The latest Thame Neighbourhood policing newsletter is below:
Important: the contact e-mail for the Thame team has now changed. The new address to use is ThameNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Remember that e-mails cannot be used to report crime. Please report non-emergency crime online (www.thamesvalley.police.uk/report-a-crime) or calling 101. Always call 999 in case of emergency.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) and dangerous driving
With the schools coming close to breaking up for summer, we are anticipating an increase in ASB. The Southern Road recreational centre and its car park next to the 1st Thame Scout Hut has been a particular hotspot for ASB, drug use and dangerous driving. The team are aware of these issues and are actively visiting and engaging with any groups to advise on acceptable behaviour and consideration for other users of the play area and Scout Hut, taking action where needed. Since our last newsletter we have issued warnings for repeat and persistent offenders and will continue to monitor the situation.
We would again like to thank those to continue to inform us of any and all incidents (and their updates) that happen in the area. Your information is appreciated and vital for us to identify repeat offenders.
Community safety – Chinnor Quarry
We would like to take this opportunity to warn the community about the danger of accessing the Chinnor Quarry site off of the ridgeway. It is private property belonging to Taylor Wimpey, anyone accessing the area will be trespassing and will be dealt with accordingly. We also advise that entering the water is extremely dangerous, due to its depth and the unidentified contents of what is in the water. The location of the quarry means Emergency Services access is limited, therefore you are at risk if you were to come into difficulty whilst on site.
Offenders brought to justice
In Chinnor, one of our teams recently caught up with three local young people who were causing concern and distress particularly to the older residents. They were spoken to and given advice, as well as apologising to the residents.
Two of three offenders involved in vandalising and damaging the public toilets in Watlington were also caught. The damage included animal waste being smeared everywhere and toilet rolls being thrown around. They were made to apologise and give up several hours of their time to put back into the community.
In Watlington, following reports from the public of HGV drivers with loads exceeding the weight restrictions of the area, the team worked with Roads Policing and Trading Standards on a stop-check and enforcement operation on the B4009 road. A total of 36 vehicles were stopped on the day. 14 drivers were issued with a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice after being found to have breached the weight restriction. One driver was also given a separate £200 ticket for a tachograph offence. Eight more drivers are to be investigated by Trading Standards, leaving the remaining 14 drivers legitimately within the weight restriction.
This is an example of the importance of joint partnership working in policing and protecting our communities. All in all, a very successful day. We hope it provided some additional reassurance to the local community.
Summer burglary advice
Because the weather’s getting warmer, people are spending more time outdoors, which can leave their homes and belongings vulnerable to burglaries. All it takes is an open window or tools laying around for your home and belongings to be at risk. Here are some steps to protect your home:
• Keep gardening tools and ladders locked away – they can be used to pry open doors and climb through windows. If you use a shed or garage to store tools or anything valuable, make sure they are securely locked.
• Cut your shrubs and hedges to aid visibility of your home from the street.
• Restrict access to your back garden; are your gates and fences in good condition and maintained?
• Invest in a burglar alarm and CCTV – “Ring” doorbell cameras have proven to be useful.
• Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats or plant pots. Use a key safe box with a combination lock to hold your keys in, and only leave the code with people you trust.
If you’re staying here for the holidays…
• Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC “double-lock” door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key. Be sure to double-check that it’s locked before you leave!
• 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 the property. Move bins, bricks and any climbable objects away from side walls and fences.
• Keep ladders and tools stored and locked away. Don’t leave them outside on the drive where they could be used to break into your home.
If you’re going away…
• Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t.
• Ask a neighbour if they can keep an eye on your home. Allow them access to your keys by giving them the code to your key safe box.
• Don’t advertise your holiday plans on social media, wait until you get home to upload any pictures. Keep your security settings as high as possible; careful when “tagging” pictures or allowing family to do so!
By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes within the area.
You can also sign up to Thames Valley Alert, our local messaging system that informs users of incidents in and around their area. You can sign up for text/e-mail messages at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk or download our free app via the Apple or Google Play store.
On Saturday 22nd June the team went to Chalgrove for a “day of action” to work alongside volunteers from the local Neighbourhood Action Group – visiting various streets, engaging with the public, distributing crime prevention packs and signing people to our free Thames Valley Alert service. We visited over 200 households in total and had some new sign-ups to the Alert, which is great to see. Our thanks to the volunteers at Chalgrove Neighbourhood Action Group for their assistance on the day!
PCSOs Natalie White and Tom Kelly held a #TagThatTool event at Thame Plumbing Supplies, with the help of PCSOs Sue Jones and Denise Grayburn from Waddesdon NHPT. This was to help with protecting tools from theft and resale by marking with unique identifiers, following a spate of tool thefts in the area. The event was well received, with plenty of tools marked and safe from crime.
There is another tool marking event happening in Wheatley, details are below. We will look to put on more events in the near future.
Future events/meetings/active communities
Have Your Say meetings:
• Thame Co-op: Wednesday 3rd July, 10 – 11am
• Thame Waitrose: Wednesday 10th July, 10 – 11am
• Watlington Town Hall: Saturday 20th July, 11:30am – 12:30pm
• Chinnor Village Centre, High Street: Saturday 20th July, 10 – 11am
Free tool marking event and Have Your Say:
Wheatley Merry Bells: Wednesday 10th July, 11:30am – 1pm
If you want your tools marked to protect your business or livelihood, bring them to us, and ask us about how to protect yourself from crime. Everything is free on the day. No need to book a place, just turn up!
Due to personal reasons, PCSO Tom Kelly will be leaving the team in July to move elsewhere within Thames Valley Police. Tom has been great to work with, and we wish him well for the future.
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