Tool theft recovery event at Abingdon Police Station
The South and Vale Problem Solving team and Abingdon Neighbourhood Team held a public event over the weekend of 6th and 7th January 2018 to encourage victims of tool theft to attend Abingdon Police station to identify their stolen property. This event was widely advertised on social media and has since been shared by thousands of people. The event was held following a policing operation in December 2017 resulting in officers recovering a large quantity of stolen power tools.
The event was attended by over 300 victims of crime over both days. The number of people who attended the police station and the distances people have travelled evidences the scale and impact of the criminality. During the event it is estimated that the police have reunited approximately £20,000 worth of stolen tools to their rightful owners. Crime prevention packs including UV markers has been given to people that have attended and they have had chance to speak with a member of the police team to discuss their crime and obtain prevention advice.
Thames Valley Police would like to thank the victims of crime for their time in attending the police station over the weekend. We are delighted to be able to return some of the stolen property to its owners and will continue to investigate tool theft robustly. Further work is ongoing to reunite more of the recovered stolen property with its owners.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
We have received reports that a group(s) of young people are causing ASB in the North Abingdon area. Reports suggest they are knocking on doors and running away and also climbing over fences and even onto roofs. Please call us on 101 if you have any further information and please always report ASB so that we can target patrols.
Offenders brought to justice
Last year we reported in the neighbourhood update several good stop checks by PCSO Ali Blood and PCSO Susie Morley whilst there were out on routine foot patrol within the town centre:
• One man that was wanted for a violent robbery, was identified and attempted to be detained by them whilst requesting assistance from their colleagues. This man has just been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.
• Two females were stop checked by them on suspicion of drug supplying, one female was found to have over 90 wraps of ‘Class A’ drugs hidden on her. This female has just been sentenced to three years in prison.
Foot beat and knowing your neighbourhood can certainly pay off!
Have your say meetings
Please come along and discuss any local issues:
• Sunday 14th January 2018, 11am outside Reggie’s convenience shop, Reynolds Way with PCSO Clare Atkins.
• Monday 22nd January 2018, 10am at Lady Eleanor Court with PCSO Clare Atkins.
Would you like a say on policing in your area? We are looking for members of the public to join Independent Advisory Groups (IAG) across the Thames Valley. What are IAGS? IAGs are a way for our communities to work directly with the police to improve the way we work and the service you receive. Meeting four times a year the groups are made up and chaired by independent members of the public, supported by officers from local policing teams. IAG members represent their communities, sharing their views on policing issues affecting local people and challenging them where necessary. Who can become an IAG member? Anyone who lives or works in Thames Valley can join their IAG. We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, ages, races and religions to get involved to ensure the group reflects the diversity of the local community it is representing. How to get involved? If you are interested in your local area and ensuring your community has a voice please visit our website www.thamesvalley.police.uk/activecommunities
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 AbingdonTownNHPT@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. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk 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