Crime Prevention Event – Dry Drayton

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Thursday 28 February

The Village Hall

High Street

Dry Drayton

CB23 8BS

5:00 – 7:30p.m.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Dry Drayton village hall to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to reduce their risk of crime.

Find out more about how to avoid about common scams and fraud.

Get information about Neighbourhood Watch and useful community services in your area.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention seminar at 6:00p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, plus there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

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Courier Fraud warning

Please be aware there have been a number of courier/ telephone banking frauds carried out over the last month across South Cambs. villages.
The most recent areas targeted are Oakington, Sawston, Bassingbourn, and Harston.

What is it?

You may be called by someone pretending to be from your bank or building society or a trusted organisation like the police and are convinced to give them your card details over the phone.
The fraudsters then arrange for a courier to pick up your card to take it away for evidence or to have it destroyed.

In reality, the card is collected by the fraudsters to withdraw money from your account.  

How it happens

You may get called on your mobile or landline by someone who claims to be from your bank or the police. They say their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.

They might suggest that you hang up and redial the number of their bank or police force to reassure you that they’re genuine. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you’re still speaking to the same fraudster.

They’ll then ask you to read out your credit or debit card PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or elsewhere to grab more information.

Then they promise to send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN, they will then withdraw cash using the card and may even use the information to commit identity fraud in your name.

Protect yourself

  • Your bank or the police will never call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone or offer to pick up your card by courier. Hang up if you get a call like this.
  • If you need to call your bank back to check, wait five minutes; fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. Alternatively, use a different line altogether to call your bank.
  • Never call a telephone number given to you by a suspected fraudster.
    Use the telephone number on the back of your bank card or from your bank statement.

    Note: There are variations on this fraud but they will follow a very similar format. In some cases the fraudster will say someone (possibly bank staff) have deposited fake notes in your account, so you need to withdraw cash so they can check it. Also in some instances the victim has not given any card or PIN details, in these cases the fraudsters have obtained their bank details elsewhere, the fraud then follows the format above.

    Be especially careful when taking out cash at ATM’S and when you use chip and pin machines to conceal your PIN code.

Crime Prevention Event – Northstowe

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Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention event:

 

Wednesday 6 February

 

The Community Wing

 

Pathfinder School

 

Northstowe

 

CB24 1AA

 

6:00 – 7:00p.m.

 

Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be running a crime prevention stand at Northstowe Primary school, as part of the Northstowe Community Forum event.

The purpose is to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to reduce their risk of crime.

Find out more about how to avoid about common scams and fraud.

Get information about Neighbourhood Watch and useful community services in your area.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information. 

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, plus there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

There will also be presentations regarding the Northstowe development from 7-9p.m.

 

 

 

Crime Prevention Event – Willingham

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Tuesday 8 January 2019

The Baptist Church

George Street

Willingham

CB24 5LJ

5:00 – 7:30p.m.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Willingham Baptist Church to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to reduce their risk of crime.

Find out more about how to avoid about common scams and fraud.

Get information about Neighbourhood Watch and useful community services in your area.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention seminar at 6:00p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, plus there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

Security advice for farm shops and independent meat retailers

At this time of year any establishment selling poultry and meat in the run up to Christmas can be vulnerable to burglary and theft. In particular farm shops and butchers may be targeted.

There are simple measures that can help to deter intruders and reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Be alert to any unusual or suspicious behaviour at your premises, or land near to it. Even phone calls asking which types of meat you stock etc. or anything that seems out of the ordinary.

Consider perimeter security: Are there weak points where someone could enter without being seen? Do you have secure perimeter fencing/trees/ walls and gates? For large boundaries think about using Perimeter Beam Alarms which can cover long distances and may be cheaper to install than a physical boundary. These will then send an alert to your phone or a transponder to confirm that your boundary has been accessed.

Make routine checks on your boundaries, doors, windows and gates to ensure all access points are closed and locked at the end of the working day. Make sure that windows are locked without keys being left in the lock. Make sure your all external doors have locks at the top, bottom and middle.

Good security lighting can help deter an opportunist thief, also consider lighting to support CCTV systems. Dusk to dawn lighting is recommended for the front of a premises and movement sensitive for the rear.

Consider installing Security Alarms and CCTV systems, to protect buildings, stock and equipment. Look for companies that have been independently assessed such as those listed at NSI (National Security Inspectorate) www.nsi.org.uk or SSIAB (Security Systems & Alarm Inspection Board) www.ssiab.org.

CCTV can also help you monitor animals in barns or yards, especially useful during busy times of year.

There are also DIY CCTV and Alarm Systems that can be bought and installed yourself which do not have to be too expensive. When purchasing a CCTV system make sure it has “live view” facility so that you can monitor the cameras away from the location.

Freeze branding, hot-branding, or tattooing with your postcode can also help police to identify stock.

Remember to report any suspicious vehicles or persons on either the 101 non-emergency number or 999 if you believe a crime is in in progress.

Regarding vehicles think: index number, make, model, colour

Regarding persons think: height, build, ethnicity, hair colour, clothing, distinguishing features, facial hair, logo’s on clothing, accent.

 

 

Crime Prevention Event – Bourn – Update

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime. Join us at a crime prevention evening on:

Wednesday 07 November

Bourn Village Hall, Short Street,

Bourn, CB23 2SH

5:00 – 8:00p.m.

**Note address is Short Street, not Alms Hill**

Cambridgeshire Constabulary are holding a crime prevention event at Bourn village hall to highlight security improvements that residents can put in place to reduce their risk of crime.

Officers and police staff will be on hand to provide advice and information.

There will be a crime prevention talk at 6:00p.m.

Security products will be available for sale at a discounted rate, plus there will be advice regarding property registration and coding.

Come along to find out more, and meet your local team.

Crime Prevention Event – Chishill

Protect your home and reduce opportunist crime, join us at:

Chishill Crime Prevention Event

Tuesday 23 October

Great Chishill village hall

Hall Lane, Great Chishill

SG8 8SH

5:00 – 7:30p.m.

  • Inputs and advice from Cambridgeshire Police Crime Prevention, and local Neighbourhood Team Officers
  • Hear from Cambs. County Council Community Protection Officers, regarding scams and fraud advice
  • Hear about Cyber Crime
  • Could the ‘Bobby Scheme’ help you? Find out more
  • Security devices available to purchase at a reduced cost

Talks, displays and DVDs with light refreshments and drinks.