Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch Association
Issue No. 47 Spring 2014
Hampshire Constabulary has announced plans to re-shape policing services in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The plans enable the force to deliver a further £25m savings by 2017, as required by central government under the 2013 Spending Review.
Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes says “The cuts mean we have no choice but to plan for fewer officers and staff, but unlike some other areas of the country, neighbourhood policing, which I set a clear commitment for in my Police and Crime Plan, will be prioritised, with dedicated resource, by improving frontline policing, putting victims and witnesses at the heart of policing, reducing crime, asb and reoffending through partnership”.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh says “We will be working with better technology, such as mobile data and body worn video, to cut waste and improve the way we meet the needs of people, especially the most vulnerable. I would like to reassure the public that these new plans are specifically designed to enable us to maintain the 333 PCSOs that do such a great job alongside police officers, to keep communities safe”.
Hampshire Constabulary has been given £400,000 to spend on a new range of body-worn video cameras, to replace its existing stock of more than 450 bought in 2008. Officers will wear the cameras attached to their chest, capturing audio and video evidence to support prosecutions. The equipment will mostly be used by the force's response teams, with Safer Neighbourhood officers also able to use them.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh has welcomed Government support for the upgrading of this equipment: 'This funding keeps Hampshire and the Isle of Wight at the cutting edge of body-worn video technology - not just in Britain - but anywhere in the world. Their use assists in building trust with the public - and having an accurate and verifiable record of the evidence.
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We had a good attendance of almost 50 people at the meeting, held at Alresford Golf Club on September 26th 2013.
The main speaker was Simon Hayes, the Police and Crime Commissioner, who thanked Neighbourhood Watch for their contribution to safety across the county and was looking forward to doing more together.
He said that he wants to prevent crime rather than just solve it, and also to prevent reoffending, recognising that victim and witness needs do not cease after a court case. It was, he stressed, important we spread the message about security – Police time is wasted when property was not secured. However rural residents are justifiably upset when they do lock up and then get burgled.
One victim, in a new and sophisticated online scam attack, lost more than £20,000 after the email account of her accountant was hacked in a frighteningly convincing tax con. She received an e-mail from her accountant's e-mail address, with instructions on paying her VAT return, including an account number and the sort code of the account into which she should pay her tax.
It was not until she received a call from HMRC chasing her VAT payment and the tax office conducted an investigation, that she realised that the e-mail was not from her accountant at all, but from a fraudster who had accessed her accountant's e-mail inbox and made requests for money in their name.
The bank she paid the money to, then failed to respond to her requests for help to recover the money, arguing that it was unable to recover any money because the receiving account, had been emptied and it could not discuss the case further because the victim’s bank was not the same as the fraudster’s.
HMRC has warned of a big rise in the number of tax scams this year. Double check any e-mail appearing to come from the tax office or from an accountant with details of where you should pay outstanding tax. HMRC says the tax office never contacts customers who are due a tax refund via e-mail, but always sends a letter through the post.
If you receive a suspicious e-mail, do not click on any links, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it.
Please find a link below to the latest scam bulletin which is now on Hantsweb- http://documents.hants.gov.uk/tradingstandards/scams-newsletter-february2014.pdf
Remember, never give your details to anyone unless you are absolutely certain of their credibility.
Hampshire County Council's street lighting replacement programme is almost complete in Alresford; see- http://www.lightsoninhampshire.co.uk/.
Most of the Neighbourhood Watch street signs, have now been refitted, following refurbishment. Please report any signs missing, or needing work, to the editor.
It is hoped that the upgraded lights will hopefully save in the region of 40% in electricity. They will be centrally controlled, so that faults are self reporting, which will also allow lights to be switched off, or dimmed for a particular area, to make additional savings. A decision supported by Neighbourhood Watch, is that that Hampshire will not turn any lights off. Our findings are that crime is reduced where street lighting is good.
We are pleased to welcome Charles Bazlinton as Coordinator for the Arlebury Watch, taking over from Jim Witchard. Our sincere thanks go to Jim, who was one of the original Coordinators, when we started in the early 1990s.
Over a five month period, the Police received several reports of a vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances in the rural Basingstoke area. These sightings were collated and investigated by the Country Watch officer. His thorough investigation resulted in the identification and arrest of a suspect from Camberley, Surrey, the recovery of stolen goods and the seizure of a large sum of cash believed to be the proceeds of crime. Following a guilty plea at Winchester Crown Court a sentence of 10 months imprisonment was handed down and an application is being made for the forfeiture of the cash under the proceeds of crime act. This is a result which will hopefully serve as a warning to others who commit crime in rural Hampshire.
Mention that you are in an active Neighbourhood Watch area when placing calls
|EMERGENCY 999|| Crime in progress
Life in danger
Violence being used
|NON –EMERGENCY 101||
Report minor crime
|0845 045 45 45||Contact Police officer
Winchester & East Hants Neighbourhood Watch website - www.wehnw.org.uk
|Hampshire Constabulary web site
|Alresford & District Neighbourhood Watch web site
Alresford’s Sergeant Mark Lampner
I am pleased to report that crime has continued to be at a very low level in Alresford over the past few months.
We have recently been spending much time working with the other agencies on flood patrols, putting up road closure and diversion signs.
I and the PC’s working for me are now all trained to attend Response calls, which may mean we are the first on the scene, if one of us happens to be in the area.
We are now placing more emphasis on rural crime, with a Detective Inspector CID assigned.
Hello, I am Laura Willshire and I am the new beat PCSO for Alresford Town and Itchen Valley beats. Please keep my contact details to hand and if you have any concerns or queries please feel free to contact me-
PCSO 12169 WILLSHIRE
Winchester Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team
Force mobile: 07901102354
Follow us on twitter @WinchRuralCops
Martyr Worthy, Easton, Chilcomb, Itchen Abbas, Avington, Ovington, Abbotstone, Swarraton and Northington
PC 1464 Ben Stoneley
PCSO 12169 Laura Willshire
New Alresford, Old Alresford, Bighton and Gundleton
PC 524 Paul McShea
PCSO 12169 Laura Willshire
Tichborne, Cheriton, Beauworth, Kilmeston, Bramdean and Bishops Sutton
PC 524 Paul McShea
PCSO 15075 Michelle Wilkinson
CountryWatch Officers based at Alresford –
WPC 912 Lynn Owen
PCSO 12959 Melissa Rowell