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Kington St Michael's Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator is Matt Bridger, tel: (01249) 750568, e-mail: email@example.com.
Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team
Name: PC Les Fletcher
Shoulder Number: 1973
PCSOs : Our area Police Community Support Officer is PCSO Elizabeth Duncan 6184 firstname.lastname@example.org
Any issues please do not hesitate to contact them on the above email addresses or on 101 to report a crime.
Our Neighbourhood Watch & Crime Reduction Liaison Officer is:
David J Budd
Crime Reduction / Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer
Community Affairs Department
Divisional Police Headquarters
Hampton Park West
Direct Dial Tel: 01225 794659
Mobile: 07966 818020
Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinator
Deputy Sector Coordinator - Chippenham, Calne & Corsham
Community Area Coordinator - Chippenham
Tel: 01249 654758
Please contact Wiltshire Police on 101 if you receive 'Cold Callers'. They are interesting in speaking to these individuals, as most will not have a valid Pedlar's certificate.
If someone does knock at your door you may request identification; if the individual does not show you any form of identification or you are not happy with what you have seen you are entitled to just shut the door. All genuine callers will have formal identification and most companies will call prior to visits now. Please do not allow anyone that you do not know into your property.
INCIDENTS & INFORMATION
~ Chippenham rural villages have seen an increase in fuel thefts. We have had thefts from both commercial and residential properties as well as from vehicles. Over the last few months we have had two thefts from Hullavington- one business premises had a large amount taken from a fuel tank and a residential address had diesel stolen from a vehicle in the driveway. Seagry has had an attempt theft from an external oil tank at a residential address in Seagry Hill and another property had 15 gallons of oil stolen. Two farms, one in Kington Langley and one near Nettleton have also had diesel stolen from fuel tanks. These thefts are usually of large amounts and would require a large vehicle/tank. There is a strong possibility that the offenders are scoping the area first. Any suspicious activity in your community should be reported to the Police on 101 or 999 should the theft be in progress. Always take down number plates when possible. Simple tips to keep your tank safe are- increased lighting, locks on tanks, thorny plants and shrubs in borders and CCTV. Please see the "Chippenham Police" Facebook page for more tips on oil tank security.
Rural burglaries remain a priority for us, make sure that doors and windows are secure when you leave your property. More burglaries are now happening in the daytime and even when occupants are at home. Make sure that doors are locked even when you are at home and in another part of the house. Never leave handbags and car keys near to a door or window within easy reach. Place high value goods in including jewellery in a locked safe that is secured to the floor.
The Chippenham Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team is welcoming a new beat manager to the team, PC Les FLETCHER will take over from PC Toni EVANS. He is very much looking forward to taking on this challenge and enjoys rural policing. PCSO Elizabeth DUNCAN who currently covers the area is expecting a baby in April, PCSO Dee CURRAN will be covering the area whilst she is off on maternity leave for four months.
If you would like to contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team please call 101 or email email@example.com
~ The police are keen to track down vehicles with the following number plates which may have been involved in recent rural burglaries:
BMW M3 in black FA51YHN
Peugeot 106 in silver S198FHJ
BMW 320 in purple R6 DSL
Volkswagen van in white W738UMX
Are you savvy online? Perhaps not as streetwise online as you would like to be or think you are?
the national fraud agency is launching a new campaign today, cyber streetwise, to help give us all some essential tips to improve our performance online and help keep important stuff safe. you can read more about the campaign at www.cyberstreetwise.com.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HANDBAGS ON YOUR CAR SEATS!!
~ One NHW member's neighbour has just reported an incident which occurred to a friend of hers. The friend was at the checkout in Morrisons in Chippenham and noticed a woman behind her carrying just one bottle of shampoo. The woman was constantly on her mobile. As the friend started to pay for her goods using a card she spotted that the woman behind her in the queue had taken the phone from her ear and was directing it towards the card machine. Clearly both suspicious and unhappy at this turn of events, the friend phoned her bank immediately she got home and related the story. As she was speaking to the bank an attempt was made to withdraw money from her account. Fortunately the attempt was unsuccessful on this occasion.
Credit card scam: There is a new and clever credit card scam - be wary of those who come bearing gifts. Please circulate this to everyone you know, especially your family and friends. It just happened to someone a week or so ago in St. Albans, and it can pretty well now be happening anywhere else in the country.
