Now the cold weather is settling in, please ensure you stay safe when out on the roads.
If icy/snowy weather is predicted DO NOT drive/cycle in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take care, plan your route and allow more journey time.
Dig out the scraper and de-icer so that you can de-frost your windows, or use a windscreen cover overnight.
If you need to defrost your vehicle ensure you stay with it and don’t leave it unattended with the keys inside. Drivers should always be in control of their vehicle when the engine is running. Don’t make it easy for opportunist thieves.
Ensure windows and mirrors are fully de-misted before driving off.
Ensure vehicle lights are clear and working.
Check your windscreen wash bottles are topped up with anti-freeze wash and windscreen wipers are in good working order.
Check vehicle tyre tread and pressures.
Keep an emergency kit on board for long journeys consisting of:
large torch - don't rely on your smart phone torch!
warm clothing including high visability items
in-car phone charger
first aid kit
reflective road triangles
empty fuel container
food and drink
If you are taking your bicycle out, ensure you wear warm protective and high visibility clothing/equipment.
Ensure your bicycle is in good working order - check brakes, lights and tyre tread - keep your bike serviced.
Allow extra distance for smooth braking and make yourself visible on the road - allow yourself and other road users plenty of room and take care around corners.
Remember whilst icy conditions may seem a fun challenge, these conditions remain unpredictable and no amount of skill will help you to stay upright - know when it's a non-cycle day!
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified a number of reports where job seekers are being targeted by fraudsters trying to obtain personal and banking details from them, or requesting money to secure accommodation.
Individuals registering with job seeking websites or searching for jobs on The Student Room website are being contacted by bogus recruitment companies/businesses asking them to complete application and interview forms which request personal details and banking details, as well as copies of identity documents.
In some instances the applicant is invited along for interview, either in person or over the phone, to make the process look as legitimate as possible. This is impacting on students and graduates looking for work both in the UK and overseas. Some job seekers, as well as divulging personal details, have paid money to the fraudsters in order to secure a bogus rental property alongside the job offer.
How to protect yourself:
Check emails and documents from the recruiter for poor spelling and grammar – this is often a sign that fraudsters are at work.If visa fees are mentioned, ask the embassy representing the country where you believe you will be working how to obtain a visa and how much it costs. Check that the answers the potential employer or recruiter gave you are the same – if they’re not, it may be a sign of fraud.Carry out thorough research to confirm that the organisation offering you the job actually exists. If it does exist, contact the organisation directly using contact details obtained through your own research or their website to confirm the job offer is genuine.
If you you're a victim of this fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Stop all contact with the 'agency' but keep a note of their details. Warn the operators of the job website that their site is being used by fraudsters.
Criminals impersonate police in fake investigation fraud
We are warning people, particularly the elderly, to be wary of a growing fraud in which criminals pose as police officers and ask their victims to take part in a fake undercover operation.Seventeen offences have been reported to us with two losses totalling approximately £20,000. Four further reports were reported directly to Action Fraud but did not report a loss.Fraudsters are contacting the public, usually by phone, claiming to be from the police, or in some cases their bank’s fraud team. They claim they are investigating a fraud at a local bank branch where staff are suspected of being complicit, including issuing fake bank notes, and ask their target to help in the operation.As part of the fraud, the individual is asked to visit their bank and withdraw a large sum, often thousands of pounds, of the supposedly counterfeit cash to hand over to the ‘police’ for analysis. The victim is assured that the money will be put back into their account after the operation is complete. However, once the money is passed over the fraudster disappears with the cash.Detective Inspector Rob Harvmann, of the force’s Fraud and Financial Investigation Unit said: “Fraudsters will use whatever way they can to get people to believe in them. Impersonating a bank official or a police officer reinforces that belief.“It’s important to remember neither the bank nor the police will cold call you asking you to act on their behalf. Be vigilant, do not engage in conversation, put the phone down and tell someone you trust. If you have been a victim of such a fraud and you have handed money to someone, please contact 101 or Action Fraud.”• The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.• Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
Alert: Walking dogs on Cannock Chase
Alert: We are reminding residents with dogs who walk over Cannock chase, to be aware of Alabama Rot as it is in the area. A local veterinary practice (Straitons Penkridge) have had three cases this week and none of the dogs have survived for long. They advise washing the dogs feet if they go in any muddy areas after their walks or short term avoiding the area.
We are urging residents to be vigilant in terms of home security following a recent spate of jewellery burglaries in the Stafford area.On Monday 20 November, between 12pm and 6.30pm, four offences took place at addresses in Weston Road, Kingsley Close and Darnford Close, Stafford, and Jasmine Road, Great Bridgeford.On Saturday 25 November, homes in Lea Road, Lea Heath; The Moorings, Colwich; Hammonds Croft, Hixon and Bowers Close, Stone were burgled between 6pm and 8pm.The thieves climbed onto a flat roof or conservatory in order to gain access to a first floor window. They then forced entry and searched the upstairs bedrooms, stealing jewellery and cash.
Chief Inspector Gemma Ward said: “We would urge local residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour, persons or vehicles to us. Please ensure that your properties are secure at all times, including all doors and windows, and that items of value as well as car and house keys are stored out of view.
"If you witnessed any of these burglaries, or have information about the offenders or items stolen, then please contact us on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111."We can assure you that these incidents are being thoroughly investigated and all lines of enquiry are being followed up to apprehend those responsible.”
Be aware - Bogus officials
We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard as we continue to receive reports of bogus officials and distraction burglaries across the County.
We are reminding residents to never allow any unsolicited visitors into their home, however convincing they may sound. Always check the identity of callers first and, if you are unsure, or suspicious about their intent, please contact us immediately on 999.
Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people's homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere.
Examples of this would include bogus officials, people claiming to come from the council, water-board or tradesmen/workmen claiming that the property or garden needs essential/urgent maintenance.
They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water.
Remember - it's your home and you can say 'no' and ask them to leave.
These types of criminals often target the elderly and vulnerable so we ask that you also remind your relatives, friends and neighbours of the need to be wary of these types of callers.
We take this type of crime very seriously and are working hard to catch these criminals, which is why it is important that anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101.
Further information support and guidance can be found on our website https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2321/Bogus-Officials
People who want to celebrate Bonfire night are urged to take simple precautions to keep them, their families and communities safe.
We would appeal to parents to remind their children of the dangers of fireworks and to know their whereabouts and what they are doing. Fooling around with fireworks is dangerous and the consequences could be life changing.
We take this type of anti-social behaviour very seriously and will take appropriate action against any persons putting themselves or others at risk.
We would always recommend you attend an organised display, but if you are intending on having a private bonfire/firework party please remind yourself of the Firework Code and safety advice at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/4355.asp
Remember your pets! Keep pets safely in doors and turn the volume up on TV's to distract from firework noise.
No Trick or Treaters window flyer
Here is a 'No Trick or Treaters' flyer which you can print off and display in windows/doors over Halloween - should you not wish to take part.
Please print and share this flyer with eldery relatives and friends.
We have been made aware of a reoccurring crime where fraudsters are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal/financial information and money.
Victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer and that they need them to assist in an investigation. The caller provides a collar number and states which Constabulary they are calling from - which makes the call more believable.
The fraudsters tell the victim that they are in possession of a bank card in their name and asks them to confirm their bank account details. The fraudsters advise them to ring another number and are then advised that they are at risk of being defrauded and are required to withdraw or transfer money in order to assist with the investigation.
We would always advise the following:-
Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.
Banks and the police would never ask someone to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.
If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call us on 101 if they have stated they are coming to collect the money or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
For the latest fraud alerts and advice visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/8201/Latest-Fraud-Alerts
Alert: Car Keys
We are reminding residents to be on their guard and to review home and vehicle security following an increase in the number of burglaries where offenders have targeted the property with a view to stealing the keys and vehicle at the property.
We would urge residents to ensure their property is secure at all times, including all doors and windows and that items of value and keys are stored away out of view.
Offenders often target properties with high value/high performance vehicles on the driveway however this is not always the case! If keys are visible through windows and doors then offenders will break in; take the keys and make off in the vehicle.
Let’s not make it easy for them!
If you have any information which could assist us with our enquiries, please contact us on 101 or anonymously via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We have received reports of a suspicious vehicle described as a white van seen in the Church Eaton area recently. There were 2 males and a female on board and driving slowly looking at properties. A partial vehicle registration was given as DN08. If you see a vehicle similar to this or anything that appears to be suspicious, please call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency
Horseboxes, Trailers & Caravans
As with other equipment, photograph your horsebox/trailer. Ensure it is immobilised when parked, but that it can be brought into use quickly in the event of an emergency. Use wheel clamps, hitch locks, car alarms or immobilisers.
Consider having your trailer security marked with you post code. Personalise your vehicle(s). Park them where you can see them, preferably in an area which is lit up at night or has intruder security lighting. Thefts of horseboxes, trailers and caravans have presented more of a problem over the past few years but with modern security devices fitted they are certainly a lot harder for the thief to steal.
Hitchlock with chain
Help shape the future of policing in Stafford
People aged 18 and over in Stafford are being urged to step forward to their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel (SNP) to help hold the Local Police Commander to account and look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.
Staffordshire’s PCC Matthew Ellis, who launched the Safer Neighbourhood Panels in 2015, said: ‘This is a real opportunity for people in Stafford to play a part in holding those responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge them to get involved.
‘I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital. The spotlight and scrutiny on local policing performance that SNPs bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.’
Steve Frodsham, from Stafford SNP added: ‘SNPs perform a vital role in ensuring that the work of our local police service is visible to and held accountable by the community it serves.
‘We’re really keen that the Stafford panel is representative of the whole community, and are looking for volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and experience to join us and play an active role in scrutinising and challenging the work of the police.
‘Acting as a 'critical friend' we scrutinise a range of policing activity and meet with the local commander every three months to question him on what we consider to be the most important issues.’
Local residents and members of the business community sit on the panels to influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in their area, give feedback to communities and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice.
It has been reported to the police that the following vehicle has been involved in a theft of items from a shed in the Church Eaton area. The vehicle appears to be on a foreign VRM plate given as OBCX508, and described as a Ford Mondeo estate light blue/turquoise colour with 2 males seen with it. They drove off towards Gnosall. Please ensure that you keep all your buildings secure and if you see this vehicle then please contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency
Always report any suspicious activity to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency or if a crime is taking place.
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Open Day at Police Headquarters
Join us on Sunday for our Open Day
Due to the unprecedented success of the previous years we are once again hosting an Open Day at Police Headquarters, to give you the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Staffordshire Police. The event, this Sunday 4 June between 11am and 4pm, will be a family fun day packed full of activities for both adults and children.Our Open Day is one of the highlights of the calendar for us and, based on past attendance levels, it is for our communities. It has been a truly heartbreaking week after the horrific events in Manchester. We have reviewed the security of the open day and taken all the necessary steps to allow the event to take place. Staffordshire Police Officers and staff have worked extremely hard over the last week to keep out communities safe and reassured and the open day will not affect the level of this policing.
This will be the fourth open day and hopefully the biggest and best yet. Following the amazing popularity of the Police Car Experience last year we have doubled the size of the track and increased the numbers of police cars. Children can have the opportunity to be driven around our test track with highly trained police drivers.
Some of our officers will be getting hot under the collar during the public order demonstrations. Officers in their protective equipment will be walking through fire and face a barrage of missile including water bombs thrown by children in the crowd.
The event is free of charge with a free park and ride service available from the County Showground. There will be a range of hot and cold refreshments available and souvenirs to buy.
All proceeds on the day will go towards the Police UK Memorial fund.
Visit our website for more information on the day - https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/7800/Join-us-on-Sunday-for-our-Open-Day
Security level raised to Critical: Keeping our communities safe and reassured
Following the announcement last night (Tuesday May 23rd) by the Prime Minster Theresa May to raise the national security level to Critical, we want to reassure our communities that we are working hard to keep you safe.Moving to the Critical level means we will be increasing our presence of both armed and unarmed police officers at popular locations including tourist spots, transport hubs and busy town centres across Staffordshire. We will also be reviewing key events over the coming days and weeks and providing security advice where practical. These are precautionary measures that aim to keep you feeling safe and reassured whilst not affecting your daily life.
Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: "We continue to work closely with our Regional Counter Terrorism Unit and the National Security Service to do everything possible to prevent further attacks."At this time we continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately. I'm sure you can appreciate it is an extremely busy time for our control room, so please remember to focus reports on anything genuinely suspicious. If you see or hear anything that you think could be terrorist-related, trust your instinct no matter how small, then ACT and call 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency."
Appeal: Fatal Road Traffic Collision on M6
We are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision on the M6 in which five people have died and one person is critically injured.The collision, which occurred at around 4.30am this morning (Wed), involved a lorry and a car.It happened on the southbound stretch of the M6 between J15 (Stoke South) and J14 (Stafford North).As a result of the collision that stretch of the motorway is closed and will be for some considerable time.Motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and we thank you for your patience and understanding.A detailed investigation into the incident has begun.Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident 68 of May 24.
Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support fraudsters claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.
One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware. The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free, and took £320 as payment.
It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number. Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.
How to protect yourself:
Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
Never allow remote access to your computer.
Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.
If you believe you have already been a victim:
Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ Tel: 0300 123 2040.
For further advice and support about cyber crime visit the force
Set Top boxes with Malware
We have been aware of a new fraudulent trend that may impact the general public in relation to set-top boxes infected with malware intended to steal user’s details to commit fraud.
Safeguarding the public from illegal streaming services via set-top boxes is vital to the UK economy, the Creative Industry and the many people employed in the industry. There are ‘set-top’ boxes imported from various foreign jurisdictions that are enabled so people can view illegal content.
We are aware that set-top boxes, although perfectly legal in their own right, are repeatedly adapted by criminals to unlawfully receive TV channels protected by intellectual laws.
The set-top boxes can come with many common features the person purchasing may be unaware of, such as sites offering access to copyright infringing material and access to illegal sites. The set-top boxes may also contain infected malware that is disguised as something as innocent as a play button and is unknowingly initiated by the user; potentially impacting other electronic devices. The users will normally have used some personal details when setting up the set-top box, which could be used to defraud them. Consequently, what may appear to be a bargain for the consumer may quickly turn into a genuine problem by loss of personal data and or money.
Our advice would be to only purchase set-top/streaming boxes from recognised outlets. Contact your bank if you notice any suspicious transactions on your accounts. When signing up to websites/internet services, use a password or PIN you have not used elsewhere.
If you suspect you have been a victim of fraud you can report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May, please find below some protection advice to keep safe.
Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.
Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:
An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.
Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another "safe" account.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
For more information visit the force website at www.staffordshire.police.uk.
Advice: Home Security Systems
We have been made aware of companies cold calling people selling alarm and security systems.
Our advice would be to never purchase items from cold callers/doorstep traders or indeed over the phone.
If you are considering purchasing a security system, our advice is always to contact either the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) on 0191 296324 www.nsi.org.uk, or the Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB) on 01628 637512 www.ssaib.org.uk both organisations hold a register of approved installers. Your nearest approved supplier will be advised based on your postcode.
An approved supplier can visit you at an agreed time to assess your needs and advise on the most suitable system.
Please report any suspicious callers or rogue traders to us on 101.
Review Your Home and Vehicle Security
Residents are being urged to review car and home security measures following several reports of burglary overnight where the cars at the property are believed to have been the target.Thieves are targeting homes with vehicles, not always high value, that are parked at the address.After breaking into the house, they are searching for the car keys and then stealing the car.
We have seen an increase in the number of incidents being reported over the last few weeks, and offences are occurring across the county.
Officers are reminding residents to ensure their properties are left secure at all times and that items of value and keys are securely stored away out of view.
Anyone with any information, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Keeping Your Property Safe and Secure
We are appealing to residents and homeowners in the remote areas of Staffordshire, to be vigilant and property safe.
It follows a number of burglaries in the Alrewas area and across the south of the County.
During these incidents items including jewellery and keys to high value motor vehicles have been targeted by the thieves who have entered properties. The thieves are then stealing the vehicles parked at the properties using the keys.
Temporary Inspector, Jo Rea from our Lichfield local policing team said: “ I would like to remind residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area.
“We are working to ensure that you feel safe, and have increased patrols to ensure we catch those responsible for these crimes.
“I would urge you to not only report suspicious activity but to check your home is safe and secure at all times. Following our crime prevention advice can always help reduce the chances of being a victim of crime.”
Top tips for keeping your home safe:
• Always keep house and car keys away from doors and windows. Store valuables and keys away out of view.
• Always keep your windows and doors locked even when you are in – if you pop upstairs or in the garden make sure the room you are not in is secure.
• Consider installing movement activated security lights at the front and back of your property or an alarm/CCTV system. If you have these already installed, ensure they are in good working order and are switched on.
• If you have valuable tools and garden equipment in your garage or shed, make sure you keep it locked and fit an inaccessible bolt/lock to your garden gate. Consider fitting locking devices to high value bicycles.
• Try to avoid storing large bulky items, like wheelie bins, near to your property as these can be used to access properties.
If you see anything suspicious please call 101, or 999 in an emergency.
FRAUD IS ON THE INCREASE
PLEASE DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM.
Do not give anyone your personal details over the telephone and do not allow anyone remote access to your computer. If you receive a telephone call and are unsure whether it is genuine or not, discontinue the call. If the caller has stated they are from one of your service providers, call them back on a number you know to be correct.
We have received information of a vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances. The vehicle has been described as a black V.W. possibly a Golf with the VRM DG54FSZ, with two males on board in their early twenties. The driver being described as big build wearing a flat cap and cammo jacket. The car was full of dogs with at least two lurcher. It is believed that they are connected with poaching in the area. Any sightings of this vehicle or anyone acting suspiciously, please contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
On Monday 30th January a cold caller, offering to carry out second hand jewellery valuations, was knocking on doors in Gnosall. This is a scam. The Parish Council has been told the caller is quite forceful and puts his foot across the threshold to prevent the door being closed. Please be aware and ensure your family, friends and neighbours, especially the elderly and more vulnerable residents are aware of this. If you come across this cold caller please inform the police..
