POLICE COLUMN: Andy Browning

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As many of us have sent off another year in style and look forward to the 12 months ahead (it’s gone quickly, I know) I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the year gone by.

Last year was a challenging year for policing in Eastwood and Kimberley. Theft has continued to be an issue for the community – particularly burglary and vehicle crime although you might remember the robbery of a £250,000 diamond ring and a family pet dog were among the bigger stories that hit the headlines.

We have done a lot of work to target offenders and have made good progress in reducing these incidents but we can’t afford to rest on our laurels. This coming year our resolution is to engage further with residents and help improve security in their homes and vehicles.

We will also continue with our efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour, which has reduced. Clearly some of the anti-social behaviour orders put in place, in partnership with the local authorities, are having the desired effect.

So what are your resolutions? Forget about the ones you will have broken before the week is out, and make keeping your home and vehicle secure your priority this winter. Wouldn’t it be great if your neighbourhood was crime free this year? Make sure you are vigilant and keep your valuables out of sight.

Did you know that leaving something as simple as a coat or a lunch box on a back seat of your car is temptation enough for thieves to break in? They don’t know all you have in your pockets is an old snotty tissue and what’s left in your lunchbox is crumbs. Don’t become the next victim of opportunist criminals in 2014.

With Christmas bringing many of us new smartphones, make the first thing you do with it to register your IMEI on www.immobilise.com. Same goes for all your new stuff. If you register it on this site and it is subsequently lost or stolen you stand a better chance of getting it back.

On a positive note, I would like to thank all of those who reported crime in our community this year and have helped to make Broxtowe a safer place to live.

I would like to wish you all the best for the New Year.