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Alert message sent 17/08/2017 10:20:00

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Here is the latest Didcot Sector neighbourhood update from PC Stuart Betts.    

Crime prevention advice 
Unfortunately in the past month we have seen an increase in vehicle crime in our neighbourhood area. We have had numerous thefts from vehicles and theft of vehicles. Please following the advice to decrease your chances of being a victim of these crimes:

•    Ensure your vehicle is always locked when unattended.
•    Do not leave anything of value in the vehicle. Most offences are opportunist and if you leave it on show expect it to go!  Don’t even leave jackets on show. 
•    Do not leave tools in vans. I know this can be frustrating, but you may find your insurance does not cover any thefts if they are left in the van.
•    Please report any suspicious activity. You might see someone checking car doors or looking in cars.  If it looks suspicious and out of place it probably is!  Give us a call and don’t be scared to phone 999 if you think a crime is being committed.
•    Sat-nav’s still get stolen. Do not leave them in your car and remove the ring they leave on your window.
•    Do not leave door keys in the car.  If your car is stolen or broken into and your door keys taken you will need to change locks on your home address which at the very least will cost you the excess on your home insurance policy if not more.

Purse/Wallet thefts
Unfortunately we have been having a large number of purse/wallet thefts in Didcot where the offenders are dipping into bags and pockets, often without you knowing. There are things you can do to protect yourself:

Protect your pin
•    Do not keep your pin in your purse or wallet 
•    Cover your pin when paying for your shopping, who is behind you? 
•    Look out for suspicious behaviour when withdrawing money from a cash point
Protect your purse/wallet 
•    Keep your purse/wallet in a safe location, not in an easily reachable pocket. Would you feel it if someone tried to take it? 
•    If in a bag make sure you keep the bag on you at all times and not left unattended in the trolley.
•    Ensure that your bag is zipped up and secured and not easily opened. 
Be Aware
•    Always be suspicious of people standing too close to you. Even when looking at items on a shelf or on a market stall. 
•    Be careful not to carry more cash than you need. Take out small amounts as and when you need it. 
Report it 
•    The moment you discover your purse/wallet stolen raise the alarm. Inform the shop you are in and immediately contact your bank to cancel your cards. 
•    Inform the police as soon as you can. 

Emergency service and family fun day
This is a free event where you can meet Emergency services from the local community, explore the vehicles and equipment they use. Children’s activities including bouncy castles, face painting, gliitter tattoos, raffle with fantastic prizes, food and refreshments are also available. Please come along for a fun family day at Edmunds Park in Didcot on 26th August 2017 11am – 4pm.  

Contact us
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 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: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at 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.
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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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