Telephone Scams

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clip_image002Avon & Somerset Police have reported there have been a substantial number of telephone scams reported recently. Once again HMRC has been used, where the caller says that they are from the Tax Office and that you owe money and a warrant has been issued for your arrest. Another scam currently going around is for someone claiming to be from BT saying that there is a problem with your internet. This one seems to be centre on giving them control of your computer to allow them to see if everything is in order. Once they have control they may demand an astronomical fee to solve the alleged “problem” or want a regular monthly payment to ensure everything stays in order. This type of ransom scam may also makes you vulnerable to viruses looking for financial information.

If you receive any form of phone call from someone you don’t know, never give them any personal or financial information and never let them take control of your computer. If you have any concerns, hang up the phone immediately. If you are still worried, contact the company the scammer claims to be from to check the validity of their claim. Use the phone number from an old bill or written communication or use the telephone directory. NEVER use a phone number given to you by the caller as it will go to an accomplice or to a premium price phone line.

It should be appreciated that these telephone scams are no longer one-man back-room operations, but highly sophisticated undertakings running on a industrial scale usually from foreign countries.

Parcel theft

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Parcel thiefWith Christmas swiftly approaching there are probably more home parcel deliveries than normal, opportunistic thieves are on the lookout for easy pickings.

 

 

Somerset & Avon Police have issued the following warning

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Please note that there have been some instances recently where parcels delivered for individuals have been stolen. Of those the most recent have been:

A parcel delivered in Bridgwater and left in the porch at the front of the delivery address. Victim returned home to find the parcel missing.

A suspect took a delivery card in the name of the victim and collected a parcel in Weston Super Mare

Officers ask you to take care over the security of parcels being delivered. If you are not going to be home to receive them, try to find an alternative where they will be home. If you are buying on-line then many companies use a `click and collect’ service with other more local businesses which can be convenient.

Cold Calling & Rogue Traders

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Rogue TraderThe following message has been received from Avon & Somerset Police 

 

 

Trading Standards have made us aware that there are companies causing concerns in Somerset. These often have representatives in the area cold calling at houses. They vary in what they are offering, it can be suggesting they can handle compensation claims or talking about cavity wall insulation. Callers can be offering to provide garden services, selling goods etc.

Bogus traders often call at the door without an appointment – their work can be over-priced and poor quality.

Make sure you do not buy from or sell to callers at the door. If you have a chain on your door then ensure it is on before you answer the door to strangers.

Do not have dealings with cold callers – better to close the door and keep them outside. If you do want to have work done then ensure you get written quotations from reputable companies – consider asking family or friends for suggestions.

Remember you can also get bogus calls on the telephone or by Email – never give out ANY personal information on either.

If you think you have been subject of cold calling, bogus traders etc then please contact the police using the 999 emergency number.

Local Break-in and theft

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On Friday 14th July between 2:00 and 2:30 pm, a unoccupied property in the village that is currently undergoing renovation was broken into. The thief who seemed to know what they were doing destroyed an internal alarm system, and stole a lawn mower, strimmer, CCTV and tools that were being used to renovate the property.

In the event of anyone having seen something that may be of use to the police, please contact Avon & Somerset Police using the 101 telephone number.

Crime figures for March 2017

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Avon & Somerset Police have released the following crime information statistics for their Wincanton Rural South area which includes Yeovilton.

177 calls from your beat area

36 were listed as crimes, including:

1 Assault

0 Assault on Police

0 dwelling burglary (+ 1 attempt)

1 Non dwelling burglary (+ 2 attempt)

3 criminal damage – property

4 criminal damage – vehicles

1 theft from motor vehicles

1 theft of motor vehicle

1 theft of pedal cycles

1 theft from shops

remainder miscellaneous

Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) – 11 reports across the beat. Reports relate to neighbour disputes, loud music and pony racing on the A303

Beat Surgeries include:

Wednesdays, Ilchester coffee morning 10am-12noon

Avon & Somerset Police have also issued the following reminder about securing property.

REMINDER –  ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are kept secure with good quality locks, hinges and door furniture. Consider securing valuable equipment with extra chains and padlocks. Property mark tools and equipment and consider alarming the buildings.

This advice can be accessed via the following internet link.

Securing-your-garden-and-outbuildings_CJ014.pdf