Tag Archives: Crime Prevention

Trading Standards News

Dodgy DVD’s, Clocked Cars, Bad Builders, & Rabid Rovers.

Here’s the latest report from Northampton’s Trading Standards Service.

bwc-new-152As well as news of successes against a number of bent businesses (which gives plenty of food for thought on things to watch out for!) there is advice on your rights as a consumer following changes in the law in October and suggestions on how to find reliable traders.

A worthwhile read!

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Make Northants Safer

“The Safest Place In England”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission, Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council Public Health Department are working together to make Northamptonshire the ‘Safest Place in England’.

As part of that, work on a new Violence Strategy for the County has begun.

The development of the Strategy is being led by Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission, Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Councils Public Health Department in consultation with other organisations.

Before an overall strategy is created, they are seeking the public’s views to understand what areas of violence they should include, how the public thinks they should classify violence and what the public wants prioritised.

Please click on the link below to take part in the survey. It will only take about five minutes.

The deadline for the survey is Friday 27 March.

www.surveymonkey.com/s/violencepublic2015

Action Fraud

Combating Fraud & Cyber Crime

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime and is run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Their specialist team uses information from all of the fraud and cyber crime cases reported to them to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity.

Following on from our post on 24th December, from the Neighbourhood Alerts team, Action Fraud have let us know that  they will be working together with Neighbourhood Alert to share their prevention alerts. We are happy to share them here.

Issues that Action Frud commonly see, and that we will be informing you about specifically over the coming weeks and months include the following:

• People who call to tell you that there is a problem with your bank card and that they need to collect it from you to fix the problem;
• Fraud committed by people selling event / entertainment tickets, weight-loss / teeth whitening drugs, or vehicles online;
• Fraud committed by people who cold-call thousands of people in the UK in order to sell them an investment in shares or precious metals, or who want them to invest their pension;
• People pretending to be someone they are not in order to persuade your business to send money to a new bank account to pay for an invoice;
• The activities of cyber-criminals who want to infect your computer or smartphone in order to steal your banking details or “lock” important files to prevent you from using or viewing them;
• Fraudsters who persuade people to pay a fee in advance of receiving a loan, which never appears.

All of these can be avoided by following the simple prevention advice we will include in every alert we send you, which you will also be able to find on the Action Fraud website

We hope that you find our alerts interesting and that they can help you to keep the criminals at arm’s length.

You will also continue to receive messages as normal from the agencies who already communicate with you.

Thanks for your attention,

The Action Fraud team

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Keep Xmas Gifts Safe

Advice From Northants Police

Once the big day has been and gone, homes across the county will be full of new and often expensive items and police are urging people to mark their valuable gifts to help make them less attractive to burglars.

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Whether it’s a new laptop or tablet, the latest mobile phone or computer game, or a unique piece of jewellery, many people will have something new and special they don’t want to lose.

Paul Golley, Crime Prevention Manager for Northamptonshire Police is encouraging them to make sure valuable items can be identified in some way to make them more difficult for thieves to sell on.

He said: “Marking property can act as a deterrent to would-be thieves or people who deal in stolen goods, as it makes it easier to identify the property as stolen if they are found in possession of it.

“There are a number of security devices and marker systems on the market that can personalise property, such as forensic marking type products that have a special code unique to the owner, allowing property to be easily identified.

“However, simply taking a few minutes to write your name and postcode on valuable property with an ultra violet pen can help police return the goods you if you are unfortunate enough to be burgled. It’s a good idea to take a photograph of valuable property too and log any serial numbers, keeping them in a safe place.

“It’s also worth taking a few minutes to register your property on the free national property register www.immobilise.com. This will help police return your items if they are stolen and later recovered.

“And if your next recycling collection isn’t immediately after Christmas, be careful about leaving gift packaging and boxes outside or sticking out of your bin. Thieves will notice boxes for branded products like laptops, TVs or accessories, which could indicate an expensive piece of kit somewhere in the house.

“The safest thing to do is to break down any cardboard boxes or fold them inside out so that you cannot see the branding. You can then store them out of sight inside your home until collection day or take them to your local recycling site.”

For more crime prevention information and advice, visit www.northants.police/crimeprevention.

Phone Scams

Warning From Northants Police

Police urge people to be vigilant following spate of phone scams

Police are continuing to warn people to be on their guard against phone scams, following recent reports of several incidents in Northamptonshire.

There are a number of variations of the scam but in all cases the fraudsters will pretend to be from a trusted organisation, such as a bank, building society or even the police.

The scammers encourage people to give them their bank details and PIN, transfer money into bogus accounts or even to hand over cash or bank cards to a ‘courier’.

