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Scam – Fraudsters claiming to be Telephone Preference Service

Message Sent By  Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.  Continue reading Scam – Fraudsters claiming to be Telephone Preference Service



Help keep your children safe online

Message Sent By
Holly Turner (Police, Comms Officer, Thames Valley)

The internet is a fantastic place for young people to learn, play and socialise but it’s vital that they’re aware of its dangers and how to stay safe. Here’s a few tips to help your child stay safe online:

·   Make sure your child knows what personal information is and that they’re share aware

·   Ensure you understand the social media your child is using. If you don’t know your Roblox from your Snapchat or are getting in a Twitch trying to keep on top of the social media networks your child is using, visit the Net Aware website

Continue reading Help keep your children safe online



In case of a power cut…

Message from UK Power Networks:

“We would be very grateful if you could share the information below with local residents so that they are aware of who to contact in the event their electricity is interrupted by the weather.   Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit for the latest updates
  • Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates

Continue reading In case of a power cut…



Well-being community events for local residents

Great Missenden Library and the Prevention Matters team are hosting a series of community events covering physical, mental and community safety themes for local residents.  One of the aims is to raise awareness of the different services that are available to residents within our community so that we can continue to live independently in our own homes for as long as possible.

The second drop in event will be between 11am – 4pm on Wednesday 24th January including a free Dementia Friends information session 11:30am – 12:30 / Tai chi taster session 2:30 – 3pm – stall holders: Alzheimer’s Society, Telecare, Bucks Mind, Community Counselling HP16, Prevention Matters and more.

Week three: Community safety week Friday 2nd February – 11am-4pm,  free Trading Standards Scams workshop 11:45 – 12:30 , stall holders: Legal advice, Fire & Rescue service, TVP, Chiltern District Community safety team, Prevention Matters and more.

Venue: Great Missenden Library.



Defensive planting

Message from CDC:

The ever-increasing popularity and sophistication of gardening has not gone unnoticed by the criminal. Garden crime is a reality. According to police statistics, the most likely items to be stolen are mowers, strimmers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, garden furniture and plants.

Nature herself provides one of the best solutions to many garden crimes. With careful thought and planning you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of garden crime, whilst at the same time creating an attractive garden. For instance you can create an impenetrable hedge, which looks far more attractive than security fencing but is just as effective.

You can download the full article by following this link:  Defensive planting. 



Community safety team update – Shed security

Shed security photo

Spring into action – Shed Safety:
An update from the Community Safety Team

Tuesday 20th March marks the first day of spring and with the days getting noticeably longer people are keen to get out and about.

As the weather heats up, opportunist thieves will start to look out for open windows, insecure sheds, gardening tools left out and new bikes purchased at Christmas.

If people don’t know you have a valuable bike or equipment in your shed, they are unlikely to put much effort into breaking in. Install as many security measures as possible. The harder you can make a thief work, and the longer it takes them to break in, the more likely they are to give up. Continue reading Community safety team update – Shed security



District Councils set up new Neighbourhood Watch schemes

Neighbourhood Watch Logo

There is still a need for Neighbourhood Watch

South Bucks District Council and Chiltern District Council are actively promoting new and revitalised Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, especially in areas which have experienced incidents of recent burglary. Neighbourhood Watch is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives. Behind it lies a simple idea:

Getting together with your neighbours to take action can cut local crime. Continue reading District Councils set up new Neighbourhood Watch schemes



Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing

Message from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld:

On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase. This will allow forces to continue to provide an effective service in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public.

At present around 60% of Thames Valley Police’s £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of your council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget.  These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers. Continue reading Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing



Be aware – Nottingham knockers are about

This has been sent in by a local resident because several incidents have occurred locally.  It could happen to YOU so read on.

This is about young lads who go door to door, selling household products.  This started in Nottingham, hence the name. They usually operate when it is pitch black darkness.  On one occasion, when I lived elsewhere, one lad just wouldn’t take the polite hint to leave our property and became extraordinarily abusive and terribly aggressive. TVP sent officers to arrest him and challenge the van driver who brought them all to the area but they returned several times after that incident. If we could only know visually that such knockers were calling, one could simply not bother to open the door.

At 19:30 tonight, I got knocked for the first time here in Prestwood! I recognised him as one of the pack that I had seen before, and as soon as I asked him what he wanted as I was on the phone, he got on his high horse and left briskly. I could not see the van, so I have no idea where it has been parked up waiting for the pack to do their rounds tonight. I rang 101.  If it happens to you, do the same.

