Tackling Rural Crime In Dorset – Fly-tipping and Speeding

Work is already underway in Dorset to tackle two key concerns highlighted amongst rural communities by a national survey. Respondents to the 2018 National Crime Survey identified fly-tipping and speeding as the crime types they were most concerned about.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is a member of the National Rural Crime Network who commissioned the survey and is the national lead for fly-tipping. He said: “We have beautiful countryside right on our doorstep but it isn’t just attractive to us, it is also attractive to criminals.

“Fly-tipping blights our rural landscape and has a detrimental impact on the environment as well as generally being an eyesore.

“Fly-tipping is a complex issue and requires a multi-agency approach. The Problem Solving Forum I recently held on the issue brought together partners and agencies with Dorset Police to discuss the problem and a partnership action plan is now in place to tackle it.”

According to the survey, the percentage of Dorset respondents who thought speeding was a problem has reduced by over 30% since the last national rural crime survey in 2015. This is a greater reduction than was seen nationally where the figure has come down by only 21% over the same period.

Martyn Underhill continued: “For a small force, Dorset Police is already punching well above its weight in tackling driving related offences. It’s well known No Excuse team has had many successes in tackling the ‘fatal five’ driving offences in our county, of which speeding is one. The dedicated road safety team is even being replicated in other forces.

“The Force also works closely with community speedwatch groups and funds various initiatives to educate drivers from all backgrounds about the dangers of speeding.

“Road safety is an area Dorset Police has focused on and the work it is doing is making a difference. But 30% of Dorset respondents still feel that speeding is a problem so we cannot be complacent.”

Dorset Police has had a Rural Crime Team since 2016 as a result of one of the police and crime commissioner’s election pledges. The team is dedicated to tackling rural crime and issues, with a focus on crime prevention. They have trained fellow officers, call handlers and radio operators to ensure that the Force is dealing with reports of rural crime consistently and effectively.

According to the survey approximately half (47%) of all Dorset respondents were aware of the specialist Rural Crime Team, compared to just 32% of respondents nationally who were of aware of their local rural crime teams.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “Almost half of Dorset’s residents live in rural areas and it is important that they are engaged and their voices are heard. Having met with a number of farmers, rural business owners and residents on my patrol visit with the Rural Crime Team earlier this year, it is clear that progress has been made in reducing the fear of rural crime in Dorset.

“The results of the survey also confirm what we already suspected – that rural crime is massively under-reported. We want to encourage people living and/or working in rural Dorset to report crime. There seems to be a culture of not reporting crime in some rural areas and this is something the Rural Crime Team is trying to address.

“I am pleased the percentage in Dorset of people living in rural areas not reporting crime is lower (28%) than the national figure (36%). Police cannot tackle crime if they are not made aware that it is happening in the first place. Similarly, intelligence is needed to help bring offenders to justice. It is therefore vital that the public come forward with information and report crime to help the police help victims.”

The National Rural Crime Survey received over 20,000 responses with more than 600 responses coming from Dorset residents.

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – August 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

To begin with BCSW would like to place on record our thanks to all those people who visited our stand at the Broadstone Family Fun Day. We much enjoyed meeting you, and trust that we answered all your many and interesting questions. Whether or not you support our Community Speed Watch activities we will always be prepared to meet and discuss what we do, and why we carry out our operations on the roads in and around our community.

In the July issue of this magazine Broadstone Community Speed Watch sought to address some of the negative comments made recently on social media, and this article continues in that vein. The aim being to separate fiction from fact, and to offer explanations for what we do, and why we carry out Community Speed Watch operations.

Fiction: I was glared at by them!

Fact: It is never intended to further aggravate vehicle drivers by ‘glaring’ at them, regardless of whether or not they are speeding. However, in the process of recording the necessary information required as part of our reporting process, it is necessary to establish the correct registration number, the make, model and colour of every vehicle being recorded. This does require CSW team members recording such details to look closely at these vehicles. The other times that CSW team members will look purposefully into vehicles will be to ascertain whether or not the vehicle driver is wearing a seat belt, or is using a hand held mobile telephone or device.

Fiction: They were operating at a time when there were no children around?

Fact: Speed restrictions placed on roads apply 24 hrs a day, and this regardless of whether or not there are children around at the time. It is an established fact that speeding vehicles do present an increased risk of harm or serious injury to all other road users, and are a contributory factor in up to a third of all serious road collisions.

So, until the next time – Drive well and drive safely.

