Weekly Crime Reports – Monday 29th May 2017

May 29, 2017
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NHW NEWS
For information about the AGM held on 15th May, see the website
www.uttlesfordnhw.org.uk to read the minutes and view the slides from our Essex Police speakers.

CRIME REPORTS (supplied by Essex Police)

THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/72982/17
Birchanger, Harrisons – Between 18th and 22nd May
THIEVES HAVE STOLEN THE REAR NUMBER PLATE OF THE VICTIMS VEHICLE

THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE 42/73448/17
Birchanger, Dunmow Road – Overnight on 22nd May
THIEVES HAVE BROKEN THE FUEL CAP OFF A DAF XL AND SIPHONED A LARGE AMOUNT OF FUEL FROM THE TANK

THEFT OF A PEDAL CYCLE 42/73432/17
Elsenham and Henham, Rush Lane – Between 14th and 23rd May
A THIEF HAS GAINED ENTRY TO THE VICTIMS OPEN BACK GARDEN AND HAS STOLEN LIGHT BLUE FEMALE BIKE WORTH £80

BURGLARY – RESIDENTIAL 42/73311/17
Stansted, Forest Hall Road – During the afternoon of 22nd May
A THIEF HAS FORCED ENTRY INTO THE VICTIMS HOUSE BY SMASHING THE DINING ROOM WINDOW USING BRICKS AND HAVING GAINED ENTRY AN UNTIDY SEARCH OF EVERY ROOM HAS BEEN MADE. A PEN AND CASH HAVE BEEN STOLEN EXIT VIA ENTRY.

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE (supplied by Action Fraud and Essex Police)

SMISHING
Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card. The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.
Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:
• Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
• Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
• If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement to contact your bank.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040

‘Warn Night’- Some Crime Prevention Advice for the Home
In the average home, there are a few simple things you can do on these hot summers nights to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.
Ensure that all door keys are removed from the front/porch doors.
First line of defence, where possible prevent an intruder from getting to the rear of your property (most burglary point of entries occur at the rear of the property) with a 6’ fence and gate, consider a spiky topping (perfectly legal but must have a warning sign displayed), and make sure it is closed and locked especially at night.

If you have unoccupied rooms that can be accessed from outside make sure the windows are closed, if you need ventilation in these rooms at least lock the larger window and only have the small window open, even during the daytime. Naturally if the house is empty all windows should closed.

Leave a door or patio door open and in comes trouble, even during the day if that door is accessible the sneak thief will pop in and anything laying around will be gone, you may have only popped down the end of the garden or having a quick shower upstairs, it only takes a second.

Before you turn in for the night do the “rounds”. Some may think it is a bit over the top, but you will feel more confident and not become a victim of “the one time I forgot to shut the window……” Check the simple things:-
• Cars on the drive? – are the windows shut and doors locked (don’t assume that by pressing the button on the remote it is locked, try the handle too)? It is worth parking the least expensive car in front of the more expensive one.
• Side gate shut and locked, sheds and garages secure?
• Doors closed and locked, don’t forget on that UPVC multi-locking door you may have lifted the handle but until you turn the key you have not locked all the locks in place.
• Don’t forget to check that patio door, someone may have closed it but did they lock it?
• Windows, lift the blinds or open the curtains and check them, the sun may have been on the TV so they were drawn with the window open because it was hot. Ensure all accessible windows are closed and locked, if you live in a bungalow or have flat roofs, in unoccupied rooms keep them closed and locked but if you need a window open for ventilation in occupied rooms as above lock the big window and just have the small one open. If you only have bigger windows consider a lockable window restrictor or a small sensor alarm at the window to detect entry.
• Check unnecessary appliances are turned off, and make sure in case of fire that keys are readily accessible to occupants but not in view of possible burglars.
• If you have an alarm activate the zone for the unoccupied area.
• Car keys, don’t take them to bed with you, where possible leave them in noisy drawer/location.
• If you do hear a suspicious noise in the house that you are not happy with dial 999, if you have an intruder remember your life is more important than your property, but do get a good description and if possible car index number.

Last bit of advice, going on holiday? Stop the milk and newspaper deliveries and look after each other, get a neighbour and/or friend to keep an eye on your property, ensure neighbours have contact numbers for a key holder and where possible let them park their car on your drive, in the house lights on timers, Fake TV etc. Basically, if you create the illusion that your house is occupied it is less likely to be broken into. Lastly curtains closed during the day, or partially closed at any time say that I am away.

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