Crimewatch


Police Contact Numbers

Emergency Only:     Dial 999


Not an Emergency:  Dial 101

Or report online www.thamesvalley.police.uk


For general enquiries or concerns related to Chicheley and immediate area contact:

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Arlene Ormston

arlene.ormston@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

07815 590756



Dangers of Becoming a Money Mule.

Thames Valley Police is urging schools, parents and guardians to warn children about the dangers of becoming a money mule.

A money mule is someone who transfers stolen money through their own bank account on behalf of someone else and is paid for doing so.

Criminals use money mules to launder the profits of their crimes.

Young people are often unaware that acting as a money mule is illegal. They are approached to take part online or in person, including through social media, at school, college or sports clubs. 

Spot the signs and follow these tips on how to stay safe:

Make sure your child doesn't give their bank account details to anyone unless they know and trust them.

Tell them to be cautious of unsolicited offers of easy money, because if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Look out for your child suddenly having extra cash, buying expensive new clothes or electronics with very little explanation as to how they got the money.

A young person involved in money muling may become more secretive, withdrawn or appear stressed.

Parents and guardians are advised not to attempt to contact any individual they suspect of organising money muling and should instead contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More information, advice and tips can be found here  https://www.moneymules.co.uk/

Message Sent By:  Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Firearms Licensing Changes

In 2018, the Thames Valley Police Firearms Licensing Department implemented an early renewal project in order to resolve a long term problem with the administration of firearms licensing applications.

In 1995, the term of firearm and shotgun certificates was increased from 3 to 5 years.  This amendment, while of benefit to shooters, resulted in licensing departments experiencing high volumes of renewals over 3 of the 5 years, and this increased demand has remained constant since the change was made.  As a result of this, we have often had difficulty in dealing with the higher volumes of renewals during the peak years. 

The aim of our early renewal project is to level off this peak in renewals but we need your help. With your assistance this project will enable us to provide a better level of customer service to all our certificate holders, regardless of where they are in the five year cycle.

What can you do to help us?

The firearms licensing department will be sending out the next batch of early renewal letters at the beginning of November 2019. If you receive one of these letters it means that your renewal expiry date is due within a high peak demand year. This letter will be inviting you to renew your shot gun or coterminous certificate(s) a year earlier. You will only need to pay a reduced renewal fee of £25.00, however, this fee does not include any charge made to you by your General Practitioner (GP) to check your medical records.

For ease of administration the department will send with the early renewal letter an application form, a GP pro forma and a self-addressed envelope. You can pay via BACS, cheque or postal order. BACS instructions are provided in your early renewal pack.

Do you, the applicant, need to provide a medical report?

Yes. There has been an important change to the Thames Valley Police firearms licensing application process with regards to your medical information.

You are now required to provide medical information verified by a GP for all firearm and shotgun applications - this includes renewals. This applies to any application, whether declaring a medical condition or not.  You, the applicant, will be responsible for contacting your GP for this information. The GP pro forma is included in your early renewal pack and once completed by your GP, should be submitted with your application form.

Applications received without this information will be returned to the applicant.

What happens after we receive your application?

Once you have submitted your application form you will receive a text message to confirm receipt (if you have provided a mobile telephone number on your application form).  It is not necessary for you to contact the department to enquire about the progress of your application as it is not subject to any service level agreement as you are still in possession of a valid certificate. Your application will be processed by the firearms licensing team according to monthly demands. A final text message will be sent to you once your application has been completed and posted.

Once you receive your new certificates in the post, you must return the old ones to us.

 Message Sent By:  Zoe Powderly (Police, Manager, Firearms Licensing )

Rural Crime

Rural crime can be an issue for large areas of the Thames Valley. As the evenings begin to draw in, we would like to take the time to remind you of simple steps you can take to help prevent becoming a victim of rural crime.

From 6-13 October, keep an eye out on our social media channels for key rural crime prevention tips and local activity that we carry out daily in support of rural crime prevention.

These range from how to keep your machinery and equipment safe, to how to protect your land and boundaries.

At this time of year, we tend to see an increase in hare coursing, damage to fencing and boundaries, and acquisitive crime including theft and burglary in rural communities. It is important that you ensure your property is secure, fences and boundaries are looked after and that any suspicious behaviour is reported, providing as much detail as possible on the location and details of the people and vehicles involved.

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of large items of waste. It is a civil offence to fly tip and so reports should be made to your local council. Reports of fly tipping in progress, with the offenders on scene should be reported to the police on 101.

There is also lots of detailed advice on our website.

It is vital to report all crimes. If it is an emergency and happening right now, call 999. If the incident has already happened or you have information that does not require an immediate response, please make a report online or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on their dedicated rural crime line 0800 783 0137, or through their online form.

 Updated: 03/10/2019 by Luke Stratford (Police, Comms, HQ South)


Speeding Report

Extracted results for traffic speed monitoring on the A422 through Chicheley are shown below.  There continues to be a small reduction in trafic speed through the village, but still an unnacceptable number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit by a large margin.  These dangerous and inconsiderate drivers will be caught and lose their licences.


Home Security Advice


New Telephone SCAM

An Olney resident posted on Facebook yesterday that he had received a phone call which said "payment is being made to Mr Carlos in South Africa, press 1 to cancel the payment or hang up if I want it to go through".  

Just ignore it and hang up.

Some people may panic and press 1 which is the scammer’s objective.   This diverts the call to a high cost premium line.  Please can you help spread the word especially if you know any vulnerable residents who may get caught by this scam.

Links to Police online forms

There is a dedicated webpage which includes quick links to some of the online forms on the Thames Valley Police website.  It also provides information on some of the most frequent calls received about non-police matters.   Checking this web link will make it easier to address concerns, and save the police time.  We all know there resources are stretched at present. 

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/c/2019/think-before-you-dial/

 

Preventing Heating Oil Theft

Earlier this year there were several incidences of heating oil being stolen from storage tanks in rural Milton Keynes.  A perpetrator was arrested and his vehicle was found fully equipped to remove and store oil from domestic tanks.

Our local PCSO Arlene Ormston has advised that secure, locking caps are available amd has provided a web link for the SpinSecure costing from £55 from Fuel Tank Shop.  https://www.fueltankshop.co.uk/spinsecure-oil-tank-fill-point-lock/p4969.   Other types are no doubt available.




Caravan Stolen from Clifton Reynes

A caravan (Hobby 650 UFF Premium) was stolen from a property in Clifton Reynes some time between 18/07/19 and 20/07/19. 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the theft of this caravan.

If you have any information about this incident, please report it on the Thames Valley Police website or call 101, quoting reference number 43190222846 or URN 670 of 21/07/19.

Message Sent By:  Arlene Ormston (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)