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Friday, 28 October 2011

Update on silver Golf used in crime

The silver Golf that was involved in the theft of dogs from the Letcombe Bassett area of Wantage and also several other thefts and suspicious incidents across the Vale and South Oxfordshire has been found abandoned in Leatherhead in Surrey on Tuesday evening. Forensic examination of the car is taking place and police are following up on information about numerous offences connected to this car.

Occupants of a grey ( almost green) Jeep Cherokee have been involved in almost identical suspicious incidents across Berkshire and Oxfordshire over the last two days including when disturbed saying they are looking for their lost dog. They may be connected to the silver Golf . The part index of the Jeep is R658 - please report any sightings immediately to the police on 08458 505 505 or please use 999 if you think a crime is being committed.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Thames Valley Police go live with 101

Thames Valley Police is due to go live with 101, the new national single non-emergency number on 14 November 2011, which will replace the 0845 8 505 505 number. Both numbers will run side by side until the end of March, but if demand for the 0845 8 505 505 number drops it may be discontinued earlier.

Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobile networks) cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day the call is made, or the duration of the call. 

Everyone calling the police for non-emergency matters will now know exactly how much a call will cost them, and can be assured of equal access whether they are on a pay-as-you-go mobile or a home landline.

The routing will be based on the same system as 999 calls. If a caller is using a landline the routing will be based on the caller’s postcode and the call will be directed to the same area’s force. If a caller is using a mobile, the call will route using the mast that the phone is transmitting from.

If a call is made to 101 within a force area that has not yet ‘gone live’, the caller will hear a recorded message telling them to redial using the relevant non emergency number.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Local Crime October 2011

Thames Valley Police warning of a spate of thefts from rural locations. Overnight Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th October tools were stolen from a barn at Blewbury, overnight Wednesday 12th to Thursday 13th a generator was stolen from Milton.Overnight last night 17th to the 18th tools were stolen from a house being built on the Wantage Road in Harwell.

Monday 17th October at about 3pm three springer spaniels were stolen from kennels at the rear of a house in Letcombe Bassett - two males were seen stealing the dogs - they were in a silver coloured 5 door VW Golf with a smashed driver's side mirror and had twin exhaust pipes on the drivers side. The dogs are all white and liver coloured bitches - one was 4 years old and the other two are six months old. A similar theft of a spaniel occured on the 16th October in the Reading area where a silver Golf was seen.

A silver Golf was also seen in suspicious circumstances yesterday afternoon at various locations in South Oxfordshire where several burglaries to new build homes and barns have been reported. It was seen at Ewelme and also at Goring on the Icknield Road at about 1540 hrs where the occupants appeared to be sorting through tools and it made off from police.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Introduction to Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch, sometimes also known as Home Watch, is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever.

Behind it is a simple idea and a central value held by millions of people around the country.

Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime and create a better place to live, work and play.

It's not just about reducing crime figures; it's about creating communities that care. It brings together local people who can make a real contribution to improve their lives.

There are other benefits too; you could become familiar with crime prevention ideas that will help keep your home and belongings safe. The extra security that belonging to a scheme offers might even mean you can get a discount from your insurance company.

The main aims of Neighbourhood Watch are:

a)      To reduce local opportunities for crime, thereby deterring would be thieves and vandals.
b)      To establish a community spirit so that everyone can contribute towards the protection of their property by mutual co-operation and communication.
c)      To inform the co-ordinator or the police of any suspicious activity.

These aims can be achieved by taking just a few easy steps which only take a couple of moments of your time. Basically it's all about keeping your eyes and ears open and reporting anything you may think suspicious to either me or direct to the police.