Crime in Flackwell Heath.
What is happening to our village? It was once considered to be a ‘low crime’ area with lots of community spirit, but it seems to have changed – and not necessarily for the better – despite the efforts of our Community Association and an active Residents Association. In the past few months we have seen reports of a whole range of crimes which adversely affect us all in one way or another:
- ATM vandalism at Sainsburys
- Egg throwing (ASB) near Chapman Lane
- House breaking/burglary
- Vehicle theft
- Armed robbery
- Moped crime
It is very difficult to get a true picture of crime in our village, as it is believed that many crimes go unreported – because it is felt that ‘the police won’t do anything’! On the other side of the coin, there is a lot of mis-reporting of crime by the media. For example, the Bucks Free Press reported 9 incidents for one small gated area in the village, where in fact there had been NO crimes. Looking at the crime statistics on the Internet often attributes crimes to roads which aren’t even in Flackwell Heath!
Following the most recent incident when a young man on a moped was attacked, one of the comments posted on the village Facebook page suggested that what the village needed was ‘Neighbourhood Watch’. Sadly, Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) – which is well established in our village – will not stop these sorts of crime being committed, as in many cases the culprits are from outside the village. However, NHW does encourage everyone to take a more proactive approach to crime prevention/reduction and personal safety, and encourages us all to be more observant about the environment in which we live. Many of us now carry so-called ‘Smart Phones’ which invariably include a camera facility, so if we see anything suspicious – or even a crime in progress – we have the ability to take a photo, which can be of immense value to the police. If we are a victim of crime of any sort, this should be reported to the police. If they don’t know about it, how can they be expected to do anything about it?
The clocks have changed
At 2 am on Sunday, October 27th, British Summer Time (AKA Daylight Saving Time) came to an end, and all clocks and timers should have been set back ONE HOUR. Many electronic devices include an automatic facility that recognises the change of the hour, but you will need to have reset manual clocks and devices to make the change and to reflect the longer hours of darkness. In 2020, BST/DST starts on March 29th and ends on October 25th.
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For further information about this topic or about Neighbourhood Watch in general, contact:
David Gresswell – Scheme Co-ordinator, Flackwell Heath
(Tel: 525019 e-mail: email@example.com)
Police General & Non-emergency number: 101
Community Safety Team (Anti-social behaviour): 01494 421 087
Crimestoppers (Anonymous): 0800 555 111
NEW: Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline: 03454 040 506 (Prev: Trading Standards)
Cyberaware – https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/
ACTION FRAUD: 0300 123 2040 – https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us
The Information Commissioner’s Office: 0303 123 1113