Ask the Chief Constable - Live Q&A Session

11 May 2022

John Campbell, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police will be answering your questions live from 7pm on Wednesday 18 May. For details go to Ask the Chief Constable.


Neighbourhood Policing Teams - Keeping You Safe This Time of Year

11 May 2022

The Reading Priority Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have useful advice on keeping you safe during the Spring months, focusing on Common scamming tools.


Neighbourhood Policing Teams - Keeping You Safe This Time of Year

9 November 2021

The Reading Priority Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have useful advice on keeping you safe during the Autumn and Winter months.

Please click on the links below for advice:
Door-to-Door and Courier Fraud

Banking Payment, Card, investment and Pension Fraud

Community Safety Survey 2021

28 October 2021

The Council are conducting a survey: asking residents for their views about crime and disorder, and other local issues, to help identify priorities across Reading.  Below is a link to the survey, which closes on Friday 3 December. This is your opportunity to help identify the priorities for crime and safety across the Borough. It is open to any resident living in the Borough so please encourage friends, neighbours and relatives to do the same.

Older Drivers Forum - Webinars

27 August 2021

The Older Drivers Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely for longer. They are running a series of Webinars between the 13-17 September, to support Project Edward's Action Week (Every Day Without A Road Death).

What we do

CADRA works hard with the police, other agencies and local groups to help people feel safe in the home and out in the community.  This includes reducing crime, vandalism and graffiti. Our overall aim is to improve the quality of life in Caversham and the surrounding district.

Thames Valley Police

Report a Crime or Incident                                                             

Non-Emergency calls – 101

Emergency calls – 999

On-Line Report – Thames Valley Police

Anonymous reports – Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

National UK Police links providing guidance about calling the police

Contact the Police

Ask the Police: What is 101 and when should it be used?

Ask the Police:  What do the police class as an emergency/when should I call 999?

About Ask the Police

Local Safer Neighbourhood Forums and Have Your Say

Visit the web page for your ward  team:  Peppard & Caversham   and  Mapledurham & Thames



Follow them on social media –  Twitter   Facebook

Thames Valley Alerts

Thames Valley Alerts is the new Community Messaging system for receiving crime and policing updates for your area. The state-of-the-art system allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it; options include receiving information via text, telephone and email. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages.

Reporting Crime & Nuisance in Caversham

Thames Valley Police in association with Reading Borough Council and North Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum have produced a series of guides, each one addressing common problems and specific issues which arise. The leaflets give handy tips and advice on issues including: crime, anti-social behaviour, parking and fly-tipping. There are Council and Police telephone numbers and email addresses for reporting problems, as well as how to contact local community groups, such as CADRA. The guides are:

Reporting Crime & Nuisance  - Which is tailored to issues affecting Caversham (North Reading).

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)  - Dealing with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. PSPOs were introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Crime and Policing Act 2014.

If you witness ASB taking place, you can report it to Thames Valley Police or to Reading Borough Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01189 373787, or email them You may also like to get the Reportable app for reporting an ASB from your mobile devices. 

Unauthorised Encampments - Providing helpful information about such encampments, describing: what action can be taken, by whom, the civil law with regard to tresspass and the rights of travellers.

Keeping Your Home Safe

Thames valley Police have produced several useful documents about Preventing Crime, which includes advice on keeping your homes, gardens and property secure.

North Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum

The North Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum (Formerly Neighbourhood Action Group - NAG), on which CADRA is represented, brings together voluntary organisations and partners including residents, the neighbourhood police, local authorities, businesses and schools, and assists in planning local neighbourhood policing tasks, based on priorities identified by the community.

Forum Open Meetings & Police Newsletter

Residents are welcome to attend their monthly meetings to discuss any issues relating to community safety and crime prevention in Caversham. The neighbourhood police produce a monthly newsletter covering current issues.

A new Constitution is to be established with a primary aim of crime reduction. It is hoped that Community Groups will take more responsibility for identified local issues.

