Thame Neighbourhood Police Newsletter: Operation Stronghold was a success!

The latest Thame Neighbourhood Police newsletter is below:



Violence, drug dealing and Anti-social behaviour: The neighbourhood team have been conducting pro-active patrols and responding to the intelligence provided to us by partners and the community. We recently ran an Operation Stronghold campaign in which 16 individuals were stop and searched, 11 were positive results and 2 males aged 15 and 17 were arrested on suspicion of Possession with intent to supply. Please continue to tell us what you know and we will act upon it! In addition, we executed a warrant at an address in Chinnor recently and have obtained a closure order on the address. We will continue to pro-actively task to the hot spot areas.

Rural Crime: Rural Crime continues to be an issue which affects our rural community, from August we launched Operation Migrate which is an evidenced based initiative whereby colleagues are patrolling repeat victim locations and the roads in and around the locations to deter and catch offenders. This has resulted in a 65% reduction in offences so far this year which is welcome news, we will continue to work with partners to drive this figure down further.

Vehicle Crime: We have seen a rise in vehicle breaks in the beauty spot car parks. Over 440 hours of all team patrols have taken place, signage has been introduced, investigations are ongoing and we urge the community to ensure they do not leave items on show and reports suspicious incidents to the police. We have arrests planned in the near future.

Offenders brought to justice

• On 22/11/18 a 32 year old male from Chinnor was sentenced to 20 months in prison for numerous offences including: dangerous driving, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to stop after a road accident and possession of a controlled drug of Class B.
• On 26/11/18 a 38 year old male from Thame was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court to 12 years in prison, for sexual offences in Thame. This male has been placed on the Sex Offender Register for life.

Crime prevention advice

The holidays are approaching fast and many of you may be going away for Christmas. Please take note of some important tips to protect your property!

• 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.
• Don’t leave presents on display.

We have seen an increase in fraudulent online activity recently. Please follow the steps below to reduce your chances of being involved in an online scam:

• Always use strong passwords – they should include a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
• Always use up-to-date Internet Security Software on all of your devices when connected to the internet – this includes firewalls and anti-virus/malware software.
• Install the latest operating system updates to improve your security.
• Always protect your e-identity – never give out your personal details to someone you do not know. A legitimate bank, company or the police will never ask you for such details.
• Never be embarrassed to report a scam or online crime!

What the neighbourhood team have been doing

On 11/11/18 the neighbourhood team were at Remembrance Day services across Thame, Watlington and Chinnor. PC Mel Stafford and PCSOs Maya Brien and Diane Jackson attended Thame’s service along with Inspector Hall who laid our wreath. PCSO Graham Davey attended Chinnor’s service where 10 ‘Peace Rose’s’ were planted to honour each decade since the end of the war. PCSO Davey was asked to join the community in planting one. The day was filled with lovely services and all of the team were very honoured to have taken part.

Future events/meetings/active communities


Thame:                                                     Chinnor:
Waitrose – 14/12/18 at 11:00                   Community centre – 08/12/18 at 10:30
Waitrose – 12/01/19 at 11:00                   Community centre – 05/01/19 at 10:30
Co-op – 06/12/18 at 10:00
Co-op – 07/01/19 at 15:00

Watlington:                                               Wheatley:
Town Hall – 08/12/18 at 12:00                 Merry Bells – 05/12/18 at 11:00
Town Hall – 05/01/19 at 12:00                 Merry Bells – 02/01/19 at 11:00

Staff News

Jordan Ede is now our new PCSO for Wheatley and its surrounding villages, where he will be conducting regular patrols and Have Your Say events. PCSO Graham Davey is still working in Chinnor and Watlington, and Maciej Stempniowski is our Thame town centre PCSO who has been out conducting regular high visibility patrols. PC Ian Kent is now back focusing on rural crime along with PCSO Maya Brien and they will be continuing the high visibility patrols and engaging with local farmers. In the New Year we will have another new starter, PCSO Tom Kelly, which will bring us back up to a full team again.

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