Open Letter from Detective Superintendent Leading the Way In Tackling Organised Crime

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Dear residents,

I am writing to make you aware of the role you can play in helping us tackle Serious and Organised Crime in our county.

It is a common misconception that organised crime only happens in big cities, however, Serious and Organised Crime knows no borders and it is happening in local communities, across local borders, national and internationally. Often this type of crime is dynamic and opportunistic, and conducted by groups or networks that work together to establish criminal networks encompassing a huge amount of criminal activity. On occasion, they have even been known to enlist the help of professionals such as lawyers and accountants for their expert knowledge.

Organised crime is extremely broad and often it is hidden and unreported, but some of the most visible crime types include drug trafficking or county lines, human trafficking, prostitution and child sexual abuse, armed robbery, money laundering and cybercrime to name just a few.

Our aim is to protect the public from Organised Crime Groups ensuring there is no safe space for serious and organised criminals to operate, either online or offline. To do this, we have launched Project Optimise, which will see us working closely with partner agencies to disrupt serious and organised criminals and networks and protect vulnerable people.

It is more important than ever that you continue to report information to us about any activity in your neighbourhood that may seem suspicious. It might well be nothing, but there is always a possibility that it could be part of a wider criminal network, and your piece of intelligence could be the missing piece in the jigsaw.

This week, officers will be conducting a number of warrants in Swindon targeting county lines. This week-long operation is just one piece of work we are doing to ensure Wiltshire and Swindon is a hostile and sympathetic environment for those involved or assisting serious and organised crime. We will keep you updated with the results as the week progresses.

We all have a part to play in stopping serious and organised crime; it involves everyone in Wiltshire and Swindon. It involves you.

Call 999 in an emergency
Call 101 to report all other information
Visit our website: www.wiltshire.police.uk
Call Crimestoppersanonymously on 0800 555 111.

Download the statement from ACC Paul Mills, Gold Commander, Operation Conifer

Thank You

Detective Superintendent Steve Kirby

Would You Pay An Extra 1 Pound Per Month To Maintain Local Policing

feedback request

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is asking members of the public for their feedback on a proposed £1 per month increase to maintain local policing.

The policing precept, which is collected with your council tax, goes directly to the PCC where 98% is allocated to Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable and the remaining 2% to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for commissioned services such as Horizon Victim Support and Restorative Together.

Currently, each Band D property pays £206 per year or £17 per month, towards policing services. This year, in order to maintain this, he believes there is a need to increase the cost per month by £1 to cover the cost of increasing funding for 43 more officers and specialist staff. This would leave the average family paying £218 per year

The extra officers have now been recruited, they are now in training and will be joining your community policing teams soon. Our capacity to deal with digital investigations has also increased, and in line with global trends, will need to continue to do so in the future.

On average at present, it takes around three years to recruit, train and post new officers and doubled the number of trainees in last October's intake to accommodate the additional officers promised.

Warning of theft from garages

garage thefts

We have been made aware of a significant number of garage break-ins resulting in the theft of bicycles and tools. Please see the following tips to help prevent thefts from garages:

  • Register your valuable items such as bikes, electronics, tools etc. for free on www.Immobilise.com.
  • Take pictures of valuables and record their serial numbers and keep these safe. This information helps increase the chance of these items being returned to you if they are stolen.
  • If possible, dont store Christmas presents in the garage prior to the big day. Keep them inside the house but out of sight.
  • Consider installing a Secured by Design approved anchor post inside the garage to which you can secure valuable items such as bikes.
  • If your garage has an up and over door, consider installing an outer bracket and floor eyelet welded or bolted to the bottom of the door. This should be secured with a closed-shackle padlock. Alternatively if you access your garage via an internal door, you can drill a hole in the top channel above the wheels and insert a padlock into the hole.
  • Never leave a garage or shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house.
  • Visibly and permanently mark property using a Secured by Design-approved forensic property-marking kit.
  • Think of securing windows with grills or heavy wire mesh to increase window security and the use of net curtains to deter casual viewing of the inside of your garage.

