Neighbourhood Policing - PCSO Gary Kirby C9455

gary kiby pcso miltonPersonal safety When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. IPads, digital cameras, mobile phones, and extra cash to buy present’s means you could be the ideal target for thieves.
When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended, keep your purse safe in an internal pocket, and don’t carry your pin number with you.
Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink.
Have you ever considered getting a personal safety alarm? Don’t allow threats of crime intimidate you into never going anywhere alone, just be aware of what’s going on around you and be confident that you can keep safe.
Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, try and walk with a friend, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking.
Theft from vehicles Make sure nothing is left on display in your car. Even small belongings such as clothing or small change can be tempting to a thief. Never think leaving items in the boot is safe either, who is to say someone didn't see you leave them there? Help drive thieves’ crackers this Christmas by giving extra thought to your personal and vehicle security. When considering where to park, look for a well-lit, busy area. For additional security look out for the Park Mark security approved car parks. Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Opportunistic thieves will often steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.
Burglary Property mark presents and valuables with your postcode, house number or name, then register on Immobilise. Make a note of all model numbers and serial numbers of all electrical items. Keep presents out of view – placing presents in plain view of windows will only draw attention to your house and its contents. Be cautious when using social media such as Facebook – do you really want to advertise that your home is empty by showing you are somewhere else or having a countdown to your holiday? Invest in a timer to open and close your curtains or turn on your lights, or better yet, ask a family member or neighbour to pop in and do it at random times of the day so a potential thief does not see an exact pattern. Dispose of boxes and rubbish discreetly. Leaving boxes outside will give away the fact that you have new and valuable items in the house.
Christmas parties Drink sensibly and stay with your friends. Plan in advance how you will get home. Save the number of a licensed taxi firm in your mobile phone.
Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended. If there’s trouble while you’re out, stay well clear of it
Avoid walking alone through dark or unsafe areas (men as well as women). Keep your belongings with you and your valuables out of sight.
Don’t drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after.
Something to think about How easily can the Emergency services find your house? It can sometimes be very hard for the emergency services to find properties that we are called to. This could be because no name or number is displayed or that if they are it is not very visible from the road side. Have a look at yours and see how visible it actually is. Should you have the need to call the emergency services every second counts.

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If there any issues or concerns that you have please do contact me via the Police non-emergency number on 101 or by email .

If you should have the need to report a crime or incident, please use either 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

There are 2 incidents of note this month. Two vehicles in Milton Heights were broken into in late August. Enquiries into this are ongoing.
Please ensure that when leaving your car all valuables are removed from the car.


Winter Burglary Traditionally burglary rates increase during the winter months following the clocks going back in October. It is presumed that this is due to homes clearly appearing unoccupied as they are left in darkness whilst people are out.
Now is the ideal time to look at your home security. If you're not at home during the hours of darkness, you may be at an increased risk of burglary.
If no light is on in your home, curtains are not drawn,and no car is in the drive, it's an obvious sign to an opportunist burglar that nobody is at home. At this time of year it pays to secure your home. There are a number of simple and free ways to do this, all of which will help reduce the chance of your home becoming a target.

Visit a local retailer to pick up a 24-hour segment timer for under £5. The timer can be used with a lamp, radio or TV to give the impression that someone's home. Remember to use an energy efficient light bulb.

Register your valuables.on it's free and takes just a few minutes and if your valuables are stolen, will allow you to tell the police, your insurer, and the second-hand trade to assist in recovering your property and catch the thief.

Keep valuables out of sight.

Lock your doors and windows, if you have a UPVC door, make sure you have double locked it.


If you would like-any further crime prevention advice or a free survey on your property please get in touch with me.

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As always I can be contacted by email on or via the non emergency number on 101.

If you should have the need to report a crime or incident, please use either 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

There is one crime of note to report.

Towards the end of July there was a burglary at a house in Milton Heights where a motorcycle was stolen. Enquiries are ongoing at this time.


Dog Control I have received reports from Milton Heights regarding out of control dogs. Please can I remind all dog owners that they must be in control of their dogs at all times including on and off the lead.


Parking I have also received complaints regarding parking in Willow Lane. Please ensure that when parking you are not obstructing a junction or pavement. I will be continuing to monitor.


Rural Crime With the crops beginning to be harvested we see an increase in hare coursing and poaching in the area. Offenders drive vehicles through hedges and gates causing damage and also use the opportunity to check out vulnerable locations to break into sheds, rural businesses and stables. The Neighbourhood Team are continuing with operations in the area to deter and catch those involved.


Courier Fraud During the past month we have had several cases of courier fraud around our area. This involves the victim being called by the offender who will claim they are a police officer or from the bank, and that your bank details have been used fraudulently. They will then try to convince the victim to either pass their bank details, including their pin number or withdraw large sums of money and then hand it over to a taxi driver or courier. Please remember that neither the police nor your bank will ever ask you for pin numbers, or for you to give cash to a courier. These offenders often target elderly, vulnerable individuals, so please pass on this information to friends and relatives.


Cyber Safety Event Thames Valley Police are holding a cyber safety event on Wednesday 21 September from 11.00am – 1.00pm in Didcot. Invitation is open to anyone interested in keeping themselves, family members and businesses safe, greatly reducing the risk from cybercrime and scams.
If you would like to attend please contact Lisa Butler or 01235 556611 between 8.30am – 12.30pm.


Hit & Run Traffic Accident You may have noticed some damaged cars on High Street on the morning of Tuesday 16 August. A VW Golf ran amok and crash into 2 cars parked outside Exwick at around 1.00am. The driver apparently ran away Gary advises ‘the incident is under investigation’.


