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Thames Valley Police Alerts

3 Days Until The Open Day

It is 3 days until Thames Valley Police’s Open Day.

This year is extra special as the force is celebrating the work it has done for the past 50 years.

Here’s a quick reminder of some of the things that will be happening throughout the day:

·         Arena displays from the public order team with the mounted section.

·         A chance to meet and have a chat with officers and their horses.

·         See the force helicopter and meet the pilots.

·         Hear from staff and officers in specialist talks – what is it like to be on the other end of a 999 and 101 call? How does it feel to be at the centre of complex major crime investigations?

·         Children’s fancy dress competition – wear your best police themed costume to be in with the chance of winning a prize.

To help ease congestion please plan you arrival, you can view our What’s On timetable attached to this alert.

There is no admission before 10am and last admission is at 3.30pm for a 4pm finish.

Make sure you follow the signs directing you to the event.

Parking is on a first come first served basis.

The event is accessible to wheelchairs and only assistance dogs are permitted on site.

Bag searches will be taking place, please only bring essential items with you.

Food will be available to purchase; cash only.

In anticipation of hot weather, please be prepared with water and sun protection.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Event Address:

Police Training Centre,

Sulhamstead,

RG7 4DX

Changes To Rural Policing

This alert contains important information about changes to Rural Policing in the Wokingham Borough.

 

Firstly, for those not aware, last month our dedicated Rural Crime PCSO, Suzie Carr retired from Thames Valley Police. Suzie was a crucial part of setting up the Rural Crime initiatives that we currently have in the Wokingham Police area and was a very well-known face representing the police within the rural community. Although grateful for the fruitful work that Suzie started, Bracknell and Wokingham Police have now reviewed the area’s rural policing strategy as a whole to better reflect the current crime patterns and national changes to policing. Any changes will hopefully have minimal impact on the area while maintaining a policing presence within rural communities. Most significantly, instead of having a sole rural PCSO, each neighbourhood will have a PCSO Specific Point of Contact (SPOC) who will receive detailed training and intelligence that relates to their rural roles. Although there will always be the traditional contact methods to speak with the police, rural communities will also be able to communicate with their SPOC’s directly. Sergeant Matt Foskett remains the rural crime lead on the area.

 

We have been pleased to welcome Bill Dance back to the chairman role of the Rural Crime Action Group. The group continues to welcome new members and will promote the needs, views and suggestions of the rural community to the police while offering support with crime reduction, prevention or detection initiatives. If you would like to become involved with the group or would like an issue raised by the group on your behalf, please contact your local rural PCSO who’s details are listed below.

 

The Rural Crime Action group also has a supply of covert and overt crime prevention equipment that can be installed at vulnerable rural premises. This equipment can be installed free of charge for a trial period at suitable locations. Again, if interested, please contact your SPOC.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite comments from the community about how you feel the police, community and RCAG could work more closely and productively whilst managing the national reductions in police officer numbers. If you do have any proposals about how you feel rural policing can be improved in your area, please feel free to get in touch.

 

Your new rural SPOC’s are:

Finchampstead & East Wokingham :   Craig.Byant@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Swallowfield & Southern Parishes :     Daniel.Fallis@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Twyford & Northern Parishes :            Daniel.Taylor2@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
 

Sergeant 2516 Matt Foskett 

Scam Alert - Fake British Gas Emails

We’ve had an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Advice To Motorists In Bracknell And Wokingham

Thames Valley Police has seen an increase in thefts from motor vehicles within the Bracknell and Wokingham areas recently.

Opportunist thieves often walk down streets with parked cars and pull the car handles to see which have been left unlocked.

Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take less than 10 seconds for a thief to steal items such as clothing, cash, mobile phones, laptops and portable satellite navigation systems.

With the recent warm weather, we would like to remind motorists to take a few simple steps to protect their property:

  • Remove everything of value from the car including loose change and sunglasses - even a jacket left on view can tempt a thief
  • Make sure that the windows and sun roof are closed
  • Always double check that your vehicle is secure by pulling the door handles before you leave it
  • Store your vehicle ownership documents at home and not in the vehicle itself
  • Using theft resistant number plates can make your number plates less attractive to thieves
  • Avoid giving your car keys to children to play with. They will often inadvertently press the buttons, leaving your car unlocked

To report a theft from a vehicle or to provide information that may help police to identify offenders, please contact Thames Valley Police online or by calling 101.