BCSW

Vehicle Crime Broadstone

At 1.01pm Wednesday 25th of July 2018 onwards a theft from a stationary and unattended motor vehicle occurred in the Station Approach area of Broadstone, Poole. The offender(s) stole the vehicle keys from the victim’s bag and used them to access the boot of the vehicle to steal a purse.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious or have any information please call Dorset Police on 101 or ask.ned or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 55180118175.

Thank you

Message Sent By
John Slade (Dorset Police, Police Volunteer 4261, Poole )

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – July 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

In May this year Broadstone Community Speed Watch celebrated its first anniversary as an independent Watch, and it did so by completing the 104th Community Speed Watch operation since re-forming in May 2017. This is a truly remarkable achievement by a small number of dedicated and committed volunteers over a 12 month period.

However, regardless of the above some drivers have made comments that seem to be based on misunderstandings or misinformation. So to address this BCSW, and by way of this and subsequent articles, will attempt to separate fact from fiction.

Fiction: The speed gun used by Speed watch is not calibrated!

Fact: The speed gun used by BCSW is calibrated by the manufacturer, and BCSW hold a certificate confirming calibration. In addition BCSW has equipment to regularly check whether or not the Speed gun is operating correctly and to the original standards and specifications, including calibration.

Fiction: The BCSW team are just ‘grumpy old folk with nothing better to do!’

Fact: The BCSW team are all volunteers from your community. Every person in the team has undergone Dorset Police checks, and has been trained by Dorset Police to carry out CSW duties at the roadside. The BCSW team is governed by the policies and procedures laid down by the Dorset Police CSW Unit.

Fiction: No way was I speeding!

Fact: The BCSW team use the speed limits laid down in ACPO guidelines when monitoring vehicle speeds. The guidelines state that speeds and other details will only be recorded and reported in the following circumstances;-

Speed limit Details recorded if vehicle travelling at

  • 20 mph 25 mph and above
  • 30 mph 36 mph and above
  • 40 mph 47 mph and above

That said vehicles details may also be recorded and reported where the driver is observed using a mobile telephone whilst driving, when driver is not wearing a seat belt, or when a vehicle is being driven dangerously.

More in the next issue!

If you wish to know more about what we do, come and talk to us.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – June 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

The other day, whilst carrying out a Community Speed Watch operation, a male motorist of indeterminate age, drove past making offensive and rude gestures. This is not the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last. It is a fact of life that some people, when they believe they have been seen doing something that they know is ‘wrong’ will react negatively, rather than ask themselves what the reason is behind their reaction.

Nevertheless, it has to be accepted that vehicle drivers are not robots, and there cannot be many, if any, who have not at some time driven at speeds above the posted speed limits. This is easily done if not concentrating, being temporarily distracted, being in unfamiliar surroundings, first time driving a new vehicle etc. But responsible motorists quickly realise what they are doing and make a correction.

A minority of vehicle drivers however seem to believe that posted speed limits are variable according to their view of what speed is safe, and often without regard for road conditions or other road users, and such drivers can put themselves and others at risk. It is almost certain that a proportion of these road users react negatively when observed by Speed Watch teams, and this possibly arising from their being unhappy that they might be reported or just that they feel embarrassed by failing to observe the posted speed limit. Who has not had that awful moment of doubt on realising that you are being followed by a Police car, which due to not paying attention or being sufficiently aware, may have been there for some time.

Human behaviour dictates that in our lives every one of us will, unless saintly, do things that on reflection we might not do again. In the case of Community Speed Watch the aim is to act as a reminder to all road users that speed limits are put in place on our roads to ensure the safety and welfare of all road users.

Drive well and drive safely.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – May 2018

Making Broadstone a safer place to live

‘Spring is here! – continued from the BCSW article for April.

Last month’s BCSW article began the process of reminding readers of ‘What is Community Speed Watch?’ and ended with the information collected by CSW volunteers at the roadside. You might now be wondering what is done with this information?

Once the CSW operation is completed, the information gathered is collated, checked and entered into a Dorset Police spreadsheet, which is then sent to Dorset Police for their consideration and action as appropriate. CSW is required to keep records of all the operations mounted, and the information gathered, for a minimum period of 12 months.

Can I join BCSW? Yes you can!

All new volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and all will have to agree to appropriate vetting procedures (currently being revised). Once accepted, all new volunteers will receive safety training, and be trained to use the CSW equipment issued to CSW teams in order to mount and carry out roadside CSW operations. Every CSW operation will be supervised by an experienced and suitably qualified team member.

What am I committing myself to?

A CSW operation will normally run for one hour, and with sufficient volunteers this will normally mean that you will only be asked to attend for one hour per week. The more volunteers we have the less demand on our/your time.

