Neighbourhood Watch



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February 2014

 


Warning - Distraction Theft in Staffordshire
 

Dear Watch Member,

There were 2 sleight of hand incidents at Post Office locations in Kidsgrove yesterday 5th Nov.

2 Eastern European males. One in his 40s heavy build, black jacket. The other was younger, in his 20s, of slim build. Both had dark hair. They were distracting staff during a currency exchange, pocketing notes when handing back the cash.

Tall dark man and short woman with missing tooth attempting to change up notes and send via western union/moneygram.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: ronnie.turner@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

November 2015


 

Scam involving 'Italian' male.
 

Dear Watch Member,

Police are warning residents to be on their guard following two separate reports of a male trying to sell or give away watches and leather goods because he doesn't want to pay duty on them at the airport.

Incidents have been reported in the Hartshill area and on the Wolstanton Retail Park and the male is described as being dark skinned, smartly dressed and spoke with an Italian sounding accent. He was said to be with a silver Mercedes Benz vehicle.

Anyone who is approached by this male is asked to contact the Police by ringing 101.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

November 2015

 


Theft from a van in Brindley Close, Talke, Stoke on Trent
 

Dear Watch Member,

Overnight on 29/10/15 unknown offenders have approached a securely parked van in Brindley Close, Stoke on Trent and by unknown means the rear side of the van broken into to gain entry and then stolen a quantity of tools.

Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all vehicles are locked and secure.

Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0236 of the 30/10/15.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

November 2015


Cyber Attack.
 

Dear Watch Member,

Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers.

It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed:

Name and addresses

Dates of birth

Email addresses

Telephone numbers

Talk Talk account information

Credit card and banking details

Protect yourself

Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this is most likely a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account.

 If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.

As well as emails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call, use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call Talk Talk back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine.

Monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity that you believe may be fraudulent.

If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. www.actionfraud.police.uk

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

October 2015


Burglary in Lower Ash Road, Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Overnight on 28/09/15 unknown offender has broken into a secure garage in Lower Ash Road, Kidsgrove and by smashing the padlocks using a hammer entry was gained. A KWASAKI KXS 250 Black and green bike reported stolen.

Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure.

Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0075 of the 29/09/15.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: jayanti.chowdhury@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

September 2015


Theft of Post Boxes in Staffordshire
 

Dear Watch Member,

A number of Royal Mail post boxes have been stolen in the last few days in Staffordshire area.

Two males described as in their 30's and quite stocky were seen stealing the  post box and loading it into an old style VW Golf or Polo before making off towards Hanley  on the A52.

If anyone has seen or has any information in relation to these thefts are asked to contact the police on 101,

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: ronnie.turner@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

September


Theft of a Mototbike Church Street Talke
 

Dear Watch Member,

Overnight on Thursday 25th June in Church Street Talke Stoke on Trent a unknown offender has approached a secure and unattended motorbike (Red Yamaha 125cc) and by unknown means stole the Motorbike.

Please warn your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and make sure all vehicles and bikes are locked and secure

Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is asked to call the police on 101 or quoting incident no 0109 or alternatively call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: ronnie.turner@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

September 2015


Thefts of Catalytic Converters from Vans
 

Dear Watch Member,

Over the last few days there have been more thefts of Catalytic Converters across the north of the county.  The thieves are targeting Mercedes Sprinter vans and the latest thefts have been between Stockton Brook, Cheddleton and Cheadle   

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the police on 101 to pass it on.  Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to keep their vehicles in a locked garage. Any property inside the vehicle should also be removed where possible. Vehicles should always be left secure with the alarm and immobiliser turned on. It is important that any suspicious persons, vehicles or incidents are reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:ian.taberner@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Thefts of Catalytic Converters from Vans

 

April 2015


Gutter Cleaning Service
 

Dear Watch Member,

Police have received a report from a resident in St Saviours Street of a male going door to door offering a gutter cleaning service.

The male was described as early 20's approximately 5' 4" tall with facial stubble and dirty in appearance. He was wearing a dirty yellow hi vis jacket.

Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them that Police and Trading Standards advice is not to buy or sell at the door.

Anyone requiring any such work should, in the first instance, obtain three different quotes from three different, reputable companies.

Any suspicious callers should be reported to the police.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:colin.stepney@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Gutter Cleaning Service

 

April 2015


Bogus Callers
 

Dear Watch Member,

On Friday 6th March 2015 three bogus caller incidents occurred across the Newcastle and Stoke areas.  The same method was employed with the offender saying he was from the council measuring up for new windows and asking if the occupier had a safe.  Purses and cash were stolen.

Anyone with any information regarding these, or other similar incidents, is asked to contact the police on 101 to pass it on. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure that their properties are secure at all times, especially doors and windows.

Please keep an eye on any elderly or vulnerable neighbours and remember to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or incidents to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:ian.taberner@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Bogus Callers

 

April 2015

 


Utility reps scam.
 

