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Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) – Your local policing team

Every community in Warwickshire has a local policing Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT). Our teams work with communities and partner organisations to identify and address local concerns. Teams tackle crimes and work to make communities safer.

The local SNT for Welford on Avon is the Alcester Police South Safer Neighbourhood Team, the team deploy from Alcester and cover the wards of Bidford and Salford, Welford, Barton, Aston Cantlow, Alcester and Kinwarton. For an update on all current information please visit the dedicated web site at https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/2269/Alcester-South?uprn=200001167773

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Monthly updates will be published on this page but for full details please visit http://www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk/

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents 
  • Theft. B439. Approx 50 metres of lead flashing stolen from the roof of utilities building. Offender(s) have cut the chain off the gate to gain entry to the compound. Found and reported on the 4th December. 0143 04/12/2017
  • Theft. Long Marston Road. Nine batteries stolen from roadwork traffic lights. As a result the lights were cut off and found not working. Between 3rd and 4th December. 0056 04/12/2017

Christmas Crime Prevention Advice

 To help keep you safe during the festive season, please follow the below advice.

When using your vehicle:

  • Never leave presents or valuables on open display in your car. Even plastic carrier bags could attract a thief.
  • Park in safe, well-lit areas.
  • Use secure car parks, lock your vehicle & remove valuables.
  • Remove your SatNav and any associated cradle. Wipe off any marks left on your windscreen.

When out shopping:

  • *Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, preferably one that has a zip or a button closure.
  • *Never put your wallet or purse in your back pocket.
  • *Make sure your handbag is securely closed at all times and your purse is placed near the bottom of the bag.
  • *Make sure that the zip or clasp to your handbag is fastened securely.
  • *Don’t leave purses, wallets or bags unattended for even a second, whether on a supermarket trolley, or on a counter while paying for goods.
  • *Do not put bags on the floor or purses on stall tables or shop counters when paying for goods.
  • *In a busy shop or market they can be taken in an instant. Always make sure you replace your purse or wallet safely when you have finished a transaction. Do this whilst still in the shop and do not attempt to secure your purse or wallet in the street.
  • *At shop checkouts do not feel pressured to leave the counter until you have secured all your money, cards and goods – even if there is a big queue behind you.
  • *If possible keep you credit cards in a holder separate to you purse and wallet. Do not write down your PIN number anywhere.
  • *Be aware of people standing near you at the cash point. Cover the number pad when you enter your PIN and put your money away safely before moving away from the machine.
  • *Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you. Use a payment card or take money from the cash point in smaller amounts, returning to withdraw more if you need to.
  • *Check your receipt at point of purchase to ensure that cash back you have not requested hasn’t been added to your shop.
  • *Try to avoid carrying too many bags. The more you have the more vulnerable you are as you try to keep check of all your bags and belongings

When at home:

  • Don’t advertise to thieves what you have in your home.
  • Don’t put presents under the tree until Christmas Eve.
  • Don’t have your presents visible from the outside of your home. Place your Christmas tree away from windows and external doors.
  • Don’t store presents in sheds/outbuildings.
  • Don’t leave discarded present boxes outside and in view.
  • Property mark and register your new gifts.

Don’t risk a drink drive conviction this Christmas

Motorists across Warwickshire are today being reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the festive period. With the season of festivities nearly underway Warwickshire Police are launching a publicity and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving.  The topic is being highlighted across social media and local radio advertising will be taking place across the region.  Increased enforcement activity from police officers across Warwickshire will also be in place. There is no fool proof way of calculating how much you can drink and remain under the limit, or knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely.  Importantly, it is hard to calculate how long alcohol may stay in your body if you are driving the morning after so the safest option if you are driving is to drink no alcohol at all. There are plenty of alternatives available with public transport, taxis and sharing designated drivers.  Pedestrians are also being encouraged to stay safe during the festive season and to plan safe routes home and to drink responsibly. Figures indicate that, over the past 3 years, 8 people were killed and 81 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

The campaign supports the month long winter drink drive campaign (starting 1st December) by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).  Police forces throughout the UK will be working hard throughout December to make sure the roads are safe for everyone this Christmas and Warwickshire Police will certainly be no exception to this.  Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a 24/7 commitment for Warwickshire Police and to reflect this police officers will be enforcing at all times of the day and night. Assistant Chief Constable Richard Moore for Warwickshire Police comments: “There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.  Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences.  Alcohol and drugs both affect your ability to judge speed and distances accurately and slow down your reaction time.  We’re urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision and a conviction could lead to”.

