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Keep your home safe in the dark evenings

Bright ideas when the clocks go back on 30 October

CommunitySafety LogoThis time of the year when the clocks have gone back means homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars.

To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils Joint Community Safety team is encouraging householders to take some simple steps to protect their home :-

  • Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home
  • Keep valuables and other electronic equipment such as iPads out of sight
  • Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with immobilise.com
  • Double lock UPVC doors or use dead locks on solid doors.  Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letter box
  • Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight
  • Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves
  • If you intend to go away over the holiday period, ask a neighbour to park on your drive to make your home look occupied and do the same for others.

Continue reading Keep your home safe in the dark evenings

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Reporting Vandalism

There have been a number of incidents of vandalism over the school holidays. The images below show an example at Sheep Wash Pond on Honor End Lane which occurred between 2:00pm and 2:30pm on Monday the 15th of August . This has now been repaired.

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If you see anyone damaging property or acting suspiciously,  please report it to the local police on the non emergency number 101. Obviously if it is a more serious matter please use 999.

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Livestock worrying at Prestwood

On Sunday 11th September 2016, two sheep were found dead in a field off Nairdwood Lane, Prestwood.  The attack is believed to have taken place sometime between 14:00hrs and 16:00hrs.  The nature of their injuries indicate they were attacked by a dog.  The field does not have any public right of way and they were the only sheep in the field at the time.

Missendens NHPT would like to remind dog owners to be responsible, particularly when walking in rural areas and where livestock is kept. Allowing a dog to worry livestock is a criminal offence.  Farmers do have the right to shoot any animal caught worrying livestock under certain circumstances and where necessary to prevent any undue suffering.

A public information film was made by North Wales Police in July this year which gives an interesting insight into the how the worrying of livestock impacts many people.  You can find this video on the following link:
http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/film-reveals-devastating-impact-of-livestock-worrying.htm

Please contact 101 quoting URN 1242 11/09/16 if you have any information regarding the attack on sheep in Prestwood on Sunday 11th September 2016.

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Your Views on Policing and Crime

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Just over three weeks left to complete the PCC’s online survey – closing date is Friday 30 September:

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, is seeking your views on policing and crime to help inform his next Police and Crime Plan which sets out the PCCs priorities and objectives for the Thames Valley.  From this plan, the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police and other partners will develop their own annual service delivery plans.

  • What concerns you about policing in your area?
  • What would you like Thames Valley Police to prioritise
    with regards to crime?
  • Have you been a victim of crime and would like to feedback your experience?

Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said: ‘An important part of my role as PCC is to engage with local communities. This survey gives people the opportunity to tell us what is important to them. Their response can help shape the direction of the next Police and Crime Plan and I encourage anyone living or working in the Thames Valley to complete it.’

To give your views, you can complete a short online survey
at www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/survey.  It should take no
more than ten minutes to complete.   Continue reading Your Views on Policing and Crime

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Student lodging scam

Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term. Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent, often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.
Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.

Protect Yourself

  • Only use reputable letting companies.
  • Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
  • Make an appointment to view the property in person.
  • Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
  • Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
  • A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Greenlands Lane Burglary

A burglary occurred in Greenlands Lane, Prestwood between 7.15am and 7.15pm on Wednesday 20thJuly 2016. Offenders have gained entry by forcing open the front door. An untidy search was made of the premises. Items of jewellery have been stolen.

If you have any information in relation to this or have seen any persons acting in a suspicious manner around this time at the location please contact PC7400 Wiggs, Local CID Amersham Police Station on the non emergency number 101 quoting Crime Reference 43160199582. If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Yet another scam – Courier Fraud

Thames Valley Police is calling on residents to help tackle courier fraud by taking ten minutes to talk to elderly friends and relatives.

Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing large sums of cash to a courier that arrives at their home.

Officers are asking family and friends to take ten minutes to talk through these top tips:

  • Never deal with cold callers on the phone or in person, no matter how polite or friendly they are.  Saying ‘No thank you’ and shutting the door or hanging up the phone is not rude.
  • Your bank, the police or anyone legitimate will never send a courier to your home to collect your money, your bank cards, and they will never ask for your pin number.  Close the door, lock it, and call 101 to speak to the police.
  • Keep a mobile phone next to the landline, and if you want to make a phone call immediately after hanging up the landline, always use the other phone.
  • If you do hand over your bank details or cards, don’t panic.  Call your bank immediately using another phone, such as a mobile phone, explain what’s happened and cancel your cards.
  • Legitimate callers will never try to rush you, scare you, or force you into anything.  If you feel scared or pressured at any point, hang up or shut the door and tell someone what’s happened.

Continue reading Thames Valley Police Alert

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Theft from motor vehicles

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Drivers are being urged to take simple steps to avoid falling victim to thieves targeting parked vehicles – vans in particular.  Between May and June 2016, there were 14 reported thefts from vehicles in Chiltern District.  These thefts were from cars and vans parked on the road and driveways with many left insecure.  Vans are a prime target, and tradesmen are advised to keep vans locked and secured at all times.

To avoid becoming a victim:

  • Ensure you empty your vehicle of all valuable items.
  • Mark your tools using a CRE Marker or permanent marker pen with your house number and postcode.
  • Do not leave your car or van unlocked at any time.

You can contact Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s joint Community Safety team on 01494 586535 for further information.

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CLEAR AND LOCKED – DON’T LOSE YOUR LIVELIHOOD TO THIEVES

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Don’t let thieves steal your summer!

Don’t invite thieves into your home!

Thames Valley Police

With summer here people will be making the most of the warmer weather, spending time in the garden, enjoying a barbecue or taking a holiday.  Thieves know that this time of year people are more likely to leave doors and windows open making it easier for an opportunist burglar to gain access to your home.

To help you avoid becoming a victim of burglary Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Councils joint community Safety team is encouraging residents to take a few minutes and read the simple things you can do to protect your home.  Continue reading Don’t let thieves steal your summer!

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The policing landscape continues to change

Thames Valley Police

“I write as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

“Over the last few years we have achieved many successes; crime levels remain low, with public confidence and victim satisfaction remaining high. We have also received formal recognition from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, which we are extremely proud of.

“However, the policing landscape continues to change with the emergence of new and complex crimes such as cyber crime and modern slavery, the growth of others, including sexual offences, and the ongoing financial uncertainty facing the police service.

“With this change comes challenge and opportunity. We will build on our previous success and deliver an effective and efficient core service which meets the needs of you, the public we serve. To do this we need to continue to transform and innovate so that we can meet policing needs now and in the future.

“First and foremost we are a responsive emergency service that keeps people safe and brings offenders to justice. Where there is an immediate need, we will of course provide an emergency response; however we need to work with our partners to ensure that you receive the right service; this may not always be a police response. Continue reading The policing landscape continues to change

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HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

Crucial that you lobby our MP, Cheryl Gillan,  Martin Tett, Bucks County Council and HS2 Ltd

(direct contact details below)

Message from John Skrimshire, Chair of Great Missenden Parish Revitalisation Group   http://www.gmprg.org.uk/

“Dear All,        You may not be aware of the latest proposals made by HS2 Ltd with regard to Great Missenden which will also greatly impact on the residents of Prestwood who pass through en route to work, local schools, hospitals etc.

“HS2 is proposing to push ahead with its plans for the current Haul Road site off the Link Road roundabout at Great Missenden,  [see previous news item last November to see the effects that this is expected to have on Prestwood] whilst suggesting  “mitigation” which would include widening the Link Road from two to three lanes, with the accompanying loss of the 20 short-term car parking spaces on the Link Road adjacent to Buryfield.   So HS2’s “solution” for Great Missenden is more tarmac and less parking.

“Despite agreeing to an assurance with Bucks County Council in January to develop an alternative Haul Road site, [see PVA’s news item in January 2016] the promoter has failed to provide the full life-cycle costs promised within 28 days of the assurance agreement.   Without this baseline information, it is extremely difficult for Bucks County Council to develop an alternative, bearing in mind that the agreement also requires them to foot any additional bill. Continue reading HS2 – Latest proposal will affect you – please act now

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Holiday Booking Scams

With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.

Avoid
Paying for a holiday / airline tickets / accommodation via direct bank transfer. No reputable company will ever request payment via this method.
Responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.

Protect Yourself

  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / particular airline that your booking does indeed exist.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Opportunity for budding young artists

Thames Valley Police

Signwriting competition on a police car for youngsters

Thames Valley Police is launching a competition for young people to design the livery on vehicles promoting community engagement.

We’re looking for the bright young minds of Thames Valley to help us design some livery for the side of one of our non-response Neighbourhood Policing cars.

The competition is open to all young people under the age of 18, and the winner will not only get their artwork printed onto the car, but a certificate presented at our Force Open Day on Saturday 6 August and a day out with Roads Policing!

The competition is running on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email – so there are a few ways you can send your entries in.

To enter, you can download the PDF (PDF 59 Kb – opens new window) and email a photo of your design to Corporate Communications. Or post a photo of your entry to our Facebook account (opens new window), tweet it to @ThamesVP, or Instagram it to @ThamesValleyPolice.

Your photo may be used in our competition Facebook album.   Continue reading Opportunity for budding young artists

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Another scam warning

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period). Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.

Protect yourself

  • Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
  • Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!
  • If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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Catalytic converters – Honda vehicles

Information for Honda owners

Thames Valley Police

Two catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles in Holmer Green whilst parked on their driveways.  Both have been Hondas.  If you  have seen anything unusual around your area please contact the Police. This has occurred between the 11/06/2016 and the 14/06/16 so most likely on the same evening being the 11th June in the early hours of the morning of the 12th June.  Honda  catalytic converters contain titanium so therefore worth a little bit more than others.  If you have any information please contact the Police on 101. and reference 43160162771.

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Two Burglaries in Prestwood

Thames Valley Police

Between Thursday 16th June 2016 at 7 pm and Friday 17th June 2016 at 2.50 pm an attempted burglary occurred at Honor Road, Prestwood.  The Offenders have tried to gain entry by smashing a rear ground floor window.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Honor Road please contact PC 4202 Paul Bridgeworth, Taplow Burglary Team via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43160165895.

On Friday 17th June 2016 between 8.30 am and 3 pm a burglary occurred at Wrights Lane, Prestwood. The offenders gained access by forcing patio doors and stole money.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Wrights Lane please contact DC 5815 Stuart Cook, Taplow Local CID via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43160165990.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org  

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 www.immobilise.com. 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.    Perhaps purchase a fake/simulated TV device which lights up a room like a real TV.

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

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

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

Alternatively contact Thames Valley Police on: 101

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Child Sexual Exploitation

A free information session about child sexual exploitation is being held at Chiltern Hills Academy on Chartridge Lane, Chesham on Tuesday 21 June, 7pm to 8.30pm

The session is an opportunity for those living in the Chiltern and South Bucks areas to come along and gain important knowledge about what CSE is, how to recognise children at risk, what the signs are to look out for, how to protect a child from grooming, and if necessary, what to do and who to contact if you have any concerns.

There will be an introductory short talk from the Barnardo’s R U Safe team followed by an opportunity to talk to senior staff from Barnardo’s R U Safe, Thames Valley Police, Bucks County Council’s Children’s Social Care and Youth Service teams who will be on-hand to give help and advice, and answer questions about what is being done in Bucks to tackle CSE.

Express your interest in coming to an event by emailing communications@buckscc.gov.uk – but also feel free to drop in on the night.

To find out more about child sexual exploitation, visit www.ruwise2it.co.uk 

More info on other sessions in Bucks can be found by following this link:  http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/article/5806/Free-information-session-on-child-sexual-exploitation

Joanne Fowler  –  Active Communities Officer (Chiltern District Council & South Bucks District Council)  Tel: 01494 732103  Mobile: 07815104131  Email: jfowler@chiltern.gov.uk 

The Council is seeking feedback from customers with regards to its services, a short survey can be completed at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/healthycommunities/

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Thames Valley Police Alert

Two burglaries in our area

A burglary occurred in Beamond End, Amersham between 1.50pm and 3pm on Monday 30th May 2016. Offenders have gained entry by forcing open the rear patio doors. An untidy search was made of the premises.

A burglary occurred in Windsor Lane, Little Kingshill between 1.30pm and 2.40pm on Monday 30th May 2016. Offenders have gained entry by smashing rear patio doors. An untidy search was made of the premises. Items of jewellery and electronics have been stolen.

If you have any information in relation to this or have seen any persons acting in a suspicious manner around this time at the location please contact PC6279 Jefferys, Local CID Amersham Police Station on the non emergency number 101 quoting Crime Reference 43160147417 for Beamond End or 43160147407 for Windsor Lane. If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Latest Newsletter from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Police

Here’s the 2016 May Newsletter Missendens Neighbourhood from our Neighbourhood Police Team.

(Extract)

You Said, We Did

You said you are concerned about burglaries in Holmer Green, Great Missenden, Little Missenden and Little Kingshill.

We did high visibility patrols and tailored Crime Prevention Advice to suit the time of year as the burglars target properties in different ways through the seasons.

You said you were concerned about Anti-Social Behaviour by youths and young drivers around car parks, children’s play areas and playing fields.

We did extra patrols at relevant times, engaged with the youths, discussed their behaviour, the impact it had on the community and dealt with re-offenders by way of the red and yellow card scheme.

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