Dear Watch Member,

Please see below link regarding bogus Utility Company Representatives.

 

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If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Utility reps scam

 

April 2015

 


Beware mobile phone number scam.
 

Dear Watch Member,

Please see below link for information regarding '070' mobile phone number scam.

 

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If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Beware mobile phone number scam

 

April 2015

 


Message from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
 

Dear Watch Member,

 

This festive season we are encouraging the community to visit an older person for a chat and a Christmas cuppa.

We would like you to visit an older relative, friend or neighbour and whilst the kettle is boiling have a chat about home safety and see if you can spot any of these warning signs:

  • They don't have working smoke alarms on every floor
  • Their circumstances have changed recently, for example have they had a fall or been diagnosed with an illness?

 •There is evidence of damage from previous fires

  • They smoke in bed
  • They are at an increased risk of fire from medication or alcohol
  • They have mobility issues
  • They use a chip pan
  • They have open fires or portable heaters
  • They store a large amount of possessions in and around their home
  • There are signs of scorch marks on clothing or furniture
  • They own large numbers of electrical items and cables. Do they look worn?

If you are concerned about an older person book a FREE Home Fire Risk Check for them by calling 0800 0241 999 or visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/ to fill in an online form. They might prefer it if you are there when we come for the appointment.

December


"Time to go"
 

Dear Watch Member,

I want you to know that to-day Friday 5th December is my final day as your neighbourhood watch manager.  I will take my outstanding leave after which time I will have retired from Staffordshire Police.  I just want to say ‘thank you' to all my friends and acquaintances for your continued support.  I hope also that you will continue in your efforts to keep neighbourhood watch flourishing and give what assistance you can to maintain it in the North Staffs area.  Your new contact will be Mr Ash Connor and he can be contacted on 01785 234129.

 

May I wish you all a ‘Merry Christmas' and a ‘Happy New Year'.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) quotTime to goquot

Regards,
Ken Rickard
Neighbourhood Watch Manager
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) quotTime to goquot
Tel: 01785 232938

December


Shed burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    Inc 299 / 2.12

Between Saturday 29th November and Tuesday 2nd December a garage burglary was committed at a dwelling in Liverpool Road East, Church Lawton.  Entry was gained by forcing a rear door.  Stolen was a black mountain bike and a Makita drill.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them of the importance of shed and garage security especially now as we approach the festive season.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Shed burglary in Kidsgrove

 

December


Stoke-on-Trent man wanted
 

Dear Watch Member,

A Stoke-on-Trent man is being sought for leaving a court prior to him being sentenced.

A warrant was issued by Newcastle Magistrates' Court when Jake Alexander Hammersley (22) left court on 23 October prior to him being sentenced for an assault.

Police have carried out numerous inquiries to locate Hammersley, but so far these efforts have been unsuccessful.

 It is believed Hammersley could still be in the Stoke-on-Trent area, and has connections in Longton and Bentilee.

Police are continuing their inquiries to trace Hammersley and are appealing for assistance from the public.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

November


Update - Two arrested in Jewellery shop robbery investigation
 

Dear Watch Member,

Detectives investigating a robbery in Hanley have made two arrests.

The arrests were made in the Oldham area of Manchester this morning, Thursday 27 November.

A 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, both from Manchester, remain in custody for questioning in connection with the incident.

DCI Ricky Fields, from Staffordshire Police, said: "We can confirm that a red Ford Focus used by the suspects has been recovered in Stoke-on-Trent area and forms part of our forensic evidence gathering.

"While we question the suspects in custody, we are carrying out searches at a number of addresses in the Manchester area and remain committed to tracing the outstanding suspects.

"Anyone who has any information is urged to contact us on telephone number 101, quoting incident number 208 of  17th November or for complete confidentiality ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

 

November

 


Parcel Delivery Scam?
 

Dear Watch Member,

I am advised by some of the more informed NHW members that the message I put out earlier to-day concerning the Parcel Delivery Service scam is no longer operating.  This scam was apparantly shut down in 2005.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Parcel Delivery Scam

 

November


Parcel Delivery Scam
 

Dear Watch Member,

Christmas is fast approaching, Royal Mail along with Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611 911 (a Premium rate number).

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

For more information, see the Crime Stoppers website:

http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/crime-prevention/helping-prevent-crime/scams/postal-delivery-scam

Please be aware that the premium rate number may change but nevertheless please do not call any number stated on a card from PDS.

Can you please make all your family, friends and neighbours aware of the above.

 

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Parcel Delivery Scam

 

November


Officer appeals for video footage of robbery in Potteries Centre
 

Dear Watch Member,

Officers investigating the robbery at Beaverbrooks jewellers in the Potteries Centre, Hanley on Monday 17 November are once again appealing for the public's help.

