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Neighbourhood Alert Reports

These reports are as received from the Police Cooordinator, and not edited by me
November 8, 2019


A burglary has occurred at a property on Wharncliffe Road iin Highcliffe over the last few days, the offenders gained entry by smashing patio doors at the rear of the property.
A television was stolen but at this stage we are unable to confirm if anything else was taken

Police are also reminding residents to ensure that their property is secure, please ensure that where possible you secure any access to the rear of your property , also check lighting and alarms are in working order
Follow this link to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number I06:185. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Message Sent By
Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, West Christchurch)

Last Chance To Have Your Say on Action Fraud

This week is the last chance for Dorset residents to respond to a survey on the Action Fraud system.

The survey - which can be accessed below - closes this week. It is an opportunity for any Dorset residents who have used the national fraud reporting service to give their views to Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, who will be lobbying the next government for improvements to the service.


Read Martyn Underhill's comments below on why he is carrying out this survey.

I was extremely concerned to read reports in the media about Action Fraud.

Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud reporting service, overseen by the City of London Police, and victims of fraud across the country are told to log their cases with this service.

An undercover investigation by The Times recently found evidence that call handlers working for the organisation were trained to mislead victims of fraud into thinking their cases would be investigated when they knew most would never be looked at again.

Worse, some managers were reported to have privately mocked people who lost money to fraudsters, calling them ‘morons’ and ‘screwballs’.

This was incredibly distressing, both to me, and to the many dedicated officers and staff in Dorset Police who work hard to combat this ever-growing problem.

However, it is far from the first complaint I’ve heard about them. As the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) former lead for fraud, I listened to many heartbreaking stories from people who had lost tens of thousands of pounds – their life savings – only to feel ignored by Action Fraud, while officers working in this area expressed their own frustrations.

Clearly, there’s something going badly wrong in the running of this organisation, and to my mind there has been for a long time.

Now, I plan to do something about it by lobbying the next government for urgent improvements – and I want your help in doing this by responding to my survey, here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5ZTM6RL

I want to find out about Dorset residents’ experiences of Action Fraud, whether they were satisfied with the outcome and the service they received, and if not I want them to tell me what went wrong and what could have been done better.

This will give me a dossier of evidence I can take to ministers calling for improvements, rather than relying on anecdotal accounts.

It’s vitally important we get this right. Nationally, fraud is a problem of epidemic proportions, accounting for more than a third of all crime across England and Wales last year.

The service itself is overseen by the City Of London Police, but most of the call handling is outsourced to a private company called Concentrix.

They conducted their own investigation following The Times’ report, and some staff members were suspended, but serious questions need to be asked about them – including whether an American company should even have been involved in this work at all.

Ultimately, like many aspects of policing, it comes down to funding. With fraud being such a huge and rapidly growing area, should the Home Office be putting more resources into the national response and keeping a closer eye on how it’s managed?

These are all questions that need looking at, but first I need your help in responding to my survey.
Remember, this isn’t about complaining to Dorset Police or getting your case investigated – I can’t do either of those things in this space. What I can do is listen and take this to the government so I can tell ministers: “This is how many members of the public in Dorset feel let down by Action Fraud, what are you going to do about it?”

I need to know what experiences you’ve had, both good and bad, so I can lobby the government and try to make this better for everyone.

Again, please access the survey here - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5ZTM6RL

Martyn Underhill
Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset

Message Sent By
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

November 1, 2019

Hang Up on Brexit Fraudsters

Hang up on fraudsters -
Don’t get caught out by Brexit scammers: If someone unexpectedly phones you claiming to be from a ‘Brexit team’, before asking for bank details to arrange advance payments for medications or other items, don’t be fooled. Hang up and make enquiries in your own time to check they are who they say.

Please report any suspicious incidents online here www.dorset.police.uk
via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk,
or by calling 101.

Message Sent By
Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)

October 18, 2019

Dorset Police Recruiting 50 New Police Officers

Dorset Police to receive an extra 50 officers in year one of Operation Uplift programme

It has been announced that the recruitment target for Dorset Police is 50 new officers as part of year one in the 6,000 national Operation Uplift scheme.
This figure will be in addition to the existing planned recruitment for officers that Dorset Police already had in place.
On Tuesday 8 October 2019 the National Policing Board announced how year one of the Government’s officer uplift programme would be allocated across all of the forces in England and Wales.
The uplift numbers for both year two and year three of the scheme are yet to be confirmed.
Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “This is a good start and it will bring a welcome relief to our stretched workforce.
“These much needed extra officers are great news for the communities that we serve in Dorset. I would like to reassure them that the new officers will be carefully invested for maximum effect and we have already developed firm plans to recruit these officers.
“The extra officers will assist the Force in moving from good to outstanding in the way we deliver services.”
For anyone that would be interested in a career in the Dorset Police family please visit www.dorset.police.uk/recruitment/.

Message Sent By
Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)

Opportunity To Share Your Views on Policing In Dorset

A unique chance to share your views on policing in Dorset

Dorset Police has launched ‘Your Dorset. Your Police. Your View.’ – a new way to make your views heard to help shape the county’s policing in the future.

On 14 October 2019, Dorset Police launched an online priority setter to give the public the opportunity to put themselves in the Chief Constable’s shoes and decide what is most important to them.

Through a simple slider tool people will be able to make decisions about the resourcing of police priorities in Dorset. The aim is to increase people’s knowledge of the complexity of the work carried out by Dorset Police. The slider will show the potential impact that increasing (or decreasing) resources in any one area could have on the service provided across Dorset.

This information will help to inform the Chief Constable in shaping how the Force allocates its resources in the future.

‘Your Dorset. Your Police. Your View’ will be separated into two stages over the next four months. Each stage will allow Dorset residents to consider on two separate themes that are key to how the county is policed.

Activities during each stage will provide in-depth information about key themes. This will give the public a better understanding to accurately share their views about what is most important to them, and how the police should be approaching challenges in that area.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “The last few years have seen an unprecedented scale of change in policing. Every police force has needed to make large financial savings, while modernising and continuing to deliver essential policing services.

“Four years ago we asked the public for their views on our priorities. The findings from that piece of work have helped to shape the Force we are today.

“Through ‘Your Dorset. Your Police. Your View’ we are once again giving you the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and complexities of modern policing. We also want to know what is most important to you - so you can tell us how Dorset Police can continue to best meet your needs, and keep you safe in the future.

“I would urge everyone who lives, works or visits Dorset to take a look at the website and to take part.

To cast your decisions go to https://dp.budgetsimulator.com/

Message Sent By
Adrian Lowes (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Assistant, Dorset)


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