We have received multiple reports about
Car Key Burglaries
We are currently seeing an increase in so called ‘car key burglaries’ particularly in the Loughborough and Charnwood areas.
A car key burglary is a crime where someone breaks into your home with the specific aim of removing your car
keys and stealing your car. An operation is in place to find and arrest those responsible and car owners are being urged to take some simple crime prevention measures to protect their car. The best advice is to hide your car keys and keep them well away from the front door taking them upstairs with you when you go to bed.
Steering wheel locks are becoming more popular again and can prevent the car being stolen even if someone has the keys – they also act as a deterrent. If it has an alarm or immobiliser then make sure it is switched on.
You can also have your vehicles windows etched with its registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN). This can put criminals off, as it makes your car more difficult to sell. It also makes it easier for the police to identify and/or return your vehicle if it is stolen.
Always park your car in a garage if you have one.
Finally, if you're aware of anyone behaving suspiciously around your home or vehicle, please call us immediately on 101 or visit leics.police.uk/contact-us for ways to report. If there is a crime on going dial 999.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
The Lions have provided 6000 ‘bottles’ which have been funded by Oadby and Wigston Community Safety Partnership and a local sponsor and can be picked up for free from any police station which has a front enquiry desk across the force area.
Thanks to funding from Oadby and Wigston Community Safety Partnership match funded by a local business, The Lions the bottles can be picked up free of charge from any police station in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Local beat teams will also be distributing them to local care homes.
Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments and Fake Endorsements
Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.
The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other
websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented
along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the
fraudulent “company”. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required
to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.
Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying “I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with
my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam”. The full article can be found here; https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2018/03/13/martin-lewis-spread-word-dont-believe-scam-bitcoin-code-bitcoin-trading-ads/?_.
Similarly these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.
What you need to do
Don’t assume it’s authentic: Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: A genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
Stay in control: Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser – never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.
NFIB Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls
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.
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.
Market Harborough police and Harborough district council have recently taken delivery of their newly purchased crime prevention tools that will look to be deployed in the rural areas of the beat.
Working under Op Willow and the Rural Watch P.S. Kev Manship and P.C. Steve Winn are looking to provide an improved service to our rural residents and look to prevent crime and improve the confidence that a recent NFU survey highlighted as an issue.
Looking at the types of crime, the geographical layout of the premises we are looking to help and the challenges of crime prevention/detection in isolated areas we have purchased items such as gate alarms, padlock alarms, remote monitoring CCTV, rumble alarms and trail cams.
Our intention is to offer the use of this equipment to vulnerable, repeat or otherwise identified properties that could benefit from its deployment and after a period of time the equipment will be offered at cost (to allow us to replenish our stock) or retained by the police (for future deployment). It is hoped this will display to the service user the benefits of the equipment and if so allow them to research their own items if not purchasing what we use.
Please note that other security items and providers are available.
It is hoped that any deployment of the equipment will lead to at least crime prevention and at most crime detection as we have different types of CCTV camera to deploy and also alarms to alert persons of intruders.
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Telephone:101 non-urgent calls