Operation Dasher 2014
December 2014 sees Swindon Town Centre Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) launch Operation Dasher. This operation begins on Saturday 13 December and is dedicated to policing the town centre day time economy, including late night shopping, during the busy Christmas period.
The Operation forms one part of the Swindon Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Christmas Safety Campaign which launched on the 6th December. During the Christmas period the NPT will deploy a number of strategies that will include issuing crime prevention advice and increased high visibility and covert patrols. These efforts will be completed in partnership with the CSP, inSwindon, the town’s retailers, store security staff and licensed premises.
Inspector Paul Saunders, Central NPT said:
“Crime and anti social behaviour during the day time economy continue to remain relatively low. This is thanks to the shared responsibility and collective commitment of inSwindon, the retailers, town centre management, store security and the police. We continue to build upon these working relationships during the busy festive period when an increase in opportunistic crime can occur.
“Our aim is to ensure Swindon town centre remains a safe and pleasant place to visit. The Day Safe network is an invaluable resource and intelligence and real time information sharing assists us in both the prevention and detection of crime. Notably improvements to the town centre CCTV in recent months will prove helpful during this busy period”
PC Paul Bezzant Community Beat Manager said:
“Operation Dasher last year saw a notable reduction in acquisitive crime during the festive period; the town centre saw a reduction of 15% from the previous year. The team are certainly not complacent and we are more determined to build upon this success working closely with our partners.”
“We would also like to remind people about their own personal safety. At this time of year our thoughts are often focussed on all the festivities. Personal safety for some sadly is not at the forefront of their thought process.”
Below are a few simple tips to help prevent you not becoming a victim of crime whilst out and about during the Christmas period:
Source:: Wiltshire Police News