Burglary: The Abingdon neighbourhood team are undertaking crime prevention activity in crime hot spot areas, utilising Automatic Number-plate Recognition (ANPR) systems to disrupt offenders and carrying out regular engagement with offenders. We recently conducted a day of Action in Botley (an area which has been hit recently with burglaries) and the neighbourhood team, who were supported by the Police Cadets, knocked on doors giving out security and property marking advice and signed them up to our Thames Valley Alert system. The neighbourhood team are working closely with our Operation Monitor team who are a dedicated team to investigate burglaries in the South and Vale. They aim to attend all reports of domestic burglary and will work us and CSI unit to ensure a high quality investigation into each offence. All reports of burglary to a dwelling will be investigated by detectives from this team. Op Monitor will also target known offenders to disrupt their activity and work with our partners to seek to divert them from this type of offending.
TVP Stronghold: We are committed in protecting vulnerable people who are targeted by organised crime groups who use them for drug dealing. Dealers often approach vulnerable people offering free drugs and manipulate them into agreeing their home can be used for dealing (a process known as Cuckooing). TVP Stronghold is the name given to all our activity in the pursuit, prevention, protection and preparation against the work of these organised crime gangs in our region. Taking a new approach by working in partnership with other emergency services and local authorities, we will enable better intelligence sharing and resourcing to disrupt and prosecute organised crime groups that target the South and Vale area.
Recently a 22 year old man from London was arrested and charged for Class A drug dealing. He pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A Drugs, namely heroin and cocaine and was sentenced to three years and four month imprisonment. This arrest followed the arrest of two drug dealers in Abingdon in October 2017 and this offender was traced after extensive forensic and phone analysis.
Offenders brought to justice
On Sunday 24th June a man stole over £80 worth of meat products from the CO-OP, West St Helen Street. He got a surprise when PCSO Blood & PCSO Atkins were patrolling past as he exited the store, the man was stopped by them and the goods retrieved. The man was subsequently remanded into custody and received a six week prison sentence.
Simon Fox, age 49 of Ock Street was found and detained by PCSO Blood & PCSO Atkins back in February after a report of a robbery at Ladbrokes, Stert Street. He has just been sentenced to seven years in prison for this offence and the theft of a handbag from an elderly lady in the town centre.
On Friday 29th June the neighbourhood team worked alongside our colleagues from the Special Constabulary, licensing department and some of our licensed premises to carry out a ‘Condition of Entry’ operation. This is an operation where any person wishing to enter the licensed premise has their hands swabbed for traces of drugs. This swab is then run through a machine to evidence whether any drugs are present. If the result comes back as positive a drug search would then be carried out. Three licensed premises were visited and a number of searches were carried out. We will be running more of these operations over the coming months.
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.
Have your say meetings
If you would like to speak to your neighbourhood officers about any local concerns please come and meet with them at the times and dates below:
• Monday 9th July 2018, 10am– 10.30am at Reynolds Way shops with PCSO Clare Atkins.
• Wednesday 18th July 2018, 11am – 11.30am at Tesco, Marcham Way with PCSO Clare Atkins.
The team will also be attending the South Abingdon Play and Activity day on 21st July 11am – 3pm at Southern Town Park, Lambrick Way, Abingdon.
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 AbingdonTownNHPT@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.