The Police has launched a messaging service; Essex Community Messaging which provides all who sign up with regular update of crimes committed in their area. This is a useful tool as it gives advice of avoiding becoming a victim of these crimes. This page is updated as often as possible and the link directs you to their webpage to sign up for this service. Please scroll down through the page to keep up to date with the latest news.
Following DVSA clarification used car buyers are urged to check MOT details online – the paper certificate is too susceptible to forgery.
Following a clarification by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), we are urging used car buyers to check MOT details online, rather than relying on the paper certificate.
VSA advice is that if a customer has concerns to the validity of the certificate or wishes to, they can confirm the details via the gov.uk website.”
check the MOT on the primary source, the government website. It is a great free service and you can see at a glance the recorded mileages going back years and any advisory notes on the condition of the vehicle. Any discrepancy between this data and the paper
certificate should set alarm bells ringing. Vehicle crime has become highly sophisticated but when it comes to paper MOTs a lot of the tactics are rudimentary, commonly simple photocopies with the mileage altered. In one recent case, someone had downloaded
the sample certificate from the government website, filled it in and passed it off as genuine. They should at least put a watermark on that because they’ve inadvertently provided a handy resource for fraudsters.”
We have been informed that some dubious cold calling Tree surgeons/Landscape Gardeners have entered our area having been suspected of committing offences in a neighbouring area “Your Doorstep Your Choice”, we would advise you to think twice about engaging cold calling traders. If you need a trader for a particular job and do not have a trader by personal recommendation contact Trading Standards “Buy with Confidence Scheme” on 0345 404 0506.
Theft from Vans Vans have been entered and tools have been removed, if you own or know a neighbour, friend or workmate who owns a van make them aware. Think about security especially when working away from home and parking at a hotel. If you have tools on board think about removing them overnight if possible and add signage to your vehicle to indicate you have done so. Also make a point of property marking your equipment both overtly and covertly. Please also take on board the following advise • DON’T tempt thieves by leaving any items on display. • DO CLEAN THE SAT NAV RING off the windscreen. • DO TURN BLUETOOTH OFF anything left in the car – it can be detected when on. • DO lock your vehicle at all times, close windows, and set the alarm, even when parked on your driveway or when carrying out any work. • DO PARK REAR DOORS ON VANS up against garage doors or other to prevent access where possible. • DO NOT just press the button on your fob to lock it – Look at your car to see the lights flash etc to confirm locking; someone may be nearby with a “remote blocker” and stop your car from locking. • DO try to park in a secure, well lit area were possible, if parking at a hotel try and park within view of reception, CCTV cameras or your room. • Do mark tools and property visibly with your post code and house number, and consider products such as CRE Mark, Selecta DNA and Smart Water. • Do register serial numbers of your property on www.immobilise.com this is completely free service. Please visit the website for more information. • Do consider having additional security door locks fitted, they make it harder for the thief and are a great visual deterrent. • Do consider having a safe box secured within the vehicle and keep it locked. • Do consider a PIR alarm that calls you on the mobile phone when activated, intended for sheds work just as well in a van. • If using a public car park – Try to use a “Parkmark” approved car park www.parkmark.co.uk Empty your van or car before someone else does. For further crime prevention advice see https://www.essex.police.uk/
|Hello everyone,I am the new Detective Inspector at Colchester CID, first day, first message. I will be messaging on a regular basis about serious crime in your area, also crime prevention advice and early warnings if we are suffering from a spate of a certain type of crime. I might also be asking for information and there will be things you elite bunch on ECM can assist with, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. I also have a Twitter account which I will be using to ‘Tweet’ information.
Many thanks for signing up to this system, I hope together we will prevent and detect crime in Colchester.
DI Jim White 1077
Attempts have recently been made to steal high value plant machinery in Essex. If you see plant that has had its rear light cluster broken or tampered with please inform Essex Police on 101 or 999 if ‘in progress’. If plant is being being moved at night without exterior or interior lights visible please inform Essex Police on 999. Sent to Essex County by Terry Fowles – firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s your community have your say!
Essex Youth Offending Service would like YOU to suggest community projects for young people in your area to get involved with!
Past projects include painting scout halls/churches, making cakes for charity fundraisers, garden/maintenance projects, making dementia sensory sleeves,
helping set up for events, marshalling, and much more!
We are particularly interested in projects in the Tendering area, including Clacton/Jaywick/Frinton/
Walton/Harwich and surrounding areas.
Please email Karen.email@example.com with your ideas/for further information or call Karen Sinclair on 03330 139747.
Castle Point and Rochford CPT have now got their own Facebook and Twitter pages. Please like and share so our messages and updates can reach as many people as possible. Thank you.
Chelmsford and Maldon CPT has now got it’s own Facebook Page, please like and share so we can get as many people as possible thank you. https://www.facebook.com/
Basildon CPT has now got it’s own Facebook Page, please Like and Share so we can get as many people as possible https://www.facebook.com/
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted armed robbery in Clacton.
Officers were called to reports two security guards were approached by two men outside the Tesco store in the Brook Retail Park, London Road, just before 11.40am today, Wednesday January 18.
One of the suspects, who had what appeared to be a firearm, threatened the victims and demanded they open the cash machines.
Two shots were fired but no-one was injured and the suspects left empty-handed in a grey or silver car, which may have had a third person inside.
There is not believed to be any threat posed to any members of the wider community and we ask witnesses or anyone with information to contact Essex Police on 101.
People can also give information independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court.
Do you know somebody in your community who goes the extra mile to support vulnerable people, prevent crime and make their communities safer? Then why not nominate them for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety Award?The process is simple to complete, and winners will be recognised at the PCC Annual Conference on 14th March 2017. The winning area of work or project will also receive £500, with those highly commended receiving £250 each to be reinvested into the areas they are recognised for. The deadline for nominations is Monday February 20th so make sure your local heroes are recognised in the way they deserve!
The nomination form can be downloaded from the Essex PCC website here: Essex PCC Annual Awards
This year the Safer Colchester Partnership is conducting a survey to ask local residents for their views on crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough. We will use the results from the survey in the Strategic Assessment of Crime to assist us in informing future priorities and objectives for the Partnership.
The survey which is now live covers a number of crime and public safety concerns, both real and perceived will run until Friday 17th February 2017
. The survey can be found at www.safercolchester.co.uk , visitors will find a section on the homepage to access the survey.
A drug dealer who was arrested twice in less than three weeks has been jailed for more than three years.
Two police community support officers were on patrol in Old Road, Clacton, at about 3.15pm on July 12, 2016 when they saw a group of people gathered around Shelton Alexander, who appeared to be dealing them drugs.
He ran off after catching sight of the PCSOs , but he was found a short time later in an alleyway behind a parade of shops.
He had a small amount of cannabis in his pocket but when police carried out a search of the area, they found 26 wraps had been discarded.
Alexander, 23, was released on bail while tests were carried out, but was caught in the act again at 2.20pm on July 29 by Operation Raptor officers on patrol in Clacton.
They stopped a Ford Focus in Thoroughgood Road after seeing the occupants, which included Alexander, acting suspiciously.
He ran off but was pursued and arrested. A search was then carried out at a nearby address and officers found £1,700 in cash and a quantity of cannabis.
Investigations were carried out and the wraps discarded during the first incident were found to contain crack cocaine and heroin.
Alexander, unemployed, of Nelson Walk, Tower Hamlets, was charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin, two counts of possession of cannabis and one count of possession of criminal property, which related to the money seized.
He admitted all the counts at court hearings on December 5 and January 3.
He was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday January 13 to three years for each of the possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin charges, to run concurrently; three months for possession of criminal property to run consecutively; and one month each for the possession of cannabis charges, to run concurrently.
The judge also ordered for the drugs to be destroyed and the £1,700 to be seized.
District commander Chief Inspector Russ Cole said: “Alexander had travelled from Luton to ply his disgusting trade in Clacton and tried to evade arrest twice.
“However he has now started the new year behind bars, as a result of the combined efforts of officers responsible for policing Clacton.
“I hope this case serves as a warning to other dealers considering travelling to Essex that we will not tolerate their criminal activity.”
Anyone with information about drug dealing is asked to ring 101 or report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-
If you would rather not talk to police, you can call independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not have to attend court
Essex Youth Offending Service are actively seeking volunteers from the community to help them in their work of preventing re-offending by young people aged between 10 and 17 years.
We are searching for people like you who have skills and are looking to learn new skills that can talk to young people, their parents and sometimes the victim of the offence to draw up a contract
to address the young person’s offending behaviour.
The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also looks to try to repair the harm caused which can benefit both the victim and the community.
• You would receive full training and support.
• You would be able to fit this role around your existing commitments.
• You would be welcomed in to a friendly and supportive team who care about the community in which they live.
If you are aged over 18, live in Essex and are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Jodie Fenemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 03330139773
A scheme which will allow victims of crime and anti-social behaviour (such as neighbour disputes) the chance to communicate with the perpetrators has been launched.
We are searching for people to volunteer their time and skills, people who have the ability to learn skills that would allow them to assist us.The Essex Restorative Justice and Mediation Service facilitates safe communication between those involved in a crime or conflict and allow victims to ask questions and receive meaningful reparation for the harm that has been caused.
- You would receive full training and ongoing support
- You would become part of a friendly and supportive team
- You would be able to fit this role around your existing commitments
If you are aged over 18 years, live in Essex and are interested in learning more about this exciting and challenging role Please contact email@example.com.
An example of the work we do:
A young boy had caused criminal damage to a school window and the incident was referred to us for a restorative outcome
During the meeting, the headteacher of the school asked if the boy was angry with her or the school. this was something she had been worried about, and didn’t know what she might have done to have caused it.
He explained that he wasn’t angry, and offered a very heartfelt apology for his actions. The headteacher explained that she wanted him to move forward and achieve his goals in life without jeopardising his future
with further thoughtless acts. she said he was welcome back to the school for events in the future. we recieved very good feedback from all involved, with everyone saying they were very glad they had taken part.
“the meeting has helped me to close the door on the incident. thank you for supporting us, it really helped”
What our volunteers say about us:
Before I volunteered with the service I was stuck in a rut but now I have a purpose and realise I can use my skills to help others
This role has made me realise that I can do much more than I ever thought I could do
Seeing the change in the people I have worked with has made me feel so proud to have been part of the process
Volunteering with the Restorative Justice Service has been so rewarding, I think everyone has something to give
They team are always at the end of the phone, they push me to do things to build my confidence and I cant thank them enough for the opportunity,
their support and encouragement and for giving me the chance to work in this fantastic role
Theft from Vans
Vans have been entered and tools have been removed, if you own or know a neighbour, friend or workmate who owns a van make them aware. Think about security. If you have tools on board think about removing them overnight if possible. Also make a point of property marking your equipment both overtly and covertly.
Please also take on board the following advise
• DON’T tempt thieves by leaving any items on display.
• DO CLEAN THE SAT NAV RING off the windscreen.
• DO TURN BLUETOOTH OFF anything left in the car – it can be detected when on.
• DO lock your vehicle at all times, close windows, and set the alarm, even when parked on your driveway or when carrying out any work.
• DO PARK REAR DOORS ON VANS up against garage doors or other to prevent access where possible.
• DO NOT just press the button on your fob to lock it – Look at your car to see the lights flash etc to confirm locking; someone may be nearby with a “remote blocker” and stop your car from locking.
• DO try to park in a secure, well lit area were possible, if parking at a hotel try and park within view of reception, CCTV cameras or your room.
• Do mark tools and property visibly with your post code and house number, and consider products such as CRE Mark, Selecta DNA and Smart Water.
• Do register serial numbers of your property on www.immobilise.com this is completely free service. Please visit the website for more information.
• Do consider having additional security door locks fitted, they make it harder for the thief and are a great visual deterrent.
• Do consider having a safe box secured within the vehicle and keep it locked.
• Do consider a PIR alarm that calls you on the mobile phone when activated, intended for sheds work just as well in a van.
• If using a public car park – Try to use a “Parkmark” approved car park www.parkmark.co.uk
Empty your car before someone else does.
For further crime prevention advice see https://www.essex.police.uk/
There has some males in the marktey area of Colchester .They have been seen early hours of the mornings getting out of a white vehicle and walking around then getting back into the van and driving away .This could be linked to burglary’s in the area. Please can you make sure that when you leave your home for any length of time that any thing of value is in a secure location in your home .If you see anyone acting suspicious in and around houses garages sheds.Please call Essex police on 101 if this is an emergency please dial 999.
