The latest crime statistics can be found by visiting www.police.uk (opens new window). This website provides you with helpful information about crime and policing in your area. Enter your postcode, town, village or street into the search box, and get instant access to street-level crime maps and data, as well as details of the neighbourhood police team and ‘Have Your Say Events’. The level of crime and anti-social behaviour in the area remains below average compared with the rest of England and Wales. The crime rate in your neighbourhood for the period April 2013 to February 2014 inclusive as opposed to the same period in 2012/13 has reduced by 7%, with burglaries down by 15% and criminal damage down by 22%.
The neighbourhood has three priorities; rural crime, speeding, and anti social use of motor vehicles. If you have any concerns about crime or disorder in the Bucklebury & Downlands neighbourhood please email the address below or call the non emergency number for Thames Valley Police, 101.
At this time of year hare coursing again becomes an issue. If you see vehicles driving off road at any time of the day, or lights in fields at night then please call us. Likewise if you see persons walking on fields in a line with dogs then also call us.
We have sourced road signs that are being delivered to your parish councilors advising motorists that they are entering a ‘police speed check area’. Hopefully this will act as a reminder and warning to motorists not to speed.
Anti social use of motor vehicles, primarily 4X4’s and motorbikes using various rights of way causing criminal damage and annoyance is a new priority for the neighbourhood. Two Section 59 warnings (which enable police to seize vehicles if caught twice in a twelve month period) have been issued in March for driving off road. If you see vehicles driving off road or using restricted by-ways then please report it to us on 101.
A 55 year old male from Thatcham received a caution for a public order offence following an incident in Midgham on 1st February. A 21 year old male from Swindon received a caution for possession of cannabis after being stopped by police on 11th February in Cold Ash.
Please make sure you report all crimes and any instances of anti social behaviour to Thames Valley Police so we can deal accordingly. Too often we are receiving calls from your parish councilors of incidents that should be reported to the police and too much time has passed by to be able to deal effectively.
If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 but if your call is an emergency then dial 999. You can also contact us via email: BuckleburyandDownlandsNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk This e-mail address should not be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. If you have information about crime or Anti Social Behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111. To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk
Have you signed up to Thames Valley Alerts?
Thames Valley Alerts is the new system for receiving crime and policing updates for your area. The state-of-the-art system allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. A new option includes receiving information via text and more traditional landline and email messages will still be available. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages you receive.
To sign up to receive alerts visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/