Burglary: We have had two reported burglary dwellings in December in the Wantage area. We have been running Operation Monitor for six months (our operation to combat dwelling burglary) and reports show that in a large proportion of our burglaries suspects have gained entry to properties through insecure doors and windows. Access to the rear of properties has also been made easy by insecure side/rear gates. Are you making it easy for burglars? Please review your security, make sure that all of you windows and doors are locked before going to bed or going out. Lock your cars and keep keys away from doors and windows. Fit a lock on any gates and sheds and install security lighting and CCTV. If you would like any further advice please email the team using details at the bottom of the page.
Rural crime: Rural crime has been reported across the area throughout December, which has included some reports of hare coursing and some suspicious vehicles which the Police have attended. There have also been reports of 4x4 vehicles using the Ridgeway around Wantage and the rest of Oxfordshire. It is classified as a restricted byway all year round. This means that only people with a genuine reason can use a vehicle on the Ridgeway (i.e. farmers with land only accessed via the Ridgeway). People using the Ridgeway in motor vehicles including off road motorbikes will be prosecuted for offences.
With the incidents of rural crime still being reported, the Neighbourhood Team have undertaken two daytime operations and two evening operations around targeting offenders of rural crime. This has provided a high visibility presence in the rural community as well as working with landowners and gamekeepers to identify suspicious vehicles early and apply positive intervention.
Thefts from vehicles at beauty spot car parks: We are still getting reports of breaks to vehicles at car parks along the ridgeway and at other beauty spot/ dog walking locations within the area, including Chain Hill/Monument Car Park, Ardington Woods, White Horse Hill, Sparsholt Firs and other locations. We try our best to patrol these areas, but we need help to identify these individuals and we need to encourage people to not leave items within their vehicles, even if they are hidden within the vehicle. If you see any people or vehicles acting suspiciously please report it by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is occurring.
Please do not leave anything in your vehicles!
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Some concerns were raised by local residents about young people cycling down Priory Road the wrong way after school. Positive engagement and partnership working between the Police and school has seen a number of young people being educated in regard to the dangers of this, and a marked improvement has been noted by residents, Police and the school.
This year the Neighbourhood Team would like to continue to target drug activity within the area, and we need your support in gathering information and intelligence around this. There are numerous ways this information can be supplied to the Police; calling via 101, via the Thames Valley Police website, contacting the Neighbourhood Team via email or through Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
With the help from the public, we are able to target these individuals and deal with offences. We have had some very successful warrants in Wantage in 2018 and we hope to continue to deal with this issue and bring offenders to justice in 2019.
What the neighbourhood team have been doing
Over Christmas hampers were delivered to a number of local residents who are elderly or vulnerable within the local community. These were kindly donated by the Ray Collins Charitable Trust. I know that these recipients not only enjoyed their goodies, but the festive visit from the Neighbourhood Team.
Some of the team were out for Dickensian evening which was another great event for the Town, and we enjoyed seeing so many people out enjoying the festivities.
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