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

Telephone 101 for all non-emergency enquiries and 999 in an emergency or where a crime is being committed. Thames Valley Police

Neighbourhood Police Team

Here are the names of your local police officers, who can be emailed at:



Police News & Events For Your Area

These pages for local wards have links to other information, including a local crime map, police priorities and details of the next "Have your say":

Peppard / Caversham

Mapledurham / Thames

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.

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.

Reporting Crime & Nuisance in Caversham

Thames Valley Police in association with RBC and North Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum have produced a guide on how to Reporting Crime & Nuisance within Caversham (North Reading).

The leaflets give handy tips and advice on issues such as 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. 

It is one of a series, each one addressing common problems and specific issues which arise in a different part of the borough.

Thames Valley Police in association with RBC have produced a leaflet providing helpful information about Unauthorised Encampments. It describes what action can be taken and by whom, the civil law with regard to tresspass and the rights of travellers.

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 

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.

You can read here about Watch Schemes and Inititatives.

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.

St John Ambulance Community First Responders

St John Ambulance Community First Responders respond to local emergency calls and provide life saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.

They are trained to assess the situation, providing immediate first aid if needed, and establish the patient’s previous medical history. Sometimes they can simply be a very vital second pair of hands to an ambulance crew when they arrive. As well as basic first aid equipment, they carry automated external defibrillators and are trained and equipped to provide oxygen therapy.

Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference.

If you would like to train as a community first responder, find out more by following the links above.