A house that is left insecure is an attractive target for thieves. Burglars can strike at any time but most burglaries can be prevented by securing your home. Most burglars are opportunists and in 3 out of 10 burglaries, access is gained through an open door or window. Burglars love it when you make their job easier for them. There are simple steps you can take to beat the burglar. Your smartphone, mobile devices, bike and home entertainment system may mean a lot to you but to a thief they’re just a way of making quick and easy cash. If any of your belongings are stolen, you can increase the chance of being reunited with them by registering with Immobilise. Immobilise helps us identify the owners of recovered property every day. It’s completely free and allows you to create a private and secure inventory all your personal property. All you need to do is register on the Immobilise website and list possessions identifiable by a unique reference number like IMEI, serial number, bicycle frame number etc.
Aixam Quadricycles and the law as it applies to their ‘drivers’ – whether 16 years old or older
Parents may now be looking to buy their children a four-wheeled vehicle known as an Aixam Quadricycle, which, technically, falls under the category of a moped.
The public are told children from the age of 16 can legally drive this vehicle but they may not have the correct information of what the requirements are to do so.
The following requirements must be in place before a person from the age of 16 (unless they passed their test prior to April 1, 1997) can drive such a vehicle:
•a Provisional driving licence with a category AM, which covers them to ride a moped / quadricycle
•a valid CBT certificate
•the vehicle must have a restricted speed of 30mph (most have a top speed of 28 mph)
•the vehicle’s unladen weight must not be more than 350kgs – some new versions are coming in at 425kg, which would put them overweight and, therefore, make them illegal
•the driver must display front and rear ‘L’ plates
•the driver cannot carry any passengers even though the vehicle has two seats. This means the driver cannot be supervised, as this would mean them carrying a passenger.
This type of vehicle has two seats, so it may be tempting for teenagers to breach the requirements regarding the carrying of passengers.
Active Citizens: coming to a place near you – do you know someone who could volunteer?
Throughout the UK, there are numerous examples where members of the public are volunteering in roles to support local policing activity.
Essex Police is excited to be creating our own Active Citizens programme, expanding our existing volunteer framework to enable even more members of the public to become involved in supporting their local community through volunteering with the police.
The Essex Police Active Citizen programme is a great opportunity for people to add to their CV or for those who want to give something back to their community.
How to apply
Please complete and return the Active Citizen application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or anyone who may be interested in joining their local Active Citizen team require more details please email email@example.com.
OP Lynx – Violent Crime reduction Operation, targeting drug dealers and recreational users in Colchester Town centre, builds on academic study that links the use of cocaine and alcohol with increases in violence within the so called Night Time Economy. Officers using new tactics have been deployed tonight 03/12/2016 for just an hour and a half and have already arrested four persons. Essex Police priority:- Tackling violence or the route causes of violence in order to keep Essex Safe.
Essex police Drink / Drug driving safety campaign Essex police will be increasing enforcement on suspected drink and drug drivers over the Christmas period. Please make Christmas a safe and happy time for all. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or drink.
Colchester’s Community Policing Team continuing to target the worst harms in our communities, yesterday took enforcement action against an address in Leam Close in the Newtown area of Colchester. A very professional looking cannabis factory found and has now been dismantled and enquires are ongoing at this time to identify the person(s) responsible. Professional looking Cannabis factories are often linked to organised crime groups. If you have any information please call 101 or Crime stoppers on 0800 555111
Vagrants and Begging Colchester Community Policing team have received a number of emails regarding vagrants and begging in Colchester. We are aware if this issue, the local borough council are attempting to reduce the number of genuinely homeless persons through a compassionate multi-agency approach, Essex Police are not leading on this activity. However we may take action against those who break the law, we accept that the long term solution to this problem is not a law enforcement solution, we have tried that before and it doesn’t work. If you are hassled at an ATM or at any other time please call either 999 or 101 and report the matter at the time. For further information our colleagues at the Safer Colchester Partnership they have their own web page which can be found at the following link http://www.safercolchester.co.
I have been asked to circulate the attached link to members outlining details of a bank scam that has been circulating which may be worth knowing about to prevent yourself becoming a victim of such frauds.
Christmas Party Transport advice: The ideal plan is to book your cab or taxi in advance or call a licensed cab company from the party and arrange for them to pick you up right outside the venue. Never accept a lift from a minicab touting for trade on the street. They are illegal and can be very dangerous. Always sit in the back of a cab/taxi and if you get chatting to the driver, do not give away personal details. If you feel uneasy with the driver, ask him to stop at a busy familiar place and get out. If using public transport, have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your wallet or purse is out of sight. Always wait for the bus or train in a well-lit place near other people if possible and try and arrange for someone to meet you at the bus stop or station. Take note of where the emergency alarms are and try to sit near them. If a bus is empty or it is after dark, you may feel safer on the lower deck as near as possible to the driver. On trains, avoid empty compartments or compartments that have no access to corridors or other parts of the train. If you feel threatened on any public transport press the alarm and/or make as much noise as possible to attract attention of your fellow passengers or the driver or guard.
Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events. To reduce the risk of experiencing crime during the festive season here are some helpful tips: Christmas Shopping Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free. Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you, e.g. tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you. Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated. Be careful where you park your car, especially if you will be returning to it after dark. If parking in a multi-storey car park, choose a well-lit space as close to the exit as possible and away from pillars. Reverse into position. Keep car doors locked whilst driving in built-up areas, especially if you’ve got bags of presents in the car. Don’t leave presents on show in a parked car, as they could tempt thieves. Keep alert and aware of your surroundings, especially in busy shops and crowded streets where thieves and pickpockets may well be operating. Keep a close watch on your valuables and try not to keep them all in one place.
Personal safety Essex is a safe county and the chances of you, a friend or a member of your family becoming a victim of violent crime are low. However there are a number of steps you can take to keep yourself safe. Planning your journeys, staying alert and avoiding poorly lit alleyways and car parks are just a few. Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a charity devoted to providing practical support and personal safety guidance. Visit the trust’s website for detailed advice and take a look at our tips below. Plan ahead Before you go out, from heading out with friends or even making your journey into work, think about how you are going to get home. Avoid travelling alone and set aside some money in advance. Can you travel home with a friend? What time does the last bus or train leave? Think about what you need to take with you. If you must take valuables with you try not to keep them all in one place. Instead place valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket. Think about carrying a personal safety alarm. We all have the right to wear what we want but it’s worth remembering that you can help to reduce the risks by wearing clothes you can move in easily. Stay alert Be extra careful when using cashpoints. Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and don’t count your money in the street. Keep your mind on your surroundings – if you’re chatting on your mobile phone or listening to your iPod you won’t hear trouble approaching. Trust your instincts if you think you are being followed. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you and head for a busy area where you can tell people what’s happening. If necessary, call the police. Public Transport Obtain timetable and fare information before travelling to prevent you waiting around for long periods at bus stops or stations. When waiting for public transport after dark, try to wait in well-lit areas and near emergency alarms and CCTV cameras. Walking alone and street safety It takes three things for a violent or aggressive situation to happen – a victim, a perpetrator and an opportunity. By taking some suitable safety precautions such as those listed above, you can reduce the opportunities and therefore the risk of becoming a victim. Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Try to use well lit, busy streets and use the route you know best. Whenever possible, walk facing oncoming traffic to avoid kerb crawlers. If you are at all worried, try and stay near a group of people. Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them. Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone and then offers to accompany you. This is a ploy some attackers have been known to use.
Without wishing to alarm you, please be aware of recent incidents that have occurred in Wivenhoe. A secured shed was broken into in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a bike was stolen. Around the same time, items were taken from a nearby parked car and a further bike theft the same night. In total, 7 vehicles this week have had items stolen from them or some form of attempt to do so. Please take sensible steps – secure your property and vehicles, remove valuables from view or completely from your vehicle, ensure any security lights, CCTV, alarms or other devices are working and switched on and report anything suspicious to the Essex Police on 101. For further Crime Prevention advice see Essex Police Website.
Black Friday typically sees more attempted online shopping scams than any other day of the festive shopping period.
You can take a few simple steps to reduce the chances of falling victim to scams and fraudsters. Sales of counterfeit clothes and electrical items online have increased in recent years.
Scam websites are often difficult to tell from genuine ones but there are some tell-tale signs people can look out for;
At the top of the screen where the Web site address is displayed, you should see https://. The “s” indicates the Web site is secure. In many cases, you do not see the “s” until you actually move to the application page on a Web site.
Another way to determine if a Web site is secure is to look for a closed padlock, usually displayed at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Double-click the padlock to see the security certificate for the website. If the lock is open, you should assume it is not a secure site.
Be aware that websites sometimes use a domain name that falsely suggests they are UK-based.
You should be wary if the site:
Offers are too good to be true, for example the price of an item is markedly lower than the market rate
Has no information about the identity of the person operating the business such as the proprietor’s name or the company’s full name
Has no geographic address for the business, preventing people from locating the business in the event of a dispute
Makes no mention of any cancellation rights
Has unfair or restrictive terms and conditions which limits people’s legal rights
Only accepts payments via money transfer services such as MoneyGram and/or Western Union
Neighbourhood Watch Working!! Essex Police have executed a successful warrant in Southend and there have been separate arrests relating to drugs in the area. Crimestoppers and 101 remain important tools in reporting crime, but the partnership working between Southend Neighbourhood Watch and Essex Police is really working effectively. I have sent this not only to Southend but the whole of Essex so that everyone can see how valuable NHW can be. Please look on the Essex Police Website about joining YOUR local NHW scheme. Author Kevin Blake to all of Essex
The Environment Agency has issued a 24/7 Hotline to try and gain intelligence to combat the illegal dumping of rubbish also known as flytipping. If you witness or find fly-tipping or have any information about it you can now report it to the Environment Agency 0800 807060. Reports should include as many details about the incident and type/amount of waste as possible. Some key points about if you witness such activity: * Witnesses are vitally important in enabling action to be taken against people who fly-tip waste, so please do not hesitate to report any incident that you witness as soon as possible. * Do not put yourself in danger by approaching anyone you see dumping waste; they are criminals, who may be involved in other criminal activities, and as such are unlikely to respond well to being challenged. If it is possible to observe them safely, the more information you are able to provide, the better the chances of an investigation. Information that is useful includes the following: 1. Time and date of incident; 2. Description of person(s) dumping waste; 3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers; 4. Description of the waste dumped; 5. Photographs can also be very useful, but only if it is possible to obtain them safely. Please be reassured that any information supplied in connection to any such incident is treated in strictest confidence. If you make notes please keep them, even if they are scribbled notes on the back of an envelope. Actual notes taken at the time can be very valuable as evidence. Do not try to rummage through the waste yourself to look for evidence, as there may be hazardous or sharp items hidden among the waste.
Ask Chief Constable Kavanagh or PCC Hirst your question at the Essex Police Challenge on Tuesday November 29, 2016, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at Basildon Lower Academy, Timberlog Close, Basildon, SS14 1UX You can attend on the night or alternatively submit your question in advance by emailing EssexPoliceChallenge@essex.
It’s getting to that time of year again when families and friends are thinking about Christmas. On the same note so are the burglars. Please make sure that when you leave you home that all you doors and windows are lock and that all you valuables are out of sight and locked up in a safe place. Also please keep an eye open for those elderly neighbours that may struggle at this time of year.
Hundreds of pounds of First World War memorabilia stolen from Bacup Museum in Lancashire see below web link:www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/
Advice if you don’t wish to be involved in Halloween If you don’t want trick or treater callers, turn off any lights at the front door. If possible do not open the door, but to look out of the window to check. If you do open your door, take precautions such as using your door viewer and putting your door-chain on if you’re not sure who is outside. Consider asking a neighbour if you can spend the evening with them if you feel very worried. Keep the telephone number of a relative or friend to hand in case you need to phone them. If you notice any suspicious activity during Halloween, call 101 to speak to your local Community Policing team. There will be extra police patrols over the Halloween period, which will target people who cause criminal damage or behave in an anti-social manner. In an emergency, when a crime is being committed or if there is a risk of injury or serious damage to property, dial 999.
