Witness Appeal after Robbery in Osler Road, Oxford. 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses or information following a robbery in Osler Road, Oxford (nr to Headington Bowl’s club)

On Monday 18/09 at 20:18 a man parked his car on Osler Road, as he got out of the car he was approached from behind.

The male offender pressed a sharp object into the man’s back and said “Give me your keys”

The man handed over the keys to the suspect, a second offender was standing watching, both offender’s got into the car and drove down Osler Road away from London Road, Headington.

The vehicle is a silver Lexus RX400 registration number PX5 6U**.

A description of the two males are as follows:

The first male had an Eastern European accent, he was approximately 6ft tall, stocky build, wearing a dark coloured jacket.

The second male was also approximately 6ft tall, stocky build, short brown hair wearing dark clothing.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Lisa Chapman, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident.

If anyone has any information please call Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting incident reference 43170277526 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Police and Crime Commissioner public survey on policing and crime

PCC Anthony Stansfeld has launched a survey seeking feedback from residents of the Thames Valley on policing and crime.  The results of the survey will help inform the next Police and Crime Plan which is due to be published before March 2017.

The survey is hosted on the PCC website www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/survey.  It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is open until 30 September 2016.  Anyone who is either living or working in the Thames Valley is eligible to complete it.

The survey also seeks the views from victims of crime with the aim of improving the victims experience.

Hard copies of the survey are also available on request by contacting the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780.

PCC hustings Tues 26th April in North Oxford

POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER HUSTINGS

Date:          Tuesday 26 April

Time:          8:00-9:00 p.m.

Address:   St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road OX2 6TN

Chair: Professor Paul Klemperer

On 5 May we will vote for our Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC)

Put your questions about Thames Valley Police and how the candidates view their role as Commissioner to

 

Anthony Stansfeld

Conservative Candidate

 

John Howson

Lib Dem Candidate

 

Labour and UKIP PCC candidates have also been invited to attend

 

Hustings independently organised and chaired.

 

 

 

Keeping your home secure – top tips

burglar

Don’t let a burglar in
This autumn, Thames Valley Police is working with Surrey, Kent and Sussex police forces, reminding everyone to protect themselves from becoming a victim of burglary:
The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and ‘work’ undisturbed. 
Three simple actions should help deter these types of criminals – Light it, Lock it, List it.

Light it:
* Install low-wattage timed security lighting that stays on throughout the night. 

* Make sure your house looks occupied even when it isn’t. Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on and off.

Lock it:
Never leave keys in the door, they can assist a burglar when breaking into your house and when leaving.

* Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home.

* Fit window locks and ensure French windows and patio doors are secure.
* Never leave car keys or other valuables in view of a letterbox or window, tools can be used to reach through and pick them up.
* Secure your garage and shed too – equipment kept in a garage or shed can be just as tempting for a burglar.
* If you can, install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave your home.

List it:
Register your property on the Immobilise website

It’s free of charge and can increase your chances of being reunited with your property. 

* Install an app on your phone/tablet so that it can be traced

 

How to report card fraud – police message

Thames Valley Police would like make you aware of a card fraud scam which is occurring across the county with victims appearing in Oxford.
It is a card fraud scam, where the offender rings the victim saying they are calling from Harrods or similar company and are informing the victim that someone has tried to pay for something costing a large amount on their card.
The victim says this has not been authorised and the offender tells the victim to call their bank using the number on the back of the debit/debit card. The offender leaves the line open so the victim is in fact not dialling out at all. The victim believes they are speaking to the bank when they are speaking to another offender claiming to be from the victim’s bank.
They ask various questions to verify the identity of the victim including name, address and DOB, mother’s maiden name and last transactions. An automated voice then asks the victim to manually enter their pin number on the keypad.
Once this has been done the offender claims the transaction has been stopped and the card cancelled. The offender then asks the victim to place the card into an envelope and says a courier will call to collect it. A taxi then arrives at the victims address to collect the card and take it away.

Thames Valley Police recommend that you never disclose your PIN number, login details or passwords in response to unsolicited emails or callers claiming to be from your bank, the card company or the police. A genuine caller would never ask for this information over the phone.

Anyone who needs to reports a fraud should call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or complete the fraud reporting form here

Theft in Bury Knowle Park – can you help?

Friday 12 July 2013, 3:37pm

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information to a robbery in Headington, Oxford.

At around 8pm on Thursday 4 July, a woman was cycling through Bury Knowle Park where she was stopped by a man who started to talk to her.

The man assaulted her and stole her handbag before running off towards Chestnut Avenue.

The offender was black, about 6ft and of medium build. He was wearing a navy blue hooded top with the hood up.

Among the property stolen was a white medium-sized handbag with gold studs on it, a pair of white headphones, house keys and a small quantity of cash.

If anyone has any information about the robbery, please contact PC Neil Rudge via the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

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

 

Police seeking to reunite owners with stolen property

Thames Valley Police is seeking to trace the owners of property recovered after thefts, mainly in the South Oxfordshire and Oxford areas.

The property has been recovered from offences that took place between 30 April and 29 May this year, and was retrieved from a disused airfield in Berinsfield and a commercial address in Stokenchurch.

The items, which were mainly stolen from gardens include sundials, roof tiles, staddle stones and staddle stone bases.

PC Mark Russell said: “I would like to reunite this stolen property with its owners. If you have been the victim of this type of theft and think any of these type of items might belong to you, please get in touch.

“I understand that some of these thefts might not have been reported to the police, but if the victims can identify their particular items and where they went missing from, we may be able to reunite the objects with their rightful owners.”

If you believe any of these items might be yours, please contact PC Mark Russell of Didcot police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

SmartWater. How to mark your property

What is SmartWater?

SmartWater is a colourless liquid that fluoresces yellow under ultra-violet (UV) light and contains a unique forensic fingerprint.

SmartWater provides proof of ownership, linking property to the rightful owner and criminals to a crime scene.

Where is SmartWater used?

 Homes 

Electrical goods, jewellery and other valuables are being marked in domestic properties.

Utilities

Electrical and water companies protect sub stations, cable and other metals.

Insurance

Church roofs, vehicles and even musical instruments are all being marked.

Railways

Electricity cable and earthing bonds at trackside are being marked.

Haulage

SmartWater is protecting HGV drivers and their loads from hi-jack and theft.

Finance

Cash in transit companies and banks are protecting staff and money.

Equestrian  

Saddles, horse boxes and other equipment is SmartWater protected.

Retail

Shops and supermarkets protect stock, cigarette kiosks and alcohol displays.

Machinery

Farms, factories and plant hirers are marking vehicles and machinery.

Fly-Tipping

Councils are marking domestic and commercial waste to deter fly-tippers.

Marine

Individuals and clubs are protecting  boats, yachts and equipment.

Who is looking for SmartWater?

Police Forces worldwide are trained to look for SmartWater. Second hand dealers, scrap merchants and metal recyclers are working with the Police and are scanning goods and metals brought onto their premises with UV equipment to identify stolen property.

If you want to know more, join your local Neighbourhood Watch group to get SmartWater at a discounted rate

SmartWater is recommended by the police. For more details of the product click here