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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF

Alert message sent 09/09/2019 15:22:00

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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
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Beat Surgery at Buttercross, Marketplace Oakham, on 21st Sept between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 27th Sept between 10:00 & 11:00
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Scams – Individuals are being persuaded to download software, visit websites or even enter instructions into their computer which can lead to a type of attack called Remote Access Takeover (RAT), also known as a Computer Takeover Scam. 
Where IT technicians use remote access to provide support at work, fraudsters can use it to help themselves to your bank information, passwords, emails and sensitive photos. They can even activate your webcam to spy on you or microphone to listen in on private conversations.
With these type of attacks, fraudsters will often:
Pretend to be a utility, broadband or computer company. They may offer to help you with a slow internet connection or offer to fix a problem that you weren't aware of.
Ask you to log into online banking to check for a payment they ‘should’ have sent you.
Ask for your IP address, your phone or computer details, or send you a link in an email.
To help keep your personal and banking details safe, make sure you follow these simple steps:
Avoid letting someone you don't know have access to your computer, especially remotely. 
Be careful how you share your information. Do not log onto your online banking whilst someone has control of your computer.
Do not share security codes, one-time passwords or card reader codes with anyone.
Have up-to-date antivirus software
If in doubt, call the bank or police.
Secure your shed or garage - Think like a thief. It’s strange how most people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes. People often end up using a flimsy lock or padlock to protect the contents – whether it’s a car, bike or lawnmower. The fact is, a burglar will usually try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to get into the house.
First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.
Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And keep it locked at all times.
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
Invest in a garage door stop.
Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option and you can register some items on the Immobilise website for free. For more information visit Immobilise  and our detailed page on property marking.
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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