A new police contact point for Crowle has opened, just as the town has suffered an unprecedented high number of burglaries.
People who live and work within the Crowle area now have much better access to their Neighbourhood Policing Team, at the permanent contact point in the Community Hub.
Every Monday a PCSO from the Isle of Axholme’s neighbourhood team will be at the Hub to speak to residents, deal with issues and give advice on crime prevention. But if people find the service useful, and do use it, it could be extended to other days of the week.
The contact point is part of Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove’s plan to increase the visibility of police teams and give residents more chance to speak to them in person.
Mr Grove said: “I hope the new Police Contact Point in Crowle will be the first of many across the Humberside force area.
“I’m delighted that North Lincolnshire Council shares our vision on this, they are already funding five PCSOs across the council area with more to follow, and see the mutual benefits of working closely with us to improve neighbourhood policing.”
Coun Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council said: “Many residents don’t know who their neighbourhood policing teams are so this is an ideal way of meeting them and finding out what work they do in the area.”
At this month’s meeting of the Crowle and Ealand Town Council, councillors heard that there has been an ongoing spate of burglaries in outhouses and homes across the area recently, and that residents need to be vigilant.
Town councillors voiced their hope that the police surgeries will be built on until there is permanent representation by the police in Crowle.
Sgt Antony Petty of the Axholme NPT said: “Residents can discuss issues or concerns with a member of our team. The contact point also allows us to feedback and update residents.”