Hedge End PCSO’s on Christmas Crime Prevention duties

Hedge End PCSO’s  will be out and about offering crime prevention advice to shoppers in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year.

The ‘Crime Prevention Road Show’ is part of the Operation Nemesis campaign, which helps raise awareness about burglary and which actively targets those who commit the crime.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to speak to the police and their partners about ways they can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. There will also be an opportunity to get property and pedal cycle’s security marked.

The ‘Crime Prevention Road Show’ will be in the foyer of the Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer stores in Hedge End on Saturday, December 10 between 13:30 and 18:00.

Police Community Support officers (PCSOs) Edward Pritt and Will Cantlie from the Hedge End Safer Neighbourhoods team are co-ordinating the road show.

PCSO Ed Pritt said:

“As a PCSO part of my role is the prevention of crime and providing people with information on how they can protect themselves.  Through this initiative, we hope to prevent this type of crime from occurring in the first place and help us keep crime levels low.”

“The event at Hedge End is a multi agency approach to offering advice and crime prevention about home security. The main area of crime we will be targeting is what we refer to as ‘Serious Acquisitive Crime’. This mainly covers all types of Burglary’s and Thefts.”

“Because of the location we will also be covering purse thefts but will be open to offer advice on any type of crime.”

Mark O’Hanlon, Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant at Hedge End, said:

“There has been some excellent work targeting offenders who operate in this area. The work Ed and Will are doing is invaluable to the continued success of Operation Nemesis”.

“Operation Nemesis was designed by Chief Constable Alex Marshall to be the bane of the burglars’ lives. Whilst burglary rates in Hampshire and IOW remain low, in these time of economic hardship would be thieves are turning their attention to items that are easy to take and easy to sell on. This is why it is so important for homeowners to take basic steps to protect their property. Unfortunately, many buildings and vehicles are entered due to poor security, where people have left doors unlocked or left keys on display. The idea behind the crime prevention roadshow is for shoppers and the general public to speak with police and other agencies and get as many cheap and affordable hints and tips as they can. There are also many free services available, such as property marking and postcoding.”

“Hedge End and Eastleigh police hold many smaller scale events throughout the year and hold “beat surgeries” in all areas on an at least monthly basis where we continue to promote this message and idea, not only on the subject of burglary, but give out useful advice about anything from Internet Safety to Drug Awareness for parents. I would encourage people to follow us on Twitter,  @Eastleighpolice or @Hedgeendpolice, for further details.”

  3 comments for “Hedge End PCSO’s on Christmas Crime Prevention duties

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    December 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Lots of housing being proposed for the area but are we going to get any more coppers? Apparently not. We are going to have to fund a lot more PCSO’s to keep on top of things.

  2. December 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I understand that there is a similar event at the Haskins Garden Centre in West End, which runs from 10:00 until 15:00 on Sunday 4th December.

  3. December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I further understand that there will be a follow-up event at Hedge End Police station on 7th January, where residents can bring along their Christmas goodies (e.g. bicycles/computers) to have them postcoded and security marked.

    Detailed arrangements are currently TBA (To Be Advised), but I’ll post details here on Eastleigh News early in the New Year..

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