Incident report week ending 16th August 2018

Arson incidents have been reported at the following locations:

44180300785. 08/08/2018. MIDDLE PARK WAY. Witness has seen male throw something into rear of parked taxi/minibus which has instantly caught fire.  

ASB incidents have been reported at the following locations:

44180303349. 10/08/2018. HEYWOOD GARDENS. Noise nuisance.

44180304361. 11/08/2018. HURSLEY ROAD. Lit cigarette thrown hitting passing car.

44180303592. 11/08/2018. PURBROOK WAY. Noise nuisance, rowdy party with suspected drug taking.

44180304604. 11/08/2018. HEYWOOD GARDENS. Noise nuisance, rowdy party with suspected drug taking. 

44180305426. 12/08/2018. PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL, MIDDLE PARK WAY. Several glass bottles found smashed in car park. 

44180305690. 12/08/2018. BILLYS COPSE. Can of coke poured over van in car park. 

44180308210. 14/08/2018. ST CLARES COURT, ST CLARES AVENUE. Youths playing football and riding bikes in communal carpark. 

Burglary incidents were reported at the following locations:

44180306353. 12/08/2018. PARK LANE. Entry gained to property via secured downstairs window that was smashed. Untidy search of the property and various items of jewellery and TV's taken.  

Criminal Damage incidents were reported at the following locations:

44180299684. 08/08/2018. BEDHAMPTON ROAD. Car keyed and wing mirror kicked off. 

44180299768. 08/08/2018. BOTLEY DRIVE. Damage caused to car.  

44180307685. 14/08/2018. HURSTBOURNE CLOSE. Front window damaged by a stone. 

44180308317. 14/08/2018. PORTSDOWN HILL ROAD. Known person has thrown brick at parked vehicle. Resulting in smashed window and dent in metal work. 

44180308656. 15/08/2018. RHINEFIELD CLOSE. 4 tyres on parked car damaged overnight.  

Theft Incidents were reported as follows:

44180305547. 12/08/2018. SUNWOOD ROAD. Car on driveway entered and money stolen. 

44180306453. 13/08/2018. WOODGREEN AVENUE. Vehicle entered glove box searched without stealing anything. 

44180307128. 14/08/2018. TIMSBURY CRESCENT. Vehicle entered by persons unknown and cash stolen. 

Vehicle incidents were reported as follows:

44180301533. 09/08/2018. PARKHOUSE FARM WAY. Vehicle seized after road traffic incident. No insurance. 

44180301367. 09/08/2018. HAVANT ROAD. Lorry shedding stones from load causing damage to following vehicles.

44180301449. 09/08/2018. Single vehicle road traffic incident. Motorcyclist has lost control at junction in wet weather and suffered injuries to back and pelvis. 

44180304106. 11/08/2018. DUNSBURY WAY. Parked car damaged. 

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Garry Craig (Police, Volunteer, Havant)

RECENT ALERTS

PHISHING and TV PROVIDER DISCOUNT FRAUD.

What is phishing?

Fraudulently sending emails purporting to be from reputable  companies in order to trick individuals into revealing personal information, such as passwords and financial information. Phishing can also be carried out over text messages (smishing) and phone calls (vishing).

Links

Don’t click on the links in unsolicited emails and texts.

Attachments

Don’t open the attachments in unsolicited emails.

Your information

Don’t reveal personal or financial information as a result of unsolicited emails, texts or calls. 

   

Hampshire Constabulary Fraud Warning:

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports  where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider   subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the   fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports. 

The fraudsters are using the   following telephone numbers: "08447111444", "02035190197" and "08001514141". The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent. 

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the   fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.
 

What YOU need to do:-
 

Don’t assume a phone   call or email is authentic: Just   because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine. 

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. 

Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill. 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/)   and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect   yourself online




Further Alerts

FIFA World Cup Tickets and Warm Weather Advice.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”. 

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:
 

• Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit www.FIFA.com/tickets.  

