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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.
Your local Longmoor Neighbourhood Policing Team needs your help in setting the Local Community Policing Priorities for your area for the next 3 months. In order to ensure that we are working effectively in the community, we need you to tell us what issues are affecting you the most. Our aim is to reduce Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and crime and increase confidence in the Police; as well as to make your neighbourhood a safer place to live and work. We will give you information that indicates where the demand for Police resources is located. All we ask is that you spare 5 minutes to complete this survey to give us a clear understanding of the issues that matter to you. We will use these results, along with Police and partner agency data, to set our priorities for the next 3 months.
Please click on the following link:
PCSO 13456 PAYNE.
I have always believed effective policing is at the heart of healthy society. That is why Hampshire Constabulary can't afford to just maintain its position as a good police force. It must become a standard bearer for protecting the most vulnerable and reducing offending. And, as your new Chief Constable, I am excited about taking on this challenge.
A key part of success will remain catching those who prey on the vulnerable, but we can't just respond to victims when they have suffered. We need to be better at preventing offending in the first place. This includes safeguarding the vulnerable, not least those at risk of child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. None of this can be done by the police acting alone.
The cases we deal with can be complex and the unfortunate truths are that that we tend to deal with people on their most difficult days and much of the sophisticated work that goes on behind the scenes to stop people becoming victims cannot be widely publicised. This means that what my officers, staff and those who volunteer their help do every day is important, but so is why and how.
If the police are seen to act arrogantly or as if they have a right to do as they wish public confidence becomes damaged and victims are not put first. To be an effective police officer, let alone chief constable, you need to earn the trust and respect of all communities. That is what decades of British policing has been built upon. So everything we do must be rooted in the highest standards of integrity and transparency. You deserve nothing less from us.
Our communities are wonderfully rich, diverse and deserving of brilliant policing. I want ideas, voices, perspectives and experience beyond the traditional spheres. I would like to use this opportunity on day one in my new role to invite all of you to join me, to work with me and to support my staff and officers.
In return we will become even better at protecting you and safeguarding the most vulnerable in society. And, as your Chief Constable, I will work tirelessly to make sure that what we do is as transparent as possible and to explain the difficult decisions when we have to make them.
Together we can keep this one of the safest places to live in the country and stop those who make people's lives a misery.
Olivia Pinkney, Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary