Wiltshire Police: Help us cope with 'summer demand'

Wiltshire Police: Help us cope with 'summer demand'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:43am 17th July 2019.

The force is launching a social media campaign ahead of what's traditionally a very busy time for them.

The summer months tend to bring a spike in the number of calls coming in to both the 101 and 999 services.

Those extra calls tend to be because seasonal increases in anti-social behaviour and longer hours of daylight meaning more of us are out and about for a longer time.

To try and keep the workload more manageable, Wiltshire Police is starting up their #SummerDemand campaign, asking us to think more carefully about when to call them:

The campaign will focus on issues like domestic abuse, drink driving, theft and anti-social behaviour.

They'll provide crime prevention advice and how's best to contact officers. depending on the type of crime.

Community Policing Team Wiltshire Hub Superintendent Chris Chammings said:

"The summer months, in particular, the school summer holidays, are always some of the busiest in our year.

"We want to ensure the public understand how they can help us reduce this demand and when they should call us on 101 or 999, and when they should be contacting our partner agencies.

"We will be using the campaign as an opportunity to signpost people to the relevant agencies and organisations, as well as highlighting some of the issues that take up most of our time."


The advice from police is to call 999 in an emergency.

If a crime isn't being committed at that moment, and no-one is in immediate danger, you can dial 101.

Wiltshire Police have also launched an online reporting system this month, for us to get in touch with officers that way. 

The sorts of crimes we can report through that include:

  • Hate Crime
  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Theft
  • Trading Standards
  • Missing People

You can read more about that on the Wiltshire Police website.

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