Security warning over phishing email using police branding

We have been made aware of a phishing email that is using police branding to provoke responses. The email says that the recipient is being summoned to court as a witness and asks them to follow a link, which could then lead to a virus or malware being placed on their computer. It uses a police.uk heading and suggests it is from the CPS online portal, but is clearly not official and represents a risk to security. Do not to click on any links and delete it from your account as soon as possible.

Farmers Grant Fraud Alert – Payment Diversion Fraud.

 The purpose of this alert is to provide knowledge and prevention advice to farmers in order to protect themselves from falling victim to ‘Payment Diversion Fraud’. CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) payments are expected to be paid to farmers in December 2017. Information on last year’s payments are easily obtained via the government website allowing fraudsters to know when and how much potential targets will receive.  Fraudsters who purport to be a trusted senior colleague or established customer may request that you change their direct debit, standing order or amend a bank transfer so that the payment can be diverted to a bank account which is in control of the fraudster. Fraudsters will often make the request under the pretence of a highly sensitive or urgent transaction. Contact is made via phone, letter but most commonly via email (personal or work address) used by the organisation or employee (which has either been spoofed or hacked). The fraudster then provides bank account details into which the monies should be paid.

PROTECTION AND PREVENTION ADVICE:

  • Ensure all staff, not just finance teams are aware of this fraud.
  • Always verify email payment changes to financial agreements with the organisation directly using established contact details you have on file. If called ask the caller to give you a main switchboard number for you to be routed back to them. Alternatively, hang up and call them back using established contact details you have on file.
  • Have a system in place which allows staff to properly verify contact from their CEO or senior members of staff; for example having two points of contact so that the staff can check that the instruction which they have received from their CEO is legitimate.
  • Always review requests to change ‘one off’ payment requests. Check for inconsistencies or grammatical errors, such as a misspelt company name or a slightly different email address. Ensure computer systems are secure and that antivirus software is up to date.

New Health Watch Website

Healthwatch was set up by the Government in 2013 as part of the 2012 Health and Social Care reform, to ensure that people are at the centre of health and social care services such as dentists, GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies and residential care homes. Healthwatch England is the national independent consumer champion for health and social care across the country and its role is to advise the Department of Health about concerns raised by local Healthwatch organisations. There is a Local Healthwatch in every Local Authority in England. Visit the Healthwatch Warwickshire website for further information – http://www.healthwatchwarwickshire.co.uk/

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  •  Suspicious Circumstances. Headland Road. White long wheel base van seen driving slowly around the area. Last three letters of registration number was ‘NEJ’. Full details passed to police. No offences disclosed at the time. 11.35am Sunday 12th November. 0165 12/11/2017
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Barton Road. Clips undone on fencing around development site. Possibly done by person(s) trying to gain access. Overnight 8th & 9th November. 0069 09/11/2017
  • Suspicious Circumstances. Vacant Public House, Binton Road. Person from van seen to run from the building. Area checked by police. All in order, no offences disclosed. 6.15am Thursday 9th November. 0040 09/11/2017

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary Residential. Headland Road. Patio door to house smashed and entry gained. Untidy search of house made. Items stolen being listed for police. Between 31st October and 3rd November. 0241 03/11/2017
  • Burglary Residential. Chapel Street. Unsecure garden room of house entered and an empty safe stolen. Between 12 Midnight and 5am on Friday 3rd November. 0114 03/11/2017

Police advice on anti-social use of motor vehicles –

The police have wide ranging powers to deal with people who use their vehicles in an anti-social manner. Apart from prosecuting offenders for motoring offences that could lead to being disqualified from

driving, the police can also rely on a power to seize motor vehicles using Sec 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002. The keeper of the vehicle will be liable to recovery/storage costs when they eventually get the vehicle back. This law applies to vehicles driven

carelessly or without reasonable consideration on roads – and that includes car parks and other public areas – in a manner likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public. Sec 59 also covers any such use of a motor vehicle off-road, such as common land, moorland, bridlepaths, footpaths, tracks and fields. An official complaint does not even have to be received by the police for them to enforce the law

Section 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 makes it an offence to drive any vehicle on ‘any common land, moorland or land of any other description, not being land forming part of a road, or any road being a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway’ apart from some exceptions like to save a life! If a vehicle is used in this way, the police can seize it immediately or they may serve a notice to the owner and driver/rider. The notice warns all concerned that if the vehicle is used again in that way by anyone, on that occasion, it will seized. It also warns the offending driver that if they drive or ride in the same way during the next year, the vehicle they are using may be seized – whoever it belongs to. The law doesn’t cater for a second warning.

