‘Help us to help you’ – that’s the plea from New Forest police who are cracking down on antisocial behaviour and crime that goes unreported.
Safer New Forest is backing the call which reminds residents with neighbourhood concerns to report it to the police.
It follows a number of incidents in which local people have become the victims of damage to their cars or homes but not contacted the authorities.
Hythe and Dibden community safety officer, and former policeman, Norman Bareham highlighted the communication problem that can exist after he reported two car break-ins in his community newsletter.
“I was distributing letters to homes in the streets where the break-ins had taken place when I was approached by local residents who told me that similar things had happened to their vehicles. ‘Did you report it to the police?’ I always ask. ‘No, there didn’t seem any point,’ they said.
“Well, if you don’t tell the police (or community safety patrol officers) these things are happening – we cannot do anything about it,” said Norman.
The New Forest Safer Neighbourhood police teams encourage people to report any information about antisocial behaviour or local crime by dialling the police direct on 101 for non emergency problems (always dial 999 in an emergency) or by contacting your local beat officers on their patrols or at street meets.
“We want to reassure the community that we will deal with these reports when information is provided. But without your help in the first instance, we can’t know everything that is going on in your community,” said New Forest East Inspector Alex Reading.
“The New Forest is one of the safest places in Britain to live, with a low level of crime, and we want everybody to help us keep it that way.”
Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for housing and communities, said: “Antisocial behaviour and criminal damage creates a great deal of distress to the victims.
“I would appeal to the public not to turn a blind eye to crime and antisocial behaviour in your community, report those involved to help your area become a nicer place to live.”