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Local Crime Alert

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF

Local Crime Alert

Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of a burglary residential in Mount Pleasant Hill, Whissendine. Unknown person(s) have gained entry via an insecure rear door and taken property. This incident occurred between 14/11/2018 15:30 & 14/11/2018 19:00.

One report of theft from a vehicle in Greetham Rd, Cottesmore. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by smashing a rear window and taken property. This incident occurred between 14/11/2018 23:15 & 14/11/2018 23:15.

Events

Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on 20th November between 18:30 & 19:30.

Beat Surgery at Ketton Library on 4th December between 10:00 & 11:00.

Beat Surgery at The Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 4th December between 10:00 & 11:00.

Beat Surgery at the Farmers Market, Gaol St on 15th December between 09:00 & 11:00.

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Beat Updates

Oakham Town & Barleythorpe – Local residents bought to the Beat Teams attention that drugs and alcohol were being used by our young people in Oakham and Barleythorpe. We are continuing to target the areas identified with high visibility policing and engagement with the young people in these areas. When required and with necessary grounds we have stopped and searched young people. We have already had successes and currently we have five young people who have been caught with cannabis and have been referred to agencies for help.

Rutland North & South – The joint Rutland North and Rutland South priority remains as Rural Crime in relation to Burglaries, car crime and theft. We are still seeing an increase With Theft from vehicles where property has been taken and ask that local residents do not leave any valuables in their vehicles or move the valuable property to boot area prior to your arrival as perpetrators may be watching. We continue to work with Neighbouring Police Forces who are having similar issues. The North Beat and Uppingham have seen an increase in Burglaries with 2 in Uppingham, 1 in Whissendine, 1 in Ashwell and attempt in Greetham and Essendine. Please be aware to leave some lights on and make your house appear occupied especially with the darker nights now upon us. We continue to utilise the ANPR camera in Rutland to identify vehicles travelling through the County either with no driving documents or linked to crime. We will continue to work closely with the local residents and will alert you as soon as crime is reported and ask that if anything suspicious is seen to report through 101.

Tips for Safe Shopping Online

Christmas lights are already making the shops twinkle and the busy shopping season is just around the corner, kicking off with Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the end of the month. Many of us prefer to do our shopping from the comfort of our own homes – but it’s not just consumers who are busy online at this time of year: it’s a peak time for hackers and scammers, too. Last year, online shoppers were stung to the tune of £58m in almost 43,000 incidents of fraud, according to Action Fraud. So how can you avoid being a victim during the end-of-year shopping season?
Know who you’re buying from – Stick to big names when buying online if you possibly can – big, familiar brands, such as Marks & Spencer or John Lewis, are much safer for you to shop from than a vendor you’ve never heard of. If something you want to buy is only available from a business you don’t know, do some research: look for reviews of the seller to see what experience other people have had. See how long the website has been registered by going to whois.icann.org and typing in the website URL: that will tell you who owns the domain name and when it was first registered, as well as give you contact details for the website managers. A domain that was only bought very recently suggests that the business is, at best, very new.
Use established marketplaces – If you do want to use a small seller, stick to buying via established marketplaces. Notonthehighstreet.com showcases small businesses, while Etsy.com is a good place to look for handcrafted gifts or vintage items. Amazon Marketplace hosts thousands of small shops, and, of course, there’s always eBay. Most importantly, they all offer payment services and dispute resolution processes that protect both the retailer and the buyer. If a small seller on a big marketplace wants to bypass the platform’s payment services, that’s a big red flag: don’t use them. If you bypass the marketplace’s process, they can’t help you if there’s a problem with the seller.
More next week.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Local Crime

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF

Local Crime Alert

Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of an attempted burglary to a secured dwelling in Great Lane, Greetham. Unknown person(s) have attempted entry via a rear door but were unsuccessful. This incident occurred between 30/09/2018 08:00 & 01/11/2018 10:25

Two reports of criminal damage to property in High St East Uppingham. Unknown person(s) have painted graffiti on a wall and a bin. These incident occurred between 02/11/2018 17:00 & 03/11/2018 08:45

One report of an attempted burglary to a secured dwelling in Bramble Close, Uppingham. Unknown person(s) have attempted entry via a front door but were unsuccessful. This incident occurred between 02/11/2018 19:30 & 03/11/2018 12:30.