• A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru

• Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

• For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


The warm weather has made an appearance at last! Whilst I’m sure we’re all pleased it’s here, it can provide opportunities for “Billy Burglar” and his friends.

As such, please see some advice below to help prevent your home being burgled or things being stolen from your car:

Homes, Sheds / Garages etc

  • Don’t leave windows open when you go out, and even close them if you’re leaving the room for a time. It doesn’t take long to reach in through an open window.
  • Don’t leave valuables on display and especially not on windowsills or within reach from the outside.
  • Store high valuable items in a hidden safe which is bolted to the floor / wall.
  • If you’re doing some landscaping this year, think about putting pea shingle or similar on the drive and on the ground near windows – you can hear people walking on it.
  • Keep side gates closed and locked.
  • Keep your sheds and garages closed up and locked.
  • Don’t leave tools out overnight – you’d be surprised how useful a garden spade is to a burglar.
  • Keep the hedges / trees etc trimmed to a reasonable level. Whilst people like to have privacy from the open road, so too does a burglar.
  • If you have an alarm, make sure it’s on when you’re out or sleeping. If you don’t have one, maybe consider getting one fitted.

Cars & Vans

  • Take your valuables out of the car or van when you leave it. Don’t rely on ‘hiding’ things under the seat or in the boot. Consider who may be watching you hide these things.
  • Make sure windows are up, sunroofs are closed and the doors are locked when you leave the vehicle. Try the door handles once in a while, as central locking can go wrong.
  • Remember – take your phone with you! With many people using them as a sat nav or for music, it’s easy to forget it’s still in the car.
  • Park in busy public places rather than a quiet beauty spot if you can, as there will be more people to see any crime happening.

Other General Advice

  • Register for a free account on www.immobilise.com and log all the serial numbers of your valuables, such as phones, computers & bikes.
  • Keep your Apple and/or Google account up to date and turn on the device tracking options. If your phone is stolen, you can lock it along with wiping it and tracking it. Being able to track a device can sometimes help us get it back to you.
  • Be mindful of what you put on Social Media. Don’t advertise your holiday, as a burglar can use this to learn that a house is empty for a while.
  • Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Take a look at www.havantneighbourhoodwatch.com/

If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call us on 101. If you feel a crime is being committed or someone is in danger, call us on 999.

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Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

Update, 15th April 2018.

Dear Neighbours,

I have been made aware of the following. This is therefore the real, on the ground situation, which if you heard the Home Secretary's recent statements definitely flies in the face of what she says.

Unfortunately,our local team is working days Sun / Mon; then off Tue & Wed. Usually, they would ask other teams (Neighbourhoods from other Havant areas) to cover whilst they are unable to do so, but the team on this weekend are from the Town. The ASB etc in the town is far worse than our situation, and most notably they are also down to around 2 officers (from around 5). This is due to staff moving on (who will be replaced) and staff on sick leave. Consequently, it is highly unlikely that there will be any proactive presence over at least the next 4 evenings.

The cuts to policing - for that despite the Home Secretary's view is what they are - are having an effect. Havant neighbourhood teams combined have been reduced to around 60% of staffing levels for some time, and there is no sign of improvement. As such, the NPTs have to grade incidents based on Threat, Harm, Opportunity and Risk. This sees them going to the highest risk incidents first, and has really seen a decline in the amount of prevention work that the NPTs are able to conduct. Compared to a few years ago, in addition to less people, the NPT are also having to undertake more of the work that had previously been carried out by Specialist Teams, which have either been disbanded or, at best, reduced in size). For instance NPTs now have to manage certain risks of missing people and also carry out all medium risk domestic abuse follow-ups.

Nevertheless, our NPT will try to attend at Bidbury Mead at the relevant times this coming Thursday to Sunday evenings (19 - 22 Apr) to prevent any issues and move people on where needed.

