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Police Report – 15th September 2016

The following are a few of the crimes reported to police over the last 6 weeks. There was a burglary to a container in Little Chesterton where offenders forced the lock to gain entry and in Fritwell a house was broken into and a handbag and car keys stolen together with the car that was stolen from the driveway. A van was stolen from Wendlebury with the keys in the ignition and was later found abandoned on Kidlington and an off road bike was stolen from an address in Arncott. In Lower Heyford an insecure car was entered and a sat nav stolen whilst in North Aston another insecure vehicle was entered and beer, sunglasses and cash stolen. Number plates were stolen from an unattended vehicle in Bucknell and in Somerton a small boat and a stove were stolen from a field and finally a garden ornament was stolen from an address in Fritwell.

As I mentioned a few months ago our PCSO Chris Kidd left us to become a police officer and we now have a replacement for him, Lauren Bushby joined the team recently having completed her training and hopefully you will get to meet her as she finds her way around the area. The team have been busy over the summer months and have attended various events including Ambrosden summer play scheme, Chesterton church fete, Blackthorn classic car show and I attended Chesterton church animal service to speak about animal security and welfare.

We are pleased to see that a few of our villages are active in community speed watch , however it is disappointing to see that it appears that from the results of the checks that a high proportion of people recorded speeding are from neighbouring villages to where the checks are carried out , speeding is the biggest issue identified to us by residents so please be considerate and watch your speed.

At the time of writing this it is the middle of September and we are experiencing exceptionally high temperatures for the time of year and it seems strange thinking about Halloween but I thought I would take this opportunity to offer some crime prevention advice for the event as by the time you get the next publication the event will have taken place.

Halloween is traditionally a night of fun with children visiting houses in their neighbourhood saying “Trick or treat”. Children enjoy dressing up as ghosts or witches or other assorted monsters, and most householders are happy to hand over sweets or other presents. However occasionally groups of young people knock at every door whether they know the residents or not, demanding some sort of gift or payment. For the vulnerable or older members of the community this can be a frightening and intimidating experience, so please follow these simple guidelines to ensure a trouble free evening for all.

We want you to enjoy Halloween, but remember, not everyone wants to take part!

Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts if you are going Trick Or Treating this year

  • Only trick or treat in your own neighbourhood unless you’re with an adult
  • Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses
  • Make sure an adult knows the area you plan to visit and what time you’ll be back
  • Look out for ‘no callers please’ posters and respect your neighbours
  • Keep to pavements and trick or treat on one side of the street before crossing safely to the other side – don’t criss-cross
  • Wait to eat any treats until you get home so that an adult can check them

Don’t:

  • Don’t cut through back alleys or fields, and don’t trick or treat too far from home
  • Don’t go alone – take an adult with you or stay in a group
  • If you do decide to go trick or treating, please respect the wishes of householders who do not wish to take part, and please do not use the season as an excuse for anti-social or intimidating behaviour.

Even if you are not involved in trick or treating, bear in mind the following:

  • Not everyone appreciates trick or treaters. To prevent unwanted ghosts and ghouls, put a ‘no callers’ note on your front door.
  • If you are prepared to receive trick or treaters then switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards.
  • If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.
  • If you are driving on the evening of the 31st, remember that excited children don’t always do as they are expected, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.