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Welcome to the Grays Central Neighbourhood Policing Team pages. We are committed to making your neighbourhood a safer place to live, work and visit and will work with the community and our partners to tackle local problems. Grays Central is part of the Thurrock District.

PS Rob Thompson (Collar number 432)

I am the current Neighbourhood Police Sergeant for the Grays Central and area. I have been with Essex Police since 2003,and have spent the previous 6 years on a response team in Tilbury. I look forward to a new challenge on this already well established neighbourhood team and hope that we can continue to improve our local residents safety and way of life. To do this we need your help, any information you can give us about criminality and anti-social behaviour in our area will be acted upon, and of course will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Please email your neighbourhood constable if you have any information or concerns.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 364104
Mobile: 07866 543494

Andy Cayless

PC Andy Cayless (Collar number 443)

I'm Pc Andy Cayless and I am the Dedicated Neighbourhood constable for the Grays South/Grays Central and Chafford Hundred areas. I have been a uniformed constable since 1988 and I have worked in Grays for 13 years.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 364126
Mobile: 07866 543494

PCSO James Walker (Collar number 71858)

I have been employed as a PCSO for Essex Police since 2007. I have worked on various teams and departments on the division, including public protection and the Selecta DNA Project. I became a PCSO for Grays Central in September 2009. I am also a member of Grays town team. Please feel free stop me when you see me out and about, and I will be happy to help.

Contact details

Telephone: 101 ext 364105
Mobile: 07812735482

Below you can read about the issues that you have made a priority in your neighbourhood. We aim to act on the issues that matter the most to you.

Local Priority


There are currently no local priorities as none were agreed upon at the last Local Community Meeting.

Raised on 01/12/2015


Please attend the next Local Community Meeting and let us know the issues which are most important to you and your community. Details of the next meeting can be found on the Events tab.

Updated on 01/12/2015


December 2015 - There are currently no local priorities in place for Grays Central. Members of public are not attending the Local Community Meetings that are bi monthly. Dates and times are displayed on the Events tab. Without any attendee's we are unable to set any priorities for Grays Central.

Burglary is still one of our biggest issues, although as a district we have seen this decrease recently. We continue to run several operations to tackle all aspects of this issue, including the force wide operation “Insight”. Due to this new regularly have intelligence led designated patrol routes by high visibility uniformed officers, as well as covert patrols in relevant areas.
Avoid being a burglary victim. Let's make life difficult for the burglar. There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent your home being burgled and avoid the distress of having your treasured possessions stolen, here are a few we recommend:
Consider fitting a timer switch which will turn your lights on when you are not at home, and consider leaving a radio on for background noise.
Fit dusk to dawn security lighting.
Have an alarm fitted and service it regularly.
Look at the boundaries of your property and keep hedges short and trimmed.
Neighbours - support each other and keep an eye on vulnerable or elderly neighbours.
Immediately report any suspicious incidents to the police.
Mark valuable items (which belong to you) with your postcode.
Ensure pedal cycles are chained up or locked away in secure sheds/garages.
Keep sheds and garages secure with a good locking device and consider installing an alarm on these if you store any equipment of value.
Keep all tools hidden from sight whether they are in vehicles or sheds.
Remember burglaries can occur when people leave their premises insecure. Don't let yourself become a victim. Always remember to lock your door with the key when you are going out and before you go to bed at night and please keep the key close by at night in case of an emergency.
During hours of darkness we strongly recommend increasing the safety of your property by using timers on light switches, external security lights and motion detection lights.
If you need crime prevention or home security advice, please do not hesitate to contact us using the details on this site so we can arrange a suitable date and time for us to attend your address.
Please take a look at our Be Safe section of our website which will give you handy tips and advice about how to keep you and your property safe.
Please consider motion sensor lighting, CCTV and leaving internal lights on at home if out during darkness hours. For free security advice on your property please contact us for an appointment.

Vehicle crime in Thurrock is still a priority issue, both theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles. To tackle this issue we have implemented increased high visibility patrols in the hot spot areas, as well as operation Bedwin to deal with this, so please ensure that you keep your vehicles secure and ensure that you take all of your valuables out of your vehicles and especially do not leave anything of value on view. If you witness any suspicious behaviour please call us so that we can attempt to combat this problem. Please also ensure that you check your number plates on a regular basis as there is an increase in thefts of number plates.
You can help stop vehicle crime in our area by ensuring your vehicle is always locked and if it has an alarm it is in full working order.
Please ensure that all valuables are out of sight when leaving your vehicle, satellite navigation systems are easy to steal from a car if they are left on show, as are all small items such as mobile phones and MP3 players.
If you are having problems or you are a victim of crime please report it. If we do not hear from you, we cannot help you.
We are noticing a trend in the types of vehicles targeted and the property that is being taken, such as satellite navigation systems and catalytic converters.
We strongly recommend parking your vehicle in a locked garage or as near to a light as possible, either street lighting or security/motion detection lights on driveways.
Operation Bedwin, our vehicle crime operation, has so far been extremely successful in parts of Thurrock, and has had some good results from our proactive team.
There are other local operations targeting a range of issues including vehicle crime, Burglary, Drugs and Anti-Social-Behaviour.

If you would like any further advice, or have anything else you would like to discuss with our team please contact us on the details given on the "Contact" link.

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