Local Crime Alert

Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in Harborough Close, Whissendine.  Unknown persons have damaged vehicle tyres. This incident occurred between 20/11/2019 21:00 & 21/11/2019 08:07.
One report of burglary residential to a secure dwelling in Mount Pleasant Hill, Whissendine. Unknown persons have gained entry by smashing a rear window and have taken property. This incident occurred between 21/11/2019 12:39 & 21/11/2019 12:39.
One report of burglary residential to a secure dwelling in College Close, Great Casterton. Unknown persons have gained entry by smashing a downstairs window and have taken property and a vehicle. This incident occurred between 22/11/2019 08:30 & 22/11/2019 11:49.
One report of theft in Burghley Close, Great Casterton. Unknown persons have removed vehicle registration plate. This incident occurred between 21/11/2019 16:30 & 22/11/2019 13:30.
Two reports of theft in Ryhall Rd, Great Casterton. Unknown persons have removed vehicle registration plate(s). These incidents occurred between 22/11/2019 07:30 & 22/11/2019 14:45.


Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 29th Nov between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 7th Dec between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 12th Dec between 15:30 & 16:30
Beat Surgery at Ketton Hub on 10th Dec between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Buttercross, Oakham Market Place on 21st Dec between 14:00 & 15:00

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Tips for Safe Xmas Shopping Online
Making payments – It’s a good idea to use a credit card rather than a debit card when you’re shopping online, and ideally use one with a low credit limit so that if the details of your card do get compromised, the damage that can be done by a high-spending hacker before you can block the card is limited. Also, using a credit card gives you more protection if a retailer goes bust or the goods don’t arrive or are faulty. Keep a sharp eye on your statements and alert your card issuer if you spot anything you don’t recognise. Also considering using PayPal if it’s offered as a means of making a payment: PayPal offers dispute resolution processes, and it also means that the seller won’t see your card details. Never pay by direct bank transfer.

Be careful about wi-fi – Avoid using public wi-fi if you can: you’re at risk from ‘evil twin’ websites set up by hackers to intercept passwords and credit card details, and you’ve got no guarantees that whoever set up the public wi-fi hotspot did so in a way that makes it secure and protects you. If you must use public wi-fi to do online shopping, consider using a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN sets up a private, encrypted and secure link between your device and the website, stopping hackers from intercepting your data and also protecting your privacy. And it’s best to use a paid-for VPN: free ones can be slow or insecure.

Use your mobile phone instead of public wi-fi – If you’re planning to take your laptop to the library or a coffee shop to do your online shopping, use your mobile phone’s data connection to get online rather that the public wi-fi. You might need to check with your mobile provider that you can use your data allowance to tether your laptop to your phone, but once you’ve ascertained that you can, it’s easy to do. In Android, go to Settings, then Network & Internet, then Hotspot & tethering. On the next screen, toggle the button to On, and you’ll also be able to change the hotspot name and also choose a different password if you don’t want to use the one it sets for you. On iOS, go to Settings and then tap Personal Hotspot and toggle the button on. You’ll then see your phone’s name in your laptop’s wi-fi and you’ll be able to connect to it as if it were an ordinary wi-fi hotspot.

Less is more – Be careful about how much information you give away when you create an account with an online retailer: look out for the asterisk (*) on web forms that tell you when you must fill in the details. Obviously they’ll need your name, your address, an email address and your payment details, but many sites also try and collect additional information, such as perhaps your clothing size or an additional phone number. That helps them understand who their customers are, but there’s no need for you to hand over that information if you don’t want to

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
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Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

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