Neighbourhood Watch

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The Scheme

The Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Watch Scheme aims to give home and neighbourhood safety advice and to help to deter crime in the village.

Membership

The scheme has members from up and down the village. Membership is free.

We hope that more villagers will join us by emailing:wotg.nhw@gmail.com

Most streets in the village have street coordinators, and new members will be visited by a coordinator who will give them a door sticker, and some basic information about the scheme and home safety. New members are encouraged to sign up for Thames Valley Alert (https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/) which will send out geographically relevant alerts via phone, text or email. If these methods are not appropriate, in most cases their street coordinator will pass on relevant messages in some other way.

Thames Valley Police Contact Information

Please be vigilant in the village and if you wish to report a crime or have any concerns that do not require an emergency response please contact the Thames Valley Police's non-emergency number on 101 or via their website www.thamesvalley.police.uk

If you don't want to speak directly to the Police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.

If it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress or when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, please call 999 for immediate assistance.

Marking Items

The scheme can also lend a pen to invisibly mark your valuables with house number and postcode, with could help to reunite you with your possessions, should they be recovered following a burglary.

For smaller items, “SmartWater” is available - this is a liquid solution which can be used to protect your valuables within the home from criminals.

Each bottle of SmartWater contains a different mix of chemical ingredients. Once dry it is virtually impossible to remove from your valuables and it will glow under ultra-violet light. Each bottle of SmartWater is registered to its owner and their details are kept on a National Security Register.

Please see the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association website for more information: https://www.tvnhwa.org.uk/smartwater/

You can also register your valuable belongings, such as mobile phones, jewellery and games consoles at The UK National Property Register: www.immobilise.com

Home Safety Advice

For more advice on how to keep your home safe please visit the Thames Valley Police website:www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention

Further information can also be found Thames Valley Police's 'HomeSecurity Guide' and 'Home Security Advice Leaflet'.

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There has been a recent rise in Catalytic converter thefts in the Bicester area targeting residential driveways and concealed parking areas.

Please see the following link for a crime prevention advice notice regarding Catalytic Converters.

If you feel particularly vulnerable the Community Police are able to undertake a home crime prevention visit - please contact the clerk for the contact information.

Lighting Up Time

With darker evenings, a house with no lights showing could alert a criminal to an empty property. Below is a card sent out by Thames Valley Police in 2018 with further information.

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No Cold Caller Zone

Recently there have been a number of reports regarding cold callers in the village, if you at all concerned please contact the Police's non-emergency number on 101.

The Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Council are currently investigating the possibility of the village becoming a No Cold Caller Zone. This project is currently underway and further information will be provided when it becomes available.

In the meantime there is a poster from Oxfordshire Trading Standards and Thames Valley Police which you can place in your window to help prevent cold callers.

Kidlington & District Community Forum

The Kidlington & District Community Forum work with the police to raise issues of concern, develop local community projects, give advice and raise awareness through sharing information.

Kidlington & District Community Forum information leaflet.

If you are interested in joining the forum, please email the group at: KidlingtonNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

For more information please visit: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/au/community-forums/