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



Catalytic Converter Thefts

Thames Valley Police is issuing a warning to motorists following an increasing number of thefts of catalytic converters.

Offenders are most commonly targeting parked Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris, Honda Jazz, Honda Civic, Honda CRVs and Lexus RX400 vehicles.

Officers are investigating the offences, many of which are believed to be linked.

Since the start of the year, there have been 1,210 offences reported to the force up to the end of November, with an increasing number of reports since August.

In many of the cases, offenders use car jacks to lift the vehicle and are able to remove the catalytic converter in a matter of minutes.

Detective Superintendent Jim Weems, Head of Intelligence, said: “We are taking these offences seriously and investigating in our efforts to identify and arrest offenders.

“It appears there are a number of factors contributing to the increase in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles. Significantly, they contain precious metals, from which criminals are profiting.

“Not only does it cause distress and inconvenience, it is likely to cost victims to replace it and repair any damage to the vehicle.”

There are a number of steps you can take to try to protect your vehicle’s catalytic converter. Please speak to your vehicle’s manufacturer to establish what locks and guards are available.

If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can speak to a mechanic about having the bolts welded shut.

When parking in a car park and having to leave your vehicle unattended, try to park with the front of your car against a wall and avoid parking at the end of a row. This makes it harder for offenders to gain access.†

When at home, if you can, park your vehicle in a locked garage or, if that is not possible, park in a busy well-lit area, as close to your property as possible. You can also consider installing a Thatcham-approved alarm to your vehicle, one that activates when the vehicle is lifted or tilted offers effective protection. You can also mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker.

Det Supt Weems added: “You may see what appears to be people carrying out repairs or work to a car but please look closely and report any suspicious activity to us immediately. Within moments, the catalytic converter may be gone. If you see such a crime in progress, please call 999 immediately.”

Anyone with any information about catalytic converter thefts should call the non-emergency number 101 or make a report on our website.

Message Sent By

Hannah Jones (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Police Warning About Theft of Deliveries and Burglaries to Steal Presents.

As nights draw in and Christmas gets closer, it is really important for everyone to do as much as they can at home this year to ensure that their house is protected and that they are not an attractive target for burglars.

We know that the period following the clocks going back and in the run up to Christmas often sees the number of burglaries start to rise. We will of course be out on patrol, targeting offenders and locations across the Thames Valley, only with COVID restrictions in place some of our traditional crime prevention outreach work has not been possible. Burglary is significantly down on previous reported levels, but we must not be complacent. These figures will no doubt have been impacted by the stringent lockdown measures that have been in force earlier in the year and most recently through the month of November.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps which can find here or check out our Home Security Guide.

Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent, the force lead for burglary said: “As Christmas draws ever closer and much of our shopping is done online, it’s more important than ever to be protecting your home and belongings from burglars.

“Please make sure items are delivered when you are at home to receive them, or have them delivered to a trusted alternative address. Also be sure to cut up packaging, especially for any expensive items, so that it will fit inside your refuse bin - never leave boxes next to the bin where they can be seen.

“Remember, if you leave your purchases and gifts on display or you’re sharing photos of them on social media, potential burglars can also see these. Don’t give burglars a sneak preview of your gifts this Christmas!”

Message Sent By

Emily Boneham (Police, Campaigns Officer, Thames Valley)

Vehicle Defrosting Theft Warning

From Thames Valley Police:


With sub-zero temperatures you should expect your vehicle windows to be iced up in the mornings.†

You †should also be aware that opportunist thieves could be on the look out to take advantage of a vehicle left while its owner is warming it up to defrost the windows.†

It literally only needs a moment for a thief to have enough time to jump behind the wheel and drive off with your car.

The simple message is not to leave a running car unattended for any length of time whether it is left on your own driveway to de-ice on a cold winter morning or for example while you pop to post a letter.†

Give yourself extra time to defrost all your cars windows and don’t be tempted to leave the car even for a few moments.

Modern cars are quite difficult to steal without the keys so criminals are looking for opportunities to steal the car with the keys. A car unattended with its engine running is a golden opportunity for a thief.

Potentially you could lose thousands of pounds because leaving your car with the keys available in this way may leave you uninsured for the theft!

New “Rule of Six” Regulations

On Monday (14/9), new measures will be put in place to help suppress the spread of coronavirus.

These new measures mean that people in England can only meet in groups of no more than six, indoors and outdoors.

Those that choose to congregate in larger groups will be dispersed and could be fined or even arrested.

Thames Valley Police officers will continue to work with our communities and will follow our approach to engage with, explain and encourage people to follow the new regulations.

Assistant Chief Constable Christian Bunt said: “Preventing the spread of coronavirus is a shared effort and we at Thames Valley Police will play our part.

“The new rules coming into place on Monday are very clear and we hope that all members of the public follow them.

“Our officers will be in the community engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the regulations. We will disperse groups of more than six people and will issue fines to those who refuse to comply.

“However, there are a range of enforcement options at our disposal, and this does not always involve fines being issued.

“Members of the public can expect to see officers out on patrol but we ask that everyone takes personal responsibility so police involvement is a last resort.”

Message Sent By

Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Rural Crime News (by the usual suspects)

There has been a report of theft of £50 000 worth of electricity cables stolen from a solar panel site in the Olney area on 03/09/2020

Theft of 2 x water troughs stolen from Ravenstone on 03/09/2020

One sheep stolen from Sherington recently.

At this time of year, now that most of the crops have been harvested, we often see an increase in hare coursing offences in the rural parts of the area. †Please be vigilant and report suspicious activity, particularly off road vehicles in fields and groups of people with lurcher type dogs on slip leads. As this is a crime in progress, you can call 999 and report the hare coursing.

Many thanks†

Message Sent By

Arlene Ormston (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

Message From Neighbourhood Watch


THERE’S SAFETY IN NEIGHBOURS

Our new Neighbourhood Watch campaign to prevent burglaries

As lockdown eases in the UK, we’re expecting a rise in burglaries. We’ve partnered with the Home Office to create a new social media campaign to help keep people safe and continue the great work your scheme is already doing.

Our new Safety in Neighbours campaign is particularly exciting as it has a modern and eye-catching design to grab younger people’s attention and attract even more new members. Read more about the campaign below.

We need your help†

Please help us spread the word and share the campaign on your local Neighbourhood Watch’s social media pages and chat groups. You could also share the press release attached with your local news media and radio stations.†

• † †Visit our campaign page

• † †Watch our campaign video

• † †Download our campaign social media pack

• † †Share using #SafetyinNeighbours in the caption†

• † †Tag Neighbourhood Watch in the post † †



Facebook: @ourwatch † †Twitter: @N_watch † † † † †Instagram: @neighbourhood.watch.insta

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