On the Beat… Henley Police Update

Speeding and parking continue to be a priority for the Henley Neighbourhood Team; PCSOs have been out and about on the sector monitoring speeding hotspots and the town PCSOs continue to issue fixed penalty notices for illegal parking.

Rural crime is of concern on the Henley Sector, particularly this time of year.  We have already been extremely busy attending incidents of Hare Coursing, Criminal Damage to farm land and theft of farm equipment. We would like to encourage everyone to report every incident of rural crime by call our non-emergency number 101, or 999 if a crime is being committed at that time.

A Youth Restorative Disposal (YRD) was given to a Henley male for throwing rocks at passing rowers whilst on the Red Lion lawn area. The YRD acts as warning and is an agreement between the offender and the victim that they will not behave like this again, and often includes a recompense for the crime. If the agreement is broken by the offender and the behaviour continues then they can be arrested. A YRD is considered the first level of intervention from the Police towards a child who starts to commit crime.

The PCSOs have been patrolling the new Skate Park at Makin’s Recreation Ground, in response to reports of low level ASB.

Crime & Prevention Advice

The public are advised to secure their vehicles, keep keys out of view and remove any valuables when parking or leaving their vehicles at the end of the day.  Land Rovers particularly, continue to be targeted by car thieves. Sometimes the entire vehicle is taken and other times just parts are removed. Land Rover Defenders are targeted because of their ‘classic’ status since production was ceased in early 2016. Please follow the advice below to decrease the risk of being a victim:
•    Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a steering or pedal lock
•    Fit an alarm for added security
•    Fit a tracking device
•    Thieves will target component parts so consider marking them using a forensic marking solution or system
•    Keep the vehicle in a lockable garage/building or park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked
•    Have the vehicle identification number etched on windows
•    Consider fitting a hidden battery isolation or a fuel cut-off switch
•    Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if stolen
•    Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle

The next Henley TVP Have your Say is on Thursday 28th September, 7pm– 8pm at Gillotts Sports Centre, Henley with PCSO Claire Hewett

For any further advice please contact the Henley Neighbourhood Team by emailing henleynhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or calling 101.

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