The priorities set for the Thame and Wheatley sector have been set for the forth coming months.
Residential burglary: This remains a focus for the neighbourhood team and the local policing area. With the springtime weather improving, we would like everyone to be mindful around leaving houses insecure when out and please do not leave windows open. If you would like more information around crime prevention and burglaries, please come to see us on one of the Have Your Say meetings advertised below or visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk.
Rural crime: As the weather has improved we have seen some activity around rural crime which is a priority for us, the local police area and the rural community. There are various aspects of rural crime that we deal with including thefts from rural buildings, thefts of machinery, hare coursing (which causes extensive damage to land and crops) and beauty spot crime (theft from vehicles and wildlife crime). We will be increasing our patrols in the rural areas. Please report any suspicious behaviour around rural crime to the neighbourhood team.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB): In the spring and summer months we usually see an increase of ASB due to the lighter evenings and warmer temperatures. The neighbourhood teams will increase high visibility patrols in order to disrupt and deter this behaviour especially in areas where it has historically occurred and our presence can have a positive impact. Please continue to report to us any concerns you have by calling 101 or online www.thamesvalley.police.uk.
We have in recent months seen an increase in tool thefts across South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse. These include thefts from work vans, thefts from building sites and thefts from sheds/outbuildings. Please ensure that tools are all kept secure and that they are identifiable with markings. Do not leave tools in a vehicle overnight. During the daytime keep your vehicle locked even if you leave it just for a few minutes as an opportunist thief could quickly remove tools from a vehicle.
Beauty spot car parks
Please remember the slogan “leave it on show, expect it to go” so don’t not leave valuables on show when parking at the beauty spots. The neighbourhood team carry out regular patrols on a daily basis, but we cannot be at every car park all day, so please protect your property by taking it with you and not leaving items on show.
You said we did
We received complaints from residents of Denbigh Road in Thame about parents parking in the road during school drop-off and pick-up times when traffic restrictions are in effect. We have been conducting hi-vis patrols of the area, engaging with and offering advice to drivers, who have been happy to park elsewhere to drop-off and pick-up their children. The road has been less congested and this has been met with positive feedback from the residents, and will be something we will keep monitoring. Please speak to the school directly if you need advice for an alternative place to park. We appreciate your cooperation with this.
PCSO Maciej Stempniowski held a fraud prevention event at Barclays bank in Thame to talk to customers who wished to gather more information about fraud and how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud, how to identify when fraud is taking place and who to contact and what to do next.
Banking fraud scams can involve the use of stolen or counterfeit cards to make purchases or cash withdrawals using your money. It can also involve phone calls where you are asked to reveal your pin or portraying to be from the police or a bank.
Door step fraud happens when sales people use clever tactics to pressurise you into buying something you don’t want or agreeing to work that does not need to be done. It can also include bogus charity collections and promoting goods or services that are never delivered or are of very poor quality.
Remember, a bank will never call you and ask you for your banking details. The police would never call and ask for banking details. If you think a telephone call is suspicious, do not give out personal information or banking information. Report this to Action Fraud using their website if you have concerns. www.actionfraud.police.uk
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
In support of a national programme to increase awareness of knife crime and to educate those who may be involved in knife crime, we have been visiting schools with posters and leaflets about the dangers of knife crime. PCSOs Thomas Kelly, Maya Brien and Natalie White gave a presentation to the Year 8 students of Lord Williams’ Lower School on the dangers and consequences of knife crime. It was great to see the students pay attention and take on board why they should stay away from knives. If you would like us to give a presentation about knife crime please get in touch by emailing ThameNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
Have you say meetings
Please come along and speak to a neighbourhood officer about crime reduction or any local concerns:
Wheatley Merry Bells: Chinnor Community Centre:
– 10/04/19 – 11:00am – 27/04/19 – 10:00am
– 08/05/19 – 11:00am
Watlington Town Hall:
Thame Co-op: – 27/04/19 – 11:30am
– 17/04/19 – 10:00am
– 06/05/19 – 11:00am
– 27/04/19 – 11:00am
– 14/05/19 – 10:00am
PCSOs from Thame went along to the Oxford Fire Station over the past couple weeks to help with an event called Junior Citizens. This event is for Year 6 students to come and learn different scenarios to help when they come across something on the street. PCSO Davey helped out the most, his scenario was to sneak up on the students while they stood in a dark ally. This is to assess what would happen and see how the students react, at the end of each scenario the students are sat down and explained what is needed from them if this is to happen and how to call the emergency services.