Gloucester City Centre Community
PS El Lakin
Your nearest police station is Gloucester City Station
Gloucester City Police Station, Longsmith Street, Bearland, Gloucester GL1 2JP
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- Area:Gloucester City Centre
- Priority:Begging in the City of Gloucester
- Police and members of the community have again identified that there has been an increase in the number of persons begging in the City of Gloucester. This is not something that visitors to the area should have to put up with. This may be down to the current climate; however this is not an excuse as no-one expects to be approached or asked for money whilst they visit the City.
- Begging is an offence under the vagrancy act and people are urged not to give money to beggars.
- We aim to deter begging in the City of Gloucester by means of frequent patrols in the area by Police & PCSO's .Those caught begging will be warned and will be given advice regarding support agencies . If they commit further offences they may be liable to prosecution under the vagrancy act.
- Area:Gloucester City Centre
- Priority:Contravention of traffic signs within the City of Gloucester
- A number of locations within the City of Gloucester have been identified as being areas where motorist have been seen to contravene the local traffic regulations which are in force (i.e. Driving where prohibited from doing so)
- Due to the serious nature of the offences being committed and the safety implications to the offending drivers, pedestrians and other road users we aim to continue to monitor these areas and deal robustly with any drivers who flout the Traffic regulations and commit these offences.
Meet the team
Steve Crown Community Beat Officer
Street stencils to get people off their bikes in Gloucester and Kingsholm pedestrian areas
June 19 2014
Cyclists who keep their heads down and ignore the danger to pedestrians in Gloucester city centre will shortly have no excuse to carry on.
From today they’ll be greeted by street art urging them to get off their bikes. The idea is the brainchild of Gloucester City Police Community Engagement Team but has been made a reality by students from Gloucestershire College, Gloucester campus, who came up with the artwork.
The ‘no cycling’ warnings have now been stencilled on the gate streets around Gloucester and Kingsholm to highlight that cycling in these areas at busy times where injury is possible is not acceptable.
PC Mark Evans said: “Cycling in the city during the day and through small alleyways around Kingsholm has been repeatedly identified as a concern at various community events and it was decided that something needed to be looked at to assist in alleviating the issue.
“Ben Heyward, who is a student on the Higher National Diploma Graphic Design course at Gloucester College, was asked to look at designing a stencil that was different, eye-catching and way of drawing attention.
“His design is fantastic and should reach cyclists in a way signs at street level won’t.
"This initiative is great and shows how we are working with young people in the community.
"It also shows what young people have to offer and what we are doing to make the city and Kingsholm a safer and a more pleasant place to live, visit and work.
"We encourage people to cycle in the Gloucester area, but to do that in a responsible manner that doesn't cause problems or offence to others. We also retain the right to issue fines where cyclists ignore our warnings.”
Lock it or Lose it
Lock it or Lose it...
A few tips to improve your home security:
- It only takes a minute to lock your doors and windows to secure your home.
- It only takes a minute to hide valuables out of view.
- It only takes a minute for a burglar to enter your property and steal valuable belongings if your doors or windows are unlocked.
- You should keep doors and windows locked, even when you are in the house and when you get home. Try to change your habit if you don’t lock your door behind you.
- Door chimes and burglar alarms will deter a burglar from entering your property.
- Being a victim of sneak-in burglary can have both emotional and financial effects. High value goods are costly to replace if stolen, and items such as phones and cameras often hold information with sentimental value such as photos, which cannot be replaced.
- Many insurance companies will not pay out if your home has been burgled while insecure.
- Keep doors and windows locked when in the garden having BBQs, gardening, hanging out the washing, etc.
- Don’t leave garden tools or furniture outside, as they can be used by burglars to enter your property.
- Dispose of packaging for expensive items properly; don’t advertise
what is in your house.
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"Lock it or Lose it" Message from Gloucester Police
May 15 2014
"Lock it or Lose it" is the message from police in Gloucester after figures showed 36% of homes burgled in April were left insecure.
Of the 76 house breaks last month, 27 were vulnerable to attack because of unlocked doors and other security flaws.
