We hope everyone had a pleasant and peaceful Christmas and New Year’s. We would like to reiterate that should you still have any packaging from presents that it be disposed of carefully. Bulky boxes should be broken down so they can be put into recycling bins, that box for your new flat screen TV acts as an ideal advertisement for a potential burglar if it is left on show outside your house. Also, now is the best time to security mark your valuable goods. Security marking packs are available online but your local Neighbourhood Team may be able to assist with further advice in protecting your property.
An iPhone was stolen on December 24th from an address in Appleton. The phone was left inside the letterbox of the home of the aggrieved where it has been taken. While this is an unusual case, it does provide a useful learning opportunity; do not leave any items of value or keys in insecure places such as letterboxes, unlockable post boxes, milk delivery boxes, under doormats or in insecure outbuildings etc.
West Way Shopping Centre continues to be burdened with shopliftings, mainly targeting spirits. The Neighbourhood Team have recently conducted operations in the area in regards to this and will continue to do more in the near future. Shoplifting doesn’t just concern the businesses targeted, it has a knock on effect which will ultimately result in higher prices to cover losses. We would advise residents that should they suspect shoplifting to be occurring or have information relating to shoplifters to get in contact with the respective business or Police on 101 or 999 if it is happening at that time.
Crime prevention event
Last month the Neighbourhood Team carried out a crime prevention weekend. This consisted of offering crime prevention advice to members of the public and signing people up to our Thames Valley Alerts system which notifies those signed up when a crime has happened in the local area. This is a great way of keeping up to date with what’s going on in your local area. We spoke with many members of the public and believe this was a successful weekend. We will look to carry out another crime prevention weekend in the future and let you know when this is. If you would like to sign up to receive Thames Valley Alerts please visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk and click JOIN.
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 AbingdonOuterNHPT@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. 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