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If you are going away please remember to:•Cancel milk, newspapers and other deliveries. If possible, give a spare key to a family member or neighbour and ask them to pick up your post, so that it is not lying in a pile on the floor. If you have an external mail-box, ask someone to regularly empty it for you.•Don't close curtains or blinds, as they are a 'give away' that the house is not occupied, particularly when drawn through the day•Consider plugging a lamp into a 'time-switch', which will automatically turn the lamp on and off during the evening. However, don't put the lamp in a room, which passers-by can see into when the light is on. You could also use a 'time-switch' to automatically switch on a radio•Keep spare keys in a safe place. The first places that a burglar will look are under a mat or flowerpots. If possible, leave spare keys with a family member or friend/neighbour, rather than outside your property. Never leave keys in the locks inside or lying around the house•Lock all ladders and garden tools away in your shed or garage. Put a strong lock on the garden shed and lock all garage doors•Please don't let the whole Social Networking world know that you're away. You never know who might be reading your messages.Finally, go away and have a great festive holiday! Remember that many of the above guidelines can also be used when going out for the evening.
Meet the TeamMeet the team and members of your PACT Panel to raise local issues at the following events.Surgeries:1st Tuesday of every month, 11 - 11.30am Charminster Shop 3rd Tuesday of every month, 11 - 11.30am Abbots Coffee Shop, Cerne Abbas 3rd Tuesday of every month, 12.30 - 1pm Fox & Hounds Inn, Cattistock Last Tuesday of every month, 2.30 - 3pm Maiden Newton Coffee Shop 2nd Wednesday of every month, 1.30 - 2pm Stevens Farm Shop, Martinstown 2nd Thursday of every month, 11 - 11.30am Coach & Horses, Winterbourne Abbas 1st Friday of every month, 11 - 11.30am The Saxon Arms, Stratton Every Thursday at 10.30am Meet The Team Dorchester Library
A reminder that your Safer Neighbourhood Police Officers are:-Sgt Ged Want, PC Chris Meade, PCSO Jane Goodwin and PCSO Sarah Pilcher. Call them at Dorset Police on: 101 Please only use the numbers above for non-emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.
Message sent by Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Force HQ) Telephone scams can take many forms but tend to follow set patterns.For instance, Dorset Police are warning the public after reports of phone scams in the county, with offenders claiming to be from Microsoft, and are appealing for other victims to come forward. The offender often speaks with an with an Indian accent. Be aware that Microsoft NEVER EVER cold call and cannot detect any problems with your computer unless you grant them access. If you do so they will introduce problems then demand money to remove them again, which they do not always do.Fraudsters are still conning elderly and vulnerable people over the phone in Dorset, which has cost local people nearly £1,100,000 since it started in 2014.Dorset Police launched the awareness campaign Hang Up On Fraudsters in 2015 to make residents aware that criminals were claiming to be police officers or bank workers and telling people their account had been defrauded. They told victims they should call them back to clarify their identity – but in reality they kept the lines open and conned unsuspecting locals out of over a million pounds.A similar warning about phone scams is now being issued by police. Fraudsters are currently pretending to be from a bank, stating that the account holder is due new credit or debit cards but they need the PIN for the current cards so that they can be cancelled. The caller states the new cards will be with the customer the following day. If a victim queries the caller, the victim is told that the local branch manager will ring to confirm the authenticity. A subsequent call is made to the account holder and they confirm the previous caller’s details. The victim then receives a further call from the offenders, asking if they have received their new cards. They obviously haven’t, so the offender states that they will send a courier to deliver the new cards and collect the old ones. Later that day, a person will turn up at the address, stating they are a courier. They give the victim the ‘new’ cards and collect the old ones. Shortly after this transaction, fraudulent activity is recorded on the account both on-line and at local ATMs.This year, Dorset Police has received 27 reports of phone fraud between 01 January to 25 April 2016, compared to 407 reports for the same period last year. The victims, who are on average 79-years-old, have lost a combined total of £43,812 this year, compared to £420,500 for the same period last year: a reduction of over 90 per cent. Nine phone fraud victims have lost money to criminals, compared to 35 in 2015.Police have received reports of this type of phone fraud from residents living in the following areas of Dorset during 2016: Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Ferndown, Portland and Bridport. Detective Sergeant Garry Knight, of Bournemouth Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said: “We are pleased that there are considerably fewer victims than last year, however; we want this crime to stop completely, so that unscrupulous fraudsters don’t get away with stealing money from elderly and vulnerable people. Telephone fraud has traditionally been a faceless crime, but criminals