Community safety news

CSI Newsletter - Summer 2015

The Summer edition of the Community Services information newsletter is now available. Included in this edition of the CSI Newsletter is a range of information about summer crime prevention, barbeque safety, Prevent and Wycombe Community Safety Partnership priorities of 2015 to 2016

Look out for copies across the district, or at our offices. Or you can download a copy below.

Together we can stamp out hate

Hate crime is any incident which is committed against a person or property that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by an offender's prejudice or hatred of someone because of their:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion, faith or belief
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

Hate crime can include:

  • name calling or verbal abuse - physical attacks
  • damage to property - threat or intimidation
  • graffiti of written abuse (including emails and texts) - bullying or harassment

How to report a hate crime or incident:

Thames Valley Police

Call 101 to report non-emergency incidents or to give information
Call 999 in an emergency (if there is a crime happening, someone is at risk of injury or there is risk of serious damage to property)

The Hate Crime Network

Hate crime can have a devastating impact and can sometimes lead to victims living in fear of the perpetrator. For this, or any other reason, victims or witnesses may feel unable to speak to the police. The Hate Crime Network is the third party reporting centre for victims of hate crime throughout the Thames Valley.

Victims of hate crime can report using the support line: 0300 1234 148

Police, county and district councils and the Hate Crime Network are dedicated to seeing not only a reduction in crime, but also in the fear of crime. Hate crimes are amongst the most insidious of crimes as they often target the most vulnerable and frequently go unreported. These organisations are working together to ensure victims are supported and feel confident in the support offered.

Modern Slavery

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern Slavery is a term which was introduced in the UK in 2013, to describe all offences previously described as human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and domestic servitude.

Human Trafficking is the movement or recruitment of people by deception or coercion with the purpose of exploiting them.

Exploitation can take place in a number of ways, including:

  • Criminal exploitation
  • Domestic servitude
  • Labour exploitation
  • Sexual exploitation

How much human trafficking take place in the UK?

  • Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing international crime.
  • 2,744 potential victims of human trafficking were encountered in the UK in 2013, an increase of 22% compared to 2012.
  • The most prevalent countries of origin of potential victims were Romania, Poland and the UK.
  • Sexual exploitation (41%) and labour exploitation (27%) were the two most prevalent types of exploitation reported by all potential victims of human trafficking in 2013.

How to get support?

If you have concerns that some has been trafficked, call the Police on 101, or in an emergency call 999.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700, or visit the Modern Slavery website (external website).

Child Sexual Exploitation

For up to date information about child sexual exploitation see Tackling child abuse.

How safe is your bike?

Keep your bicycle safe and secure by following our simple advice:

Make sure it's security marked: We're organising a number of marking events, where we can mark your bike for free. Alternatively you could use products such as CREmark or forensic marking kits.

Store it in a safe location: If your bike is kept in an outbuilding when at home, such as a shed or garage, make sure it is secure with a good hasp and padlock. When out and about be sure to use a cable lock too.

Register it: Register your bike's details such as serial number, make and model for free with Immobilise (website at the bottom of the page) - the UK's National property register.

Closure Order to deal with anti-social behaviour

Thames Valley Police has been granted a Closure Order in relation to a residential property in High Wycombe.

The order prevents the tenant or anyone else from remaining or entering the property in Mendip Way, for three months.

The closure order was granted on Friday (20/3) under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 by High Wycombe Magistrates' Court.

PC Chris Allman, Anti-Social Behaviour Officer for Wycombe, said: "The order was granted due to the anti-social behaviour in and around the property which caused distress to the neighbours and the community.

"The address has been made secure by the landlord of the property, Red Kite Community Housing.

"I hope this order provides reassurance to the community and demonstrates that Thames Valley Police takes all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and works hard to keep our communities safe."

Anyone who has any concerns regarding anti-social behaviour should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry line on 101.

Do you know if your teenager is in an abusive relationship?

Abuse, rape and sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or personal situation. It can happen to young women and young men in heterosexual or same sex relationships.

While we may think that our teenagers could never be affected, the truth is that abuse, rape and sexual assault can occur in teenage relationships.

NSPCC found that nearly 75 per cent of the girls they surveyed had reported some sort of emotional partner violence and 33 per cent of girls and 16 per cent of boys had experienced some form of sexual violence from a boyfriend of girlfriend. But even more worrying are teenagers' attitudes towards these issues. A study among 16 to 20 year old boys and girls found that:

  • 22 per cent of respondents thought it was either acceptable, or were unsure if it was acceptable or not, for a boy to expect to have sex with a girl if he has spent a lot of time and money on her; and
  • 21 per cent of respondents either thought it was acceptable, or were unsure if it was acceptable, for a boy to expect to have sex with a girl if he thinks she has had sex with numerous people already.

Recently the Home Office launched a campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and abuse in teenage relationships. The aim of the campaign is to encourage teenagers to rethink their views of rape, sexual assault, violence and abuse and direct them to places for help and advice.

For more information on the campaign for parents, please see Gov.UK's webpage on spotting teen abuse.

A leaflet is also available from our Community Safety Team with more information about abuse in teenage relationships and practical advice on how to talk teenagers. For a copy of this leaflet, please call 01494 421 876