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:
24th April 2017
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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’email@example.com.
Witney Neighbourhood Police Sergeant
13th April 2017
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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.
PCSO Colin DAVIES
Carterton Police Station
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