How to stay on the right side – of the law. It’s easy – just use your vehicle responsibly. Keep your driving safe at all times and don’t bow to peer pressure and be tempted to mess about with the vehicle when driving or on car parks. Sec 59 was written in law to stop anti-social use of motor vehicles. Effectively the law is there to stop inappropriate use of vehicles that annoy the public or place people at risk. It also stops offenders who disrupt the quality of life of others at homes nearby or when conducting their leisure activities (such as horse-riding or rambling). If you use a motorcross bike for off road scrambling – only do it on land with permission of the land owner and always walk or trailer the bike there, don’t ride on footpaths or bridleways.

Alcester South SNT Update

Firework Law –

You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions. Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers. Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals. The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Check with your council to find out about any local rules for setting off fireworks. Get information about firework safety from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.

Buying fireworks. You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops. You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

 

Halloween Advice –

To help make sure this Halloween is safe and enjoyable for everyone, we’ve put together some tips:

Trick-or-treat

  • If you see a home displaying ‘no trick-or-treat’ posters please respect this. Instead, visit a home that’s welcoming visitors – you can usually tell as these are displaying illuminated pumpkins and other decorations.
  • Trick-or-treaters should never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Young people should never go trick-or-treating alone – they must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • October nights are dark so keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and/or reflective strips, and always carry a torch.
  • Remember to be safe near roads and driveways, even around quieter residential areas.

Behaving responsibly. Halloween can be a worrying and intimidating time for the elderly, vulnerable or those who live alone. It can also be a nuisance for people whose evenings are interrupted by trick-or-treaters knocking on their door. Please be mindful that your Halloween fun could bother other people. We want you to have a great time, but ask that you behave with respect and courtesy to those around you. Officers from your police Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out patrols in the evenings around Halloween to make sure that people who are trick-or-treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance.

Alcester South SNT Update

Firework Law

You can’t buy ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions. Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers. Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals. The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.

You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Check with your council to find out about any local rules for setting off fireworks. Get information about firework safety from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive.

Buying fireworks. You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:

  • 15 October to 10 November
  • 26 to 31 December
  • 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year

At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops. You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.

Halloween Advice

To help make sure this Halloween is safe and enjoyable for everyone, we’ve put together some tips:

Trick-or-treat

  • If you see a home displaying ‘no trick-or-treat’ posters please respect this. Instead, visit a home that’s welcoming visitors – you can usually tell as these are displaying illuminated pumpkins and other decorations.
  • Trick-or-treaters should never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Young people should never go trick-or-treating alone – they must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • October nights are dark so keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and/or reflective strips, and always carry a torch.
  • Remember to be safe near roads and driveways, even around quieter residential areas.

Behaving responsibly. Halloween can be a worrying and intimidating time for the elderly, vulnerable or those who live alone. It can also be a nuisance for people whose evenings are interrupted by trick-or-treaters knocking on their door. Please be mindful that your Halloween fun could bother other people. We want you to have a great time, but ask that you behave with respect and courtesy to those around you. Officers from your police Safer Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out patrols in the evenings around Halloween to make sure that people who are trick-or-treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance.

Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary Residential. Binton Road. Neighbour checking on an alarm activation found that a rear window had been smashed in the property. 7pm Saturday 7thOctober. 0400 07/10/2017
  • Vehicle Crime – Theft from. High Street. Offender(s) have tried to gain access to the rear of a Ford Ranger Truck by drilling the lock on the shutter door. Entry not gained and nothing stolen. Overnight 5th and 6th October. 0105 06/10/2017

Rogue Solar Panel cleaners – Owners of solar panels are warned to beware of rogue traders door knocking in the Warwickshire area offering to clean their roofs. The rogue traders give the false impression that they are working on behalf of the solar panel installers and suggest to the home owners that their roof is due a clean due to the length of time the solar panels have been installed. The rogues are reported to be charging between £1300 and £1700 for work that is overpriced and is more likely to damage the roof (and the solar panels) than clean it. Homeowners are advised not to allow people to pressure wash their roofs. