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Acol Parish Council

Watch Bulletins

5th December - Burglary in Plumstone Road

A house was burgled this morning, at about 11.30, and jewellery was stolen.

Villagers are urged to ensure that all windows and doors are kept locked. It seems this was an opportunist, who struck lucky as a door to the property had a faulty lock. We also have a number of strangers working on the development at the property next to the church.

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.

31st October 2017

Kent Police’s annual campaign to help prevent burglaries and bring offenders to justice has launched across the county.

Operation Castle runs every year and aims to highlight how residents can reduce their chances of becoming a victim of burglary.

There is typically an increase in burglaries as evenings start to become longer and people leave their homes to attend more festivities, such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas.

Countywide picture

Since a change in charging practices was announced in April 2017 there have been 721 reports of burglary residential in Kent.

A total of 4,429 burglary dwellings were reported for the year ending September 2016, a drop of around 15% compared to the previous year.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Armory, from Kent Police, said: ‘Burglary can leave victims feeling scared and anxious long after the crime has been committed.

‘It is important to remember however that most burglaries are opportunistic and a burglar will often be put off by something as simple as leaving a light switched on.

‘Burglary is a priority for us throughout the year however we have seen historically that offending can increase as the nights get darker. That’s why we want to encourage people to take simple crime prevention steps and to reassure people that we will be continuing to focus our efforts on catching and convicting offenders.’

Advice:

  • Keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view.
  • Use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied;
  • Keep gates locked and boundaries secure;
  • Lock away bikes, tools and garden items that could be stolen or used to break into your home.

You can also:

  • Security-mark items including bicycles, smartphones and laptops;
  • Keep receipts and serial numbers safe;
  • Photograph and insure expensive or unique items;
  • Install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank;
  • Register important items for free at www.immobolise.com. This can help us return them to you if they are stolen and then recovered.

30th October 2017

Burglary Dwelling – Vincent Farm Mews – between 20/10 10.30 and 20/10 15.00 – watches and cash stolen via insecure rear door.

29th October 2017 - New Malware Alert

There has a been a new malware released called 'Bad Rabbit'. While it has mainly affected eastern European countries and Russia it is possible that it may find its way outside of that region.

It manifests itself through a Flash update that appears in a web browser.

In the event you receive anything relating to a requirement to update your Flash, do not follow the instructions.

The malware is based on previous iterations of ransomware like Petya and Wannacry all of which are based on the EternalBlue exploit which is what affected hundreds of countries and thousands of organisations in May 2017.

It is recommended you change your passwords to a strong password and employ virus protection services.

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.