You may be dressing up as a spooky ghost, a wicked witch or a big orange pumpkin but remember to make sure it is a fun night by staying safe. There are six top tips for young people at Halloween: • Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick-or-treating. • You should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call. • Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks. • Watch out for traffic – drivers might not see you. • If you are wearing a mask make sure that you can see where you are going and are aware of your surroundings. • Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone (if you have one). As part of the crackdown in Essex of dumping of illegal Waste, Essex County Council have released their plan on improving recycling centres in Essex from 31st October 2016. Details can be found by following the link. crackdown on illegal waste at recycling centres If you witness or have any information about anyone ”flytipping” or dumping waste illegally in Essex then please please report it. A list of contacts can be obtained by clicking on the respective links. Local Authority Essex Police Environmental Agency Or you can report anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Good News !!! There are many positive reasons for being involved with Neighbourhood Watch, one being the successful partnership working with police which can have a positive impact to the area in which you live and work. A Southend co-ordinator who lives in an area that has experienced a high volume of suspected drug dealing has been working closely with their NHW members and community police officer to gain the information required by police to address residents concerns. Despite the huge pressure Essex Police are under, the officer and community policing team have worked hard on this issue with great understanding. Through the successful partnership working between the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator and community police officer, a warrant on an identified location has been successfully executed with positive results – Well done Essex Police and Neighbourhood Watch! Having trust in a local officer and regular communication with a familiar local policing team is invaluable to both the community and police collectively. Police need the public to work with them more than ever, the successful partnership working between police and Neighbourhood Watch is making impressive changes to local communities. Find out more about joining or starting a Neighbourhood Watch group where you live by contacting Kevin Blake, Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essex Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Essex and Chelmsford City Council are in talks to progress the future sale of the headquarters site in Springfield, Chelmsford. Last October Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner announced plans to reduce the estate down from 80 to approximately 30 buildings and to sell the current HQ site. To progress the sale of HQ, Essex Police and the OPCC have had preliminary talks with planners at Chelmsford City Council with a view to seeking outline planning permission for residential use of the Springfield site. Gaining planning permission will allow the site to be sold for the best possible price. This money can then be used to fight and prevent crime more effectively and to create a new headquarters which is fit for the needs of a modern police force and for the future. Essex Police is exploring the option of sharing accommodation with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) at their headquarters site in Kelvedon and are currently undertaking a feasibility study to this effect. If this option were to be viable the force would propose to use the site as its headquarters, housing Chief Officers and some other teams. We are also currently exploring a number of sites to house a new operational policing and investigations centre. This would house specialist teams and replace our existing site at Boreham. Essex Police hope to have a preferred site for our headquarters and a new operational policing centre identified by Winter.
Residents have been liaising with police and their local council to protect their homes following a number of burglaries in Tendring. Walton, Frinton and Kirby Cross have been subject to a number of burglaries in recent weeks but residents have actively taken steps to protect their homes by working together with local PCSOs and the local council. Following the spate of burglaries, PCSO Paul Brassey and his colleagues urged local residents to report anything suspicious. Paul and his colleagues increased their patrols in areas affected by these burglaries and through community engagement, received a lot of intelligence that led to the arrest of an 18-year-old man. Residents took on board crime prevention advice from PSCO Brassey and his colleagues on how to secure their homes. Residents remained vigilant with reporting suspicious activity to the police and following reports of suspicious activity in Church Road, Walton, officers seized a vehicle associated with a burglary with significant leads opening up in the investigation. Local businesses welcomed our crime prevention posters and leaflets and local taxi drivers vowed to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity in key areas. Real time updates on current crimes were given on our Essex Community Messaging system. A community meeting was held with the Kirby Cross Residents Association which local police attended with Active Citizens members who were able to recruit new members into the scheme. The residents of Kirby Cross worked through Ray Enever, Chairman of the Kirby Cross Residents Association, to work with Frinton and Walton Council to bulk buy Tremble Alarms to further protect their homes. A Tremble Alarm is a small device that can be secured on a window or a door and activates an alarm when the door receives a vibration or the window is smashed. Residents can buy Tremble Alarms from The Walton Project Office in the High Street, Walton, as well as the Frinton and Walton Town Council Office in Rochford Way, Walton. The alarms are £3 to buy, at a significant reduction to what they would cost from a retailer. Whilst burglaries in the area have significantly tailed off in recent weeks, officers remind residents to continue with their efforts in protecting their home and reporting any suspicious activity. PCSO Paul Brassey said: “The PCSOs at Walton would like to thank the local people in the area for working with us and being vigilant. We have all worked over here for a very long time and we know most of the residents well who come forward with lots of information. We are all very committed to the area and to making it as crime free as we can.” Ray Enever, Chairman of the Kirby Cross Residents Association, said: “For such a small price to pay, you could save £700 in damage or possibly more if the property is entered and items are taken.”
In October last year Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and the then Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex announced plans to reduce the existing Police Estate from 80 to 30 buildings. These buildings cost £10 million a year in running costs and require a further £30 million of maintenance work to bring them up to standard. Essex Police can better spend some of this money to fight and prevent crime more effectively. In line with the Estate Programme several properties will be placed on the open market in the coming days. These are: Westcliff former Police Station – This Station in Claremont Road was closed to the public in 2011 and the building was closed down in September 2012, although it recently re-opened for a year or so whilst Southend Police Station was refurbished. Stansted Mountfitchet former Police Office – The Police Office in Hargrave Close had a publicly accessible front counter which closed in 2011 although the site remained in use until recently. Mistley former Police Station – The Police Station in New Road closed its front counter to the public in 2011. Ipswich Road former Police Office – The Police Office was previously open to the public for two hours each week but this service ceased in 2011. 3 La Plata Grove, Brentwood former police house – The property has only ever been used for residential purposes. Thaxted former Police Office – The police office has never been publicly accessible. Simon Curling, Essex Police’s Interim Head of Operational Estates, said: “The sale of these properties is part of our continuing programme to reduce the size of the current police estate, parts of which are ageing, under-used, in a bad state of repair and not fit for the purposes of modern policing. We will continue to ensure that the public and our partners are kept informed of any activity in the Estates Programme affecting their local area.”
Police are urging people to be vigilant following a spate of burglaries, many at homes with unlocked doors or windows.
Detectives are investigating more than 20 incidents that have taken place since August 1 in Jaywick, Clacton, St Osyth, Dovercourt, Harwich, Lawford and Thorpe-le-Soken.
In most cases, doors or windows were not securely locked. In five cases, the victims were outside in the garden or driveway at the time.
Detective Constable Andy Dodd, of Clacton CID, said: “The items stolen have included handbags, purses and jewellery, and in some cases the thieves have then used their victims’ bank cards to withdraw money from cash machines.
“Our enquiries so far suggest there are a number of suspects involved and we are not currently linking all the incidents.
“We are continuing our investigations and have already charged one person in relation to one of the offences.
“I would urge residents to please ensure their doors and windows are securely locked, even if they are just popping out for a short while. Ensure that uPVC doors are double locked by pushing up the handle and locking with the key, and put all valuables out of sight of any opportunistic burglars.”
Anyone with information about any of the burglaries is asked to call Clacton CID on 101.
Essex Watch have a stall at the ‘All About Dogs’ event this weekend at Hylands Park Chelmsford along with the ‘Dog Lost’ charity, signing up new members to ‘Dog Watch’ and providing information on protecting your pet. If you are coming along to the show please come over and meet the team. Sent by Terry.Fowles@essex.pnn.police.
Should more local, visible, accessible policing be a priority in the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex? Roger Hirst, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, wants to hear your views on the priorities for policing, crime prevention and community safety in our county. The seven proposed priorities are: 1. More local, visible and accessible policing. 2. Crack down on anti-social behaviour. 3. Be tough on domestic abuse. 4. Reverse the trend in serious violence. 5. Tackle gangs and organised crime. 6. Protect children and vulnerable people from harm. 7. Improve safety on our roads. There are also a series of proposed commitments linked to each of these priorities. Do you agree these are the correct priorities for Essex? You can have your say by reading the draft Police and Crime Plan and taking an online survey here:http://www.essex.pcc.police.
Essex Watch will be attending the Country Show at Barleylands Billericay over this weekend along with Dog Lost and Neighbourhood Watch. If you are coming along to the show please come over to meet the teams. We will be by the main arena next to Fire & Rescue. Sent byTerry.Fowles@essex.pnn.police.
OUTBUILDING, SHED & BARN SECURITY – At rural locations, farming, heritage venues and residential properties there are thefts being committed where tools, pressure washers and other property are being stolen from barns, sheds, garages and outbuildings. The attached document gives some crime prevention advice to help protect these buildings. County wide circulation following incidents in the rural Maldon district. Article from Stephen Armson-Smith Tel: 101 – ext 407110.
Over the last six weeks there have been 4 offences in Essex where Mobile homes / Camper vans have been stolen. Although the latest offences have been around Witham and East Hanningfield area, anyone owning a camper van or mobile Home should be extra vigilant over security of their property. Recent offences have happened during the daytime where the method of entry has been to force windows or doors. If you own a mobile home then consider:
- The use of alarms to secure your Mobile Home
- Tracker devices that are available on the market can keep your Mobile Home secure.
- Hide the keys when the vehicle is parked on the driveway so any intruders cannot easily find the keys.
- Think about valuables inside your Mobile home and security marking valuables.
The following Link may be helpful Camper van security advice If you have any information on Mobile home thefts then ring Essex Police on 101 or ring crime stoppers on 0800555111
A message from Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public.For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well being for all. The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas. Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime. Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place. I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence. Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of our public meetings, or contact me with your thoughts at the dedicated email address. Online survey http://www.essex.pcc.police.
Ask Chief Constable Kavanagh or PCC Hirst your question at the Essex Police Challenge on Thursday September 15, 2016, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton IG10 3SA. You can put your questions on the night or alternatively submit them in advance by emailing EssexPoliceChallenge@essex.
POLICE, investigating an assault where a woman was grabbed by three men, are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was walking along Avon Way in Colchester, near to Alefounder Walk, between 8.30pm and 9pm on Saturday July 30 when the incident happened. The woman was approached by three men, one of whom was wearing a balaclava. They asked the victim if she had any money and as she tried to walk way one of the suspects grabbed her by the head, held her and made sexually suggestive remarks. The victim managed to flee but fell as she made her escape. The suspect wearing the balaclava is described as white with blue eyes, possibly a pierced right eyebrow and was around 6ft tall. He wore a grey tracksuit hoodie top with a black logo on the front, white boxer shorts, grey tracksuit bottoms and white reebok trainers. The second suspect was white, aged in his late 20s, of “fat” build, around 6ft tall, with brown short hair and a piercing to his right ear with a “stretcher” earring designed to enlargen the hole. He had writing tattooed on his right middle finger and wore a grey hoodie, black jogging bottoms and yellow Timberland boots. The third man is described as being of mixed race, around 6ft tall, aged in his late 20s, of skinny build, with brown hair gelled forward. He wore a grey Lonsdale tracksuit with a plain white t-shirt underneath. Witnesses to the incident or anyone who recognises the men from the description can contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detectives investigating a firearms incident where two men received gunshot wounds on Canvey are appealing to the local community for information. Police were called to Somnes Avenue at around 3.30am on Saturday 6 August Five men in total were arrested in connection with the incident but were yesterday, Thursday August 11, released from custody without charge. Chief Insp Glen Westley, the Castle Point District Commander said: “We continue to investigate this serious incident and urgently need information from members of the public. “The victims are refusing to provide statements and as such, we need witnesses to come forward to help us find those responsible. “Someone must know something. Did you see any vehicles driving erratically in the area at the time, in particular a Ford S Max, a Mercedes and a silver VW Golf? “We want people to know that no matter how insignificant their information may seem, it could make a big difference to the investigation. “Our enquiries are ongoing and a team of dedicated specialist officers continue to investigate this serious crime.” Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call officers at Southend CID on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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Essex Police has its new-look website giving people greater and easier access to our services. The new site, which still operates from our www.essex.police.uk address, will allow people to report non-emergency crimes and road traffic collisions as well as lost and found property. The website is easier to navigate, more accessible and is designed to be smartphone and tablet friendly. The site will also allow people to access online reporting services for fraud, hate crime, potholes, abandoned cars, street lighting and noise nuisance issues. The site also incorporates a link to the “AskThePolice’national website which provides answers to frequently asked policing questions avoiding the need for people to phone us. In 2009, when the previous Essex Police website was designed, more than 99 per cent of people using it accessed the site via a desktop computer. In 2015 75 per cent of visits to the Essex Police website came via smartphones and tablets. The new website, which was created by Reading Room following a competitive tender process, has been developed in collaboration with Kent Police to reduce costs. Each page of the site has been designed to offer users the opportunity to share to popular social media networks. We are continuing to develop the website and users can tell us what they think as each page has a simple feedback feature. This will not only help to understand what features of the site are popular but will enable people to highlight anything they don’t understand or any technical issues. We will continue to publish regular news, appeals and features to inform the public of Essex how Essex Police is keeping people safe. Keep in touch with all our latest news via the following: Web: www.essex.police.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/essexpoliceuk YouTube:www.youtube.com/essexpoliceuk Facebook: www.facebook.com/essexpoliceuk Instagram: www.instagram.com/
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Anti-social behaviour (ASB) involving motor vehicles is dangerous to pedestrians and other road users and also causes harassment, alarm and distress to local residents. Everyone has a right to a peaceful life, if you if you experience ASB driving or riding, or have knowledge of meets that might involve ASB, illegal cruises or offenders or you can report it in many ways:
You can also report any concerns or incidents of poor / ASB driving or riding directly to the Casualty Reduction Unit (CRU):Driving.email@example.com.
