Priority 1 – Burglary
We received reports of shed breaks in Whitecross and in Norreys Road, Cumnor. Many of the sheds broken into were away from the houses and access was gained via open fields at the rear of the properties. Please think about security. Opportunist thieves identify sheds and garages as easy pickings because they are usually fairly unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home. Many people fall short on basic security of their sheds and garages. No thief wants to hang about longer than they have to so delay the time it will take them to get their hands on your tools!
- Keep your shed/garage in good condition.
- Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door.
- Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed.
- It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
- By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
- Bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Fit grilles or mesh to windows to slow down the thief.
- Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use.
- Install a shed/garage alarm.
- Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultraviolet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA, SmartWater or engravers.
- Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
- If building a shed, put it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.
- Ensure ladders are locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they can’t be used to reach top floor windows.
- Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a thief to carry away.
- Fit a wire cage inside a shed where more expensive items can be locked away.
Priority 2 – Violence
During the month of February the neighbourhood team carried out licensing visits across Abingdon town and surrounding villages, during these visits the premises were all swabbed for traces of drugs. From these swabs we were able to see whether there were any signs of drug usage and if there is, then we work with the premises in a bid to disrupt and deter this.
Priority 3 – Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
We have received reports about motorbikes being ridden anti-socially around the Thrupp Lane area. We have increased our patrols of the area in order to deter this. We can issue section 59 warnings to anyone caught doing this. A section 59 is a warning to the owner of the motorbike OR the rider that if either are caught again the bike can be seized.
Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) warning letters are regularly being sent out to people involved in vehicle ASB in the town centre.
Offenders brought to Justice
- Cherish Curtis aged 22 years-old from Southmoor, was arrested in connection to criminal damage to a vehicle in Park Road that occurred on Tuesday 5th February. The female has subsequently been charged and has a date to appear in court next month.
- The Neighbourhood team supported an Immigration operation on the 15th February in Abingdon. Four arrests were made at China Court, Hadland Road.
- Hi visibility patrols are continuing in Abingdon Town centre to deter shoplifting and purse thefts.
- On the 13th March PCSOs Clare Atkins and Miles Miller talked to the nursery children at Long Furlong School around their topic of ‘helping people’.
- PCSO Blood attended ‘Back to 35’ a group for the over 50’s and gave a presentation on ‘Fraud and Scams’.
- PCSO Blood and PC Barraclough attended Barclays Bank and gave a presentation on fraud to their Operation Bankers from Oxfordshire and Hampshire.
- We had a visit from the reception class from Carswell School, the pupils were completing a topic on ‘People who help us’. They were spoken to by officers from the neighbourhood team and shown around the police station.
- The TVP Horses supported the neighbourhood team patrol and offer reassurance to Cumnor residents on 7th March following shed breaks in the area.
- On 11th March the neighbourhood team showed the 6th Abingdon Cub Pack from Trinity church around the Police station.
- The team delivered fraud prevention presentations to the Women’s Institute in Kennington and Marcham.
- PC James Barraclough and PCSO Miles Miller will be attending the Careers Conference at Saint Helens Saint Katherines School on Friday 15th March.
Please come along and speak to a PCSO about any local concerns:
- Have your Say with PCSO Clare Atkins (South Abingdon): Friday 29th March, 6pm – 6.30pm at Reynolds Way shops.
- Have your Says with PCSO Sue Haynes (Drayton/Sutton Courtenay): Tuesday 19th March 3pm – 3.30pm outside Costcutter in Sutton Courtney.
- Have your Say with PCSOs Ali Blood and Jason Bauer (Abingdon Town): Saturday 23rd March 2:30pm - 3pm at Market Place, Abingdon
- Have your Say with PCSO Miles Miller (Peachcroft/Northcourt): Saturday 23rd March, 4pm – 5pm at Co-op/McColl’s,Northcourt Road
- PCSO Ali Blood and PC Carl Bryant are also holding a bike marking event in the Market Square, Abingdon on Sunday 14 April, 9am – 3pm. Come along with your bikes!
Recent incidents / witness appeals
If you have any information about any of the below incidents, please let us know by calling 101 or e-mailing the below address and quoting the reference number:
- Between 9th – 16th February, a winch was stolen off a trailer which was parked in Church Street, Sutton Courtenay. If you have any information on this incident please call 101 and quote reference number 43190052164.
- Between 9th - 13th February a white ford car was damaged when it was parked in Hobbyhorse Lane, Sutton Courtenay. Please call 101 if you have any information that will help with our enquires and quote reference number 43190046633.
- Between 4pm on the 22nd February – 7.50am on 23rd February a house that is being renovated on High Street, Cumnor was broken into and power tools stolen. If you saw anything please call 101 and quote ref. 43190057583.
Peachcroft and Daisybank PCSO
Message from PCSO Selene Moquet: Hello, I’m the new PCSO for the Peachcroft and Daisybank area. I have been working for Thames Valley Police for a few months now and I am eager to get to know you all. Please do not hesitate to stop me in the street for a quick chat. I am always happy to help. If you need to contact me you can do so by emailing Selene.Moquet@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
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