Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update -

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Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update -

Crime
In the last month there have been five burglaries across the area. The properties that have been targeted are more often than not, ones with insecure windows or doors. We have seen an improvement in the weather recently and it is therefore tempting to let the fresh air blow through our homes, however, it is important to secure your home before you leave. Also, please ensure that you do not leave valuable items on display which could tempt a would-be burglar to break a window or force a door.

There have been five incidents of criminal damage, ranging from broken windows to a car being driven across a golf course.

With the good weather rapidly approaching more and more people are choosing to enjoy our wonderful country side by driving to certain locations and then walking. Unfortunately this has resulted in an increase in the theft of items from vehicles. The public are urged to be conscious of what they leave in their vehicles while doing this. Prior to going for a walk please consider exactly what you need to take with you. If you don’t need a hand bag or a sat nav then please leave them at home.

Our advice to the public remains the same, if you think someone or something looks suspicious please call us. We would much rather check something out and find it is in order than discover after the event that a crime has been committed. The perfect example of this recently was following the spate of thefts from gardens we experienced in Chipping Norton. Vigilant members of the public noticed a local garden suddenly became full of new items. Further investigation by the neighbourhood team discovered that many of these items were stolen. A local 29 year old man has been charged with two burglary offences and asked for six further theft offences to be taken into consideration.

Parking
We have recently received reports of bad parking by Kingham railway station where commuters use the grass verge instead of the designated parking area. This recently resulted in a vehicle being towed away as it was deemed to be in a dangerous position.

We regularly receive reports of parking issues during the school drop off and pick up. This is an issue across the area that can be resolved by people thinking of potential dangers to others, especially young children.

We have also received reports, especially in Middle Barton, of cars being parked too close to junctions. Again this issue can be found anywhere in the area but can be resolved by people being conscious of the dangers they present to other road users.

Speeding
This month we have conducted a number of Have Your Say meetings across the area where speeding has been mentioned as being an issue. In response we have conducted speed checks on a number of roads. These included the Churchill Road, Chipping Norton, The Slade in Charlbury, Banbury Road, Chipping Norton, Over Norton Road, Middle Barton and Great Rollright.

The majority of drivers do stick to the speed limit, however some continue to disregard the fact that limits are in place to save lives, not just to cause a nuisance. Some roads in particular do cause us concern and in the near future we will move to an enforcement phase.

Have Your Say” meetings
We continue to hold “Have Your Say” meetings across the area to give you the opportunity to tell us about your concerns.

Our next ones are:
Sunday 17 April: Kingham shop, 9.30am-10.30am
Thursday 21 April: Black Horse pub, Salford, 6.30pm-7.30pm

You can also contact us via the Thames Valley Police website: www.thamesvalley.police.uk, choose neighbourhood policing then select your neighbourhood.

Or you can telephone the non emergency number on 08458 505 505 and leave a message which will be passed on to the team, thank you.

Posted : 07/04/2011 10:48:30

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