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Neighbourhood Police Update - November 2019

on Thu, 14/11/2019 - 8:08pm

Here is the latest update from the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Team (Sparsholt & Westcot are covered by the Faringdon Team, rather than Wantage).


Burglary: As a neighbourhood team we have been focusing on the burglaries in and around Faringdon, our main focus is the routes the offenders are using to get into our area. Offenders have been gaining entry via rear doors of properties. We urge for members of the public to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

Please click <here> to download our security guide which contains a range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home. There is also advice on how to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security and a handy checklist when going away. You can also click on a link to sign up to Thames Valley Alerts to receive local crime updates from us.

County Lines: The team remain focused on working with the community to identify drug dealing areas and dwellings used to facilitate County Lines. County Drugs Lines is the name given to a type of drug dealing by organised crime groups (OCGs) who create a network between a city and a smaller town. The team have had good recent success in disrupting criminality and obtaining Closure Orders from Magistrates to limit dwelling usage and protect vulnerable people. Please keep the information coming.

Rural Crime: The team are having great success thanks to the Rural WhatsApp which has 70 members and these people are our eyes and ears in the community. Vehicles are dogs continue to be seized from these organised criminals. Rural crime week saw six arrests and three dogs seized. The new 4X4 is our latest asset to help us deliver in this area of business.

You said we did

We have received numerous reports to drug dealing down Canada Lane and the surrounding roads. Working with the local community we attended Canada Lane and a group were searched and drugs/ drug paraphernalia were seized, the investigations are ongoing.

Witness appeals

We have had reports of suspicious people in Great Coxwell Faringdon, if anyone has any details of who these people maybe or any information please call 101.

Please remain vigilant and report all suspicious vehicles and people. We ask for any suspicious people taking interest in vehicles or property to be reported to us due to the burglaries in the area. If any vehicles are seen we ask if indexes could be obtained.

Home security

Now is the ideal time to look at your home security. If you’re not at home during the hours of darkness, you may be at an increased risk of burglary. If no light is on in your home, curtains are not drawn, and no car is in the drive, it’s an obvious sign to an opportunist burglar that nobody is at home. At this time of year it pays to secure your home.
There are a number of simple and free ways to do this, all of which will help reduce the chance of your home becoming a target.

  • Visit a local retailer and pick up a 24-hour segment timer for under £5. The timer can be used with a lamp, radio or TV to give the impression that someone’s home. Remember to use an energy efficient light bulb.
  • Register your valuables on it’s free and takes just a few minutes and if your valuables are stolen, will allow you to tell the police, your insurer, and the second-hand trade to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Lock your doors and windows, if you have a UPVC door, make sure you have double locked it. 

Speed Watch

Faringdon neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) have been liaising with local parishes in moving forward with the community speed watch initiative to try and cut down on speeding through our small local villages.

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