All our priorities include a partnership approach to problem solving and are as follows:
Tackling so called 'street culture' – including ASB, drug use and drug supply
Reducing commercial and residential Burglary
Reducing crime and ASB
Reducing serious and violent Crime – in particular in the night time economy
Addressing vulnerability in the night time economy
Anti-social behaviour is an issue in your area
As the covid restrictions have lifted further and more people are out and about, reports of ASB have risen. We have a full patrol plan in place for this and have recently focused our resources on areas identified as hot spots such as Fargate, High Street and Arundel Gate.
Across the course of the year, we have run a number of days of action 'Operation Sidewinder' where we have used a drugs dog and a high visibility approach to tackle ASB, drug supply and drug use. A number of key arrests have been made for a variety of offences, controlled drugs seized and convictions secured.
This proactive work will continue with further days of action planned in aside from our daily targeted patrols of hotspot areas.
Commercial burglaries are a concern to you.
Throughout lockdown, we worked hard with businesses to ensure their premises were kept secure from thieves. As lockdown then lifted, commercial burglaries increased and the team proactively patrolled hotspot locations, giving target hardening advice to businesses and disrupting potential offenders.
Between May and October 2021, a number of offenders have been arrested and charged with both commercial burglary and shoplifting offences. A number of them are now serving prison sentences and have been taken out of the equation due to our perseverance in detecting this crime type. We will continue to be proactive in respect of this issue.
Inspector Alison Bywater frequently holds online Q&A sessions on the team's social media channels and also attends a variety of different forums within the business community.
City Centre Team PCSOs regularly hold Pop Up Police Stations across the City Centre, Kelham Island and Highfield - they offer support and reassurance to Communities as well as crime prevention advice.
The team are keen to continue to speak to the communities in the areas they cover so if you have any suggestions of meetings they could attend, or want to reach out to the team, please get in touch with us.