This month’s Beat Speak column about community policing in our area

Insp Charles Jardine
Insp Charles Jardine

Christmas may be long forgotten, but don’t be surprised if you are still hearing bells in the air.

That’s us busily fastening jingling alarms to people’s handbags free-of-charge, following a number of shoppers falling foul of bag snatchers in the Giltbrook and Eastwood South areas.

These quirky but effective contraptions link your bag to your clothing so that if someone tries to snatch your bag the bells sound.

We have also been supplying free shed alarms to victims of theft and burglary. Be vigilant against this, often opportunistic, type of crime.

Many people are diligent with the security of their homes but then forget about the property of value in their outbuildings. Tools, gardening equipment and bicycles are all hot property for thieves wanting to make a quick quid.

n We’ve made some key arrests over the last few weeks, sending a clear message to criminals who offend on our patch that we will catch up with you.

Two Sneinton men were arrested in connection with the theft of diesel from the fuel tank of a HGV, which was parked up on the A610, near Nuthall Island on Wednesday February 15.

We also arrested a Mansfield man on Tuesday February 28 thanks to information from a member of the public.

The 26-year-old was arrested for handling stolen goods following the seizure of a quantity of suspected tobacco from the rear of his car. The tobacco is believed to have been stolen from a Nuthall convenience store.

The man has been bailed and further investigations are being carried out with the help of Customs and Excise.

And a 28-year-old man from Derby was arrested for the burglary of a house in Eastwood.

The incident happened on Wednesday February 22 when an intruder forced the rear door and stole electrical items from within. The arrested man has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

n Two of my officers showed their commitment to the cause on Thursday March 1 when, off-duty and on their way home from work, saw a suspicious vehicle.

Following a conversation with the occupants they called in their on-duty colleagues and the car was seized.

The 20-year-old female motorist was reported for summons for driving a vehicle without a valid driving licence or insurance.

This is a great example of how being a police officer is not just an occupation for most of us, it’s a way of life.

n I’d also like to commend the staff at Eastwood Youth Centre, in Mansfield Road, for their efforts to provide after-school, weekend and holiday activities for our young residents. The centre is attracting more than 90 young people to facilities during the week. It’s encouraging to hear about kids playing rather than playing up.

n Be aware that we are continuing to run speed camera operations throughout March in Kimberley, Nuthall and Brinsley. Stick to the speed limit and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

n We recently asked the public to help direct our policing efforts by completing an online Neighbourhood Policing Survey.

This can influence our work for the next three months and help us tackle any specific issues or concerns.

Visit www.neighbourhoodprioritysurvey.co.uk and get typing.

Eastwood Insp Charles Jardine