Thames Valley Police Witney

Our Witney Policing page will feature news and advice, along with a live twitter stream from our local officers. There are downloads of useful posters and leaflets to keep you safe online and in your home.

We will be publishing Year to Date crime figures and focusing on  initiatives to get involved with such as neighborhood watch schemes.

 

You can contact your neighbourhood police team by email here:

WitneyNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

 

 

ALERTS

14th June 2017

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.
6th June 2017

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

With the upcoming “Wedding Season”, and for those individuals who are considering making plans for next year and beyond, you should be aware of the potential risks of fraud involved.

According to ‘bridesmagazine.co.uk’, in 2017 the average wedding cost spend is approximately £30,111.  This will be paid out to multiple vendors, including; photographers, caterers, reception venues and travel companies, to name a few.  Many of these services will require booking at least several months in advance and you may be obliged to pay a deposit or even the full balance at the time.

Being aware of the potential risks and following the below prevention advice could minimise the likelihood of fraud:

Paying by Credit Card will provide you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, for purchases above £100 and below £30,000. This means that even if a Company goes into liquidation before your big day, you could claim a refund through your Credit Card Company.

Social Media – Some Companies run their businesses entirely via social media sites, offering low cost services.  Whilst many are genuine, some may not be insured or may even be fraudulent. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself;

  •  Ensure you obtain a physical address and contact details for the vendor and verify this information.  Should you experience any problems, you will then be able to make a complaint to Trading Standards or consider pursuing via the Small Claims Court.
  • Ensure you obtain a contract before paying money for services.  Make certain you fully read and understand what you are signing and note the terms of cancellation.

Consider purchasing Wedding Insurance – Policies vary in cover and can be purchased up to two years in advance.  They can protect you from events that would not be covered under the Consumer Credit Act.

Complete research on each vendor, ensuring you are dealing with a bona fide person or company.  Explore the internet for reviews and ratings and ask the vendor to provide details of past clients you can speak to. You should do this even if using companies recommended by a trustworthy friend or source.

For services such as wedding photographers, beware of websites using fake images. Look for inconsistencies in style; Meet the photographer in person and ask to view sample albums. If you like an image from a wedding, ask to view the photographs taken of the whole event so you can see the overall quality.

Remember, if something appears too good to be true, it probably is!

2nd May 2017

 

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Message sent by
Helen Keen (Police, PCSO, West Oxfordshire LPA)

Please could we make residents aware of a telephone scam. From a phone number of 01264976183, an Indian/Asian sounding male claiming to be from Witney Police station with reference to ID Fraud asking for our caller to log on to their computer. There have been many complaints to other agencies about an Asian male saying he is from BT, Talk Talk or the National Crime Agency. This is a Scam and we would ask residents to HANG UP and report to action Fraud or your phone provider. Action Fraud can be contacted on 03001232040 www.actionfraud.police.uk

24th April 2017

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Message sent by

Kerry O’Leary (Police, Sergeant, Cherwell & West)

This week Wednesday 26th April, we are holding our first Community Resilience Group Meeting. This is your opportunity to make a difference and let us know here at TVP Witney what is important to you and help shape the policing priorities for the next 3 months. The meeting will be held at Witney Police Station. If you are interested in attending or would like more information about the group please contact Sgt Kerry O’Leary at kerry.o’leary@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.

Many Thanks

Kerry O’Leary

Witney Neighbourhood Police Sergeant

 

 

13th April 2017

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Wonga has confirmed a data breach where up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised. The incident is now being investigated by the police and has been reported to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Wonga has updated their website with further information and confirmed that they are contacting all those affected and are taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things you can do to keep your information secure.

Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:

If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.
Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud. Consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to regularly monitor your credit file for unusual activity.
Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company you know of. Don’t open the attachments or click on links within unsolicited emails, and never disclose any personal or financial details during a cold call.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to us: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
27 March 2017

Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce that the Thames Valley Alert App has been launched and is free to download now.
The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play and allows you to receive instant notifications to your phone on the latest policing alerts in your area (please note that you must enable push notifications to receive these).
The app can use GPS data to send you targeted messages according to your current geographical location and messaging preferences, sending you instant notifications to your mobile phone about specific information, warnings and advice relevant to that location.
The app offers a number of other features, including allowing you to quickly locate your closest police station, and also provides a feed of the latest Thames Valley-wide news on Twitter, so you’ll never miss those important Force-wide updates and breaking news. This facility is available on the app even if you do not have a Twitter account.
Please note that you do not have to download the app to get alerts; you can still choose to receive alerts via email, text or voicemail.
To download the app, visit the Apple store or Google Play and search ‘Thames Valley Alert’.