HMRC scam resurfaces
After receiving several calls from concerned residents we are reminding people to be aware of the trend of victims being contacted by offenders claiming to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The caller, usually male, claims to be from HMRC and tells the victim that they owe tax money to the Inland Revenue. He then says that you have two options – fight it through court or pay it back through iTunes vouchers.THIS IS A SCAM – Please tell your parents, grandparents, elderly family and friends about this.Victims, often elderly and vulnerable, are contacted in a variety of methods with offenders claiming to be from a government agency collecting outstanding debt. In most cases offenders ask for payment in iTunes voucher codes or security bonds.iTunes vouchers can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The offenders do not require the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.
Please hang up immediately should you receive such a call
National Fraud Bureau - Alert
The NFIB has gathered information identifying an emerging fraud whereby social media platforms are being used to attract members of the public to donate money to animal welfare charities overseas that do not exist.
The NFIB has discovered that criminal groups based in Spain or Cyprus and are using social media to target donors from the UK. The money is then laundered from the UK to overseas and rather than be used to tackle animal cruelty it is simply used to support a criminal lifestyle in the sun. They will canvass for contributions through their existing social networks which will expand over time, attracting more donors.
The NFIB were informed that the people committing this fraud are merely supplementing their income as they are always linked to organised crime groups in the UK and overseas.
Sometimes the article or post on social media may indicate the payments are for charitable organisation or a “worthy cause”. Sadly not in all instances are these genuine, and if any doubt please undertake your own due diligence.
Other signs to look for include:
Genuine charities are registered with the Charity Commission and print their registration details on all documentation, collection bags, envelopes, electronic communications etc. Check these details exist and also contact the Charity Commission to confirm they are authentic. You can call them on their helpline 0845 300 0218 or by visiting charity-commission.gov.uk, where they have an online charity register.
· If the collection is for a charity you know is genuine, check the collection is authorised by asking the charity directly, using contact details from the phone book or a website that you know is genuine.
· Watch out for poor grammar and spelling in emails and other documents, including collection envelopes.
· Send your donation to the charity directly. This may mean going to a little more trouble, but at least you can
be sure your donation will get to where it’s intended.
· If you have any concerns you can also gain further information from the government website -
· If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
BEWARE BOGUS PHISHING E-MAILS
We are alerting residents and businesses to bogus phishing emails that are being sent out purporting to be from The Metropolitan police.
Action Fraud have received a high number of reports concerning a phishing campaign targeting personal and business email addresses with the subject heading
„Crime Prevention Advice‟, with the intention of distributing malware.
The email sender is potentially spoofing a Metropolitan Police email address,
showing the sender as „email@example.com‟. The email contains the text:
“TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC;
See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice. Regards,
Metropolitan Police Service.”
The email includes an attachment titled „11212527.zip.‟.
DO NOT OPEN THIS ATTACHMENT - it contains malicious content which downloads the iSPY key logger to the victim‟s device. This key logger records keystrokes, steals passwords stored in web browsers and Skype conversation records, takes pictures via webcam and stores the license keys of software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent you from becoming infected.
Please consider the following actions:
DON‟T click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can „spoof‟ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication. THINK: Would the police, Inland Revenue, or council send you emails of this nature? If you are unsure, check with the organisation first.
Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
Most anti-virus software contains an „anti-spyware‟ scan which may be able to detect key loggers. If your current software does not offer this function, consider installing software which does - both free and paid for anti-spyware is widely available.
Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory
stick or online storage provider. It‟s important that the device you back up to is not
left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that device as well.
If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should immediately contact your bank.
If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Break-in at Gnosall Veterinary Practice
There has been a break in of a veterinary practice in Newport Road, Gnosall.
The break was discovered at 11:30pm last night Monday 5 December by a passing motorist.
Offenders forced the front door of the premises before making a tidy search and stealing charity boxes and a cash tin.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 799 of 5 December.
Residents are being reminded to be more aware of who is calling at their door during the Festive season. As you might be expecting more visitors in the run up to Christmas, please make sure you know who is at your door.Detective Sergeant James Byrne said:"Never trust anyone calling at the door without a prior appointment. Should you receive such a call, leave the door locked. The caller will hear you through the door when you ask them who they are. If they state they are from a utilities company, ask for your account number, they should have this if they are genuine, if not – do not let them in and tell them to leave and that you are calling the police."Do not allow anyone to carry out work on your home, or sell you anything when they cold-call at the door. If you require work to be done INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies and asking for like for like quotes. Then decide."Even if someone claims to be an official – check their ID - and that includes police officers and council representatives."Always reports any suspicious behaviour to the police. If you think it is suspicious, it probably is."Residents are asked to remain vigilant at all times and to follow this advice:Follow the STOP, CHAIN, CHECK rule when people call at the door.STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.CHAIN - Use your door chain or bar before opening the doorCHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.Keep your doors locked even when you are home.Please remember, there is no such company as the Water Board, Gas Board or Electric Board. These words are only used by offenders, so be alert if they are used by anyone at your door.If you have not asked for any work to be done, do not engage with anyone claiming to be carrying out work at your home.Anyone who has information regarding unlawful activities in the county is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101.
Theft of unattended vehicles
Now the cold weather is settling in, please ensure you stay safe when out on the roads. Please plan and allow extra time for your journey. Make sure your car is fully defrosted before setting off. Do not leave your car unattended with the engine running whilst defrosting your vehicle. Thieves will seize the moment! We have been made aware by the Central Motorway Police Group of six incidents this morning, Tuesday 29 November (7:44am) of motor vehicles being stolen whilst unattended with the engine running.
#SaferXmas Stop & Think Campaign - Never Drink or Drug Drive
Staffordshire Police will be targeting irresponsible and dangerous drivers in a bid to reduce fatal and serious road traffic collisions and protect other users and forms part of the force’s wider #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign.
The campaign will run across the county throughout December with more operations to catch those who risk their own and other people’s lives by drink or drug driving.
We always carry out tests throughout the year on anyone involved in a road traffic collision or anyone who is suspected of drink or drug driving.
