|New Divisional Commander in Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division, leading policing in Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe is Chief Supt Karen Edwards
Karen has 26 years’ service with Lancashire Constabulary says: starting my career in 1995 as a PC on foot patrol in Skelmersdale. It’s a privilege to now be leading policing in this area.
Karen says her priorities are: To reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and to protect and build trust within the communities of West Division. I expect my officers to carry out more proactive work focusing on burglary, robbery and anti-social behaviour. I’m passionate about seeking longer term solutions to all policing issues and will work closely with partner agencies to agree joint outcomes to deliver services that best meet the needs of our communities.
Residents in the area can be reassured that I am committed to keeping people safe and working alongside them to address the issues that matter most to them. I will not tolerate criminality or anti-social behaviour and will work with the community to bring to justice those individuals who insist on causing harm to good law-abiding citizens.
I will support my officers and staff to ensure they have the skills, confidence and equipment to carry out this challenging and complex job, ensuring they strive to provide the best quality of service to members of the public.
I want to engage with the communities across my division and encourage residents to complete the Lancashire Talking survey, which can be accessed via the Lancashire Constabulary website. Tell us your views and concerns around crime and disorder in your local area and I will use this information, alongside crime data and intelligence, to ensure I make the best use of my resources to meet the needs of communities.
Chief Supt Karen Edwards
There has recently been an increase in vehicle crime in your area. I am appealing to you all to be extra vigilant.
Please take every precaution to ensure that your property is safe.
Below are some simple steps you can take to ensure your property is safe.
Always lock and secure your motor vehicle and remove all valuable items from view
If your wing mirrors can be turned in, please take the time to do this.
Remove any signs of a Sat Nav’s or Mobile Phone Holder, such as suction marks and cradles by removing the item and marks left on your window screen.
Remove dash cam’s. please take the time to do this as this is currently a growth area in vehicle crime.
If you are going away be sure to ask somebody to keep an eye on your vehicle and where possible move the vehicle every couple of days so as not to appear as if no- one is using the vehicle
Van drivers; please remove your tools from the vehicle and ladders from the roof rack.
Never leave windows open whilst your vehicle in parked on the drive
Always lock you vehicle even when you are at home and your car is on the drive.
If you can, place car keys/fob in signal blocking box.
Never leave you vehicle with doors or windows open and the keys in the vehicle whilst you nip in to get something
Thank you for your time
Kirkham and rural Fylde Neighbourhood Policing Team