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Thames Valley Police Alerts

New Bath Road Twyford

Country Watch message:
New Bath Road, Twyford 16-18th February – we have received two reports of ducks being taken and some injured with marbles fired from a catapult.  Bales of straw have also been stolen.  Other incidents involve a pig needing medical treatment after being shot with marbles and lead pellets. 
If you have any information which could assist the police with their enquiries please ring 101 quoting Ref: 43180049707
Thank you.

Help keep your children safe online

The internet is a fantastic place for young people to learn, play and socialise but it’s vital that they’re aware of its dangers and how to stay safe.

 

Here’s a few tips to help your child stay safe online:

·         Make sure your child knows what personal information is and that they’re share aware

·         Ensure you understand the social media your child is using. If you don’t know your Roblox from your Snapchat or are getting in a Twitch trying to keep on top of the social media networks your child is using, visit the Net Aware website

·         Follow the NSPCC’s TEAM approach:

o    Talk – to your child/children about staying safe online, what worries them and you about them being online, the emotional aspects of social media (jealousy, self-esteem etc.)

o    Explore their online world together

o    Agree rules about what is ok and not

o    Manage parental controls on all your family’s devices.

o    Repeat – make it part of everyday life

 

If you need help setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings or need advice on social networks call the free O2 & NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5002.

 

If you fall victim to cyber crime or experience an attempted scam report it toAction Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

For more information and advice visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk/pyw.

Increase in burglaries crime prevention advice

We would like to highlight some Crime Prevention Advice considering there is a continuing number of burglaries around the area:

Crime Prevention Advice:

  • Keep front, back and side doors locked, even when you’re at home
  • Keep side gates locked
  • Install CCTV – think doorbell camera or sensor lights
  • Lock advice: Consider fitting additional or secondary locks or for added security new locks,ideally the new/replacement lock/cylinder should be a “3 star cylinder” Lower cost solutions are available such as a “1 star cylinders” fitted into “2 star handles”. The critical thing for all residents is “no lock protrusion”; for those competent in DIY it’s important to buy the right sized lock, ensuring the external dimension is measured accurately (accounting for designed offset). It’s better to have a professional locksmith install it for you, as uPVC doors frequently have multipoint locking mechanisms that are easily damaged for those that are uninitiated.
  • Ring the police if you hear the sound of glass smashing – it maybe someone breaking into your neighbours house

  

We urge residents to remain vigilant and if you witness any suspicious activity please report it to the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 but ring 999 if you think something is happening to someone's house and together we will aim to reduce the number of victims of burglary.

Flight Ticket Fraud Alert

Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.
Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays. 

Prevention Advice:

  • Pay safe: Be cautious if you're asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.
  • Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
  • Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.
  • Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.
  • If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, atwww.abta.com.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Latest update from PCSO Daniel Taylor from the Twyford Neighbourhood Policing Team

Twyford Neighbourhood Update, February 2018

2018 is now fully underway and for anyone visiting the shops, you’d be forgiven for thinking Easter has already arrived!

January 2018 has seen a number of burglaries taking place across the area. Jewellery has been a particular target and we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of securing homes and contents as best you can. The harder the target, the less likely offenders will want to try. You can greatly reduce your risk of burglary by taking a few simple security measures. Ensure front and back doors are strong and secure and lock them even when you’re at home and ensure all windows are fitted with a lock. Mark your belongings and register them for free at www.immobilise.com. Lock side gates to prevent easy access to the rear of the property and fit energy efficient security lighting.

Spring is just around the corner which means the sowing season is close. Unfortunately this also means the traditional increase in burglaries involving sheds, allotments, gardens and all associated paraphernalia. Ensure garages and sheds are secured with strong padlocks and hardware and that doors are strong enough not to be kicked in.  You can also secure tools and machinery with anchor posts and install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm.

January has also seen a number of Road Traffic Collisions across the area, often occurring during inclement weather. Risks can be significantly reduced if we are all aware of our surroundings and drive to the conditions.

