Police cuts 14\10\2013 (Support of our local SNT and RPU officers)
For some time we have known of the budget cuts applied to our hard working Police officers and the overriding effect this has on their already
strained ability to undertake the tasks presented to them in every shift. Be under no illusions the financial cuts the police forces of this country are
currently being railroaded into accepting, is already and will continue to affect our Policing standards. If the public were made aware of the current
numbers of police officers being turned out on patrol, in certain areas and at certain times of the day, they would be astonished and frightened. Our
local Police team here in Totton although up against these cuts have managed to maintain a very high standard of community care and response
This in my opinion is down to quite frankly hard work and dedication from these officers, supported by the PCSO team who are equally as
professional in all they do. Obviously no police force is ever going to tell you the true number of officers on patrol because criminals would use it to
their advantage. Given time, what will happen is criminals and troublemakers will slowly become more aware there are much fewer police about
and their response to an incident is much slower. Can we let this happen? In my view we cannot, but how do we get this across to the decision
makers who think up these very silly moves to cut budgets? There are huge savings to be made in other areas without penny pinching our police
budgets, charity begins at home, and home is the UK think about that!
The coming weeks will see a gradual increases in crime in our area I’ll wager, Christmas is coming and that’s a sure fire sign money is needed. I
suspect that there may well be increases in robberies like off-licences, shops and post offices, burglaries in rural areas and thefts of items like
tools, plant, and equipment from construction sites. Be on the lookout, be vigilant, help the Police in any way you can. Anything you do, any
information you pass, and any help you give goes a long way to taking some of the pressure off these over stretched officers. Police forces like
ours here in Totton are being stretched whist their operational resilience is not getting weaker, one fact is for sure it is becoming highly likely that
one day an emergency call will take longer than it should for a response, and be VERY clear it is not their fault.
Another Saturday night shift saw some arrests for various offences relating to public disorder and drunken behaviour. This shift I was teamed with
one of my colleagues on the “meat wagon” aptly called so as this is used to collect offenders and transport them to custody. I do not think anyone
really understands how much work goes into policing behind the scenes. The simplest public order offence requires a protocol to be followed. The
administration and back room work just to create the correct paperwork and presentation for the CPS is quite honestly mind blowing. Once again I
got to see how hard my colleagues work and 2 hour deployment to the custody suite in Lyndhurst was an education most members of the public
never see. Me I am somewhat privileged to be involved with the police and to be taking an active albeit PSV role alongside them. But in my humble
opinion the public should be made aware just how much devotion and hard work goes into protecting the public from crime and actually the
process involved in bringing this to a satisfactory conclusion.
Being a Police volunteer offers a range of opportunities. It can be challenging, exciting, fun and ultimately very rewarding. It also provides a chance
to get actively involved in the local community and to feel a part of your local policing initiative. People often think that the only way to volunteer is to
become a Special Constable. But the physical training and entry requirements involved in that are not for everyone especially when you reach my
age. In fact there are many more ways to assist in crime prevention for example what we have created here with Business Watch.
Each police force has its own set of volunteering opportunities in my case Hampshire Constabulary Business liaison for Totton, and a few times a
month I will accompany our SNT in the role as observer. Many roles that you can undertake will depend on the needs of that particular force and
current projects and initiatives they have in hand. It is sometimes also possible for PSVs to suggest new roles. Getting involved in police work by
working as a station assistant or an office or administration volunteer can be very rewarding. Use your computer skills by watching Police CCTV or
updating websites help process fingerprints or get out into the field assisting the Speed Watch initiatives, or supporting a Neighbourhood police
team is a very rewarding experience.
Roles are many and varied and also include assisting with a video witness scheme, witness support, working on a station front desk and
supporting investigating officers can also be something you will enjoy doing. For me being part of our Police team here in Totton is a very
worthwhile exercise. Volunteers like me can assist with paperwork such as photocopying paper evidence, creating manuals or booking in lost
property. Or develop marketing and communication skills by assisting with promotion. An important area where volunteers are valued is in
assisting with community policing and helping to create closer links between local people and the police just like our Business Watch Totton
scheme. Most recently for us we have taken it upon ourselves to support the Garage Project a youth club in our town that supports younger people
and educates them away from crime.
Unlike Special Constables police volunteers do not have the same powers as the police, but assisting officers in the execution of their duties we
can and it is a vital role. However PSV members are highly valued as important members of the SNT here in Totton who help to combat crime and
make the most of police resources. Forces may have many volunteers like me and it is also possible to ‘rise through the ranks’ and get involved in
volunteer management and strategic planning.
Thinking of joining us? research Police Volunteers online.