It works like this: Wednesday a week ago, they had a phone call from someone who said that he was from some outfit called "Express
Couriers" asking if they were going to be home because there was a package for them, and the caller said that the delivery would arrive
at their home in roughly an hour. And sure enough, about an hour later, a Delivery man turned up with a beautiful Basket of flowers and wine. They were very surprised since it did not involve any special occasion or holiday, and they certainly didn't expect anything like it. Intrigued about who would send them such a gift, they inquired as to who the sender was. The deliveryman's reply was, he was only delivering the gift
package, But allegedly a card was being sent separately; (the card has never arrived!). There was also a consignment note with the gift.
He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a £3.00 "delivery charge" as proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult, And not just left it on the doorstep to just be stolen or taken by anyone.
This sounded logical and they offered to pay him cash. He then said that the company required the payment to be by credit or debit
card only so that everything is properly accounted for. The husband, who, by this time, was standing beside his wife; pulled out of his
wallet his credit/debit card, and 'John', the "delivery man", asked the husband to swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which had a small screen and keypad where he was also asked to enter The card's PIN and security number. A receipt was printed out and given to them.
To their surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, £4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various
ATM machines, Particularly in the Midlands area!
It appears that somehow the "mobile credit card machine" which the deliveryman carried was able to duplicate and create a "dummy" card (?) with all their card details, After the husband swiped their card and entered the requested PIN and security number. Upon finding out the illegal transactions on their card, of course, they immediately notified the bank which issued them the card, and the credit/debit account has been closed.
They also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households have been similarly hit.
WARNING: Be wary of accepting any "surprise gift or package", which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a Condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know and/or there is no proper identification of who the sender is. Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!
Help keep property in your shed and garage safe and secure
· Use locks at all times
· Protect glass by fitting a grille or strong wire mesh to the inside of the window and nail up or fit locks to any windows that can be opened.
· Prevent anyone seeing into your shed by placing curtains or other coverings over the window or blacken them out with paint
· Much of the advice for garden sheds also applies to garages. In addition you should consider fitting:
· High security garage door locks, such as the ‘pacri lock’ obtained from DIY stores and locksmiths that can be fitted to the sides of an ‘up and over’ door provide excellent security.
· Roller doors can also be fitted with extra security locks such as the police approved ‘Lock’n’Roller’ device obtained from www.torcanchors.com
· Fitting a simple, low cost, battery operated shed alarm to the door of your shed or garage may warn of any attempted break in to your property and can act as a deterrent.
Please remember to:
· Clearly mark your property in as many places as you can with your name and postcode.
· Take photographs of any valuable property. This may help to identify items and help to secure a conviction.
· Secure items such as bicycles to the structure of a building or chain as many items together as possible, fastening the chain with a closed shackle padlock.
· Register your power tools and bicycles at www.immobilise.com
Parents’ internet guide to help with children surfing the world wide web
A new TV-style show created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet, has been created online exploring the challenges of parenting in an online age.
While the risks to children may be different to those of the 1950s, parenting skills are still as relevant as they ever were. Talking to children about their online lives is one of the best things parents can do to protect them so they can enjoy the opportunities offered by the internet.
The show sets out simple practical ideas for parents to make sure their children are protected from risks – which range from cyber-bullying to grooming by those who wish them harm – as well as a few surprises about what children get up to online.
Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to view the The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet.
DOOR TO DOOR SALESMEN
People who sell door to door must have a Pedlars Certificate issued by the local Police to enable them to do so. People who have a criminal record are unable to obtain one. Always check to see if a caller holds the correct paperwork before buying. Please click here for more information on Wiltshire Council's website.
New non-emergency police telephone number 101 is LIVE
As part of the national roll out, communities across Wiltshire are now able to dial 101, a new national non-emergency telephone number for the police service (the current non emergency number of 0845 408 7000 will be phased out). While 999 is a well recognised number to report emergencies, the 2010 British Crime Survey found that only 54 per cent of the public knew which telephone number to call if they wanted to speak to their local police about policing, non urgent crime and anti-social behaviour issues.
In an EMERGENCY dial 999. For more information visitwww.wiltshire.police.uk
(Wiltshire Police Minicom, tel. 01380 734064)
The police service has set out its commitment to the public in a "Policing Pledge"; click here for details.
For Government advice on how to secure your home click here.
www.communitygroup.co.uk (Public interest website, including a section on Neighbourhood Watch)
"Beat the Burglar" - Learn how by downloading a leaflet here (minus graphics!)