Anti-social behaviour also continues in fits and starts around Twyford and work continues within the neighbourhood team and other agencies and organisations to identify all persons involved and take appropriate action.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our members of the rural community for joining us on Operation Outpost. Outpost focuses on the rural areas and crimes that specifically target, or occur in, rural communities. It gives an opportunity for Officers and members of the community to crew together and better understand what the community are looking out for and how we can help each other to reduce rural crime.

Finally, hope you all enjoy February and Pancake Day, and we will write again in March!

Contact us

Please call us on the non-emergency number 101 or email Twyfordnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note this email address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters. In an emergency, where a crime is in progress ir there is an immediate threat to life, please call 999.

If you have information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Twyford Police Station is open Wednesday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm and is manned by volunteers. They are there to answer any queries and pass messages to the rest of the team.

To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. You can follow us on twitter via @TVP_Wokingham

Officers now have the ability to create and send Thames Valley Alerts instantly enabling timely updates of emerging crime patterns. This is a free service allowing you to receive crime alerts and information about where you live. To register please go to www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.

Please Help Us By Providing Feedback

It is that time of year again when we ask you to provide some valuable feedback about updates to the Neighbourhood Alert system that powershttps://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.  I sincerely hope that since you registered on 13/10/2016, you have found the system and messages helpful and easy to use?

Based on the feedback we had from thousands of members, we made a huge change at the end of 2017 and updated the email layout to what you see here.  I promised in December that after a few weeks I would ask for your feedback regarding this change and this is your opportunity to give me what for!

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May and it means that we also need to double check that you feel informed and confident that we are managing your data responsibly and with your consent.  You will hear a lot more from me regarding this over the next few months but for now, this survey asks some important questions about how you feel we manage your data.

I am incredibly grateful that you continue to use the Neighbourhood Alert system.  We are ten years into this project and twenty four police forces now use it which makes us the largest community messaging system in the UK. 
 
We can only do what we do with your involvement, support and interaction so please keep rating messages, take a moment to give feedback when you see that survey button below and please be assured that we do this to help the Police and partners keep you safe.

Please take a few minutes to complete this annual survey by clicking the button below.

Assistance for vulnerable missing people - Herbert Protocol

A new tool to help find missing people with dementia was launched earlier this week in partnership with search and rescue teams across the Thames Valley.

The Herbert Protocol is a form to record key information about a person with dementia. This should be completed by carers or family members in case they go missing. 

Memory problems are one of a number of symptoms that people with dementia may experience, this can lead to feelings of confusion, fear and vulnerability and consequently can result in a person going missing.

Adopting the Herbert Protocol will help to ensure that the police and partner agencies, including the volunteer search and rescue teams, have the best possible information should someone with dementia go missing and a search needs to be conducted to find them.

It will help avoid any unnecessary delays as the right information is immediately available. The form may include if the person is on medication, favourite places they like to visit or key people they know.

Det Supt Nick John, Head of Protecting Vulnerable People, said: “The Herbert Protocol seeks to reduce the harm suffered by people living with dementia who go ‘missing’ by ensuring that the information needed is readily available to help inform the risk assessment and the search by the police and partner agencies, including the volunteer search and rescue teams.  I would strongly urge carers, whether family members, private carers, or care home staff, to adopt the protocol by completing the Herbert Protocol form in advance.”

Download the form and find out more information about the Herbert Protocol.

Phantom Debt Fraud Alert - January 2018

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

 

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK. 
 

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website; https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx 
 
Protect Yourself
  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
  • If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.
You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visitingwww.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Residents advised to secure jewellery following series of burglaries in Bracknell and Wokingham

Thames Valley Police has issued crime prevention advice following fifteen recent burglaries in the areas of Bracknell and Wokingham.

The incidents, which are believed to be linked, took place between 10 and 21 January and have resulted in various pieces of high value jewellery being stolen.

Incidents have occurred in Binfield, Bracknell, Finchampstead, Lower Earley, Sandhurst, Winnersh and Wokingham.

Investigating officer, Clare Hickman based at the Loddon Valley Investigation Hub, said: “Following our investigations into a number of recent burglaries, we are advising residents in the Bracknell and Wokingham areas to secure any valuable or sentimental jewellery that they may have at home.