29 March 2017

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has launched his new five year Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley. The document sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations. It consists of five strategic priorities which are:

  • Vulnerability – Managing demand on services through working together with a particular focus on mental health, elder abuse, hidden abuse, and the criminal justice experience for victims
  • Prevention and Early Intervention – Improving safeguarding in both the physical and virtual space including tackling cyber crime, road safety, peer on peer abuse, hate crime and female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Reducing Re-offending – Targeting and managing harm and risk with a focus on substance misuse, violence involving weapons and offender management
  • Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism – Improving the local response including increased public awareness, promoting a ‘dare to share’ culture, and preventing violent extremism and exploitation of vulnerable people.
  • Police Ethics and Reform – Increasing the pace of change with a focus on improved support for victims, uptake of new technology, and improving the perceptions of police among young people

The Plan was informed by the views of nearly 5000 residents, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016. It was also developed using a broad range of information including academic research, analysis of crime trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities. Anthony Stansfeld said: “Demand on policing and community safety issues have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. The Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority. “Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley. “I will now be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.”  For more information and to view the full Police and Crime Plan visit the PCC website.


4th March 2017

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an aggravated burglary in Faringdon.
At around 11am yesterday (1/3) a man returned to his home in Radcot Road to find men leaving the property. They threatened him with a firearm before making off in a small blue vehicle.
Later a firearm was recovered and a 34-year-old man from Watchfield was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently in custody.
Investigating officer Det Insp Mike Roddy said: “This was obviously a very concerning incident for the victim. Fortunately he was not injured.
“We would urge anyone who was in the area at that time and may have seen anything suspicious or saw the vehicle to please get in touch as a matter of urgency.
“We are linking this incident to a similar one near Bampton on 19 February when men broke into a home and stole firearms.”
If you have any information please call via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN 441 1/3.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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PCSO Colin DAVIES C6584
Carterton Police Station

 

Please see below and the linked press release

“please see press release on our website regarding the Aggravated Burglary on Monday morning near Faringdon. The Neighbourhood Team are working close with the investigation team and are very reassured that with two arrests the risks are minimised.”

“all firearms license holders please ensure you’re complying and are securing weapons properly and not advertising yourself as a holder”

“Carterton NH team and West Oxfordshire NH Teams are available for reassurance visits and crime prevention advice”

We at carterton are assisting wherever possible with these investigation so if anyone has any concerns please contact us.

Many Thanks

PCSO Colin DAVIES
Carterton Police Station


  

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3rd March 2017
Message sent by
Sophie Dyer (Police staff, Comms , Forcewide)
 
There has been a recent rise of prank calls within Thames Valley.
The calls are pre-recorded generated responses giving the impression that recipients are actually speaking directly to someone.
The calls are not all the same. However one of the main scenarios has been described as an angry Scottish man claiming you are stealing his Wi-Fi.
Sometimes there is a mobile phone number showing and other times the number is withheld.
It appears that these calls are predominantly targeting elderly and young people and can cause alarm and distress to the call taker.
 
We urge people to take the following advice:
• Anyone with particular concerns can contact us on our Police non-emergency number 101. Otherwise ignore the call.
• You can contact your local phone provider who may be able to put a block on these types of calls.
• If you are getting calls at night you could put your phone on night mode or switch it off.

 

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2nd March 2017
Message sent by
Helen Keen (Police, PCSO, West Oxfordshire LPA)
 
Please we ask businesses and residents to be alert to large agricultural / Hiab type vehicles moving farm or building materials at unusual times. A very large generator worth £8,000 was stolen from a barn in Eynsham this week.
 If you think that you know anything that maybe relevant to this investigation please contact 101, or 999 in an urgent or ongoing situation.
thank you

 


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