Posted: Monday 5th December 2016
When police talk about reducing harm on our streets, we might think of the kind of violence or serious crime that grabs the headlines. When I took on this role four years ago, I quickly realised that ‘harm’ applied as much to antisocial and low-level disorder as it did about serious crime.
From my very first public engagement to those I’m making today, antisocial behaviour and low-level community-based issues such as speeding have continually dominated the discussion. It quickly became apparent how harmful and damaging these problems were on wellbeing, feelings of safety and general happiness about where we live. This is true of Calverton and every other area in Nottinghamshire.
Criminal damage, vandalism and antisocial behaviour have more than one victim and they have a bigger cost to society than any physical loss they are responsible for. The repercussions spread far and wide and so in addition to the actual victim of crime we have a whole neighbourhood of people who potentially feel more afraid than they did before or victimised – even when they weren’t directly affected.
There is no quick fix to improving feelings of safety but it helps if you can trust your local police to listen to your problems. Calverton and the surrounding villages fortunately have a very proactive policing team which not only listens but acts.
The team recently held an operation to tackle off road bikes in the Newstead, Calverton and Bestwood park area following reports from the public for example. These kinds of problems blight the lives of hard-working residents and place other road users in danger. Working with colleagues in Gedling Borough Council, officers seized a vehicle while video footage was taken of other perpetrators for evidence-gathering.
The team continues to treat seriously reports of drug activity, carrying out a search warrant at a suspected cannabis growing operation. Drug taking and supply affect a whole community and they’re often linked to other serious crimes. It is the right of every law-abiding citizen to live in peace and safety without unwanted disruption to their quality of life and I would urge anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to contact police on 101.
The nights are darker now that we’re in the thick of winter and our town and village roads will have the additional hazards of frost and wet leaves. I appeal to motorists to take account of these extra risks and drive safely over the festive period for their own protection and the safety of others.
We’re all looking forward to a moment of rest with our families and loved-ones this Christmas and for those of you in Calverton, I hope that you can do so safely and peacefully. We must all respect this joyous time and treat our neighbours as we would want to be treated. I wish you all a very safe, peaceful and Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Police and Crime Commissioner