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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF

Alert message sent 12/08/2019 09:01:00

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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 High St West, Uppingham. Known suspect seen spraying graffiti on local school buildings. This incident occurred between 06/08/2019 23:00 & 07/08/2019 01:00.
One report of theft in Chapel Close, Empingham. Unknown persons take taken property from local theatre hall. This incident occurred between 09/08/2019 14:00 & 10/08/2019 08:00.
One report of theft & criminal damage in Stamford Rd, Empingham. Unknown persons have taken property and damaged other property in the process. This incident occurred between 08/08/2019 16:00 & 10/08/2019 15:00.
One report of criminal damage in Stamford Rd, Oakham. Unknown persons have damaged vehicle paintwork. This incident occurred between 09/08/2019 23:15 & 10/08/2019 12:00.

Events
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 14th Aug between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at the Bird Fair, Egleton on 16th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Café Nero, Market Place, Oakham on 18th Aug between 15:00 & 16:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 30th Aug between 10:00 & 11:00

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How to avoid pension scams - 4 simple steps to protect yourself from pension scams 
Step 1 - reject unexpected offers
If you’re contacted out of the blue about a pension opportunity, chances are it’s high risk or a scam.
If you get a cold call about your pension, the safest thing to do is to hang up - it’s illegal and probably a scam. Report pension cold calls to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Be wary if you’re contacted about any financial product or opportunity and they mention using your pension.
If you get unsolicited offers via email or text you should simply ignore them. Fortunately, most people do reject unsolicited offers – our research suggests that 95% of unexpected pension offers are rejected.
Be wary of offers of free pension reviews. Professional advice on pensions is not free – a free offer out of the blue (from a company you have not dealt with before) is probably a scam.
And don’t be talked into something by someone you know. They could be getting scammed, so check everything yourself.
Step 2 - check who you're dealing with
Check our Financial Services Register to make sure that anyone offering you advice or other financial services is FCA authorised, and they are permitted to provide those services in relation to pensions.
If you need any help checking, call our Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. 
Check they are not a clone – a common scam is to pretend to be a genuine FCA-authorised firm (called a ‘clone firm’). Always use the contact details on our Register, not the details the firm gives you.
Check the FCA Register
If you use an unauthorised firm, you won’t have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) so you’re unlikely to get your money back if things go wrong.
If you use an authorised firm, access to the Financial Ombudsman Service and FSCS protection will depend on the investment you are making and the service the firm is providing.
Check to see if they are registered with Companies House and for the names of the directors. Search the company name and the names of the directors online to see if others have posted any concerns.
Check the FCA Warning List – use our tool to check the risks of a potential pension or investment opportunity. You can also search to see if the firm is known to be operating without our authorisation.
Step 3 - don't be rushed or pressured
Take your time to make all the checks you need – even if this means turning down an ‘amazing deal’. Be wary of promised returns that sound too good to be true and don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. 
Step 4 - get impartial information or advice
You should seriously consider seeking financial guidance or advice before changing your pension arrangements.
The Pensions Advisory Service provides free independent and impartial information and guidance.  
If you’re over 50 and have a defined contribution pension, Pension Wise offers pre-booked appointments to talk through your retirement options.
You can also use a financial adviser to help you make the best decision for your own personal circumstances. If you do opt for an adviser, make sure they are regulated by the FCA and never take investment advice from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam. Find out more about getting financial advice.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Email contactus@leicesteshire.pnn.police.uk
Visit our website and report online
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111
 
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Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

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