“All high value jewellery should be secured in a hidden safe. You should be discrete when wearing expensive jewellery in public, and be cautious about showing any valuable items on social media.

“Make sure that your jewellery is properly insured, and photograph each piece being worn to prove that it belongs to you.”

More advice about protecting your home and belongings is available on the Thames Valley Police website: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/

Avian flu latest advice and guidance

Cases of bird flu have recently been confirmed in Dorset and Warwickshire, which has resulted in a national response led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

At this moment in time no cases have been reported in Hampshire or the Thames Valley region.

For the latest update, including the current situation and advice for bird owners, please visit the DEFRA website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2017-to-2018

Wild Birds
If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the DEFRA helpline 03459 33 55 77.

Police may then collect some of these birds and test them to help understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in the different types of bird. 

Burglaries in the local area

Reading Road (house number 460’s odd) Winnersh 11 Jan – attempted burglary, someone tried to break in by smashing the glass pane in the back door, may possibly have been disturbed by a neighbours dog barking which happened 1200-1300.  Ref: 80011138

 

Reading Road (house number 450’s odd) Winnersh 16 Jan 1500 – 2115  - house broken into by forcing the lock and every room searched, even the bath panel was removed.  Ref: 80016264

 

Birchmead Winnersh 11 Jan 18:30-20:38  - French doors at the back of the house forced open and house searched, bedrooms searched and Asian Gold jewellery stolen. Ref 80011285

 

Laurel Cottages Road Winnersh 14/15 Jan – overnight Sunday into Monday, someone has attempted to break into a house, there is damage around the from door and around the lock but they have been unable to break in.  Ref: 80015280

 

The Delph Earley 12 Jan 17:30-18:18 – burglary last Friday evening, conservatory window has been damaged and the lock on the door forced.  Upstairs searched and Asian gold and other jewellery stolen.  Ref: 80012324

 

Beech Lane Earley14 January 15:50  -  The lock on the door forced to break in, house searched and cash and jewellery stolen. Ref:  80013815

 

 

Roberts Grove Wokingham 12 January 18:50-18:57 - First floor window forced open to break in (this is a bedroom window that opens out onto the garage roof)  and then house searched, items of jewellery stolen.  The alarm was activated which alerted neighbours who contacted police.  One neighbour saw a man enter the house and then 3 men where seen running infront of the house.  They then jumped over the fence into Blagrove Close/Drive. Ref: 80012346

 

Barkham Road, Wokingham 15 Jan 0800-1930  - daytime burglary, rear doors found open, the house had been searched and the only item stolen was a watch left on the bedside table.Ref: 80014971

 

Affray in Barkham Road, Wokingham  Friday 12 January 1800-1830 – a fight took place between a group of 10-15 youths outside NISA local on Barkham Road in which one person, a 14 year old girl was assaulted.   Description of the offenders: 5 females - 4 between 13-18 years of age and one wearing a khaki green coat with a fur hood, one wearing a dark puffa coat, one wearing a wearing white coat, the other unknown. and one female between 30-40 years old also wearing a white coat.

 

If you have any information which could assist the police with their enquiries please ring 101 and ask to speak to PC Ben Taylor (PC 7892).

  

Kestral Way Wokingham 16 Jan 21:00 – on Tuesday evening a house was broken into, the lock on the front door was forced and they searched everywhere including locked filing cabinets.  Items stolen included cash, jewellery and a watch.  They made off through the kitchen window and into the back garden jumping over fencing to get to the pathways. Ref: 80016248

 

Norris Green Woodley 14 Jan 12:00-15:00  -  on Sunday afternoon the door of a house was forced to break in, they then searched inside stealing Euros.  Ref: 80013725

 

Headley Road East Woodley 16 Jan 16:10 – during the afternoon on Tuesday 2 men were seen trying to break into a house. When they realised someone was in the house they ran out and one person saw men running from the house and getting into a grey Audi RS3 which was waiting in the doctors surgery car park Ref: 80015985

 

We need your help – there have been at least 10 burglaries whereby locks have been targeted by either snapping or smashing the lock case to remove the lock, mainly on rear doors and houses searched including going in the loft, removing bath panels and also ripping out security lights. These burglaries are happening late afternoon to early evening (1600-2100) and they have been across the area, Wokingham, Winnersh, Earley, Woodley.  There are a number of things we need your help with?

