identified and are being dealt with by our Investigations team.
There has also been an increase in public order incidents which includes causing harassment, alarm or distress or fear of violence. I have reviewed these and summarise as follows:
  • 2 incidents where offender has mental health issues
  • 4 neighbour disputes over parking
  • 2 incidents of Nottingham Knockers being abusive. The incidents were within a few days of each other. We completed extra patrols. The offenders were not identified but have not been back.
  • Dispute between dog walkers
  • Dispute over a pair of socks
  • ASB at The Hilt which has escalated to a public order offence
  • Dispute over returning children to other parent
  • Dispute between pupils at the same school
  • Abusive customer in a shop
It can be seen that the incidents are varied and there is no pattern of offences.
If any more detail is required then please let me know, however the main headline is there is no discernible pattern of crime or ongoing series of crimes that are specific to Chandlers Ford at this time and we have had a significant decrease in the total amount of crime compared to the same period last year.
Anti-Social Behaviour Summary:
ASB is a little bit trickier to drill down into the detail of because of the varying ways it can be recorded on our system. I have included below a table which has the previous 12 months from the day of the report compared to the same period in the previous year:
Neighbourhood Beat R12 months Previous R12 months Difference
Eastleigh West Chandlers Ford 177 198 -21
  Sum: 177 198 -21
As you can see from the table there is a 10.6% decrease on the previous period. I have also reviewed the raw data for the last 3 months, and I am very pleased to report there are no repeat locations of concern. Generally if an area has more than 3 calls in a 90 day period we will consider whether there needs to be further work. At the moment there are two places that meet that threshold: Oakmount Road and Hiltingbury Road. Both are clearly long roads, and have only recorded 4 and 3 incidents respectively.
Policing Priorities:
My team are asked to consider 3 separate levels of priorities which are set at force, district and community level:
  • The force priorities are overarching themes which all teams throughout the force are expected to contribute to (Domestic violence and Child Sexual Exploitation for example).
  • Our district priorities are things that are specifically impacting on Eastleigh as a district and are set month by month at our ‘tactical planning meetings’, and are generally crime series or trends. 
  • Our community priorities are led by the community and are based on feedback from yourselves, any interactions with the community and up to date crime data.
Our force priorities include child exploitation and domestic violence amongst others, and the PCSOs in particular take the lead role in safeguarding vulnerable people in the parish. As such they are often focused on dealing with victims of Domestic Violence or vulnerable children in the parish alongside focusing on the community set priorities.
Our current community priorities are:
  • Speeding and other road traffic offences
  • Trading Standards
Due to a large amount of work within crime prevention, the number of calls regarding rogue traders or doorstep callers has reduced significantly. Likewise, there have not been many calls in relation to road traffic offences.
We now need to consider what our priorities are going forward and I welcome any feedback from you. We review what has happened in previous years and are aware that this is a quieter time of year in terms of ASB.
Our suggested community priorities are at least:
  • ASB in Oakmount Road (happy to consider other ‘hotspots’)
Please feedback anything else you feel should be included.
I hope you find this report useful. It is a new process for me so please let me know if you feel there is anything else that should be included or needs covering.
Kind regards
Team Contact Points:
District e-mail                  
PS 3727 Zoë Wakefield   
PC 587 Kim Gosden        
PC 23321 Kat Smith        
PCSO 15066 Andy Ritchie
PCSO 15927 Lucinda Mack
Phone number                           101 – ask for Eastleigh NPT
Twitter                                       @EastleighPolice
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