Local Neighbourhood Watch

Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert (Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau))

3 months 2 weeks ago
Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.   The caller will request payment by means of bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed. A range of different businesses and individuals are being targeted.   Though this type of fraud can occur throughout the UK, Action Fraud has noted that a significant level of reports are being made from those in the Yorkshire area.   Tips for staying safe:   Confirm what the debt is regarding; bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders. Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement; these would be collected by debt collectors. Debt collectors do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs and will not have special court authorisation to act. For more details regarding this, please look at the Citizens Advice website. If you work for a business and receive a call or visit from bailiffs or debt collectors, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees do this whilst talking with them, suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer, when in reality the debt is non-existent. Double check with the court or originating company to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call and clarify; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research. Request details of the debt in writing to confirm its legitimacy. Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.  

Farm watch bulletin - 06 November 2017 (Sussex Police)

3 months 2 weeks ago
Monday, 06 November 2017 Farm Watch Coordinator's Update [Apologies for the late arrival of last week's update] The number of reports of loose animals on the highway this week are up from eighteen to twenty-four, this is made up by thirteen Horses, eight Cows and three Sheep. In addition, trains had to be stopped on the Hastings to Rye Railway Line due to a loose cow on the line. As I am sure that you can imagine, this causes massive delays to trains as the entire network must be closed down. Please carry on checking your roadside hedges and fences daily, this includes those where a railway lines passes by.  We are still receiving many calls each week re strange vehicles driving into properties and when approached either driving off or coming out with silly excuses. Please keep calling these in and if possible with the registration number, although they may not have committed a crime on your property they may well have done so locally. With your help we can place that vehicle in your area at a specific time.  I often speak to people who tell me that they have had this or that stolen, when I enquire if they reported it they say no, I did not think it was worth it. Wrong, unless you report police would assume that crime is not being committed in your area, always report every crime on 101, no matter how insignificant you feel it is. Do not forget if you see something out of character, out of place and suspicious please call police on the non-emergency number 101. If you suspect that a crime is taking place, then please call through on the 999 number.    Kindest regards  Phillip   Crime and incident update   Monday 23rd October 2017 to Sunday 29th October 2017 Area Ref Date Details Adur & Worthing     Nothing reported Arun     Nothing reported Brighton & Hove     Nothing reported Chichester 0304 24/10/2017 A farm in Church Lane Oving was entered by cutting the gate hinges, the intruders then cut the power cables to the CCTV and security lights. They then hitched up to and stole two caravans. 1506 25/10/2017 A farm in Ham Lane Tangmere has been broken into by cutting a 4’ x 4’ section out of the boundary fence. The intruders then broke into a storage container and stole 100 brand new solar panels worth £1,500:00. 1567 28/10/2017 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a Land Rover in Wittering. Fortunately, the owner arrived just as the intruders got the passenger door open, the intruders ran off. Crawley     Nothing reported Eastbourne     Nothing reported Gatwick     Nothing reported Hastings     Nothing reported Horsham     Nothing reported Lewes     Nothing reported Mid Sussex 1590 25/10/2017 A mobile telephone, 6 drill guns, impact drivers, a chop saw and two hand saws were all stolen from a marquee in Saint Hill Road East Grinstead. 1107 28/10/2017 The Key Safe on a farm in Mascalls Lane Lindfield has been forcefully removed from the wall and stolen. Rother 1117 24/10/2017 Heritage Intruders placed the garden benches from Bexhill United Reformed Church in the road and in the process pulled the hand rail from the Lionel Road entrance off, and this resulted in some of the brickwork being dislodged. 