In the last week we have had 5 reports of vehicles broken into and in the majority of cases property taken. Locations were Lyddington, Glaston & Market Overton x 3. Entry in all cases was gained by smashing vehicle windows.

Events

Beat Surgery on the Hopper Bus on 10th November between 11:00 & 12:00.

Beat Surgery at The Potting Shed Café, Ashwell, on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00

Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 16th November between 11:00 & 12:00

Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00

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Extortion ScamCyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam. Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims’ password to install spying malware on the victims’ computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails? Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

What will you be buying online this Christmas? –The lead-up to Christmas is a time when, for many of us, our spending soars. This year, even more of us will be taking advantage of the choice, convenience and best prices that we can only get online … whether it’s those special presents, a festive break or that outfit that’s sold out on the high street. Unfortunately, however, November and December are also the busiest time for fraudsters – who exploit the fact that you’re distracted and will do anything to find a bargain.

We’ve come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams such as fraudulent shopping websites, fake goods, convincing phishing emails and ads for offers that are too good to be true.

    • Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know, however desperate you are to buy. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. The safest way to pay for anything is by credit card.
    • Make sure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with very similar spelling to the authentic one.
    • Ensure that payment pages are secure, by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.
    • When you’ve finished paying, log out of your account. Simply closing the page may not do this automatically.
    • If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to @actionfrauduk at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

#safechristmas  http://www.getsafeonline.org/christmas More next week.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dark mornings and dark afternoons

It’s just gone 6pm and already dark outside! A dark and empty house can be a target for burglars, use timer switches to turn on lights while you are out. Be sure to alternate the times and lights that you use. Check outside lights are in working order too! 💡

Lock up and light up to beat the burglar.

Timer switches are available from Rutland Police or any large store

local Crime Alert

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF

Local Crime Alert

Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft in New Rd, Belton. Unknown person(s) have taken an Ifor Williams P6 trailer from rural location. This incident occurred between 11/10/2018 15:30 & 26/10/2018 20:00.

One report of a burglary business and community in Oakham Rd, Hambleton. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by forcing a rear door and taken property. This incident occurred between 28/10/2018 23:30 & 29/10/2018 07:00.

Events

Beat Surgery on the Hopper Bus on 10th November between 11:00 & 12:00.

Beat Surgery at The Potting Shed Café, Ashwell, on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00

Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 16th November between 11:00 & 12:00

Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 16th November between 10:00 & 11:00

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‘Lock up and light up’ – that’s the message from Leicestershire Police as the winter months draw in and nights fall darker.

The force has launched its annual Darker Nights campaign aimed at providing tips and advice to residents on how to prevent their homes from being targeted by thieves.

Burglaries tend to peak throughout October, November, December and January and as the clocks have now gone back communities within Leicestershire are being encouraged to review their home security.

Leicestershire Police’s Inspector Simon Preston said: “The message around this campaign is really simple and clear… Lock up Light up.

“This time of year we routinely see an annual spark in burglary. Alongside ongoing operations delivered by the force, we are advising everybody to think about the security of their home and follow our crime prevention advice.

“Leaving a house in darkness acts as an open invite to thieves so make sure your home is locked up and lit up as the evenings get darker.”

Our advice to residents is:

  • Be pro-active by having good window locks and strong deadlocks on doors and locks on garden sheds
  • Always lock doors behind you and remove the key from the lock. Hide keys away from doors along with other valuables including handbags, car keys and cash
  • Consider investing in light timers which are inexpensive, widely accessible and give the impression someone is home. You can buy light timers at most DIY stores or here at the Police Desk and ensure they are set for the hours you will be out during the evening
  • If you’re going on holiday or away for a long period of time, avoid posting about being away on social media and tell a trusted neighbour how long you will be away for
  • And, always ask yourself: Is it locked up? Is it lit up? Is it secure?

The Darker Nights campaign also focuses on business theft too with most store break-ins occurring at night as the darker evenings provide burglars with more opportunity to break into businesses.