RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief, we have had two reports of the theft of secured bicycles in Gaol St & Station Rd, Oakham. These incidents occurred between 09/01/2018 06:11 & 09/01/2018 18:20.
One report of criminal damage to a dwelling in Woodland View, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have launched a ball bearing at an upper window causing it to shatter. This incident occurred between 07/01/2018 21:00 & 10/01/2018 11:47.
One report of criminal damage to a dwelling Aveland Rd, Ketton. A small double glassed pane of glass in the porch at the front of the property has been broken. This incident occurred between 12/01/2018 10:00 & 13/01/2018 10:30.
One report of theft from a field in Main St, Little Casterton. Unknown person(s) have taken a battery supplying power to an electric fence. This incident occurred between 12/01/2018 19:00 & 13/01/2018 09:00.
Beat Surgery at Costa Coffee, Oakham on 17th January between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at Cottesmore Church Café on 18th January between 12:00 & 13:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 26th January between 10:00 & 11:00
Oakham & Barleythorpe – Not that one burglary is acceptable but over the last 30 days that is what we have had in Oakham and Barleythorpe. A big reduction from the previous two months. Officers continue to patrol areas that have been affected and we are working with our counterparts within Leicestershire Police and Neighbouring Forces. Please remember to lock those front and back doors and leave a light on or maybe two.
Rutland North/South – We will continue to tackle issues with targeted High visibility patrols on both Rutland North and Rutland South beats. With the use of the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) camera, which is being used for Op Galileo and to target those who come into our county to commit burglaries. Since the arrest and charge of persons in connection to these breaks, we have since have seen a decrease over the last month. We are working closely with the local residents and farmers who continue to help our efforts and offer support to this issue and ask that if anything suspicious is seen to report through 101.
Uppingham – We will continue to tackle these issues with targeted High visibility patrols throughout the 4 Rutland beats. We will use the new ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) camera to target the increase in Burglaries in the area. On the South of Rutland we have arrested and charged a person in connection with a number of burglaries. We are working closely with the local residents and farmers who continue to help our efforts and offer support to this issue and ask that if anything suspicious is seen to report through 101.
Fake NatWest text messages appearing in message threads – We have received reports about fraudsters sending out a range of messages purporting to be from NatWest that lead to websites harvesting personal banking information.
Fraudsters are using specialist software which alters the sender ID on the message so that it appears as if it’s come from NatWest, adding it to any existing message threads on the recipient’s phone.
If you already bank with NatWest and had a legitimate message from them in the past this could easily catch you out. It seems to be targeting individuals regardless of whether they are customers of NatWest or not.
If you click on the link you’ll be taken to an exact replica of the NatWest website that asks for sensitive personal information including full name, address, contact details, PIN and debit card numbers.
This is known as smishing. Smishing is when criminals pretend a message is from your bank or another organisation you trust. They will usually tell you there has been fraud on your account and will ask you to deal with it by calling a number or visiting a fake website to update your personal details. Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialling 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.