Have a Safe Halloween

If you would prefer people not to visit your home you can download our ‘sorry no trick or treat’ poster to display in your window, as well as one with general Halloween advice, which can also be read below:

  • Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating. Young people should never go trick or treating alone.
  • Do not knock on the doors of strangers – only go to people you know. Never go into a stanger’s house.
  • Always keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch. Remember road safety.
  • Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.
  • Keep your tricks within the law – anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.

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Sorry No Trick or Treat_Halloween_Leaflet

Sorry-No-Trick-or-Treat-A4-Poster

Sorry-no-Trick-or-Treat-A5-poster

 

 

 

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Courier Fraud – Telephone Scams

Arrest made in connection with courier fraud incident

Please think about your loved ones and neighbours and make sure they know how to avoid scams such as these.

Please Click on the link below to access an advice leaflet you can share with vulnerable people:  Telephone Scams_Operation Prospero 2

A limited number of A4 telephone scam printed leaflets are available for co-ordinators or community groups to distribute. Please email: warksnw@gmail.com

Officers investigating a courier fraud scam have arrested a man in connection with the incident.
The incident happened over two days, Thursday, 15 and Friday, 16 October, when the victim, an 84-year-old man from Warwick, received a number of calls from someone claiming to be a Detective Constable from the Metropolitan Police in London.

The caller stated that the victim’s cards had been cloned and that there were concerns for the bank accounts he holds.

The victim was asked to provide the account numbers for his savings accounts and to withdraw around £6,000 to give to a courier for safe keeping.
To make the story more believable, the fraudster asked the victim to call 999 and speak to Leamington Police if he didn’t believe the caller and also gave the victim a password which the courier would say upon collecting the cash.
The victim made contact with the Metropolitan Police to verify the identity of the caller who in turn contacted Warwickshire Police.

An investigation was launched which saw Warwickshire Police intercept and arrest the courier, a 54-year-old man from Coventry, when he is believed to have turned up at the victim’s address to collect money.

He was arrested on Friday, 16 October on suspicion of fraud by false representation and has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Rich Brown from Warwickshire Police said: “Thankfully the victim in this case did not lose any money but sadly this has not been the case for some other victims, who have lost significant amounts of money as fraudsters continue to prey on individuals, particularly the elderly and the vulnerable.

“The fraudsters’ stories are often believable and they will put a lot of pressure on victims to convince them to withdraw or transfer money, often for fraud reasons.

“We still believe that specific areas are being targeted in which the fraudsters will contact several people in a given area and then get a courier to wait close by in their vehicle ready to collect cash once the victim has withdrawn it.
“I would therefore urge anyone who sees a vehicle behaving suspiciously in their area that perhaps you haven’t seen before to please get in touch either via our website or by calling 101.
“Please also think about your loved ones and neighbours and make sure they know how to avoid scams such as these. We will not tolerate crimes of this nature, which can have devastating impacts on victims who are often left feeling scared and worried that their home is no longer safe, which is why we will do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.”

The police or your bank will never:
Contact you out of the blue and ask for your personal details, including your PIN number, password or account details

  • Ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons
  • Ask you to withdraw cash and hand to someone for safe keeping
  • Ask you to purchase high value items such as gift cards
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash or other high value items, bank cards, account details or PIN numbers

Protect yourself

If you are unsure whether someone on the phone is genuine, hang up and then use a different line to call the organisation they are purporting to be from using a number from the phonebook or internet to verify their identity

  • Don’t give out your personal information to anyone over the phone, including your PIN number and bank account or card details

If you have given out your personal banking details to someone over the phone or have given someone your card details, contact your bank immediately to cancel your card

Where to go for help

If you receive a call from someone purporting to be a police officer and asking you to withdraw or transfer money, call Warwickshire Police on 101 – the more intelligence we receive, the more likely we are to catch those responsible

If you have been a victim of a telephone scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

For advice on scams, contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on0808 223 1133
Always call 999 in an emergency

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North Warwickshire Atherstone Safer Neighbourhood Teams October Newsletter

Please find the latest newsletter for the North Warwickshire Atherstone Safer Neighbourhood areas.

North Warwickshire Atherstone areas are now included on one newsletter as the teams all work from the Atherstone Police Office and we will include extra pages from both patches in future editions.

North Warwickshire North is a large Policing area and includes the following beats:
Atherstone; Mancetter; Hartshill; Chapel End; Ridge Lane; Caldecote; Baddersley; Baxterley; Bentley;
Dordon; Grendon; Polesworth; Birchmoor; Shuttington; Seckington; Austrey; Warton; No Mans Heath; Newton Regis and Alvecote

Please click on the link to view/download: Atherstone Newsletter October 2020

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Neighbourhood Watch Network Our News October 2020 Newsletter

This month Neighbourhood Watch Network are thrilled to launch, for the third year running, the Neighbour of the Year Award, in partnership with their friends at Co-op Insurance; and Neighbourhood Watch Network’s first ever Community Grants Fund.

