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National Alert Test – 23rd April
The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live. The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.
It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding. Emergency Alerts are sent to all compatible mobile phones within an area of risk.
They don’t track your location, need your phone number, or collect personal data. Only the government and the emergency services will be able to send them. If you don’t have a mobile phone, you’ll still be kept informed through other channels.
If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond.
You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at gov.uk/alerts If you receive an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions. You can opt out of receiving emergency alerts; for more information on how to opt out please go to gov.uk/alerts To find out more about Emergency Alerts, visit gov.uk/alerts
The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play and allows you to receive instant notifications to your phone on the latest policing alerts in your area (please note that you must enable push notifications to receive these).
The app can use GPS data to send you targeted messages according to your current geographical location and messaging preferences, sending you instant notifications to your mobile phone about specific information, warnings and advice relevant to that location.
The app offers a number of other features, including allowing you to quickly locate your closest police station, and also provides a feed of the latest Thames Valley-wide news on Twitter, so you’ll never miss those important Force-wide updates and breaking news. This facility is available on the app even if you do not have a Twitter account.
Please note that you do not have to download the app to get alerts; you can still choose to receive alerts via email, text or voicemail. To download the app, visit the Apple store or Google Play and search ‘Thames Valley Alert’.
Neighbourhood officers are asking residents in the villages immediately surrounding Banbury to check their security measures following a recent increase in house burglaries.
Five incidents have been reported in the last fortnight in the villages of Wroxton, Shutford, Cropredy, Upper Tadmarton and further, towards Chipping Norton. Officers making door-to-door enquiries believe that it’s possible that other attempts on nearby properties have also occurred but not been reported to police.
Any suspicious activity or individuals must be reported to 101 unless you are witnessing a crime in action when you should dial 999.
This week’s Banbury Guardian warns of the rise of doorstep traders and the link to burglaries.
A Horley resident recently had an incident of a guy trying to sell items from a bag on his shoulder. He said he was selling goods as he was on a new scheme helping to rehabilitate ex offenders. The police are saying many of these doorstep traders have fake ID’s and they are just scouting round the villages for vulnerable properties or people.
It is recommended that you report this type of non emergency activity to the Thames Valley Police on 101. See the new Village Alerts page for all previous notices.
If you would like receive Thames Valley Alerts directly then you can register here (also under useful links) you may also want to see our local neighbour police site which can be found here Banbury Rural