Crime Prevention.

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Information, Articles, and Events relating to Crime Prevention.

Suspicious behaviour – Uppingham

The following vehicle was seen behaving suspiciously in the Uppingham area, where men in a blue Transit van KR55ZMO, shown below, seen checking gardens and going through a skip.  No direct evidence of theft, but if seen please pass to Police using 101.  If you suspect they have committed a crime dial 999.

Neighbourhood Watch Tackle Car Crime With New Campaign


Due to Covid-19 and repeated lockdowns, people haven’t been using their cars as much as they used to. However, car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes(1). The latest figures from the Police National Computer (3) indicate car crime decreased during Covid-19 restrictions but with the expectation of social restrictions soon easing we could see a surge in car crime. Neighbourhood Watch are launching a new campaign on the 31st March to encourage everyone to keep their car’s safety top of mind.

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says “Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked.  There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn’t always correct.  Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it.  This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods.  The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate (3) we’re reminding everyone to leave your car locked, lit and empty.

The thumb-stopping social campaign launching on the 31st March will provide car users with three quick steps to increase protection of their vehicle and direct them to our website to find out more. The key messages of the campaign are:

  • Leave your car locked
    A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. (2)
  • Leave your car well-lit
    80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night.(2) Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves.
  • Leave your car empty (or with no items on show)
    Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself.

Hayward-Cripps continues “Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instil the habit of double-checking where and how you’ve parked with our three simple steps: leave it locked, lit and empty. As a local charity with a trusted voice in the community, we’re asking everyone to proactively support their neighbours and friends by sharing our three steps with three others. By spreading the word, we’re confident we can crack down on car crime which can be deeply distressing and debilitating for its victims.”

The campaign launches on all Neighbourhood Watch Network’s social channels on Wednesday 31st March.  Please look out for our launch email and follow us on our social channels (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn) to help spread the message within your communities.

For more information please contact our Senior Communications and Digital Manager Deborah Waller on

Data sourced from:

  1. ITV, 2020
  2. ONS data
  3. OPAL and Police National Computer 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK (The national umbrella charity for watches across England and Wales)
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Fraud Alert – Phishing Email Re Penalty Charge

Please be aware of a Fixed Penalty Notice scam which is current circulating.

The email, which claims to be from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, tells people that they must pay a fine for failing to pay the fee for using their vehicle on a certain road.  It suggests that the amount payable will increase if the fine is not paid within 14/28 days.  It then asks you to click on a link to make the payment.

This is a typical phishing email, designed to convince you to click on the link and give away personal and sensitive information.

We advise you to never click on any links from unsolicited emails.  If you think it might really be from an organisation you have an existing relationship with, such as your bank, double check.  Go back to something you can trust.  Visit the official website, log in to your account or phone them direct using a trusted number.  Don’t use the links or contact details in the email you have been sent.

If you think you have received a suspicious email, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at

If you have already responded to this scam and lost money, contact your bank and report the crime to Action Fraud on 0330 123 2040 or online at

Stop – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests.  Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Message Sent By
Gillian Fleet (Police, Preventing financial fraud officer, Lincolnshire