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This message is sent to make you and your members aware of a number of high value fraud offences that have occurred. Some were in the Bristol area including:
Victims had cold callers at the door and were persuaded that work needed to be done on the roof of the property. The victim went to the bank to withdraw a significant amount of cash to pay the callers in advance. However the bank staff thought it suspicious and reported the matter to the police.
Yesterday in Wells a resident received a telephone call from someone claiming to be from the Bank advising that their account had been compromised and advising to transfer the savings into a safe account. Victim did this and has lost £45,000.
Police urge extreme care with regard to any cold callers at the door, telephone callers and Emails from unknown sources. Do not have dealings with cold callers at the door. Do not give out personal information to anyone - please remember that official bodies such as banks will never telephone you at home and ask for your details.
If you are in any doubt call the police on 101 - and if you feel threatened or intimidated particularly by callers at the door then call the police using the 999 system.
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During the early hours of 7 January a shed at a property in South Barrow, Yeovil was broken into. Victim disturbed the intruder who made off. Nothing thought to have been stolen.
On 7 January theft of goods from a store in Castle Cary.
Overnight 5-6 January pedal cycle stolen from the driveway of a property in Greenway Road, Castle Cary
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Please note that there have been some instances recently where parcels delivered for individuals have been stolen. Of those the most recent have been:
A parcel delivered in Bridgwater and left in the porch at the front of the delivery address. Victim returned home to find the parcel missing.
A suspect took a delivery card in the name of the victim and collected a parcel in Weston Super Mare
Officers ask you to take care over the security of parcels being delivered. If you are not going to be home to receive them, try to find an alternative where they will be home. If you are buying on-line then many companies use a `click and collect' service with other more local businesses which can be convenient.
BCU30 07122017 Vehicle Crime
Over recent weeks there has been a large increase in vehicle crime.
Variety of vehicles targeted but in some areas theft from vans has been particularly high. The majority of these are privately owned or contract vans (as opposed to the corporate image vans). Unknown offender(s) have been breaking into the vehicles, mainly by smashing a window and stealing power tools.
We have also seen an increase in theft from cars. Items such as satellite navigation accessories and handbags have been targeted because they have been left on display inside the car.
We urge members of the public to follow the below advice :-
1. Make sure your vehicle is locked and secured before walking away - if you have an alarm on the vehicle make
sure it is set
2. Remove ALL valuable tools and powered equipment from vehicles
3. Do not leave any valuables on display no matter how small or insignificant they are
4. Remove the sat nav holder from the windscreen and wipe away the sucker smudge from the windscreen.
You can also register your personal property for free on http://www.immobilise.com
This is a free website whereby you can create an account for yourself. Register any property which has a unique serial number (I.e. mobile phones, laptops, power tools, sat navs etc.)
As always, please ensure you report all suspicious activity to 101, or 999 if crime is in progress.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - Vacancies - Independent Residents Volunteer Panel]Dear Resident:We require three Independent people to contribute to the development and effective discharge of the Independent Residents Volunteer Panel. Independent Persons sitting on the Independent Residents Panel are an important means of enhancing public trust and confidence in the review of complaint files against Avon & Somerset Police and the governance by the Police and Crime Commissioner.The role profile, person specification, candidate timetable, application form and supporting literature can be found on the PCC website (www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk) in the Take Part section. The closing date for applications is 16 January 2015.Please note: serving police officers, PCSOs, staff or volunteers of the Constabulary would not be eligible for this role.PS: to go straight to the applications page, try this link: http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/Vacancies.aspxIf you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - SOMERSET WEST - BCU006 28112014]This is a general message to schemes across Somerset.There has been a general increase in the number of thefts from motor vehicles recently. Some of these are occurring in shopper car parks, some in residential areas and an increasing number in rural car parks.These rural car parks are often in beauty spot areas and predominantly used by walkers during daylight hours. Vehicles have generally been left secure and access has been gained by breaking windows. Items left on display in such vehicles has been targeted - such as personal items, satellite navigation accessories and small change left in central consoles.Please remind members of this type of crime and ask that they not only keep vehicles secure, but remove temptation by ensuring they do not leave any items on display. No matter how inconsequential you think the item is, it could be too good an opportunity for the would-be criminal.BCU006If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - 7545 - Foiling the phone scammer]We are reminding people to be careful of phone scammers after several reports of bogus callers claiming to be police or security companies.There have several incidents in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire over the last month where residents received a call on their landline from someone purporting to be from either the police or a security company. An elderly couple in Clevedon, North Somerset, received a call from a man claiming to be from "The Crime Reduction Unit of the police". He was trying to persuade the couple to buy an alarm for £1.00 that would connect them to the local police and fire service. He also wanted to make an appointment to visit their home. They weren't sure about the man so they hung up and told their neighbour, who alerted police.In a similar vein, an elderly lady in South Gloucestershire was made aware of a potential scam after a friend received a call. When she then got a phone call herself she was prepared.She was called by a man who stated