Doorstep Scams Most people who call at your home will have a genuine reason for doing so but by taking a few simple precautions you can protect yourself and your home. Follow our advice to stay safe: • Don’t be frightened to ask for identification and always check it carefully. If you’re not sure, ask them to come back another day. • Think about installing a door chain and use it. Keep the door on the chain until you’ve seen identification. • If you need your glasses to read the identification, close the door before going to find them. Don’t leave the door open and unattended. • Remember to lock the back door before opening the front. • Don’t be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions. • Don’t keep large amounts of cash in the house. • Don’t believe scare stories. Not all callers are genuine. Rogue Traders Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home. They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and carry out poor quality household repairs to roofs and driveways They may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn’t need doing in the first place. We’re working with Essex County Council and Age UK Essex as part of a campaign to warn residents to ‘Be Sure at the Door’. You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them. If you think you’ve been taken in by a rogue trader, please let us know by calling 101, contact Trading Standards on 08454 040 506 or talk to a friend or relative. Essex Police are recruiting. In Essex Police we recognise the importance of supporting your needs.Can you deliver a service your family would be proud of? Please visit www.essex.police.uk/ourforce for more information.
“I hadn’t bought a ticket… So how could I win a lottery?” The aim of any Scammer is to part you and your money. Everyone should be on their guard as scammers are now using more sophisticated methods in their attempts to convince people that what they are offering is legitimate or official. • Don’t be rushed – resist pressure to make a decision straight away. • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. • The letter has arrived unexpectedly. • You’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about and didn’t buy a ticket. • They are asking you to send money in advance. • You shouldn’t have to pay anything to get a prize. • You’re being urged to respond quickly so you don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends. • They are telling you to keep it a secret. Stop scam mail The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) allows you to have your name and address removed from mailing lists. To register for the free service, call 0845 703 4599 or visit mpsonline.org.uk. Report to Royal Mail If you do receive correspondence you believe to be from fraudsters, you can forward it to Royal Mail with a covering letter to Freepost, Scam Mail, PO Box 797, Exeter, EX1 9UN. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03456 113 413.
Today we launch a new campaign to ask the public to give us #MoreTimeToFightCrime. Up to 400 hoax or inappropriate 999 calls every month could cause serious harm or death if they prevent us from hearing about real life emergencies. We have published recordings of inappropriate, hoax and abusive 999 phone calls to highlight the problem. The calls include a man phoning 999 to complain that there is a rat in his house and someone else calling simply to swear at police. Chief Inspector Glen Pavelin who is in charge of our Force Control Room, said: “We take a zero-tolerance approach to hoax calls because they stop people who really need us from getting through. Our message is clear: it’s not clever, it’s not funny and it could well end up with you being arrested, fined and imprisoned. “But we also want people to understand what is and isn’t a police matter. We take hundreds of calls every month on issues like noise nuisance or parking problems which can and should be resolved by local partners like councils. We will always try and help but especially at summertime our resources can be stretched. Knowing how to do things like report non-emergency crime online will give us more time to fight crime.” The campaign comes as new police figures revealed a “seasonal spike” in crime which Essex sees in summertime before the figures fall back in autumn. The force also experiences a summer increase in so-called ‘non-crime’ incidents such as missing people. Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “Not all crime is preventable but there are things I need people to do this summer to give us more time to fight crime during a period when we know demand for our help tends to increase. Taking sensible steps to keep your home secure, keeping track of where your children are at the beach and driving safely mean fewer incidents and more time for highly trained officers to help people in need. We’ll be giving out that information across the summer. “I have made sure extra resources are available to keep Essex safe this summer, but I need the public to help. We get called for everything from an ‘offensive builder’s bum’ to murder and deaths on our roads: if we can raise awareness of the non-policing matters that can be better resolved elsewhere we free up time and people to tackle the issues we know communities really need us for.” The campaign will include social media activity to help people report non-emergency crime online; a new interactive online game which asks players to decide how police should respond to a range of real-life incidents; 24-hour “tweetathons” revealing what a day in the life of the force looks like; and a focus on the proportion of police time spent dealing with incidents where no crime has been committed. For more information on our campaign #MoreTimeToFightCrime please visit: http://goo.gl/oKhQ55
Need to report something to the Police that is not an emergency? You can report Non-Emergency Crimes, Road Traffic Collisions, Hate Crimes and more online as well as get advice on whether this is an issue that Police deal with, or a local authority. Click here, whether on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to visit the ‘Do It Online’ section of our website. If you need to report something where there is immediate threat to life or property then as always dial 999.
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Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails that you receive. People receiving scam emails are urged to report them. The reports received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim. Last year (January 2015 – December 2015) they received on average 8,000 reports per month, with 96,699 people reporting that they had received a phishing scam. What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?
- Do not click on any links in the scam email.
- Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
- If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
- Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
- Genuine computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank. If you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud. Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:
- The sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address.
- The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address.
- The email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”.
- A sense of urgency; for example the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.
- A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.
- A request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details.
- The email contains spelling and grammatical errors.
- You weren’t expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it.
- The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format.
- The image contains an embedded hyperlink to a bogus site.
Evening, Police are warning residents in the Colchester area of a recent spate of thefts of large garden ornaments. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything is asked to contact Essex Police via 101 and asking to speak to the Crime Bureau. As always, please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to Police and ensure that you lock and secure all entry points to your properties.
Phone scams- Fraudsters are cunning in their phone scam tactics and it’s not always easy or obvious to tell straight away if it’s a scam. Stay one step ahead with our tips. What is a vishing phone scam? These cold call scams typically involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff or a representative of another trusted company or agency such as a government department. Usually the fraudster will convince an individual that they have been a victim of fraud and will ask for personal and financial information in order to gain access to their account. Beware giving bank details Never disclose the following details: • four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police • full password or online banking codes • personal details unless you are sure who you are talking to Top tactics to watch for Another variation of a phone scam involves the fraudster persuading people to transfer money to other accounts or to hand over cash directly to a courier. The fraudsters are known to encourage people to hang up and call their bank to verify the legitimacy of the call. However, a phone line can stay open for up to two minutes so the fraudsters remain on the line and play a dialling tone to trick the individual into thinking they’re calling their bank. In fact, the fraudsters are still connected and the individual is not speaking to their bank but is still connected to the scammers. To ensure you don’t fall prey to this type of phone scam, remember that in no circumstances would your bank or the police ask you to take such actions. These types of requests will only come from a fraudster. What to do if you’re scammed Fraudsters are very cunning in their tactics so it’s not always obvious to tell straight away if you’ve been scammed, or who to report it to. But there are ways to identify different types of scams, and organisations that can help you if you are scammed. For more information go to http://www.which.co.uk/
Police are warning residents to be vigilant following the theft of a number of large garden ornaments in the Colchester area between June 13 and July 4. Several would have been heavy and required at least two people to move them. A concrete lion was stolen from outside the front of a home in High Street, Rowhedge, between 10pm on June 15 and 5.30am on June 16. One of its feet had been broken off and was left behind. A white birdbath in the shape of a statue of St Francis holding a basket was stolen from a front garden in Church Street, Rowhedge, sometime between midnight on June 20 and 2.30pm on June 23. The statue is about 3ft high and also features carved animals at the base. A 4ft high stone birdbath depicting an angel holding a bowl above her head was stolen from Cornflower Close, Stanway, between 10pm on July 2 and 10.30am on Juyly 3. A 4ft high chimney pot containing geraniums was stolen from outside a front door off Peace Road, Stanway, between 9pm on July 4 and 9amon July 5. Three large multi-coloured flower pots were stolen from a front garden in Hooper Avenue, Berechurch, between 7.15am and 8.30am on June 13. Fairy ornaments were stolen from a garden in Maple Way, Berechurch, between 2am and 7am on June 25. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.
Between 20:30 on the 10/07/2016 and 11:40 on 11/07/2016 a business advertising board was stolen near to the roundabout outside Sainsbury’s. If you saw anything suspicious during this time please dial 101 or contact crimestoppers. Police Staff 42077114 – Bouckley
There have been recent reports of anti social behaviour in and around Roscommon Way, Canvey Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings involving motor vehicles. The vast majority of persons who attend cruises are law abiding and simply want to exhibit their vehicles, however it has become evident that there are a minority who persist in engaging in illegal street racing, which includes dangerous driving. Spectators and participants place themselves at enormous risk with this activity. In addition the noise generated causes considerable distress to local residents. The local Community Policing Team (CPT) and Casualty Reduction Unit (CRU) are working closely with partner agencies, carrying out patrols, monitoring social media and utilising fixed & mobile ANPR cameras to identify offenders. Anyone found to be engaging in ASB or traffic offences will be prosecuted. If you have a son or daughter that you think is into the ‘car scene’ and may be attending these events, please reiterate the risk they are exposing themselves to. If you have any information please contact 101 or via crimestoppers. Author PC 70846 Risden
Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex have condemned hate crime. Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne said: “We don’t tolerate hate crime. Whether it’s an incident that takes place online or in the street, it’s important to let us know about hate crime to give us a chance to investigate and prosecute offenders and to ensure that victims and the wider community are protected. We can’t deal with the problem unless it is reported to us so we need anyone experiencing hate crime or knows someone who is to tell us about it. “Call 101 to report all non-urgent cases or report online at www.essex.police.uk If you or anyone else is in immediate danger call 999. We will take action and we will do our best to help you.” Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Hate crime is unacceptable. “If you are the victim of racist abuse or witness hate crime taking place, if the crime in in progress please contact Essex Police on 999. In a non-emergency situation, you can 101 or use the online crime reporting feature on the Essex Police website. “You can also contact a number of Hate Incident Reporting Centres across Essex, which can also offer support and guidance. Details of the nearest specialist centre can be found here: http://www.stopthehate.org.uk/
Over the last week there have been a couple of Burglary and Attempted Burglary offences in Southend, Basildon and Castle Point where the offenders have targeted houses with Key Safes located outside the premises. The persons responsible have forced or attempted to force the key safe from wall to get to the key and enter the buildings to commit burglary. Although there have been only a few of these offences reported – if you have a key safe outside your property please be aware of these types of offences and you may wish to consider:
- Ensure that your key safe is robust and well made- There are some cheaper key safes that are easier to force open. Make sure that if you have one that its good quality and made of robust material.
- Make sure that it’s securely fixed to the wall and not loose in any way to enable it to be easily removal.
- That you key safe is not easily on display from the roadside – tuck it out of the way and out of general view of the roadside so it’s not too obvious.
Anyone with any information regarding these type of offences should contact Ps Mark McQuade on 101 Ext 490515
Do you have a question for the Chief Constable or Police and Crime Commissioner about gang crime, street violence, Anti-Social Behaviour or police visibility? You can ask your question in person in Southend on July 7 or by email in advance. The event will be the first Challenge hosted by new PCC Roger Hirst and will see him publically exercising his duty to hold the Chief Constable of Essex Police to account. The PCC and the audience will question Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh about the force’s performance as well as focusing on anti-social behaviour, local policing and the visibility of officers in the community and gang-related crime and street violence. The event is taking place in Southend and residents from town as well as the wider Essex community are invited to come along and make the most of the unique opportunity to put their questions to the PCC and Chief Constable. The two-hour meeting takes place on Thursday July 7 from 7.30pm to 9.30m at The Forum in Elmer Square, Southend, SS1 1NS. People can ask their questions on the night or alternatively submit them in advance by emailing EssexPoliceChallenge@essex.
