Weekly Crime Reports – Monday 8th May 2017

May 9, 2017
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NhW NEWS

There’s only a week to go before our District AGM and Conference. This will take place on Monday 15th May at the Thaxted Day Centre, Vicarage Mead Bungalows, Thaxted, CM6 2RL. There is parking at the Margaret Street car park. The meeting starts at 7.30 and there will be refreshments from 7.00.
We have three speakers from Essex Police including the local Policing Inspector, Mick Couldridge, the Crime Prevention Advisor, Stephen Armston-Smith, and D Insp Lee Morton from the Serious Crime Directorate who will be talking to us about the growing threat from cybercrime.
This is a tremendous line-up and I hope you are able to join us for this important evening.

Alan Johnson
Chair – Uttlesford District Steering Group

CRIME REPORTS (supplied by Essex Police)
If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact Braintree Police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

INTERFERENCE WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/63331/17
Birchanger, Felstead Crescent – Overnight on 1st May
A THIEF HAS GAINED ENTRY TO THE VICTIMS GREY FIAT 500 X CAUSING NO DAMAGE, MESSY SEARCH MADE, NOTHING STOLEN

THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/63594/17
Birchanger, Carters Drive – Between 30th April and 2nd May
A THIEF HAVE GAINED ENTRY TO AN AUDI A3 PARKED ON THE DRIVEWAY BETWEEN THE PROPERTY AND NEIGHBOURING PROPERTY AND REMOVED ITEMS FROM WITHIN

INTERFERENCE WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/63346/17
Birchanger, Hugdell Road – Between 30th April and 1st May
A THIEF HAS ENTERED THE VICTIMS INSECURE VEHICLE A SILVER FORD FOCUS SPORT AND CONDUCTED A MESSY SEARCH WITHOUT TAKING ANY ITEMS.

THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/64320/17
The Eastons, Location not given – Early morning on 4th May
A THIEF HAS ENTERED THE DRIVE WAY BY OPENING THE GATES AND THEN GAINED ENTRY TO VICTIMS WHITE HYUNDAI TUCSON. ONCE INSIDE MESSY SEARCH CONDUCTED AND REMOVED A SMALL AMOUNT OF CASH.

INTERFERENCE WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/64048/17
Elsenham, Vernon Close – Overnight on 2nd May
THIEVES HAVE GAINED ACCESS TO THE VICTIMS BLACK FORD FOCUS AND SILVER VW PASSAT PARKED ON THE DRIVEWAY. BOTH VEHICLES WERE INSECURE. SUSPECTS HAVE CONDUCTED A MESSY SEARCH OF THE GLOVE COMPARTMENTS. NOTHING WAS TAKEN FROM EITHER VEHICLE AND THERE WAS NO DAMAGE.

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE (supplied by Action Fraud)
Tourists Targetted by Fake Police Officers
There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.
After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.
After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.
How to protect yourself:
• If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
• The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
• The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.

If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

Three steps to take that will reduce the risk of you being a burglary victim.

• Is there clear unobstructed access to the rear? Burglars will prefer to gain access out of sight at the rear. Where possible, fit fence and gate access to rear gardens with 1.8m close boarded wooden fencing, top this with some trellis and/or spiky toppings (spiky toppings require a warning notice). Ensure the gate is securely locked. How about some defensive planting; what’s this you ask? …… something like Berberus, Pyracantha or Hawthorn around perimeter fencing and in trellis.
• Doors: – In addition to the “Rim Lock” fitted to wooden doors use a five-lever mortice lock. Most UPVC doors, as with windows use a multi locking system, so make sure you know how to use it. When you inside, pulling the handle up will engage all the locks but in some cases this will only lock the centre lock, so to lock all the mechanism correctly you must use the key (if in doubt try it before the burglar does).
• Become an illusionist and make your home appears to be occupied even when you are out. Simple things, like using lights on timers and “Fake TV” for the evenings – you can now even get a timer that fits over your light switches (search on the internet for light switch timer). During the day leave a radio on, boots outside the back door, vacuum cleaner out with the lead going out of sight (not plugged in though), newspaper over the arm of the chair with a drink on the table and a pair of spectacles, etc, etc

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