During this campaign we will also be generally stopping motorists and carrying out tests. These operations will not just be at night, they will also be run in the mornings and throughout the day.
Mistakenly people think after a night of drinking or using drugs that if they have slept or have eaten they are fit to drive. There is nothing that can make you sober. The alcohol has to be processed through the body and the more you’ve drunk the longer it will take before you are sober. If you drink or take drugs and drive then there is a high likelihood that you will be caught.
As part of our #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign, here are some tips on how to take precautions at home to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves.
People often put their presents under a Christmas tree by a window but opportunist thieves will also be able to see them and take it as an invitation to steal them. Consider putting your tree away from a window.
Thieves are also wise to people storing bigger presents prior to Christmas - such as bikes - in sheds and garages. Keep thieves out by making sure you have strong locks and keep storage areas locked.
Alternatively, find somewhere in your home or with a relative or friend to store them safely.
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**Be Aware* Postal/Delivery Card Scam
It appears that this postal scam is starting up again on the run up to Christmas.
Residents receive an unexpected delivery card through the door stating a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) have tried to deliver you a package but weren't able to. They advise you to call a premium rate number, possibly 0906661911, to arrange a new delivery date.
If you are not expecting a parcel from a courier or delivery service please be aware. Always check the cost of a premium rate call as this is where possible scammers make their money.
If you believe you have received such a card you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Royal Mail Fraud on 0435 113 413.
Please pass this information on to any elderly family or friends who have not got Internet access.
We have received a report of a distraction burglary in Bromstead Common, Newport. An elderly resident has been contacted by a company claiming to be offering a survey for a free boiler as part of a Government backed scheme. A representative of the company arranged to visit the resident at his home to conduct a survey. The offender, who is described as in his 40’s and casually dressed, inspected the property as arranged and went upstairs unaccompanied. The resident later found his wallet, containing a quantity of cash missing. No details about the company or caller are known and no paperwork was left. The male was driving a small car type van.
A further male attended the property on Tuesday 28 November also claiming to be from a company surveying as part of the Government scheme and also inspected the property, but this time the resident accompanied the male around the property. The caller advised he was nothing to do with the other suspect and left a note stating he was working for UK Power. The male was described as white, smartly dressed and aged 40.
Please be on your guard and remind vulnerable family, friends and neighbours to never allow any unsolicited visitors into their home. Always take the telephone number from callers to verify their identity and check identity cards and paperwork. Please report any suspicious callers to the Police immediately on 101.
#SaferXmas Stop and Think Campaign - Online Shopping and Safety
As part of our #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign here are some tips on buying online, and how to keep children safe using the web.
Online shoppers can help to protect themselves from cybercrime/fraud by ensuring they only make purchases from reputable websites, being careful when entering credit/debit card numbers. Open a Pay Pal account – it’s a more secure way of purchasing off the web.
If you are buying a mobile phone, or other online device for your child, we would urge you to set up parental controls, monitor their use and talk to your child about staying safe on line. Lots of information is available to parents, carers and children on the
www.knowaboutcse.co.uk website. The internet is a source of information and entertainment but there are those who can and do use it to harm children. If you have concerns then please contact Staffordshire Police on 101.
You can download Hollie Guard app to help if you are ever in danger – if you shake the phone it will automatically send a text to 3 or 4 people you have nominated with your location. You could also set it up as a red button on your front screen.
Consider downloading a ‘track my phone’ app so if you lose it you can use another phone to text your phone which will automatically text back its location.
People can register their smart phone, tablet or gaming consoles and any other items for free on www.immobilise.com for the best chance of getting it back if lost or stolen. You just need your IMEI number which can be found by dialling *#06# and serial numbers for your other items. If police recover lost or stolen property they check
Visit www.staffordshire.police.uk for more information about cybercrime/fraud, how to keep children safe on line and the #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign.
#SaferXmas Stop & Think Campaign - Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Black Friday (25 November) is a time when shops and online retailers offer great bargains in the run-up to Christmas.
Online retailers also offer many bargains on Cyber Monday (28 November) which has proved to be one of the busiest online Christmas shopping days.
Be extra vigilant on these key shopping days as online fraudsters are watching and waiting to capitalise on the biggest shopping frenzies of the year by conning buyers out of their presents and purchases.
Trust your instinct – sounds too good to be true? It probably is so double check
Check the URL in the web browsers - fraudsters slightly change the address.
Ensure the website address begins ‘https’ and has padlock sign at the payment stage – never be too busy to think twice before you click
Only deal with reputable sellers.
Avoid paying by money transfers as they aren’t secure - open a PayPal account which is, or pay by credit card rather than debit card as there is more protection.
For more information on how to keep safe online visit
To report a fraud or cybercrime/online fraud and get a crime number speak to a specialist fraud adviser at Action Fraud on 0300 123 20140 or through their online reporting tool. Visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
HMRC scam alert
We are reminding people to be aware of the trend of victims being contacted by offenders claiming to be from HMRC following a report received in South Staffordshire.
The male caller claimed to be from HMRC and told the victim that she owed tax money to the Inland Revenue. He told her that she had two options – fight it through court or pay it back through iTunes vouchers.
The woman purchased £500 worth of vouchers and gave the numbers from the back to the caller when he rang back a short time later. He then told her that someone would come to her house later to collect the vouchers and issue her with a cheque to the same value.
At this point she became suspicious and told the man that she thought this was a scam, he then hung up.
The phone number that called her was 0161 850 3938.THIS IS A SCAM – Please tell your parents, grandparents, elderly family and friends about this.
Victims, often elderly and vulnerable, are contacted in a variety of methods with offenders claiming to be from a government agency collecting outstanding debt. In most cases offenders ask for payment in iTunes voucher codes or security bonds.
iTunes vouchers can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The offenders do not require the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.
Please hang up immediately should you receive such a call.
Stay Safe When Christmas Shopping
#SaferXmas Stop & Think Campaign
Staffordshire Police has launched its #SaferXmas Stop & Think campaign to keep you safe this festive period and will include crime prevention advice for shoppers, drink/drug driving, alcohol related violence and disorder, and domestic abuse.
In the run up to Christmas we are urging shoppers to take precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves and pickpockets.