Apologies for our last ECM which neglected to include venue details. Please see revised message below: THE new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex will be holding the Chief Constable publicly to account as he hosts his first Essex Police Challenge event. The event, taking place on Thursday July 7, will see Mr Hirst questioning Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh publically about the force’s performance as well as other key issues affecting the community. Members of the public will also be able to put their questions to both the PCC and Chief Constable about their crime and community safety-related concerns. The two hour meeting, which takes place at The Forum in Elmer Square, Southend, will concentrate on the following areas: anti-social behaviour and local policing including police visilbility in the community; and gang crime and combating street violence. Full details of the Essex Police Challenge event are: Date: Thursday July 7 Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm Venue: The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend SS1 1NS People can ask their questions on the night or alternatively submit them in advance by emailingEssexPoliceChallenge@essex.
THE new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex will publically be holding the Chief Constable to account as he hosts his first Essex Police Challenge event. The event, taking place on Thursday July 7, will see Mr Hirst questioning Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh publically about the force’s performance. Members of the public will also be able to put their questions to both the PCC and Chief Constable about their crime and community safety-related concerns. The meeting will concentrate on the following areas: anti-social behaviour and local policing including police visilbility in the community; and gang crime and combating street violence. People can ask their questions on the night or alternatively submit them in advance by emailing EssexPoliceChallenge@ essex .pnn. police .uk or writing to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at 3 Hoffmanns Way, Chelmsford, Essex , CM1 1GU. The PCC will ensure as many questions as possible are answered at the event.
Please see the below web links regarding thefts from churches in our neighbouring counties: Valuable 16th century silver stolen in church raid, South Cambridgeshire. http://www.itv.com/news/
What question will you ask your Police and Crime Commissioner or Chief Constable? Essex residents who want to quiz Roger Hirst, the new PCC for Essex, or Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, will have their opportunity to put their questions in a live webchat on the evening ofMonday June 27, from 5pm to 7pm. You can see more details here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.
We are carrying out reassurance patrols in Wivenhoe following the murder in Denham Close yesterday. Two men have been arrested in relation to the murder and are helping us with our enquiries. The victim has provisionally been identified as Paul Olney, 35, who lives in Denham Close. Anybody who has any concerns following this incident can speak to our officers who are on patrol or contact us on 101. We would also like to hear from you if you have any information that may assist the murder investigation. Please call us if you know Paul Olney or witnessed any suspicious activity in Denham Close yesterday. You can call 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- Rogue Traders
- Doorstep or Rogue traders are operating now in the communities where we live and work. Are they knocking on your relative, neighbour or friends door today offering unnecessary work or have they started work already and are now asking for a lot more money than the bargain price they initially quoted.
- The victims of these doorstep/rogue traders normally are too embarrassed or concerned to report incidents so we are asking that if you have concerns you phone the Trading Standards helpline, run by Citizens Advice via 03454 040506.
- Essex County Council Trading Standards have produced an animation which we know will raise awareness of this issue and would ask you to share the link below with family, friends, neighbours and any organisation(s) that are willing to share the animation with their members or followers.
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in which a man was threatened with a knife. The 24-year-old victim was approached by two men in an alleyway near Walton Road and Portabello Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, at 10pm on Sunday June 5. They demanded he hand over his belongings and threatened him with a knife when he refused. There was an altercation but the victim was unhurt and the suspects ran off empty-handed. Officers carried out a search of the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate them. One of the suspects was described as white, aged in his early 20s, 5ft 9ins tall and slim. He wore a black coat with the hood up and grey tracksuit bottoms. The second was white, aged in his mid 20s, 5ft 9ins tall and slim. He had short light brown or fair hair and wore glasses with metal circular frames. He wore a grey tracksuit with a hooded top. Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Dc Richard English at Clacton CID on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Dear ECM Member, New changes have now been made to the Essex community messaging registration page. This means that there are now more options around information you can select as well as links to various watch or volunteer groups in Essex. You may also be able to assist in police investigations if you have access to CCTV. Can I ask that you take a minute to update your profile and information by signing into the system using the link below and help us to ensure that you receive the right information for you. https://www.
Detectives investigating the murder of Paul Olney in Wivenhoe on Monday, June 6, are appealing for witnesses regarding a taxi or private hire vehicle which was seen close to the murder location. A black vehicle, believed to be Fiat or Nissan style, was seen at the junction of Denham Close and Clairmont Road at around 3pm on June 6. It had four doors and appeared to have a white licence plate. A man got in to the vehicle and we also need to find him. He is described as white with a tanned complexion, 5ft 8ins tall, of average build, aged in his early to mid 20s. He had dark hair and black heavy stubble. This person or anyone with information is asked to contact the Brentwood major investigation team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Suspect Richard Waterhouse, 30, from Colchester, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning, Thursday June 9, charged with murder. He was remanded in court custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 22. Identity Crime Your identity and personal information are valuable so it’s important to protect them. Criminals can use your personal details to open bank accounts and get credit cards, passports and driving licences in your name. This is known as identity crime. Identity theft and identity fraud are two types of identity crime. Identity theft is when someone gains enough information about an identity (e.g, name, date of birth, address) to commit identity fraud. It’s the misappropriation of the identify of another person without their knowledge or consent. Identity fraud occurs when a stolen identity is used to gain goods or services by deception e.g, open a bank account, gain benefits or apply for credit cards. Criminals commit identity theft by stealing personal information, usually from documents they find in the rubbish. A stolen identity can result in identity fraud which can affect your personal finances and chances of getting a loan, credit card or mortgage. Bank and credit cards: If any of your cards are lost or stolen, cancel them straight away and never give card details or personal information over the phone or on the internet when other people can see or hear. Don’t carry cards unnecessarily. If you don’t need them, leave them in a safe place. Documents: If your driving licence is lost or stolen, contact the issuing organisation straight away. Get in the habit of checking your bank statements. If you spot any transactions you didn’t expect, contact the company concerned. Destroy unwanted documents using a shredder. Don’t throw away bills, bank statements, receipts or unwanted post in your name without shredding it first. Keep personal information somewhere safe like a lockable drawer or cupboard. Passwords and PINs: Keep passwords safe and don’t store them anywhere that means they may be stolen such as your purse or on your mobile phone. Try not to use the same password for more than one account. Never give personal or account details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly even if they claim to be from your bank or the police. Take a phone number and call them back to make sure they are genuine. Remember a bank will never ask for your PIN or your whole password.
1.Shed, Sheds typically contain tools, bikes and gardening equipment which are not just valuable but which could prove useful to a burglar, so secure the door with padbolts and close-shackle padlocks or a padlock alarm. Hinges should be fitted using coach bolts and large backing washers. You could also think about installing a shed alarm and a lockable chest for chemicals and valuable equipment. 2. Fence, Rear fences should be 2 metres high including a trellis to support plants but not to support the weight of a possible intruder. Keep fences and plants in the front garden below 1 metre in height so you don’t give potential burglars somewhere to hide. 3. Defensive planting, Reinforce the garden’s perimeter by planting prickly shrubs or a thorny hedge and train them to grow on trellis on top of 1.8 metre fencing to deter potential offenders. 4. Lighting, Lighting can deter or draw attention to thieves. Use energy saving bulbs activated by a dawn to dusk sensor. 5. Gravel, Lay gravel on paths and beneath doors and ground-floor windows – burglars don’t like it because it’s noisy to walk on. 6. Side gate, Side gates should be solid, flat faced and the same height as the fence. Secure with padbolts top and bottom, padlocks and a spring return. 7. Planter, Secure plant pots to the ground using a bolt and retaining anchor plate and mark tools and furniture with your postcode followed by your house number e.g, CM1 1PX 11 Sent by Kevin Blake Essex Watch Liaison Officer to all of Essex
This message is intended for those living in rural communities of Essex. Farmhouses – Are often in isolated locations and can be vulnerable too if not properly secured. • Ensure that doors and windows are well maintained and in a good state of repair. • Fit mortice deadlocks to comply with the British Standards BS3621 to all external doors. • Make sure that doors are kept locked – even when you’re on the premises. • Fit locks to all ground floor windows. • Help your main property to look occupied by using timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times. PS 71468 Julie Mackay – Local Policing Support Unit For any further advice on security please contact your local Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor.
Machinery and Equipment Security This message is intended for those living in rural communities of Essex.
- Whenever possible, don’t leave vehicles in a visible place when not in use.
- When vehicles or plant equipment are kept outside they should always be locked and the keys removed and kept in your possession or stored in a securely locked key safe.
- Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps, ground anchors and engine immobilisers.
- Store your tools and smaller machinery items in a building with enhanced security features close to the farmhouse.
- Keep an accurate record (including photographs) of all plant, machinery and tools which include make, model, serial number and any identifying marks.
- Overtly mark plant, machinery and tools. Consider fitting a tracking device or data tagging chip.
- Paint batteries with a bright coloured paint and post code/farm name.
The following crime prevention message is aimed towards people living and working in rural locations. Check your boundaries – • Fencing hedges and walls should be robust, well maintained and checked regularly for breaches • Plant thick thorny hedges to act as natural boundaries. • Restrict vehicle access by digging deep ditches and creating bunds. • Identify weak spots that could provide access to criminals or vehicles and secure where necessary. Remove all private access points that are no longer used and establish a single gated entrance and exit, if possible.
Purchasing Pets Online The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have noticed a rise in the reporting of pets, and in particular puppies and kittens, being advertised for sale via popular online auction websites. The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, often claiming that the pet is currently held somewhere less accessible or overseas. Upon agreement of a sale, the suspect will usually request an advance payment by money transfer or bank transfer. However, the pet does not materialise and the fraudster will subsequently ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. Even if further payments are made, the pet will still not materialise as it is likely that the pet does not exist. Protect Yourself: • Stay within auction guidelines. • Be cautious if the seller initially requests payment via one method, but later claims that due to ‘issues with their account’ they will need to take the payment via an alternative method such as a bank transfer. • Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller, for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with the number/email address online. • Request details of the courier company being used and consider researching it. • Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase and to collect the pet. If the seller is reluctant to meet then it could be an indication that the pet does not exist. • A genuine seller should be keen to ensure that the pet is going to a caring and loving new home. If the seller does not express any interest in you and the pet’s new home, be wary. • If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then it probably is, especially if the pet is advertised as a pure-breed. • Do not be afraid to request copies of the pet’s inoculation history, breed paperwork and certification prior to agreeing a sale. If the seller is reluctant or unable to provide this information it could be an indication that either the pet does not exist or the pet has been illegally bred e.g. it originates from a ‘puppy farm’. A ‘puppy farm’ is a commercial dog breeding enterprise where the sole aim is to maximise profit for the least investment. Commercial dog breeders must be registered with their local authority and undergo regular inspections to ensure that the puppies are bred responsibly and are in turn fit and healthy. Illegally farmed puppies will often be kept in inadequate conditions and are more likely to suffer from ailments and illnesses associated with irresponsible breeding. • When thinking of buying a pet, consider buying them in person from rescue centres or from reputable breeders
A new trend is targeting members of the public who are seeking to sell their wine investment. Fraudsters agree to purchase the victims wine, but instead transfer the stock into their own ac-count without paying the victim. The fraudulently obtained wine is then believed to be sold on to other, unsuspecting victims. How does this scam work? Fraudsters set up fake companies and websites as well as exploit the names of legitimate, es-tablished companies to facilitate this fraud. They cold-call the victims and offer to purchase their wine for significantly more than the actual market value. Fraudulent documents, such as purchase agreements, are used to facilitate the fraud and are sent to the victims via post and email. Some fraudsters have gone as far as setting up fake es-crow services in order to fool the potential sellers that the payments have been transferred. The fraudsters send the victims instructions to transfer their wine into storage accounts held within legitimate bonded warehouses. The victims are informed that upon doing this they will be paid the agreed amount. The use of storage accounts held within legitimate bonded ware-houses adds an air of legitimacy to the process but in actual fact these storage accounts are controlled by the fraudsters. Once the wine is transferred into the new storage accounts the suspects break off all contact with the victims. The wine is then moved again, normally within days and often abroad, and, needless to say, the victim never receives the money from the agreed sale. How to protect yourself • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls – if in doubt, hang up. • Always check that the details of the organisation or company contacting you (such as website, address and phone number) are correct – the fraudsters may be masquerading as a legitimate organisation. • Never sign over your wine (or any other investment) to another party without first checking they are authentic. • Don’t be fooled by a professional looking website, as the cost of creating a professional website is easily affordable. • Escrow services are regulated by the FCA under the Payment Services Directive 2009. Only deal with a registered Authorised Payment Institution. You can check the FCA register online. • Consider seeking independent legal and/or financial advice before making a decision If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Consumer direct on 03454 040506 or Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by using the online reporting tool.
Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’. Method of Attack: The group have sent emails demanding payment of 5 Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by 5 Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid. If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made. The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone. PROTECTION / PREVENTION ADVICE What to do if you’ve received one of these demands: Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool Do not pay the demand Retain the original emails (with headers) Maintain a timeline of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should: Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 immediately. Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) (or hosting provider if you do not host your own Web server), tell them you are under attack and ask for help. Keep a timeline of events and save server logs, web logs, email logs, any packet capture, network graphs, reports etc. Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS: Consider the likelihood and risks to your organisation of a DDoS attack, and put appropriate threat reduction/mitigation measures in place. If you consider that protection is necessary, speak to a DDoS prevention specialist. Whether you are at risk of a DDoS attack or not, you should have the hosting facilities in place to handle large, unexpected volumes of website hits. Serious Economic Crime Unit Essex Police
On behalf of Colchester Policing Team I would like to thank the entire community – residents, businesses, the council, local charities and the University, its staff and students – for the support they have given us since the dreadful murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014. This afternoon a 17-year-old boy, James Fairweather, was found guilty by a jury of those murders. As we worked on our investigation, whether that was conducting house to house enquiries, searching parks and lakes, guarding the crime scenes and patrolling Colchester itself, you’ve given us your support and good wishes. We’re particularly grateful for the cups of tea and the odd biscuit too! You helped us find and catch James Fairweather. You reported information, no matter how irrelevant you thought it was and you shared our social media appeals. Colchester is a safe town in a safe county, but we know terrible crimes like these have affected the community’s sense of safety. We hope today’s verdict will help increase that sense of safety with James Fairweather set to face a very long sentence in prison for his crimes. Chief Inspector Elliott Judge, Colchester District Commander Inspector Sharn Taylor, Colchester Community Policing Team
On behalf of Colchester Policing Team I would like to thank the entire community – residents, businesses, the council, local charities and the University, its staff and students – for the support they have given us since the dreadful murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014. This afternoon a 17-year-old boy, James Fairweather, was found guilty by a jury of those murders. As we worked on our investigation, whether that was conducting house to house enquiries, searching parks and lakes, guarding the crime scenes and patrolling Colchester itself, you’ve given us your support and good wishes. We’re particularly grateful for the cups of tea and the odd biscuit too! You helped us find and catch James Fairweather. You reported information, no matter how irrelevant you thought it was and you shared our social media appeals. Colchester is a safe town in a safe county, but we know terrible crimes like these have affected the community’s sense of safety. We hope today’s verdict will help increase that sense of safety with James Fairweather set to face a very long sentence in prison for his crimes. Inspector Sharn Taylor, Colchester Community Policing Team
Colchester’s new “Community Policing Team” has been launched by Essex Police as part of a renewed commitment to local policing that puts partnerships with councils and other organisations at the heart of community safety. The new teams will work in community safety hubs with partners like councils, other Emergency Services, Health providers, charities, Neighbourhood Watch and community groups. Their main focus will be on community safety priorities, solving local problems like high risk anti-social behaviour, local “hot spot” crimes, repeat victims or keeping the night time economy safe. Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason says: “Our renewed commitment to local policing means new teams will work as one with our partners to protect people from harm, talk and listen to communities about their concerns, gather information and help find answers to local problems. Our ambition is for a seamless link with Community Safety Partnership teams across Essex, working together to tackle locally-agreed priorities. Working alongside those teams will be all the other parts of Essex Police which keeps people safe. That’s three thousand officers working for a safer Essex, including specialist domestic abuse teams, emergency crews responding to 999 calls, detectives investigating serious crime, and our countywide roads policing teams, firearms and police dog teams and officers and staff dealing with cyber-crime and fraud.” Chief Inspector Elliott Judge, district commander of Colchester, adds: “As well as targeting the crime priorities in your community, officers are dealing with different, more serious types of crime and harm being perpetrated in our communities. It is known that you are far more likely to be a victim of crime in your own home than on the streets where you live. With this in mind our policing priorities will be Child Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and Domestic Abuse.” More information about our team can be found on our community policing web pages
Whatever you need Essex Police for, we want to make it easy for you to do it. For the first time you can report a non-emergency crime to us online. Our ‘do it online’ service lets you report non-emergency crime, road traffic collisions and access a range of information and advice easily and conveniently. Online reporting for lost or found property will be added during April. Essex Police has also subscribed to the national ‘knowledge bank’ Ask The Police, also accessible at www.essex.police.uk/doitonline
Trading Standards have received information that doorstep traders are carrying out work related to block paved driveways in the Chelmsford area. We believe that the trader is providing residents with a false address and therefore any problems they may experience will not be able to be resolved. We would advise residents never to agree to work, in regard to household repairs or maintenance from traders who knock on the door and always thoroughly check out any leaflets you receive. Consider using one of our Buy With Confidence businesses who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards. For advice and guidance or information about Buy With Confidence traders call the national helpline on 03454 040506
Doorstep/Rouge traders are operating in your area trying to obtain work related to block paved driveways, garden work or tree cutting, roofing or any other household repair or maintenance. Never agree to have work carried out by traders who knock on your door offering these services and always thoroughly check out leaflets as addresses provided can be false with telephone numbers that stop working if you have a problem with the work. You can also be provided with guarantees that are worthless. We would always advise residents to consider using one of our Buy With Confidence businesses who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards. The nearest three to your postcode can be found by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk We would ask all residents to look out for household repair and maintenance activity at the homes of elderly neighbours, friends or family members. Residents who do get caught out by doorstep/rogue traders are often too embarrassed to report it. If you are concerned call the helpline with the information.
THE final public lecture given by Nick Alston as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, will be live streamed. People unable to attend the event taking place later this week at Chelmsford’s Anglia Ruskin University can log on to hear Mr Alston reflecting on his time as PCC at the lecture, which will mark the end of his term in office. To listen to the lecture, entitled “Policing in Essex: The way ahead and the role of PCC”, people can log on to the following link at 6.30pm on Thursday March 17: http://www.audiominutes.com/p/
THE future of policing in Essex will be the subject of a public lecture given later this month by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. In a public lecture as he approaches the end of his term in office PCC Nick Alston will reflect on his time as PCC as he looks ahead to how Essex police will need to respond to the changes in crime across Essex and to the many other demands on police resources. The lecture, entitled “Policing in Essex: The way ahead and the role of the PCC”, will also look at the developing role of the PCC and at the crucial links between Essex Police and other agencies in seeking to prevent crime and bring offenders to justice. The event takes place on Thursday March 17 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Chelmsford’s Anglia Ruskin University. The lecture will take place in the Lord Ashcroft building at Anglia Ruskin University in Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ. Refreshments will be available from 6pm with the lecture beginning at 6.30pm. The event is free and open to all. To book your place visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘RepKiller Team’. Method of Attack: The group have sent emails demanding payment of between £300 – £500 in Bitcoins by a certain date and time. If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a cyber attack against the business and its reputation by automating hundreds of negative reviews online. The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone. Author: Serious Economic Crime Unit Circulation: Businesses
Essex Police Station Opening Times Great Dunmow 1200hrs -1800hrs Monday – Saturday Braintree 0800hrs – Midnight 7 days a week Halstead 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday – Saturday Chelmsford 0900hrs – 1700hrs 7 days a week Maldon 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday – Saturday Clacton 0800hrs – Midnight 7 days a week Harwich 1200hrs – 1800hrs 7 days a week Colchester 0800hrs – Midnight 7 days a week Basildon 0900 – 1700hrs 7 days a week Rayleigh 0800- 1700hrs 7 days a week Canvey 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Southend (closed so Westcliff is being used) 0800hrs – midnight 7 days a week Grays 0800hrs – midnight 7 days a week South Ockendon 1200hrs -1800hrs Monday – Saturday Tilbury 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday – Saturday Harlow 0800hrs – midnight 7 days a week Epping 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday – Saturday Brentwood 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday – Saturday Loughton 1200hrs – 1800hrs Monday – Saturday PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT SHORT NOTICE
The second stage of the consultation exercise on the future shape and role of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) has begun. Three options for change have been formulated and ECFRS are now seeking your views on these. Over the last decade, the Service has seen the number of incidents it attends reduce by around half. At the same time, the Service has increased its work on preventing fires and emergencies from happening in the first place. This consultation concludes on the 25th of April. As part of this Public Consultation Exercise there will be a series of events held at libraries across the County, including Southend and Thurrock, where people will be able to talk to Service managers about changes and options proposed in their local area, as well as fill out the survey. A full list of dates, times and venues for these events is below: Monday 22nd February 2016 Rayleigh Library 12pm-5pm Tuesday 23rd February 2016 Colchester Library 1pm-6pm Thursday 25th February 2016 Chelmsford Library 12pm-5pm Monday 29th February 2016 Harlow Library 2pm-7pm Tuesday 1st March 2016 Harwich Library 1pm-6pm Thursday 3rd March 2016 Loughton Library 12pm-5pm Monday 7th March 2016 Dunmow Library 1pm-6pm Tuesday 8th March 2016 Waltham Abbey Library 12.30pm-5.30pm Thursday 10th March 2016 South Woodham Ferrers Library 1pm-6pm Monday 14th March 2016 Basildon Library 12pm-5pm Tuesday 15th March 2016 Clacton-on-Sea Library 12pm-5pm Thursday 17th March 2016 Braintree Library 12pm-5pm Monday 21st March 2016 Grays Library 1pm-6pm Tuesday 22nd March 2016 The Forum, Southend 2pm-7pm ECFRS would like to invite you to participate in their consultation and would also be grateful if you could help them to encourage participation in the consultation through sharing/publicising the online questionnaire available via their website www.essex-fire.gov.uk and the library events.
A major new awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of ‘social engineering’ – deception used to manipulate people into a position where they can be defrauded has been launched. The campaign is being run by Get Safe Online in partnership with several high street banks, City of London Police, CIFAS (UK fraud prevention service) and Financial Fraud Action UK (FFAUK). The campaign urges people to think twice before they act to stop more falling victim to engineering scams such as fake emails, phone calls, texts or posts. The links below provide further information on the campaign. https://www.getsafeonline.org/
Do you have a question for the Chief Constable or PCC? The Essex Police Challenge is an opportunity for everyone living in Essex to ask about the crime and policing issues that matter to them, and put their question directly to the county’s Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner. On Thursday February 18, 2016, an Essex Police Challenge event will be held in Chelmsford. Residents are welcome to attend and ask their question in person or submit a question by email. The entire event will be live streamed over the internet. The two hour Essex Police Challenge meeting will concentrate on the following three areas: 1) an overview of Essex Police performance in key crime types and the areas of focus in the Police and Crime Plan for Essex. This part of the meeting will also provide details of the restructured local policing model, explaining how Community Policing Teams will work alongside other police officers and specialist staff to keep our neighbourhoods safe. It will also introduce details of the new ways in which the public will be able to interact with Essex Police from April 2016. These new means of contact will include the ability to record crime online, securely, via the Essex Police website. Do you have a question about local policing? The Essex Police Challenge is your opportunity to ask it. 2) in the light of recent terrorist incidents, such as the murders in Paris, how does counter-terrorism fit within the strategic priorities that Essex Police has to meet? How are police forces preparing and working together? How does national security sit alongside local policing priorities and what are the hard choices that result? Following a briefing from Essex Police, the PCC and the public will ask their questions. 3) in December 2015, a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary identified concerns about Essex Police’s work with domestic abuse and other vulnerable victims. Significantly more resources are now being put into the Essex Police teams who specialise in protecting the most vulnerable victims. The investigative capability of these units is also being increased. During this section of the meeting, the PCC and members of the public will ask questions of the Chief Constable about the steps taken to improve the Essex Police service to vulnerable people. The Essex Police Challenge will take place on Thursday February 18, from7:30pm to 9:30pm, at The Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Broomfield Road, Essex, CM1 1RW To submit a question for the PCC and/or Chief Constable write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner at 3 Hoffmanns Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1GU or alternatively email: EssexPoliceChallenge@essex.
