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Neighbourhood policing newsletter

Alert message sent 17/07/2017 14:21:00

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Here is the latest Henley Sector neighbourhood update from the Henley Neighbourhood Team.   

Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.

‘You said we did’/ Priorities
We held a Have Your Say meeting at Shiplake Primary School on Monday 10th July. Several residents raised concerns about vehicle crime and speeding. In response to this PCSOs Hand and Twiddy have been conducting some speeding checks nearby. We have seen a positive improvement but will keep monitoring the situation. 

PCSO Ruth Hand will be carrying out high visibility patrols and giving crime prevention advice to stop people becoming victims of vehicle crime. Please remember not to leave anything your vehicle!

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
•    There has been criminal damage at the Sue Ryder Nursing Home, where two memorial benches were completely smashed beyond repair and there was evidence of drug taking. Enquiries are ongoing. 
•    Nettlebed Nature Trail has been damaged and repaired and unfortunately damaged again. The offenders are unknown. 

If you have any information on either of these crimes please call us on the police non-emergency number 101.

Crime prevention advice – Land Rovers 
There has been an increase in Land Rover thefts. Sometimes the entire vehicle is taken and other times just parts are removed. Land Rover Defenders are targeted because of their ‘classic’ status since production was ceased in early 2016. Please follow the advice below to decrease the risk of being a victim:  
•    Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a steering or pedal lock
•    Fit an alarm for added security 
•    Fit a tracking device
•    Thieves will target component parts so consider marking them using a forensic marking solution or system 
•    Keep the vehicle in a lockable garage/building or park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked
•    Have the vehicle identification number etched on windows
•    Consider fitting a hidden battery isolation or a fuel cut-off switch
•    Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if stolen
•    Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
•    Henley Neighbourhood team have spent the last five day patrolling the Henley Regatta which saw the busiest Saturday in history! 
•    On the 8th and 9th July PCSOs Hall and Bell were at the Woodcote Steam Rally to give crime prevention, SmartWater and rural crime advice.
•    On the 24th June the neighbourhood team attended the Goring Primary School fete with a Police van which was filled with balloons. We held a competition of how many balloons the children thought were in the van. There were 89 balloons and the winning child received a prize.

Future events/meetings
•    On Wednesday 9th August at Henley Train Station between 5pm and 7pm PCSOs Janice Smith and Clare Hewett will be conducting a bike marking event.
•    On the 1st September at 11am, PCSO Janice Smith is holding a “Have a Cuppa with a Copper” at Swiss Farm (along the Marlow Road). Please come along and speak to her about any local concerns.  
•    Henley NHPT will be at the Henley Show on the 9th September with colleagues from the Marlow neighbourhood team.

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.

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

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