PCC wants to hear your views on the future of policing in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe wants to hear from the public about the future of policing in the county, as he launches a major new consultation ahead of deciding how funding should be prioritised in the year ahead.

The ‘Your Police, Your Views’ campaign aims to get opinions from across the whole county on what local people feel are the funding priorities for Warwickshire and how  support services and community safety initiatives should be financed through grants and commissioning.

It comes as the Government set out its spending plans for 2021/22 in the Spending Review, announced yesterday (November 25) by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak. This confirmed funding remained in place for forces to continue to deliver the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers nationally, while also providing additional new money to tackle violent crime, money laundering and increased counter-terrorism policing.

The Chancellor’s announcement also signalled additional detail of how local police forces will be funded over the next financial year, with core central government grants likely to remain the same as this year, providing a flat-cash settlement.  Police and Crime Commissioners will be given flexibility to raise the portion of Council Tax which pays for policing, known as the Police Precept, by up to £15 for a Band D property.

The continued economic uncertainty, the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and increasing costs and other pressures do however mean that changes will be needed in order to set a balanced budget for the years ahead.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “The news that policing is to continue to receive funding to recruit additional officers is very welcome, as is the extra investment being made to tackle violent crime, economic crime and terrorism.

“In Warwickshire, we have seen policing numbers reach over 1,000 officers, thanks to record-breaking recruitment drives over the past 18 months. The end of the alliance with West Mercia Police has meant the force has rebuilt many services within Warwickshire and is looking at new and transformed ways of operating, aided by the additional officers we have recruited.

“Funding from local taxpayers has enabled a programme of investment to transform the technology, equipment and facilities which underpin frontline policing and more of this investment will be needed in the years ahead.

“Support services have benefited too, with additional funding keeping them available to give tailored help, as and when victims need it, despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve also been able to fund programmes to divert people away from crime and schemes which help to prevent crime and improve community safety.

“But this good progress cannot mask that we are entering a difficult financial situation, both locally and nationally.  As the Chancellor has outlined, the coronavirus pandemic has had a wide impact on people’s lives and been very damaging to the economy. The pressures on public sector finances have never been greater and all public authorities are faced with difficult decisions to make ends meet.

“I’m acutely aware that the coronavirus pandemic has also brought pressures to many families, individuals and businesses, whose financial circumstances are likely to be in a very different place to where they were just 12 months ago.

“So while I am keen to protect all of the investment in policing here in Warwickshire as much as possible, it’s clear that we cannot spend more money than we have. We still don’t have the full picture to determine our budgets but some of the key pieces are beginning to drop into place.

“I must look at all options to set a balanced budget, including potential changes to the Police Precept, as well as a package of measures to find efficiencies in the way policing services are delivered.  It’s vital that every penny contributed by taxpayers is used in the most effective way possible and I will continue to ensure this is the case.

“Before I take any decisions on the budget, I want to understand from Warwickshire people what they feel the local priorities should be, both for how the police use their funding and what wider support should be available to the community through grants and commissioned services.

“I’ve launched a simple online survey to gather feedback, which I will be promoting heavily over the next few weeks, as it is vital that people have the chance to influence the decisions ahead. I’m also organising a number of online focus groups to ensure that the ongoing difficulties caused by the pandemic do not prevent me from getting opinions from as wide a range of people as possible.

“My final message is please do spare a little time to give me your views – they really do matter and will help to shape the future of policing across Warwickshire.”

The ‘Your Police, Your Views’ survey can be found online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WPFundingSurvey  and will run until early January 2021.

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Atherstone Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams Monthly Newsletter

Please find attached link to the Atherstone policing teams monthly newsletter

Download a pdf copy here: https://bit.ly/36pxBNj

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Crime Prevention Advice for Van / Lorry Security

This leaflet provides advice regarding van/lorry security and how to protect your vehicle.

Please report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101 or call 999 if a crime is in progress.

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Catalytic Converter Theft – Crime Prevention Advice

Vehicle owners and businesses are urged to be vigilant and consider taking safety measures to protect their cars.

This leaflet provides advice regarding catalytic converter thefts and how to prevent them. Please report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101 or call 999 if a crime is in progress.

Catalytic converter marking kits are available from our online shop: https://bit.ly/36g37x5

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Crime Prevention advice for Fuel Thefts

This leaflet provides advice to support petrol retailers in Warwickshire to prevent and mitigate the risk of fuel theft and respond appropriately by sharing intelligence and reporting incidents to the Police.

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North Warwickshire West and South Safer Neighbourhood Teams November Newsletter

Please find the latest newsletter for the North Warwickshire West and South Safer Neighbourhood areas.

North Warwickshire West and South areas are now included on one newsletter as the teams all work from the Coleshill Police Office.

Click here to read/download: https://bit.ly/3jVAusP

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Van Packs Available to Support Van Owners in North Warwickshire

Following a number of van incidents recently in the area, North Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhood Teams have a number of packs available for van owners.

