Your local Safer Neighbourhood Team is Dorchester West
Call them at Dorset Police on: 101 or on their team mobile: 07500 816292 or email: dorchester-rural-snt@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Please only use the numbers above for non-emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999
Dorchester Police Twitter Page Have you discovered the Dorchester Police Twitter page yet? Why not take a look and follow the team who will give you up to date information. Their Twitter page can be found on https://twitter.com/DorchesterSNT?
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 holiday! Remember that many of the above guidelines can also be used when going out for the evening.
Meet the Team Meet 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: 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk; Online: www.dorset.police.uk
POLICE ADVICE
CRIME PREVENTION
TELEPHONE SCAMS
.
Dorset Litton Cheney
in the Bride Valley
DORSET FRAUD ALERTS
For further information and advice please go to www.dorset.police.uk and follow the link to Fraud Alerts.
Dorset Police is alerting residents to new and emerging fraud trends affecting the county. Every month, Dorset Police will be updating the new Fraud Alert page on the Force website, with emerging fraud trends that are affecting the residents of Dorset.  Fraud often affects the most vulnerable in the community, but anyone can become a target. Fraudsters do not just target individuals, they target businesses too. Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard from the Economic Crime Unit, said: "People often feel embarrassed about being a victim of fraud, but there is no reason to be. It can happen to anyone and it is important you tell us.  Reporting fraud helps us to understand the new trends and techniques being used by criminals and gives us the opportunity to warn others before they become victims." The UK has a centralised fraud reporting centre called Action Fraud. They record all incidents, refer cases to the police for investigation and provide specialist support and advice.  The Fraud Profile for Dorset shows that 2,406 crimes were reported between April 2016 and September 2016. The total victim loss was £4.6 million and the most commonly targeted victims were aged between 60 – 79yrs. Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard continued: "It's easy to be caught out.  Fraudsters are clever and know how to gain your trust.  Make sure you don't give out any personal information to anyone unless you have confirmed who it is you are speaking to.  Remember: You will never be asked for your personal banking details, such as passwords and PIN numbers. If you are, hang up and contact the organisation/company back by using a number you know, such as one from your latest bill, in the telephone book or from their official website. If you receive a suspicious phone call, hang up immediately, dial 1471 and note the number that called you, then contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at actionfraud.police.uk. Action Fraud will alert Dorset Police.” For up to date fraud and cyber-crime alerts, please visit the Fraud Alerts page of the Dorset Police website at dorset.police.uk/fraud.
On-line Scams Telehone Scams Crime Prevention Use of 101 Emergency Line Dorset Fraud Alerts Spam Emails Fake Police Scams Property Marking Distraction Burglary Theft from Cars Action Fraud