Watchout For These Fake Linkedin Emails

We’ve received multiple reports about these fake LinkedIn emails. They claim that your LinkedIn profile has appeared in multiple searches and provide links you can click on to get more details. These links lead to malicious websites designed to steal your personal and financial details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Twyford Neighbourhood Policing Team update - from PCSO Mike Soones

Summer is now in full swing and with it brings temperatures of up to 33°! Whilst you have been working hard, at school or going on holiday and topping up your tans, the Twyford NHPT has been hard at work tackling issues within the community from anti-social behaviour to local thefts & robberies.  We are delighted to report that anti-social behaviour in the local area has decreased and we are receiving fewer calls regarding this; however, we still urge residents to report any suspicious activity to the Neighbourhood Team.  If you believe there is a crime in progress, please call 999; otherwise please report your concerns on our website www.thamesvalley.police.uk or by calling 101.   

To prevent thieves spoiling your summer, please follow these simple steps:

  • Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out.  
  • If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or be sure that they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
  • When out in your back garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
  • Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
  • Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools and ladders can be used by a potential offender to break in to your home.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting, a visible alarm or CCTV cameras to deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in flowerbeds can help.
  • Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
  • Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPCV doors are fully secured with a key.

Theft from Motor Vehicles

We have seen a rise in thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks, most commonly with vans. We urge residents to report any suspicious activity to the Neighbourhood Team and to safeguard their own vehicles by following the below advice:

•Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended.

•Always take precautions and lock your car.

•Make sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes.

•Make sure nothing is left on display in your car.

•Never think leaving items in the boot or the back of a van is safe, who is to say someone didn't see you leave them there?

•If you do own a van, be aware that these are very easy to break into so ensure to add additional security, especially if you have high-value tools in the back.

•Try to park vans against a wall or garage door so that the back doors can’t be opened.

 

Parking

We have had numerous complaints regarding commuter parking in many of the residential roads in the vicinity of Twyford Train Station. Wokingham Borough Council are now responsible for the parking issues and thus will be issuing the tickets. Thames Valley Police only issue tickets for obstructions. Also be aware that if there are no parking restrictions in the area of the vehicle, then we do not have any powers to deal with them and it will have to be dealt with via the local council. You can report parking issues to them at www.wokingham.gov.uk

In regards to school parking, we are aware that at times, parking around schools can be dangerous and implore people to park with courtesy and thought. We do cover a large area which includes 10 schools so cannot always have an eye on the situation, which is why the support of the local community is invaluable.

Going away on holiday

It’s the time of year where people are travelling overseas to the enjoy the sun and sand and although we would all like to think our homes will be safe while we are away, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and do a few basic checks to ensure our homes are as safe and secure as possible.

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radio or TV on when it goes dark
  • Put any newspaper or milk deliveries on hold
  • Use the Royal Mail's 'keep safe' service - they keep your post for up to 2 months. Post sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away.
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on social networking sites - burglars can use any information you post to their advantage

Contact us

You can contact your local neighbourhood team at TwyfordNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk – please note this email address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters.

If you do not have access to email, you can contact us via the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101. In an emergency, where a crime is progress or there is an immediate threat to life, always call us on 999.
Twitter - Follow us on Twitter via @TVP_Wokingham

To receive free information updates about your area from Thames Valley Police you can register for Thames Valley Alert at: https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/

Unauthorised Encampments

At this time of the year we traditionally see a rise in the movement of unauthorised encampments. We would like to ask the rural community to take the time to look over all entrances and exits from your land and make sure it is secure.

 

Prevention advice

Remember to consider planning regulations and environmental issues before implementing measures and to ensure that the measure affects only your land and not that of neighbours or the highway. You should seek advice on these aspects.

 

Review your vulnerability

Look at the perimeter of your land and with a critical eye consider how you would go about getting onto it with a vehicle and trailer. Don't forget trespassers have been known in the past to remove ineffective barriers and to bridge gaps!

 

Mounding

Mounds are formed using rubble or hard-core as a base finished with topsoil then planted or grassed. These can add to your landscaping and do not need to be ugly. Strategically placed they can prevent access to the perimeter, infill gaps between trees and other obstacles and can border gating which protects but preserves your authorised access.

 

Ditching

This method can be combined with mounding with the spoil being used for the mounds. Remember to consider drainage implications. Bear in mind also that ditches can and have been bridged, they can however be effective in filling gaps in your perimeter.

