Here is the latest Thame Neighbourhood Policing newsletter.
A number of burglaries are still being reported in our area, and this a top priority for us. To help us crack down on this, there are a number of tips you can follow:
Home security advice:
• 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
letter boxes. 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 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.
Theft from vehicles
We are still doing daily patrols around our rural car parks 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.
We are still having motor vehicle thefts in our rural carparks. A blue Ford Fiesta has been seen leaving the Chinnor Hill carpark at speed directly after three vehicle thefts. If you have any information please ring 101.
Offenders brought to justice
On Monday 29th October and Tuesday 30th October the Thame and Henley neighbourhood teams came together for two nights of proactive patrols in the Thame and Chinnor area. On Monday 29th a 15 year old male was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs. This is under investigation and the relevant safeguarding is in place to ensure the male is not being exploited. A 16 year old male was also issued with a cannabis caution in Chinnor that night.
On Tuesday 30th four males were found in possession of cannabis in Towersey and received cannabis street cautions. As well as this a group of youths causing ASB on Thame High Street were given a direction to leave by the officers using the PSPO (public spaces protection order) powers recently put into place in Thame.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
PCSOs Brien, White and Jackson recently visited Kingston Blount Montessori Nursey School, during their topic week of “people who help us.” The children were taught about our job role, what we do and how we can help them. They were all very excited to see a police car!
Future events/meetings/active communities
The Thame neighbourhood team will be having a number of Have Your Says in and around Thame. Please come along and discuss any local concerns:
• Co-op Thame: 09/11/18 at 2pm & 06/12/18 at 10am
• Waitrose Thame: 21/11/18 at 3pm & 14/12/18 at 11am
• Merry Bells Wheatley: 07/11/18 at 11am & 05/12/18 at 11am
PCSO Ryan Dollery has left the Thame Neighbourhood team and begins his training for his new PC role with TVP on Monday 5th November. Ryan will be missed by many and we wish him all the best in 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.
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Always phone 999 in an emergency