 

If you live near any of the above roads, would you check your CCTV and see if anything could help police with their enquiries.

 

We believe a grey Audi RS3 is being used, possibly with 3 men in it.  If you see a parked up grey Audi RS3 please ring the police – we would rather get telephone calls to check out where this car may be than continue with burglaries around the area – your help is vital to let us know when such a car could be in your road.

Ring the police on 101

 

How Residents can help the police: 
 

  • If you see or hear anything suspicious ring the police on 101.
  • If you see something happening to someone’s house and you think someone may still be there ring 999.

Appeal for information following two burglaries - Lower Earley

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following two burglaries in Lower Earley on Wednesday 10 January. 

Between 15:30-19:00 a burglary occurred in Eriswell Close and between 18:10-19:10 in Skelmerday Way. 

Entry was gained at the rear of the house in both burglaries and cash and jewellery were taken.   


Investigating officer, DC Barry Johns is appealing for any information that could help with this investigation. 
If you have any information relating to these cases, please call 101 quoting reference 43180010061 (Eriswell) or 43180010027 (Skelmerday).

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Twyford Neighbourhood Policing Team update

PCSO Jackie Daniels PCSO Jackie Daniels

Twyford Neighbourhood Update, January 2018

Happy New Year!!

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Happily we enjoyed a safe Christmas and New Year period with minimal incidents impacting on our community. There had been a degree of increased Anti-Social Behaviour around the King George V Playing Field in the week following Halloween, which unfortunately escalated to several instances of damage. We are continuing to work to identify those responsible where damage has occurred.

We have been working in partnership with schools and parents to highlight the serious consequences of this type of behaviour. Our messages appear to have been taken on board by the pupils and our team will continue to keep an eye on them.

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PC Tracy Mills has settled in and is getting out and about to support the local community.

In the run up to Christmas there has been another wave of thefts from motor vehicles throughout the Bracknell & Wokingham LPA. Many of these involve vehicles being left insecure overnight. The lights may flash when pressing the fob, but please test the doors to make sure they have locked.

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Please also give a thought to preparing your vehicles for winter.

Ensure batteries are in good condition, anti-freeze is topped up and there is a good amount of tread on your tyres. For those who must be out on the road in freezing weather, consider carrying tyre chains and snow shovels in addition to your normal boot kit.

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With the darkness falling earlier and the cold weather close behind, we would ask everyone to be aware of their surroundings and their neighbours.

I’m sure most are aware of the recent incidents in Woodley and Winnersh. We are continuing to support our colleagues in Woodley with high visibility patrols in areas popular with dog walkers, and this includes locations in the Twyford Neighbourhood area. If you see us out and about, please do stop for a chat.

With this in mind we would be grateful if you could give thought to helping us find you. From the road it can be very difficult for the emergency services to see house numbers. Identifying a property in an emergency by knowing whether the house numbers are increasing or decreasing could be the difference between life and death.

Please give a thought to using reflective numbers on your property and turning on lights to help us find you as quickly as possible. The same principle applies when out and about. Wherever possible please use high visibility clothing or use removable reflective strips when out walking or riding and consider taking a torch with you.

For parents, we appreciate that dark clothes and a hoody might look more fashionable than hi-vis jackets and reflective patches, but we’d much prefer your children were visible rather than a shadow cycling along dark roads. Please help to encourage your children to use lights and reflective clothing at night.

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Contact us

Please call us on the non-emergency number 101 or email Twyfordnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note this email address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters. In an emergency, where a crime is in progress ir there is an immediate threat to life, please call 999.

If you have information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Twyford Police Station is open Wednesday 2pm - 6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm and is manned by volunteers. They are there to answer any queries and pass messages to the rest of the team.

To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk. You can follow us on twitter via @TVP_Wokingham

Officers now have the ability to create and send Thames Valley Alerts instantly enabling timely updates of emerging crime patterns. This is a free service allowing you to receive crime alerts and information about where you live. To register please go to www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.