TOP SECRET Cyberhood Watch Campaign to Launch 5th November 2019

TOP SECRET: Cyberhood Watch Campaign to Launch 5th November 2019

cyberhood watchWe are excited to announce the launch of Cyberhood Watch, the official partnership between Neighbourhood Watch and Avast, is launching tomorrow, Tuesday 5th November. Avast, a leading cyber security company, have come onboard as a new key sponsor for Neighbourhood Watch for the next 12 months. We know from our members how pressing the subject of cybersecurity and online fraud is today and it's only increasing as a key crime issue, so we are pleased to be working with prevention experts in this field.

The Cyberhood Watch initiative aims to better equip our members with tools, resources and information needed to stay safe online. Many of our members will already be aware of Cyberhood Watch, particularly the 14,000 of you who responded to our survey exploring attitudes and concerns around cybersecurity. The results of the survey form a key part of the press release launching the partnership, and will be referred to at key points over the initiative. We did a shout out for members who were interested or active in cybersecurity and online safety, and following discussions with those that came forward we have appointed our first round of Cyberhood Watch Ambassadors.

The campaign will officially launch on Tuesday 5th November, meaning you may read about it in your local or national newspaper, hear about it on the radio, or even see representatives from Neighbourhood Watch and Avast talking about it on TV. If you receive this message prior to Tuesday 5th November please do not share or discuss it until the day.

Following the launch there will be a range of useful resources that we will add to throughout the partnership, such as blog posts, bespoke toolkits, Cyberhood Watch stickers, etc., as well as an online training course about cybersecurity, available to all members via the new Avast Cyberhood Watch webpage and the Neighbourhood Watch website. Visit either site from tomorrow to find the links.

Over the next 12 months, Avast will be working with Neighbourhood Watch to support the Ambassadors, host events, provide resources for events you may be running, develop useful guides and toolkits, and share Cyberhood Watch stickers and other merchandise to help drive awareness of the initiative across all regions. This initiative is about communities supporting communities when it comes to cybersecurity.

Mud on the roads and advice for farmers using public highways

traffic alertWe are receiving many reports from drivers about dangerous conditions being created by mud being deposited on the roads.

This is not an uncommon problem at this time of year given the weather conditions and the agricultural community working hard in the fields. Unfortunately, the farmers and contractors may well be bringing significant amounts of soil from the fields and onto the road network whilst going about their normal business.

Farmers and contractors are legally obliged to ensure that if their vehicles leave mud, and other deposits, on the road, they clean it up. There is also a legal requirement for them to place out signs compliant with the Traffic Signs Regulation 2016 to warn motorists of the conditions on the road.

If they don't, they could be liable for a number of offences under the Highways Act 1980 and the Road Traffic Act 1988. It is vital for farmers and contractors to know their responsibilities when it comes to leaving mud, and other deposits, on the road and particularly the consequences of not conforming to the law.

Cleaning mud off of agricultural vehicles prior to going onto a public highway should be done whenever possible to help keep the roads safe. Although cleaning mud off agricultural machinery is inconvenient it may not be a defence in law.

Man sentenced to four years following non recent indecent assault

31/10/2019 12:52:00


A man has been sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a young girl in Calne more than 30 years ago.

David Alan Anderson, 66, who now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, was sentenced today (31/10) at Swindon Crown Court.

The offence was committed in Calne in 1988 when the victim was under the age of 16.

Anderson was found guilty following a trial at Swindon Crown Court in September this year.

Det Con Simon Rogers said: I welcome today's sentencing as it shows the severity of this man's actions."

  • "Anderson spent a large part of his life without facing justice for what he did and I am pleased that he has now been punished for what is a despicable crime."
  • "Again, I want to thank the victim for her bravery in coming forward and reporting this incident in the first place."
  • "It was not until approximately 30 years after this incident took place that she felt confident in being able to report this to police. It must have been a massive burden to carry for such a long time and she has shown great courage in coming forward and supporting the investigation."
  • "I hope today will now bring her some closure so she is able to move on with her life."
  • " I also hope this sends a message to others in the same position that regardless of how long ago an offence took place, you should report it, you will be listened to and you will be supported."
  • To report sexual abuse please phone police on 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary - they can be contacted on the 24-hour helpline 0808 168 0024.


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