Oxford East neighbourhood update
Update for October
Welcome to the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team Newsletter written by PCSO Daniel Rusher.
We would like to start by welcoming our new permanent Sergeant Neil Applegarth, who joins the team in place of Acting Sergeant Neil Bouse. Sergeant Applegarth is returning to community policing after 3 years as a Custody Sergeant. He is delighted to be returning to front line community policing and is excited about his new role.
Theft from Vehicles
Over the past month the team have attended a number of theft or attempt theft from vehicles in the area. Thieves appear to be targeting vehicles that are left unlocked or which have items of value left on show, such as sat navs or MP3 players. The team are working alongside colleagues in CID to identify those responsible and bring them to justice. Auto crime is often carried out by opportunist criminals; please click on the link below for some useful crime reduction advice which may help in protecting your vehicle and property from thieves.
Theft of Pedal Cycles
The team has also noticed an increase in the theft of pedal cycles in the area. We are seeing the majority of bikes taken during hours of darkness from either front gardens or from on the street. It would appear that the offenders are forcing locks and taking both the bicycle and the lock. Whilst the team has recently recovered a number of potentially high value stolen bicycles, we have been unable to match them back to their rightful owners due to a lack of detail provided to us when they are being reported as stolen, if at all reported. Please help us help you by noting down the make, model, colour, distinguishing marks/ features and the frame number of the bicycle. Please click on the link below for some useful crime prevention relating to bicycles.
Anti Social Behaviour
The team has been working closely with our partners at Oxford City Council to jointly combat anti social behaviour in the area in a robust manner. We have identified a number of ‘persistent offenders’ and are collecting evidence against these individuals, building toward a case to apply for Anti Social Behaviour Orders.
PCSO Daniel Rusher held a “Have Your Say” meeting at the Donnington Doorstep Age UK Group meeting. This event was very well received by all, with a number of issues raised which have been looked at by the neighbourhood team.
PCSO Helen Duffield received praise this month for her part in helping to identify an armed robber who had targeted a number of retail premises across the country whilst on the run from prison. She was involved in the immediate search for the male and discovered a discarded hat, jacket and gloves which belonged to the offender, eventually linking him to the crime. She was praised for “a good result that wouldn’t have happened had she not found the items, and he may not have been identified to the other forces had those items not come to light” The male, who targeted The Fit Kit Studio on St Clements Street back in April this year was recently sentenced to 13 years for his offences.
If you would like any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101. If your call is an emergency then please dial 999. You can also contact us via email: EastOxfordTeam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk – please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters.
If you have information about crime or Anti Social Behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.
To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk
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