Jan 19, 2013

Bottesford NHW Alert: Message from Leics Police re Burglaries / Scams

Message from Leics Police re Burglaries


The following message has been issued by Insp John Gray, Melton LPU Commander:


Melton Mowbray policing unit has seen a reduction in house burglaries over the last 12 months and house burglaries are still a priority for the Force. However in the last 2 weeks Melton has seen a rise in rural burglaries with 5 committed in a 24hr period around 4 villages Scalford, Waltham, Nether Broughton and Harby. We believe this is due to cross border criminality and we are working closely with Nottingham & Lincolnshire Police sharing intelligence and resources. There are still far too many burglaries where houses are left insecure. It is important that householders ensure doors and windows are locked, cars aren't left on drives unattended with the engine running to defrost them and keys aren't left in doors. We have launched our rural crime strategy where we have additional patrols tackling all aspects of rural crime. This has previously been very successful. This will continue for the next 3 to 4 months. I would urge people to join a neighbourhood watch scheme and to look out for their neighbours. Your local beat team will put you in contact with your local NHW co-ordinator. Please report anything suspicious. If you think a crime is occurring phone 999. Get as much detail as possible such as car registrations and descriptions. If you think something is suspicious it probably is. We would rather attend something and find it was in order than miss an opportunity to catch a criminal.




Further to our recent alerts about Tax Refund scams new information indicates that these emails are becoming more sophisticated in their attempts to deceive recipients. A recent example quoted the local tax office phone number, the name of the officer dealing with it and a refund reference number. These are all attempts to make recipients believe that the email is genuine and the refund figures quoted, typically around £600-800, are intended to tempt the unwary into responding. If you receive one of these emails please don't be duped into responding. Remember that HMRC does NOT deal with tax refunds via email.


We've warned about FedEx scams before. In the latest version an email is received with a tracking number and a link to "GET & PRINT RECEIPT" Such a communication is unlikely to originate from FedEx. Clicking on the link is likely to expose your computer to a malware or virus download. The safest course of action is to delete the email. Do not click on the link. If you are unsure whether the email is genuine or not, make a note of the reference numbers and phone or email FedEx through their publicly advertised contacts - not those quoted in the email!


Circulated by:


John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626


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