Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter – October 2017





Parking outside Radley Station
We have had increased calls about the parking outside Radley Station and opposite the village shop. I understand this frustrates residents but this is not illegal or dangerous parking, however if they park on the yellow lines then please ring 101.

Crime prevention advice – Lead thefts
We have recently seen an increase in thefts of lead from roofs in South Oxfordshire and Vale of the White Horse. Offenders take the lead because of the rising value of scrap metal. Please consider the following if you have a lead roof (mainly schools and churches):

  • Security marking – marking the lead will make the crime less attractive and make it harder for the offenders to sell on. If you use a DNA marking solution i.e. Smart Water it can be traced back to the owner if recovered.
  • Keep gates locked and restrict vehicle access.
  • Maximise surveillance levels i.e. cutting back tall trees.
  • Encourage members of the local community to keep an eye on the building and report anything suspicious.
  • Remove things that might help thieves get access to the roof, like water butts, bins and tall trees.
  • Conduct regular checks of the roof so the theft is detected at the earliest possible time.
  • Apply anti-climb paint to drain pipes and roof guttering to restrict access to roofing (warning signs must be displayed when using the paint and below a height of 2m)
  • Install CCTV.


Kennington Fresher’s Fayre
Myself and PCSO Haynes attended the Kennington Fresher’s Fayre on 16th September, we discussed many local issues and offered crime prevention advice to residents.


Police will be carrying out patrols on Halloween to make sure that people who are trick-or-treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance. For some people, this time of the year can be a bother as your evenings are interrupted with people knocking on your doors for treats. Most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly. If you feel unsafe:

  • Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole, look out of a window and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.
  • Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance, you could also help by downloading the poster.

Please let me know if you would like a ‘no trick or treat’ poster to display on your door.

Have your say meeting
I am holding a ‘Have Your Say’ meeting outside Radley Village Hall on Wednesday 25th October between 5pm – 6pm. Please come along to discuss any local issues.


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. The Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale

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