Hampshire Alert

Summer Edition of Rural Times
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CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE for VAN OWNERS
Overnight between 19/2/18 and 21/2/18 in the Lowford area, there has been three incidents involving theft of tools and equipment from unattended vans. Please read our advice below:
  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.
The prevention and detection of Theft/Vehicle Crime is a priority for Hampshire Constabulary and we are asking residents to stay alert and to be extra vigilant against such incidents.

If you have any information or have witnessed any suspicious activity in this area or any other areas in the Southern Parishes, please call Hampshire Constabulary on 101, alternatively please email:

hedge.end.south.npt@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Thank you.

Message Sent By
Tracey Chilcott (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh district)

iTunes Scam
Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service would like to bring residents’ attention to telephone scams where fraudsters cold call and demand payment of an outstanding bill. Payment is by purchase of Apple iTunes gift cards.

The fraudster may claim to be an official from HM Revenue and Customs, Ministry of Justice or other authority, and will threaten arrest if the payment is not made immediately.

Once the gift cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to provide the fraudster with the 12 digit code contained on the cards to “make the payment”. In reality, the fraudster will use or sell the code on-line where it can be exchanged for goods or virtual money.

Content of the calls may vary, but the demands are the same. In some cases victims have been directed to the nearest gift card vendor (supermarket or electrical store). Others have been made to give their mobile phone numbers, and have been called whilst at the store.

Residents can be assured that legitimate organisations will not operate in this manner. Any requests for payment by gift card should be viewed as attempted fraud.

Apple iTunes gift cards should only be used to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership.

To report a scam to Trading Standards, or to receive advice on scams call our partners the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06

Scams can also be reported to Action Fraud www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or the police on 101.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Credit Muling Scam - A Warning to Young People
We are today warning young people about a new and growing fraudulent scam – predominantly targeting students – called credit muling.

People are being targeted online on social media platforms by job adverts. This is normally on Facebook but we have also had reports using Snapchat and other social media apps. The majority of victims we have encountered in Hampshire have been university students.

How it works:

The victim responds to the advert online and is advised that they need to meet their would-be manager and that they are also required to undergo a credit check. A small deposit of money is placed in the victim’s account to confirm they have an active bank account.

The victim is then advised they need to obtain a business mobile phone contract. They are told to go to a mobile phone shop and take out a new phone contract in their name, using their personal details.

The suspects go with the victims to the shop and wait outside. Once the phone has been obtained, it is handed over to the scammer who then has a phone to use registered in their name together with the victims’ personal details - which can be used to commit identity fraud.

This crime has been reported across the country and is typically part of a broader organised crime operation.

How to protect yourself:
  • Only seek employment opportunities from reputable employment agencies or direct job recruitment posts on official company websites
  • Never assume any job advert on social media is genuine. Always take time to verity any information that you see. Trust your instincts – if it sounds too good to be true, it often is
  • Potential employers would never ask you to receive funds into your bank account to check the credit worthiness of your bank or ask you to purchase high value items for them in your name
  • Your debit or credit card is yours (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-credit-card-fraud) – don’t let a stranger take it off you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.
How to spot the signs of a credit muling scam:
  • Someone contacts you on social media or in person offering employment or a quick and easy way to make some money
  • Someone asking you to meet the manager in the street without going through any formal application or job recruitment process
  • Somebody offering to pick you up or asking you to take them to mobile phone or other shops
  • Someone asking for your bank details and offering to transfer money into your account in order for you to take out mobile phone contracts
  • Someone asking you for your banking and other personal information
  • Someone asking you to hand over your phone and wallet
  • Someone asking you to purchase high value items in your name for them.
How to report it:
  • If suspects are near-by or have recently been with you, you should report this by calling the police on 999 or 101
  • If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime in the past you can report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040, text phone 0300 123 2050.
For further info and alerts on cyber-enabled frauds, please follow on Twitter @HCCyberProtect and @ActionFraudUK

Message Sent By
Lucy Dibdin (Police, Cyber Security & Protection Officer, Hampshire)

Online Safety for young people - 4 useful links
Social media has an increasing influence in all our lives, however, the youth are particularly vulnerable to the negative or criminal aspects. The items below will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to help protect your children when they are online.

NetAware:

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

A downloadable App that will update workers/parents and children on the risks to many Apps and will show how to set security and shows the level of and types of risks to children.

Image Content reporting:

https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk/ – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.

https://get.yoti.com/reportremove/

Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself. The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting - There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image.

Message Sent By
Phil Davenport (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh District)

Operation Sceptre - Awareness of risks of carrying knives
Carrying a knife may seem harmless, but it can have serious consequences. Even being with a group where one or more carry a knife is a big risk.

If you are suspicious of your child or the group they are involved in, help us stop knife crime by intervening early. Make them aware of the risks.

