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July 2018 update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team

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Here is the latest update from the Henley Neighbourhood Policing team.

Henley Sector comprises of Henley Town and the parishes of Goring, Woodcote, Goring Heath, South Stoke, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Nettlebed, Swyncombe, Pishill with Stonor, Bix & Assendon, Stoke Row, Highmoor, Checkendon, Rotherfield Greys, Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End, Mapledurham, Harpsden, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, Eye & Dunsden.

To reassure communities with a police presence both physically and virtually. We have increased our use of social media to promote our attendance at community events; this is well received by the public. The team continue to patrol the town centre and rural areas to deter and disrupt criminal activity.
New ANPR signs have been sited on the arterial roads out of Henley town centre to increase awareness of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

Rural crime
New ANPR signs will soon be sited in key rural locations to deter and disrupt rural crime.
PCSOs Smith and Bell continue to patrol the rural areas and engage with residents, landowners and farmers.

• A stolen motorcycle was recovered in Shiplake after an innocent third party had purchased the motorcycle on an internet site.
• A stolen bicycle was recovered after being spotted by its owner for sale on Gumtree.  A Henley male was arrested at his home in possession of the stolen bicycle.
• A male from Cavasham was apprehended in Kings Road car park having been seen shoplifting alcohol from Waitrose.
• A sixteen year old male from Remenham was stopped on Reading Road; a large amount of money, drugs and a mobile phone were seized.  A couple of weeks later the same male was stopped again, large amount of cash seized. After reports of an assault taking place in Kings Road, the same teenage male was arrested in Thameside.

Witness appeals
• Vehicle crime has been reported in St Andrews Road and two incidents in Damar Gardens all overnight on 28th – 29th June.  If you have any information about these incidents call 101.
• In the early hours of Sunday 1st July the Spoon Café, Duke Street was broken into. If you have any information call 101 quoting Ref: 43100198842

Home security advice
There are simple crime prevention tips to keep your property safe;
• Lock all front and rear doors and windows at night and when you are out.
• Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too.
• Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of your property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.
• Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
Are you going on holiday?
• Please do not advertise that you are going away on social media – wait until you get home to upload your holiday snaps!
• Check that your home insurance policy, as some may pay out less or not at all, if you have posted that you are away on social media.
• Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t.
• Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
• Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats and plant pots.

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
• During June the Neighbourhood team have carried out a number of successful, dedicated night-time operations, to deter anti-social behaviour and other criminal activity.
• On Saturday 9th June Sgt Anns, PC Barbs Taylor, PCSO Janice Smith and PCSO Mark Bell held a crime reduction event in Market Place Henley then in the afternoon, outside the Village Hall Sonning Common.  Both were well received, with plenty of robust community engagement.
• PCSOs Hewett and Pomroy attended Mill Meadows and engaged with members of the public and children enjoyed access to the police van.  Members of the public were able to discuss any town centre concerns.

Have your say meetings
Please come along and speak to us about any local concerns:
• Thursday 12th July 2018, 4pm – 4.30pm outside the Village Hall, Sonning Common with PCSO Janice Smith
• Monday 16th July 2018, 11am – midday at Henley Library with PCSO Ruth Hand
• Thursday 19th July 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm inside the Sports Centre Henley with PCSO Claire Hewett
• Sunday July 22nd 2018, 1pm – 2pm at Mill Meadows with PCSO Will Pomroy
• Thursday 26th July 2018, 4pm – 5pm in Market Place Henley with PCSO Ruth Hand

Contact us
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 if it is an emergency then dial 999.
You can also contact us via email Please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it.

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