Click here to read the October Our News newsletter 

You get to know CEO, John Hayward-Cripps better in a Spotlight feature; and look at County Lines and what we can do about them. They offer guidance and advice on supporting communities, and sustaining Neighbourhood Watch groups, as we face a rise in Covid-19 cases across England and Wales.

So grab your tea, put your feet up and enjoy the Our News newsletter.

 

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We are seeing an increase in catalytic converter thefts in the count

Thieves often target hybrid cars as the value of the converter is higher and they can be accessed more easily. However, we have been seeing them stolen from petrol and diesel cars.
Catalytic converters are stolen for the value of the precious metals in them or to be resold illegally.
It takes a matter of minutes for someone to steal a catalytic converter if they know what they are doing.
Thieves will often target car parks at supermarkets, industrial estates, offices and train stations. They also target vehicles parked at home.
Ways to protect your vehicle include:
•Parking your vehicles in a garage or other secured area if you have one.
•Use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.
• buying and fitting a protection device specifically to cover the catalytic converter
• installing motion-activated lighting if you park your vehicle on a driveway, but if this isn’t possible, park it in a well-lit, busy area
• using your vehicle’s alarm or installing a Thatcham approved alarm, which should activate if the vehicle is tilted or lifted
• using your vehicle’s alarm or installing a Thatcham approved alarm, which should activate if the vehicle is tilted or lifted
• looking out for anyone ‘working’ or acting suspiciously under vehicles (particularly in busy car parks)
• marking your catalytic converter to make it harder to sell and make it easier for police to trace it back to you if it is recovered.
If you see a theft in progress call 999 immediately providing as much information about the offenders as possible. Do not confront thieves, they will normally be carrying tools that can be used as weapons.
If you have information that could help us catch offenders or recover stolen catalytic converters, call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Car Key Burglary in Coleshill

Some time between 10.15 and 14.50 hrs yesterday (30/9/20), unknown offender(s) entered a property on Trajan Hill, #Coleshill and stole keys that they used to take a Mercedes AMG C65S, the vehicle had no registration plates on at the time of theft.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including possible CCTV or Dash-cam footage, or seeing a vehicle fitting this description being driven close by, please contact us by either advising us online at www.warwickshire.police.uk, by email to ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, referring to incident 207 of 30/9/20.
For crime prevention advice, please go to our website at www.warwickshire.police.uk.
Thank you for your assistance on this incident
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Theft From Shed in Over Whitacre

Some time between 07.00 hrs on the 24/9/20 and 07.00 hrs today (1/10/20), unknown offender(s) have entered a secure shed at a property on Tamworth Road, Over Whitacre and stole a set of golf clubs, bag, electric carrier and two petrol lawnmowers.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including possible CCTV or Dash-cam footage, please contact us by either advising us online at www.warwickshire.police.uk, by email to ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, referring to incident 100 of 01/10//20.
For crime prevention advice, please go to our website at www.warwickshire.police.uk.
Thank you for your assistance on this incident.
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North Warwickshire West and South Safer Neighbourhood Teams October Newsletter

Please find the latest newsletter for the North Warwickshire West and South Safer Neighbourhood areas.

North Warwickshire West and South areas are now included on one newsletter as the teams all work from the Coleshill Police Office and we will include extra pages from both patches in future editions.

Newsletter October 2020

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Home Office – County Lines Guide for Partners

As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackle serious and violent crime, the Home Office has relaunched its County Lines awareness-raising campaign.
Our campaign aims to raise awareness about County Lines among frontline staff, like teachers, health workers and those
working in the transport, housing and security sectors. It is these people who are most likely to encounter those young
people or individuals who are most at risk.
County Lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, as well as market and
coastal towns, by using dedicated mobile phone lines or “deal lines”.
Gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money to these areas. Once caught up in County Lines, exploited individuals are at risk of extreme physical and/or sexual violence, gang recriminations and trafficking.
Our campaign aims to raise awareness about County Lines among frontline staff, like teachers, health workers and those
working in the transport, housing and security sectors.
It is these people who are most likely to encounter those young people or individuals who are most at risk.
With the right knowledge, staff will know how to spot potential victims and report concerns anonymously to
Crimestoppers, or safeguard in line with their organisation’s safeguarding policy.
This campaign pack contains promotional social media images and posters that you can download to raise
awareness of County Lines to your staff, partners and the public.
It is part of the work the Home Office is doing to tackle County Lines, which is set out in the Serious Violence
Strategy.
Thank you in advance for your support in helping us tackle County Lines and protecting children and vulnerable adults.
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Warwickshire Police Community Information Bulletin Edition 2 – 21st August 2020

Second edition of a new Warwickshire Police Community Bulletin.

Includes recent incidents, good news stories and crime prevention advice.

Download a PDF Copy of the Warwickshire Police Community Information Bulletin Edition 2   Here: WP Community Information Bulletin Edition 2 21082020

If you have any information that could help the police with any of the incidents, including possible CCTV/Dash Cam footage, please call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting the relevant incident number.
Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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