Anyone with information about someone carrying a knife can contact us on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can find more details about how to chat to your children about this subject or report concerns anonymously here: http://noknivesbetterlives.com/

Drink Driving - Its Not Worth The Risk
#ItsNotWorthTheRisk

A second drink doubles your chances of being in a fatal collision.

* 62% of drink drivers killed on our roads are men.
* 38% of drink drivers killed on our roads are women.

Message Sent By
Phil Davenport (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh District)

Burglary - Bitterne - Push Bike Stolen
Overnight 5th December 2017, a Burglary occurred in Brownlow Avenue, Bitterne, where a SPECIALIZED AERIAL 2014 Hybrid ladies mountain bike was stolen. Have you seen this bike at all. Hampshire Police have serial number for the stolen bike, so will easily be able to distinguish if you locate or know the whereabouts of the bike. The owner of the bike has registered their bike with immobilise, which records the serial number. Please if you get a new bike for Christmas, take a note of the bike serial number and register the details with:

https://www.immobilise.com

If you have any information in regards to the stolen bike, please contact Hampshire Police on 101, or alternatively call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference 44170473689

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.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) in partnership with Trading Standards will be holding the following events:

WINTER CRIME PREVENTION EVENTS 2017
at
TESCO EXTRA SUPERMARKET, Hamble Lane, BURSLEDON on:

Wednesday 15th November @ Midday - 2pm
Thursday 23rd November @ 4pm - 6pm
Monday 4th December @ Midday - 2pm
Monday 11th December @ 10am - Midday
Monday 18th December @ 4pm - 6pm

Please come and meet some of your local Neighbourhood officers for the Southern Parishes of Bursledon, Hamble and Hound. We are in the Tesco foyer to give residents Crime Prevention advice on how to keep your home, property, valuables and vehicles safe this winter season. Trading Standards will be alongside us giving advice on how to buy with confidence and how to avoid scams and rogue doorstep traders.
If you wish to discuss any Crime or ASB that maybe happening in your area, we are here to listen to your concerns.

We look forward to meeting you!
Stay Safe. Stay Secure, this winter!

Regards
Hedge End South NPT

Hampshire Constabulary launches Firearms Surrender
Message sent by Melanie Adams (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire)

We have launched our Firearms Surrender today.

The surrender is giving people the chance to hand in any firearms or ammunition which have come into their possession for whatever reason.

The surrender runs from today (November 13) until Sunday, November 26 and is part of national initiative run by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). It aims to reduce the number of illegally held firearms within our communities.

Each firearm handed into us is one less that could fall into the hands of criminals.

Whether it is an old family heirloom that has been stored away for years, a former military weapon or an unwanted firearm which was previously legally owned - all can be handed in to your local police station, safe in the knowledge that they will be disposed of safely.

We will also accept replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts and other ballistic items.

During the fortnight firearms licence holders are also being encouraged to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have any use for.

Chief Inspector Emma Baillie, Head of Armed Response for the Joint Operations Unit for Hampshire and Thames Valley, said: “This is your chance to safely dispose of any guns or ammunition you no longer want but don’t know what to do with.

“Surrender them now and we can dispose of them safely, making sure that they do not fall into the hands of criminals.

“We know that the consequences of firearms or replica firearms falling into the wrong hands can be fatal and can cause real fear within our communities.

“They also have the potential of being used against our own officers who could find themselves confronted with someone wielding a weapon in public.”

“While crimes involving firearms in Hampshire are rare, we know that every firearm poses a potential threat if they are not licensed and stored safely.

“That is why we are offering this opportunity to safely hand in your unwanted firearms.

“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever. We take all reports of incidents involving firearms extremely seriously and robust action will be taken against anyone who commits a firearms related offence."

During the two-week campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

However, this is not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated.

We are asking anyone who is unsure about an item they have to call us on 101 to get advice on what they should do.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Historic ordnance should not be moved or handed in to any stations, if you think you have any items like this, please call us on 101 for advice.

Please see below for a list of which stations will be taking part in the surrender:

Aldershot Station
Wellington Avenue, GU11 1NZ.
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm. Sunday 9am to 5pm. Closed between 2pm and 2.45pm on Sunday.

Andover Station
South Street, SP10 2ED
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 9.30am to 6pm. Closed between 2pm and 3pm everyday.

Basingstoke Station
Jays Close, RG22 4BS
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm. Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Eastleigh Station
Leigh Road, SO53 9DG
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm. Sunday 9am to 5pm. Closed between 2pm and 2.45pm on Sunday.

Fareham Station
Quay Street, PO16 0NA
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm. Sunday 9am to 5pm. Closed between 2pm and 2.45pm on Sunday.

Havant Station
Civic Centre Road, PO9 2AN
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm.

Lymington Station
Southampton Road, SO41 9GH
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 9.30am to 6pm. Closed between 2pm and 3pm every day.