he was from a security company wanting to conduct a home survey. She asked for the proposal to be put in writing and for a letter to be sent with some literature to her so she could speak to her son, at which point the man put the phone down.PC Fin Simmons from Avon and Somerset Police said: "I encourage people to take care when they received unsolicited calls from people. The two ladies who received calls did exactly the right thing in trying to get the person to prove their identity. Reputable companies or genuine callers will be happy to prove who they are and provide identification."It's important to reiterate the more we talk about these scams, the more people are made aware of them the less likely they are to become victims. Please spread the word to your relatives, neighbours, colleagues and friends, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. "If you are unsure of anyone asking you for details, we would advise you to be overly cautious. There are some simple but effective measures people can take to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of these scams.". If someone claims to be from a company check their details, look at their website and see if they have any testimonials. . Call the company, but don't use a number the caller gives you. Look one up on the internet or in a phone directory. Before you make the call, either use a different telephone or wait for a dialling tone to ensure the bogus callers are not still on the line.. If the person claims to be from the local police, always ask for their collar number or staff I.D number. Every officer or staff member has one. You can then call 101 to check they are who they say they are. . Don't release any personal information including any bank details that could be exploited unless you have confirmed the caller is genuine and reputable and you actually need what is being offered. . The police and the banks will never ask you for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone. If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - Active Citizens Survey - Two days left!]Dear all, Thank you to the many among you who have completed Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens' 'Active Citizens Survey'! There are two days left to take part, so, if you haven't already, please consider giving up a few minutes of your time to help us shape the constabulary's service!Below, I attach the PCC's original email.Many thanks for your help,Andreas MuellerSenior Projects OfficerPublic Service and Local Policing,Strategic Service ImprovementTel. 01275 814536Dear resident,In March 2013 I issued Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Plan which set out my commitment to reducing the impact of anti-social behavior and preventing and reducing burglary, particularly by working with local residents and communities. Local 'Watch' schemes, such as Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speedwatch play an important role in contributing to this plan and, I am therefore very keen to hear your views about the scheme that you are involved in and the support you receive from the police. I would therefore be grateful if you could take time to complete this survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes. To access the survey, please copy the following url into the address bar of your web browser:http://www.consultation.avonandsomerset.police.uk/police/370326a9The attached is a printable version of the survey. If you are aware of members of your scheme, or other co-ordinators, who do not have access to the internet, you could:- print a copy of the survey for them OR- telephone Sergeant Paul White on 01275 816547. He will be able to send paper copies of the survey.The survey is confidential and will be used to inform the way that we work with schemes such as yours and empower communities to tackle the issues that most affect their area.I would like to thank you in advance for your support and involvement in your community. Your contribution is important to both myself and the Constabulary and you have my continued support. Sue Mountstevens,Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner* Please delete this e-mail if you are not a member of a local 'watch' scheme, such as Neighbourhood Watch, Community Speedwatch, Farm Watch, Rural Watch or Horse Watch If you have any queries about any aspect of the survey, please feel free to contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01275 816067 or by e-mail at email@example.com (FEEL FREE TO INCUDE CONSTABULARY DETAILS IF YOU HAVE A RELEVANT CONTACT)If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - PCC Police Public Forum, September, 2014]Sue Mountstevens your Police and Crime Commissioner will be holding her next public forum on Wednesday, September 10th from 1845 - 2100 at Fyfe Hall at the Trinity Community Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW.It's a chance for you to hear from Bristol's District Commander Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly, and to ask any questions to the PCC, Bristol's Commander and other senior police officers.If you would like to attend please register in advance by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pcc-public-forum-tickets-12287242473?aff=es2... or calling 01275 816377 so we can ensure a seat is reserved for you. If you have questions please email them ahead of the event to firstname.lastname@example.org . This will enable the PCC and senior police officers to bring the relevant information to the meeting and give those who cannot attend an opportunity to have an input.You can also tweet your questions to @AandSPCC using the hash tag #YPCCYVIf you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - SOMERSET WEST - G712 22082014]This is a general message to all schemes which you are welcome to pass to your members if you feel appropriate.The Neighbourhood Watch Office has now moved to the new police premises at Bridgwater and new contact details are as follows:Address: Lindsey StoneNHW Office, Local Policing Support Sandy Padgett HouseBridgwater Police CentreExpress ParkBristol RoadBridgwaterTA6 4RRTelephone: 01278-644799 or via the 101 numberEmail: email@example.comWe still have a few teething problems that are currently being dealt with so there may be some small interruptions to the general service. We do apologise for this but hope to keep disruption to a minimum. In the meantime if you have any queries relating to your Watch Scheme, please do not hesitate to contact Lindsey at the new office.If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2014]Hunt begins to find dedicated officers and staff for Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2014The search to seek out the best in local policing across the communities of Avon and Somerset has once again begun.Has your neighbourhood beat team made a difference in your community? Has a police officer, member of staff or volunteer helped you in some way and made a life changing difference? If so, then we want to hear from you and now is your chance to nominate them for a Neighbourhood Policing Award.Following the success of last year's awards, which received over 500 nominations from local people, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Acting Chief Constable John Long are asking residents for help in finding the 'Best on the Beat'.Nominate now - www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.ukThe awards recognise the outstanding work of the Neighbourhood Policing teams and individuals in the following categories:. Neighbourhood Beat Team of the Year. Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year. PCSO (Police Community Support Officer of the Year). Special Constable of the Year. Volunteer of the Year. Outstanding Customer Service AwardThe closing date is August 4, 2014. Nomination forms are also available in police stations and libraries.After this date an independent panel will select winners across the policing areas and an awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Cadbury House Hotel where an overall force winner for each category will be announced.Kind regards,Amber Thomas,Media and PR OfficerAvon & Somerset Police & Crime CommissionerIf you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - 7545 - Be prepared to deal with fraudsters!]Dear all,Last week the force had to deal with another example of a nationwide telephone scam which is preying on elderly and vulnerable people. A foreign sounding male contacted a taxi company in Taunton and ordered a taxi to go to the address of a vulnerable individual and take them to a post office or bank. They also requested the potential victim to ring them for further instructions, which would no doubt have caused them to part with a large amount of money. In this case, the fraud was narrowly prevented by the vigilance of the taxi driver, but we would like you all to be on the lookout for further offences. Please also consider those among your neighbours who may be more vulnerable than yourself. The force area has suffered a number of these 'courier fraud' offences, and in one case an unsuspecting victim lost £34,000!Below is a link to an article showing how Avon & Somerset detectives are fighting this type of crime: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/zephyr-act-to-stem-m...Crimestoppers have launched a special website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org/gameoffraud, with information and advice on how to avoid falling prey to a variety of types of fraud. Take their online quiz and find out if you may be vulnerable! If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - HEADQUARTERS - A&S 40th Anniversary Open Day]Dear all,Avon and Somerset Constabulary is opening its doors to Police Headquarters in Portishead to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.The free event runs from 10-4pm on Sunday 15th June (a great way to celebrate father's day!). There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy including displays by the mounted team, police dog demonstrations, live music, hot air balloon rides (up to 80' above Police HQ) and much more. Take the opportunity to travel back in time by visiting our re-created 1974 police station and a variety of vintage police vehicles.Special Guest Phillip Schofield will judge our very own Great British Police Bake Off, a showcase for the hidden culinary talents of police officers and staff from across the force. A fancy dress competition, open to all under 12s attending, will also be judged by Phillip Schofield, with great prizes to be won. The event forms part of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary's 40th Anniversary celebrations. On 1st April 1974, Bristol Constabulary, Bath and Somerset Constabulary and the Staple Hill division of Gloucestershire Constabulary merged to form Avon and Somerset Constabulary as we know it today.The HQ site at Portishead was opened by Princess Anne in 1992 and the new headquarters were officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 2nd June 1995.How to book tickets:. The free tickets will be available to order from Wednesday 28th May at 8:30am. . Book online at http://ascopenday.eventbrite.com/?aff=ringmaster . Or telephone 01275 816660. Lines will be open 8.30am - 6.00pm from Wednesday 28th May until the tickets have sold out. More details are available on the website http://ascopenday.eventbrite.com including how to get to the event, car park details and a full schedule of events. Tickets are limited to 2 adults and 4 children per order. There will be a small amount of tickets available on the day of the event, but we advise people to book in advance where possible to guarantee entrance.If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - SOMERSET WEST - G0285 19032014]Message to all Schemes across Somerset.This message is sent at the request of the police at a high priority.Over the past couple of days there have been several reports of fraud occurring, predominantly in the North Somerset area but it is possible that this will occur in other parts of Somerset.Essentially retired persons appear to be targeted with a phone call. The caller purports to be from the police and indicates there has been a problem with the use of their bank card. The caller asks the victim to call them back and gives a number. The end result of this is that a number of people have so far been conned out of several thousand pounds - each.Police are investigating this matter however your assistance is also requested:(a) to encourage anyone subject of such a matter in the last few days to contact the police immediately - using the 101 number.(b) to encourage residents receiving an unsolicited call from someone alleging to be from the police to take care. If they ask you to call them back on a number please do not do so. The number for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary switchboard is 101 and this is the number that should be used if anyone is subject of this type of telephone call.G0285If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
LOCAL OIL THEFT !4-3-14
[RINGMASTER COMMUNITY MESSAGING - SOMERSET WEST - F0185 18022014]F0185 18022014 FN004Crime Report:Overnight of 16-17 February a burglary occurred at a property in South Brewham, Bruton. Entry was gained into the utility room through an insecure door and keys to the victim's vehicle taken. The vehicle (a Landrover Defender) was then stolen.F0185If you have information about any crime, phone the police on 101 or you can call anonymously to the independent charity CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111. For general information about Neighbourhood Watch nationally see the www.ourwatch.org.uk website.
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