DCI Ricky Fields, who is heading the investigation said: " We have had a tremendous response from the public so far and we are really grateful to everyone who has come forward. However, we would like to make a further appeal for anyone who has video footage of the incident itself, or of the offenders making their escape, to come forward as it may assist with the investigation."

The incident, involving three masked men who smashed display cabinets and stole watches worth £500,000 from Beaverbrooks jewellers, took place at about 10.50 am on Monday.

Anyone who has any information is asked to ring telephone number 101 quoting incident number 206 of 17 November.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Officer appeals for video footage of robbery in Potteries Centre

 

November


Shed burglaries in Talke
 

Dear Watch Member,

Talke    Inc 234 / 206 / 19.11.2014

Overnight Tuesday 18th / Wednesday 19th November a shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Woodshutts Street Talke.  Entry was gained by snapping the lock from the door.  It is not yet known what has been stolen.  During the same period an intruder entered an insecure shed of a dwelling in Church Street Talke.  Unfortunately for him he was caught on CCTV and later identified as a local criminal.  Enquiries are in hand to trace and arrest him.  This shows the value of CCTV

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Shed burglaries in Talke

 

November


Garage burglary in Kidsgrove Bank
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall BK16    Inc 69 / 6.11

Overnight Wednesday 5th / Thursday 6th November a garage burglary was committed at a dwelling in Kidsgrove Bank.  Entry was gained through an insecure up an over door.  Once inside a search was made of a Citroen Berlingo.  Stolen was a Makita drill.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them of the importance of shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Garage burglary in Kidsgrove Bank

 

November


Garage burglary in St Saviour Street Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    Inc 120 / 3.11

At 9.20am on Monday 3rd November a garage burglary was reported at a dwelling in St Saviour Street.  Entry was gained by forcing the locks from the door.  Stolen were tools to the value of over £2,000 (two thousand pounds).  The police at Kidsgrove would welcome any information in relation to this burglary.  Callers should quote incident number 120 of 3rd November or for complete anonymity ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Garage burglary in St Saviour Street Kidsgrove

 

November


Attempted garage burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove BK16    Inc 214 / 31.10.2014

Overnight Thursday 30th / Friday 31st October an attempted garage burglary was committed at a dwelling in Stonebank Road Kidsgrove. The lock was forced from the door causing the garage alarm to sound.  The offender made off unseen and empty handed.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them of the importance of shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Attempted garage burglary in Kidsgrove

 

October


Insecure shed burgled in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    Inc 89 / 29.10

Overnight Tuesday 28th / Wednesday 29th October an insecure  shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Hardings Meadow Kidsgrove.  Stolen were copper piping cut offs and brass valves.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them of the value of shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Insecure shed burgled in Kidsgrove

 

October


Suspected loan sharks arrested
 

Dear Watch Member,

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If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Suspected loan sharks arrested

 

October


Burglary at Kidsgrove Cricket Club / Kidsgrove police surgery
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove BK 11 16 17    Inc 377 / 9.10

At 3.50pm on Thursday 9th October a burglary was reported at a garage used as storage at Kidsgrove Cricket Club.  Entry was gained by forcing a security bar.  Stolen were two mowers together value £6,000 (six thousand pounds).  The police at Kidsgrove would welcome any information in relation to this burglary.  Callers should quote incident number 377 of 9th October or for complete anonymity ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Finally at 11am on Tuesday 14th October there will be a police surgery at Tesco Stores in Liverpool Road Kidsgrove.  A member of your local policing team will be present to address any policing or neighbourhood issues that you may have.  All are welcome to attend.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Burglary at Kidsgrove Cricket Club Kidsgrove police surgery

 

October


Another theft from a works van in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Rookery BK13    Inc 91 / 10.9.

Overnight Tuesday 9th / Wednesday 10th September a works van parked in Newchapel Road Kidsgrove was entered by forcing the lock of a nearside sliding door.  Stolen were 2 Dewalt cordless screw drivers and a Hitachi cordless hammer drill.  Theft from works vans continues in the Kidsgrove area which calls for extra vigilance.  Please pass this message onto those that keep tools in their vehicles and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Another theft from a works van in Kidsgrove

 

September


Garage burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove Clough Hall    Inc 438 / 1.9.

Over the last weekend a garage burglary was committed at a dwelling in Chatterley Drive Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained by forcing the garage door.  It is not yet known what was stolen until the owner prepares a list.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them about shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Garage burglary in Kidsgrove

 

September


 

Works van broken into in Lower Ash Road Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    Inc 180 / 1.9.

Overnight Sunday 31st August / Monday 1st September a white Fiat works van parked in Lower Ash Road Kidsgrove was broken into by forcing the door locks of the passenger and sliding door.  Stolen were a Dewalt drill, charger and batteries along with a Hitachi jigsaw and a Makita grinder.  Thieves are targeting vans containing this kind of property which calls for extra vigilance.  Please pass this message onto those that keep tools in their vehicles and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Works van broken into in Lower Ash Road Kidsgrove

 

September


Increase in theft from woks vans in North Staffordshire
 

Dear Watch Member,

Please be aware that the theft of power tools from vans has increased across North Staffordshire.  Since 24th July there have been 244 thefts from motor vehicles recorded, 25% of which were thefts from vans which calls for extra vigilance.  Please pass this message onto those that keep tools in their vehicles and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Increase in theft from woks vans in North Staffordshire

 

September


Another works van targeted in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove    Inc 153 / 19.8.