 

Obstacles

There are a wide variety of obstacles that can be used; they can be effective in plugging gaps in an otherwise secure perimeter where authorised access is not required. They should be of such a nature that they cannot be readily moved even with towing equipment. These can be a cheap option utilising such things as concrete filled tyre stacks however these can be unsightly, large tree trunks or boulders can be more sympathetic. You should make sure that what you choose does not detrimentally affect the visual amenity of the area otherwise you could end up being required to remove or alter them.

 

Fencing

There are many fencing options on the market to choose from. Steel palisade fencing is among the most effective but costs may well be a factor. Wooden fencing is more pleasing to the eye but it can be more vulnerable to damage. The spacing of posts should take into account the width of the vehicles that may attempt access.

 

Gating

You can protect your own authorised access points with strong robust gates, preferably metal. Remember to use toughened steel padlocks and 'boxing in' the padlock housing helps to prevent them being forced using angle grinders etc. Remember also to ensure that the gate cannot simply be lifted off at the hinge end!

 

Height Barriers

These are usually combined with gates and can be fixed or swing and padlocked to facilitate authorised access. Again toughened steel padlocks boxed in are advisable for a swinging barrier. The height should be configured so as to deter the average caravan trailer.

Heatwave Advice - Beat The Heat

With the prolonged increase in temperatures set to continue across the Thames Valley this week, please follow this important advice from Public Health England on how to ‘Beat the Heat’ and stay safe.
 

Keep in touch

·         Look after yourself, older people and the young

·         Listen to weather forecasts and the news

·         Plan ahead to avoid the heat

Keep well

·         Drink plenty of water

·         Wear a hat, light scarf & light, loose cotton clothes

·         Slow down when it is hot and avoid extreme physical exertion

·         Top up your sun cream throughout the day

Find somewhere cool

·         Keep your home cool

·         Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

·         Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm

·         Don’t leave pets unattended in vehicles

 

For more information on how to cope in hot weather please visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave. If you or someone you know is feeling unwell please contact the NHS on 111 or visit your GP.

Force Open Day On Saturday 18 August

This summer, Thames Valley Police (TVP) will once again be opening its doors to the public for its annual force open day.

As this year marks 50 years since the formation of TVP, the force will be celebrating the work it has done for the past half a century.

Join us on Saturday 18 August at our Training Centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading (post code RG7 4DX) between 10am and 4pm.

There will be something for everyone as stalls showcase what TVP has to offer. Some of the highlights include:

·         Arena displays, including the public order team combined with the mounted section

·         Children’s fancy dress competition – come dressed in a police themed costume to be in with the chance of winning a fabulous prize

·         Pat and chat with the mounted section – A chance to meet officers and their horses

·         See the force helicopter and meet the pilots

·         Learn about different departments such as the Forensic Investigation Unit and FISO (Force Intelligence and Specialist Operations)

·         Visit the police museum

·         Hear about what it is like to be on the other end of 999 and 101 calls in our specialist talks, also including how it feels to be at the centre of complex major crime investigations

As at past events, TVP will be raising money for two worthy charities. This year, these are Mind Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and the Police Dependants Trust.

After the record breaking 8,000 visitors last year, organisers have been working hard to improve access to the event.

This year there will be two entrances for visitors at South Drive and White Lodge.

Due to this, it is important that visitors follow the signs to the event. The roads will be busy and narrow country lanes can make it difficult to turn around if you go the wrong way.

Car parking is available on a first come, first served basis and will open from 9.30am. Only assistance dogs are permitted, visitors who arrive with dogs will be turned away and dogs must not be left in cars.

On entry to the event bag searches will be taking place.

The event, which has free entry, starts at 10am with last entry at 3.30pm for a 4pm finish.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event and celebrating 50 years of TVP.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter channels for further information in the lead up to the event.

Alert - Rise In Fake Amazon Emails

These fake emails are after your Amazon login details!

We’ve had an increased number of reports about these fake emails purporting to be from Amazon. The subject line and content of the emails vary, but they all contain links leading to phishing websites designed to steal your Amazon login details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.​​​​​​​

Shed Break-ins In Wokingham

Offenders have recently been targeting sheds and garages in the Wokingham area. We would like to ask everyone to please keep an eye out for anything suspicious and call 101 if you see anything.

I have attached a shed security self-assessment that may be of use!

Why Sheds?

Opportunist thieves identify sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures.

The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

 

What can you do?

Many people fall short on basic security of their sheds.

Please make sure you:

• Keep your shed in good condition

• Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door

• Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed

• It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with

• By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.

• Bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Fit grilles or mesh to windows to slow down the thief.

• Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use

• Install a shed alarm

• Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultraviolet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA, Smartwater or engravers.

• Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points

• If building a shed, put it where it is most visible to you and neighbours

• Ensure ladders are locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they can’t be used to reach top floor windows

• Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a thief to carry away

• Fit a wire cage inside the shed where more expensive items can be locked away.

No thief wants to hang about longer than they have to so delay the time it will take!

Open Water Safety Advice

During the summer months and in particular in hot weather, Thames Valley Police would like to remind our residents of the dangers of open water. Open water includes ponds, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, quarries, docks and beaches.

It is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely and sensibly.

Spot the dangers

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

The dangers of water include:

•    very cold temperatures
•    strong hidden currents
•    steep slippery banks – making it difficult to get out
•    deep water – which can change and be unpredictable
•    hidden rubbish or objects, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
•    there are no lifeguards
•    it may be polluted and may make you ill

Make sure you:

•    stay out of water unless you know it's safe
•    don’t jump into the water from heights, e.g. bridges
•    have access to safety equipment 
•    never enter the water alone
•    never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
•    look out for warning signs and advice in the area
•    keep dogs on leads when you are walking near water
•    avoid walking or running near water in the dark

If someone is in difficulty in the water reassure them, shout for help and call the emergency services on 999

For more information on water safety visit the Royal Life Saving Society website

Theft From Purses In Wokingham

Thames Valley have seen a spate of handbag dipping in Wokingham town centre over the last few weeks Please report any suspicious circumstances to store security or contact police on 101 (emergency 999). Thames Valley Police's Bracknell and Wokingham Neighbourhood teams have purse bells to give out so if you would like one please contact your local team here.

 

Crowds, noise, aching feet and demanding children can all make shopping stressful. But whatever’s going on around you, be sure to stay alert – opportunist thieves are always on the prowl. Please follow the below advice when shopping:  

  • Never leave your bag unattended in shopping trolleys or baskets, pushchairs or mobility scooters.
  • While walking about, keep your bag close to your body and closed at all times. Choose one with zip fastenings and keep your valuable items well hidden inside, out of easy reach of pickpockets. Keep the bag closed/zipped up.
  • Bells can be attached to your purse that will jingle to alert you if someone takes it out of your bag. You can contact your local neighbourhood team for some.
  • Keep the amount of valuables in your bag to a minimum – avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • In restaurants and cafes put your bag on your lap or on the floor between your feet with your foot on the strap. Alternatively place the strap through one leg of the chair.
  • Be mindful of distractions, thieves working in pairs may attempt to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag or its contents. 
     
    If your purse is stolen, please ensure you contact you bank as soon as possible to cancel your bank cards.

Culture And Tradition Are Not An Excuse For Abuse

Today (2/7) we’re launching the next phase of our Hidden Harm campaign, this time asking everyone to open their eyes to honour based abuse (HBA).

 

Thames Valley Police has dealt with 1,200 cases of HBA in the past four years, however these are just the incidents and crimes we know about – it’s likely that many more go unreported.
 

That’s why we’re running this campaign - to raise awareness of this type of abuse and encourage people to come forward and report their concerns.
 

HBA is any type of abuse committed to ‘defend’ the perceived ‘honour’ of a family or community.

There are a number of different ways this can manifest itself. For example; someone may be abused by their family for being in a relationship with a person of the same sex or from a different culture, they may not want to take part in an arranged marriage or they may be simply wearing clothing or taking part in activities not considered ‘traditional’.

The abuse doesn’t have to be physical, it can be emotional or sexual and may involve threats of violence, false imprisonment, stalking, forced marriage and in some cases, even murder.

Anyone can be a victim of honour based abuse – it’s not about religion. It’s to do with beliefs and customs and an expectation that an individual should behave in a certain way or they will bring shame or dishonour on their family or the wider community.

Culture and tradition are not an excuse for abuse. If you suspect someone you know may be a victim of HBA or you are being abused yourself, please contact us either on 101 or 999 in an emergency. There’s lots of ways we can help and keeping people safe is always our top priority.

More information about the campaign and honour based abuse, can be found by searching #HiddenHarm or visiting the Thames Valley Police website – www.thamesvalley.police.uk/hiddenharm.