If you are interested in joining your Broadstone CSW team do contact us by e-mail using enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk and provide your name and telephone number, and one of the team will contact you. We do run ‘try before you buy’ sessions where you may attend, without any obligation, a BCSW operation as an observer , it is an opportunity to meet the team and to see why, how and what we do.

You may also make enquiries via Dorset Police non-emergency number 101, or Dorset Police enquiries e-mail: enquiries@Dorset.PNN.Police.uk

In the meantime do drive safely, and be aware of the posted speed limit.

BCSW

Broadstone community Speed Watch – April 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

‘The spring is here, the grass is ris, I wonder what this ‘Speed Watch is?’

Almost a year has passed since Broadstone Community Speed Watch became independent, and it is perhaps time to refresh the public understanding of ‘Community Speed Watch’.

Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a partnership initiative that is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging speed reduction. Reducing speed will directly contribute to saving lives and will improve the quality of life for all people in Dorset. Furthermore, it is an opportunity for community minded residents wishing to contribute to their community, to get involved in making the roads safer where they/you live.

CSW is manned by volunteers from local communities, and all volunteers must be approved by Dorset Police. Successful volunteers receive training and guidance from Dorset Police so as to enable them to mount CSW operations at the roadside.

CSW operations may only be mounted on roads ‘approved and risk assessed’ by Dorset Police, and where there is evidence of ‘speeding’ issues. Such roads will have posted speed limits of 20, 30 or 40 mph.

CSW volunteers do not have any powers of enforcement. However CSW volunteers do operate equipment specifically designed to monitor vehicle speeds. CSW volunteers are trained to observe and record the details of any vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit by a margin of 10% + 2mph (for example 30 mph speed limit +10% + 2mph = 35mph). Therefore vehicles being driven on a 30mph road, at 36mph and above will risk being reported to Dorset Police. Drivers observed using mobile telephones whilst driving, and/or not wearing a seat belt whilst driving may also be reported. Details recorded by CSW volunteers include the speed of the vehicle at the time of detection, the registration number, make, model and colour of the vehicle, as well as the time at which the vehicle was observed.

More on this in the next issue of Broadstone Link magazine, but in the meantime ‘Drive Safely’.

BCSW

Dorset Police issue 45,000 speeding tickets in one year

NICKED: Tens of thousands of speeding tickets have been issued in Dorset

Police in Dorset issued 45,344 speeding tickets last year – placing it in the top 10 forces in the UK.

Top officers have defended the figure after it was revealed that Dorset is tenth in a table of ‘most speeding tickets issued in 2017’, coming behind forces including Kent, Humberside, Norfolk and Dundee.

During the year, one motorist was stopped travelling 96 miles per hour in a 30mph stretch.

Sergeant Mark Farrow of Dorset Police’s No Excuses team said officers will always take speeding seriously.

“Excessive and inappropriate speed has been identified as one of the ‘fatal five’ offences – offences identified as being the main contributing factors in fatal road traffic conditions,” he said.

“A priority of Dorset Police is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously harmed on Dorset’s roads.

“The impact of these collisions is devastating to individuals, families and communities.”

Asked if drivers travelling in the county should be concerned about being criminalised, Sgt Farrow said: “All motorists have a responsibility to drive according to road traffic legislation.

“Motorists travelling within Dorset should do so in a careful and considerate manner, ensuring they obey the laws of the road. In doing so they will help make Dorset safer and will have no concerns over being ‘criminalised’.

“Individuals who wish to disregard driving standards, road signs, speed limits or drive while under the influence of drink or drugs can expect to be dealt with for doing so.

“Dorset Police’s No Excuse Team, road policing team and territorial policing officers patrol 24/7 and will deal with offenders who put the public at risk of harm.”

Money generated from motorists who attend driving courses after being caught speeding is used to provide free community safety education sessions in Dorset.

“Speed limits are set for several reasons, including the intention to improve road safety and reduce the number of road traffic casualties,” Sgt Farrow said.

“Those exceeding speed limits decrease the time that they have to react if an unforeseen incident were to occur and increase the potential for injury to themselves and other road users if involved in a collision.

“The impact of the resulting trauma to the driver, other road users, families, friends, those observing the collision, as well as the cost to the public purse in dealing with that collision could be substantially reduced by drivers adhering to the signed limits.”

From April last year, speeding drivers have faced stricter penalties and much higher fees based on their earnings. New rules came into effect in the UK in 2017 which means offenders can now be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly income.

The system rates the severity of the offence based on speed limit.


From the Bournemouth Echo on 19th January 2018