Police Have Your Say Meetings

The North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team hold regular meetings at different locations throughout the Caverhsam area, where you can go and discuss any crime related issues or concerns you make have.

Dates and Meetings for:  Peppard & Caversham Wards   and  Mapledurham & Thames Wards

Ask the Police - Answers to Your Questions by the Police

Ask the Police is an official police resource that provides Q&A's to a wide variety of the general public's most frequently asked policing questions. It offers an alternative online option, reducing calls to the police, freeing up resources and saving money. 

These other Police links may help you understand when and how to contact them:

Contact the Police

Ask the Police: What is 101 and when should it be used?

Ask the Police:  What do the police class as an emergency/when should I call 999?

Nuisance Parking and Abandoned Vehicles

Nuisance parking and abandoned vehicles, including verge parking has become an increasing problem in some areas. Thames Valley  Police provide useful Advice on such parking on ways to resolve the problem, including when to contact them or the Council.

For example, if a person has blocked your driveway and is preventing you from getting your own vehicle out, this could be deemed as antisocial behaviour. In this case the Police may be able to help. See our section on Reporting Nuisance or call the Police non emergency number 101.

For other parking concerns, including permit parking or on road restrictions, such as double yellow lines, the responsibility lies with the individual to ensure the vehicle is not causing an obstruction. The Council web page on Parking, includes a link to report illegal parking.

Street Hazards - Pot Holes, Rubbish, Overhanging Hedges

A part of making Caversham safer is addressing street hazards, such as pot holes, rubbish and overhanging branches on pavements and roads. 

We should all check that our own hedges and branches aren't a potential hazard to passers by. However, please remember that March to August, when the trees are growing fastest,  is also the main bird breeding season, so extra care is needed.

If you would like to report a problem then go to the Council's Report My Streets or Love Clean Reading web pages. You can also contact your Ward Councillor. Our Reporting Crime & Nuisance in Caversham  section provides general advice on dealing with problems in your area.

Avoiding Scams

Several organisations provide information and advice about how to spot the types of scams that are directed against us all, so often these days. We thought you may find them helpful.

Avoiding Scams - Age UK

The Little Book of Big Scams - Thames Valley Police

Doorstep Pedlars - Safe Local Trades

Getting Help with Scams - Citizens Advice Bureau

Dementia & vulnerable people who may go missing scheme

The Herbert Protocol initiative is a process to be used where there is a risk that a vulnerable person, particularly if they suffer from dementia, may go missing. There is a two-part form for carers, family members and friends to prepare in advance, which together with a recent photograph, the police will require if the vulnerable person goes missing. If this happens, part two will be completed and the whole form plus photograph are handed to the police. For more infromation: Herbert Protocol Initiative 

RBC’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team Mark UK's ASB Awareness Week

Reading Borough Council has joined a national campaign to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and make communities safer, and will be marking the UK’s First ASB Awareness Week.

You can contact the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01189 373787 or email There are also these apps for reporting ASB. 


Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is about people getting together with their neighbours to cut crime. The schemes are community initiatives owned and run by their members. They work by developing a close relationship between community members and the local police.

Use this link to find out about Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in your area.

Neighbourhood Watch have developed Toolkits, which provide advice and guidance, not only about preventing common crimes and nuisance, but also other risks, such as: scams, domestic abuse, combating loneliness etc.

Victims First - Victim Support

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s initiative Victims First has a Facebook page to keep people up to date on information, advice and support for victims of crime.  

The  Victims First website has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. You can use the website to refer yourself directly to the PCC's own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

Action Fraud

This is the National Fraud Reporting Service. Contact them for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. They offer advice about the different types of fraud, the tell-tale signs, how to avoid scams and what you can do if you think you've been a victim.

Tel: 0300 1213 2040

Action Fraud is not an emergency service - dial 999 if you are in immediate danger.

Community First Responders

The ambulance service strives to get to patients as quickly as possible. Supporting them are  Community First Responders (CFRs), volunteers that are trained and despatched by UK ambulance services.