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Acol Parish Council

Watch Bulletins

20th March - Beware of Fake Websites Promising Cash for your 'Phone


11th July - Further Car Break-ins in Acol

Message from Iris Osborne - Acol's Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator...

I am sorry to let you all know that we have had more cars broken into last night. This happened in The Street.

So please be aware of your property and please report anything to the police and of course to me so I  can let everyone know.

6th July - cars broken-into in Minster Road, Acol

Please be aware that two cars were broken into during the night of 5th and 6th July - several items stolen.

Police have been notified.

Friday 22nd June. Here is a summary of Neighbourhood Watch messages from the past week, just received by the Website Editor…

Monday 18th June

Burglary Commercial Premises – Woodchurch Road – between 14/6 17.30 and 15/6 02.39 – car stolen via office break-in, chased and stopped, but suspects ran away.  Safe from office left outside building.

Theft of Motor Vehicle – Cottington Road – between 17/6 10.00 and 17/6 10.35 – motorcycle EU04 NLT stolen.  It was left at side of road following puncture.

Wednesday 20th June

Reported at 10.30 in Cliffsend.

A white male helped himself into a resident’s side gate and walked into the kitchen uninvited. When the resident confronted him, he informed the resident he was selling windows. 

The resident said they don't buy from cold callers and had a sticker saying that in their window. His reply was “I have bad eye sight”. 

He said he was working for a national windows company and supposedly works for Pinnacle.

Cliffsend Facebook has a photo of the male. 

Thursday 21st June


Committed between 2300 hrs 03/05/18 and 0600 hrs 04/05/18.

Location: Manor Solar Farm, Thorne farm, Thorne Hill, Ramsgate.

The solar park substation has been broken into and 6 drums of copper cable stolen. Suspects have gained entry to the site by cutting the perimeter fencing.

 If you have any information relating to the above incident can you please call 101 and quote the crime report number. Thank you.

May 30th - Theft of Water from Outside Taps

PLEASE Can we get the message out to people in the villages . If they have a hose out the front or the side of house  to lock it away . This is because people are going around in a transit van stealing people's water using water barrels. 

The Rural Community Wardens and PCSO's aware



27th May - TSB "Port Out Alert"

There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.

Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.

To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.

Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place.

Protect Yourself:
PAC Code notifications
If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.

Clicking on links/files:
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.

Requests to move money:
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping
Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

24th May - The Latest Cold Calling Alert

We have been advised of people going around  a local village cold calling. They are knocking on doors saying that they're working next door on a roof repair and have noticed a damaged tile, and that they can sort it out as they are in the area.

Also garden items have been taken from another village.

We are advised to say "NO" as it will always be a mega cost in the end!

If you see anyone acting suspiciously or cold-calling then please call 101.

18th April - Two Incidents in Acol Village

17.4.18  Daytime break-in to a property in Plumstone Road - house ransacked and items taken.

17.4.18 Signs of tampering to locks on outside sheds in a garden  of a property in The Street..

Please make your properties are securely locked!