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Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 21-3-21

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER (21/3)
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Today is Census Day
The survey aims to provide a snapshot of life, which can be used by organisations to help make sure they provide the right services for people.
A census is a count of all people and households in an area.
Censuses have been conducted since ancient times, to assess the size of a population and calculate what they need. The first UK census was in 1801.
On one day every 10 years, households are asked to fill in a questionnaire about every person living at the property, including their age, race, occupation and relationship status.
Every householder must either answer the questions for everyone living there, or make sure each person answers their own. This year, people are being asked to fill the census out online using an access code sent in the post. If the person rings they need to have the code to hand. By law, you must complete or be accounted for in the census. If you need help, go to www.census.gov.uk or phone free on 0800 141 2021.
What happens if you do not fill in the form?
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not fill it in, or give false information.

You do not have to answer the questions marked as voluntary.
In late March and early April, census field officers may visit your household if you haven't submitted a form.
They will encourage you to complete it and show you how to get further help if needed.
The field officers will be wearing PPE and won't need to enter your house.

Blackbird Leys 
Cuckooing is when criminals take over the home of a vulnerable person to use it as a base for illegal drug dealing, usually part of a County lines operation. The Blackbird Leys Police Team obtained a closure order for a house in Greater Leys and are safeguarding the tenant and the community.

Cowley, Headington and Littlemore
A spate of shed and garage thefts have been reported in  Cowley, Headington and Littlemore. 
General advice - please copy and paste
www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/secure-shed-garage/

Littlemore
A man has been charged in connection with an attempted rape investigation in Alice Square, Oxford on 15th March. The charges are in connection with an incident on Monday afternoon inside a property in Alice Smith Square.

Electric scooters 
Electric scooters  are being trialled in Headington and Marston. Further trials will extend to Cowley and East Oxford. The scooters are legally licensed through the County Council and a driving licence and phone app. are required to use them. All other E-Scooters remain illegal.
A consultation form can be filled online: 
Headington and Marston (closes 13th August)
https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/HeadingtonEscooterExperimental/consultationHome
East Oxford Arc (closes 17th September)
https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/EasternArcEscooterExperimental/consultationHome

Stolen Bikes
Police are looking for the owners of 36 stolen bikes that were found in Abingdon in January. The list of bikes is on this link https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19170820.police-looking-owners-36-stolen-bikes/      
The police will be asking for proof of purchase and/or an identifying feature so they can be sure the right bike is matched to the owner. Please contact 101 with reference number 43210051829. Bike register is the national cycle database for bike marking and registration and approved by the police.  https://www.bikeregister.com/   

Restart and Relaunch of Community Speedwatch
Community Speedwatch is a community initiative led by volunteers. Many volunteers are Neighbourhood Watch members but insurance needs to be obtained privately or via Parish Councils. When restrictions are lifted, schemes will be able to restart their former activity to keep their communities safe by checking for speeding vehicles. At the same time, a pilot scheme will be launched in Wycombe to trial a new system, supporting and training volunteers. If successful it will be extended and following police training volunteers will be able to access police equipment and every volunteer will have police insurance.

Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVRO) to be piloted in Thames Valley
Four forces – Thames Valley, West Midlands, Merseyside and Sussex – will trial the introduction of Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs), which give the police new stop and search powers to target convicted knife and offensive weapons offenders. The orders are designed to ensure convicted offenders are steered away from crime and, if they persist in carrying a knife or an offensive weapon, that they are more likely to be caught and put in prison. They will also help protect vulnerable offenders from being drawn into further exploitation by criminal gangs, by acting as a deterrent to any further weapons carrying.
Targeted use of stop and search, as part of a wider approach to intervene and support offenders, will help to safeguard those communities most at risk. The pilot will test how well the orders deter violent offenders from carrying weapons, before a decision is made on national roll out.

Dog Theft Prevention
Dog theft is on the increase throughout the UK - attached is a leaflet on dog theft prevention. You can also put details of any pet missing or stolen on  https://www.petsreunited.com/local/oxford 
It is helpful to ask neighbours or residents living in adjacent roads - some people may think they are giving a stray or unwanted pet a home when it is a much-loved pet or may be locked in a garage or outhouse.

Stay safe,
Maggie

 
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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