Community Policing Awards 2018 - Nominations Now Open

Nominations open today (9/1) for this year’s Community Policing Awards.

The Community Policing Awards take place each year at a ceremony held at Eynsham Hall near Witney in Oxfordshire, in May. This ceremony is now in its seventeenth year and provides an opportunity to recognise and nominate the work of officers, staff and volunteers who have made the greatest contribution to their community over the past year.

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their role? Someone who you believe should be recognised for their hard work and efforts over the last year? Could you provide an example of how they have exceeded what is expected of them?

Winner of Berkshire Community Police Officer 2017, PC Lucy Brydon, said on receiving the award: “It’s great to have the recognition that you’re doing a good job and it’s particularly special that the nomination came from the victim themselves. I feel very passionate about helping people and trying to make a difference for them. To receive a nomination and recognition for my work is a surprise but something I am grateful for.”

There are seven categories this year:

·         Do you know a neighbourhood police officer who has made a difference to your community? Nominate your Community Police Officer 2018

·         Can you think of a PCSO who has made an outstanding contribution to your community? Nominate your Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 2018

·         Do you know a Special Constable who has gone above and beyond to serve your community? Nominate your Special Constable 2018

·         Do you know someone who has helped to improve diversity in your community?Nominate your Diversity Champion 2018

·         Do you know a cadet who supports fellow cadets, shows initiative, supports community events, is committed to and is an advocate for the police force?Nominate your Cadet 2018

·         Do you know a volunteer who actively supports the police and volunteers to work within a team in Thames Valley Police? Nominate your Volunteer 2018

·         Do you know a volunteer who assists with community concerns and enforcing the law? Nominate your Community Volunteer 2018

 

Don’t miss the chance to nominate your local hero, nominations close on February 26.

For more information, please visit our website.

Get involved in policing in your community

We’re starting 2018 by asking more members of the public to get active and involved in policing matters affecting our communities in Thames Valley.

We want you to have your say about what matters most to you - working with us to identify priorities and solve local issues.

Anyone can contribute to local policing, regardless of age or background.

You don’t have to have a lot of time to spare or commit to travelling long distances – we’ve got a role to suit everyone. You can even get involved from the comfort of your own home.

Below are just a few ways you can get active in your community:

  • Community Forums: Open to all members of the public, Community Forums are held both online and in person at times to suit everyone. They let you have a say on what matters most to you, enabling us to work together to solve issues in your area. Watch our video for more information.
  • Independent Advisory Groups: Independently chaired by members of the community, IAGs meet four times a year and help shape the way we work and the service we deliver. IAG members represent their communities, sharing their views on policing issues affecting local people and challenging them when necessary.
  • Cadet Leaders: Our Cadet Leaders help inspire and support our young Police Cadets, developing their skills and confidence. They assist with weekly meetings as well as supporting activities and events in the local community. Cadet Leaders need to be over 18 and able to commit to one evening a week with some additional hours when required.
  • Fraud and Cyber Crime Prevention Volunteers: Work closely alongside officers and staff to help raise awareness and understanding of fraud and cyber related crime, arranging and attending events as well as offering advice and guidance to both members of the public and businesses.

You can apply for the above roles via the vacancies section of our website.

For more information about all the ways you can get involved visit our website or follow our #ActiveCommunities campaign on social media.

Fake Government Grants Fraud Alert

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

 

To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

 

Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.

Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.   
 

Pre-paid credit cards

 

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme. Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.

 

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.

 

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.

 

How to protect yourself:

 

Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

 

What to do if you’re a victim: 
 

  • If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. 
     

The information contained within this alert is based on information from gathered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).  The purpose of this alert is to increase awareness of this type of fraud. The alert is aimed at members of the public, local police forces, businesses and governmental agencies.