are now defrauding victims over the phone before collecting their cash cards in person. This poses all kinds of risks to the individual concerned, let alone the financial losses they will incur if they are conned. We want people to tell their friends, family members and neighbours that they should NEVER give out bank account details, including their Personal Identification Number (PIN), over the phone. Nobody, no matter which organisation they claim to be from, will ask you for bank details over the phone or on your doorstep. This includes the police, banks and retailers”.What to do if you receive a suspicious call:•Hang up - dial 1471 and note the number used. •Report to the Police by email or different phone, quoting Op Luna. •If you need to use the same phone, WAIT 5 minutes, as the fraudster could still be on the line. Remember:NEVER give your PIN or bank details out over the phone.NEVER withdraw cash and send it anywhere via courier or taxi.NEVER send bank cards anywhere via courier or taxi.NEITHER the Police nor your bank will EVER ask for you to do any of the above.For help and advice, to report an incident or if you have been a victim of telephone fraud contact Dorset Police on:Telephone: 101 Non-emergency; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Online: www.dorset.police.uk
Message sent by:Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Force HQ)Social media apps which map your route whilst cycling are believed to contribute to the increased number of high value cycles being stolen in Dorset, police say.Officers from Dorset Police are encouraging cyclists who enjoy Dorset’s landscape on two wheels to check their settings on certain apps, particularly people who enjoy sharing their journeys over the internet.Poole’s Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant, Andy Thompson, said: “We have noticed a rise in the number of high value cycles being stolen recently, particularly from the conurbation, which we believe could be linked to people unwittingly leading thieves to their home addresses due to posting information online. However, people are still leaving their bikes unlocked when unattended, which makes the theft a low-risk, high-reward crime in the eyes of a criminal. We are urging all cyclists to be mindful of the amount of personal information which they share over the internet and how this can be interpreted by criminals, as data isn’t just accessible to fellow enthusiasts, but to thieves too. Changing the privacy settings on an app will make it hard for would-be thieves to pinpoint where the bike is stored when not in use. It takes seconds to do, but can save thousands of pounds, hours of frustration and upset and deny the criminal a ‘quick thrill’ or a sale. Since April this year, there have been 481 reports of pedal cycle theft across Dorset, with 124 reports coming from the Poole area (just over 25% of the reports the force receives for cycle crime. Officers proactively patrol areas which have had cycles stolen and use the Bright Bikes initiative to remind cyclists to secure their property, which also acts as a visible deterrent to criminals”.Sergeant Thompson added: “Doing simple things such as getting your bike marked by your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officer, removing bike racks from vehicles when at home, using ground anchors when your cycle is stored away, locking your bike with two different types of locks and, when buying a second hand bike, checking the details on Bike Register to make sure it’s not stolen, all help deter thieves from stealing your property”.SNTs also hold cycle marking events, where they engrave bicycles and register them onto bikeregister.com. An officer can also do this at a time and location suitable for the cyclistA 16-year-old Poole boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, vehicle interference and possession of an offensive weapon and bailed until the end of October 2015 pending further enquiries and a 25-year-old Ferndown man has been arrested for handling stolen goods. He is answering police bail in mid-November.Top Ten Tips on Keeping Your Cycle Safe:1.Get your bike security marked by police and register it at www.BikeRegister.com2.Record details of your bike - take a photo and record the frame and BikeRegister numbers along with any other distinguishing features3.Use locks of 'Sold Secure' gold standard - try to use two different types of lock, with at least one being a high quality D-lock. It takes thieves a few seconds to cut through poor quality locks4.Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand5.Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre - secure your bike as close to the stand as possible6.Take parts that are easy to remove with you - for example, saddles and wheels. Or use secure skewers, which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently7.Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking - it should be well lit and covered by CCTV if possible8.Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home - many bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds. Take a look at the Pragmasis shed bar. Not all Home Insurance policies cover bicycles – so check yours today9.Don't buy a stolen second-hand bike - buying a stolen bike will encourage the thief to steal more, and make other people’s lives a misery. Insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number online10.If your bike has been stolen, contact the Police and Bike Register. Give them your frame number, BikeRegister number, photo and any other relevant details