Operation Sceptre runs until this Sunday (19 November). As part of the national week of action to tackle knives and knife crime, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary has installed surrender bins in Eastleigh and Hedge End.
These surrender bins are available to the public throughout the week for the disposal of knives and offensive weapons. Here's where to find your local one;
- Hedge End Police Station – Monday to Friday during office hours
- Eastleigh Neighbourhood Police Office, Hathaway Close. Please ring the bell during office hours and an officer will be available to receive knives and weapons throughout Op Sceptre.
Message from Donna Jones - Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
This survey is to gather your views on whether there should be an increase in the level of council tax which you pay in support of policing, to ensure continued investment in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary.
Inflation pressures remain higher than the government target. The biggest pressures on police budgets are police officer and staff wage increase and the cost of items such as fuel and the purchase of police cars and uniforms. These items have increased the costs of running the police force over the last 12 months.
For the last financial year, the increase in council tax funded the recruitment of 50 more police officers to keep communities safe, in addition to the 600 new officers pledged when I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021. In total, that’s 650 extra police officers; the force’s biggest ever recruitment drive.
Increasing the number of police on your streets has always been my number one priority in my Police and Crime Plan.
To further increase police visibility, 10 more police stations will open over the next 18 months meaning there will be a police station with a public front counter in every district. As Police Commissioner, I know you want to see more officers in your communities and you want stations to be open to report crimes. I set money aside in the 2023-24 budget to achieve this.
This year, the government announced a 7% pay rise for police officers and the same for police staff. Whilst the government has provided additional funding to assist with some of the cost of the pay award, there has been no additional government support for the high inflation increases on non-pay expenditure which we must take into account.
The Chief Constable’s sharp focus on providing excellent neighbourhood policing and my commitment for all communities to have named ‘Local Bobbies’ by December 2023 is setting the force up to tackle community priorities and ensure officers are seen on your streets more than ever before. This is a trajectory we want to stay on.
How much you want to contribute to policing for the next financial year helps me ensure the force delivers the service you expect. Your views on where you want your money to go and which crimes matter to you the most is vital. That’s why it’s so important that you complete this short survey and have your say.
The survey is open for five weeks in order to hear from as many people as possible.
Contributions are based on a band D property, which means you will pay less if your property is a band A-C and more if it is a band E-H.
If you are not sure which council tax band your property is in, you can check at www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands
The survey will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 10 December 2023.
Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback.
Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones
Link to survey: Precept 2024/25: HIOW OPCC (alchemer.eu)
Below is a link to some very useful information on how to protect your vehicle from keyless (relay) car thieves.
Some of the key points are also listed below. Please take a moment to read and share with family, friends and colleagues.
Following these simple steps could help prevent your vehicle from ending up in the wrong hands;
- Additional physical security can help to prevent your vehicle being driven away even if a thief gains entry.
- There's a range of security rated products tested by Sold Secure that can help, such as steering wheel locks, pedal boxes and gear stick locks.
- Some of these products, tested to Sold Secure Diamond, can even resist a small hand-held angle grinder.
- When at home keep your car key (and the spare) well away from the car.
- Always speak directly with the vehicle manufacturer when acquiring spare keys.
- Put the keys in a screened or signal-blocking pouch, such as a Faraday Bag and check if the bag or pouch is still working every few months.
- Re-programme your keys if you buy a second hand car.
- Turn off wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used.
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
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