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The Little Book Of Big Scams

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams.

The Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Sterling Team is pleased to bring you the Little Book of BIG Scams.

 

Cyber Crime Advice

Keep your Home PC’s Protected with Sophos Free home addition Antivirus : https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx   (free for Home use)

To report Online fraud, attempted fraud or cyber crime please go to:  http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud 

If you’ve received a potential scam message or computer virus but no money has been lost or you haven’t responded to it, please also go to:  https://reportlite.actionfraud.police.uk/ 

To stay up to date with the latest cybercrime information sign up to:

https://www.cybersafesurrey.org

Garage -Shed Burglaries

We are currently suffering from a series of garage burglaries in the borough. Motorcycles, bicycles and garden machinery are being targeted. In some cases the garages targeted have not been locked and in others the owner has relied on the factory fitted lock on an up and over door.

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators can assist by forwarding this message to members.

Prevention:

  • Most standard garage door locks are not ‘security’ locks. Consider fitting an after market device, for example a ‘Garage Defender’ or as a cheaper option fit two shoot bolts to the door ensuring that bolt beds into the frame or concrete base. Secure the bolt with a grade three external padlock
  • Sheds are more problematic to secure due to their wood construction. Devices are available to provide additional security to the doors, for example ‘Shed Bars’
  • Most house alarm systems can be configured to provide coverage to garages using ‘wireless’ connections. If this isn’t possible stand alone ‘Shed alarms’ are also available
  • Consider the use of ground anchors and cables. Using a large cable to link several items together will make them more difficult to steal, padlocking the cable to a ground anchor will provide additional protection.  
  • There are a number of security marking schemes available for cycles ranging from electronic Datatags (similar to pet microchips) to chemical etching
  • Ensure that you property mark items of value stored in the garage and record serial numbers. There is a free web based service available at www.immobilise.com     

When considering whether or not to fit additional security its worth pausing to think about the value of what you are storing in the building. Lawn mowers and good cycles often cost several hundred pounds per item, the total value can soon run into several thousand pounds.

Intelligence:

  • Judging by the number of items being stolen the thief will probably have an outlet or handler – if you have any information around offenders or methods of disposal please contact me. Alternatively you can do this anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where in certain circumstances you may receive a financial reward
  • If you see something or someone suspicious contact Surrey Police immediately using either 999 or 101, make a note of the time, description and vehicle registration numbers. You will never be criticised for contacting us and remember if you think it’s suspicious it probably is!

Finally these thieves are very probably local and are operating within your community, with your help we can catch and convict them.

Details of the items I have referred to can be found at www.soldsecure.com or www.securedbydesign.com

with thanks your

Crime Prevention Design Advisor

Surreyheath Watches

Find the nearest watch to by looking at  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk

Camberley Area

This Watch Covers the following Areas: St Pauls,  Old Dean,  Town, St Michaels  Watchetts. The Camberley Area Coordinator is Alan Hitchcock lichgate@icloud.com

Frimley Area

This Watch covers the following areas:  Frimley Green, MytcFrimley,hett, Deepcut, Heatherside, Parkside, Heathside, Cheylesmore. The Frimley Area Coordinator is Steph Edwards  sedwards@surreyheathnw.co.uk

The Six Villages

This Watch Covers the following Areas: Lightwater, Bagshot, Bisley, Chobham, West End and Windlesham. The Area Coordinator is Mike Potter MPotter@surreyheathnw.co.uk

 

 

OUT IN THE COMMUNITY

Crime Prevention Trailer

The Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch Support Group has had a busy year so far with our Crime Prevention Trailer at a variety of events, during which we have taken the opportunity to spread the word about home security. The trailer is always very well attended and provides an excellent opportunity to publicise Neighbourhood Watch to a wider audience.

The trailer can be booked to attend local community events such as fun days and fetes, This is a volunteer based service which we do not charge for, We can enhance any event by giving free advice on all matters relating to crime prevention such as home, vehicle and cycle security and free security marking of your attendees property. It is manned by volunteers from your local Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch Support Group and is usually supported by the local Neighbourhood Police team.

The most popular function is the security marking of bicycles and baby buggies which is done free of charge.

The trailer is stocked with leaflets on home security and crime prevention, as well as details of the local Neighbourhood Police Team. In addition it is possible to purchase UV pens for marking property in the home and small UV torches on a key ring to read the markings. There are also personal attack alarms and cycle security locks for sale all with savings we’ve obtained though the power of neighbourhood watch.

The trailer can be booked by contacting Mike Davis on 01276 63846 or mdavis@surreyheathnw.co.uk

Come and visit us on the trailer at your local event!

Crime Prevention Trailer Events for 2018

Saturday 5th May – St. Peters Church, Frimley –  Contact – Leola Card (time tba) Volunteers – Reg Ward, Steph Edwards, Mike Davis 

Monday 7th May –  Chobham Carnival, 11am until 5 pm. Contact Dave Took 01276 24738.Volunteers – Reg Ward, Sue Flynn, Mike Davis, Mike Potter, Martin Shorten.

 Saturday 12th May –  Lightwater Fete,12-  4 pm.  Contact Windsor Rackham. Volunteers – Reg Ward,Sue Flynn, Carol Stanton, Mike Davis, Mike Potter

Saturday 19th May – Surrey Heath Show, Frimley Lodge Park.  Contact Tony Moore . Volunteers – Reg Ward, Carol Stanton, Mike Davis, Mike Potter, Steff?

Saturday 2nd June – West End Village Fete, contact Linda Bangle

Saturday 9th June – Windlesham Fete, contact Jim Fairman

Sunday 24th June – Bisley Strawbery Fayre ( not yet confirmed )

Saturday 30th June – Bagshot Village Day, contact Ella Cheeseman

Sunday 8th July – Frimley Green Carnival.  Contact Tony Moore.

Volunteers – Reg Ward, Carol Stanton, Mike Davis, Martin Shorten. 

Monday 27th August – Mytchett Fam. Fun Day, contact Mike Tilston

Saturday 8th September – West End Ag.&Hort., contact Angela Astall set up  at noon open 2pm

note:  Alan Hitchcock and Oliver will join us when possible

MPD 28/3//18.

We were excited to see so many people stop by and have a chat, your Neighbourhood watch team has had a busy year.