Officers in the city are giving residents crime reduction advice as part of the "Lock it" campaign and hope people will take their home security more seriously as a result.
Sergeant El Lakin said: "The problem has obviously been widespread and has meant opportunist burglars, who have become very wise to it, have simply been trying doors in a number of areas across the city until they come across an insecure door.
"Many of the burglars have got in through unlocked front doors when occupants have been in bed asleep.
"The impact can be devastating and cause huge disruption to people's lives. Insecure doors can also of course void your home insurance.
"We have been working hard to catch offenders - and have made three arrests in recent weeks - but we need people in the community to help themselves.
"The community teams really wish to get the message out to all residents to ‘LOCK IT’ - we need their help to make sure they routinely check doors and windows when leaving their homes and add it to their bedtime routine. We cannot urge you more to take these simple steps to keep homes safe and secure."
Officers will be posting advice on the Twitter hashtag #gloslockit and people are encouraged to look at the crime reduction guidance on special leaflets being distributed across the city.
More advice can be found at the crime reduction pages of www.gloucestershire.police.uk.
Crime Prevention Advice for St Oswald’s Village
On the 8th April PCSO Steph Mason and PCSO Emma Birch attended St Oswald’s Village to meet with the local residents.
This visit is the first of many that has been set up between the village and local officers.
The residents were happy to see local officers and spoke to them about crime prevention advice over a cup of tea.
It was also a chance for the local officers to meet the latest residents to stay at the village, some two week old baby chicks that residents have watched hatching and are now helping to be raise them.
St. Peter's Catholic Primary School Safer Internet Talk
PSCO Mason and PCSO Birch attended St. Peter's Catholic Primary School Horton Road on 11th of February.
Nationally it was 'Safer Internet Day' and the Officers spoke to year 5 & 6 pupils about keeping safe on the internet, covering issues about using social network sites and the dangers of talking to strangers online and sharing personal information and photo's of themselves to be viewed.
This was followed by a short film of a 10 year old open to the dangers of social network sites.
Multi Agency Working
The Gloucester Community team has over the last few months been working hard with a number of other agencies to address anti social behaviour which has been taking place at a number of locations / properties within the City Centre.
Police in conjunction with Project Solace, social Services and environmental health have undertaken a number of meetings with the management team of one of these properties, this has resulted in a number of residents being required to move from the property in the near future and find alternative accommodation elsewhere.
We will continue to work closely with our partner agencies and with social and private landlords to address any anti social behaviour taking place with in the City.
Gloucester City Police targeting aggressive begging
The city centre has recently seen an increase of men aggressively begging and there have been examples of some asking for £10 to get a bed for a night in a hostel – and yet the local hostels do not charge for overnight accommodation.
The local policing team is tackling the issue by working to prevent offending by offering support to those who want it but arresting repeat offenders.
When people are found to be committing offences local officers have been first giving the individuals a verbal warning. The warning is followed up with a letter outlining the offences and providing a list of the help and support agencies that are available within the city. If they continue to offend then they risk being arrested and put before the courts.
Since October 2013 a number of people have been warned about the offence of begging and have stopped. Unfortunately a small minority of persons have been reported and summoned to court for continuing to beg within the City centre after receiving a warning about their behaviour and the offences they were committing. On each occasion the offenders decided to ignore the warnings given to them by Police and Community support officers and continued to beg within the City. This resulted in a number of court appearances and hefty fines being issued.
PC Steve Crown from the local policing team said: “Police are actively dealing with a number of known beggars within Gloucester City Centre offering help and support to those who want it, but we will deal robustly with those who refuse to engage with support agencies and continue to beg.”
Gloucestershire Police are also urging people who want to give some money to those less fortunate than themselves to give it to charity rather than to individuals who approach them on the streets.
“We are not asking people to be mean, if you give money to a homeless charity then it will be spent in a much more effective way,” added PC Crown.
“Unfortunately the money given directly to beggars can be used to fuel alcohol or substance dependency, so by giving them money directly you are not helping them to get a better way of life.
“The majority of people on the street do not choose to be there, but once they are there it can be a very difficult habit to break but there are local charities that do a great job helping the homeless get back on their feet and if you want to help they will ensure your money is put to good use.”
