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Neighbourhood Policing newsletter - March

Alert message sent 13/03/2017 12:31:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team consists of Inspector Mark Harling, Sergeant Fraser Weller, PC Bob McIntyre, PC Simone O’Dell, PCSO Sue Harris, PCSO Marie Davenport, PCSO Sarah Jones, PCSO Tarran Golby & PCSO Clare Beale.

‘You said we did’/ Priorities
We have received an increase in reports of dog fouling and parking. Although this is a common complaint we will still make sure all reported are considered. We can also retrospectively issue tickets for dog fouling if the incident is supported by a witness. 

One of the current priorities for the Wallingford area is theft, in particular theft from person, for example bag/purse thefts. Unfortunately reports of this crime over the last three months had increased but now we are seeing a decline in reports. Please can we remind everyone to be extra vigilant and not to leave any valuables on show or bags open and unattended? This has mainly occurred in the Market Place area of Wallingford and Waitrose. 

Another of our priorities is shoplifting and theft of fuel from BP Benson. The local neighbourhood team have been working with the management to help reduce incidents. The good news is that we have seen a decrease of reports by over half!

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
Locations this month include St Georges Road, Wallingford and Colwell Road, Berinsfield whereby a small amount of properties have reported items thrown at doors and windows. We have also had reports of ASB at the Hithercroft Sports and social car park and the car ports in Barley Close, Wallingford.

Officers have not identified any people involved yet but will be monitoring and carry out high-visibility patrols in the area to disrupt the groups and try to determine who is involved. If you have any information on any ASB in your area please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page. The neighbourhood team will take any necessary action to those involved so please report any incidents.

Offenders brought to justice
A shoplifter responsible for three shopliftings locally has been identified by officers and being dealt with for the offences.

Crime prevention advice
Theft from Vehicle: Please can we remind everyone not to leave items on show in your vehicle. We have seen an increase in vehicles being broken into. In particular vans, work vehicles, tools are being stolen more and more regularly. Please do not leave tools in your vehicle overnight, please make sure vehicles are locked and secure. We also ask you to consider where you are parking and what other crime prevention options you have available you; CCTV, alarms, blocking access to doors by reversing up against walls/garages etc.

Shed thefts: We have also been patrolling around local allotments after seeing an increase in shed breaks. Please make sure that your sheds are secure by using strong padlocks and making sure the doors are solid enough not to be kicked in. Also consider securing tools inside the sheds using anchor posts, chains and padlocks. You can also buy shed alarms from most DIY stores. If you would like any further advice please contact us.

Witness appeals/local crime
Unfortunately on Thursday 9th March a Distraction Burglary occurred at St Georges’s Green, Wallingford. Two males managed to gain entry to a home and stole an amount of cash.

On the same day two males also targeted an address in Didcot saying work needed to be done on the property’s pipework and requested that the householder withdraw a substantial amount of money to pay for this work. Fortunately the householder suspicions were raised and no money was withdrawn. 

Local officers have been working with detectives to establish who is responsible and will be providing the area with reassurance patrols. 

Future events/meetings
PCSOs will be outside Waitrose Wallingford (carpark side) on the following dates. Please pop along to speak to your local neighbourhood officers about any issues/concerns.
  • Friday 17th March 10am – 2pm
  • Friday 28th March 4pm – 6pm
Contact us
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 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: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale  

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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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