If you would like a FREE van pack delivered to you please email ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Please note this is only for van owners in the North Warwickshire Borough Council area of the county as this initiative is funded by them.

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Warwickshire Police Farm Mapping System

Warwickshire Police are working on a farm mapping scheme where up to date contact details for farms, stables and fields with livestock in are being placed on a digital map for their control room and response officers, so that if they need to contact the landowner regarding an incident, such as livestock loose on the road, all the information is available.

If you have land away from the farm or your property please also include these details so your contact information can be put on the location.

If you have not already been contacted and would like to ensure this information is available to assist the police, please email carol.cotterill1@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk who will forward the form to you or it is available as an attachment below. Just complete and email or post to Carol (details on the form).

Farm Mapping Form Farm Mapping form V8: https://bit.ly/31VemIY

Thank you for your assistance with this initiative.

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Have a Safe Halloween

If you would prefer people not to visit your home you can download our ‘sorry no trick or treat’ poster to display in your window, as well as one with general Halloween advice, which can also be read below:

  • Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating. Young people should never go trick or treating alone.
  • Do not knock on the doors of strangers – only go to people you know. Never go into a stanger’s house.
  • Always keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch. Remember road safety.
  • Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.
  • Keep your tricks within the law – anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.

Download/View:

Sorry No Trick or Treat_Halloween_Leaflet

Sorry-No-Trick-or-Treat-A4-Poster

Sorry-no-Trick-or-Treat-A5-poster

 

 

 

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Courier Fraud – Telephone Scams

Arrest made in connection with courier fraud incident

Please think about your loved ones and neighbours and make sure they know how to avoid scams such as these.

Please Click on the link below to access an advice leaflet you can share with vulnerable people:  Telephone Scams_Operation Prospero 2

A limited number of A4 telephone scam printed leaflets are available for co-ordinators or community groups to distribute. Please email: warksnw@gmail.com

Officers investigating a courier fraud scam have arrested a man in connection with the incident.
The incident happened over two days, Thursday, 15 and Friday, 16 October, when the victim, an 84-year-old man from Warwick, received a number of calls from someone claiming to be a Detective Constable from the Metropolitan Police in London.

The caller stated that the victim’s cards had been cloned and that there were concerns for the bank accounts he holds.

The victim was asked to provide the account numbers for his savings accounts and to withdraw around £6,000 to give to a courier for safe keeping.
To make the story more believable, the fraudster asked the victim to call 999 and speak to Leamington Police if he didn’t believe the caller and also gave the victim a password which the courier would say upon collecting the cash.
The victim made contact with the Metropolitan Police to verify the identity of the caller who in turn contacted Warwickshire Police.

An investigation was launched which saw Warwickshire Police intercept and arrest the courier, a 54-year-old man from Coventry, when he is believed to have turned up at the victim’s address to collect money.

He was arrested on Friday, 16 October on suspicion of fraud by false representation and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Rich Brown from Warwickshire Police said: “Thankfully the victim in this case did not lose any money but sadly this has not been the case for some other victims, who have lost significant amounts of money as fraudsters continue to prey on individuals, particularly the elderly and the vulnerable.

“The fraudsters’ stories are often believable and they will put a lot of pressure on victims to convince them to withdraw or transfer money, often for fraud reasons.

“We still believe that specific areas are being targeted in which the fraudsters will contact several people in a given area and then get a courier to wait close by in their vehicle ready to collect cash once the victim has withdrawn it.
“I would therefore urge anyone who sees a vehicle behaving suspiciously in their area that perhaps you haven’t seen before to please get in touch either via our website or by calling 101.
“Please also think about your loved ones and neighbours and make sure they know how to avoid scams such as these. We will not tolerate crimes of this nature, which can have devastating impacts on victims who are often left feeling scared and worried that their home is no longer safe, which is why we will do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.”

The police or your bank will never:
Contact you out of the blue and ask for your personal details, including your PIN number, password or account details

  • Ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons
  • Ask you to withdraw cash and hand to someone for safe keeping
  • Ask you to purchase high value items such as gift cards
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash or other high value items, bank cards, account details or PIN numbers

Protect yourself

If you are unsure whether someone on the phone is genuine, hang up and then use a different line to call the organisation they are purporting to be from using a number from the phonebook or internet to verify their identity

  • Don’t give out your personal information to anyone over the phone, including your PIN number and bank account or card details

If you have given out your personal banking details to someone over the phone or have given someone your card details, contact your bank immediately to cancel your card

Where to go for help

If you receive a call from someone purporting to be a police officer and asking you to withdraw or transfer money, call Warwickshire Police on 101 – the more intelligence we receive, the more likely we are to catch those responsible

If you have been a victim of a telephone scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

For advice on scams, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on0808 223 1133
Always call 999 in an emergency

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