Launch Of New Victims First Service

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has today launched “Victims First” as a new service for victims in the Thames Valley who are struggling to cope with the impact of a crime .

Victims First is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and provides free tailored emotional and therapeutic support to all victims and witnesses of crime, as well as family members of victims (if they require it). 

The service allows for one front door for all victims in the Thames Valley who require support and is available regardless of:

•    Crime type
•    Whether or not the crime has been reported to the police 
•    Whether they were a victim of a recent or historic crime
•    Wherever the crime happened.

Anybody who needs support can access it through:
Tel: 0300 1234 148
Website: www.victims-first.org.uk 

You can follow us on Facebook where we have lots of information on crime types, crime prevention and support available:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victimsfirstTV/ 

More information on the launch of Victims First can be found on the Police and Crime Commissioners website or follow this link: https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/news-and-events/thamesvalley-pcc-news/2018/06/new-service-launches-to-support-victims-of-crime-in-the-thames-valley/

Ram-Raids On Rural Businesses In Wokingham

 

We would like to make you aware that there have been two recent images of burglaries on rural businesses across Wokingham where the offenders have gained entry to the premisis by reversing a car into the door.

A Black Honda CR-V has been reported around the location during the time the burglary took place. We would like to remind you to remain alert and report any suspicious activity to Thames Valley Police on 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You will not have to give your details or attend court.

Crime prevention advice can be found on https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-business/rural-crime/

Watch Out For These Fake Texts About Your Ee Bill

Courier Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud. 
 

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest; 
 

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.

- Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.

- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

 

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine. 
 

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect Yourself


Your bank or the police will never:

- Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.

- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.

 

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud 
 

Stay in control

If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

 

For more information about how to protect yourself online visit

www.cyberaware.gov.uk  and www.takefive.stopfraud.org.uk  

Twyford Neighbourhood Policing Team update 

At last the lighter evenings and warmer weather are finally with us! As lovely as it is for Spring/Summer to be here it can bring with it an unwanted problem that effects the whole community - anti-social behaviour. Last summer we received a high number of reports of this with regards to a few individuals using the youth shelter in King Georges Field, Hermitage Drive and The Grove. The small group that were responsible for this behaviour were identified by the neighbourhood team. If you do see any incidents of this nature please report this on 101 so that we are aware of it and can respond accordingly.  

Theft from Motor Vehicles

We have seen a rise in thefts from motor vehicles in recent weeks. We urge residents to report any suspicious activity to the Neighbourhood Team.  If you believe there is a crime in progress, please use 999 to report it to us; otherwise please report it via the non-emergency number 101 to help with ongoing enquiries.  We urge residents to safeguard their own vehicles by using the advice below.

  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended.
  • Always take precautions and lock your car.
  • Make sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes.
  • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car.
  • Never think leaving items in the boot is safe, who is to say someone didn't see you leave them there?

Parking

We have also had numerous complaints regarding commuter parking in many residential roads in the vicinity of Twyford Train Station. Wokingham Borough Council are now responsible for the parking issues. Thames Valley Police only issue tickets for unnecessary obstruction.

School Parking – the team cover a very large area which includes 10 schools and we endeavor to patrol as many of these as possible to make sure everyone is safe.

Going away on holiday

It’s the time of year where people are planning to go on holiday and with all the excitement that comes with this, home security might not be top of your list. Please have a good look around your home and garden to see if your home security is up to date and to give yourself time to make any adjustments that need to be done which will give you peace of mind that your property is safe. Make your home look like someone is living in it:

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
  • Use the Royal Mail's 'keep safe' service - they keep your post for up to 2 months while you're away. Post sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away.
  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites - burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage

Contact us

You can contact us via the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101. In an emergency, where a crime is progress or there is an immediate threat to life, always call us on 999. E-mail – You can contact your local neighbourhood team via TwyfordNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk – please note this email address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters. Twitter - Follow us on Twitter via @TVP_Wokingham

To receive free information updates about your area from Thames Valley Police you can register for Thames Valley Alert at: https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/

Theft Of Tools From Garden Sheds In Wokingham

Thieves have recently been targeting sheds and Garages in Wokingham, mostly stealing tools and gardening eqipment. We would like to ask everyone to please keep an eye out for anything suspicious and call 101 if you see anything.

I have attached a shed security self-assessment that may be of use!

Why Sheds?

Opportunist thieves identify sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures.

The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

 

What can you do?