Overnight Monday 18th / Tuesday 19th August a VW works van parked in Second Avenue Kidsgrove was entered by removing a rear offside window.  Stolen were a number of plumber's tools.  As previously circulated vehicle crime is unusually high in this area at this time.  Apart from stealing from domestic vehicles thieves are also targeting vans containing tools, all of which calls for extra vigilance.  With this in mind please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Another works van targeted in Kidsgrove

 

August


Vehicle crime in Newchapel and Kidsgrove areas
 

Dear Watch Member,

Newchapel    Inc 167 / 15.8.

Overnight Thursday 14th / Friday 15th August a secure white Ford Transit Van parked in Newtown, Newchapel was broken into. Since there was no sign of forced entry some sort of device for disarming the alarm and the locking system may well have been used.  Vehicle crime is unusually high in the Newchapel and Kidsgrove areas at this time.  Apart from stealing from domestic vehicles thieves are also targeting vans containing power tools, all of which calls for extra vigilance.  With this in mind please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  It is important that any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Vehicle crime in Newchapel and Kidsgrove areas

 

August 2014


Vehicle Crime in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Ravenscliffe    Inc 455 / 14.8.

Between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday 14th August a yellow Daewoo parked at Kidsgrove Masonic Hall was broken into by smashing a front passenger window.  Stolen was a Tom Tom Sat Nav.  Vehicle crime is unusually high in the area at this time which calls for extra vigilance.  With this in mind please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  It is important that any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Vehicle Crime in Kidsgrove

 

August 2014


Theft from vehicle in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove Clough Hall & Ravenscliffe    Inc 128 / 14.8.

Overnight Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th August a white Transit van parked in Chatterley Drive Kidsgrove was entered through a secure side door.  There were no signs of a forced entry so it is possible that some sort of device for disarming the locking system had been used. Stolen were an electrical test kit and a battery operated drill. 

Vehicle crime is unusually high in the area at this time.  Apart from stealing from domestic vehicles thieves are also targeting vans containing power tools, all of which calls for extra vigilance.  With this in mind please pass this message onto your neighbours and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Theft from vehicle in Kidsgrove

 

AUgust 2014


Garage burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall    Inc 318 / 5.8.

Overnight Monday 4th / Tuesday 5th August a garage burglary was committed at a dwelling in Oldcott Drive Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained by forcing the garage door.  Stolen was a yellow coloured bicycle.  This is one of a number of burglaries reported in this area this morning.  Please make your neighbours aware remind them to be extra vigilant and security conscious and to report any suspicious person or incident to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Garage burglary in Kidsgrove

 

August 2014


Burglaries in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall    Inc 121 & 119 / 5.8.

At 6am on Tuesday 5th August an elderly man severely disabled and confined to his bed at his home in Kidsgrove Bank was disturbed by someone in his house.  The police attended to discover a burglary had taken place.  Entry had been gained by forcing a conservatory window.  Two drawers were emptied but nothing appears to have been stolen.  We have no description of the offender.  Finally overnight Monday 4th / Tuesday 5th August the outhouse of another dwelling in Kidsgrove Bank was entered by kicking in the door.  Stolen was a Jet Wash and Power drill.  Please make your neighbours aware of these burglaries remind them to be extra vigilant and security conscious and to report any suspicious person or incident to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Burglaries in Kidsgrove

 

August 2014

 


Theft of wheels and tyres in Butt Lane - offender arrested
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    Inc 780 31/7/

At 9.20pm on Thursday 31st July a member of the public reported seeing a male stealing alloy wheels and tyres from Allens Spares and Salvage in Limekiln Lane.  The police attended and located the offender along with the stolen property and he was arrested.  This was a good arrest made possible by a vigilant member of the public who made that immediate and all important call to the police.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Theft of wheels and tyres in Butt Lane offender arrested

 

August 2014


 Shed burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove    Inc 232 / 16.7.

Overnight Tuesday 15th / Wednesday 16th July a shed was broken into at a dwelling in Grove Avenue Kidsgrove.  Stolen were two childrens bikes.  This is a timely reminder that shed and garage burglaries tend to be the seasonal occupation of many burglars at this time of year.  With this in mind inform your neighbours ask them to be extra vigilant and remind them of the importance of shed and garage security.

 

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July 2014


Attempted shed burglary in Clough Hall Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall    Inc 645 / 7.7.

