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Address by Guest Speaker: Inspector Sharath Ranjan Prevention-Neighbourhoods-Southampton-North, at the HRA AGM,16 November 2021

Highfield Residents’ Association Annual General Meeting 16/11/21


To conclude the recent annual AGM Professor Roger Brown introduced the Guest Speaker

Inspector Sharath Ranjan Prevention-Neighbourhoods-Southampton-North

This is a short summary of his address:


Dear members

Thank you for the opportunity to present during your recent AGM.

I manage Southampton North – Prevention and Neighbourhoods team of just over 20 people including Sergeants, Police Constables and Police Community Support Officers. Our work is mainly focussed on addressing long term neighbourhood problems and collaboratively preventing crime and offending in Southampton North. We have additional resources across a number of other departments including Response and Patrol and Criminal Investigations Department who work tirelessly to keep you, your families and the communities safe. Over the last year, we have seen an increase in crime across Southampton as we have come out of COVID lockdown.

 The government has promised to increase police numbers to support our capability and we continue to recruit more Police Officers in Hampshire Constabulary. As we train these new officers, we will continue to ensure we can meet the demands on policing by prioritising our commitment towards reducing serious violence in the city, addressing offences that cause the highest harm and those that have the highest impact on community confidence.

 Highfield is a safe place to live in Southampton and this is reflected in the crime reviews we complete on a daily basis and the long-term data that we hold on crime in the area. However, as the evenings get darker and we head into Christmas, we know that the burglaries across the whole of Southampton historically see an increase.

 We will continue to do all we can to apprehend those responsible for these crimes and I seek your support in helping us to prevent them. You will find useful information and tips on crime prevention by visiting link: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

In closing, my team and I care deeply about serving you and we will strive to do this efficiently and effectively.

Thank you once again for your questions, your understanding and more importantly your support for the work we do. It matters to me, my team and Hampshire Constabulary.