Many people fall short on basic security of their sheds.

Please make sure you:

• Keep your shed in good condition

• Fit a closed shackle padlock to the door

• Fittings should be bolted through the door and any screws concealed

• It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with

• By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts, together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.

• Bond any window glass in with mastic to prevent easy removal. Fit grilles or mesh to windows to slow down the thief.

• Ensure all equipment and tools are locked away when not in use

• Install a shed alarm

• Post-code or mark all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultraviolet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA, Smartwater or engravers.

• Install security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points

• If building a shed, put it where it is most visible to you and neighbours

• Ensure ladders are locked to a secure fixture in the shed or garage so they can’t be used to reach top floor windows

• Chain large items such as bicycles together, making it much more difficult for a thief to carry away

• Fit a wire cage inside the shed where more expensive items can be locked away.

No thief wants to hang about longer than they have to so delay the time it will take

What you need to know about phishing

Summer Burglary Advice

The Bracknell and Wokingham Neighbourhood Policing Teams would like to remind their residents that now
the weather is brightening up and the sun is shining people become complacent when it comes to their home security. The most common cases of opportunist summer burglary involve offenders that:
 

  • enter an insecure front door while residents are in the back garden
  • enter doors that are closed but unlocked at night while residents are asleep
  • reach through  windows to take valuable items
  • Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or any information to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
  • For general crime prevention please visit : www.thamesvalley.police.uk
  • Encourage family, friends and neighbours to sign up to receive TV alert messages atwww.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk
  • Register your valuables at www.immobilise.co.uk

 

 A number of burglaries that take place in the spring and summer months, entry is gained through insecure windows and doors, especially at the rear of the property.
 

  • Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
  • If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
  • When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
  • Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
  • Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
  • Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
  • Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.

Sheds :
Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.
 

  • Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
  • It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
  • By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
  • It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
  • Ensure all tools and equipment is locked away when not in use.
  • High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
  • A shed alarm can also be installed.

Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.

  • If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.

Going on holiday:
 

  • Make your home look occupied.
  • If you're out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.
  • Ask a neighbour if they don't mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied.
  • Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.
  • Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
  • Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Leave important documents and valuable personal items with other family members or a bank.

Double-check that you've locked all outside windows and doors. Set your burglar alarm

FIFA 2018 World Cup Alert

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018. The worldwide demand for match tickets, flight tickets, and somewhere to stay throughout the competition is expected to be significant. Those planning to travel should exercise caution when considering the purchase of tickets or accommodation because the event is highly likely to be targeted by fraudsters looking to take advantage of unsuspecting fans.

Fraudsters will likely be posing as;

- Official World Cup ticket vendors or private individuals attempting to sell on a match ticket via online marketplace.

- A fraudulent website or operator offering non-existent flights or other transport to host cities.

- An accommodation booking service, hotel or operator, offering seemingly convenient accommodation in one of the host cities for the duration of the game.

- Lottery or competition organisers claiming that you’ve won a prize or cash related to the tournament.

 

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself: 
 

  • Listen to your instincts: If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Fraudsters will use the promise of steep discounts to lure you into handing over your money or revealing personal/financial details.
  • Clicking on links/files: Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details, and never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  • Visit the Action Fraud website and take a look at their Ticket Fraud, Holiday Fraud and Lottery Fraud advice pages before making any decisions or bookings.
  • For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

Importance of Dog Microchipping

Having your dog microchipped can make a lot of difference when looking for and trying to identify a missing dog.

 

Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age.

 

Each microchip has a unique number that must be registered on a Government approved database along with information about your dog and you as its owner. If your dog is not registered on one of these databases you can be fined.

 

It is important that the information is kept up-to-date so that if your dog does go missing, you can be contacted at the correct phone number or address.

 

Reporting it to the police as soon as possible is also important, including making us aware of the microchip number so we can record this on our database. This will make it easier for us to identify any dogs that are found and check to see if they have been reported as missing or stolen.

 

It is also recommended to record the loss or theft of your dog online using sites dedicated to finding lost and stolen dogs. Often these sites work with police and other organisations, such as local Neighbourhood Watch Groups and Vetinary practices, to try and find them.

 

More information on microchipping your dog can be found on the Governmentwebsite.

 

In 2016, the Dogs Trust recorded that 9,000 stray dogs were reunited with their owners due to having a microchip with up-to-date details.

 

The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) also reported that in 2017, 11% of dog owners did not realise that it was a requirement by law to have their dog microchipped and a further 7% had not updated their details when they needed to.

Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments and Fake Endorsements

Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.


The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent “company”. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.


Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying “I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam”. The full article can be found here; https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2018/03/13/martin-lewis-spread-word-dont-believe-scam-bitcoin-code-bitcoin-trading-ads/?_.


Similarly these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.

  

What you need to do
 

  • Don’t assume it’s authentic: Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: A genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
  • Stay in control: Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser – never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.
  • Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

Magazine Advertisement Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.

 

A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies. 
 

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.

 

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.

 

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

 

Protection Advice:
 

1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

 

2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.

 

3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.

 

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.

 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All contact is then severed with the seller.

 

It is important to remember that selling anything could make you a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those offering sofas, large furniture and homeware are particularly vulnerable.

 

Protection Advice

 

• Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.

 

• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a sale.

 

• Listen to your instincts.  Criminals will try and make unusual behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.

 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

 

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.

How you can help keep children safe online

For the past couple of weeks, we have been raising awareness of online child abuse as part of our Hidden Harm campaign.

The internet is a huge part of most of our lives, especially for the younger generation, and while it brings a great deal of positive opportunities unfortunately it can be misused by some people.

It’s therefore really important that we all understand the risks associated with being online and take some simple steps to help keep children safe:

 

  • Understand the types of social media available to children and young people including age restrictions - take a look at Net Aware, developed by the NSPCC and O2, which can help you explore the sites, apps and games that they use most.
  • Know what your child is doing online and talk to them about it - no matter how old they are it’s important to have regular conversations about the types of sites they’re accessing, what the dangers are and how they can stay safe. The NSPCC’s Share Aware pages gives some good advice on how to start these conversations.
  • Set up and manage parental controls on all your family’s devices - watch our videos on how you can quickly and easily do this on a PS4 and Xbox One. You can also call the free NSPCC and O2 Helpline on 0808 800 5002 to chat to an expert advisor.
 
  • Reassure your children that they can talk to you about anything that is worrying them - we can all do our best to keep children safe online but sometimes things can go wrong, so it’s important that they know where to go should this happen. Encourage them to talk to you or alternatively contact Childline on 0800 1111 for free confidential advice and support.

For more information about the signs of online child abuse and the force’s Hidden Harm campaign please visit our website - www.thamesvalley.police.uk/hiddenharm.

Appeal for information relating to theft of tools from vehicles

This message is to make you aware that there has been a rise in Thefts from Motor Vehicles in the Bracknell and Wokingham area and to ask for any information.

Thieves have been targeting unattended vans and work vehicles which have been full of power tools and equipment.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed a black Audi/Skoda or a silver Ford Galaxy acting suspiciously in the area.

If you have any information relating to this case, please call our 24 hour call centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the independent charity “Crimestoppers” anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are asked for or recorded so you will not attend court


Crime prevention advice for van drivers 

  1. Park your vehicle in a secure area (in a garage or behind locked gates, if possible).
  2. If you can’t, park in a well-lit street in easy view of your own or neighbours’ houses.
  3. Where possible, remove valuable items from the vehicle overnight and store them in a secure place.
  4. Do not leave tools or equipment on view inside the vehicle.
  5. Consider fitting an appropriate alarm system, protecting the cabin and load areas.
  6. Apply a security marking product to power tools and equipment (further details available on request). Alternatively, etch or emboss identifiable marks to these items.
  7. Consider installing secure storage containers or lockers in the van to store tools in.
  8. Ensure that the van doors are securely lockable and consider having suitable deadlocks installed.
  9. Make sure to physically check that the van doors and windows are locked if you have used the remote to lock the vehicle, even if the feedback indicates the van as locked.
  10. When visiting businesses, try to park close to the entrance and preferably in the view of CCTV
  11. Log your property for free at www.immobilise.com

 

Thames Valley Police would advise you to remove any tools or valuables from your vehicles at night or when not in use.

Action Counters Terrorism - Report suspicious activity and behaviour to tackle terrorism

Thames Valley Police and Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) urges the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity.

Communities defeat terrorism. With the enduring terrorist threat, it is now more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Your actions could save lives. 

Don’t worry about wasting police time. No call or click will be ignored. What you tell the police is treated in the strictest confidence and is thoroughly researched by experienced officers before, and if, any police action is taken.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Remember, trust your instincts and ACT. Action Counters Terrorism.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: “It is vital for the public to know that no matter how small the matter might be, if you think it is suspicious and you have concerns, report it.

