A couple of years ago, in the face of a common enemy (students), the non-student households in my street formed a neighbourhood watch group. We put up our stickers and enthusiastically signed up for Thames Valley Police’s e-alert service.
In summer, this features frequent reminders about the risk of leaving doors and windows open in hot weather. This, the Force warns, is often seen as an invitation to opportunistic theives.
This was brought home to me on Tuesday when the ironically named Bobby – already established as the nosiest cat in our street – took shameful advantage of a brief spell of warm weather to invade the inner parts of Temple Towers (your correspondent’s compact and bijou abode in leafy East Oxford).
Quick thinking and an icy determination to remain unmoved in the face of a shameless display of cuteness soon resulted in the miscreant finding himself behind bars.