Reminder for Garages and Shed security
Garden sheds and garages are notorious for poor security. There are ways to improve security of sheds and garages by retro fitting security hardware.
Before you purchase any locks from a store or online.
Look for a “close shackled padlock” A padlock the body of which is built up so that the minimum amount of shackle is visible when locked, which has improved security against forcing or use of bolt-croppers.
Look for a hasp and staple with concealed screw heads or a “padbar” which secures across the length of the door and bolted through the framework of the shed.
Drill Resistant mortice locks that are protected against drill attack by utilising hardened steel plates and pins.
Always purchase an approved lock or chain and look for the police preferred specifications and logos.
Crime Reduction Officers recommend products that have been evaluated, tested and endorsed by “Secured by Design", "British Standards" (Security Standards) or "Sold Secure". These products can then display the appropriate logos.
Contact Details for your NPT are 101
How Neighbourhood Watch Works
The Neighbourhood Watch scheme covers Kington St Michael.
Targeting local problems such as vandalism or graffiti are well within the scope of a well-organised Watch scheme. You may be able to take action yourselves, such as fitting more secure door or window locks in vulnerable homes, or you may need to get others involved. Some schemes now work in partnership with other agencies like Victim Support and Help the Aged to help reduce the fear of crime.
Anyone co-ordinating a Neighbourhood Watch scheme can get support from the local bobby as well as the Neighbourhood Watch liaison officer.
What does the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator do?
Thieves targeted Sutton Benger on April 1st - it could be our area tonight. Make sure that your valuables are locked up and out of sight of the windows. Don't leave the hall light on to help them see, instead leave a landing light or bathroom light on. If you see anything untoward please dial 999 immediately.
~ Please be aware of a scam with churchgoers as the target. Click here for more information from Wiltshire Police.
~ HOTEL KEY CARDS
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?
a. Customer's name
B. Customer's partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.
Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.
For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport litter bin. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the card.
Information courtesy of: Police Service.
Deputy Sector Coordinator - Chippenham, Calne & Corsham
Community Area Coordinator - Chippenham
Tel: 01249 654758
With the warmer weather it’s easy to forget about home security, but traditionally the summer months mean an increase in burglary. By following some simple steps you can help to protect your home and belongings and still make the most of the summer.
If you’re in your back garden make sure you keep doors and windows secure. Ensure that if you are having a barbecue in your back garden that all windows and doors at the front of the house are locked. Use strong locks on all external doors and easy to reach windows - such as those on the ground floor, above flat roofs or near drainpipes. Don’t hang keys where they could easily be reached through a letterbox or window and never leave them on a sideboard where they are visible. Keep valuable items away from windows where they could be seen by passers-by. This includes home computers and television sets. Never leave garden equipment unattended, even for short periods of time.
Garages and sheds
Try to keep your garage door open only for as long as is necessary. If thieves can see there is something worth stealing from a garage they could come back later and break in. As with items in your home, valuables stored in either a shed or a garage should be marked with your postcode and house number so if they are stolen and recovered you can be traced and reunited with your property. Large expensive equipment, like lawn mowers, should be fastened to something bulky. Alternatively, fit anchor posts attached to the floor to provide a fixed point for locking your belongings to.
Don’t leave windows and roofs open on vehicles while they are unattended. When leaving your vehicle make sure there is nothing on show. If you have a satellite navigation (SatNav) system in your car remove it when you leave your vehicle and wipe away sucker marks from your windscreen.
Before going on holiday
If you're going on holiday use timer switches on radios and lamps to give the impression the property is occupied. Don’t make any significant changes to the exterior of your property. For example, if you never shut your gate when you’re at home, don’t shut it when you go away. Make an arrangement with a trusted friend, neighbour or neighbourhood watch advisor to check on your home while you’re away. Look at your home through the eyes of a burglar - if you can get into your house without keys then so can a burglar.
DOOR-STEP SECURITY - ADVICE FOR RESIDENTS
Following several attempted distraction burglaries in our county on Tuesday 26th September 2006 together with a continuing nationwide concern over bogus callers, we would like to remind you of the importance of verifying callers to your homes. Beware of bogus callers who may knock on your door pretending they are from your water, gas, electricity or Telephone Company. They may also say they are from your local council, social services or a host of other organizations. A bogus caller is normally reluctant to show an identity card, they may say they do not have one, or have left it at home or "in the van". Never let anyone into your home without a valid identity card.
