It really is a privilege to be able to talk to you all again. The optimism that is out there as we move out of lockdown is so encouraging, and it’s great to see people in our town centres again. Last week officers conducted an operation targeting shoplifting, sending a clear message to anyone intent on benefiting from shops being open through crime. Over 40 searches were conducted and a total of 30 arrests for a variety of offences within the town centre. Shoplifting is not a victimless crime and is often linked to drugs and organised crime.
Next week we will also see an operation to target street robbery and drugs supply in and around the town. As part of this operation, officers will also be stopping people using e-scooters. These scooters are often used in crime or subject to being stolen. I understand the benefit to the environment of electric scooters as an alternative to use of a car, however, you cannot use an electric scooter on pavements in England. You must also have insurance to use the scooter on a road because it’s an electric vehicle and treated like a car or motorbike in law. This is often confusing for people but please don’t get caught out. People can face fines and loss of their scooters if they break the law in use of them.
So now to the great news. We are moving rapidly out of lockdown and the 17th May will see even more restrictions lifted. Let’s stick to the rules so the planned dates happen. Policing wise, we have planned for all of this, so rest assured police will be alongside you as shops, bars and restaurants open again. Stay safe and here’s to a great summer.
Chief Inspector 240237
Neighbourhoods and Partnership
South Area Basic Command Unit