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Witness appeal following a burglary in Garford

Alert message sent 20/12/2018 10:50:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a burglary
in the road running through Garford, nr Abingdon.
The incident took place around 10.50pm on Sunday (16/12) after an offender was seen gaining access to a property via a window using a crowbar. Nothing was stolen.

A silver or white coloured small to medium hatchback was seen in the area at this time. The man seen was described as being in his early 20s, slim and under 6ft.

If you have any information about this incident please call 101, quoting reference 43180383841.
Protecting your home this Christmas
You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps:
Celebrating at home
  • Don’t leave presents on view under the Christmas tree.
  • Cut up packaging for any expensive items so that it will fit inside your refuse bin, never leave boxes next to the bin where they can be seen.
  • Refrain from posting photos of high value presents, such as jewellery or electronics, on social media.
  • Remember to mark your new presents using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at
Going away:
  • Make your home appear occupied.
  • Ask a trusted person to look after your home by pulling the curtains at night and putting your bin out on collection day. Remind them to put the bin away again once it has been collected.
  • Invite a neighbour to park on your drive while you are away.
  • Light up your living room using timer switch. A TV simulator can also be used to make give the appearance of a TV screen being used. 
  • Double check that you have locked your windows and doors before leaving.
  • Never advertise on social media that you are away.

“You can find more burglary crime prevention advice on the Thames Valley Police website at”
Message sent by
Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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