Between the 12th – 26th November for Op Ranger, a rural crime initiative, the rural team visited local businesses and farms to offer crime prevention advice and provide a visible presence.
Now we have moved into the winter months, it is time to review the security of your property. Things to do include; fitting lighting in dark or hidden entrances and outdoor areas. Use timer lights indoors when you are out. Lock everything that you possibly can and don’t leave bins near fences or gates. Don’t keep valuable items near windows, make a list of these and take photos of them.
Please remember that if you see absolutely anything suspicious, please call us. The police will really appreciate your call. Look out for car registration numbers, person descriptions, direction of travel and anything else that you think may be relevant. Your call may help prevent a crime taking place. Call 101 if it isn’t an emergency and 999 if there is a threat to life or a crime in progress.
There have recently been reports of rogue traders carrying out garden maintenance and roof repairs etc. Please be vigilant and look out for yourself and neighbours. If you are concerned then please call us.
Courier fraud is also on the increase at the moment, this is when you’re called by someone pretending to be from your bank or building society and convinced to tell them your card details over the phone. They arrange for a courier to pick up your card to take it away for evidence or to have it destroyed. In reality, the card is collected by the fraudsters to withdraw money from your account. If you receive a call like this then call action fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Please sign up to Thames Valley Alert. This will enable you to receive emails from the police with crime updates, witness appeals and crime prevention advice. The link is https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/pages/1177/1/Available_sites.html
The next Rural Community Forum is on 20th February 2019 at Fringford Village Hall from 7pm – all are welcome to attend.