Equipment and tool security

To help protect your property, here’s a link to a useful video explaining the importance of property marking - find out how to do it and why it’s so important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPnDwgcxy-4&list=PL1wqkFUHxKq562GEmXkTqGxCSxoKhwIm0&index=3
 
Don't forget you can also help to protect valuable items by:
• Locking equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
• Investing in a secure storage toolbox
• Installing a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
• Always locking vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession
• Keeping expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
• Using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors
• Registering your tools and equipment for free with Immobilise at www.immobilise.com

More rural crime prevention advice is available on the Thames Valley Police website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-business/rural-crime/

Tackling rural crime with the Kubota off-road vehicle

Did you know... the Kubota is just one of the tools we have available to tackle rural crime? You can learn more about this versatile off-road vehicle in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etXBlvRDGVg&list=PL1wqkFUHxKq562GEmXkTqGxCSxoKhwIm0&index=1

Important notice from Thames Valley Police regarding explicit video circulating on social media

We are aware of an explicit video involving a child which has been distributed via social media. This is currently under investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.

If you have received this explicit video on Snapchat, Instagram or by any other means you must delete it immediately. If you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people you could be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate and consider prosecution.

The people in the video have been identified and specialist police officers are supporting them to ensure their safety.

If you have any knowledge or relevant information related to who shared this video or how it was distributed, please contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101 as soon as possible.

Children who have been affected by this video are encouraged to speak to their parents, teachers or a trusted adult or can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 for further support.

Further advice for both children and parents about how to stay safe online is available on the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command website:https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Shopping Online Safely

Next phase of ProtectYourWorld campaign launched

Building on the success of last year's campaign, this week the force is launching the next phase of the #ProtectYourWorld campaign. This aims to raise awareness about cyber crime, as well as encouraging residents and businesses to take action to protect their online worlds and to make a report if they fall victim.

This includes a new video highlighting the various ways we are all at risk of becoming a victim  of cyber crime every day and giving helpful advice to avoid this happening.

Employment Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.

 

Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.

In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.

 

How to protect yourself: 
 

  • Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.
  • If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.
  • Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.

 

What to do if you’re a victim: 
 

  • If you think your bank details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.
  • Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.
  • Warn the operators of the job website you used that their site is being used by fraudsters.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.ukor by calling 0300 123 2040.

Vehicle Crime Prevention

Following a number of Theft from Motor Vehicle offences across the area, we would like to offer some vehicle crime prevention advice. 

Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can be prevented by taking simple security measures. Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it is locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car. 

Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you. 

For extra security:
Fit a car alarm
Use a steering wheel lock
Get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
Always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view 
When stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
Take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads 
Don't leave items in the glove compartment
If you have a garage, use it

Phishing - How to protect yourself

Modelling Jobs Advanced Fee Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that Fraudsters have been setting up fake adverts on social media (including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and job browsing websites to dupe people into believing they are recruiting for prospective models.

Once victims show interest in the job, the fraudsters contact potential victims on the false promise of a modelling career and subsequently advise the victims to come in for a test shoot.

The fraud can then potentially be carried out in two ways;

Firstly, the fraudsters can pressurise the victims in sending an upfront fee to book a slot for the test shoot. Once they have received the upfront fee, the victim will never hear from the fraudsters again.

The second possible method is that the fraudsters will take the advance fee that the victim sends for a photo shoot and arrange a photo shoot with the victim. After the photo shoot, the fraudsters will contact the victim after a few days and convince them that their shoot was successful and offer them a job as a model. The victim will then be asked to sign a contract and pay another upfront fee, usually to secure the modelling contract.

Fraudsters are also creating fake adverts for supposed modelling opportunities for children which do not exist. Fraudsters will inform parents or guardians that a potential career in modelling awaits their child. This tactic convinces the parent or guardian to sign up their child and send an advance fee.

The suspects will also convince the victim that in order to become a model, they will need to have a portfolio. The fraudsters will recommend a number of packages and stress that if a package is not paid for in advance, the process of becoming a model cannot continue.

Over a two year period (September 2015 – August 2017), an average of 28 reports of advance fee modelling frauds have been received per month by the NFIB. In August 2017, 49 Action Fraud reports of this fraud type were received and may continue to rise. The total loss in August 2017 alone was over £71,000.
 

Tips for staying safe:

  • Carry out your own research prior to paying any type of advance or upfront fee.
     
  • Be wary if you are asked to pay for a portfolio, as many legitimate agencies will cover that cost.
     
