08/10/12....Latest Thame Crime up date for October -
Here is the latest Thame neighbourhood update from Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Lucy Rattenberry, PCSO Diane Jackson, PCSO Chris Hollis and PCSO Richard Howard.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
The most common way we can deal with incidents of ASB is by issuing ASB warning letters, 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.
During September, we have received very few reports of ASB. We continue to conduct high visibility patrols in key areas at key times to deter/prevent ASB.
PCSO Lucy Rattenberry liaised with the town council to arrange for litter bins to be placed in and around the park area in the Queen Elizabeth Circle, as littering has been a problem. These bins have now been put in place.
In September, Thame Fair took place, which passed with no reported ASB related incidents. PCSOs worked closely with the Town Council in the lead up to the fair, ensuring that any issues such as possible hazards, parking issues and access were looked into and any problems resolved.
We have also received complaints about anti-social use of vehicles through the town centre, mainly in evening times 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 issue Section 59 Warnings, which can lead to the seizure of vehicles constantly coming to note. These community concerns continue to be addressed through our current patrol plan.
Our Local Priority for Thame is ASB. As stated above, we conduct high visibility patrols in and around the town, engaging with members of the public, listening to local people’s community concerns/issues. Where problems are brought to our attention, we conduct home visits with parents present, issue warning letters and work with offenders to encourage them to move forward.
We have participated in the following operations during September:
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 is running 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.
We continue to work with our partners, ensuring that we liaise on a regular basis with the schools on our sector, with who we have good rapport.
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 and also events which are taking place over coming months in the lead up to the Christmas period.
We also conduct high visibility patrols at key times at our schools, giving us opportunity to engage with the pupils and parents, and also monitoring parking.
We have received reports from Barley Hill School regarding parking issues in Denbeigh Road, Henrietta Road and Ludston Grove at dropping off/picking up times. We will be dealing with any parking offences accordingly.
Pubwatch meetings continue to be held every two months and Country Watch meetings are held quarterly.
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:–
Monday 1 October, midday – 2pm, at the Co-Op Cafe, High Street, Thame with PCSO Diane Jackson.
Thursday 11 October, 11am – midday at the Co-Op Cafe, High Street, Thame with PCSO Lucy Rattenberry.
Wednesday 17 October, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, at the Co-Op Cafe, High Street, Thame with PCSO Richard Howard.
Thursday 25 October, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, at Costa Coffee, High Street, Thame with PCSO Chris Hollis.
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.