Monday, 7 October 2013

Monthly update from Thames Valley Police for Theale

The following is the latest addition of the monthly update from your Police Community Support Officer PCSO Olivia Davis C8612. Please note that the heating oil thefts were from the Village Hall.
Information about your area
Over the past couple of weeks we have experienced a small number of burglary non dwellings, i.e. sheds/garages. Please ensure that you have a secure lock on any external storage areas – sometimes a basic padlock will not be enough. If you are looking to increase security, I would recommend a Close Shackled Padlock. If you store any high value belongings in external storage, you should consider marking them so that they are identifiable, and should make a note of any serial numbers.
We have recently had a spate of oil/diesel thefts in the area at both the Parish Council area and the Industrial estate. If you see anything suspicious or believe an offence may have occurred please call 101. If you store oil on your premises, please be vigilant and take every precaution to safe guard it, such as using a lockable cap, or purchasing a ‘Watchman Alarm’ which sounds when the oil level is low.
Anti-social behaviour at the Parish Council office is on the decrease and we are still experiencing issues such as criminal damage and the use of Nitrous Oxide canisters. Please can all members of the public continue to be vigilant whenever in the area.
Autumn is now upon us, but please still take care if you are leaving windows open. Ensure your house is secure before going out, don’t allow yourself to become a target!
Thames Valley Police have taken a number of operational initiatives on the area to deter any criminal activity. The Neighbourhood Team can arrange to visit you to provide Crime Prevention Advice and offer a home security assessment. To book an appointment, please call 101 and ask to speak to one of the Theale Neighbourhood Team. The team have increased patrols in the area, but please remain vigilant to help us reduce crime.
Our ongoing appeal for information from members of the public is as important as ever as we continue to tackle the problems that affect you in our community. Please report any suspicious activity immediately to Thames Valley Police either on the non-emergency number 101, or if a crime is taking place please call 999.
Anti-Social Behaviour.
If you experience any anti-social behaviour, please call in any incidents on the 101 non-emergency number (or in the case of an emergency dial 999) so that we may attend and deal with the situation as necessary. We have experienced a substantial decrease in the amount of ASB committed so far this year compared with this time last year, and we are continually working to decrease this figure further.
Neighbourhood Watch, Theale Area.
Stats show that streets that run effective Neighbourhood Watch Schemes do in fact contribute to reducing local crime and I am keen to recruit more coordinators for the area. Please do register your interest at one of our door knocks detailed below with any of the officers and learn more about how you could become involved in the scheme. Alternatively call the 101 police non-emergency number and register your interest to myself. On average you will only be required to spend three hours a month running your street Watch.
Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG)
If you have any issues you would like to be discussed by the group or feel that you think should be a neighbourhood priority please email me If you are a resident of Theale or belong to a group or organisation that has a stake in either Neighbourhood’s and would like to become a NAG member to help with solving Neighbourhood problems please contact the above email address.
Neighbourhood Priorities
We are currently focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour and issues we are experiencing in the industrial area. The Neighbourhood Action Group will continue to review the priorities and other potential priorities can be considered. If you have specific concerns about crime or disorder in the Theale neighbourhood please email the address above.
Public Consultations
Public consultations (door knocks) are planned for Monday 7th October at 7pm on The Crescent. Members of the Neighbourhood Policing Team and partner agencies will be knocking on residents doors and it is an opportunity for you to tell us what issues you may have.

Contact us
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the new police non emergency number 101 but if your call is an emergency then dial 999.   You can also contact us via – please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters.   If you have information about crime or Anti Social Behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.   To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at:
Crime Reduction Meetings
Friday 25th October: 4pm -8pm - In the foyer of Sainsburys, Savacentre
We will be at Sainsburys between the above times, if you are in the area or would particularly like some crime prevention advice come and meet your local Neighbourhood police team and get tips about crime reduction. This will include advice on general home security, vehicle security and property marking. We will also have top tips, leaflets and door stickers for the Halloween and Bonfire evenings coming up. Expect to see some surprise guests on the 25th October!!

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