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Avoid becoming a criminal’s next target

Residents in West Oxfordshire can learn how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime on national burglary awareness day on Tuesday 7th April.

Officers from the Witney neighbourhood police team will be taking the mobile station to the Woolgate Centre in Witney where they will be handing out crime prevention advice as well as offering security marking to anyone who brings their bike along.

Witney Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Duncan Johnson said: “The police and our partner agencies are constantly working on burglary prevention and enforcement but this day enables us to highlight the simple things that people can do to protect themselves and their property.

“Summertime can traditionally mean we all get a bit careless with our security but this is just the chance opportunist thieves are looking for. Cars, in particular, are an easy option when items are left on display.

“We will be at the Woolgate Centre in Witney from 10am until 3pm where you can ask us any specific crime reduction questions you have. We will also be handing out information packs that you can takeaway and pass onto relatives, friends or neighbours.

“There will be the opportunity to purchase a Selecta DNA kit for security marking your personal property. They normally retail for £49 but the Safer Communities Partnership is selling them for just £15.”

Residents are encouraged to sign up to the Thames Valley Community Messaging Service to receive crime alerts tailored to your neighbourhood from the police. Joining is free and you can choose to receive the messages by telephone or email. Sign up online at www.tvpcommunitymessaging.org

Posted : 31/03/2009 22:49:58

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