Message sent by
Darryl Hook (Police, PCSO, East Hampshire District)
It has been brought to our attention that vehicle obstruction in residential areas across the Butser Sector is a real concern to the local community.
Parking blocking a private driveway or on the pavement is the offence of 'unnecessary obstruction' and worst case scenario is that a vehicle could be towed away at the expense of the owner.
Please remember when parking you must leave room for vehicles to pass, local residents are concerned that emergency vehicles such as fire and ambulance would struggle to get past on a number of these roads across the sector during the busy periods and that pedestrians have to walk on the road due to blocked pavements.
I understand it can be difficult to find spaces because of the number of vehicles that are on the roads. Please just take a few seconds to look where you have parked, making sure you are not committing any offences. This is also for the safety of your children.
We face the challenging task of communicating with our NW Coordinators and continuing to recruit new ones.
I have sent an email to the address list that was on the site and whereas I would have liked more replies I am encouraged by those received.
Our 'website ' is based on a Content Management System (CMS) which I am not familiar with and which is quite different to the other websites that I maintain. I've bought the User Manual and I am learning as fast as possible. This particular page replaces one that was quite complicated - Now that I have changed it to this one, which is very easy to use, I hope to encourage more regular contact with you.
Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
Payment diversion alert
Fraudsters are emailing members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.
Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.
We work with your community to find out what matters most where you live. We will work with you and partner agencies to agree the main priorities for the area and how we will work together to tackle them.
You said: Theft - Theft – There is an unacceptable level of retail theft in Petersfield Town so NPT will target, working with our partners & stakeholders to target harden retail premises. There has also been an increase in the number of reported theft of Pedal Cycles.
We did: 26/11/2016
To help tackle the issue of theft particularly in relation to theft of pedal bikes PCSO MORNING has gone to local bike shops in PETERSFIELD and given out immobilise leaflets. By logging on to www.immobilise.com you can register valuables such as bikes then if they are ever reported lost/stolen to the police we are more likely to recover this for the owner.
Sgt Stuart Tripp is responsible for the Safer Neighbourhood team for Liss
Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) officers working out of Longmoor Police office led by Sgt Stuart TRIPP have responsibility for being an active presence in your neighbourhood and for dealing effectively with local crime and anti-social behaviour. Officers hold regular beat surgeries and meet frequently with partner agencies and councillors to review local priorities ensuring that time and effort is focussed on the issues that matter most to those who live and/or work in the area.
You are able to influence this local priority setting. If you wish to do so or wish to discuss any issue with an officer from your local NPT please come to a beat surgery or call/email us.
The local NPT are supported by Response and Patrol teams (R&P) officers who work a 24-7 shift pattern working out of Alton Police station which is also the nearest station open to the public.
Thousands of people in the UK are likely to be falling victim to sextortion every year, according to the National Crime Agency and National Police Chiefs Council.
Sextortion is a form of blackmail where criminals use fake identities to befriend victims online and then persuade them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam. These webcam images are recorded by the criminals who then threaten to share them with the victims’ friends and family unless they are paid. Sometimes there are escalating requests for further payment. At least four suicides in the UK have been linked to this form of blackmail.
The NCA’s Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit (AKEU) has been alerted by police forces to 864 cases of financially motivated webcam blackmail so far in 2016*, more than double the figure from the whole of the previous year (385). Officers believe there is likely to be significant under-reporting and that actual numbers are much higher.
Victims in the NCA cases are aged between 14 and 82, with the highest proportion being men aged between 21 and 30, and with a substantial proportion in the 11-20 age group.
In response to the increase, the NCA and NPCC have launched a new campaign to give advice to those who have been, or are likely to be, targeted.
The campaign includes a film aimed at the most vulnerable victims, helping them to recognise a potential criminal approach and providing online advice, including the importance of reporting the crime to their local police.
Advice for victims
• DON’T PANIC - The police will take your case seriously, will deal with it in confidence and will not judge you for being in this situation. You are not alone.
• DON’T PAY - Many victims who have paid have continued to get more demands for higher amounts of money. In some cases, even when the demands have been met the offenders will still go on to post the videos. If you have already paid, check to see if the money has been collected. If it has, and if you are able, then make a note of where it was collected from. If it hasn't, cancel the payment.
• DON’T COMMUNICATE further with the criminals. Take screen shots of all your communication. Suspend your Facebook account (but don’t delete it) and use the online reporting process to report the matter to Skype, YouTube etc. to have any video blocked and to set up an alert in case the video resurfaces. Deactivating the Facebook account temporarily rather than shutting it down will mean data is preserved and will help police to collect evidence.
• PRESERVE EVIDENCE - Make a note of all details provided by the offenders and DO NOT DELETE ANY CORRESPONDENCE.
And finally, remember, you are the victim of organised criminals, you are not alone and confidential support is available.
Crime prevention advice issued following thefts from outbuildings in East Hampshire.
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Message sent by James Pusey (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)
Officers across East Hampshire are reminding residents to keep their outbuildings secure.
In the last fortnight 31 non-dwelling burglaries have been reported across the district where outbuildings, which have sometimes been insecure, have been targeted by thieves. For example one incident on Standford Lane in the Bordon area saw two chainsaws taken from a stable building at some point between October 14 and 24.
As the nights are getting darker over the winter we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:
General home and outbuilding security
• Keep the boundaries of your property well-maintained and secure to keep out unwanted visitors
• Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
• Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.
• Fit adequate locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings and consider fitting shutters or grilles to windows, or blocking them completely
• Fit good quality window locks
• Consider fitting a monitored home intruder alarm
• Check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly.
• Install automatic security lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn.
• Help make your property look occupied by fitting timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.
• Make sure the manufacturer's instructions are adhered to at all times when using electrical security devices.
CCTV and intruder alarms
• Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
• Consider installing an audible and monitored intruder alarm system.
• Leave vehicles out of sight when not in use.
• Vehicles and plant equipment should be locked when left outside and the keys kept in your possession or in a locked key safe.
• Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. You may require a combination of the above to meet insurance requirements.
• All property, including vehicles and tools, should be uniquely marked, photographed and details such as serial, chassis and model numbers recorded.
The purpose of marking property is:
• To reduce the payoff to the thief – traceable property may be more difficult to sell on
• To increase the likelihood of identifying property as stolen – thereby assisting prosecution
• To increase the likelihood of re-uniting property with the owner
There are a number of methods for marking property effectively.
• Covertly – for example through use of Forensic DNA marker as liquid, gel or grease; UV pen; tracking or tagging technology; micro-marking.
• Overtly – by engraving/chemical etching; labels; postcoding or use of bar codes.
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