CRIME AND SAFETY INFORMATON

POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER (PCSO)

PCSO, Police Community Support Officer for Walmer can be contacted when on duty on 101 or email nhp.dover@kent.pnn.police.uk

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to remember that PCSO’s are not police officers and crime incidents should be reported to the police as normal using 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergency incidents.  There is also a new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit which is operating from Dover and can be contacted on 01304 872220 (staffed during normal working hours).

Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Scammers active in Kent!

Scammers and criminals are already looking for opportunities to scam people as a result of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. Happily, there are many more stories of kindness and generosity but we want to make people aware of the scams as they emerge – which they seem to be on a daily basis.  We have received reports from Kent Police of people door-knocking and claiming to be from the Health Authority.

What happens:

  • The criminal knocks on your door.
  • They claim to be from the Health Authority.
  • They offer to do COVID-19 testing on residents.
  • There are also reports of the criminal offering to take the residents temperature.

THIS IS A SCAM!

What to do: 

  • Do not let them in.
  • Do not allow them to take any money or details from you.
  • Report to Kent Police on 101.
  • If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999.

Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

Phishing attacks Dealing with suspicious emails

What is phishing?  Make yourself a harder target Phishing is when criminals attempt to trick people into doing ‘the wrong thing’, such as clicking a link to a dodgy website.

Phishing can be conducted via a text message, social media, or by phone, but the term ‘phishing’ is mainly used to describe attacks that arrive by email.
Criminals send phishing emails to millions of people, asking for sensitive information (like bank details), or containing links to bad websites. Some phishing emails may contain viruses disguised as harmless attachments, which are activated when opened.  Please click attached link for information about this  –   Phishing – Guide

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD BULLETIN

Please remind neighbours to dial 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.

COMMUNITY WARDEN

The Community Warden for Kingsdown, Ringwould, Mill Hill Area and Walmer is Martin Dadd, he can be contacted on 07969 584181 or martin.dadd@kent.gov.uk.

Community wardens are out between 7.30 am and 10 pm every day in 128 Kent Communities.

They:

can tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
can take names and addresses and control traffic
are a reassuring uniformed presence
are fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation scheme (http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/community_safety/initatives/accred_scheme.htlm) before staring their work
encourage communities to work together and make things better for everyone
work closely with Kent Police (http://www.kent.police.uk/about_us/neighbourhood_policing/who.html) and other professional authorities
talk with local people, offering information and advice
take park in local community activities

They don’t:

make arrests

HOME SECURITY MEASURES

Burglary in your own home is an upsetting experience that can affect you and your family long after the clear up and the insurance paperwork is complete.

Don’t let a burglar in.

Kent Police is working with Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley Police reminding residents how they can help protect themselves from becoming a victim.

The majority of burglars are opportunistic; they will look for properties where they think they can enter unobserved and ‘work’ undisturbed.

While you’re at work… so are they.

From experience we know that most burglaries happen during daylight hours so while you’re at work, so are they. Offences peak after 11am so it’s important to make sure the measures taken at night are also taken before you leave home in the morning.

Three simple actions can help deter these types of criminals… Light it, Lock it, List it.

Light it

Make your house look occupied – even when it isn’t.

Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights and a radio on and off
Light dark or hidden entrances using low wattage timed security lighting

Lock it

Double-lock uPVC doors and close windows.
Keep side gates locked – burglars often break into homes from the garden where they have less chance of being seen.
If bins are emptied before you leave for work return them to your garden – they can be used as climbing aids if left on display.
Instead use bins in side entrances as obstructions.
Trim high hedging/plant growth – they could provide cover for a burglar.
Secure your shed – tools that are easily accessible can be used to break in to your home.
If you get the train or bus ensure your car is locked, windows are closed and keys are not left on display through windows.

List it

All valuables items should be registered for free on www.immobilise.com – logging details helps us return them to you if we find or seize them. These include:

Expensive jewellery and antiques
Bicycles
Laptop, desktop computers and tablets
Mobile phones and MP3 players
Home entertainment systems including TVs and games consoles

SCAMS

How to Recognise a Scam

A scam is when people can con you out of cash. The people who run these scams are clever and know how to persuade you to part with your money. However, all conmen and women have some things in common.
What are the characteristics of conmen and women?

They will:-

Catch you unawares, by phone, e-mail, post or sometimes in person
Sound polite, well-spoken and they want you to think that they are your friend
Have slick, professional leaflets and letters
Be persistent and persuasive
Rush you into making a decision
Ask you to send money BEFORE you receive their tempting offer or prize

How to spot a scam:-

They offer you something for nothing, such as winning a prize (even though you haven’t entered)
An exclusive entry into a scheme that is guaranteed to make you money
A way to get money by helping them to get untold millions out of their country
The chance to join an investment scheme which will make you huge amounts of money.

The best way to protect yourself is to be sceptical of ‘Something for Nothing’ schemes.

They are likely to ask you to:-

Send them money ‘up front’
Give them your Bank Details or other personal details
Ring premium rate (these numbers start with 900 – AVOID THEM)
Buy something to get your prize
Don’t ever send any money or give personal details until you have checked them out and talked to a professional or family and friends.

If you have been a victim of a scam you should report it to one of the following:-

Your local Police Station
The Office of Fair Trading (Tel: 0845 7224 499 or visit www.oft.gov.uk)
The Financial Services Authority (Tel: 0845 606 1234 or visit www.fsa.gov.uk)
Your Local Trading Standards Department (Tel: 08457 585497 or visit www.kent.gov.uk/tradingstandards)
Your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau (see your local phone book or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk)

For further advice or information call Consumer Direct on 08454 0405