Crime prevention warnings.

Burglary Crime Prevention Solihull

West Midlands Police provided the following information on 7th November 2019:-

In recent days we have seen a shift in times when residential burglaries have been reported in Solihull. The key times have been between 4pm and 7pm. Homes have been unoccupied and in darkness as this is a time when homeowners have not returned from work or are out and about busy with family.
We saw a similar pattern this time last year and although burglary numbers in Solihull are down by around 20% for the same period this year we are mindful that the darker nights present more opportunities for burglars.
Using a light timer or a Fake TV is a great way to light up your home when you are out. We recommend setting a light to come on at around 3.30pm as it is dark indoors by late afternoon.
Our officers are out on active patrols speaking to residents about darker nights crime prevention and if you need more advice on home security you can visit our virtual reality home 27 Station Road on WMP online.
https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/27stationroad

Burglary On Norton Lane Earlswood 11/07/2019

Please see below the information received from Daniel Talbot PCSO, Shirley and Blythe Solihull Neighbourhood Police Unit – West Midlands Police

Dear resident

A burglary has been reported in your neighbourhood
If you saw or heard anything or have any information about the below incident please call our non emergency number 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Reference: 20SH/163883Z/19​.
Location:   Norton Lane, Earslwood.
Date and time: Between 02:00am and 03:47am on Thursday 11th July 2019.
Offence details:  Three offenders have gained entry into the garage at the front of the property using a metal pole to force open the garage door.  The offenders were then disturbed and rode away on pushbikes.

Where possible please make sure house alarms are set when the property is vacant and high quality lighting and CCTV cameras are set up at the front and rear of your property.

Please also ensure all out houses and garages are alarmed, secure and covered by the CCTV and lighting.

Make sure that lighting and CCTV equipment is installed high enough not to be tampered with.

Please also make sure all windows and doors, both upstairs and downstairs, are locked and that you have invested in high quality UPVC doors and windows. This will drastically reduce the chance of you becoming a victim of this type of crime.
For further crime prevention advice please click the following link: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention

Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be conducting high visibility patrols of your area. Should you see anything that you deem to be suspicious then please either call 101 in a non emergency or report it via our online system at www.west-midlands.police.uk. In an emergency always call 999

Vehicle Broken In To On Lowbrook Lane – 5th July 2019

Please see below the information received from Daniel Talbot PCSO, Shirley and Blythe Solihull Neighbourhood Police Unit – West Midlands Police

Dear resident

A vehicle crime has been reported in your neighbourhood. The crime took place on the 5th July 2019 at 02:24 am

If you saw or heard anything or have any information about the below incident please call our non emergency number 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

 

Reference: 20SH/158568Q/19​.
Location:   Lowbrook Lane, Tidbury Green.
Date and time: At 02:24am on Friday 5th July 2019.
Offence details:   Three offenders smashed the drivers side front window to a White Range Rover Evoque that was parked on the driveway. One offender then stood by the front door of the property, one was stood on the road keeping lookout and the third then entered the vehicle. The offenders were then scared away by the car alarm, the owner of the vehicle and neighbours making themselves known.

 

If your vehicle has keyless entry and you are concerned regarding the security of this feature then investigate whether it is possible to switch your car key’s signal off. Check your manual to find out if your key has this function or ask your dealer if the system can be disabled.

Never leave your vehicle insecure or leave valuable items in your vehicle.

Installing a steering wheel lock, driveway parking post and/or a wheel clamp are great deterrents to car thieves. Please ensure that the keys to the steering wheel lock are kept separate to your car keys.

As an added protection against keyless theft you can also purchase a signal blocking pouch or tin and install a tracking device on your vehicle to aid in the recovery should your vehicle be stolen.

Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be conducting high visibility patrols of your area. Should you see anything that you deem to be suspicious then please either call 101 in a non emergency or report it via our online system at www.west-midlands.police.uk. In an emergency always call 999

Visit our website for crime prevention advice www.west-midlands.police.
For further crime prevention advice please click the following link:  https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention

 

Also Tidbury Green Parish Council urge residents to stay safe! Call THE POLICE and do not open doors until support arrives, even if all looks safe outside.

Scam Alert & Rougue Traders

The following details of current scams has been received from Warwickshire County Council:-

Tax fraud arrests scam
A number of Warwickshire residents have reported bogus phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be HMRC. The callers attempt to scare residents by suggesting they have committed tax fraud and a warrant has been issued for their (the residents) arrest. They then demand the resident pays a fine/tax owed.

Bitcoin investment scams
A Warwickshire resident reported losing over £3000 after being cold called and offered an opportunity to ‘invest’ in Bitcoins via an online platform. The resident transferred the money which was then almost immediately withdrawn by the fraudsters.

Free solar panel ‘health check’
Owners of solar panels are warned to beware of letters and cold calls from bogus/high pressure companies offering solar panel ‘health checks’ that are in reality an opportunity to sell the resident highly priced and unnecessary warranties and additional solar panel equipment.

Bogus BT callers
Attempts are being made by fraudsters to obtain the banking details of Warwickshire residents by making calls falsely claiming to be BT and other telephone service providers. The fraudsters telephone unsuspecting consumers, claiming that their broadband speed is not as fast as it should be and offering them £200 refunds. They then ask for the individuals’ bank details to so they can ‘pay the money in’. In reality, bank details stolen in this way are used for criminal activity.

