2016 was a very good year in which we have worked effectively with our partners to improve the quality of life for people in our communities.
The Community Impact Team, based at Scarborough Borough Council offices, is an innovative example of that and is leading the way in the county. In 2017 we will continue to develop this model.
We will also continue to address cross-border criminality. The level of proactive policing – where neighbourhood teams have been working in tandem with the Road Crime Team, Roads Policing Group and the new Rural Taskforce – will increase further still. We will be using our sophisticated network of fixed and mobile Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, as well as sharing intelligence with neighbouring forces and the valuable information provided by volunteer Watch schemes, to actively target known and suspected offenders.
There are two New Year resolutions that I urge everybody in our area to consider this year.
The first is to support North Yorkshire Police’s on-going ‘call it in’ campaign. If you see someone or something suspicious in your community, report the information to the police by calling 101. This type of information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is absolutely crucial to effective policing. So please don’t hesitate – ‘call it in’.
The second resolution is a good old-fashioned crime prevention tip that has stood the test of time – please make sure you lock your doors and windows on your property and vehicles.
I know this advice may sound simplistic, but you would be amazed how many times people forget this simple crime prevention advice. This will remove obvious temptations away from opportunistic offenders.
By working together and being more vigilant in our communities and at home, let’s make 2017 a safe and secure one. Best wishes to you all.
Supt Alisdair Dey,
Scarborough and Ryedale,