Newport Station
High Street, PO30 1SZ
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm. Sunday 9.30am to 6pm. Closed between 1pm and 2pm every day.


Royal Victoria Country Park Saturday 21 OCT 2017 ASB ASSAULT CRIMINAL DAMAGE
Do you know who the children in Royal Victoria Country Park on Saturday 21/10/2017 between 12:30 -17:00 that are responsible for ASB, ASSAULT & CRIMINAL DAMAGE?

Reports of 8-10 youths causing a nuisance at Victoria Country park (ASB). The youths were throwing objects at staff (ASSAULT) and running on and off the train tracks. The youths were shouting at members of the staff and Criminal Damage occurred to a building. Reference: 44170409570

We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward, are you able to tell us what was going on? Police attended and have identified 5 of the youths responsible?

Do you know where your kids are?

If you saw anything, please ring the main switchboard on 101 giving Reference: 44170409570. Please give as much detail as possible.

If at all possible we will attend incidents that are ‘in progress’, however due to other priorities at the time, it may not be possible to attend. However if we are not able to attend, please don’t think it is a waste of your time reporting - the information is still extremely valuable and could be vital in assisting us with possible action we are able to take.

Or call anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

May we take this opportunity to remind residents to remain vigilant and to always report anything suspicious.

Calling all Residents - We Need Your Help Please
This is a message sent via Hampshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary.
Message sent by Mica Coppin (Police, PCSO, Eastleigh District).
Can you help us please? We are trying to reach more people via Hampshire Alerts, but getting the word out is difficult. And that is such a shame, as the feedback we consistently get, is that residents really like to know what is going on. Can you help us reach more residents?

I have attached a letter from us - if you are able, please can you print 2 and post them either side of your address. If you already know your neighbour is registered, then perhaps you could post to your neighbours a few doors away know.

This would potentially give us a big boost in the number of residents we can reach. Knowledge is power!

Kind Regards PCSO Mica Coppin 12948.

Hants Alert Letter 2017.pdf

Were you at home or in DENHAM GARDENS, NETLEY on TUESDAY 10th OCTOBER? As there has been a burglary.

44170392518 – TUESDAY 10/10/2017 02:50 - 10/10/2017 03:10. DENHAM GARDENS, NETLEY - Unknown offender(s) have entered garden by side gate and then climbed either gate or fence line to get in to rear garden. Force used to open rear patio UPVC door.

We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Did you see or hear anything or anyone? Do you have private CCTV that you think could be useful? – If so, please can you get in contact.

If you saw or heard anything at all, or noticed anything suspicious, please ring the main switchboard on 101 and quote the 4417 number.

Or call anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

Could you tell the Police, the makes / models / serial nos of your possessions, if they were stolen? Have you photographed your possessions without serial nos? Log them all at http://www.immobilise.com/

May we take this opportunity to remind residents to remain vigilant and to always report anything suspicious.

PCSO DAVENPORT 15737

CRIME ALERT - BURGLARY - HAMBLE - NETLEY - BURSLEDON

Dear Residents

There have been an increase in the number of BURGLARIES in the HAMBLE, NETLEY & BURSLEDON area. Please report any suspicious incidents to us immediately on 101 or if you believe a crime is in progress call on 999.

Sensible and proportionate crime prevention will help reduce this type of crime in your area.

Further details on BURGLARY crime prevention can be found here:

https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/

PCSO DAVENPORT 15737

Do you know when to call 999?
We, along with other emergency services, face a high demand amount of calls into 999.

But how many people know when they should call 999 and, in particular, the police rather than other organisations?

Recent information shows that not everyone does, with calls ranging from enquiries about flea infestations to 'no credit on my phone'. In light of this we are calling on you to help us keep our lines free for your emergencies only.

The campaign will feature a range of examples of calls via our social media channels, all leading back to one, clear message: only call 999 during an emergency.

Click here for more information.

Vehicle Crime
Due to a recent increase in vehicle crime in Netley, Bursledon and Hamble, please ensure that you are taking these simple security measures.

Car Security
Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For extra security:
  • Fit a car alarm
  • Use a steering wheel lock
  • Get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
  • Always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
  • When stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
  • Take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
  • Don't leave items in the glove compartment
  • If you have a garage, use it
Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you.

Motorcycle Security
When leaving your motorcycle:
  • Always lock it to something secure and set the alarm
  • Try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop
  • Don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike
  • Use an immobiliser
Scooters and mopeds are nearly four times more likely to be stolen than motorbikes. They are light and easy to steal if they're not parked securely, so it's worth taking extra precautions. Always keep your scooter or moped parked in a safe place, where there are lots of passers-by to prevent anyone tampering with it.

If you do see anybody in the area acting suspiciously, please call 101 - or 999 if urgent.

Many thanks

PCSO Rachel Barry
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