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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 28-3-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 28-3-21

Dates for the Diary
15th May at 10am Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association AGM
Zoom meeting details to come.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Blackbird Leys
Sergeant Alex Penn of Blackbird Leys Neighbour Policing Team has started a Twitter account.  @BBLSkipper to make direct contact and/or to follow his team's activities.
Thrift Place - Litter, antisocial behaviour, drug use and insecure doors. Patrols increased to target offenders and contact with Oxford City Council
Sorrel Road allotments campsite was visited and all sharps reported to Street Services for clearance. A Community Behaviour Order is being sought to ban the campers from the area.

Cowley Road
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after breaking into a bike shed near PMT music shop on Cowley Road. Thames Valley Police said they received a call after reports of a male breaking into a shed on Cowley Road, attempting to steal a bicycle. Police detained and arrested a 34-year-old man of no fixed abode on suspicion of burglary other than a dwelling.

Please note that there are free security checks and discounts on shed security if you are a registered Neighbourhood Watch member.
This is a message from a PCSO from the  local neighbourhood policing team for Littlemore.
"Can I please make you aware of recent burglaries that have been occurring in Littlemore in the past 2 weeks. From the 11/3 – 25/3 there has been a spike, particularly bike thefts from private sheds and garages could everyone be more vigilant if you are storing bikes or any personal belongings in sheds or garages.
Tips I would advise is:
Use high quality locks even if they are locked in a garage or shed, use locks on your wheels to avoid them being stolen to.
Bring your bike indoors at night if you are able to
Take note of your bike serial number/frame number and photographs, preferably you with the bike.
If it is to be kept in a shed or garage to make sure it is in a well-lit area to deter any potential theft
Unique markings to help us identify your bike"

National Insurance
Victims have reported receiving an automated telephone call claiming to be from the Bank of England, during which they are told that their ‘National Insurance number has been compromised’.  They are then instructed to ‘press1’ on their handset to be connected to the caller in order to supposedly fix the issue and get a new National Insurance number.  Once connected to the caller, victims are pressured into handing over personal details, which the fraudsters claim is to enable the victims to receive a new National Insurance number.  However, giving the criminals your personal details will enable them to commit fraud using your information. Please do not press 1.
Covid fraud
More than 6,000 cases of Covid-related fraud and cyber-crime have been recorded by the UK's police forces during the pandemic.The Action Fraud team said £34.5m had been stolen
since 1 March 2020. It covers activity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not Scotland.
In a related development, the National Cyber Security Centre has told the BBC it is tackling about 30 "significant attacks" a month against the country's pandemic response infrastructure.
These involve attempts to breach the NHS, vaccine producers and vaccine supply chains, among other organisations.

New police role to help tackle drug crime
A NEW role within the police will help tackle drug crime in the Thames Valley.The drugs coordinator role at Thames Valley Police is part of a pilot scheme.It will sit within the forensic department and will analyse drugs via spectrometry, with the hope cases get solved faster.
Funding worth £36,766 came from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld. Funding was secured through the Community Safety Fund, which commissions services which help tackle drugs and crime, reduce re-offending and improve safety.

Safer streets
TVP Oxford have  been working alongside Oxford City and County Councils, University of Oxford and Brookes University to install new bike parking facilities across areas of Oxford City. This is to increase bike security and combat bike theft as part of the safer street projects.

School streets in Cowley,  East Oxford and Headington
School streets are streets where temporary supervised barriers are placed to close roads to prevent motor vehicles from entering. Supervision is done by a Council marshall and volunteers. The hope is that children will be safer going to school. The pilot scheme will run for six weeks, Monday to Friday, during term-time only.
From 22nd March: 
WINDMILL PRIMARY SCHOOL (8:30am to 9:30am & 2:45pm to 3:15pm):
Margaret Road – between its junctions with St Annes Road & Wharton Road,
York Road – between its junctions with Margaret Road & Weyland Road.
ST CHRISTOPHERS SCHOOL (8:30am to 9:30am & 2:45pm to 3:45pm):
Temple Road – between its junctions with Owens Way & Junction Road.
From 29th March:
EAST OXFORD SCHOOL (8:30am to 9:30am & 3pm to 3:45pm):
Union Street – at its junction with Morrell Avenue,
Chapel Street – at its junction with Cowley Road.
If you want to post anything next week please put in reply button or email me.
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)

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