“Counter Terrorism Policing South East will take all information seriously, any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Communities are the key to defeating terrorism and you can help us prevent terrorism and save lives through your actions.”

How can I report?

Reporting is quick and easy. You can report in confidence online via our secure form:www.gov.uk/ACT. Alternatively, you can call the police confidentially on 0800 789 321.

All reports are kept confidential and you can report anonymously. 

In an emergency always call 999.

What should I report?

Like other criminals, terrorists need to plan. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour – anything that seems out of place, unusual or just doesn’t seem to fit in with everyday life. 

Some examples of suspicious activity or behaviour could potentially include: 

Research

Do you know someone who looks at extremist material, including on the so-called Dark Web, or shares and creates content that promotes or glorifies terrorism? 

Have you noticed someone embracing or actively promoting hateful ideas or an extremist ideology? 

Meetings, training and planning can take place anywhere. Do you know someone who travels but is vague about where they’re going?

Do you know someone with passports or other documents in different names, for no obvious reason?

Gathering materials

Suspicious materials can be ordered online as well as in store. Have you noticed someone receiving deliveries for unusual items bought online?

If you work in commercial vehicle hire or sales, has a sale or rental seemed unusual?

Have you noticed someone buying large or unusual quantities of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders for no obvious reason?

Have you noticed someone acquiring illegal firearms or other weapons or showing an interest in obtaining them?

Storing materials

Terrorists need to store equipment while preparing for an attack. Have you noticed anyone storing large amounts of chemicals, fertilisers or gas cylinders?

Have you noticed anyone storing illegal firearms or objects that could potentially be weapons?

Hostile Reconnaissance

Observation and surveillance help terrorists plan attacks. Have you witnessed anyone taking pictures or notes of security arrangements or CCTV?

Financing

Cheque and credit card fraud are ways of generating cash. Have you noticed any suspicious or unusual bank transactions?

If you’d like more information or resources, visit www.gov.uk/ACT or follow Counter Terrorism Policing on social media: 

Help us tackle online child abuse

“You don’t have to do anything anyone online tells you – whether you know them or not”.

 

This powerful message from a victim of online child abuse is at the heart of the second phase of our Hidden Harm campaign, which we’re running in partnership with the NSPCC.

 

Over the next three weeks we will be raising awareness of online child abuse, particularly around online grooming and sexual exploitation.

 

To mark the launch of this phase of the campaign, we’re sharing the true story of 12-year-old Ellie who built up a friendship via social media with someone claiming to be a 15-year-old boy.

 

The person she was speaking to was in fact a man in his forties who ended up sexually assaulting her numerous times. Watch Ellie’s story on our website.

 

Detective Superintendent Nick John, Head of Thames Valley Police’s Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said: “Ellie’s story is a powerful example of how something as simple as accepting a friend request from a person you don’t know online can escalate into something with serious consequences.

 

“The internet is a huge part of most of our lives, especially for the younger generation and, while it brings a great deal of positive opportunities, unfortunately it can be misused by some people.

 

“This campaign isn’t about scaring people or telling them not to let their children use the internet. It’s about making everyone aware of the potential risks associated with children being online, ensuring they can spot the signs that may indicate a child is being abused and educating everyone on ways we can all help to keep them safe.

 

“Keeping children safe from harm is everyone’s responsibility and we are very pleased to be partnering with the NSPCC for this element of the campaign.” 

 

Please follow the campaign via @ThamesVP on Twitter and the Thames Valley Police Facebook account using #HiddenHarm.

 

More information on the campaign, and the signs of online child abuse, can be found on our website – www.thamesvalley.police.uk/hiddenharm.

NFIB Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. 
 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims. 
 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days. 
 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused. 
 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

 

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service athttp://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

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.

Burglary Update

The number of burglaries around the area are continuing.  Predominantly the rear doors are being forced and thorough searches are being done in the houses including going into the loft, security lights are being ripped out and blinds and curtains are being opened presumably to keep a look out.  Jewellery and cash are the main items stolen.  These offences are occurring late afternoon to early evening (1600-2100) and although they are across Wokingham, a large proportion have been in Earley or Winnersh.

 

Patrols and police investigations are continuing 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Phishing - How to protect yourself

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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Sunday 9 September

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Sunday 16 September

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Sunday 23 September

11.15am sung Holy Communion (BCP)

 

Sunday 30 September

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