Neighbourhood policing

South Oxfordshire is a low crime area. To help it stay that way, the council works closely with neighbourhood policing teams to tackle those issues that are important to local residents. Neighbourhood policing teams are made up of police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs). They hold regular 'Have Your Say' meetings within their communities to talk to residents about local issues – to find out about the team working in your area and the local issues they are resolving, visit the Neighbourhood section of the Thames Valley Police website.

Police community support officers (PCSOs)

The council has given the power to all PCSOs working in the district to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for the following environmental crimes

  • dropping litter
  • dog-fouling - the offence is 'failing to remove dog faeces'
  • graffiti
  • fly-posting.

The PCSOs will advise and educate the public in the first instance, but if a person persists in their behaviour, the officer will issue an FPN.

The fixed penalty cost is £100, but is reduced to £60 if it is paid within 10 days. If people refuse to pay they will be prosecuted under the relevant legislation with a maximum fine of £2,500.

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) schemes are community initiatives owned and run by their members. They work by developing close liaison between residents and the local police.

NHW schemes can help to:

  • cut crime and the opportunities for crime
  • help and reassure those who live in the area
  • encourage neighbourliness and closer communities

The schemes are run by volunteers. There are area co-ordinators and co-ordinators who manage the schemes (typically one scheme per co-ordinator) and some schemes have deputies.

The NHW members receive community messages which inform them about:  

  • crime in their area
  • action taken by the police and partners to tackle crime
  • crime prevention advice
  • appeals for witnesses or for help to trace missing people
  • events and opportunities to meet their neighbourhood policing team

If you are interested in joining a scheme or would like more information about Neighbourhood Watch, visit the Neighbourhood Watch section of the Thames Valley Police website Thames Valley Police This link will take you to an external website... .

Community messaging

You can also receive free crime alerts and information from Thames Valley Police sent direct to your mailbox or telephone. If you sign up to the scheme, you will be sent information about crimes and crime reduction advice, appeals for witnesses, police information and meetings all specific to the neighbourhood in which you live or work. You can choose to receive these messages in a way that works for you (e.g. by email).

For more details about how you can sign up for this service visit the Thames Valley Police Alert website


If you have information about crime but you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, you can pass information to them anonymously via the Crimestoppers website This link will take you to an external website... .

You won’t have to give your name or any personal information and calls cannot be traced. This means that you won’t need to appear in court or give a statement to the police.

Crimestoppers is an independent, national charity helping to find criminals and solve crimes.

Last reviewed: 28 - 08 - 2018

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