It’s easy for pick-pockets and shoplifters to conceal themselves amongst the crowds in shopping areas at this busy time of year. Often working in pairs, or groups, pickpockets will use various ways to lift your purse or wallet out of your pocket or bag. Sometimes one will distract you by drawing your attention to something, asking for directions or simply bumping into you while another will adeptly help themselves to your money or cards.
Our officers work closely with store staff and CCTV operators to take early action against anyone seen acting suspiciously.
At this time of year opportunist thieves take advantage of busy shoppers leaving parcels openly on view and their vehicle insecure.
If you put items you have just bought in your vehicle before heading back to the shops, put them in your boot, remember to lock your car and make sure no one is watching ready to pounce.
We urge people to ‘Stop and Think’. Be vigilant and take extra precautions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
Here are some top tips you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of opportunist thieves and pickpockets whilst out shopping:
keep purses and wallets safe by keeping them secure in a closed handbag worn across the body or an inside pocket of your clothing
vehicles with shopping on view are easy pickings for opportunist thieves. If you are taking shopping back to your vehicle before doing more shopping, be aware of who is around you – make sure no one is watching what you are doing. Put shopping out-of-sight in the boot and check your vehicle is locked
no one thinks twice about using a mobile phone on the go, but it does make us vulnerable to a thief who can quickly snatch it and run. With increased numbers of people in town centres, it’s easy for a thief to snatch your phone and disappear into a crowd.
Remember to call 101 to report any incidents of crime or 999 in an emergency.
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We have received a report that someone purporting to be from the Police Community Group has been contacting Staffordshire residents and asking them to make a donation which will go towards helping victims of anti-social behaviour.
Staffordshire Police would like to make it quite clear that it has no connections to any such group and nor would it ask anyone to make a donation towards any such cause.
Anyone receiving similar calls should hang up immediately and report them to Staffordshire Police on 101.
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Multiple car tyres slashed in Gnosall!!
Several vehicles had their tyres slashed in the Gnosall area sometime overnight Saturday 29 October/Sunday 30 October.
Incidents were reported in Wharf Road, Parsons Drive, Glebe Lane, Monks Walk and The Cloisters and anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 352 of 30 October.
You may be aware that there has been a spate recently, across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, of vans being broken into and having large quantities of tools stolen.
It is believed offenders are cutting wiring to disable central locking systems, or using gadgets that enable them to bypass locking mechanisms and enter vans without causing any damage, leaving them free to steal the contents. There are many products available over the internet to combat this problem and van owners are being asked to consider having their vehicles sufficiently protected.
Simply type ‘ford transit anti pick lock’ into your internet search engine to find companies offering for sale van security products.
Staffordshire Police want youngsters to enjoy the Halloween festivities at the same time as respecting others in their communities.For many taking part it’s a great fun activity, but for others who may not welcome numerous callers to their door, it can be a very unnerving and stressful time.It is a time young people should be extra careful and be aware of who they ‘scare’ when out ‘trick or treating’.If someone has a ‘no trick or treat’ card in their window, or no one answers the door, it means they do not want to participate. No one should feel obliged to answer their door and trick and treaters should just walk away.Local Policing Commander, Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams, said: “The behaviour of some could badly affect others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable members of the community. There are also safety issues for people taking part.”Police and Special Constables will be out and about to help keep young people and our communities safe during the Halloween celebrations. They will target those few who become intent on acting anti-socially, harassing residents or damaging property.If your children are planning to go ‘trick or treating’ please follow some simple guidelines to keep them safe and to avoid them behaving anti-socially:
• an adult should always accompany young children making sure they wear lighting coloured clothing and being very careful crossing the road
• only go in well-lit areas and carry a torch so everyone can be seen
• unless pre-arranged don’t let children visit elderly or vulnerable people
• keep ‘tricks’ within the law. Anything that results in damage or other offences will be dealt with accordingly
• children should only knock on the doors of people they know and never go inside someone’s home
• children of all ages should always stay in groups, remembering road safety.
Message re Cyber Crime from the office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
Cyber crime is a crime such as fraud, bullying, theft or grooming that is committed online (on the internet) using a device that can access the web, such as smartphones, tablets, computers or other devices. Cyber crime also includes crimes against your computer or device such as contaminating or corrupting it with viruses or taking-over your social media profile, email account or your website. What is illegal offline is illegal online.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire (OPCC) and Staffordshire Police has recently launched the Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign.
The Cyber Safe Staffordshire campaign aims to raise awareness about cyber crime and how people can protect themselves and their families online. It also aims to highlight cyber crime to businesses across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Quad bike stolen in Gnosall.
A green Yamaha 350 quad bike has been stolen from a property in Lowfield Lane, Gnosall.
The bike was stolen from an insecure shed at the side of the property sometime between 8am and 3:45pm yesterday Tuesday 11 October.
In a seperate incident there was an attempted theft from a Western Power van in Lowfield Lane at approx. 3pm yesterday when offenders removed a window from the van but were prevented from stealing anything due to a metal shutter.
Anyone who was in the area yesterday, and who may have seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 541 of 11 October.
Cyber criminals can target anyone online. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Staffordshire Police are carrying out work to gain a more detailed picture of the impact of cyber crime across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
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Outbuildings broken in at Norbury
A super moto motorcycle and a selection of tools have been stolen from sheds at a property in Norbury.
The incident occurred sometime between 9am and 4pm yesterday Tuesday 23 August and a vehicle would have been needed to take the items away.
A blue Transit van had been seen in the area and also in the Woodseaves area yesterday and anyone who can offer any further information about the van or the break in is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 654 of 23 August.
Could you also please take time to review your own security arrangements and make sure your properties, including sheds and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.
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The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6 August 2016 you are now able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices. Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, there is a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry.
To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at www.rio2016.com . Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.
The attached document provides further information and advice.
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Boardwalk Fire - Good News
Good news as two arrests were made this morning.
Thank you to "Gnosall community" for the support you have given this week and to the volunteers who were able to help this morning and to those who have offered to help in the days ahead, to Gnosall Skip Hire for the free skips and The Co-op for the free refreshments. The parish council will meet early next week to start making plans for the repair/replacement of the boardwalk. Thank you
Arson at the Boardwalk!
