Acol Parish Council
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!
18th April - Police Issue Warning Over 'Phone Scammers
28th March - Hard Sell Driveway Cold-Callers
There are, at present, three companies in the area that are cold calling regarding Driveways.
The Companies are Monarch, Trademark and Coastline Paving Ltd, and all their vans look professionally marked-up.
They cold call and try a hard sell.
Trading Standards are aware.
26th March - Dash-cam Thefts
Please be aware that there have been several thefts of dashcams from secure cars by smashing the side window, predominately in the Ramsgate Area. Anything on show such as Dashcams or Satnavs are tempting for criminals or opportunists, regardless of how secure the vehicle might be.
Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator
8th/ 9th February - Attempted Break-In, Nursery Fields
There was an attempted break-in to an unoccupied house in Nursery Fields, via the side alley leading to the rear garden, late on Thursday evening. Please notify the Police of any suspicious activity, especially between 9.30 pm and 1 am on 8th/ 9th February.
Kent residents warned to be alert to the signs of courier fraud
22 Nov 2017
Detectives from Kent and Essex’s Serious Crime Directorate are reminding residents to be alert to the signs of courier fraud following reports of suspicious callers across Kent.
In the last month officers have received several reports of residents being approached by someone claiming to be a police officer who knocks at their front door.
Eligible for refund
They are then told that an investigation into rogue traders who completed work on their house has begun and the resident will be eligible for a refund.
In order to get this refund the victim would need to pay an outstanding bill and an officer would collect the payment so the funds can be released.
Variations on the scam
Variations on the scam involve people claiming to be from Trading Standards, a local bank or other organisations in a position of trust.
Detective Sergeant Marc Cananur said: ‘Criminals who take part in this fraud pick out the most vulnerable members of society and we are keen to ensure people know how to spot the signs.
‘Friends and family should pass on fraud prevention advice to help protect loved ones and prevent their finances being put at risk.’
Protect yourself against courier fraud. Don't be a victim.
The police or your bank will never send a courier to your home to collect your bank card or other items and will never ask for cash, valuables, or your PIN.
If you receive one of these calls end it immediately without providing information.
If you wish to call your bank use a number known to you, not one provided by the caller. Call from another phone, or call a friend first to ensure the offenders have been disconnected from your line.
If you’ve handed over any personal bank details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
18th October - Police Advice - "WIDE"
Crime prevention - please remember, don't leave your home in darkness if you are going out, leave a light on or use a light switch timer. Ensure your garden is secure, lock your gates and sheds.You can put alarms on your out building/sheds/garages and they are very inexpensive.
Crime prevention – Remember the WIDE principle:
W – Window locks on every window
I Interior lights left on a timer when you are away
D Double or dead bolts fitted on doors
E Exterior lights on a sensor.
Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
If you have any information call Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111 or Kent Police on 101.