As always I can be contacted by email on or via the non emergency number on 101.

If you should have the need to report a crime or incident, please use either 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

Residents Matters

There have been lots of comments and discussions recently about the speed of the traffic and overweight vehicles in High Street.


At the beginning of June Simon (Glazebrook) spotted a car transporter driving south through the village. He contacted the company (in Ireland) and requested an explanation of why it was travelling through a weight restriction. Several emails passed between the company and Simon and it transpired that the vehicle was travelling from Diseworth (north of Birmingham) to Chipping Warden (north of Banbury) and the vehicle tracking indicated that he took a wrong turn. That must be the understatement of the year!


The transport manager said that due to the size of the vehicle it was not easy to do a u-turn. At this point Simon queried whether they were talking about the same lorry as it was so far off its route and must have had plenty of opportunities to turn round.


This has now been passed to PCSO Gary Kirby for action.


We have also noticed quite a few extra lorries through the village at night during the road closure at Sutton Courtenay Lane. Now that the work is finished it would be nice if they removed the diversion signs.
Helen Glazebrook


Letter from a resident at Milton Heights:
We are experiencing unsociable behaviour with un-neutered cats particularly tom cats in the Milton Heights area. I have a multi cat household and all my cats are neutered. These toms are spraying in my garden, in my house, fighting and making behavioural problems with my own cats. (I'm sure I'm not the only person this has affected). This is not acceptable and as cat owners have a responsibility to look after their pets may I suggest some education on the matter. I have attached a leaflet from the Cats Protection on this. 


I don't want to be nagging and knocking on someone's door asking them to remove unwanted cats from my garden or hand them a vets bill for the injuries caused by their tom.


This is not just a problem at Milton Heights. Only this week, our cat flap was destroyed, we think by a tom who had followed one of our cats through and as it is locked on the outside at night, then found it difficult to get back out. We are all responsible for our pets and animals. Reports have also been received by the Parish Council of dog poo not being picked up. If your dog poos anywhere accessible by the public, then it is your responsibility to pick it up.

There were no reported crimes of note in May.


Following requests from residents I have carried out a couple of sessions of speed checks in the village. Over the next month I am intending to carry out further checks. I have also been in contact with our Roads Policing department to discuss and arrange checks for any vehicles breaking the weight limit. 

Here are the results of the speed checks that I carried out.
04 May 12:10 - 13:10 - Outside the Plum Pudding, combining both ways. 150 vehicles passed with 0 in excess.
05 May 11:00 - 12:00 - Outside Millbrook House, combining both ways. 75 vehicles passed with 2 in excess showing 36mph and 35mph.

I have received some complaints regarding parking in Willow Lane. I would like to remind residents not to park on the pavements and to just take a look around when parking on the road to ensure that you do not obstruct or restrict access to other properties. Also think would a fire engine be able to pass should it need to. I will be continuing to monitor the area.

Rural Crime 
Now that the days are getting longer, many people will decide to spend their days outside, especially around the Ridgeway. Can we please take this opportunity to remind you not to leave valuable items on display in your vehicles. Historically we have had an increased number of thefts from vehicles during the warmer seasons and this is something that we will be proactive in avoiding by making regular visits to vulnerable locations. 

Wantage, Faringdon and Wiltshire neighbourhood teams worked together with local land owners and farmers on a two-night operation to help combat rural crime. It was very quiet but during the two nights there were no reported rural crimes on the areas covered.

During April there were a couple of burglaries in the Harwell area. Properties were entered and jewellery and money taken. One male has been arrested and charged for one of the offences and enquiries are still ongoing regarding the other.

If you would like a free crime prevention survey or any advice, please get in touch. If there is anything you would like to discuss please contact me via 101 and ask for PCSO Gary Kirby C9455 or email me on

There is one incident of note to report this month. 
A motorcycle was stolen from an address on Sutton Road. The motorcycle has since been found and recovered and investigations are ongoing. 

Rural Crime:
 There have been a couple of burglary non-dwellings over the last month. one in Childrey where tools were stolen from a building site and one in Blewbury where a fireplace was stolen from a shipping container. Patrols continue in the areas and more overnight neighbourhood operations to combat rural crime are planned. Please remain vigilant for any suspicious activity or persons. Please ensure that where possible sheds and garages are kept secure. If you would like a free crime prevention survey or any advice, please contact me.

Speeding: I will be looking into carrying out speed checks in the Village at various times and days over the next few weeks. I will hopefully have some figures that I can publish for next month's edition

Wantage Police Front Counter closure: The Front Counter at Sterlings Road, Wantage, will be closing 31 March 2016. Your nearest Front Counter is at Colwell Drive, Abingdon which is open to 8.00am — 10.00pm daily. Please call the non-emergency number 101 if you would like to speak to a neighbourhood officer.

New team member: PC Sarah Palmer has left the Neighbourhood Team at Wantage recently and has been replaced by PC Lorraine O'Connor. Lorraine is a very experienced police officer and has previously been working on ti -Ie response team .at Vv'antage so knovv's 'Lhe area very 'vvell and is a valued addition to the team.

Have your say: I will be available from 10:00am-11:00am on Saturday 21 May if you would like to pop by and see me to discuss any issues that you may have. I will be located in the car park where the cash machine is on Milton Park. 
Alternatively, if there is anything you would like to discuss please contact me via 101 and ask for PCSO Gary Kirby C9455 or email me on