1068 28/10/2017 A land owner in Eatenden Lane Mountfield found two youths snooping around his barn, they said they were lost. The previous day they were spotted in Eatenden lane in the same white Ford Transit van, a Mk 6 with a reg no similar to J44M!!. Wealden 0918 23/10/2017 A John Deere HPX Gator side by side utility vehicle (like a buggy) has been stolen from premises in in Pump Lane Framfield. The serial number is IMOHPXDSJHM150295. 0897 26/10/2017 A chicken farmer from Cowbeech Road Rushlake Green is experiencing problems the driver of a blue Nissan hatchback type of vehicle stopping and stealing eggs from outside the premises. 0383 27/10/2017 At 04:40 hours a male was challenged on a building site who had collected a metal teethed digger bucket from the site behind Heathfield Police Station, the intruder stated that he was collecting it for a company, he then drove away with it on a trailer. Of course, he was stealing it. 0719 28/10/2017 A game keepers’ vehicle was broken into by smashing two of the nearside windows and stealing various items, these include a bag of paperwork, a shoot game book (record level of game being shot daily, a tweed shooting coat and a heavy brown waterproof coat. It is believed that the offenders were after firearms, but of course they are never left in the vehicle unattended. 0922 29/10/2017 The owner of a vehicle from a farm house in Five Chimneys Lane Hadlow Down advertised it for sale, a potential purchaser called by appointment to view it. He got into the driver’s seat, promptly locked the doors and drove off. I won’t bore you with too much with the rest of the story other than to say three police forces became involved, Sussex-Kent and Surrey. The vehicle moved between counties in an effort to avoid capture but of course the vehicle was eventually stopped and the driver apprehended. Help us keep Sussex safe If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org   Wildlife Officers Please only contact your local Wildlife Officers for any general enquiries or questions, not to report a crime. Report all crimes and incidents to Sussex Police online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.   Area Officer Email Adur and Worthing PS Steve Turner   stephen.turner@sussex.pnn.police.uk   Arun PCSO Loraine Dixon loraine.dixon@sussex.pnn.police.uk Brighton and Hove PC Andrea Leahy andrea.leahy@sussex.pnn.police.uk Chichester PCSO Colin Booker colin.booker@sussex.pnn.police.uk Crawley PS Chris Glasspool christopher.glasspool@sussex.pnn.police.uk Eastbourne PC Louis Thompson louis.thompson@sussex.pnn.police.uk Hastings PC Nick Bellhouse nicholas.bellhouse@sussex.pnn.police.uk Horsham PEO Louisa Hull louisa.hull@sussex.pnn.police.uk Lewes PC Pete Hall peter.hall@sussex.pnn.police.uk Mid Sussex PS Chris Glasspool christopher.glasspool@sussex.pnn.police.uk Rother PCSO Daryl Holter daryl.holter@sussex.pnn.police.uk Wealden PC Richard Waters richard.waters@sussex.pnn.police.uk   Stay in the know with social media Sussex Police Horse Watch   Links and attachments: Sussex Police will only ever link you to secure websites we trust. 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Do you leave your car keys on the hall table (Sussex Police)

3 months 2 weeks ago
                                                                                      We have had a number of car key burglaries across Hastings & Rother over the last couple of weeks. Offenders have hooked car keys via the letter box and then used the keys to steal vehicles. To save you becoming a victim of crime keep your car keys out of sight.       Help us keep Sussex safe Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org Stay in the know with social media   Links and attachments: Sussex Police will only ever link you to secure websites we trust. We will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

Stay local and enjoy this bonfire weekend (Sussex Police)

3 months 2 weeks ago
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 Dear {FIRST_NAME} With Lewes bonfire happening this weekend, local agencies and emergency services are urging people outside the town to stay local rather than travelling to the event. Due to serious concerns about dangerous over-crowding and public safety, parking suspensions, road closures and changes to the train services have been put in place by a multi-agency group. This means Lewes will not be accessible from midday on Saturday, 04 November until the next morning. Cars parked on the A27 or in other restricted areas will be towed away. To see the full road closures and travel restrictions please visit here.   Help us keep Sussex safe Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org   Stay in the know with social media   Links and attachments: Sussex Police will only ever link you to secure websites we trust. We will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.
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