BEAT SPEAK: Anti-social issues on the rise

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School’s out and the local children certainly seem to be enjoying their time off and the glorious weather we have been experiencing across the area recently, writes Chief Supt Paul Winter.

The majority of the young people in our communities don’t cause any problems and it’s a pleasure to see them enjoying their well-deserved summer break.

There are a select few, however, that seem to be the cause of an increase in complaints about anti-social behaviour in the Mansfield and Ashfield areas.

Anti-social behaviour can be extremely distressing for those who experience it and we prioritise each call based on the level of risk and we are committed to tackling the issue.

I would also remind residents, however, that young people walking through their street or standing outside shop entrances are not committing a crime.

As a police force, we receive a high number of calls from a range of vulnerable victims, so I would urge callers to consider if a person is actually doing something wrong before calling us.

For further information about anti-social behaviour issues, visit our website at www.nottinghamshire.police.uk.

After the incessant rain we endured over the last couple of months, it’s nice to finally see the sun shining at long last. But, along with the sunshine unfortunately comes an increased risk of becoming a victim of burglary.

We are much more likely to leave doors and windows ajar when the hot weather hits and I would urge residents not to let their guard down. Ensure your homes and sheds are secure at all times, even when you are in the back garden or upstairs carrying out chores.

Operation Nisus continues to run in Nottinghamshire, which aims to reduce crashes on our county’s roads.

Our officers are determined to stamp out the ‘fatal four’ offences: drink/drug driving, speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.

By identifying those who are committing these offences, it is our hope that we can get to them and educate them before they are involved in a serious, or fatal, crash.

This will not only ensure their safety, but will make the roads safer for all drivers and pedestrians.

Anyone who would like further information about any of the issues I’ve mentioned above, including crime prevention advice, should call us on 101 and ask to speak to their local beat team.