  • Don't give your bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out your own research on the relevant agency.
     
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Do you have CCTV and Crimestoppers

Why we are asking who has CCTV?

The use of CCTV in private residential properties has seen a significant increase in recent years and cameras in and around the home have become a common site.

 

Sometimes images captured on your CCTV are helpful to crime investigations.

For example, if there has been a burglary in a road we would like to contact anyone with a CCTV within the vicinity and ask if they have any images. This can help to catch the offenders and make your community safer. If you do have CCTV we would like you to register this with Thames Alert so we can contact you if required.

 

What we need you to do:

People registered on our Thames Valley Alert system can ‘tick a box’ which lets us know you have CCTV – we already have your contact details.  You can do this 2 ways:

1.  Use the reply button on this email to tell us you have CCTV and we will do the rest (mark you as having CCTV)

or

2. Log in to your account

Go to Community interests

Go to Other Community Contact

Tick the box which is: CCTV Operators/Owners

Go to save community interests

 CCTV – helping us helping you
 

Crimestoppers Trust is an independent crime-fighting charitable organization in the United Kingdom.

It can be a big decision to give information about crime, Crimestoppers guarantee your anonymity.

Crimestoppers operates the 0800 555 111 telephone number, allowing people to call anonymously to pass on information about crime.  No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 

By phone: 0800 555 111

Give information online: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online

Pet - Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely to not exist.
 

Tips to staying safe when purchasing pets:
 

  • Stay within auction guidelines.
  • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer.
  • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online. 
  • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it.
  • Agree a suitable time to meet face-to-face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist.
  • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary.
  • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed.
  • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding.
  • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders.
  • If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting  www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster. 

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visitingwww.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Little Book of Cyber Scams available now

We have joined up with the Metropolitan Police to produce our own version of the Little Book of Cyber Scams, to give information and advice to you and local businesses.

The 40-page booklet covers a wide range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, including malware and ransomware, social engineering attacks – where cyber crime is made possible by someone gathering data deceitfully in person, by phone or email – denial of service attacks and data leakage.

It follows the successful ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, now in its third edition, and can be viewed and downloaded via theThames Valley Police website.

While some of the information is targeted at businesses, the advice is relevant to all and we hope you find it useful. 

Warning - pre-recorded prank calls

There has been a recent rise of prank calls within Thames Valley. 
 The calls are pre-recorded generated responses giving the impression that recipients are actually speaking directly to someone.
 The calls are not all the same. However one of the main scenarios has been described as an angry Scottish man claiming you are stealing his Wi-Fi. 
 Sometimes there is a mobile phone number showing and other times the number is withheld. 
 It appears that these calls are predominantly targeting elderly and young people and can cause alarm and distress to the call taker.  

We urge people to take the following advice: 
 

  • Anyone with particular concerns can contact us on our Police non-emergency number 101. Otherwise ignore the call.
  • You can contact your local phone provider who may be able to put a block on these types of calls.
  • If you are getting calls at night you could put your phone on night mode or switch it off. 

Warning: if you received this e-mail…

If you receive an e-mail entitled ‘paedophile alert in your area’ or ‘sex offender map of your area’ from Neighbourhood Watch do not click on the link as it is fraudulent. 
 
If you receive the e-mail please report it to Action Fraud. 

Reminder: 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.

Protect yourself

  • 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 onlinehttp://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Be Aware of Emails Claiming "Buyer Protection"

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period). Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.
Protect yourself

Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

HMRC Tax Rebate Scam

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the nonexistent rebate.

Protect Yourself

Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

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Church Services

February

 

Sunday 25 February

11.15am sung Holy Communion (BCP)

 

March

Sunday 4 March

1115 Sung Matins (BCP)

 

Sunday 22  March

 (Mothering Sunday)

1115 sung Holy Communion (BCP)

 

Sunday 18 March

1115 Sung Matins (BCP)

 

Sunday 25 March

(Palm Sunday)

1115 sung Holy Communion (BCP)

 

Friday 30 March

(Good Friday)

12 noon said Matins

 

April

Sunday 1 April

Easter Day

1115 Blessing of the Font and Holy Communion

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