whitchurch neighbourhood watch

NHW logo

PLEASE, ALWAYS, DIAL 999 IF SOMETHING IS SERIOUS AND/OR HAPPENING NOW OR RECENTLY.  

OTHERWISE DIAL 101 TO UPDATE INFORMATION ON CRIMES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED, OR FOR LESSER SITUATIONS.

Please remember that what you may think is irrelevant, actually could be an important piece of information to fit the big jigsaw together!

Do not contact those below to report as they may be off duty!

Our local police team comprises, in the Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe District:

  • Inspector

    James Davies

  • Sergeant

    David Kuttner

  • PCSO

    Megan Dean

  • PCSO

    Tina Hobson



REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 18 th APRILTO 15th MAY

Vandalism to bus shelters – On 19 th April some graffiti using silver paint was sprayed on

the bus shelter opposite Whitchurch Surgery in Oving Road. Similar graffiti also appeared

at bus stops on the main road in Hardwick, Berryfields, the A41 and Fairford Leys. This

was followed around 29 th April by more graffiti appearing on the bus shelter opposite in

Oving Road. The hanging basket on the bus shelter was removed and temporarily appeared

on the Whitchurch Millennium sign. If you have any information about these incidents,

please contact the police via 101 or online at

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

Break-in at the Post Office on the High Street – overnight on Saturday, 23 rd / Sunday, 24 th

April. The thieves managed to open the safe and stole its contents, having gained access

through the roof. We have no further details.

Vandalism to car parked on the High Street – Overnight on Tuesday, 26 th / Wednesday,

27 th April a car on the south end of the High Street between the post box and Keinches Lane

had its windscreen sprayed with an oily substance.

Similar vandalism has happened several times in the past to cars parked close by. Cars have

also been “keyed” and had notes left on their windscreens asking the drivers not to park

there. The police are investigating.

Please be vigilant. Oil on a windscreen can be a danger to life. If you are at all suspicious

or have any information, please contact the police on 101 or online at

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  If you prefer to

do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or

via https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Arson attacks – On the evening of Friday, 13 th May part of a new garden fence in North

Marston Lane was set alight. Luckily a passing motorist put the fire out and alerted the

owner of the property. The culprits then went on to set the postbox on fire at the end of

middle Ashgrove Gardens. If you have any suspicions or information about the arsonist(s) –

for example someone in your household came home that night smelling strongly of smoke –

please contact the police by one of the methods mentioned above and quote crime reference

number DP-15735-22-4343-00.

Vandalism on the recreation ground – On the same evening a metal football goal net on

the recreation ground was damaged. The police have been informed about all of these

incidents.


WHITCHURCH

Neighbourhood Watch


TrueCall38

None of us want to give out our phone number unless absolutely necessary, but sometimes

you can’t fill in an online form without it. There is a new free service – TrueCall38 – which

helps to solve this problem. When you are asked for your number, enter the TrueCall38

number instead – 0333 8888 8888 (three threes, eight eights). This appears as a UK number

and anyone calling it is directed to TrueCall and receives a short recorded message saying

that you don’t want to be contacted by phone and asks them to contact you by another

method.

If the form won’t let you enter the full number, just leave out the final eight. Be aware

though that some companies do need your phone number. Maybe they require your mobile

to send you a text as part of their validation process, or if it’s a flight booking, a hospital

form or suchlike, it would be better to give them your real number. If your computer uses

‘autofill’ do of course check that it has entered the number you want! For more information

visit www.trueCall38.co.uk


WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU WITNESS A CRIME,

SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR OR ROAD ACCIDENT

Dial 999 if you'd like the police to be there in a few minutes.

Dial 101 to report an issue or provide information where there is no value in the police

rushing to the scene.

You can also report non-urgent incidents online at:

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

If you prefer to do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800

555111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org


PLEASE ENSURE YOU RECEIVE A CRIME REFERENCE NUMBER AND DON’T

FORGET TO TELL US AT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ABOUT IT TOO (contact

Neil Smith – 07411 368540).

Neighbourhood Watch Awareness Week – is 30 th May to 5 th June – celebrating 40 years of

the organisation. It also coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which

will bring our community together for the various events going on around the village.

Indeed it will be the first time in over 2 years that we’ve had the opportunity to gather in

such large numbers! We hope you all have a wonderful time, but do make sure you secure

your homes before you leave as burglars will know that many of us will be out and about

enjoying ourselves and see it as an opportunity to spoil the fun!


Wishing you a safe and crime-free June. Andrea Scagell


REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 15 th MARCH TO 17 th APRIL

Attempted break-in – Approximately 2 weeks after the event we heard that there was an attempted break- in during the night, possibly on 11th March, in Ashgrove Gardens. This may have been accessed from across the rear garden and over the fence from the recreation ground. The rear door was forced and the door frame broken. No fingerprints or footprints were found by the police.

