Dangerous drugs gangs, thefts from cars and sheds, antisocial behaviour and serious road collisions have been identified as top priorities for police in four East Devon towns.
Neighbourhood teams in Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Axminster have detailed the issues they want to tackle in recently-published Community Connectivity Plans.
The documents details of officers’ priorities, who they are working with, and what activities they are doing to reach out to residents.
Dangerous drugs networks, thefts from vehicles in rural areas and fatal and serious road traffic collisions have been identified as the top priorities of police in Sidmouth and Seaton.
In Honiton and Axminster, tackling County Lines gangs – reducing trafficking of drugs and safeguarding vulnerable people – is the top priority.
Reducing youth antisocial behaviour and dealing with its associated criminal activity is second on the list.
Rural crime and thefts from sheds and outbuildings are the third priority.
The plans state: “Our priorities are identified by using reported crime trends, issues and concerns you have told us about and other issues that have been identified through our community profile data.”
Blueprints also list activities police are carrying out in communities such as crime and safety roadshows and ‘have your say’ sessions.
The priorities listed by police are:
Sidmouth and Seaton
- Dangerous drug networks
- Rural car crime – theft from motor vehicles
- Fatal and serious road traffic collisions
Honiton and Axminster
- Drugs – County Lines.
- Antisocial behaviour
- Rural crime – theft from sheds and outbuildings
More on the plans by the Rural East Devon Police team can be read here: