Message from Chris Ging, Thames Valley Police.
With the winter months approaching and the evenings getting darker please ensure your property does not become a target for burglars.
- Use timer switches or leave a light on (ensure property is not in darkness)
- Check outside lights are working
- Ensure all windows and doors are shut and locked
- Don’t leave valuables lying around
- Take pictures of expensive items / jewellery
- Ensure house alarms if fitted are in use
- Do not leave tools lying around rear gardens (burglars will use them to gain entry to properties)
- Ensure no valuables on display in vehicles
- Ensure vehicles are locked
- Ensure outbuildings (sheds and garages) are locked and secure
Stay safe this Halloween
Hannah Tomlin, Community Safety Officer, sent us this article:
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 and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows indicating whether or not they welcome Halloween callers. Continue reading Have a fright-free Halloween
Missendens Neighbourhood TVP September Newsletter
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Do you know when to ring 999 and when to ring 101?
Thames Valley Police has devised a short survey for all ages across Thames Valley, to better understand how you use these services. Please take this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/101or999
Next Have Your Say Event in Prestwood
Wednesday 6th September 2017 11am–12noon – Chequers Parade, Prestwood
Between Thursday 10 August at 5.30 pm and Friday 11 August at 10.00 am a burglary occurred at Perks Lane, Prestwood. The offenders gained access by smashing glass in the back door and stole items.
If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Perks Lane please contact PC 3687 Ian Torbet, Amersham Investigation Hub via the Thames Valley Police non emergency number, 101 and quote crime reference 43170238005.
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Continue reading Burglary in Perks Lane
The police are appealing for information following a burglary in Prestwood.
Between 8pm on Sunday (4/6) and 8am on Monday (5/6) a lock up was broken into on Wren Davis Farm in Prestwood.
An ‘IFOR WILLIAMS’ trailer, that’s approximately 12 feet long with the registration number beginning RV04 was stolen. A Kabota U10/3 Micro Digger, a Kabota KX36/3 Digger, two petrol chainsaws, a Makita Breaker (drill breaker) and an angle grinder were also stolen.
Investigating officer, Police Constable Helen Rankine from Amersham Police Station, said: “If anyone has any information which could assist with the investigation, or who may have witnessed this incident, please call our 24-hour enquiry centre on 101, quoting reference number 43170162347 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Little Book of Cyber Scams available now
TV Police have joined up with the Metropolitan Police to produce their own version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams, to give information and advice to you and local businesses.
The 40-page booklet covers a wide range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, including malware and ransomware, social engineering attacks – where cyber crime is made possible by someone gathering data deceitfully in person, by phone or email – denial of service attacks and data leakage.
It follows the successful ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, now in its third edition, and can be viewed and downloaded via the Thames Valley Police website.
While some of the information is targeted at businesses, the advice is relevant to all and we hope you find it useful.
Sergeant Nicky Upton has worked very hard over the past few years to keep this area safe. Several PVA committee members know her well and are grateful for what she has done. As you will see below, she is handing over to Sergeant Paul Cossey, whom we also know well. Here is the letter she has sent us.
Today see’s the first day of the New Operating Model across Thames valley Police. After nearly 7 years policing Amersham, the Chalfont’s and Great Missenden neighbourhoods, I leave this post to take up a new position as the Safeguarding Sergeant for the Chiltern and South Bucks Police Area. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with so many different people and have constantly been impressed by the dedication and commitment of those who help to make our communities safer. Continue reading New Police Sergeant in place
You can’t be too careful!
Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.
The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:
I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me. Continue reading Another email scam
Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.
Being aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and knowing where to go to raise a concern are two simple but important things.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that happens when a child or young person is tricked or forced into doing something sexual in return for things like attention, money, drugs, gifts or alcohol. It is illegal, although young people might not always see it that way, because they are groomed and manipulated by their abusers. Visit www.RUWise2it.co.uk to find out more.
How being a good neighbour can help tackle loneliness
As social beings, we’re often at our best when we’re connected to the people and communities around us. However, nearly 1 in 5 people in the UK today say they’re often or always lonely and a similar number of people will go over a week without even being asked ‘how are you?’
Loneliness and isolation is a serious issue for people across our country and its impact can go further than you might imagine; loneliness is bad for your health, it’s reported to be twice as bad for us as being obese.
Who does loneliness affect?
Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone and everyone. It’s not always who you might think. Research by the Coop and British Red Cross has shown that whilst two thirds of the UK believe that ‘older people’ are most likely to experience loneliness, in reality it can impact all ages. Continue reading Tackling loneliness
BT Call Protect is a new call diverting service to prevent nuisance calls and is available for free to all existing and new BT home landline customers.
The service is the ﬁrst of its kind in the UK and it could see up to 30 million nuisance calls a week (half of these coming from personal accident claims and PPI companies alone) automatically diverted before they reach customers.
To activate the free service call 0800 389 1572 from your BT landline or sign up via BT’s Call Protect webpage: www.bt.com/callprotect Once you sign up, it can take up to 24 hours for Call Protect to start working.
Two more scam warnings
The first of these could be particularly harmful if you may be tempted to check an email on pedophiles (sic) or sexual predators in the area
If you receive a message with the following heading in your inbox stating it has been sent on behalf of "Neighborhood Alert" with the following information: From: info.cFZgeSC4Ch@lepmieseorthy.blowquest.com on behalf of Neighborhood Alert _Kids Live Safe: eFiwODKtj2Te@lepmieseorthy.blowquest.com.
Please do not click on any links,even one line as you will go through to a fraudulent email. This message came through to a Co-ordinator in the Berkshire Area, stating it was from Neighborhood Alert. Note the spelling. The information from the heading states "Pedophile Alert in Your Area" "Neighborhood Safety Notice. Does a Sexual Predator live in your Neighborhood" Please click here. Please do not open.
Following on from a recent increase of victims of this scam in the Chiltern area we would appreciate it if you could take the time to understand how this scam works. Continue reading Thames Valley Police Alerts
Between Monday 6 and Tuesday 28 February, Thames Valley Police is working with its partners on a campaign that targets rural crime affecting businesses and farms in our region. They need your support.
Events are taking place all across the Thames Valley aiming to help rural businesses to prevent themselves, their properties and in many cases their livelihoods, from becoming victims of crime. Continue reading TVP campaign targetting rural crime
Shed and garage break ins
Recently Thames Valley Police have seen a large increase in number of garage and shed burglaries in the Chiltern & South Bucks area. These burglaries have predominantly taken place in the evenings and overnight, targeting items such as garden tools and sports equipment.
Please ensure that all garages and sheds are locked and checked that they are secure. We would also ask that you record any serial numbers & distinguishing marks on items in your garage or shed. This will assist police in identifying and returning items to their owners. You can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team who can arrange a time to mark your property or pass you further crime prevention advice. These details can be found on the Thames Valley Police website
If you witness anything suspicious and the person is still in the area please report it immediately by dialling 999.
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.
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.
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
Prestwood Revitalisation Group (GMPRG) is seeking local residents’ views on proposals to create a more vibrant village centre.
By following this link you can take a look at a short video, produced and edited by local company Five on a Bike, which gives a brief introduction on how the village centre could look and you can give your feedback via the online consultation form.
For those that would like to know more, there is also a film of the presentation given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie of Hamilton-Baillie Associates to the village on 22 March, and an accompanying report Prestwood Report 02b small Final which explains the approach and the original brief, where you can find out how and why this project has come about.
Sketch proposal for a “recognisable village centre with its own identity which will help lower speeds, significantly improve pedestrian links and the environment for local shops and businesses”:
Continue reading Prestwood Village Centre – Proposals for improvement
Message on behalf of Chiltern and South Bucks Community Safety Partnership.
The Safer Bucks Plan is Buckinghamshire’s response to the statutory duty in two-tier areas to produce a Community Safety Agreement. This should identify what our priorities are and how we will work (with our partners) to address them. In Bucks, we also include reference to local, district priorities as many will complement each other.
This document must be evidence based. We look at a minimum of one year of crime and disorder data and information and look at trends, emerging areas, changing nature of crime etc. This evidence base is called the Partnership Strategic Assessment and is carefully written over approx. 3 months, culminating in a detailed analysis document looking at victims, offenders and locations of crime.
From this work, the county Safer Communities team has identified four priority areas for 2016/17. Continue reading Proposed crime & disorder priorities 2016
According to the National Fraud Authority £3.5 billion is lost to scams every year in the United Kingdom, a significant proportion by vulnerable and older people, specifically targeted by Organised Criminal Groups via, mail, telephone, cyber frauds doorstep crime. Especially vulnerable are people with dementia and those who care for them. Victims’ losses can be enormous; a couple in Amersham in their 80s, both with dementia, have been conned out of almost £1million by rogue builders and a lady in Denham has paid out over £140,000 to bogus lotteries.
When investigating these crimes and more than 1000 similar frauds and scams perpetrated over the last 5 years in Buckinghamshire, Trading Standards Officers have increasingly become aware of a process of grooming akin to that seen in Child Sexual Exploitation where elderly, infirm, socially isolated and lonely older people are the target for unscrupulous criminals who are keen to exploit their vulnerability. Continue reading Behind Closed Doors: Fraud & the Vulnerable Adult
Influencing Safety in Prestwood
At the recent Thames Valley Police Chiltern & South Bucks LPA Commander’s Awards Ceremony at Taplow House Hotel, the Prestwood Community Speed Watch volunteers received a commendation and several of them attended to collect it from the TVP Area Commander, Supt Yvette Hitch, and the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.
The citation reads:
“Awarded to the Prestwood Community Speedwatch volunteers who are commended for their ongoing commitment to their local community, making the roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and supporting the development of new Community Speed Watch schemes in the area.”
In 2008, three priority issues of concern were identified by Prestwood residents to Thames Valley Community Police via The Misbourne Neighbourhood Action Group – speeding, anti-social behaviour and parking. The local NAG, under the chairmanship of Reverend Deiniol Heywood, supported proposals for the pedestrian crossing near the Co-op, better security for the Hazell Road flats and organised volunteer usage of Community Speedwatch (CSW) equipment locally. Continue reading Community Speedwatch team commended