I appreciate that this does not make for comfortable reading. Under Government policy / directives (?), it is apparent that their emphasis on 'other' policing - ie cybercrime - is a fine objective, but this should not be to the severe detriment of neighbourhood policing - especially with ASB and Burglaries on the increase. So, if one feels strongly enough about this subject, it would appear that it needs to be raised at a political level - Councillors and MP, as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Kind Regards

John (Prime)

NHW

Online Marketplace Fraud Advice For Sellers

       

Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that   sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud  by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested  amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then  receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more   than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank   account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus   buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All   contact is then severed with the seller. 

It is important to remember that selling anything could make you  a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those  offering sofas, large furniture and homeware are particularly vulnerable.

Protection   Advice

Don’t   assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember   criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a  trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to  refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.

Don’t   be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always  verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a  sale.

Listen   to your instincts. Criminals will try and make unusual  behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber   Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself  online.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling   0300 123 2040.

Magazine Advertise Debt Alert

      

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a   non-existent debt.The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription. 

A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the   fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement   Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement   companies.
 

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed. 

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed. 

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.

Protection   Advice:
 

1. Listen   to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic   details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the   companies directly using a known email or phone number.

3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling   0300 123 2040. 

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber   Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

False Telephone Preference Service.

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. 

 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims. 

 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days. 

 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused. 

 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

 

Protect yourself:

There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.

You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.

Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.



Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.

EARLIER UPDATES

       

We are today warning young people about a new and growing fraudulent scam – predominantly targeting students – called credit muling.
 

People are being targeted online on social media platforms by job adverts.  This is normally on Facebook but we have also had reports using Snapchat and other social media apps. The majority of victims we have   encountered in Hampshire have been university students.
 

How it works:

The victim responds to the advert online and is advised that they need to meet   their would-be manager and that they are also required to undergo a credit   check. A small deposit of money is placed in the victim’s account to confirm   they have an active bank account.
 

Victim is then advised they need to obtain a business mobile phone contract. They are told to go to a mobile phone shop and take out a new phone contract in their name, using their personal details.
 

The suspects go with the victims to the shop and wait outside. Once the phone   has been obtained, it is handed over to the scammer who then has a phone to   use registered in their name together with the victims’ personal details - which can be used to commit identity fraud.
 

This crime has been reported across the country and is typically part of a broader organised crime operation.

How to protect yourself:


  • Only seek employment opportunities from reputable employment agencies or direct job recruitment posts on official company websites;
  • Never assume any job advert on social media is genuine. Always take time to verity any information that you see. Trust your instincts – if it sounds too good to be true, it often is;
  • Potential employers would never ask you to receive funds into your bank account to check the credit worthiness of your bank or ask you to purchase high value items for them in your name;
  • Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off  you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.
     
    How to spot the signs of a credit muling scam:


  • Someone contacts you on social media or in person offering employment or a quick and easy way to make some money;
  • Someone asking you to meet the manager in the street without going through any formal application or job recruitment process;
  • Somebody offering to pick you up or asking you to take them to mobile phone or other shops;
  • Someone asking for your bank details and offering to transfer money into your account in order for you to take out mobile phone contracts;
  • Someone asking you for your banking and other personal information;
  • Someone asking you to hand over your phone and wallet;
  • Someone asking you to purchase high value items in your name for them.

    How to report it:
     
  • If suspects are near-by or have recently been with you, you should report this by calling the police on 999 or 101;
  • If you think you have been a victim of this type of crime in the past you can report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040, text phone 0300 123 2050.


           


 

Your local police are continuing to target motorbikes being ridden illegally and in an Anti-Social way around Havant. We have seen incidents of people riding off-road motorbikes on pavements, across playing fields, and in other places where they cause a nuisance and danger to members of the public.

We continue to appeal for information relating to who is riding these motorbikes, and where they are stored. If you have any information which may be of use to us, please call on 101 and quote Op Herd.

Please also see a recent article here: www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/crime/police-crackdown-aims-to-end-scourge-of-nuisance-yobs-on-mopeds-1-8361488

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