Police – Monthly Update – July 2015

Since 1st June 2015 the following crimes have occurred within the Bicester Rural Policing area. A vehicle that was parked by the canal in Somerton had one of its wheels stolen whilst parked overnight. Vehicles in Launton and North Aston were interfered with but nothing stolen. Windows of properties on Eady Road, Upper Heyford and at an address in Arncott were smashed and a picnic bench on the play area at Middleton Stoney was also damaged. A fence and hedge was damaged to the rear of an address in Caversfield. A van in Thame Road, Piddington was broken into and had garden tools stolen and mobile phones were stolen from vans in Stratton Audley and Wendlebury where a bag was also taken. A van was also broken into in Ardley and a quantity of tools stolen A sign advertising a business in Goddington was stolen and jewellrey stolen from a house in Mixbury. A vehicle had its wing mirror removed and damaged whilst parked in North Street, Fritwell. A male was arrested for driving under the influence of drink/drugs on Somerton Road, Ardley. Number plates were stolen from a vehicle parked on The Crossway, Ardley. In Chesterton a push bike was stolen from an address and a container was entered and tool stolen from inside. There was a robbery at Launton Post office where a quantity of cash was stolen after pushing the postmistress to one side. In Steeple Aston in the one evening there were several damages and a burglary. The school shed was broken into and the playgroup had several of its toys thrown around and damaged, a bench and plants around the toilets at the village hall were damaged and a car parked in Fir Lane had a wing mirror damaged.
We are seeing a few pieces of agricultural plant being stolen particularly on the Thames Valley Police border into Buckinghamshire. Two tractors were stolen just on the Oxon borders with Bucks in Thame and Watlington in April and June respectively. Please report any suspicious activity and be extra vigilant.
Court results
Declan Grant from Caversfield pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, he was fined £325 and disqualified for 22 months.
Out and about
On 4th June 2015 the team conducted joint visits to licensed premise’s in the villages to offer advice to landlords on how to combat drug use in the toilets as a result of drug swabbing that had taken place a couple of months previously. On 10th June members of the team assisted with a cross border operation with neighbouring police areas as well as neighbouring police forces by conducting Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) checks. Several stop checks took place and intelligence gathered.
On 13th June the team attended Launton Church Fete and Candleford Beer Festival in Fringford to offer bike marking, crime reduction advice and give residents the opportunity to engage with us and raise any concerns they may have within the area. On 17th June the team attended a Brownies visit at Steeple Aston to provide information and assistance in obtaining one of their badges. On the 20th and 21st June officers also attended the Fly Wheel event at Bicester Heritage to give attendees an opportunity to engage with police and for local residents to raise any concerns they may have in the area that they live.
Speed checks
The team have been out and about conducting speed checks last month, PC Sullivan carried out 2 checks in Fringford where 1 ticket was issued and 7 warnings given. WPC Brown and PCSO Kidd carried out a speed check in Blackthorn where 6 tickets were issued and 5 warnings given and also a further check in Middleton Stoney where 4 tickets and 6 warnings given.
The recently set up community speedwatch group have been out and about and conducted 2 checks with nobody found to be speeding. We look forward to receiving updates from checks in the near future.

Crime prevention advice
Please read the following crime prevention advice with regards to advice on how summer burglaries can be prevented.
Following some basic crime prevention advice can reduce your chances of you becoming a victim of burglary.
Ensure that all windows and doors in your home are locked and secure – double lock UPVC doors using the keys.
Remove keys from reach of the letterbox – they can be fished out and used to gain entry to your home.
Property mark your valuables to help identify them if they are stolen.
Don’t advertise your home to burglars – Use Timer switches to make your home look occupied when you are out – a house left in darkness shows no one is home.
Leaving windows and doors open in the warm weather gives thieves an opportunity to enter your property. It only takes a few seconds to grab your handbag through the kitchen door!
If you are in your garden ensure windows and doors out of view are secure. Close windows even if you are just popping out for a few minutes.
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