Distraction burglary on Highgrove Street

Highgrove Street

The Redlands area has seen an increase in burglaries this spring, and a resident of Highgrove Street, Katesgrove was subjected to a distraction burglary.

Police reported that in the Highgrove Street incident, a resident was asked by a cold caller to the house if they wanted work carried out on the property.  The offender was given money that he said he would count outside the house but he then left the area. Police advise against  accepting work at the door from cold callers and that the public remain vigilant of their surroundings and make sure windows and doors are locked.

A male was issued with a fixed penalty notice in April after a small quantity of cannabis was found near Hexham Road.

There have been several thefts from vehicles that caused no damage. Police think that offenders are gaining access with a device that remotely unlocks some makes of cars. Police advise that no valuables should be left in cars and glove boxes be left open to show this.

The Redlands neighbourhood police team have given evidence at court against a rogue trader who was targeting elderly residents. Joint work between residents and the police have resulted in the offender being sentenced to four years imprisonment.


Redlands NHPT can be contacted through the non-emergency number 101 or by email at redlandswithparknhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk . These methods cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters.

If you have information about crime but don’t want to contact the police, you can call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

“Have Your Say” meetings

The meetings are designed to give local residents the opportunity to meet the neighbourhood team and discuss local issues. It is also a chance to meet local residents, council officials and other members of the community.

The next ones in Redlands will be on:

  • Saturday 21 May 2016, 12pm-12.30pm at the Co-op on Erleigh Road,
  • Sunday 22 May 2016, 12pm-12.30pm at the Gurdwara on Cumberland Road,
  • Tuesday 14 June 2016, 6pm-7pm at the Craven Road entrance to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.


  1. Crime and policing in Redlands and Park
  2. Redlands / Park Neighbourhood policing team monthly report
  3. Redlands / Park crime statistics
  4. Crimestoppers

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