Hampshire police now takes video footage of road crimes - here's how to make a report

COUNTY police have launched a pilot scheme that allows members of the public to send them videos of potential traffic offences in a bid to protect vulnerable road users.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 2:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 6:23 pm
A general view of traffic on the M275 into Portsmouth.
A general view of traffic on the M275 into Portsmouth.

It is hoped the initiative, called Hants Snap, will make the roads a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, road workers and other demographics.

Hampshire Constabulary has set up a web page where the videos can be sent, with an extra button for people who have received a police notice after being reported.

A separate page gives potential offenders information on why they have been singled out and information on whether they can contest.

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The website’s landing page says: ‘A trained decision maker will assess the footage and determine if any offences have been committed.

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‘Where action is proportionate and there is sufficient evidence to successfully prosecute the case at court, the incident will most likely be dealt with via the fixed penalty system.’

Rules stipulate footage must be submitted within seven days of the incident, must not be edited in anyway or deleted, and must not be shared on social media.

It must also show at least a minute of footage either side of the incident.

People who submit videos are asked for their full name, address, contact number and date of birth.

They must also give a digital statement noting the date and time of the incident, a description of it, and details about the vehicle being reported.

To submit a video or visit the website, go to hants-snap-police.egressforms.com