Vehicle theft – We have had a report from the police that a vehicle was broken into and another stolen from the High Street overnight between 27 th and 28 th March. We’ve been told it was a large four-wheel drive vehicle which was removed from the resident’s drive, rolled along the High Street towards Church Headland Lane and loaded onto another vehicle by people wearing balaclavas, which would have been an unusual sight to say the least! If you have any information regarding this, please report to 101 or email the Neighbourhood Police Team on greatbrickhillwingivinghoenhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 43220133541.

Suspicious activity – On Thursday, 7th April at about 10.20 pm a scruffy woman and a lad in flip-flops, along with a small child, were seen on Castle Mound (and recorded on CCTV) shining torches into properties and fields along Castle Lane. The police attended promptly. Earlier that evening a white transit- type van was parked for a long time by the bench where Castle Lane meets Weir Lane. Arson on Whitchurch Combined School playing fields – On the evening of Wednesday, 13 th April the Fire Brigade were called out to a fire in the school grounds. Residents had heard young teenagers on the building site of phase 2, Newman Close at approximately 9 pm, prior to seeing the fire. A large container of hydraulic oil had been opened and spilled into the ground on the site. It’s believed the offenders set fire to a pile of branches using toilet roll taken from the building site office hut. If anyone has any CCTV footage or information about this crime, please contact the police via 101 or online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

Scam Alerts Council tax rebate scam warning – Bucks. Council are warning that scammers are cold-calling people asking for their bank details in order to receive the government’s £150 energy rebate. Councils will never request bank details over the phone.  Those who pay council tax by direct debit will receive the government rebate automatically, while others will be sent letters about the process. Remote access tool scams – often begin with a browser pop-up claiming that your computer is infected with a virus, or with a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Criminals will try to persuade the victim to download and connect via a remote access tool, which allows the criminal to gain access to the computer or mobile phone, whereupon they are able to access the victim’s banking information.

WHITCHURCH Neighbourhood Watch Be aware of travel scams – Now that many of us are able to take a long-awaited holiday, travel fraud is on the rise. ‘Get Safe Online’ offer the following tips to ensure your holiday or travel booking is safe:  Do thorough research on accommodation, flights, cruises, package holidays or pilgrimages advertised via private advertisements, to check they’re authentic.

 Check that the accommodation really exists by finding it on Google Maps and looking for independent reviews and recommendations. If you can, call and speak to the owner / agent directly.

 Check reviews on Tripadvisor or similar sites.

 Pay for your holidays by credit card, which gives you more protection if something goes wrong.  Make sure travel agents and tour operators you book through are members of trade associations such ABTA or ATOL, by checking on these bodies’ websites.

 Before paying online or providing any confidential details, type in the website address you know to be correct (instead of following a link) and ensure the payment page is secure (begins with ‘https’ and has a locked padlock in the browser window frame).  Be wary of unusually cheap holidays or high deposits.  Check terms and conditions prior to making any payment.

 Keep confirmations and payment receipts and check statements for irregular entries.  Be wary of unsolicited approaches claiming to be from travel firms, insurance companies or claims specialists offering to arrange a refund for a holiday or travel which has been postponed because of Covid-19. For more about protecting yourself against scams visit Get Safe Online at www.getsafeonline.org Don’t make it easy for burglars With the lighter evenings and new growth of spring now upon is, it’s time to Spring into Action and review your home security.   The best way of doing this is to look at your property through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised by how easy it would be.   Download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/ It contains lots of hints and tips including:  A variety of physical and digital security measures to protect your home  How to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security

 A handy checklist for when you go away  WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU WITNESS A CRIME, SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR OR ROAD ACCIDENT Dial 999 if you'd like the police to be there in a few minutes. Dial 101 to report an issue or provide information where there is no value in the police rushing to the scene. You can also report non-urgent incidents online at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  

Wishing you a safe and crime-free May. Andrea Scagell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 15th FEBRUARY TO 14th MARCH 

Sadly, the bus timetable by the Methodist Chapel was daubed with green paint around the third week in February.   Also around that time the Church Headland Lane sign was unscrewed from its mount.  

 

Scam Alerts

NHS PCR scam warning – scammers have been impersonating the NHS and sending texts claiming that the recipient has been in close contact with someone with Covid-19.   They demand that they order a PCR test, with the aim of stealing their personal data and bank details.

Travel-related scams to look out for – the pandemic has spawned a new breed of Covid-related scams, especially those concerning travel.   These include:

  • Charging for passenger locator forms, which are free

  • Offering fake vaccine passports

  • Charging for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which is available free from the NHS

  • Clone travel companies or flight comparison / booking websites taking your money for holidays or flights that don’t exist

Ukranian crisis warning – scammers are using the war in Ukraine as a way to extort or scam money out of people who believe they are helping victims.   Please be mindful of this and check the origins of requests to support the crisis. 

Reducing burglaries – just think of the acronym – WIDEN

  • W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked

  • I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb

  • D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors

  • E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor

  • N: NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours

Have you got a doorstep  ‘NO COLD CALLING’ sticker?   

If the answer is no, Bucks. & Surrey Trading Standards can provide you with a free sticker.   To receive yours, please email trading.standards@surreycc.gov.uk


Wishing you a safe and crime-free April.                                        Andrea Scagell                                                                                                                                     #

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.