Bogus callers will often work in pairs - one will lure you away from your front door, while the other steals from your home. Do not feel under any kind of pressure to let anyone in - if you are unsure don't open the door. Any genuine caller will be happy to wait outside whilst you telephone the company to confirm who they are.
A genuine caller will always be happy to confirm who they are and the company they represent. There are a number of ways in which you can identify a genuine caller:
* they will always carry an identity card and will automatically show it to you. Look at it carefully and make sure you are happy with it.
* they will quote your personal password to you if you have one set up.
* often they will wear a uniform with the company's sign or logo.
* often they will have a car or van nearby which may show the company logo.
* they will be happy to wait outside whilst you telephone the company to confirm who they are - never let them wait inside.
If Unsure Don't Open the Door:
Always follow these simple steps to protect yourself and your property from harm and theft:
* if you have a spy hole and/or a door chain, use them (if you don't have them, get them fitted).
* if you have a secret password set up with the company, insist the caller uses it. Do not prompt or remind the caller of your password.
* make sure you look carefully at the caller's identity card and check the following:
- is the photo on the card the same as the person at the door?
- is the card valid and not out of date?
- has the card been tampered with in any way?
- is the company sign or logo the right one?
If they do not have an identity card, send them away. If you are still unsure, call the company to check who the caller is, but remember to
* keep the door shut and leave the caller outside - even if it is raining!
* contact the company on their customer services telephone number. Do not use any number on an identity card. If the caller is bogus, their phone number may be bogus too!
* If the company hasn't heard of the caller, you may have a bogus caller at your door - Dial 999 and ask for the Police and wait inside until the Police arrive.
To deter Bogus Callers, join a Password Scheme run by many Utility Companies. Password schemes are simple, but effective. You can register a personal password, which will be used whenever one of the representatives visits you. All genuine callers will know about your password and will use it when requesting access to your home.
If you are not confident with the above advice, refuse all entry if the caller has not made a pre-arranged/official appointment with you - this is the best advice to give to the elderly or vulnerable who may struggle with more complex advice. Never accept services offered by cold callers (unsolicited callers) and if someone calls at you door asking for help (to use the telephone, for shelter, for a drink of water etc), always point them in the direction of a public place (pub, shop, police station for example) and never let them in.
Information:You should never accept "on the doorstep" work or after a caller has highlighted work that "needs to be done".
You should never agree to having work done by someone who is just passing, or take their word that work needs to be done at all. Do not be pressured into paying them before they do any work. Do not accept any offer from them to drive you to the bank to withdrawn the money. If you think work needs to be done, get quotes from other companies (two or three should be enough) and also ask a friend or relative for a recommendation. You can check if a company is reputable by contacting the councils trading standards office.
This Litotes-type offence happened recently in Chippenham:
Two males charged an elderly resident £260 for very minor work done to roof. Males took the resident to the bank in order to withdraw money. The work has been examined by the police officer who confirms that the IP has been grossly overcharged for the minimal work carried out.
The men concerned are described as being white, in their 40's, with west country accents. One of the men was wearing a reflective jacket. They were seen to leave the area in a white Vauxhall Astra van.
in the boot, do it at the start of your journey and always ensure that electrical items are turned off.
Where do you keep your car keys? Somewhere convenient? But convenient for who? Burglars have been known to break into houses and offices just to steal car keys – or take conveniently located keys and subsequently the car as an added extra. This ‘added extra’ is at great cost to the victim.
Make sure your keys are kept in a secure place at home and at work. At home, don't get in the habit of leaving your car keys close to the front or back door where they can be seen. This might make life easier for you, but it's also very handy for a thief. If you are going out, consider taking your keys with you or alternatively avoid the obvious hiding places. At night keep your keys secure or even take them to your bedroom with you.
ALL CAR OWNERS AND CAR DRIVERS, PLEASE READ
Be aware of a new car-jacking scheme.You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside, lock the doors, start the engine and select reverse. You look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space and notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift back into park or neutral, unlock the doors and get out to remove the paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view.
When you reach the back of your car the car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. Your engine was running and you would have left your handbag or briefcase in the car. APART FROM NICKING ANYTHING OF VALUE, THEY MIGHT FIND YOUR ADDRESS AND THEY ALREADY HAVE YOUR KEYS!
Remember, if you see your rear view blocked like this just drive away and remove the paper later ! It is stuck to your window!
