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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 holiday! Remember that many of the above guidelines can also be used when going out for the evening.
Please only use the numbers above for non-emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, please dial 999.For help and advice, to report an incident or if you have been a victim contact Dorset Police on:Telephone: 101 Non-emergency; Email:email@example.com; Online: www.dorset.police.uk
What is Action Fraud Alert?Action Fraud Alert is provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the City of London Police as a national service. Register to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area.The system uses the Neighbourhood Alert Platform which is a secure, national community messaging facility used by Police, Neighbourhood and Home Watch, Crimestoppers, Fire & Rescue Services and local authorities throughout the UK.The service is totally free, you can sign up online immediately and messages are delivered by email, recorded voice and text message. The system is confidential, you can opt into other services from your account here and control what you receive and who sees your information. You can unsubscribe at any time instantly.For details af the latest scam alerts go to https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/
Action Fraud is the name given to the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime. The team is run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Neighbourhood Alerts team. They use information from all fraud and cyber crime cases reported to them to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity.Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. This can have a devastating impact on those affected. Knowledge is the best defence when it comes to fraud. The more you know about the most recent or common techniques fraudsters are using to defraud victims, the less likely you are to fall into the trap. Dorset Police has designed a new webpage that will keep up to date with the latest frauds affecting the county on our website. Action Fraud also sends information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Spot the signs of County Lines - police launch campaign to protect vulnerable people from drugs gangsDorset Police has launched a campaign urging the public to spot the signs of County Lines and help protect vulnerable people from drugs gangs. County Lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, as well as market and coastal towns, by using dedicated mobile phone lines. Criminals across the country use children and vulnerable people of all ages to courier drugs and money. These drug dealers will often take up residence in a person’s home - known as cuckooing - to sell drugs in the local area. Once caught up in County Lines, exploited individuals are at risk of extreme physical and/or sexual violence, gang recriminations and trafficking. As part of its strategy to safeguard young and vulnerable people, Dorset Police is working to raise awareness of County Lines over the busy summer months. Although the county remains among the safest places in the UK to live, work or holiday in, police are asking both local people and visitors to stay alert to spot the signs of County Lines - and to report them. Superintendent Caroline Naughton explains: “Protecting the vulnerable and tackling the supply of drugs is a priority for Dorset Police, and we recognise the detrimental impact it has on local communities. We know that County Lines is not a problem that can be solved by police efforts alone, and locally we have developed a successful neighbourhood policing response to drug issues and protecting vulnerable people who are at risk of exploitation linked to drug taking and supply. Our local neighbourhood officers regularly patrol areas that are known for street dealing and carry out safeguarding visits on vulnerable people living in our communities. However, we rely on members of the public reporting information to us and this campaign is aimed at raising more awareness of the signs that someone could be involved in a county lines drug network”.Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill says: “County Lines is a growing problem, not just in Dorset but across the country. It is something that the police can’t tackle alone. We need the support of our communities to continue to provide information to Dorset Police about suspected drug-related offences. We’re asking residents, as well as people visiting the county, to be aware of the signs of County Lines exploitation and to contact the police if they spot anything”.Signs to look for: • A young person going missing from school or home;• Meeting with unfamiliar adults and/or a change in behaviour; • Using drugs and alcohol;• Money or expensive gifts they can’t account for;• A neighbour who has not been seen for a while;• More people calling at a neighbour’s home – often at unsociable hours;• Suspicious vehicles/people attending a neighbour’s home. If you have spotted the signs – please tell police. Call 101, report it online at dorset.police.uk/do-it-online,or contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111. If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, call 999.
Detectives are appealing for the public’s help to identify fraudsters who scammed two elderly Bridport residents into handing over thousands of pounds.Sometime between 10am and 10.30am on Wednesday 9 December 2020 the first victim – a woman aged in her 70s – received a phone call from someone purporting to be a detective sergeant from Oxford police. The caller told the victim a man had been caught with her bank card and urged her to go to the bank and withdraw £4,700. She returned home with the cash, where it was arranged for a courier to attend her home in Happy Island Way. A male courier arrived between 4.30pm and 5pm to collect the money.The courier is described as white, very tall and thin, approximately aged in his early 20s and with dark curly hair. He wore a high-visibility jacket, headlight around his head and Lycra leggings. The victim suspected some time later that she may have been scammed so she contacted her bank on Thursday 10 December 2020 and then reported the matter to Dorset Police.A second offence is reported to have occurred on Wednesday 9 December 2020 when a man aged in his 80s received a call in the morning from a detective inspector purporting to be from Bristol police. The victim was told his bank account had been scammed and that £9,000 had been taken out and paid back in forged notes. He was asked to go to his bank to withdraw £6,000, but staff told him he would have to return the following day. He was advised by the scammer to go to another bank and, if needed, lie about why he needed the money. The victim successfully withdrew the money and a man attended the victim’s Hillview address during the afternoon to collect it.Detective Inspector Kate Lill, of Weymouth CID, said: “These are despicable offences and a full investigation is underway to identify the people responsible. I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of Happy Island Way between 4.30pm and 5pm yesterday or Hillview and saw the man described, or a suspicious vehicle, to please contact Dorset Police. “I would urge any motorists with dashcam who were driving in the area or residents with home CCTV systems to check their footage from this time period to see if they have captured the courier or any relevant vehicle.We have received further reports of attempted frauds over recent days in other parts of West Dorset and we would like to remind everyone that police officers nor your bank will ask you to withdraw money to be collected. They will also not ask for your PIN number. If you are in any doubt, hang up and call your bank directly. I would ask our communities to speak directly to elderly friends, family and neighbours about this scam so they are aware and we can prevent anyone else handing over their money to conmen.”Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200184989. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.