The latest Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter for Thame is below:
Theft from motor vehicles
The Thame sector has recently seen a rise in thefts from vehicles in beauty spot car parks around the Watlington area and at the Welcome Break services on junction 8A of the M40. The neighbourhood team have been conducting routine patrols in the areas affected and have been passing crime prevention advice to members of the public. 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.
You said we did
You said anti-social behaviour (ASB) is an issue in Thame, specifically around the Southern Road Recreational Ground area. The neighbourhood team have completed some overnight hi-visibility operations in and around the town, which has reduced the amount of ASB being reported to us.
Offenders brought to justice
On the 10th July Thames Valley Police received a report of a burglary on Marston Road in Thame. A vehicle was stolen from the address and located a couple of hours later by officers, where it had been crashed into a ditch near Little Milton. The offender was identified on CCTV and was subsequently arrested and charged.
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
• On Friday 20th July, the Thame neighbourhood team completed an operation in the Thame area aimed at targeting those causing ASB. Multiple youths were engaged with and no reports of ASB were received during the operation.
• The neighbourhood team have recently been patrolling farms and rural areas as it is expected that rural crime will rise once harvest is over.
Future events/meetings/active communities
• PCSOs Diane Jackson and Maya Brien will be holding a one hour ‘Have Your Say’ meeting in the Thame co-op café on Friday 24th August from 10am-11am.
• PCSOs Ryan Dollery and Jordan Ede will also be holding a one hour ‘Have Your Say’ meeting at the Wheatley Merry Bells Coffee morning on Wednesday 8th August from 11am-12 noon.
Neighbourhood team news
PCSOs Maya Brien and Jordan Ede have started in their new role on Thame neighbourhood team and are in their fourth week.
PCSOs are the face of the Police providing a highly visible presence on the streets of our communities. TVP are currently recruiting PCSOs. Please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk/joinus for more information about the role and how to apply!
TVP force open day
Every summer, Thames Valley Police opens its doors to the public for its force Open Day. Our force Open Day helps to promote greater understanding of the work of our various departments and specialist teams here at Thames Valley Police. This annual event is hosted at our Training Centre at Sulhamstead House, in Sulhamstead, near Reading (postcode RG7 4DX). The date for our next force Open Day is Saturday 18 August, 10am – 4pm. Come and see the police horses, helicopters, the museum and much more!
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.