Use of Internet technology is one of the key drivers of economic growth, innovation, and information in our 21st century economy. Keeping the
Internet accessible to consumers encourages innovation and investment in our global economy.An affordable internet is vital to millions of UK
consumers and businesses along with schools, collages and peoples homes. Wireless broadband was in its infancy when many of todays collage
students and school pupils were born. Today, millions of UK citizens rely on wireless technology for myriad purposes in their everyday lives, and
it's more important than ever to create a safe and secure service without the constant threats from cyber criminals.
I have a big Internet portfolio it is part of my business, everyday I get scams, phishing emails, hack attempts sounds far fetched not at all! when you
have the number of live websites and linked email accounts I do its not! But why should entrepreneurs such as myself be constantly attacked by
cyber criminals? We do all we can to block cyber attacks and so do most Internet service providers and computer manufacturers. In my never
ending search for news and technology updates I came across 2 very good reports which I post below. We live in a society where opportunist
crimes take place, you would lock your home when you went out so why not lock your computers and mobile devices by what ever means you
can? read on ...
Friday evening and into the early hours of Saturday morning I worked once again alongside my colleagues at Totton Police station. There were a
number of incidents to deal with during our shift a road traffic accident, domestic disputes and a more serious incident relating to threat to life.
Again I saw first-hand the high standard of professionalism displayed by officers based at the Police Station here in Totton.
I was privileged as a Police Volunteer to share and be part of that work and to witness what is actually involved in dealing with offenders and
effectively making an arrest for those offences. Members of the public have very little perception of what is involved in any incident and how much
effort behind the scenes goes into bringing that case to a satisfactory conclusion with the law. Police work is about individual judgments made at
the time based on the information and circumstances to hand. In many cases entering into a difficult and sometimes potential life threatening
scenarios. Yes Police officers are trained well but not for very eventuality that is a fact. Until like me you are part of that policing you will not fully
understand what is undertaken each and every day by not only my colleagues at Totton but all Police forces in the UK today.
I want to bring to your attention the list below if you read it and understand it your views will be somewhat enlightened. This is what our Police
officers work to every day and do their utmost to administer on all our behalf, I dot think it is much to ask to anyone to show respect to these
officers for upholding the laws of our Country. I put emphasis on rule 9 which in the case of Totton as per my previous blog highlights the great job
The Nine Principles of Policing
1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfil their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and
behaviour and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of
the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of
physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion; but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in
complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual
service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good
humour; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an
extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on
any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are
the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the
interests of community welfare and existence.
8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the
judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing
3 / July / 2013
As we continue to develop our watch scheme and as every day passes we gather more support and information to help our initiatives. I had this
email from “A Safer New Forest” and I thought I would share this with you all.
With kind permission from Donna Jones ASNF
Totton crime rate falls as police increase street patrols
Totton residents are being reassured that increased police patrols are helping to reduce the local crime rate.The Safer New Forest Partnership
welcomed the extra presence on the streets and asks local people to contact police if they have any concerns or information about local crime,
particularly criminal damage.Cllr Jill Cleary, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said: "Police have
significantly increased patrols in the Totton area. We hope this will deter anyone thinking of committing criminal damage. Officers are out and
about and will catch and convict those involved in criminal activity.”Local police officers are being supported by other teams within the force to carry
out the extra patrols. New Forest Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson said: "There is an on-going investigation into the crimes that have already
happened in Totton and we are following up on a number of leads."In comparison to May 2012, the criminal damage rate in the Totton area has
reduced significantly. For the three months from February there was an 11 per cent reduction compared to the same period in 2012."Anybody with
information about local crime or concerns about what is going on in their neighbourhood can visit the Totton police station or call 101 (999 in an
emergency).Residents are reminded that Totton also benefits from monitored CCTV and New Forest District Council and the police work closely
This is just one example of how everyone working together we can enforce our motto “ Making Totton a hostile place for criminals to operate”
While many are fearful of the Police and show very little respect when you are involved as I am with both them and our community you see first
hand how valuable our local team is to us all. Totton is a great Town now it has grown in the 30 years I have lived here. The diversity of people, the
growth of industry and the expansion of housing makes Totton a target for criminals. But working in harmony with us at Business Watch Totton our
colleagues at NFDC and most importantly our ever present hard working and some times taken for granted Police Team rest assured we will beat
21 / Jun / 2013 - Potential Cyber Crime Breaking News
Business Watch Totton has learned that Yahoo is about to give away inactive email addresses. Why on earth would they want to do this? The
company said it would be freeing up Yahoo IDs (and email addresses) that have been inactive for at least a year, and resetting them. The move
has been called "Diabolical," "Insane," and "Stupid," to name a few adjectives and these are coming from well respected security experts. It's not
exactly the kind of thing you want to hear if you used to use a Yahoo email address, but haven't touched it lately. The idea is that people who
actually want Yahoo IDs/email addresses will be able to get more desirable addresses as if it was still the 90s. You could get something like
David@yahoo.com instead of David12345@yahoo.com, to use a similar example when Yahoo gave in the announcement.