Last night a huge section of our lovely boardwalk was set on fire over the pools. It is awful. The Environment Agency are on their way to see what environmental damage has been caused. It is completely impassible and will take a long time to repair. We need to catch whoever is responsible, anyone who has any information please get in touch.
If anyone is available at 4.30pm today to have a community photo to show how upset and appalled we are about the boardwalk fire please be at the play area car park (walk of possible as parking is limited) . We need to show 'strength of community feeling' . Thank you
Secure your shed
After a few incidents of shed breakings and item stolen from sheds and outbuildings here are a few reminders and crime prevention advice to help protect your garden.
Sheds can make appealing targets for thieves as valuable items like bikes, mowers and tools are often stored there.
Despite this, many people don’t think about security. Take some simple steps to reduce the chance of being burgled:
Think about what you keep in your garage or shed. Valuable tools can be stolen or even used to break into your house.
Lock your garden gate and/or use an inaccessible bolt.
Never leave doors unlocked - especially if your garage has a door which links through to the house.
Fit strong padlocks, and remember to put tools away and relock your shed or garage when you have finished.
use gravel pathways as its noise underfoot can deter burglars forensically mark your property with a liquid solution with a chemical or DNA code. It glows under ultraviolet light, allowing the police to detect it if it has been stolen and recovered. Forensic marking providers SmartWater, SelectaDNA, Red Web and Crimestoppers are all accredited by Secured by Design.
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Theft of Catalytic Converters!
There have been several recently reported incidents of catalytic converters being stolen, please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their vehicles are as secure as possible at all times.
A thief can’t get to your catalytic converter if they can’t get to your car. Keep your car stored in a garage if you have one, or park in busy, well-lit areas. If your car is isolated, it’s easier for a thief to crawl under the car and saw the converter off, this can take seconds.
Some converters are only attached by bolts to the exhaust. Have a garage weld the converter in place to make it more difficult for a thief to remove. Consider fitting a ‘cage clamp’, this locks around the converter to make it more secure.
Forensically mark, or etch a serial number on the converter. It won’t prevent theft, but you can report the number to police if it does get stolen and they can check it against recovered or seized converters.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 281 of the 30/06/16.
Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to smart alerts or their local neighbourhood watch scheme by visiting www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk together we can fight crime.
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Theft of garden equipment
Officers are urging residents to secure their garden equipment and ornaments after several incidents have been reported to us where unknown offenders have stolen items including various garden ornaments, flower pots, and plants. Anyone who can offer any further information about the thefts?should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.The theft of garden ornaments, furniture and planters is another Spring/Summer trend. Please consider the security of your property and remember that valuable planters and ornaments are safer in the back garden where passers by can’t see them. Secure garden furniture using an anchoring device making it harder to remove. These can also be used to protect expensive planters and ornamental trees. Use brackets to protect hanging baskets. Consider security marking your valuables. If they are difficult to mark, take aphotograph of them to help with identification if the worst happensand they are stolen.More information about how you can secure your garden, can be found by visiting our new website - www.staffordshire.police.uk and searching for garden security.Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to Staffordshire Smart Alert via www.staffordshiresmartalert.uk - together we can fight crime.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: email@example.comRegards,Jayanti Chowdhury Police Manager Neighbourhood Watch Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPolice Contact Advice:Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call.If you are calling about the above, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert.
Bin the Blade
Staffordshire Police is appealing for people to ‘Bin the Blade’ with a four-week knife surrender, starting at 9am on Monday 27 June 2016.
The four-week surrender will see safe and secure knife bins available at 18 locations across the county.
During this period, those surrendering knives will not face prosecution for carrying them and they can remain anonymous.
Staffordshire Police would like to warn residents of a scam whereby offenders offer cheap costume jewellery for cash or try to steal items of jewellery from victims whilst distracting them.Offenders have been described as being of Eastern European or Asian appearance and usually stop victims on the pretence that they need to get to hospital to visit a sick relative or their car has broken down.Incidents have been known to occur on busy roads or in and around Town Centres and the latest incident reported occurred in Stafford Road, Stone on Tuesday 14 June.Could you please be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious behaviour to Staffordshire Police immediately.Please encourage friends and neighbours to sign up to smart alerts or their local neighbourhood watch scheme by visitingwww.staffordshiresmartalert.uk – together we can fight crime.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: email@example.com
Cast iron bench ripped out of the pavement!
Can anyone help? In the early hours of Saturday morning (about 2am), a secured, extremely heavy cast iron bench was ripped out of the pavement on Newport Rd and dragged into the middle of the road and abandoned. If a vehicle has crashed into it, this would have caused considerable damage and possibly serious injury. Fortunately, two residents who were disturbed by the noise acted quickly flagging down an oncoming vehicle who helped return the bench to the pavement. Three men were seen but police have not been able to track them down. If you have any information please let me know. Please share. Thank you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Garages broken into in High Offley
Two detached garages have been broken into at a property in Grub St, High Offley, Stafford .Offenders broken off 3 padlocks from the garage doors by unknown means to gain entry sometime between 21:00 hours on 08/06 and 6:00am on 09/06 and a petrol push mower stolen was reported.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0094 of the 09/06/2016.Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their properties, including sheds, garages and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: email@example.com
Vehicle theft via unknown means
It has been reported that offenders are gaining entry to vehicles via unknown means to commit theft of items contained within, without leaving any trace of forced entry. Leading the owners to wrongly believe that they may have left the vehicle unsecure.Vehicle owners, especially tradespersons leaving equipment in their vehicles are reminded to be vigilant and to report any instances where items are taken from vehicles. Furthermore any suspicious incidents must be reported to the Police via 101.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC
Please be aware of a scam involving fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and asking for payment by iTunes vouchers.Please follow the below link for further information. http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-hmrc-and-itunes-gift-card-scam-may16 If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: email@example.com
Smart Alert: Diesel stolen
Approximately 1800 litres of diesel have been stolen from a property in Coley, Newport.Offenders approached the property sometime between 6pm on Monday 30th and 8am on Tuesday 31st May and removed the fuel from the pump. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 0137 of 31/05/16Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their properties, including sheds, garages and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Urgent: seeking information as to the whereabouts of a 46 year-old woman
Staffordshire Police are urgently seeking information as to the whereabouts of a 46 year-old woman who has gone missing from?Bishops Offley this morningAnn Burdett was last seen?yesterday (Wednesday) at her home in Bishops Offley near Stafford.Ann is described as white, 5ft tall, of slight build with blond shoulder length bobbed hair. She is believed to be wearing a black running top with a reflective strip on the back, with the words "wind stocker"also on the back of the running top. She is believed to be wearing walking boots. ? Staffordshire Police are concerned for her immediate welfare.Anyone who has seen her or who may have any information?on her whereabouts is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 75 of 26 ?May.
