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



Police Notice about Further Easing of Covid-19 Restrictions

After over three months of social restrictions, we understand that people will want to go out and enjoy themselves when lockdown restrictions ease further on Saturday (4/7).

As these restrictions are lifted however, the public have an even greater responsibility to adhere to the government guidance around social distancing and hygiene and play their part in stopping the spread of Coronavirus. Covid-19 still presents a significant threat to public health, as highlighted by the local lockdown seen in Leicester this week, and we must all continue to respect the measures in place to protect lives.

As with any expected busy weekend, Thames Valley Police has a comprehensive plan in place with officers visible in our cities and town centres, as well as extra resources and officers available to respond to any disorder or criminality, wherever they are needed. And whilst we have no powers to enforce social distancing, restrictions around gatherings are still in place and we will break up illegal events and take action against those who organise them.

We are also working with local authorities and licensees to support their plans to manage the number of people out and about. In some areas entry to a bar or restaurant will only be possible if you pre-book a table and not all premises are opening, so if you’ve not pre-booked you may not get entry to anywhere and you may wish to consider this when making your plans. Also make sure to pre-plan your travel and how you are going to get home.

We would also ask that people are mindful of the potential impact they could have on the emergency services and urge people to drink responsibly.

We want everyone to have a great time and enjoy themselves but please stay safe and adhere to the public health measures in place to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Please see the latest government guidance on the further easing of restrictions. 

Message Sent By

Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Shed Break-Ins

There has been an increase in shed break-ins across Milton Keynes, but not in Chicheley.  Nevertheless, our local police have issued the following message and advice to prevent theft of valuable tools from sheds:

Opportunist thieves identify sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures.  The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

Many people fall short on basic security of their sheds.  Please make sure you:

  • Keep your shed in good condition
  • Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door
  • Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed
  • It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with
  • By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
  • Bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Fit grilles or mesh to windows to slow down the thief.  Replace glass with polycarbonate panels
  • Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use
  • Install a shed alarm
  • Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA, Smartwater or engravers
  • Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points
  • If building a shed, put it where it is most visible to you and neighbours
  • Ensure ladders are locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they can’t be used to reach top floor windows
  • Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a thief to carry away
  • Fit a wire cage inside the shed where more expensive items can be locked away

No thief wants to hang about longer than they have to, so delay the time it will take them to get their hands on your tools or other valuable items.

Message Sent By

Arlene Ormston (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)


Police Message about Rights of Way

Hi All

I have had numerous complaints from farmers regarding members of the public not sticking to the public footpaths (which run across the farmers’ fields / land) whilst out walking in the countryside.  I have sent out a TVP Alert today but would be grateful if you could communicate the message below on your Facebook pages, Whats App Groups, email distribution lists etc. for those people who are not signed up for TVP Alerts.  The TVP Alert has been sent out to 13 000 people so hopefully the message gets across and sinks in.  Many thanks 

Arlene

 

Use of footpaths and bridleways

With everyone out using our lovely countryside as part of their daily exercise please remember that the footpaths (yellow markers) are for walking and running and not for cycling. The bridleways (blue markers) can be used for cycling as well as walking & horse riding.

Please don't ride bikes on the footpaths around the fields. To find all the bridleways / footpaths around a village go to https://mymsg.eu/92q1 Go to My Maps, navigate over to the area where you want to walk, then click on “Public Rights of Way” from the list on the left side to turn on the rights of way layer. The bridleways will be marked in green, and footpaths in purple.

There have been recent incidents of uncontrolled dogs harassing ewes and lambs, and also of damage to crops. So please stay on the footpaths, keep your dog under close control, and enjoy our glorious countryside.

Many thanks and stay safe

PCSO C1018 Arlene Ormston

Milton Keynes Rural North Neighbourhood Team

Email: arlene.ormston@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Mob: 07815 590 756

Coronavirus-Related Fraud and Scams

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Crime to Watch Out For

From: Ormston Arlene <Arlene.Ormston@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk> 

Sent: 26 January 2020 21:57

Subject: New Scam email and other crime updates

Morning,

SCAM 

Yet another scam going around where you get an email saying “reminder for your appointment at BMI on “day, date and time”. Refer to documents for full details. You may incur a charge if you do not advise BMI that you cannot attend. To reschedule or opt-out of reminders please call 01256 377 720”

 Please do not reply or call the number or open any documents

 Please warn other members of your community especially if they use emails.

 Other Crime in this Area

 Theft of tools out of vans is on the increase; mostly happening in Newport Pagnell and Olney but has spilled over in some of my villages! Please make sure you mark your tools and if you have someone come work on your site, please ensure they have locked their vans!  The crooks are quick and clever and we need to be smarter.

Theft of plant equipment is on the increase again; mostly diggers.

Hare Coursing was reported in Clifton Reynes recently and is on the increase with other forces.  We had one report of hare coursing in Moulsoe last night and I believe other incidents have occurred but they haven’t been logged as yet.  We need you to report these so we can build a picture of when and where it is happening.

Our Olney ward community forum is on Thursday 19th March at 7,30 pm at Chicheley village hall.  This is idea is for residents to come and talk to the police and parish clerks under one umbrella and tell us what issues you have going on in your village. 

Regards

Arlene

 

PCSO C1018 Arlene Ormston 

Milton Keynes Rural North Neighbourhood Team

Mob: 07815590756

Email: arlene.ormston@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 

STOP PRESS - Caravan stolen in Chicheley

This news has just been received and there are not yet any details about exactly where the theft took place.  If within the village it seems that the usual high community vigilance has not been enough.  Please help the Police with any information you may have, and please keep a look out for any suspicious activity.  

"A Swift Caldecott twin axle caravan (white in colour) with bike racks on the back was stolen from a residential property in Chicheley sometime between 07/12 - 14/12. 

Keep your ears and eyes peeled for any abandoned caravans in your area. Ring 101 and quote the crime reference 43190390199 if you think you have come across it.

Many thanks 

Arlene Ormston PCSO C1018"

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)