"A Yahoo! ID is not only your email address, it also gives you access to content tailored to your interests - like sports, news, weather in your town
and anything that matters to you, it actually identifies you Yahoo has been heard to quote. Starting in mid-July, anyone can "have a try" at obtaining
the personal Yahoo email address and ID they've always wanted. It will take time to administer for sure; the logistics of this must be enormous so
there will be a delay for sure. In mid-August, those who tried to get one will be able to find out if they got what they wanted. Those who wish to keep
their current ID/address simply need to log in before July 15th 2013. So we at Business Watch Totton suggest you log on before 15\07\2013 to
keep your Yahoo account live. Because the nature of Yahoo data security and constant hacking we strongly suggest you change your passwords
at least every 60 days if you hold Yahoo emails or IDs.
Since Yahoo's announcement, a large number of people, including many worldwide security experts, business people and the general public have
expressed concerns about the security ramifications of what Yahoo is doing. That's where those words like "diabolical," "Insane," and "stupidity"
come in. "It means that people will be able to claim Yahoo IDs and use them to take over other people's identities via password resets and other
methods. For example someone who uses a Yahoo email address solely as a backup for Gmail,Hotmail, and Aol etc but haven't logged into it for a
long time, would be extremely vulnerable to having that address taken over by a malicious individual who only wanted to ultimately get into the
active Gmail address cyber crime waiting to happen. You can see a chain of events developing here that could lead to taking over online banking
accounts, social media accounts and all associated on line activities. Cyber crime waiting to happen and all supported by a huge global company.
This is a very worrying move by Yahoo to justify the risk to the public, and the overall benefit would be hard to quantify.
Equally it would not be hard to discover some of these inactive addresses, “You could, for example, find a dormant Flicker account which
previously required a Yahoo email address." So, think about this scenario- many years ago you created yourself a Yahoo address but you
subsequently decided to use Gmail or Hotmail instead, but maybe - prior to that - you registered some of your third-party web accounts using your
Yahoo address. "What happens when you forget your password? and you ask the site to send your registered email address a password
reset/reminder? Potentially it could fall into the wrong hands in our opinion Yahoo are playing right into the hands of cyber criminals. Also, what if
people have kept their old email address as an archive? They may not have needed it in the last year, but who's to say that they might not want to
access some of its content (emails and photos from since-deceased relatives and the like) in the future?"Yahoo is forcing anyone who doesn't
want their Yahoo ID to expire to log into their account before July 15th (if they haven't checked in for a year). Of course, many people will ultimately
never realise that the clock is ticking and that they could be about to lose control of their Yahoo ID. Potential disaster yet again with Yahoo email
accounts, as one who has been hacked and had his life messed with, I see huge issues with this idea far beyond an individual’s ultimate email
address. I hope this blog enlightens you to something you know nothing about because this is what Business Watch Totton is trying to achieve.
Passing on important information and advice before the event.
15 / Jun / 2013
With fuel theft on the increase in the current economic climate, burglary and e-crime, an ever-present nuisance, it’s good to know that we have set
up a new watch scheme here in Totton. “Business Watch Totton” has been set up to assist our Police team. For a number of years Totton had its
own closed-circuit television system monitoring the streets, which continues successfully to prevent major incidents. Now comes my news of a
fresh local business owners and local police initiative in Totton which will add to the portfolio of crime prevention. Complacency is often described
as the enemy of security and the best crime prevention measure is to raise awareness of the potential for criminal activity to exist. That’s what
‘Business Watch Totton’ is designed to do whilst also promoting business community spirit.
An initiative of this type can lead to preventing problems at source, building better mutual relationships between businesses, and most importantly
encouraging partnership working. “It is not necessarily about responding to a specific problem, but more about building on and promoting the idea
of crime prevention and security. “Our scheme works under the principle of ‘the more you put into it, the more you can get out of it‘. Most people
only consider security after they become a victim of business crime and that is a sad fact. However, what if you could prevent your business
becoming a target? Makes a great deal of logical sense to us. “Vigilance is key and Totton businesses will be expected to watch out for each other,
and to report suspicious incidents to the police or to Business Watch Totton. Signage will be erected to highlight to everyone that the town is a safe
place which considers business security to be a priority “Business Watch Totton making Totton a hostile place for criminals to operate” says it all.
“Business Watch Totton is a very worthwhile scheme, which will in no doubt be proved fruitful and beneficial to businesses in the town. Totton its
self has an excellent reputation for security thanks to our ever present local Police Team, and this type of initiative can only strengthen it. Anyone
with a business large or small can join and it is 100% free, from a one man band to a multinational you are welcome to join us.