Between Sunday 29th June and Sunday 6th July an attempted shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Park Avenue Kidsgrove by trying to force the door lock without success.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them about shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

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July 2014


Warning to all shoppers
 

Dear Watch Member,

Warning to all shoppers    Inc 351 / 9.6.

During Friday morning 6th June a male offender approached an 85 year old female shopper on the car park of Morrisons Supermarket in Lower Milehouse Lane Newcastle and said that she had dropped a ten pound note and handed it to her.  Unfortunately she took out her purse saying that she did not think the note was hers.  During which time he managed to take a credit card from the purse.  By the time the shopper realised the card was missing £250 had been taken from the account.  The male was white, spoke with a pretend foreign accent, 30 years of age, 5ft 10in tall, medium build, with dark brown short hair, he was tidy in appearance wearing a dark suit.  Please be aware of this type of theft and report any such incident to the police immediately.

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June 2014


Scam Book 2013
 

Dear Watch Member,

For those interested in the various types of scam that have been practised in the past please click on the link below to download the document.  By definition new scams evolve all the time so the scambook is not a finite document but it does give some insight into the dangers of the internet.

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June 2014


Care establishment burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall    Inc 101 /9.6.

Between Friday 6th and Monday 9th June a burglary was committed at a care establishment in Boat Horse Road Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained by smashing glass in some double doors at the rear.  Stolen were computers, data terminals and a safe.  The police at Kidsgrove would welcome any information in relation to this burglary.  Callers should quote incident number 101 of 9th June or for complete anonymity ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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June 2014


Garage burglary in Talke
 

Dear Watch Member,

Talke BK16    Inc 88 / 28.5.

Overnight Tuesday 27th / Wednesday 28th May a garage burglary was committed at a dwelling in Higher Ash Road Talke.  Entry was gained by breaking the lock from the door.  Stolen was an angle grinder.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them about shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately. 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Garage burglary in Talke

 

June 2014


Virus Scam
 

Dear Watch Member,

On Tuesday 27th May a resident in the Alton area had a phone call from a male with an Asian accent who claimed to be from "technical support", and needed him to go to a website called "Team Viewer" so he could check if there were any viruses on his laptop.  

The resident logged onto the website and some symbols etc came up on his laptop.   The caller then said he could view the files etc on the laptop and asked for £199 which the resident refused to pay.  

He later discovered that he was unable to log onto his lap top and it had to be taken into a computer shop for repair.  Please be aware of this recent scam and be reminded of these fraudulent callers.  Simply end the call. 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Virus Scam

 

JUne 2014


Indecent exposure in Bath Pool Park
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    Inc 445 / 27.5.

At 2.30pm on Tuesday 27th May a lone 31 year old female was seated in her parked car in Bathpool Park when the following described male walked up to her window and indecently exposed himself.  The male was late 20's to early 30's, 5ft 4in tall pale faced with acne scaring on his face, blue eyes and mousey brown hair.  He was wearing a white shirt with large blue checks and suit trousers.  He made off in what is described as a black Audi the number taken as DV58 2JN.  Please make your neighbours aware of this incident especially if they use this particular area.  Anyone with information as to the possible identity of this offender should contact Kidsgrove police quoting incident number 445 of 27th May.

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May 2014


Telephone Scam - victim parts with her banking details

 

Dear Watch Member,

Leek    Inc 259 / 23.5.

At 11.50am on Friday 23rd May a upset resident of North Street Leek contacted the Police stating that she had given up her bank card details following a phone call from someone purporting to be from Western Union Response.  Not having had the benefit of hindsight that an OWL message in the past would have given her she parted with her bank details when told that her computer had a virus and her bank details were necessary.  Not surprisingly £405.70p was withdrawn from her account.  Once again the message is not to converse with such callers in these circumstances.  Simply put down your phone to end any further conversation.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Telephone Scam victim parts with her banking details

 

May 2014


Scam e mails purporting to be from BT
 

Dear Watch Member,

On Thursday 8th May a neighbourhood watch member in Cheddleton received three e mails purporting to be from BT saying that they were unable to take payment for her account and that she should confirm her account by clicking on a link within the e mail.  BT confirmed that they did not send these e mails.  Please let this be a reminder that BT would not contact you in this way.  You should not respond to any e mails of this type which should be deleted without further communication.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Scam e mails purporting to be from BT

 

May 2014


House burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall BK16    Inc 303 / 5.5.

At 12.20pm on Monday 5th May a burglary was committed at a dwelling in Windmill Avenue Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained through an insecure front door whilst the occupant was in another part of the dwelling.  Stolen were a play station 4 with a game, a black IP2 compact lap top and a school back pack.  This is an example of how easy a burglary can take place even when you are at home.  Please make your neighbours aware and advise them to keep their homes secure at all times.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) House burglary in Kidsgrove

 

May 2014


Rogue Trader Operation.
 

Dear Watch Member,

Please see below link for details of Police Rogue Trader Operation.