If you are concerned or want more information, follow these links:

TVP alert about Nottingham knockers

Daily Express article about Nottingham knockers




Thames Valley Police – scam warning

The police have had a number of reports from residents receiving telephone calls which they believe are part of a scam.

The caller has introduced themselves as The Police and they are investigating reports of a scam.  On one occasion the caller asked the resident to write a cheque out to themselves for a large amount of money and take it to the bank to be cashed.  Another report was received where the caller again has said they were from the Police and had arrested two people who had identified the resident as being related.

On both occasions the residents have questioned what they were being told and terminated the calls.

Please be vigilant, they have had this problem before in the area and vulnerable residents have fallen for these scams, losing thousands of pounds in the meantime.

Please remember Police will NEVER ask you to withdraw money from your bank account.  If you have any doubts regarding the legitimacy of the call please disconnect your telephone at the wall, plug the phone back in and call 101.



Thames Valley Police – Rural Crime

Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by five percent between October 2016 and September 2017.

I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley.

We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem solving solutions to tackle rural crime. Continue reading Thames Valley Police – Rural Crime



Thames Valley Police information

TONIGHT, Wednesday (6/12), there will be  a live webchat with Thames Valley Police detectives to offer advice on how you can keep your homes safe this Christmas.

There is often an increase in burglaries at this time of year and they want residents to think about what security they have in place.

In recent months there has been a national increase in burglaries and break-ins and there has been a 25 per cent rise in burglaries across the Thames Valley in the last six months.

Alongside their neighbourhood policing teams who are offering advice to residents, TVP have dedicated resources in place to disrupt and investigate burglaries in order to bring offenders to justice.

To find out more about how TVP is tackling burglary across your area, join us tomorrow between 6.30pm and 8pm.

Take part in the webchat

Thinking of joining the discussion? Let us know by ‘joining’ the event on our Facebook page.



Thames Valley Police Report

You said – we did

You said – youths were being anti-social on The Common in Prestwood and Holmer Green areas.
We did – we increased patrols in the Prestwood and identified and engaged with the youths involved. Parents of the culprits were visited at their homes and made aware their children’s had received “Yellow” cards reference their anti – social behaviour. Over the last few weeks there has been a significant reduction in calls to the police.

Continue reading Thames Valley Police Report



Prestwood burglary

On Friday 17th November 2017 between 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm a burglary occurred at Gryms Dyke, Prestwood. The offenders gained access by forcing a back door open.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Gryms Dyke please contact Amersham Investigation Hub via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43170343204.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Please consider a few simple prevention steps to your property:-

1.    Keep windows and doors shut, locked and in good condition

2.    Property mark your valuables with a UV pen or forensic property marking kit,   then register on Make a note of all model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items.

3.    Use a timer switches to make your home look occupied in the evenings

4.    Ensure car keys are safely stored away from the front door

5.    Keep tools and ladders locked away out of sight.

For more Crime Reduction tips and information please visit our website and click on the ‘crime prevention’ tab.

Alternatively contact Thames Valley Police on: 101

Attempted burglary

On Monday 20th November 2017 at 5.30 pm an attempted burglary occurred at Copners Drive, Holmer Green. The offenders tried to gain access to the house by forcing a window.




A chance to have your say about local policing

Your local neighbourhood policing teams are currently reviewing those policing issues which are of most concern to you.

They ask that you take a few moments to consider those policing issues which are current in your neighbourhood that you would like your local policing team to resolve over the course of the next few months and then complete the following survey


They will collate responses and publish their priorities on the neighbourhood page of the Thames Valley Police external website and the website.

If you would like to have your say please complete the survey no later than Monday 20th November 2017.



NHW Card Defenders available

From Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to share your personal data and other information.  On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency identification – RFID technology.  This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments up to £30.

However, this comes with security risk, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details.  They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results.  They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this.  You might not even notice it happening. Continue reading NHW Card Defenders available



On-line Community Forum – Wednesday 22 November 7-9pm

Message from PS 5323 Paul Cossey, Neighbourhood Sergeant – Amersham, Missenden & Chalfonts, Chiltern & South Bucks LPA

“Please can I make you aware of the Online Community Forum taking place on Wednesday 22 November 2017  7-9pm.


“The on-line virtual forum provides members of the community with an opportunity to ask questions to both the police and local council regarding matters that may be of concern.





“The link to the forum is

“Please feel free to take part and forward this on to those who you feel may be interested in taking part or monitoring the event.”

Contact number:  315 6615 / 07974973957   Non Emergency Number 101   Email

Address: King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP6 5AL



Halloween posters

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.  Continue reading Halloween posters