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Neighbourhood policing newsletter

Alert message sent 17/09/2018 14:02:00

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Here is the latest Didcot Sector neighbourhood update from PC Beverley Kaur. 

Didcot Neighbourhood priorities are Rural Crime, Burglary Dwelling and CDE (Child Drug Exploitation). To deal with these priorities we are working with partner agencies and running operations. The good news is the number of residential burglaries in our area has decreased.

You as a community can also assist us with these priorities by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious vehicle and people in the area.  Recently a number of posters have been placed around the area in public areas raising awareness as to the signs to spot in children who are being exploited by gangs involved in drug crime. County lines gangs use children and vulnerable people to courier drugs and money.

There has been further reports of elderly people being targeted by fraudsters trying to get them to withdraw money from their bank accounts or make a money transfer to their account. Sometimes they are even posing as police officers. If you have elderly family or neighbours who may be exploited in this way please make sure they are told not to pass any bank account details over the phone and should they receive a request for money it is a fraud and not to take any action. If you feel that you have been a victim please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Site Watch
This is a scheme which is now up and running for those involved in the building and construction trade to share information on crimes with the police and with each other. There are a number of new construction sites in the area which have been targeted by criminals. We are signing the sites up to Thames Valley Alerts and also providing Business Watch signs for them to display. If you are interested in joining Site Watch please contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

Pub Watch
The Pub Watch scheme in both Didcot and Wallingford ran by the licensees and assisted by the Police.  The scheme intends to maintain a safe and secure social environment for customers and staff.  There are monthly meeting where Police and all licensees in the scheme meet and discuss incidents that have occurred, and any arising issues. At the last meeting 11 people were banned.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
We have had reports of ASB occurring at Edmunds Park, this is a lovely park used by dog walkers and families. Those causing ASB spoil it for other users, if you see such behaviour please dial 999 if the matter is an emergency and 101 for non-emergency.

Contacting us and reporting crimes online
Did you know that you can now get in touch with us online as well as by calling 101? Please visit where you can: 

•    Provide more information or request an update on a crime report
•    Tell us if you recognise a face or description from one of our witness appeals
•    Contact an officer or department directly, for example our Fixed Penalty Support Unit. This also helps you reach an officer or PCSO who may be working unsociable hours.

You can also use our new online reporting form on our Website to report any type of crime, traffic collisions involving an injury, a missing person and anti-social behaviour. If you click on the REPORT link it opens up a form which takes you through all the questions that you would be asked if you called 101 and is picked up by our dedicated team in the Contact Centre.

Happy Halloween
Yes it’s that time of year when dark evenings with be back with us and those little trick or treaters will be out for Halloween.  The neighbourhood team will be doing Halloween awareness and safety talks with junior school children. The team will also be in Sainsburys, Orchard Centre, Didcot on 30/10/18 with ‘No Trick or Treat’ posters and a general catch up so please come along and talk to us.

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.  

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

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