 

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May 2014


Distraction offences of theft from the person
 

Dear Watch Member,

There have been incidents reported across the County recently whereby elderly people have been victims of distraction offences.

Incidents have usually occurred in supermarkets and involve teams of offenders watching over elderly shoppers shoulders and watching them input their PIN numbers at the checkout.

They then follow them out to the car park and distract them sometimes using the excuse that they need directions using a map before stealing their bank cards and quickly withdrawing large amounts of cash.

Could you please warn your neighbours, especially the elderly and vulnerable, to be vigilant whilst out shopping and to make sure no-one is watching over their shoulder when using cash machines or paying for goods.

Any suspicious behaviour should be reported to the police immediately.

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May 2014


Garage burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall BK16    Inc 428 / 28.4.

At 3.40pm on Monday 28th April a garage burglary was reported at a dwelling in Beech Drive Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained by forcing the door lock.  Stolen were a Flymo mower and some items of crockery.  This is a timely reminder that shed and garage burglaries tend to be the seasonal occupation of many burglars at this time of year.  With this in mind inform your neighbours ask them to be extra vigilant and remind them of the importance of shed and garage security.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Garage burglary in Kidsgrove

 

April 2014


Scam phone calls from bogus police officers

 

Dear Watch Member,

Moorlands

We are currently receiving calls from residents in the Cheadle area concerning phone calls purporting to be from the police saying that they have a man in custody who was using their credit cards and could they confirm their bank details.  These calls are bogus calls made by people trying to pass themselves off as police officers.  Please be advised not to converse with these callers or give out any bank details.  Simply put the phone down and end the call.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Scam phone calls from bogus police officers

 

April 2014


Woman targeted by accomplished credit card thieves
 

Dear Watch Member,

At about 11am on Monday 24th February, a lone female filled her car at a local Morrisons petrol station.  On paying she became aware of a smart looking male behind her showing particular interest as she entered her card and pin number.  When she was travelling home to Geneva Drive Thistleberry she realised that she was being followed by a male and female who were foreign looking.  When she arrived home the two got from their car which was an old looking silver or grey Mondeo.  They spoke to her in some foreign accent.  The female spread a map over the boot of the injured parties car and each stood either side of her supposedly asking for directions.  After they left she discovered that her credit card had been stolen from her bag.  This was used on six occasions in the London area.  The only description we have of the couple is that they were late 20's to early 30's with dark hair.  This suggests that she had been targeted at the petrol station, her PIN number obtained by a sharp eyed accomplice and the card later stolen by the couple.  This type of theft where a map is used to distract the victim is common.  Please be aware and make sure your transactions can't be viewed by anyone and make sure you are never distracted by accomplished and light fingered thieves.

 

 

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February 2014


Attempted robbery in Hollinwood Road Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove    643 / 20.2

At 7.50pm on Thursday 20th February a 41 year old male was walking along a gap between Kinnersley Road and Hollinwood Road near to Kidsgrove Athletic Stadium when he was approached by two white males asking for money and his mobile phone.  He refused and was punched in the face knocking him to the ground.  The males made off empty handed.  One was 5' tall with sharp features and a goatee beard with a pencil moustache, he had an eye brow piercing.  The only description we have of the other is that he was 5ft 6" tall and his face was partially covered.  The police at Kidsgrove would welcome any information in relation to this attempted robbery.  Callers should quote incident number 643 of 20th February or for complete anonymity ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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February 2014

 


Theft from works vans in Kidsgrove and Talke
 

Dear Watch Member,

KidsgroveTalke    Inc 82 / 20.2.

Overnight Wednesday 19th / Thursday 20th February a number of white vans parked in Hardingswood and Beech Drive Kidsgrove and also in Unity Way Talke were entered through their side doors.  Each time the lock was tampered with to gain entry.  Stolen from each were works tools consisting of power and hand tools.  This is a warning that thieves are targeting vans in this area that contain this kind of property which calls for extra vigilance.  Please pass this message onto your neighbours especially those that keep tools in their vehicles and advise them to garage their vehicle or remove property from it before leaving it secure with the alarm on.  Any suspicious person or incident should be reported to the police immediately.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Theft from works vans in Kidsgrove and Talke

 

February 2014


 Attempted shed burglary in Clough Hall Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Clough Hall    Inc 687 / 17.2.

