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Crime Prevention Message 

Vehicle crime makes up more than a quarter of all recorded crime in the UK.

Dear Residents

As you may be aware there has been a recent increase in vehicle crime over the last few months in Holybrook, Tilehurst and Theale.  To help keep your property safe please adhere to the following advice from Thames Valley Police:

Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can be prevented by taking simple security measures.

Car security

Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For extra security:

  • fit a car alarm
  • use a steering wheel lock
  • get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
  • always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
  • look for police approved car parks with the Park Mark logo
  • when in stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
  • take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
  • don't leave items in the glove compartment
  • if you have a garage, use it

Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you.

Motorcycle security

When leaving your motorcycle:

  • always lock it to something secure and set the alarm
  • try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop
  • don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike
  • use an immobiliser

Scooters and mopeds are nearly four times more likely to be stolen than motorbikes. They are light and easy to steal if they're not parked securely, so it's worth taking extra precautions. Always keep your scooter or moped parked in a safe place, where there are lots of passers-by to prevent anyone tampering with it.

Bicycle security

To make your bicycle less of a target for thieves:

  • fit a good bike lock, such as one with a Sold Secure rating, and attach your bike to something secure
  • always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes
  • have your bike's frame security-marked or etched
  • keep your bike in a secure garage or shed when at home
  • if you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you
  • remove lights from the bike and take them with you





M4 Junctions 12 to 13 Hermitage (West Berkshire) – Bridge Refurbishment Works


Work that started in February 2017 to the two bridges which carry the M4 over Ashampstead Road and Dark Lane is now in its final stages and is to be completed in August 2017.

Following completion of this scheme, work will start to three further bridges along the M4 near Hermitage, which will involve the same activities to replace the beams along the central reserve and longitudinal and transverse joints, waterproofing material and existing safety barrier (VRS) over the bridge central reserves.

Preparation works for the next scheme is scheduled to start in mid-August 2017 and will be done using overnight lane closures and occasional full overnight M4 closures.

The main work will then start in October 2017 and is scheduled to take eight months to complete. Work will primarily be undertaken during day time hours, however some activities will be carried out at night when necessary.

Repairs to these three bridges could not take place at the same time as the previous scheme as this would have required traffic management much longer in length than permitted which would have led to significant disruption to road users.

Traffic Management and M4 weekend closures

As with the previous scheme, traffic management will be in place on both the M4 east and westbound carriageways and on the local authority roads beneath each bridge in order to carry out the work as efficiently and safely as possible.

During work to demolish and install the bridge deck beams, specialist working methods and equipment will be required which will include larger cranes that will sit across all lanes of the motorway. We will therefore need to fully close the M4 east and westbound carriageways between junctions 12 and 13 for entire weekend periods (9pm Friday through to 5am Monday).

Confirmed dates for these weekend closures will be advertised in advance on signs along the M4, on the Highways England website and via the media.

The planning of all roadworks is led by safety – for both road users and workers alike. These full weekend closures are required due to nature of the activities to be undertaken which cannot be done using other methods of traffic management.

During these closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton).

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advisable that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

If you have any questions or if you’d like you know about the work please contact Highways England’s customer contact centre:

· 0300 123 5000

· Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4LZ

· info@highwaysengland.co.uk

· www.highways.gov.uk


Sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner

We are seeking feedback on services for victims of crime in the Thames Valley

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking the views of victims of crime to help inform their future commissioning of support services.

The OPCC is working with a research company, Perpetuity Research, who are carrying out this victim needs assessment on their behalf.

The main aims of the victim needs assessment are as follows:
• To assess the emotional and practical support needs of victims
• To assess the differing needs of Thames Valley’s diverse communities
• To assess how services might help design-out inequalities in access

Interested in sharing your thoughts?

If you have been a victim of crime and want to share your views you can do so by completing an online survey or taking part in a phone interview.

You will be asked your views on a range of issues including:
• Perspectives on current service provisions
• Gaps in the services
• Any suggestions you have to improve victim services in Thames Valley.

To take part in the online survey please visit:

Alternatively interviews, lasting approximately 20 minutes, can be conducted over the phone. Please contact Caitlyn McGeer on the email below to schedule an interview:

Participants will be entered into a draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

The information you give is confidential, anonymous and will only be used for the purposes of this piece of research. Perpetuity will write a report, incorporating your views (anonymously) to highlight to the OPCC how improvements can be made to the support services available for victims of crime in the Thames Valley. 

Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network

It’s been a fast-paced start to 2017, and next month is set to be even busier with a whole host of events and public meetings planned. These will enable you to share your views find out the latest news about your local NHS and from your Clinical Commissioning Groups governing body. There is also some news about a new support service for Veterans who have experienced trauma, a health awareness campaign around strokes, a free weight management programme and how you can have your say on Thames Valley NHS 111 service.

Eat 4 Health

Eat 4 Health is a free weight management programme serving West Berkshire. If you feel your weight is an issue and you are unsure what to do about it, the Eat 4 Health team offer a FREE 10-12 week weight management programme to support you in achieving your losing weight. The programmes are delivered in group settings and are open to anyone 16 years and above who have a body mass index (BMI) over 25.

You can self-refer or go through your GP. More information is available on the Eat 4 health website.

The Veterans Trauma Network

The Veterans Trauma Network is a recently launched service for patients with service-related traumatic injuries and conditions. The Network provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific traumatic injuries. Veterans benefit from a personalised care plan implemented by top military and civilian trauma experts. The needs of veterans' families and carers are also taken into consideration.

The network is the result of a partnership between the NHS, MOD, Blesma, Blind Veterans UK and Style for Soldiers, and it was developed following feedback from veterans, their families and GPs.
The network operates 10 centres across England in eight major cities and will serve as a regional hub for veteran care, including mental health services, national centres of expertise and major service charities. There is an online video you can watch to find out more about the Veterans Trauma Network.

Referrals can be made via your GP or via Blesma (an Armed Forces charity) by either emailing bsoprosthetics@blesma.org or calling 0208 548 7080.

Share Your Care

A new system for sharing information in Berkshire allows instant, secure access to your health and social care records for the professionals involved in your care.

Sharing your electronic records with the people who look after you gives them the most up-to-date information about you and makes your care safer and more efficient. The computer system used by health and social care professionals to see your shared record is called Connected Care.

The system takes a regular snapshot of information held at GP surgeries, hospital departments and local authorities across Berkshire. Those snapshots combine into a single, shared record all about you. Only those directly involved with your care and authorised to use the system can see your information.If you are present and able to answer, then you will be asked whether it is OK for the person looking after you to look up information about you on the computer system.

The computer system reduces the time spent by professionals checking details from different health and social care organisations. It can also reduce delays to your treatment caused by a lack of information. More information is available on a dedicated website.

The CCGs in Berkshire West hope you have found this bulletin of interest and encourage you to come along to one of the public meetings to find out more about the latest news about the future of your local NHS.

 Volunteer for your Local Library Service.  Please click the link for more information. 

This is a message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and the variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to steal your personal data and other information.

On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID technology. This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £30.

However, this comes with security risks, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details. They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening.

You can prevent this happening with the Card Defender. This is a sleeve card holder that provides RFID - blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read. A similar device was demonstrated on a recent edition of BBC TV's 'Rip of Britain'.

We recommend that everyone carrying a contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students' ID cards.

Card Defenders are now available from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each; 5 for £4.00, or 7 for £10.00 plus postage.

Please distribute this information to your family, neighbours and friends.

To order please contact us at: naomi.arnold33@gmail.com