Here is the latest Didcot Sector neighbourhood update from PC Beverley Kaur. The Didcot Neighbourhood Team consists of Sergeant Fraser Weller, PC Beverley Kaur, PC Stuart Betts, PCSO Lewis Symm, PCSO Chris Wyatt, PCSO Louise Browning, PCSO Jason Martin and PCSO Tyler Lewis.
The Didcot priorities remain as auto crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) and although there has been a slight reduction in these crimes in our area, we will continue to work towards tackling those responsible and dealing with individuals robustly. Please help us by making sure no valuables and tools are left in your vehicle. Ensure your vehicle is secure when you leave it parked and report any suspicious activity.
Analysis shows that burglary numbers peak at certain times of the year, with different methods being used by offenders - dependent on the time of year. Traditionally burglary rates increase during the winter months following the clocks going back in October. It is presumed that this is due to homes clearly appearing unoccupied as they are left in darkness whilst people are out.
Crime reduction message: Please do not leave your home looking unoccupied and in darkness – consider using timer switches to make homes appear occupied whilst people are out. Please help us reduce burglaries!
When you are out and about shopping please make sure your purse is secure in your handbag and out of sight. We have had reports of purse thefts in the area so please do not become a victim! Be vigilant and aware of your surrounding when you are out. At our events in Sainsburys during December (see below) we will have purse bells to give out so please feel free to come down and get one – the bells attach to a purse and ring on movement, therefore acting as a deterrent and alarming you that your purse is being moved.
The neighbourhood team will be at Sainsbury’s Orchard Centre on Tuesday 5th December and Thursday 7th December collecting donations for our Christmas Hampers. We distribute these to the elderly and vulnerable who will appreciate some additional festive cheer and support from the community. If you know someone who would appreciate a little something extra then please contact us. Over the past years people have been very generous and I hope this continues.
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non-emergency number 101 or if it is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email DidcotNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale