Police priorities in Rutland are speeding, anti-social behaviour and car crimes
Road safety, speeding and anti-social behaviour have been identified as priorities for police in Rutland in the next three months.
The Safer Rutland Partnership asked residents what their chief concerns were at beat surgeries, community events and through an online survey.
Anti-social behaviour behind on Cutts Close in Oakham and behind the church and in Tod’s Piece in Uppingham were mentioned by several people.
Police have also been contacted about children camping and setting fires on Brooke Hill in Oakham.
John Kennedy, who lives in Braunston Road and walks his three dogs across the Brooke Hill fields said Rutland County Council, Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue had all visited the site and spoken to young people about the danger.
However, he had since then photographed further evidence of fires being set including a burnt clothing alongside an empty vodka bottle and an aerosol.
John added: “The grass in the area is tinder dry and with the heatwave we are expecting this week a carelessly discarded fire could devastate this area of Woodland Trust land that is well used by ramblers and dog walkers.”
Officers will patrol this area, as well as Cutts Close and Tod’s Piece, talking to young people who gather about their behaviour and moving them on if necessary.
A recent increase in the theft of keyless cars prompted the partnership to buy a quantity of pouches which block the signal between the key and the car. These can be picked up from reception at Rutland County Council in Catmose Street, Oakham.
Speed checks have taken place in Glaston, Cottesmore, Edith Weston and Tinwell with other villages to be visited.
To report a non-urgent crime call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
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