Results of the Banbury rural crime action week

The Banbury Neighbourhood police team giving crime prevention advice
The Banbury Neighbourhood police team giving crime prevention advice

The Banbury Rural Neighbourhood team carried out an action week, which involved a series of crime prevention events and operational activity to tackle rural crime.

The operation started last Wednesday (23/4) and ran until this Monday (28/4).

The action week aimed to combat rural crime, with increased visibility patrols to prevent and deter rural crime offences. The team raised awareness about the key crime prevention advice members of the public and rural communities can follow to help prevent themselves becoming a victim of rural crime,

In addition to normal policing activities, the neighbourhood policing team carried out a series of farm visits, door knocks in rural areas, offered tack marking, tool and bike security marking at a series of crime prevention and reduction events and high visibility patrols and operational activities to target known offenders.

The results of the action week are:

- 29 stop checks of person and vehicles

- Three stop searches

- One 63-year-old man was arrested in Deddington at 3.20am on Monday, April 28 on suspicion of driving whilst unfit due to drugs and/or alcohol. He is currently on police bail.

- During the ANPR operation three vehicles were stopped and details were checked.

- A total of 43 saddles were protectively marked

- At the Wyevale crime prevention and reduction event nine bikes were marked, seven lanyards, 15 purse bells, 14 property marking kits and nine sets of index screws were issued. At this event the team signed 11 people to Thames Valley Alert and carried out eight protective cremarkings (when property is marked with a durable security mark sealed with a drying protective lacquer).

- At the Deddington Farmers’ Market crime prevention and reduction event three farm packs and 16 sets of index screws were issued. Information relating to Thames Valley Alert was given to attendees; one person was signed up to Business watch. The team carried out two protective cremarkings.

During the operation overnight between Saturday, April 26 and Monday, April 28 there were four thefts from vehicles in Bloxham.

Between Sunday, April 27 at 10.30pm and 8am on Monday, April 28 offenders searched an insecure vehicle on Chipperfield Road, Bloxham. The offenders stole an iPod.

Between Sunday at 10pm and 8am on Monday offenders searched a vehicle on Salmon Close, Bloxham. The offenders stole sunglasses.

On Saturday from 4pm until 7.30am on Monday offenders searched a vehicle on Strawberry Hill, Bloxham. No items were stolen.

On Sunday between 6pm and 6.58am on Monday offenders searched a vehicle on Colegrave Road, Bloxham. The offenders stole sunglasses.

On Sunday between 9pm and 10.30pm a burglary of a non-dwelling took place in Canal Lane, Bodicote. Offenders gained access to an insecure summer house. No items were stolen.

Sergeant Rebecca Fishwick, said: “This week of action was very successful. I would like to thank the team for their continued determination and extremely hard work in making this operation very successful. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local community and residents for coming to see us at our crime prevention events. We will be hosting more events in the upcoming months, and in the meantime please feel free to attend our ‘Have your Say’ meetings to raise any concerns or ask your local officers for crime prevention advice.

“This action week sends out a clear message to criminals that we will not tolerate rural crime and we are committed to supporting and protecting our rural communities that often feel vulnerable and isolated. We will not be complacent and we will continue to actively police the rural areas of Banbury in order to disrupt and deter criminal activity.

“We are also appealing for witnesses to the above offences. I am keen to speak to anyone that may have been in the Bloxham and Bodicote areas, at the times and dates of these offences and witnessed any suspicious persons and/or vehicles to please contact us via 101.”