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Neighbourhood Police Update - July 2018

on Thu, 05/07/2018 - 7:19pm


Burglary: We are continuing to tackle the increase of burglary and theft related offences in the area. Faringdon Neighbourhood team will be working alongside Operation Monitor team who are active in reducing and detecting burglaries. The neighbourhood team, in partnership with the neighbourhood action group (NAG), will be organising crime prevention days of action where we will be distributing crime reduction advice and signing the public up to our messaging system so they can receive further information. We are disrupting and engaging with any known offenders. Anyone with any information regarding burglaries and the handling of stolen property should report it to police or Crimestoppers.
Rural Crime: Rural crime continues to be a priority for the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team. Thefts from vehicles in our local beauty spots tend to increase during the spring and summer months as a result of the increased in visitors to the area and the change in weather. Evenings become lighter and people are taking advantage of this by visiting beauty spots all over the Vale. We will be conducting hi-visibility patrols of our local beauty spots and offering crime prevention advice.

Anti-social behaviour ASB: There has been an increase in disorder around the nigh time economy in the town centre. The neighbourhood team will be increasing patrols and engaging with Pubwatch which has helped in the past with community resilience around this problem.

The neighbourhood team will also be working with the neighbourhood action group (NAG) and the Town Council to divert young people causing ASB to different activities and to safeguard the most vulnerable.
Offenders brought to justice

  • Dale Gough, 26, of Gainfield, Faringdon admitted possession of a lock knife following a stop and search by Faringdon Neighbourhood Team in Watchfield on April 21. He was fined £120 and must pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 court costs.
  • On 1st July a 32 year old man was arrested in Faringdon for cocaine and cannabis possession and being in control of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drugs. He has been released under investigation.

Please continue to report information on all crimes so that we can act on this and keep vulnerable members of our community safe.

Witness appeal

Between 11pm on 21/6 and 6am on 22/6 unknown offenders burgled a property in East Hanney. Entry was gained via the rear door and a motor cross bike was stolen. If you have any information on this crime please call 101.

Summer crime prevention advice

  • Burglaries are still being reported in our area. There are simple crime prevention tips to keep your property safe;
  • Lock all front and rear doors and windows at night and when you are out.
  • Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of your property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

Are you going on holiday?

  • Please do not advertise that you are going away on social media – wait until you get home to upload your holiday snaps!
  • Check that your home insurance policy, as some may pay out less or not at all, if you have posted that you are away on social media.
  • Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t.
  • Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats and plant pots.

‘Take it with you’

On Friday 22nd June we placed posters at our local beauty spots advising motorists to ‘Take it with you’ and ‘Display and you will pay’, high visibility patrols took place over the weekends of 23rd - 24th June and 30th June – 1st July and it will be a continued priority to deter offenders.

Neighbourhood team events/meetings

We would like to make you aware that we now have a new Facebook page – TVP South Oxon and Vale of White. Please take a look and give us a follow. We will be using this along with our Twitter @tvpsouthandvale to give you regular updates and announce activities such as our Days in Action and Have Your Say events. We encourage you to take these opportunities to come and chat to us.

TVP South and Vale Twitter

Please remember the best place to find out what the Faringdon Neighbourhood team are up to is always on Twitter: @TVPSouthandVale (opens new window) and using the #Faringdon.

Thames Valley Alert

Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at (opens new window) today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. A new option includes receiving information via text but more traditional landline and email messages are still available. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages you receive.

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 01865-841148 if 101 doesn't work for you) but if your call is an emergency then dial 999.   You can also contact us via email: - [email protected] 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: Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale. (opens new window)

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