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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF

Alert message sent 07/05/2019 15:36:00

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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in South Street, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have damaged vehicle paintwork. This incident occurred on 01/05/2019 at 18:25
One report of theft from a vehicle in the Cricket Lawns, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have forced entry and taken property. This incident occurred on 01/05/2019 at 01:45.
One report of the theft in Church Passage, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have taken secured pedal cycle. This incident occurred between 27/04/2019 12:00 & 27/04/2019 18:00.
One report of theft in Luffenham Rd, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have taken high value plant machinery.  This incident occurred between 26/04/2019 20:00 & 26/04/2019 21:00.
One report of criminal damage in Derwent Drive, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have smashed vehicle window. This incident occurred between 05/05/2019 12:00 & 05/05/2019 13:50.
Events
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 10th May between 15:00 &16:00.
Beat Surgery at Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 18th May between 13:30 & 14:20.
Coffee with a PCSO at Rutland Coffee House, Crown Walk on 29th May between 10:00 & 11:00.
Latest News
Top tips to avoid becoming a travel fraud victim.
The most common types:
  • Holiday accommodation: Fraudsters are making full use of the internet to con holidaymakers by setting up fake websites, hacking into legitimate accounts and posting fake adverts on websites and social media.
  • Airline tickets: where a customer believes they are booking a flight and receives a fake ticket or pays for a ticket that never turns up. In 2016, flights to Africa and the Indian sub-continent were particularly targeted, suggesting that fraudsters are targeting the visiting friends and family market and may well be making use of lack of knowledge of the strict regulations in place for the legitimate UK based travel industry.
  • Sports and religious trips: a popular target for fraud due to limited availability of tickets and consequently higher prices.
  • Timeshares and holiday clubs: The sums involved with this form of fraud are particularly high with victims often losing tens of thousands of pounds each.
How to stay safe:
  • Stay safe online:  Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name – such as going from .co.uk to .org
  • Do your research: Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials. If a company is defrauding people there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experiences, and warnings about the company.
  • Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
  • Pay safe: Be cautious if you're asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.
  • Check paperwork: You should study receipts, invoices as well as terms and conditions. Be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all. When booking through a Holiday Club or Timeshare, get the contract thoroughly vetted by a solicitor before signing up.
  • Use your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Get free expert advice: For further advice on how to stay safe when booking or researching travel online, go to Get Safe Online.
Report fraud and cyber crime to Action Fraud and receive a police crime reference number.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 
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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

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