Rural crime: The Thame Neighbourhood team have been focusing on rural patrols recently in and around the areas of Watlington, Cuxham, Brittwell and Swyncombe. PCSO Ryan Dollery is still working solely on rural crime and it seems to be paying off as on the whole our rural crime offences are fairly low!
Thefts from vehicles: We are still doing daily patrols around our rural carparks including Cowlease woods, Aston Rowant and Hill Top Watlington as thefts from motor vehicles are still a big concern for us in these areas.
Please do not leave valuables on view and be especially mindful when parking in remote locations or busy areas that there is a possibility that you may be being observed whilst you place all your items of value in the boot of your vehicle.
• Always ensure that items of value are not left on display.
• Try and place any valuable items in the boot before reaching your destination or take them with you.
• Do not leave electronic devices in sleep mode or on standby in your vehicle. They can be detected!
• Be mindful that you could be being watched.
• Ensure that your vehicle is actually locked by trying the door handles. Key fob blockers are available online.
• Be vigilant and report any suspicious people or vehicles by calling 101.
On 21/09/18 officers from across the South and Vale LPA conducted a warrant in Chinnor under section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. Weapons, Drugs and Cash were all seized from the property and two people were arrested for drug offences. The investigation is currently ongoing.
A silver Peugeot, believed to be a 306 has been seen at the scene of some of our theft from motor vehicles around the rural carparks, including Cowlease Woods, Aston Rowant and Hill Top Watlington. If anyone has information please ring 101.
There was an attempted burglary overnight between 18/09/18-19/09/18 at an address on the green in Great Milton. Marks were left around the frame of the door where someone had attempted to gain access. If you have any information regarding this please ring 101.
Home security advice:
Burglaries are still being reported in our area. There are simple crime prevention tips to keep your property safe;
• Lock all front and rear doors and windows at night and when you are out.
• Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too.
• Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of your property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.
• Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
Are you going on holiday?
• Please do not advertise that you are going away on social media – wait until you get home to upload your holiday snaps!
• Check that your home insurance policy, as some may pay out less or not at all, if you have posted that you are away on social media.
• Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t.
• Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
• Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats and plant pots.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
The Thame fair was in town from 19/09/18-21/09/18 and neighbourhood teams from Thame and Henley had great fun patrolling on all three nights! The crowds loved seeing some of our officers on the rides, including ‘The King.’
Future events/meetings/active communities
The Thame neighbourhood team will be having a number of Have Your Say meetings in and around Thame. This is the time to come and speak to us about community issues you may have, or just pop in and say hello.
- Waitrose, Thame: 19/10/18 at 11am & 21/11/18 at 3pm
- Coop, Thame: 15/10/18 at 1:30pm & 08/11/18 at 10am
- Merry Bells, Wheatley: 07/11/18 at 11am & 05/12/18 at 11am
This month we have welcomed back PCSO Graham Davey who is now our official PCSO for Chinnor again. PCSO Ryan Dollery is now solely focusing on rural crime, conducting many rural patrols and engaging with rural communities. Thame’s new PCSO Maciej Stempniowski is now in his fourth week with us and is really enjoying his new role.
Contacting us and reporting crimes online
Did you know that you can now get in touch with us online as well as by calling 101? Please visit
www.thamesvalley.police.uk where you can:
• Provide more information or request an update on a crime report
• Tell us if you recognise a face or description from one of our witness appeals
• Contact an officer or department directly, for example our Fixed Penalty Support Unit. This also helps you reach an officer or PCSO who may be working unsociable hours.
You can also use our new online reporting form on our Website to report any type of crime, traffic collisions involving an injury, a missing person and anti-social behaviour. If you click on the REPORT link it opens up a form which takes you through all the questions that you would be asked if you called 101 and is picked up by our dedicated team in the Contact Centre.
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email ThameNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk today. Please also follow us on Twitter @TVPSouthandVale.