Officers from Essex Police Casualty Reduction Unit, Crime Prevention Tactical Advisors and Essex Watch Liaison Officers are at the Ernest Doe Show, Maldon Rd, Ulting, Maldon CM9 6QH today and 3rd and 4th February. Please come along and see us from 9am on any of those days for crime prevention advice, to learn more about our various Watch schemes, our Essex Community Messaging service and road safety. We look forward to seeing you.
Fraudsters are sending out virus infected emails that claim a package has been seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. The official looking scam emails claiming to be from Royal Mail contain a link to a document which will install malicious software on your computer designed to steal credentials like account names, email addresses and passwords. An example email reads: Title: Your parcel has been seized Royal Mail is sorry to inform you that a package addressed to you was seized by HM Revenue & Customs upon arrival into the United Kingdom. A close inspection deemed your items as counterfeit and the manufacturers have been notified. If your items are declared genuine then they will be returned back to you with the appropriate custom charges. You may have been a victim of counterfeit merchandise and the RM Group UK will notify you on how to get your money back. Please review the attached PDF document for more information. Document (RM7002137GB).Zip Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. To help the spread of the virus, the email also says: “you will need to have access to a computer to download and open the Zip file”. If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or download any attachments and report it to us. Advice from Royal Mail on scam emails and how they contact you: • Royal Mail will never send an email asking for credit card numbers or other personal or confidential information. • Royal Mail will never ask customers to enter information on a page that isn’t part of the Royal Mail website. • Royal Mail will never include attachments unless the email was solicited by customer e.g. customer has contacted Royal Mail with an enquiry or has signed up for updates from Royal Mail. • Royal Mail have also stressed that they do not receive a person’s email address as part of any home shopping experience.
Thank you for being one of the 8000 users of Essex Community Messaging. We have recently reviewed the progress of the Essex Community Messaging System and are pleased to announce the ECM App is now back online and in use. As we continue to improve the app we will be limiting the number of messages sent by text to messages that include important/serious or emergency information or requests due to cost. If you are currently registered to receive via text messages and wish to receive information about crime in your area including details on the latest scams and crime prevention advice, please edit your ECM profile to show your preferred channel as email or download the App. Or, If you require assistance in editing your ECM profile please email the Essex Community Messaging inbox. It should be noted that if your ‘preferred’ channel fails for any reason, the messages do not default to an alternative channel.
Dave Jones your local PCSO will be holding a street meeting at the shops in London road, Marks Tey at 11am on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 if you would like to discuss any local issues. Unless an emergency incident occurs then officer may not be able to attend. In the event of an emergency and PCSO Jones being unable to attend he can be contacted 101 extension 487657. If it is an emergency please contact 999.
PCSO Louise Neville will be holding a Street Meeting at the shops in Vine Road, Wivenhoe at 12pm on Tuesday 2nd February, if you would like to discuss any local issues. Unless an emergency incident occurs then the officer may not be able to attend.
Do you have a burning question for the Police & Crime Commissioner or the Chief Constable? Essex residents who want to quiz PCC Nick Alston or Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh are being given a unique chance to put forward their questions as both men take part in a live webchat. In recent months the PCC and Chief Constable have made major announcements about the future of Essex Police. These announcements have included changes to local policing including a reduction in PCSO numbers, the proposed closure and sale of police stations and changing and modernising how the public contact police. The live webchat will be taking place on Monday January 25 from 6pm to 8pmand people can join in by logging on to http://essex.police.uk/
Please be aware that missing child Damian Howes has been located in the Westlciff area today 25/01/2016, Essex Police would like to thank all members of the public for their quick response in this matter.
13-year-old boy Damien Howes, missing from his Essex home 24 January 2016 Essex Police are asking for help from the local community to locate a 13-year-old boy, missing from his home in Westcliff. Damien Howes was last seen leaving his home at about 2.40pm on Thursday 21st JANUARY 2016, heading towards Southend town centre; officers are concerned for his welfare. Damien is described as white, around 5ft 3in tall with short mousy brown hair. He was last seen wearing grey trousers, a red hoody, a black jacket and blue trainers. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts should call Essex Police on 101.
Virgin Media email scam We have received a report from a resident of an attempted email ‘phishing’ scam supposedly from Virgin Media. The householder was asked to update their account details by following a link or their account would be closed. This is a variant of the scam where, if the link is followed and personal or banking information given there is a real risk of identity theft or financial loss. If you receive one of these emails our advice is to mark it as a phishing attempt, block the sender and forward it to the security team of the company for their information via the official company website. Clive Mayhew 73351 Essex Watch Liaison Officer Rayleigh Police Station Phone 101 extension 490540 email email@example.com.
Essex Police have a new website page called Online Service. This covers noise nuisance, street lighting, pot holes and road repairs, abandoned vehicles. There are also links to the following – Ask the Police, Crimestoppers, Action Fraud and True Vision – Select the following link for further details – http://www.essex.police.uk/
For information and impartial advice on protecting yourself, your family, your business, your computer and mobile devices whilst online please view the following link. You will find a series of informative video clips – https://www.getsafeonline.org/
Drivers should be in no doubt that if they are caught drink or drug driving they risk losing their licence as well as facing a fine and even a prison sentence. You can report drink and drug drivers by: Dialing 999 if you know someone is intoxicated and you see them getting behind the wheel of a car.
- Calling Essex Police on 101 to give police information about someone who regularly drives under the influence.
- Calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
The Essex Police Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor Emma Clark gives advice on keeping your computer safe this Christmas. Please select the following YouTube link for full details – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
MICROCHIPPING OF DOGS REGULATIONS It will be compulsory for all dogs over the age of eight weeks in England, Scotland and Wales to be fitted with microchips from Spring 2016. In England the date is 6th April but dates for Wales and Scotland are tbc. Issue 40: December 2015 www.essexruralpartnership.org.
To all just a gentle reminder that when meeting friend and family be safe with the dark nights. If your taking Christmas gifts to loved ones don’t be tempted to leave them on display in your car. We at Essex police would not want you to have your items taken from your car an risk not having them for Christmas. Be safe and enjoy the seasonal fun. From your local policing team in Colchester. PCSO Christine Bloomfield 8340 PCSO Hayley Howe 70834 Happy Christmas
Alert: Phishing Email The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been made aware of a phishing attack whereby an email containing two attachments has been sent in order to socially engineer the end user into unpacking compressed files. The malicious emails claim to come from counter terrorism departments at national police forces, including Dubai Police Force. Attached is a PDF file and a.jar file. The PDF is not harmful, but is included as a decoy file. The malware is in the archive .jar file. To make the emails seem legitimate, the criminals have included the names of people employed by the police forces in the signature, and included names of employees at the company being targeted. The email reads “We got a terror alert regarding your business area. Be advised to follow the protective measures (Security Tips) as attacked to keep yourself, your company and your family secured.” Organisations targeted with the malware have generally been in the energy, defence, finance, government, marketing and IT industries based in Bahrain, Turkey and Canada. Although at present the email has not been seen in the UK, with recent events it is thought that this may well spread to other countries. Our advice is to Protect yourself by making staff aware of this MO: Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites Check the legitimacy of the email with the company that has supposedly sent it. It is a good idea to find a telephone number for them independently from the email as the phone number provided may be fake or go straight to the suspect. Ensure you have up-to-date anti-virus software and perform regular scans. If you have clicked or activated the link you should seek professional advice from a reputable company.
Everyone is welcome at a public meeting in Colchester on Thursday December 3, 2015, where the PCC, Nick Alston, the Essex Police district commander and the Safer Colchester Partnership will answer questions from the audience. The meeting starts at 6.30pm on December 3, at The Essex Business School, North Towers, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ A map and a parking permit for the venue can be downloaded from: http://www.essex.pcc.police.
The next Local Community Action Panel (L-CAP) is Wednesday 2nd December at 10am. And will be held at West Mersea Town Council Offices, Melrose Road, West Mersea. L-CAPs are multi-agency problem solving groups which look to identify and achieve solutions to local community needs and problems. Come along and have your say.
It has now been a month since 82-year-old Gordon Wilson went missing from his home in Leaden Roding on Sunday, October 25. We’re still trying to trace two motorcyclists who may have helped him in Sible Hedingham that day. He is believed to have been seen in Halstead Road sometime between 2pm and 4pm when two motorcyclists and a pedestrian stopped to help a man fitting his description who had fallen over. However he refused their help and continued walking in the direction of the village. The bikers, both men, wore grey crash helmets, dark leathers and rode dark grey or silver sports bikes. Was this you? Please call 101. More details can be found through the following link- http://essex.police.uk/
Two sisters from Bedford have been jailed for the theft of an 89 -year-old woman’s purse. The elderly victim was deliberately targeted by the sisters whilst shopping in Colchester and her purse that contained a three-figure sum of cash was taken from the front basket of her mobility scooter. They appeared in court and both were handed custodial sentences. Ceca Dadic, 24, was sentenced to six months imprisonment and made to pay a Criminal Courts Charge of £1,000 as well as being ordered to restore the money taken from the victim. Silva Dadic, 19, was committed to a Young Offender Institution for six months and was also made to pay a Criminal Courts Charge of £1,000 as well as being ordered to restore the money taken from the victim
A House burglary occurred in Bracken Way, Abberton. It was discovered on Friday 20th November at 09:00hrs. Entry was gained by forcing a rear door. An untidy search was conducted of the property. It is unknown at this time what was stolen. If you have any information about this or any other crime, please contact Essex Police on 101. You can also give information anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 0800555111 or on-line at www.crime-stoppers-uk.org
Essex Police are dealing with a technical fault on the telephone lines – in particular calls in to the Police using the 101 telephone number. Please continue to keep trying, or use 999 if it is an emergency – a further message will be sent once this problem has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.
Essex Police via Sussex Police news. A 30-year-old man from Pleshey and three women aged 21, 36, and 37 from the Brentwood area were part of a group of fraudsters who netted £256,000 from elderly and vulnerable people in 2011. The convicted criminals posed as neighbours, couriers and workmen and conned 25 victims out of cash by falsely persuading them that their drains needed repairing. They will now have to pay back almost all of their illegal gains to their victims following an investigation by Sussex Police. Full details can be viewed via the Sussex Police website link – http://www.sussex.police.uk/
WARNING There is an increase in items being stolen from cars in car parks at this time of year whilst drivers are distracted loading purchases into their vehicles. When you have finished your shopping please; If you are on your own or need to leave your vehicle, perhaps to return a trolley, lock your car and try to keep it in sight. Do not leave handbags, laptops or mobile phones on the seat at any time even when loading your boot or just returning your trolley. Keep your car door locked when travelling slowly through car parks, in traffic queues or at traffic lights. Keep high value items covered or in your boot out of sight. Boxes of cigarettes are particularly desirable due to their high value and ease of resale. Remove all high value items from your vehicle immediately when you get to your destination. Please always be aware of who is around you and keep safe. Thank you for reading.
Watch Out for Storm Cowboys Householders are being advised by Essex County Council Trading Standards against using cowboy builders or rogue traders if their houses or fences have been damaged by the recent storms and high winds. Legitimate builders, plumbers, carpenters and other craftsmen will be working at full stretch and Trading Standards is concerned that dishonest traders will take advantage of the situation to rip off vulnerable residents. Traders who knock on your door or leaflet you may provide you with a false address or a pay as you go mobile number which cannot be traced. Trading Standards advise people to speak to their insurance companies before engaging anyone to carry out repair work and to approach businesses approved by the insurers. In the case of flood damage, electricity and gas companies may be able to make free inspections and advise on safety work. If your house or property has been damaged by the recent storm the last thing you need is a rogue trader adding to the problem. We would recommend using one of our Buy with Confidence traders, who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards” You can find a Buy with Confidence trader or obtain advice and guidance on any consumer issue by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506, who handle calls for Trading Standards or look on www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk We would also urge residents to ensure that family, friends and neighbours are not ripped off by rogue or doorstep traders.
