St Helena Police have been consulting with the Island community as part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme. A series of meetings and surgeries were held in April which were well attended, and a range of subjects discussed.
Concerns raised in various districts include:
A broken street lamp was reported on the main road just above St Mary's Church
A report was made through the 'Report It, Sort It' scheme and the street lamp was repaired, and the complainant updated.
Two Gun Saddle
A concern was raised about drivers speeding between Putty Hill and Constitution Road � this is seen as a safety concern
Police have shown a high visibility presence within the area both on foot and mobile. Road Safety Policing is in place and any anti-social use of our roads is being targeted. Drivers are reminded that they will be stopped and dealt with if they continue to drive in an anti-social manner. Remember, driving over the speed limit increases your chances of being in a crash and shortens the time you have to react to avoid a crash. Please drive safely.
A concern was raised about drivers parking on a bend at Sea View which is causing other road users to drive on the next side of the road. This poses a safety issue and a request was made for double yellow lines to be painted to help deter this
It was identified that visitors to a private residence were parking on the bend. Therefore, the resident was spoken to and informed to advise their visitors to stop parking on the bend.
A concern was raised about a dog which was barking constantly because its owner was off-Island
The person who was caring for the dog was seen, the matter sorted, and no further complaints were received.
Half Tree Hollow
Concerns were raised about dogs wandering on the highway and other public places
This is a continuous concern for drivers and pedestrians and in some cases home owners as reports have been received about dogs wandering onto private property.
A dog campaign was launched and officers are monitoring the areas. If your dog is caught , you as the owner could become liable. The message to all dog owners is very simple � take care of your pet. This includes providing them with water, food, exercise, vet visits, adequate housing and most importantly not allowing your dog to wander off a leash.
Concerns were raised about drivers speeding in the area both during the day and night
High visibility policing and speed checks were carried out, a number of drivers were stopped for speeding and the appropriate action was taken. A reminder to all drivers that any anti-social use of our roads will be dealt with.
Members of the public would like to see more Police foot patrolling in the area at different times
Officers foot patrol regularly around the Island in key places. This acts as a deterrent to would be offenders. It also highlights to residents and business owners that Police are in the respective areas and can be spoken to at any time. Should any member of the public have any concerns, you are encouraged to speak to officers during Community Engagement, pop into Police Headquarters or make prior arrangements to speak to a Police Officer of your choice at a time and a place that is convenient for you.
Source: St Helena Government