NEVER provide personal or financial information to people who cold call you, either over the phone or on the doorstep. You can’t tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep. Don’t buy goods/services/investments from cold callers.

Advise From West Midlands Police -WMNOW – Holiday Security Tips

Please see below the advise received from West Midlands Police

As many of you are planning to go on holiday over Easter please also remember to plan your security provisions whilst you are away too.

  • ​Set timers so that lights come on in your house.
  • Test and use your alarm and outside security lights.
  • Lock all doors, including porches and remove keys from the locks
  • Can a neighbour take in your post to avoid it being visible in a porch for days?
  • Ensure all valuables are safely stored away.
  • Register your valuables for free on www.immobilise.com
  • If you are travelling by car, could a neighbour leave a car on your drive to give the impression someone is home?
  • If you are leaving your car at home, install additional security such as steering wheel locks.
  • Avoid telling everyone on social media that you are going away.
  • Avoid posting holiday photos on social media whilst you are away.
  • Ensure all bushes at the front of your property are trimmed down. High front hedges are a criminals dream when committing burglaries as they cannot be seen from the road / pavement.
  • Ensure ladders, garden tables and furniture is secured / locked away, including your wheelie bins !! especially if you have single storey extensions / conservatories.
  • Ensure you do not leave garden tools around that could be used to break in. Lock them securely in a shed or garage.
  • If you have bicycles in a shed or garage make sure they are all locked together  with a quality assured lock.Also consider letting the tyres down whilst you are away to make them less attractive to take !
  • Ensure a neighbour or relative have your contact details of where you are going and ask them to keep an eye on your home whilst you are away.
  • Visit http://www.securedbydesign.com/crime-prevention-advice/secure-your-home/ for more tips and security advise.

Break-Ins – Securing Outbuildings & Sign Up for Neighbourhood Information

Tidbury Green Parish Council have recently been informed of a number of break-ins to the outbuildings at the end of Gardens on Norton Lane.

The attached note proides advise on steps that you can take, which make it much more difficult for thieves to successfully operate and what to do in the event of a theft.

As detailed in the attached note, the Parish Council also recommends that residents sign up to WMNOW which is a great tool to find out what is happening in your area. It only takes 5 minutes and you will receive regular alerts to let you know what’s going on in the neighbourhood including details of thefts, positive police action in the community, details of crime prevention measures and items which have been stolen and retrieved by the police.

To register please go to:

https://member-registration.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/172/Join

Identity Theft

There have been several reports of Identity theft where persons have been using addresses to obtain car Insurance. We can only assume that they are  getting a lower rate because of the post code area or getting credit to obtain such as the addresses used are likely to have a good credit score rating.

These person are possibly using their own names but the addresses they are using are selected at random.

It is believed that they are not local and could be from anywhere in the UK.  A majority of the names on the letters are Eastern European sounding.

If you receive any letters of this nature can I ask that you report the matter to Action Fraud, details of how to do this can be obtained on the below link.

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Cash Machines

There have recently been several incidents at ATM Cash Points whereby person(s) have been using a device which placed over the part of the machine where you put your card in, this disables the machine and keeps the users card. Once the user as left the Offender(s) are then able to access the card and users details to remove cash from their account.

If you are using any Cash Machines please be vigilant and if you think there is something not quite right then let the bank know during opening times or contact the Police on the below numbers ( 999 in an emergency only)

Cold Callers

Knowle, Dorridge & Blythe Neighbourhood Police Team advised us of an incident recently where an elderly lady was called by someone pertaining to be from Barclays bank informing her that there had been a security breach of her account and that she needed to take her money out and transfer it to another account through the Post Office. The person appeared to know a lot about the ladies account even though she did not do any internet banking. Barclays were contacted and they stated that they had no knowledge of the call to the lady and it was certainly not from their Organisation. Unfortunately the lady lost a large sum of money. This highlights the importance of being vigilant when taking such calls and not divulging any information over the phone. The advice given is that if you receive such a call no matter how convincing they are or how much knowledge they have about you, you should ask for a call back later and then check with your bank yourself. Use a number you regularly use which is familiar to you to call them. However you are reminded not to discuss banking details over the phone from an incoming call that you are not expecting.

Our Local Neighbourhood Policing Team have brought the following magazine scam to our attention. The scam was reported to them by one of their coordinators.

The coordinator in question recently received a telephone call from a company called Sapphire Magazine (their telephone number was 08445 670 460), they said he/she had completed a telephone survey for them (I do not remember this). They said they would like to send them a trial magazine and a £20 petrol voucher.

If he/she liked the magazine they could subscribe for £79 a year, and the profits would go to a Cancer charity, all he/she had to do was give them a £1 for postage, this pound was to be paid by credit card.

The company were informed  that he/she was not comfortable with giving out their card number, so they said they could phone their customer services on 0843 507 0707.

The number was checked out to the above ‘company’ on the web, there are a lot of people who have been taken in by this, it appears that they take £79 out of your account, not £1, and there is no magazine, and you can not contact them again, or get your money back.

If you wish to check this out just ‘google’ Sapphire Magazine Scam.