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A recent variation of the scam is known as ‘number spoofing’, whereby the telephone number of the organisation the fraudster wants to impersonate is cloned so that it appears on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them.

The offender will then gain the person’s trust by drawing their attention to the number, claiming this is proof of their identity, before trying to defraud them.

The victim is warned that unusual activity has been noticed on their account and is then fooled into ringing the 0845 number of the back of their bank card. The fraudster will use this number to ring them back and suggest they transfer any funds to a temporary safe account.

Anyone who gets any suspicious calls of this nature should hang up immediately, wait five minutes before using that phone in case the fraudster keeps the line open, or use another phone to call the police on 101.

Many of the victims of this type of crime are elderly or vulnerable and it can be very distressing for them. Please pass this advice on to relatives, friends and neighbours and urge them to call the police if they are at all suspicious about a caller.

If you suspect you have been a victim of a scam ring the police on 101 or contact Action Fraud.

Report any incidents to the police. Always call 999 if the crime is in progress. For non-urgent incidents please report to Action Fraud, the central reporting and recording system for fraud, on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

For more information on fraud and online safety, visit opens in a new windowwww.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.

Remember:

  • Your bank, credit card company or the police will NEVER ask for your PIN, your bank card or ask you to withdraw money
  • NEVER share your PIN with anyone
  • NEVER hand your bank card or any goods you have purchased as a result of a phone call to anyone who calls at your door
  • If you suspect you have been a victim of this scam ring the police on 101 or contact Action Fraud

A Reminder from our PCSO…

TCarl Bartonhe village has recently suffered from  garage and shed breaks over the last few weeks. This is just a reminder to make sure your garage and shed doors are kept locked at all times. Try to avoid storing Christmas presents in garages and sheds.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

And remember:  opens in a new windowDon’t let thieves steal your Christmas! (a few hints from Northamptonshire Police)

PCSO CARL BARTON

Carl Barton | PCSO 7005 | Daventry Rural Safer Community Team | Northamptonshire Police (Telephone: 101 mobex 778004 Mobil  07557778004)

Trading Standards News

Update from Northants Trading Standards

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Issue 7 of Northants Trading Standards News has lots of useful information for consumers including:-

  • Tips to avoid rogue builders
  • News of recent prosecutions for illegal trading
  • Help with debt
  • Shopping on-line, by post or phone – know your rights
  • Buy with Confidence scheme : new traders

Its all in the latest edition:

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Phone Scam Alert

Northants Police issue phone scam warning

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Police are issuing crime prevention advice following 12 reports of a phone scam which took place in the county on Sunday 5 January between 1pm and 7pm.

The scam involves a caller attempting to encourage people to part with bank details, including pin numbers. Police are urging people not to part with this information.

During the scam the offender calls the resident, purporting to be a police officer investigating a fraud on their bank account, a fraud investigator from a bank or other bank official. They then ask for account information, including their card numbers, security number and pin number.

If the resident becomes suspicious, the offender suggests that they call 999 or 101 and ask for confirmation that the person is a police officer.

The victim then calls police, but doesn’t realise that the offender has not hung up so goes straight through to them again. In some cases another offender comes on the line and pretends to be working in the police control room and states that they can verify the officer’s details.

The caller is then transferred back through to the first offender who obtains all their details.

In some cases the criminals have sent couriers immediately to the victim’s property to pick up their cards which are then used fraudulently.

In two other incidents the suspect caller, again pretending to be a police officer, stated that they had the victim’s two grandchildren in custody who had been caught using the caller’s credit or bank card.

The offenders are deliberately targeting older victims.

For non urgent incidents please report to Action Fraud, the central reporting and recording system for fraud, on 0300 123 2040 or online at: www.actionfraud.police.uk.

This alert comes from Northamptonshire Community Connect.

Tweet On The Beat

Northants Police Twitterthon (!)

Force Twitterthon on burglary, robbery and vehicle crime – Monday 4 November

twitterNorthants Police will be tweeting updates and crime prevention advice around burglary, robbery and vehicle crime in a Twitterthon on Monday 4 November.

Between 2pm and 9pm, the Force will be using Twitter to highlight crimes under investigation, police activity and crime prevention advice.

They will be tweeting @northantspolice #darkernights – and have invited everyone to join in the conversation, help stay safe and keep homes and vehicles secure. Any bright ideas welcome!

Remember, Twitter is not the place to report an emergency – in these circumstances always ring 999.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Frost said: “This is an innovative approach to getting a message out on crime prevention at a time when, traditionally, darker nights lead to higher rates of offences such as vehicle crime and burglaries.

“The Force’s Twitter feed has more than 16,000 followers and we will be looking to speak to as many people as possible, providing our Twitter audience with a unique insight.”