Weekly Crime Reports – Monday 26th October 2015

October 26, 2015
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Criminal Damage 42/93281/15
Robin Hood Road, Elsenham
Between Friday 9th and Monday 12th October
Damage was caused to two vehicles by scratching obscene language on to the bonnets.

Burglary Other 42/95570/15
Henham Road, Elsenham
Between Monday 19th and Thursday 22nd October
Potential burglars have forced entry to a sports pavilion causing damage to the locks.

Crime Prevention Advice
Burglars can strike at any time, but most burglaries can be prevented by securing your home. Most burglars are opportunists and in 3 out of 10 burglaries, access is gained through an open door or window. Burglars love it when you make their job easier for them.
Two thirds of burglars get in through a door and a third through a window so security is vital.
If you are replacing windows install ones certified to British Standard BS7950 ‘windows of enhanced security’. Also think about using laminated glass 6.4mm or greater, particularly in ground floor and accessible windows as it’s much harder to break.
Fit window locks to all easy to reach windows, for example, those on the ground floor, above a flat roof or near a drainpipe.
DIY shops sell inexpensive locks to fit most windows but remember to remove keys from locks and store them somewhere out of sight. Your insurance could be affected if you don’t.
Security is vital, but at least one window in each room at first floor or higher level must have a means of escape.
Doors and their frames should be strong and in good condition. If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home.

This scam comes as a new variation on a type of telephone fraud, where fraudsters call people and pose as bank staff, police officers or other trusted organisations to persuade their victim to part with financial and personal details. Fraudsters are using this scam to make the people they are phoning believe they are speaking to a trusted organisation by fooling their phones into displaying any number they choose.
The scam, known as ‘number spoofing’, works by fraudsters cloning the telephone number of the organisation they want to impersonate and then make it appear on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them on a landline.
The fraudsters will then gain the person’s trust by highlighting the number to them, claiming that this is proof of their identity, before trying to scam them in various ways.
Financial Fraud Action UK’s intelligence unit who issued the alert said the scam has become increasingly common in recent weeks. Whilst the technology needed to spoof someone’s number has existed for years, only recently have criminals begun using it to defraud people. Once criminals have their victim’s confidence they will try to extract information such as the victim’s PIN, online passwords or other sensitive information which will then be used to steal from their bank account

The advice to beat the scam is simple – never assume that someone is who they say they are just because their number matches that of an organisation you know. In fact, if someone tries to draw your attention to the number on your caller ID display, you should immediately become suspicious. 

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