Police in the city centre are also asking shoppers to report any incidents of being approached and asked for money by calling 101 or emailing the local policing team via email@example.com
Keeping your bicycle safe & secure
Over the past 12 months a number of bikes have been stolen from unsecured sheds, bike racks and from outside of a number of premises.
We are working with various agencies and businesses to assist with keeping bicycles secure; however please help us to keep your bicycles safe and out of the hands of thieves.
For advice and information and to learn more on how to register you bike with @bikeregister, please click on this link Bike Register You can also read more about protecting your bicycle by visiting our special bike advice page
To help people secure their bicycle, in a bid to reduce the number of bikes that have been stolen across the City, Gloucester Police are selling bicycle alarm D locks from the Gloucester Police main reception at Bearlands on Longsmith Street. These cost £10 and are an extremely effective lock for deterring bike thieves as they emit a high pitched alarm when tampered with. There is also another variation available which is not alarmed at a cost of £15.
If you want to read more about protecting your bicycle visit our special bike advice page
In response to a number of serious incidents that have occurred over the last few months, in and around Gloucester Park. The City centre community team have held meetings with Gloucester City Council, Neighbourhood management teams, Safer Gloucester, GCCCP, and Harm reduction officers to look at ways to make Gloucester park a safe and secure environment. Key to achieving this, is that this is achieved in partnership with the local Community.
The team will be conducting surveys in the area to establish the local concerns and the possibility of establishing a Parkwatch scheme which exist successfully in other parks in other locations.
For information on Paws on patrol, a Safer Gloucester initiative please see:
Police Information Point - Library
Date:12:30PM Monday 11 August 2014 - 12:30PM Monday 15 December 2014
Address: City Library, Brunswick Road
Officers will be at the City Library from 12.30pm till 2.30pm one Monday each month on the following dates:-
Please take time to speak to them in relation to any concerns you may have.
Police Information Point - St Oswalds Village
Date:11:00AM Tuesday 19 August 2014 - 11:00AM Tuesday 27 January 2015
Address: St Oswalds Village Community Centre
Officers will be at St Oswald's Village Community Centre from 11am till 1pm one Tuesday each month on the following dates:-
19th August 2014
16th September 2014
7th October 2014
4th November 2014
16th December 2014
27th January 2015
Please take time to speak to them in relation to any concerns you may have.
Date:12:00AM Monday 13 October 2014
Address: GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester
Postcode: GL1 1DT
Monday 13th October 2014
4pm to 6pm – PCSOs Stevens and Kent will be at GL1 Leisure Centre in the foyer, selling and promoting harm reduction items, to promote Operation Switch
Monday 3rd November 2014
4pm to 6pm – PCSOs Stevens and Harris will be at GL1 Leisure Centre in the foyer, selling and promoting harm reduction items, to promote Operation Switch
Monday 8th December 2014
4pm to 6pm – PCSOs Clay and Mason will be at GL1 Leisure Centre in the foyer, selling and promoting harm reduction items, to promote Operation Switch
Hello Gloucester - van launch
Date:9:00AM Friday 17 October 2014
Address: Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
Postcode: GL1 1NS
A new scheme is coming to Gloucester which will provide more information and better services to residents. Hello Gloucester is a ten-year partnership between Gloucestershire Constabulary, GreenSquare, Gloucester City Council, Gloucester City Homes and Project Solace. Each has committed long-term to sharing resources and joint working in order to get more involved in the community. A bespoke van will be the face of the partnership and will appear across the city staffed by a variety of teams who can give advice to residents on health, housing, events, crime prevention and more.
Members of your local policing team will be at the van launch outside the Guildhall between 9am to 5pm on Friday 17th October.
City community tea - Christmas event
Date:9:00AM Friday 19 December 2014
Address: Kings Square, Gloucester
Friday 19th December 2014
9am to 5pm: City community tea, Christmas event – Kings Square, Gloucester
Please come and meet members of your City community team.
Your nearest police station is Gloucester City Station
Gloucester City Police Station, Longsmith Street, Bearland, Gloucester
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