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Here is the latest update from 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.

‘You said we did’/ Priorities
Speeding and parking continue to be a priority for the Henley Neighbourhood Team; PCSOs have been out and about on the sector monitoring speeding hotspots and the town PCSOs continue to issue fixed penalty notices for illegal parking.

Rural crime is of concern on the Henley Sector, particularly this time of year.  We have already been extremely busy attending incidents of Hare Coursing, Criminal Damage to farm land and theft of farm equipment. We would like to encourage everyone to report every incident of rural crime by call our non-emergency number 101, or 999 if a crime is being committed at that time.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
A Youth Restorative Disposal (YRD) was given to a Henley male for throwing rocks at passing rowers whilst on the Red Lion lawn area. The YRD acts as warning and is an agreement between the offender and the victim that they will not behave like this again, and often includes a recompense for the crime. If the agreement is broken by the offender and the behaviour continues then they can be arrested. A YRD is considered the first level of intervention from the Police towards a child who starts to commit crime.

The PCSOs have been patrolling the new Skate Park at Makin’s Recreation Ground, in response to reports of low level ASB.

Offenders brought to justice
A long serving Henley PCSO was able to identify a female trying to sell stolen jewellery, a delighted owner has had their property returned and two offenders arrested. 

Crime prevention advice 
We are urging the public to secure their vehicles, keep keys out of view and remove any valuables when parking or leaving their vehicles at the end of the day.  Land Rovers particularly, continue to be targeted by car thieves. Sometimes the entire vehicle is taken and other times just parts are removed. Land Rover Defenders are targeted because of their ‘classic’ status since production was ceased in early 2016. Please follow the advice below to decrease the risk of being a victim: 
•    Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a steering or pedal lock
•    Fit an alarm for added security
•    Fit a tracking device
•    Thieves will target component parts so consider marking them using a forensic marking solution or system
•    Keep the vehicle in a lockable garage/building or park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked
•    Have the vehicle identification number etched on windows
•    Consider fitting a hidden battery isolation or a fuel cut-off switch
•    Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if stolen
•    Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle

For any further advice please contact the Henley Neighbourhood Team by emailing or calling 101.

What the neighbourhood team have been doing
•    PCSOs Mark, Janice and Claire held their second bike engraving event in Sonning Common.  This will be rolled out to schools in the coming months.  
•    PCSOs Mark and Ruth held a well-attended crime reduction event outside Tesco, Henley. 

Active Communities (Have Your Say!)
Our Active Communities campaign is about getting you to be more involved in policing issues. Please come and speak to your neighbourhood policing team about issues affecting our community.

•    Thursday 28th September 17, 7pm– 8pm at Gillotts Sports Centre, Henley with PCSO Claire Hewett. 
•    Friday 22nd September 17, 3pm – 3.30pm at Whitchurch Primary School, Eastfield Lane, Whitchurch with PCSO Mark Bell.
•    Saturday 23rd September 17, 3pm – 3.30pm at Westholme Store, Wallingford Road, Goring with PCSO Mark Bell.
•    Sunday 24th September 17, 3pm – 3.30pm at the Community Shop, South Stoke with PCSO Mark Bell.
•    Monday 25th September 17, 3pm – 3.30pm at Woodcote Primary School, Woodcote with PCSO Mark Bell.

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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Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

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