03/08/12.....Community policing crime update for August -
HERE is the latest Thame neighbourhood update from Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Lucy Thorne, PCSO Diane Jackson, PCSO Chris Hollis and PCSO Richard Howard.
During July we received numerous reports of egg throwing in various areas of Thame. We have been conducting high visibility patrols to try and locate the offenders as this is classed as Criminal Damage/ASB. All local shops have been visited and they have agreed to monitor the sales of eggs to try and assist us with identifying the offenders.
We have received reports of ASB in the Queen Elizabeth Circle where young people are gathering and creating a noise nuisance. This area is on our patrol plan and will be monitored regularly.
PCSO Lucy Thorne has liaised with the town council to arrange for litter bins to be placed in and around the park area to solve the littering problem.
PCSO Diane Jackson has also liaised with the council regarding animal excrement in the sand pit, and they are currently dealing with this.
We have been informed that visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Circle park area have been parking in Harrison Place and on occasion they have caused an obstruction to resident’s driveways. We would like to remind everyone to be considerate in their parking.
We have received complaints about anti-social use of vehicles through the town centre, mainly in the evening and at night. We have developed a good rapport with the young people in the town, and combine suitable advice regarding noise levels and gathering in public areas, together with enforcement where appropriate. We will continue to monitor this and should we identify vehicles and drivers causing vehicle related ASB, we will be issuing Section 59 warnings, which can lead to the seizure of vehicles constantly coming to note.
All of these community concerns continue to be addressed through our current patrol plan.
Good News Stories
Following two caravans setting up camp on the side of the road, at the Aylesbury roundabout opposite the Esso Service Station, police made enquiries in an effort to identify the people associated with these vehicles and their intentions. Once these details were obtained we were able to encourage them to leave and within a few days they had vacated the roadside.
Offenders brought to justice
In July, 11 offenders were brought to justice for the following:
Assault without injury
Drug possession – excluding Cannabis
Drunk & disorderly
Assault without injury on Constable
We continue to work with our partners, ensuring that we liaise on a regular basis with the schools on our sector to maintain our good rapport.
In July, PCSO Lucy Thorne and PCSO Diane Jackson worked in partnership with Barley Hill School to resolve a low level dispute.
We conduct monthly walkabouts with soha housing and Highways, tackling low level neighbourhood issues.
We continue to engage regularly with the Town Council, picking up any concerns people raise. This also helps keep us informed about any community events which are taking place in future months.
We conduct high visibility patrols at key times at our schools. This gives us an opportunity to engage with the pupils and parents, and also monitoring parking.
Pubwatch meetings continue to be held every two months and Country Watch meetings are held quarterly.
Non Partnership Activity
Following reports of people illegally occupying a premise in Thame, we have been working closely with the relevant agencies and local residents to reduce/deter criminal activity. The premise has now been secured and we are conducting regular site inspections to monitor the premise and surrounding area. We have also conducted reassurance patrols, which local residents have appreciated.
Our Local Priority for Thame is anti-social behaviour (ASB). To deter any ASB we conduct high visibility patrols in and around the town, engaging with members of the public and listening to local people’s community concerns/issues. Where problems are brought to our attention, we conduct home visits with parents present (if appropriate), issue warning letters and work with offenders to encourage them to move forward. As well as ASB warning letters we can also issue acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs), anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs), Section 27 orders – direction to leave locality, and Section 59 orders - contracts issued for using a vehicle in an anti-social manner.
We have participated in the following operations during July:
Maginot - this operation continues to run, tackling travelling criminals entering and leaving our area.
Due to an increase in thefts from vehicles in the Thame area and surrounding villages, we have been deploying the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) device at dedicated times and providing a highly visible police presence aimed at deterring and preventing offences taking place, offering reassurance and assisting in the capture and prosecution of offenders.
ANPR is a powerful tool that can help prevent crime by identifying flagged vehicles.
Benefits of ANPR
ANPR identifies suspect vehicles that may not normally attract police attention.
Unlicensed or uninsured vehicles are likely to be seized on the spot by ANPR equipped officers.
It can be used to gather intelligence on known criminals, and for running pro-active operations using dedicated Roads Policing intercept teams.
ANPR cameras are not safety cameras - they are not used by Thames Valley Police to catch speeding or otherwise law abiding motorists. ANPR cameras are not used to generate money for the Government or other agencies.
Magpie - this operation involves checking parked vehicles in local car parks for valuables left on display. We also conduct these checks on our general patrols.
Mangrove – this operation has been set up as a result of fuel thefts from heavy goods vehicles in our area. This operation involves us carrying out static patrols in key areas at key times in marked vehicles.
Moonlight - this operation will be running continuously and is working to protect the night time economy of Thame town centre by preventing and detecting ASB/violent assaults and managing licensed premises. PCSOs are working with police officers to conduct high visibility patrols in the town centre and liaising with the pubs, carrying out licence checks.
The Home Office national crime mapping website gives the public access to street-level crime information as well as information on their Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Neighbourhood Priorities and Events - details of Have Your Say and other neighbourhood activities. Log on to www.police.uk, type in your local postcode or neighbourhood name and then click on ‘Find out more’.
Have Your Say online
You can now send non-emergency messages to us using the online form that is available on the Thames Valley Police website. A number of people have already sent their concerns using this method. For you to do that please follow the link: http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/yournh/yournh-about-nh-pol/yournh-tvp-pol-area-n153-hys. Please allow some time for us to get back to you as we do check our mail box only at certain times of the day.
There is also the opportunity to attend Have Your Say meetings in person. Upcoming Have Your Say meetings are:–
Thursday 9 August, 2:30pm – 4:30pm at the Town Hall, Thame with PCSO Diane Jackson
Friday 10 August, 4pm – 6pm at the Co-Op, Thame with PCSO Chris Hollis
Friday 17 August, 11am - midday at the Co-Op, Thame with PCSO Lucy Thorne
These meetings are an ideal opportunity for local residents to speak to their local police officers and PCSOs about any local issues, no appointment is necessary just turn up and speak to your local officers. Further meetings will be publicised locally and on the force website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk.
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 email ThameNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. Alternatively you can visit the force website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk to view information on your neighbourhood.
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