Overnight Sunday 16th / Monday 17th February an attempted shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Clough Hall Road Kidsgrove by forcing bolts from the door.  However the offender may have been disturbed since he made off unseen and empty handed.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them about shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Attempted shed burglary in Clough Hall Kidsgrove

 

February 2014


Courier Scam in Newcastle
 

Dear Watch Member,

We have a report of an elderly male in Newcastle receiving a telephone call from a male speaking with a foreign accent saying his name was Alan Finn from the Visa Credit Card Fraud Department.  He said he was querying 3 suspicious transactions for two lap tops and a T mobile top up using his credit cards.  The elderly male became concerned and was advised to cancel his cards.  Following the callers advice the elderly male gave him the last four digits of each of his eight visa credit and debit cards.  He was then advised by the caller not to give his pin number verbally but to punch out the numbers on his own telephone.  Banks never ask for PIN numbers.  He was then advised for security reasons not to discuss this with anyone and to deliver all his cards to some place in London that same day.  When told that this was impossible the caller said he would arrange for a courier.  The courier who was an Asian male arrived within ten minutes and collected the cards.  By the time he realised this was a scam £800 had been stolen.  Please be aware of this sophisticated scam and do not be afraid to end such calls immediately. If you think you have been a victim of this type of scam report it immediately to Action Fraud on http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

or telephone 0300 123 2040

 

February 2014


Bogus caller leaflet distribution through Co-op Pharmacies.
 

Dear Watch Member,

Stoke-on-Trent police have teamed up with the co-operative pharmacy to distribute leaflets to customers warning of bogus callers.  Arrangements are in hand to spread this to the Newcastle areas.

To view the item and the leaflet please click on the links below.

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December 2013


Lethal soft drink warning
 

Dear Watch Member,

Trading standards have brough to our attention a product called Cole Cold Pear-D that has been found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of cocaine.

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December 2013


Burglary at Kidsgrove Sports Centre
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane / Kids West    62911

Between 10pm and 10.22pm on Saturday 9th November a burglary was committed in the boiler room of Kidsgrove Sports Centre in Fourth Avenue.  Entry was gained by forcing the lock from the door.  Stolen were a microphone set and some hand tools.  Anyone with information should contact Kidsgrove police quoting incident number 263 of 9th November.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Burglary at Kidsgrove Sports Centre

 

December 2013


New e mail address for all NHW enquiries in Staffordshire
 

Dear Watch Member,

A new single e mail address has been created for all NHW enquiries in Staffordshire.

Please feel free to copy this into your address book for future reference

nhw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) New e mail address for all NHW enquiries in Staffordshire

 

December 2013


Shed burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove Clough Hall    68558

Overnight Friday 6th / Saturday 7th December a shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Beech Drive Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained by forcing the shed door lock.  Stolen were an adults pedal cycle.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them about shed and garage security especially now as we approach the festive season.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

December 2013


Scrap Metal Theft Day
 

Dear Watch Member,

Officers from Staffordshire Police teamed up with environmental officers fromStoke-on-Trent City Council on Tuesday 3rd December in a bid to crackdown on those carrying scrap metal illegally.  The activity formed part of a National day of policing focussed on this type of crime and saw police officers and environmental officers working with scrap metal merchants in Longton, Staffs Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle to make sure the scrap delivered to them was legitimate.  Two loads of scrap were seized in Longton, one load in Staffs Moorlands, one load in Stoke-on-Trent and one load in Newcastle.

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December 2013


High visibility patrols in Newcastle
 

Dear Watch Member,

Officers from Newcastle Borough Local Policing Team (LPT) will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the run-up to Christmas in a bid to deter would-be thieves.  From Sunday 1 December officers will be out and about around the town centre checking vehicles to make sure they’re secure. Any that are left insecure, or with property on display, will be sent a warning letter outlining suitable crime prevention advice.

 

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December 2013


 

Shed burglary in Kidsgrove
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kids BK16    66131

Between 5pm on Saturday 23rd and 2pm on Monday 25th November a shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Park Avenue Kidsgrove.  Entry was gained by forcing the padlock from the door.  However nothing was stolen.  Please make your neighbours aware remind them to be extra vigilant and security conscious and to report any suspicious person or incident to the police immediately.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

December 2013


Severn Trent Staff ID badges stolen
 

Dear Watch Member,

Severn Trent have issued a warning to customers following a recent increase in the number of staff id badges that have been reported stolen that could be used by bogus callers to gain entry into homes.

Any caller claiming to be from Severn Trent should be asked to wait outside whilst you ring 0845 604 1655 to check their identity.  This number is staffed 24 hours a day.  You can also set up a password schem by phoning 08457 500 500.

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November 2013

 


Vans targeted in Kidsgrove and Talke Pits
 

Dear Watch Member,

Kidsgrove    65173

Please be aware that overnight Wednesday 20th / Thursday 21st November vans in the Kidsgrove and Talke Pits areas were targeted by thieves who are stealing power tools.  It may be that that since there was no forced entry to any of the vehicles some sort of device for disarming the alarm and the locking system may have been used.  Extra vigilance is required so please pass this message onto your neighbours especially those that keep power tools in works vans.  Any suspicious person or vehicle should be reported to the police immediately.

