eCops – weekly report 24th to 30th August

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Crime Update 5

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 24th to 30th August:

 

Chatteris Road, Somersham – Police and an ambulance were called to a collision involving two cars on Chatteris Road, Somersham, on Friday evening, 24th August. One car was badly damaged and ended up in a dry ditch and was towed out by recovery services. One person was detained for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to hospital for minor injuries to be treated. (Ref CC-24082018-0402)

St Ives Road, Somersham – There was a break-in and attempted burglary at a community building on St Ives Road, Somersham, overnight on Wednesday 29th / Thursday 30th August. Intruders entered two storage sheds and a brick building and moved objects around, but nothing is thought to have been stolen. (Ref 35/26323/18)

Woodhurst – Approximately 650 bales of straw were destroyed in a stack fire in a field at Woodhurst overnight on Wednesday 29th / Thursday 30th August. The Fire Brigade attended the incident and notified police that the fire appeared to have been started deliberately. (Ref 35/26371/18)


To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

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Summer Burglary Prevention Advice

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Although the weather is supposed to get cooler over the next few days, it is still Summer and some forecasters are predicting above average temperatures to continue through to October.

In St Ives we have seen several burglaries in the last week where opportunistic thieves have taken advantage of insecure doors and windows to break into houses and steal whatever they can find lying around.

It is vital to stay one step ahead of the criminals during the hot weather by taking some simple extra precautions. Our colleagues in Bedfordshire have issued the following advice and we thought we would pass it on to you:


Summer Burglary Advice:

As we enter the peak summer period, burglars may take advantage of unlocked doors or open windows – a property that presents itself as insecure is far more likely to be targeted than one which is properly secured.

Please take don’t leave ground floor windows or doors open or unlocked, and ensure they are closed and locked when you go to bed at night. It only takes a second for a thief to enter a home and take things, often without being noticed.

Further advice to keep homes secure over the summer includes:

  • Always close and lock windows and doors when leaving the property – even a small open window could entice a burglar.
  • Keep car and house keys out of sight and away from windows and doors.
  • If you’re in the garden, make sure windows and doors at the front of the property are secure.
  • Do not leave valuables on display through windows.
  • Ensure that any side entrance is secure, locked and not easy to climb over, even when someone is at home.
  • Consider installing a visible security light or alarm to deter criminals.
  • Going on holiday? Make arrangements to make sure the house appears occupied whilst it’s empty. Put lights on a timer or ask a neighbour to come and pick up mail and draw curtains. Don’t advertise being on holiday on social media.

Detective Inspector Andy Southam said: “Now we’re approaching summer, everyone is keen to make the most of the hot weather. But burglars are also keen to make the most of open windows, and that’s why we’re issuing this advice. I am urging people to remain vigilant throughout the summer months, and I hope that by taking these steps people will be able to make their homes less appealing to offenders.

“By following our advice, you can help us tackle burglary.”

Further advice about preventing burglary can be found on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site at:

https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Burglary

eCops – Weekly Summary 27th July to 2nd August

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Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 27th July to 2nd August:

Community Orchard, Somersham – A black Google Pixel 2 mobile phone is thought to have been stolen when it was inadvertently dropped by its owner in Somersham Community Orchard on Saturday 28th July. The owner had searched along his route and has found no trace of the phone, but knows it has been turned off. (Ref 35/18255/18)

Holme Fen Drove, Colne – Police received a report of suspicious lights seen in fields off Holme Fen Drove, Colne, late on Sunday evening, 29th July, suspected to be poachers ‘lamping’. However, the lights then disappeared and it was not felt necessary to dispatch a patrol. (Ref CC-29072018-0527)

Fenton Road, Fenton – Police searched farm tracks and around buildings off Fenton Road, Fenton, in the early hours of Tuesday 31st July, following a report of suspicious noises and voices heard discussing breaking into a van. However officers found nothing untoward. (Ref CC-31072018-0041)

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

eCops Weekly report – Somersham district 25th to 31st May

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Crime Update 5

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 25th to 31st May:

High Street, Somersham – Golf clubs were stolen from a van left parked on Somersham High Street when it was broken into during the night on Tuesday 22nd / Wednesday 23rd May. (From Daily Police Report)

High Street, Somersham – The window of a car left parked on Somersham High Street was broken at some time overnight on Thursday 24th / Friday 25th May. (From Daily Police Report)

High Street, Somersham – Police issued an alert to all patrols in the area to be on the lookout for a group of about 5 teenagers on bikes, reported to be weaving in and out of traffic, causing vehicles to have to brake sharply on Somersham High Street on Monday afternoon, 28th May. (Ref CC-28052018-0197)

Windsor Gardens, Somersham – Police received a report of a motor vehicle being tampered with whilst it was parked in Windsor Gardens, Somersham, on Monday 28th / Tuesday 29th May. (From Daily Police Report).


To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

  • the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
  • the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
  • Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert – eCops Action Fraud

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The Crime Prevention2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018.  The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

 

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

 

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

 

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.

 

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

 

Protect yourself:

• Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit www.FIFA.com/tickets

• A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru.

• Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

• For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 6th to 12th April

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Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 6th to 12th April:

Warner’s Drove, Somersham – Police received a report of a black four-by-four vehicle seen on land off Warner’s Drove, Somersham, at 6:45 pm on Friday 6th April, believed to be involved in hare-coursing. It was last seen heading off towards Chatteris, and the incident was passed to Fenland police to deal with. However, no trace was found when a police patrol searched the area. (Ref CC-06042018-0426)

Warboys Road, Pidley – There was a break-in and burglary at a house on Warboys Road, Pidley, during the night of Sunday 8th / Monday 9th April. Intruders appear to have climbed a fence to get into the back garden from adjacent fields, then entered the house by smashing a glass pane in the back door. They were able to open the door using a key left in the lock on the inside. The thieves took a set of car keys left on a kitchen surface, then went around to the front of the house where the owner’s high-performance car was parked on the drive. This was stolen and driven away using the keys taken from the house. Police are carrying out house-to-house enquiries and the investigation is continuing. (Ref CF0184830418)

Holme Fen Drove, Colne – Police received a report of door-step sellers calling at houses in the Holme Fen Drove area of Colne on Monday afternoon, 9th April. Although no offences were committed, police advice is never to buy from cold-callers or other door-to-door salesmen as the technique may be used by distraction burglars and other fraudsters. (Ref CC-09042018-0229)

Earith Road, Colne – Police received a report of suspicious behaviour by two men with a Transit van, knocking on doors on Earith Road, Colne, on Tuesday morning, 10th April. The men said they were working for a water company, but initial checks by the home-owners did not confirm this, and the police were called. However, when officers arrived and carried out more checks it was found that all was in order and the men were working for a company on behalf of Anglian Water.

Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments and Fake Endorsements

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Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.
The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent “company”. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.

Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying “I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam”. The full article can be found here; https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2018/03/13/martin-lewis-spread-word-dont-believe-scam-bitcoin-code-bitcoin-trading-ads/?_.

Similarly these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.

What you need to do

  • Don’t assume it’s authentic: Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands or individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: A genuine bank or financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that sound too good to be true.
  • Stay in control: Avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. If you’re thinking about making an investment, get impartial advice from an independent financial adviser – never use an adviser from the company that contacted you, as this may be part of the scam.
  • Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.