Residents are being reminded of security advice after suspected bogus official incidents in Stafford.
We received a call just after 2pm on Wednesday 18 May, reporting a suspicious incident at a residential property in County Road, Stafford.A man called at the house stating he needed to check the garage at the property, and said he was from British Gas. When the resident asked to see ID, he had none. The man walked around the lounge area of the house but left when he was asked to leave.The man was wearing dark green trousers and a fluorescent jacket.The home owner contacted British Gas to see if the visit was genuine and they said that he was not from them. (Incident number 400 of 18 May).In another incident, we received a call from a resident in Marlborough Way, Stafford, at 10am on 18 May, reporting a suspicious phone call.The caller stated that they were a local energy company officer. When asked who they worked for, the caller hung up. (Incident number164 of 18 May).In both of these instances, the residents followed our advice and nothing was stolen and no information given.?Here is our advice on how to avoid being a victim of a bogus caller at the door or by telephone:Keep your doors locked even when you are home.Residents should also follow the STOP, CHAIN, CHECK rule when people call at the door:STOP – If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.CHAIN- Use your door chain or bar before opening the door.CHECK – Ask to see ID and double check this.Do not allow anyone to carry out work on your home, or sell you anything when they cold call at the door. If you require work to be done INSTIGATE IT YOURSELF, by phoning three companies and asking for like for like quotes. Then decide.Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home.
Anyone with any information on the above incidents is asked to call Staffordshire police on 101, quoting the relevant incident number.
There have been incidents today Tuesday 10th May in Barton under Needwood and Stafford whereby males have cold called on elderly residents offering to do guttering or roofing work.
Two males in a black van took some money after doing unwanted work on a roof at a property in Aspen Road, Barton and two males were prevented from doing guttering work on a property in Rowley Grove, Stafford.
Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them not to buy or sell at the door.
Anyone requiring any home improvement work should, in the first instance, obtain three different quotes from three different reputable companies.
Theft from vehicle in Meadow Close, Gnosall, Stafford
Overnight on 8th March an unknown offender has approached a vehicle parked in Meadow Close, Gnosall, Stafford and using unknown object has removed the rear driver side wheel and stolen the wheel.Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure all vehicles are locked and secured.Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0278 of the 09/03/16.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: email@example.com
Theft from a farm in Gnosall, Stafford
Overnight on 27th/28th February an unknown offender approached a field in farm premises in Coton, Gnosall, Stafford and stolen an Energiser and a battery. Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0699 of the 28/02/2016.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police forces have become aware of a fraud that is circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
Some older people have received telephone calls from a caller who purports to be from their GP's surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss their mobility needs. During the appointment, the older person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.
Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and tell them that if they receive a call like this, to please check with their GP's surgery first before agreeing to see anyone.
for your info ... a warning
There was an incident reported on 09/12/15 in Gough Close, Stafford, that 2 men knocked on the door saying they are from Staffordshire Rural Homes and they have come to check what decoration they need to carry out on the property. One Man went checking upstairs and the other stayed downstairs. £200 cash was stolen from the owner’s wallet. The men were described as in their late 20s with stocky built and not wearing any uniform.
Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please do not give access to anyone without prior appointments and without checking their identity.
Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting the incident number 0361 of the 09/12/15.
Theft from motor vehicle in Moors Wood, Gnosall, Stafford
Between 17:00 on the 27/11/15 and 10:00 on 28th unknown offender has approached an unsecured and unattended vehicle parked in Moors Wood, Gnosall, Stafford and stolen a laptop and a silver Apple iPad.Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all vehicles are locked and secure.Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0374 of the 28/11/15.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: email@example.com
Bogus Officials heading towards Staffordshire
We have received a report from colleagues in the West Midlands that they have had reports of 'Bogus Officials' operating in the Walsall area.
Two males have been knocking on doors of elderly residents stating their boss had left something in their garden and they need to come through the house to get it.
It is thought the males left the Walsall area heading towards Staffordshire in a LandRover with a large white box on the end of it and with a part reg: E890 MS and we would ask that you warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them not to let anyone into their homes without a prior appointment and even then not without checking and verifying their ID.
Any sightings of this vehicle should be reported to the Police immediately.
Overnight on 19/09/15 unknown offender has broken into a secured garage in Monks Walk, Gnosall and have stolen a Scott Spark 930 Mountain Bike, a Boardman comp Road Bike and a Scott scale Junior Mountain Bike.
Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure.
Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0171 or call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.
Overnight on the 16/09/15 unknown offender has attempted to break in to a garage in Audmore Road, Gnosall. by focing the lock. Entry have not been gained. Please warn all your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and please make sure all doors and windows are locked and secure. Anyone with information in relation to this crime can call the Police on 101 quoting incident no 0088 of the 17/09/15 or call crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burglaries in Cartwright Drive Gnosall
Overnight on Wednesday 5th August in there has been a couple of burglaries Cartwright Drive Gnosall, an unknown offender has gained entry by unknown means and made an untidy search of the properties.
Please warn all neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times.
Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is to call police on 101 quoting incident number 0348 & 0404 or call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Overnight on Monday 1st June a burglary took place in Knightley Road Gnosall offenders gained entry into a garage by unknown means item stolen were :-
Cut off Saw
Unfortunately there is no description of the offenders.
Please warn your neighbours to be on guard and observant at all times and make sure all windows, doors and garages are securely locked. Anyone with any information in relation to this crime is asked to call the police on 101 quoting incident no 0191 or alternatively call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.