Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Community Safety Volunteers and partner agencies are working together across the four local authority areas to help residents protect their homes and properties.
They do this in numerous ways including neighbourhood surgeries, delivery of quick comms leaflets following crimes, community events and target hardening of vulnerable streets.
PCSOs and Officers from NPTs across the force hold regular events on their patches to engage with residents within community buildings, at shops and inside police stations all with the aim of assisting the public with local problems. This does include dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour issues affecting them, but also encompasses giving out advice in relation to crime prevention. Details of local meeting are available via the My Neighbourhood pages on the Police website.
These localised drop-ins and surgeries are supplemented by attendance at high footfall events in the area which can range from school fairs and community days like Cottingham Day to much bigger events like Armed Forces Day in Crowle or Sky Ride in Hull. These are events are ideal opportunities for police and partner agencies to meet people who don’t make use of the traditional police drop-ins.
While in attendance at these events there is a focus on key crime prevention messages for the public around home security, property identification methods which include getting people registered onto www.immobilise.com and promoting the opportunities to join the force as a Community Safety Volunteer or Special Constable.
Were appropriate NPTs respond to burglaries or crime in a local community by delivering quick comms leaflets to the neighbouring properties in the area. These are designed to make neighbours aware of crimes so they can take steps crime preventative steps, but also gather further witnesses who may have seen or heard something suspicious.
In addition to delivering crime prevention advice to the members of the public, the force also analyses crime figures to identify areas which can benefit from additional increased security and greater awareness in preventative methods. In these areas police and partner agencies come together to provide to visit properties to support residents with in-depth home and property security advice. They also provided target hardening equipment such as shed alarms, window alarms, pad locks and other tools that make areas less desirable areas for offenders to commit crimes.
Offenders are believed to avoid neighbourhoods where the community cares for one another, so where possible the NPTs also support residents in forming Neighbourhood Watch or Neighbourhood Network groups in there area. To find and contact your local network contact go to the Ourwatch website.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Houchin, one of the force leads for burglary said: “Neighbourhood Policing Teams work closely with investigators to tackle the underlying causes of burglary and implement long term crime reduction initiatives in communities. This has contributed to significant reductions over the past ten years.”
“I urge residents to work with us by reviewing their home and property security to satisfy themselves that they are taking reasonable steps to reduce their likelihood of becoming a victim. If anyone wants further advice they can contact their local NPT or visit one of the various community drop-ins that are run in across the force.”
“Building on existing public support, I am confident that we can reduce crime even further, providing we all do our bit to embrace crime prevention principles, report of suspicious activity, pass details of suspects and respond to appeals for information via the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
As part of a summer burglary campaign Humberside Police are encouraging people to follow the @humberbeat twitter account and #HPBurglary hashtag for information about how Humberside Police are tackling burglary in addition to advice on crime prevention.