Inspector Steve Wragg’s Blog: January 2018
As soon as the as the February Blog is available we will share that too.
Significant Events in Our Borough
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope that 2018 is a very prosperous one for you and I personally look forward to some interesting changes over the horizon that will positively influence how best Nottinghamshire Police deliver local policing in Broxtowe. Some of these changes I’ll allude to
later in my blog.
For the majority the festive period and New Year passed largely without incident and a lot of that is down to your community mindedness. I was pleased to see key events such as the Friday before Christmas, the Christmas holidays themselves and New Year’s Eve were policed in good spirit with some great stories of how local officers engaged with you.
What did strike me throughout December was how bustling the Borough’s town centres were. While
as part of my role I am consulted on new premise applications, to witness how these premises are positively contributing to the regeneration of our Borough was great to see.
You will all likely to have read in the media the horrifying burglary that took place at the home of a vulnerable lady in Ilkeston Road Stapleford. Thankfully, it was not too long before one of the suspects was apprehended. Matthew Wilcox pleaded guilty at his first appearance and kept in custody pending being sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on the 18th of January 2018.
Investigations continue to identify the other two suspects involved.
At the beginning of December a prolific shop thief from Derbyshire was convicted of a mere 45 offences that he had chalked up over a period of a few months until he was finally apprehended. Thankfully he is now off the streets having been sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.
Regrettably, as much as for the majority of people in Broxtowe the month of December thankfully passed without incident there were some considerable crimes trends that are noteworthy.
Areas of Bramcote suffered large numbers of shed and garage burglaries between Christmas and New Year and I know local officers have canvassed the area with Crime Prevention advice and sought to target harden those areas identified as most vulnerable.
Sheds and garages are inherently difficult for us to Police as they tend to be on private property, hidden behind houses. Please protect your belongings and consider using our advice centre (see below) to understand how best to do this.
Nuthall and Kimberley suffered similar crime trends over the festive period where outbuildings were attacked. I reiterate my sentiments above.
Generally speaking, acquisitive crime types across the borough have seen an increase in offending and I would urge you to visit the Nottinghamshire Police Crime Prevention Advice Centre at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention
where you will find a raft of information to help make your belongings less desirable to thieves.
Your Local Policing Team
I wrote previously about two constable additions made to the team and these officers have embedded themselves well into Neighbourhood Policing.
I’ve also received confirmation that Broxtowe will be assigned two Police Community Support Officers from the current batch of recruits. These officers will land with us in February 2018 and I’m sure, you like me, welcome this additionally.