The all beats hotspot challenge in Basingstoke (Beat Blog 8)

Posted: January 8, 2012 in police

Sunday is the quietest day of the week, for the police, in Basingstoke. When I arrived at work this morning, I checked the various police computer systems. Everything was together, including my paperwork. I decided that it may be a good idea to complete the all beats, hotspot challenge. My mountain bike “The Cart-horse” was all clean and ready for action.


The below chart, lists most of the current hotspot areas.


PC Karen Binney and I, completed the first 15 miles in an hour and 15 minutes. When we arrived in Oakridge, PC Rich Heard joined us. It was important to me, to attend all the hotspot areas, for each beat. These are the areas that residents have highlighted as causing them the most issues.

Karen, and I, finished the 30 miles in 3 1/2 hours. We did stop now and again, to chat to residents, so we could have been quicker 🙂

The below map highlights the route we took:


Cycling on the beats (All Weathers) isn’t for everyone, however, in my opinion it is the most rewarding work. We get to keep fit, look after the vulnerable, target the unsavoury, and we work with some great people.

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