THIS SCAM IS HAPPENING IN LONDON AT THE MOMENT AND WILL SURELY SPREAD TO OTHER AREAS
Make sure your house or flat is kept secure, and don't leave doors or ground floor windows open, even when you are around. Use window locks, latches or restrictors that allow you to leave the ground floor windows slightly open on a hot day, but only do this when you are around, otherwise keep them shut and locked.
Review your home security; External doors are safest when fitted with a "five-lever mortise deadlock". You can buy these in most DIY or security shops, look at the facing plate you should see a "kite mark" showing the British Standard and the words five-lever, or similar. Good key operated window locks make the overall security of your home much better, so get some fitted.
Fit decent 5 lever locks to your shed door or use padlocks made of hardened steel. A "closed shackle" type is best, as thieves cannot get the likes of a crowbar through the shackle to break it.
Don't be fooled into thinking your garage is any more secure than your shed. Many up-and-over style garage doors are easily overcome, but a padlock with a hasp and staple on the inside is an effective way of improving security. Consider adding a mortise lock to double garage doors with a rim latch. Another option is a garage defender lock. This is a heavy-duty metal arm, padlocked to a base plate that is bolted into the concrete outside the garage door. This prevents the door from being opened.
GOING ON HOLIDAY
If you are going away on holiday remember, it might seem obvious, but make sure your property is secure - check windows and doors are locked and don't forget to secure your shed or garage, and remember to set your burglar alarm if you have one.
Cut your lawns just before you go away. Get automatic timer switches to switch lights and possibly a radio on and off in different rooms as this makes it look like you're still around. The help of the family, friend or neighbour can be invaluable, so give someone you trust a spare key and your alarm code in case there is a problem. Ask if they would be happy to go in each morning and evening to open and close curtains to make the house look more lived in.
For the car security, you should park preferably in a car park meeting the Secured Car Parks standard. Lock all doors, close windows and use any security devices you have. Make sure that the things in your car are not left in view. Be aware of isolated car parks at beauty spots; cars can be easily targeted where any valuables are displayed. Never take valuables unless you need them, if you take them take them with you or secure within the boot compartment but now in view of the potential offenders.
Always close doors, windows, and any roof lights whenever you leave your caravan, lock your caravan, and take your keys with you. Have a reliable alarm fitted and remember to turn it on whenever you leave your caravan, even if it is only for a short time. Don’t leave valuables in your caravans - if unavoidable, lock them out of sight and use timer-switches if you are out after dark.
If you take your mountain bike or cycle on holiday with you, do not leave cycles in isolated places or unlit areas. Park cycles safely and considerately where they will not cause a danger or obstruction to others. Always lock a cycle through the frame when leaving it, even if it's only for a few minutes. Also remove smaller parts and accessories that can't be secured, especially lights, pumps, and quick release saddles.
Wiltshire Constabulary strongly recommends that cyclists use “gold approved” security products as recommended by the Master Locksmiths Association scheme - Sold Secure. They also strongly recommended ground or wall anchors for use in a garage or shed.
Security marking and registration of your bicycle are the best ways of ensuring it is returned to you if stolen and assists Wiltshire Constabulary to quickly identify any stolen property that has been taken. Look to property mark your cycle by engraving, stamping or laminating on your postcode and house number.
Mobiles phones are attractive to the opportunist thief; never leave your phone unattended, either on the kitchen worktop, the local bar, the top of your handbag with the zip undone. Phones can easily be snatched or make you a potential target for street robbery. Always be aware of your surroundings when you use your mobile. If your phone is stolen report it to the police and your network provider. Record your phone (IMEI) number, your phone number and even postcode it by UV pen, Smartwater or data tagging.
BEAT THE BOGUS CALLER:
ACTION: Always check identification before letting a caller in.
People at risk: Anyone can be a victim of a bogus caller. Older people may feel more vulnerable but are actually less likely to become victims of most crime.
tip: you don't have to let anyone into your home
tip: put a chain on the door and install a door viewer
tip: use the phone book to contact the company to check identituy
what you can do: if you are suspicious phone 999 and ask for the police
WHAT IS YOUR POLICE FORCE DOING FOR YOU?
For more information about:
~ visible policing in your community
~ community policing
~ tackling and reducing crime
~ policing in partnership
~ policing for safer roads
~ policing in the 21st century
visit: www.wiltshire.police.uk or www.wiltshire-pa.gov.uk and click on "Policing Plans"
For non-emergencies, general information or enquiries about Wiltshire Police Authority 'phone the police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999.