Learn more about Restorative Justice at free events across Essex The Essex Restorative Justice Hub, Essex Youth Offending Service and Thurrock Youth Offending service are putting on events between November 16-20 to mark International Restorative Justice Week. These sessions are open to the public and are to raise awareness of the benefits of Restorative Justice (communication between victims and offenders and neighbours in dispute). Tickets are available. And they are free! The story of how Restorative Justice worked for a young boy meeting his attacker can be seen here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.
Technology permitting, the Essex Police Challenge will be live streamed from 7:30pm on Thursday November 12, 2015, enabling everyone to watch the audience ask questions of Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston. The video stream will be available from 7:30pm at the link below: http://www.essex.pcc.police.
Everyone is welcome to ask Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and PCC Nick Alston a question at the Essex Police Challenge event in Rayleigh, either in person or by email. The Essex Police Challenge will be held from 7:30pm on Thursday November 12 at The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BY The meeting will concentrate on the proposals recently announced for police buildings and front counters, improving contact between police and the public, and the future of local policing. Full details can be seen here: http://www.essex.pcc.police.
Have a Job? Have a family? Have 16 Hours a Month to spare? We do. We also have full police powers, uniform and equipment and volunteer in the Essex Police Special Constabulary. We come from al walks of life and work our voluntary hours when we want, providing support for front line Police Officers to help keep our communities safe. You could too. Find out how at www.essex.police.uk/specials
There’s still time to nominate your local hero for the second annual Police and Crime Commissioner Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety awards. Nick Alston wants to formally recognise outstanding work in Essex in a voluntary or professional capacity to keep people safe, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. This could include volunteers who go the extra mile, or frontline public servants who go above and beyond to deliver an outstanding service to their community. Full details of how to nominate your local hero and of last year’s winners can be seen on the PCC website here: ow.ly/TFc8W
WINTER ADVICE FOR BUSINESSES With dark evenings & bad weather approaching, the opportunities for crime & anti-social behaviour will increase, as will issues for personal safety in & outside your business premises. Let`s start with safety. Test timers/sensors for security lighting inside & outside your premises. Service & test lights on company vehicles. Ensure you have high visibility jackets in your company vehicles. Test smoke / carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have any, install at least one on each level of your business & near higher risk areas. Ensure you have spare batteries for torches, smoke / carbon monoxide detectors. Have you had an annual Fire Risk Assessment as required by Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005? You can find a number of qualified persons via a web search using words such as Essex – Security and Fire Safety Risk Consultants. They will carry out the risk assessment and must present you with a written report. Have your fire extinguishers been serviced? Report any broken street lighting in your area to your local council (each lamp column has a number on it.) Now let’s look at security. Check locks work on doors, windows, gates, sheds, outbuildings & oil tanks etc. Removing keys from locks is a condition of insurance. Consider a security system being installed (one of the best deterrents against burglary) If you have an alarm, ensure it is set when the building is unoccupied. Is your alarm system monitored out of hours? If you have an alarm, check it has been tested/serviced recently. CCTV is another deterrent & can record good evidence of an incident. If you haven’t got one, could you & neighbouring businesses work together to install a shared CCTV system? This will reduce costs & cover a larger area. Ensure you only gather images of your property & speak with a local security company for a professionally installed system. Ensure the images you are achieving are of the standard required. Check this against your Operational Requirements Table. Your system must be fit for purpose, this is a requirement of CCTV Codes of Practise. Ensure your site is cleared of rubbish & other materials at the end of the working day & during long periods of closure. Test timers/ sensors that switch on security lighting. Set timers to come on at various times. Do not park vehicles against your building if this will aid people to climb onto the roof of your business. Vehicle keys should be secured in a safe or removed from site to prevent vehicle theft. Remove high value items, tools & machinery from parked vehicles out of hours. Ensure the perimeter of your property is secure. Are you in a local Industrial/Business Watch Group? If not consider starting or joining one. Contact the police station for the area your business is based in and ask to speak to the Essex Watch Liaison Officer. For more advice on these & other security issues visit the Essex Police or Essex County Fire & Rescue Service websites.
Avoid becoming a victim of arson. If possible, please hide your wheelie bins during Halloween and bonfire night celebrations. This warning comes after a number of arson attacks since the 1st September 2015 in Essex. Between September 1st and October 24th, police investigated 12 reported incidents of bins being set on fire. Sergeant Julie Mackay from Essex Police said: “In the run up to Halloween and bonfire night, we encourage residents and businesses to store all bins away to avoid them becoming a target for vandals and arsonists. This includes both wheelie bins and refuse containers.” Advice from police includes not storing your wheelie bin close to a house, building or shed, not overfilling your bins or leaving loose rubbish around them and only placing your wheelie bin out on collection day. Do not store bins or rubbish by windows or doors, as if set alight, the fire could easily spread to the building. If you see an unattended fire please ring 999 and ask for the fire service.
Be Deer aware during the rutting season. When travelling around the County you may drive through rural locations and as such the The Deer initiative alongside the Highways Agency are giving the following advice. How to avoid a collision – basic tips. Do take note of deer warning signs Such signs are positioned only where animal crossings are very likely – They could happen anywhere Drive with caution During danger periods or on roads where hitting a deer is a possibility, drive with caution at or below the posted speed limit. Beware during peak danger periods Peaks in deer related traffic collisions occur October to December, but also in May. Highest-risk times are from sunset to midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise. Seen one? look for another Be aware that further deer may well cross after the one you have noticed, particularly during the mating season, but also where deer are in herds. Use your lights After dark, do use full-beams when there is no opposing traffic. The headlight beam will illuminate the eyes of deer on or near a roadway and provide greater driver reaction time. BUT, when a deer or other animal is noted on the road, dim your headlights as animals startled by the beam may ‘freeze’ rather than leaving the road. Don’t over-swerve to avoid hitting a deer If a collision with the animal seems inevitable, then hit it while maintaining full control of your car. The alternative of swerving into oncoming traffic or a ditch could be even worse. An exception here may be motorcyclists, who are at particular risk when in direct collisions with animals. Cars behind you Only brake sharply and stop if there is no danger of being hit by following traffic. Try to come to a stop as far in front of the animals as possible to enable it to leave the roadside without panic. Report Collisions Report any deer-vehicle collisions to the police (who should be able to contact the local person best placed to assist with an injured deer at the roadside) Finally, remember to … Stay alert – Deer on Roads
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is reminding the public of a method called “SIM Splitting” used by fraudsters to steal your money. How the scam works Fraudsters in the UK purchase victims’ personal details that are obtained through the spread of Trojan malware. Victims’ detail packages are purchased from overseas fraudsters specialising in the collection of compromised personal data to sell. Specific data is extracted, namely online bank account details and statements. Using the victim’s banking details to gain telephone access to the bank account, the fraudster then opens a parallel business account in the victim’s name. Opening a business account is subject to less stringent security checks once an individual already has a current account with a bank and helps make any transfers of money in the future less suspicious. Details of the victim’s mobile phone, again extracted from the purchased personal data package, are then passed to an individual who specialises in the SIM Split step. This SIM Splitter then: • Uses the bank statement obtained through the hacking to establish the mobile network the victim belongs to; • Uses open source searches, using the victim’s details, to ascertain potential answers to security questions; • Uses open source searches to establish the mobile phone network provider; • Obtains a blank SIM card, either through an insider at a phone company or by purchasing one; • Contacts the phone provider and tells them that the mobile phone has been lost/damaged. The new SIM card is activated while the victim’s is cancelled. Contact details and security questions may be changed with the phone provided to further hinder the victim from reporting the fraud. As soon as the SIM card is activated, the SIM Splitter contacts the fraudster and tells them to transfer funds from the victim’s current account into the newly set up business account. As a security measure the banks will often make a call or send a text to the phone number registered to the account to confirm if the transaction is genuine. The SIM Splitter agrees to the transfer when contacted and disposes of the SIM card afterwards so not to be traced. The fraudster can withdraw or transfer funds away from the business account with a lower level of scrutiny whilst maintaining a certain level of access and control of the account with the stolen details. How to protect yourself against this type of fraud • Always make sure you have suitable anti-virus software installed and that your firewall is switched on. • Always consider what you are downloading – do not open files from unknown sources. • Be wary of ‘pop-ups’ requesting unsolicited downloads. • If you discover a virus on your computer, disconnect from the internet immediately and ask a specialist for advice. • When creating a password, try not to use the same password for more than one account. This will prevent further accounts being taken over if one has been compromised.
Talk Talk, the phone and broadband provider, has been the victim of a cyber attack on their website commonly referred to as DDoS – distributed denial of service attack. This has led to hackers accessing Talk Talks servers and stealing personal data, which could affect over four million customers. It is currently unknown exactly what data has been stolen but Talk Talk has stated that there is a chance that some of the following data could have been accessed: Name and addresses Dates of birth Email addresses Telephone numbers Talk Talk account information Credit card and banking details Protect yourself Be wary of any emails claiming to be from Talk Talk asking for additional information such as passwords even if they are able to tell you specific account details – this is most likely a phishing email and sent to gain access to your account. If you have opened an email attachment please ensure you change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts. As well as emails be wary of any telephone calls claiming to be from Talk Talk that ask for additional information or want to gain remote access to your computer. Again they may tell you specific details about your account. If you get such a call do not give any details, terminate the call, use a separate telephone line/mobile phone and call Talk Talk back on one of their known numbers to ascertain if the call is genuine. Monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity that you believe may be fraudulent. If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.www.actionfraud.police.uk There is an email in circulation that appears to have been sent from a legitimate Lancashire Constabulary email address. The email appears to come from ‘Lyn Whitehead’ and is asking the recipient to pay an invoice that is attached to the email. The email has not been generated from inside the Constabulary or by the Constabulary. This email has not been sent from Lancashire Constabulary. A third party supplier to the Constabulary has had their data breached, as a result of the breach this Lancashire Constabulary email address has been spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide. This type of email is commonly referred to as spam, and if you have received it you MUST NOT open it. Instead delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device. Protect Yourself: Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser If you have opened the attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts. If you believe you have become a victim of this get your device checked over by a professional. If you believe you have become a victim of this get your device checked over by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: http://www.actionfraud.police.
This message is intended for those people Living in the more rural communities of Essex. Lighting/Alarm/CCTV • Consider installing a remote monitored audible alarm. • Illuminate areas which are overlooked from the dwelling (farmhouse) or covered by CCTV by using ‘dusk to dawn’ security lights. • To improve security for outbuildings and isolated locations consider building a perimeter – fences, CCTV, alarms where practical. • CCTV can provide surveillance on places out of view of the farmhouse.
Access – restrict access to your yard. – This message is intended for people in Essex who are living in rural areas. • Install gates and fix them to a sturdy concrete or metal post. Keep them locked. • Install a barrier or gate to drives or entrances to restrict access from unwelcome vehicles and lock using good quality chains and padlocks with metal covers where possible. Make sure they can’t be lifted off the hinges. • Use locking posts or temporary obstructions to control large openings to yards.J.Appleby ECM coordinator Essex Police
People are being targeted to become “Parcel Mules” as part of a reshipping scam, which results in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially. Victims are predominantly recruited through job advertisements and dating websites. They are persuaded to have items delivered to their addresses, and to then send the items elsewhere. They are also asked to pay for postage. Victims are contacted through Freelancer websites and invited to become a “Freight Forwarder” as an employment opportunity. The work is advertised as processing packages and forwarding them to clients. The items being delivered have been purchased through fraudulent means, including the use of stolen/fraudulently obtained cards. The items being delivered are often high value goods or electrical equipment such as trainers, perfume and the latest phones. If you act as “mules” you are not only handling stolen goods, but you also lose out financially. You will not get paid the promised salary, and you pay for the postage and delivery of the packages personally. You will also have provided enough of your personal details to allow identity theft to occur. How to Protect Yourself: Do not agree to receive packages at your address for someone that you do not know and trust. Be cautious of unsolicited job offers or opportunities to make easy money. When accepting a job offer, verify the company details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK. Be wary of someone that you have met only online who asks you to send money or to receive items. Protect your privacy and do not give your personal details to someone that you do not know and trust. If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online: http://www.actionfraud.police.