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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 18-4-21

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(Article Oxford Mail 15/4)
A man was left with a broken pelvis after a serious crash in Oxford yesterday.
The 49-year-old man was driving a black Honda Civic on Watlington Road at around 3.20pm.
He went to overtake a HGV lorry at the junction of Blackberry Lane, at the same time the lorry was turning into the road and they crashed.
His car flipped onto the roof and slid along the road.
Emergency services raced to the scene and he was raced to the John Radcliffe Hospital with serious injuries. He is still there now.
The investigating officer, PC Christopher Weatherley of the Roads Policing Unit, based in Abingdon, said: “This was a two-vehicle collision and I am appealing to anybody who witnessed the incident or who has any information to please contact Thames Valley Police.

“I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage from the area at around 3.20pm yesterday to please check this and contact us if it’s captured something that could assist the investigation. 
"Likewise, if anyone saw a black Honda Civic or a blue/red HGV prior to the crash – this could be helpful to the investigation.
“You can call 101, quoting reference 43210156840, or you can make a report online.
As lockdown is easing and we may be going out more here are some recommendations to keep your home, garden and mobile safe.

Checklist for securing your home
It’s vital to leave your home secure whenever you leave it. Getting into an ‘exit routine’ can help ensure that you don’t forget obvious, important things, like not leaving your valuables near windows, or no lights on if it will be dark before you get home. This is what you can do.
Become a creature of habit
Try to get into the habit of following your own course of action when you lock up your home. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.
Recommendations before you go out:
Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes
double-lock any door
Make sure that any valuables are out of sight
Keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
Never leave car documents or ID in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
in the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
If you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
Set your burglar alarm
Make sure the side gate is locked
Lock your shed or garage
Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor

General garden security
Keep gates, fences and walls in good repair to stop intruders.
Grow prickly plants close to vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drainpipes.
Never leave expensive equipment in the shed or outside.
Do not leave ladders and tools in your garden as these could be used to break into your home.

Mobile Phone Theft
Criminals often use bikes and mopeds to snatch mobile phones from people, particularly at busy locations such as outside stations, shopping centres or concert venues. Often victims are approached from behind while talking or texting on phones. Criminals on mopeds or bicycles may mount the pavement to grab the phone or snatch it from the road. Sometimes when it’s a moped, a pillion passenger will snatch it.
While most thefts happen between six and ten at night, criminals operate during the day too, so always look out for what’s going on around you.
Follow these simple steps to help protect your phone.
Be aware of your surroundings
If you need to call or use your phone on the street, look out for anyone on a bike or a moped near you. Look up, look out
Make it quick so you don't become distracted
Don't text while you're walking – you won't notice what's going on around you
If that's not possible, stand away from the roadside, close to a building or wall, so no one can come up behind you
Going hands-free can prevent a thief from snatching your phone out of your hand
Use security features on your phone
You must switch on your phone's security features to protect your phone
Use the keypad lock so that thieves cannot immediately access your phone, or use the biometric authentication if your phone has it (finger print or facial recognition)
Your phone may have other security features you can use – these could allow you to wipe data, lock your handset, or prevent a thief from restoring a phone to its factory settings from another internet device
Consider installing an anti-theft app. These can be an effective way of helping police trace your phone and identify the thief
Know how to identify your phone if it's stolen
Every phone has an IMEI number which helps police and insurance companies to identify it if it's stolen. UK network operators can also stop a stolen phone from working across their networks with its IMEI
Find your IMEI number by dialling *#06# from your phone and keep a written note of it; if the phone is stolen, report the number to your mobile provider to stop it being used
Register your valuables on an accredited property database.
Remember, never confront a thief or risk your own safety for the sake of your mobile phone.
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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