Purbeck South

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Welcome to the Purbeck South Neighbourhood Policing Team.  We are at the peninsula end of the Isle of Purbeck, the gateway to the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast.  We cover a large area from Corfe Castle, Studland, Swanage, Langton Matravers and all the villages and hamlets in between. Policing is varied across our section, with seasonal fluctuations in population bringing a diverse range of both emergency and non-emergency work. We are based within Swanage Town Hall and comprise of Sgt Paul Upshall, PC Simon Colvin, PCSO Chris Rosenberg and PCSO Karl Snooks.

Local priorities

 Current priorities: January 2019.

1. There has been an increase in reports of ASB and damage to the skate park in Victoria Avenue and surrounding areas.  

Anti-social behaviour is taken extremely seriously and subsequently we are making this the priority for the Swanage section.  Each reported crime is thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure any investigation opportunities are not missed.  Officers will be liaising with partner agencies and local schools to identify suspected offenders where appropriate.  Furthermore our resources are being utilised in order to conduct extra patrols around the location.  When on patrol we will be speaking to members of the public to provide reassurance and gain more intelligence about those responsible.  Those who are identified as causing any problems will be dealt with positively.  If you witness any criminal activity, please contact Dorset Police on 999 at the time it is happening.

2. Commercial burglaries are increasing.

We've received several reports of commercial burglaries across Purbeck. Below is some crime prevention advice for business owners.  Please call Dorset Police on 101 to report anyone acting suspiciously and any vehicles they may be using, noting a registration if possible.  This must be done at the time the incident is taking place to ensure immediate action.  If you would like a security review of your business, or if you have a question about your business security, please email crimereductionwestern@dorset.pnn.police.uk     

 ALARM: Choose an alarm from a professional alarm installer who is NSI or SSAIB registered. Contact your alarm company to review existing alarm systems.

 DOORS: Make sure locks on your doors are up to insurance standard. Fit bars on the internal side of the door so that in the event that glass is broken, entry cannot easily be gained. Install a five lever mortice deadlock to any fire doors (this must comply with fire regulations).

 WINDOWS: Make sure you have locks on your windows and that they are locked at night. If possible, fit bars to the inside but first check that the windows are not designated fire escapes.

 CASH: Leave tills empty and open to deter any thieves looking through the window. Hide petty cash. Display a ‘No cash is left on the premises overnight’ sign.

 SAFES: Fix safes firmly to a concrete floor or brick wall and hide it as much as possible. Enhance your alarm system in the area the safe is kept.

 SMOKE CLOAK/FOG BANDIT: Depending on your business type, consider installing either ‘Smoke Cloak’ or ‘Fog Bandit’ which aim to stop burglars in their tracks by filling the premises with a thick artificial fog. Both methods have the police 'Secured By Design' accreditation and need to be attached to your alarm system. The fog can also be deployed in the event of an armed robbery.

 CCTV: CCTV must be fitted correctly and have the right lighting or infrared facility. It must be monitored 24 hours a day. It is recommended that CCTV is fitted by an installer who is NSI or SSAIB registered.





You said - we did

This section is for us to share some of the daily work we do on your behalf.

You said
Speeding along various roads in Swanage is an issue.
We did
The local policing team have been conducting regular speed checks in these areas and trying to increase the use of community speedwatch. Speeding drivers have been issued with speeding tickets and we have also identified and arrested a number of drivers who were under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
You said
Members of the community were reporting thefts from Gods Acre Cemetery in Corfe Castle.
We did
Your local neighbourhood policing team increased patrols in the area and held open street corner meetings in the area. As a result of the extra patrols there have been no further reports of thefts. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep up with being visible in the area.

Get involved

Speak with the team at one of the following local events.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Report to the local authority here.

Email: communitysafety@purbeck-dc.gov.uk

Tel: 01929 557396

We often receive complaints or concerns about cycling events which are happening in Purbeck. If your complaint is of a general nature, then please contact the event organiser. Dorset Police have no jurisdiction over these.

Complaints about vehicle obstruction and parking should be referred to Dorset County Council. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/travel-dorset/roads-and-driving/parking/on-street-parking

The Purbeck dog warden is responsible for handling and kennelling stray dogs, promoting responsible ownership and enforcing bye-laws. Dog fouling, stray and lost dogs can be reported to Purbeck District Council online. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dog-warden/purbeck

Advice on dealing with noisy neighbours and noise complaints are the responsibility of the local authority. In Purbeck you can make a complaint online here. https://www.dorsetforyou.com/noise

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Your inspector

Inspector Andrew Keel

Your local station

Swanage Pathway - Annex Swanage Town Hall High Street Swanage BH19 2NZ

Telephone: 101 for non-emergency calls. In an emergency please call 999.

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Front counter opening hours
From April to September - Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Between October and March - Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-3pm. Please note: Document production, court and police bail registration, sex offenders registration, and the surrender of firearms is not available at Swanage Pathway. For these services, please visit an alternative police station. Police services available are: Handing in of found property, reporting of crime and incidents via 101 facility at the reception, NPT and Response Officer interviews and liaison with NPT officers .

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Purbeck South

Neighbourhood Policing Team

Simon Colvin PC 2159
Simon Colvin PC 2159
Karl Snooks PCSO 6094
Karl Snooks PCSO 6094
Paul Upshall
Paul Upshall
Chris Rosenberg PCSO 5485
Chris Rosenberg PCSO 5485
What we do

Neighbourhood policing improves the quality of life within Dorset communities. Working together with partner agencies and problem-solving with local people and groups, we will target the policing issues that matter most in your area.

Get in touch with us today to raise any issues you have and to find out what priorities we are currently working on. This is your chance to influence the service that the police, and our partners, provide.

You can contact us via the Dorset Police website or social media, where we also promote upcoming meetings and events. We are based at: Swanage Pathway - Annex Swanage Town Hall High Street Swanage BH19 2NZ.

In an emergency

The Neighbourhood Policing Team works with colleagues across Dorset Police, but does not respond to emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999 immediately, so we can help you as quickly as possible.

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