Crime Avoidance and Proactive Policing

A reminder about some of the ways you can avoid being a victim of crime. 

Fake Wiltshire Council Callers

From Wiltshire Council “We have been getting reports of a man calling up local residents claiming to be from Wiltshire Council looking to conduct a survey about an accident the person on the phone has had. Calls of this nature should be treated with suspicion as we would never cold call anyone by telephone or at someone’s door.  We will never request bank details, passwords or pin numbers over the phone.

These types of calls should be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their online reporting system.”

Fake residential letter boxes

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.

Protect Yourself
  • Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
  • Check all post received from financial institutions, even if it appears unsolicited.
  • Reporting theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
  • If you have been a victim of identity fraud consider Cifas Protection Registration
  • If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Proactive Policing

From PCSO Shona Wilcox.  “On Friday 1 July 2016, officers from Amesbury and Tidworth Neighbourhood Policing Teams carried out a proactive operation targeting illegal drug use in ‘beauty spots’ and thefts from vehicles.

Together with colleagues from Licensing, Tri-force, Special Constabulary and the Royal Military Police, officers carried out patrols in areas such as Woodhenge and Stonehenge. Visitors were given advice regarding vehicle crime prevention and safety.

During the evening a man was stop searched for drugs, four vehicles and a premises were also searched. An amount of Class A and Class B drugs was seized.

A 23 year old man from Durrington was arrested on suspicion of drug driving offences and possession of Class A drugs. He was later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 30 year old man from Shrewton received a Cannabis Street Warning. Two other men, aged 29 and 33 years from Shrewton and Amesbury were issued fixed penalty notices.

PC Jayne Wilby said: “This proactive approach to these issues will continue with further events planned. Our targeted operations with colleagues from other specialist areas aim to tackle and prevent crimes in ‘beauty spots’ and take action against offenders who pick these areas specifically to steal from visitors cars or to take illegal drugs.”

Crime Prevention advice:

  • Try to park near to other vehicles.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car. If it is absolutely unavoidable – place them in the boot.
  • Mark your stereo with the vehicle registration number. Make a note of the make, model and serial number of the equipment and keep the note somewhere safe – not in the car. Remember also to register it at www.immobilise.com.
  • Don’t leave valuables in the glove compartment or try to hide anything under the seat – thieves will check these areas first.
  • Leave your glove box open to show there is nothing in it.
  • Don’t leave anything on display, you may know that your wallet isn’t in your jacket but a thief will break a window just to check.

Help prevent crime in your community by reporting any suspicious activity or illegal drug use to police on 101. If a crime is in progress please call 999.

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