 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

November 2013

 


Shed burglaries in Butt Lane area
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    64861

Overnight Sunday 17th / Monday 18th November a shed burglary was committed at a dwelling in Liverpool Road East Church Lawton.  Entry was gained by forcing the lock from the door with a jemmy type instrument.  Stolen were some military radio testing equipment and some aerial bases used by the owner as a hobby.  A second shed was burgled in the same way at a neighbouring dwelling however nothing was taken.  These may be connected to two other shed burglaries over the same period in The Woodlands Church Lawton circulated yesterday.  Please ask your neighbours to be extra vigilant and remind them about shed and garage security.  Anyone seen acting suspiciously should be reported to the police immediately.

 

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November 2013


Arson at a bowling green pavillion in Clough Hall Park
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane    0034

At 2.30am on Monday 18th November the fire service attended a deliberate fire at the bowling green pavilion in Clough Hall Park Kidsgrove that caused extensive damage.  Police enquiries have been commenced.  Anyone with information should contact Kidsgrove Police on telephone number 101 or for complete anonymity ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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Regards,
Ken Rickard
Neighbourhood Watch Manager
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: mailto:joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Arson at a bowling green pavillion in Clough Hall Park
Tel: 01785 232938

November 2013


Burglary at Kidsgrove Sports Centre
 

Dear Watch Member,

Butt Lane / Kids West    62911

Between 10pm and 10.22pm on Saturday 9th November a burglary was committed in the boiler room of Kidsgrove Sports Centre in Fourth Avenue.  Entry was gained by forcing the lock from the door.  Stolen were a microphone set and some hand tools.  Anyone with information should contact Kidsgrove police quoting incident number 263 of 9th November.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: joseph.rickard@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

November 2013


Mass E mail Spamming Event
 

Dear Watch Member,

Mass E mail Spamming Event

The NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit are aware of a mass email spamming event that is ongoing, where people are receiving emails that appear to be from banks and other financial institutions.

The email has an attachment that looks legitimate but is malware that encrypts computer files. If the attachment is opened, a displayed countdown timer demands a ransom to decrypt the files. The malware installs a piece of "ransomware" called Cryptolocker on computers running the Windows operating system. The ransom demands that the user pay two Bitcoins, a virtual currency, that would be worth £536 to release the decryption key.

Reports suggest that people who have paid the ransom have not had their files decrypted and it has been impossible to restore encrypted files.

When using your home computer for internet access be warned not to click on any suspicious attachments, to have updated antivirus software and to regularly back up files.

More advice can be found at the government's web site GetSafeOnline

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November 2013


Shed Burglaries in Church Lawton 


 

Police Warning to Van Owners
 

 

Staffordshire Police is warning local van owners to be vigilant after a recent increase in tool theft from vans.

A number of these thefts have left the vehicle with no damage which suggests criminals may be using devices which block the signal from the key fob when it is being locked.

Van owners are being urged to follow these simple steps to prevent them from becoming victims:

  • don't assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended
  • if you have a garage, use it. If your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these apply, try to park in well lit areas
  • consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage
  • when tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle
  • consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you
  • don't leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed
  • lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use
  • visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so - the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent. For more information on forensic marking please visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/forensicmarking
  • keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at http://www.immobilise.com/. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered
  • consider the use of security patrols around building sites
  • keep the access to building sites secure - fences and gates help prevent unauthorised entry
  • if you have any suspicious visitors on your site please call Staffordshire Police on 101

Chief Inspector Amanda Davies said: "Tools are extremely valuable possessions and, when stolen, can impact hugely on small businesses. Staffordshire Police would like to remind all van owners to remove their tools from the vehicle when it is left unattended for long periods of time and overnight.

"We rely on information from members of the public in order to crack down effectively on this type of crime. If anyone is offered tools for sale in suspicious circumstances they should contact the police on 101. Alternatively, they can call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

 

 

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: mailto:Karen.Stevenson@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Police Warning to Van Owners.

 


A smart solution to deter theft

SmartWater is a colourless liquid solution that is simply dabbed onto the uneven surfaces of your valuables. It can be used to code all sorts of items such as jewellery, ornaments, electrical items and even your motor vehicle. Each bottle contains a unique chemical ‘code' which is registered to you - conclusively proving ownership. It cannot be easily seen by the naked eye and is almost impossible to remove. The liquid glows under ultraviolet light making it easy for the Police to detect. The Police use it in undercover operations to catch and convict criminals. Criminals know about SmartWater and fear its power to forensically link them with the scene of a crime. So, by coding your valuables and displaying the SmartWater deterrent signs, you are sending out a powerful warning to any thieves and burglars operating in your area.

One of our NHW members e mailed me with his comments

"I have put SmartWater on all my lead, cast aluminium gutters and down pipes and any valuable contents. If I had metal gates they would have been treated too. This has enabled me to get a 10% discount off my Contents & Buildings Insurance premium this year.

Are you able to email Watch Members with SmartWater advice and if so may I suggest you do."

Cheers Darrell Hampden, Wetton

For further details about SmartWater go to http://www.smartwater.com or ring 0800 521669


 

 

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