Here is the latest Wallingford Sector neighbourhood update from PCSO Sue Harris. Your Neighbourhood Policing Team consists of Inspector Adrian Hall, Sergeant Fraser Weller, PC Simone O’Dell, PCSO Sue Harris, PCSO Marie Davenport, PCSO Sarah Jones & PCSO Clare Beale.
Burglary and theft
Although this hot weather is lovely and we all have our windows open, please think security. Most burglars are opportunists. Please ensure windows are closed when out or at least invest in a window restrictor. Do not leave ladders or other tools which can be used to climb into upstairs windows or that can force windows or doors. Sheds can be particularly vulnerable so ensure you cover any windows, invest in a good lock and shed alarm. House alarms do deter offenders and we would recommend that you invest in one to protect your property. We would recommend that you get at least three quotes and use companies that are registered with either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) www.nsi.org.uk or www.ssaib.org. Talk to your insurance company before you decide what best suits your needs. The system should meet European Standard EN50131-1. If you require a free crime prevention survey please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover it Live
We are holding an online crime prevention discussion on Wednesday 11th July between 5pm - 7pm. To log on to the session go to tvpsouthandvale.coverpage.coveritlive.com. We promise to finish for 7pm as I think there is a certain football match on!
Could I please remind people not to leave dogs in hot cars, even with the windows left open. Not only can this ultimately lead to the death of your beloved pet it is also generating calls to the police which could have been prevented. If we receive a call we attend and a large amount of time is spent trying to locate owners and it can lead to your car window getting smashed. If we have to smash a window to save your dog it the damage is unlikely to be covered by your insurance.
Please do not swim in the river or lakes. It can be extremely dangerous. Even on a warm day, the temperature of a body of open water can remain very cold. When you jump into a body of water you experience a cold-shock response. This is what happens:
• You gasp for air. Meaning that you could breathe in water.
• You hyperventilate. This over-breathing can make you light-headed and, as your brain is deprived of oxygen, you may become disoriented.
• Your body’s Cold Shock Response, which speeds up the heart rate, may conflict with the Diving Response, which does the opposite, causing your heart to go into abnormal rhythms which can cause sudden death.
• Your muscles will become weaker. Your muscle ability can drop by as much as 25%. So you may not be able to keep yourself afloat or pull yourself out.
• Your body will shiver, which will affect your coordination and your swimming ability.
There may be hidden currents
Moving water, such as rivers, may look calm but may have strong currents below the surface. Even reservoirs can have currents, caused by working machinery.
• Whether you’re a strong swimmer or not, currents can carry you into danger:
• Trapping you against underwater obstructions or in weeds.
• Pulling you away from where you can get out of the water.
• Dragging you further than you’re able to swim back from.
What lies beneath?
From out of the water, or above the water, you may not be able to see what’s under the water.
• There could be anything from large rocks to machinery; from shopping trolleys to dead branches, and even fish hooks or broken fishing line, all of which could injure you.
• If you dive or jump into open water you don’t know what is underneath and a broken neck from a diving accident could paralyse you for life. It is difficult to estimate depth and it can suddenly deepen
• Shallow water can deepen suddenly.
Anti-social behaviours (ASB)
Fortunately, we have very few reports of ASB. However there was a small fire which was started by two unidentified young people at the back of Castle Lane near Castle Gardens. In this weather fires can spread rapidly. If you have information of who these two young males maybe described as white and between 14 and 19 years of age, please phone 101 and quote 43180176700.
Road traffic collisions
We have experienced an increase in collisions during this hot weather. Please ensure you are hydrated and drive with care. Check legal tread and pressure on tyres and monitor your fuel and fluid levels. Do not use a mobile phone! Don’t get hot under the collar!
We would like to thank the residents of Station Road, Wallingford who helped us with a collision on 6th July. Their help was invaluable and really appreciated.
On 4th June PCSO Chris Wyatt and PCSO Lewis Symm gave a talk to the Cholsey Beaver group. PCSO Sue Harris and PCSO Lewis Symm attended Clifton Hampden school fete and children loved our police van. PCSO 9825 Sue Harris and PCSO 2248 Marie Davenport have given internet safety talks to year 6 at the Europa School, Culham and have completed Sexting talks to year 8 at Wallingford School. You may have also seen us outside Fir Tree Primary school monitoring the parking.
We have seen a rise in shoplifting in Wallingford town centre. Could we please ask you are vigilant and alert a member of staff if you see anyone acting suspiciously?
Come and meet us
The Wallingford Neighbourhood Team will be available to speak to you outside Wallingford Town Hall on Friday 20th July, 11am - 1pm. Just turn up and have a chat.
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 WallingfordNHPT@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.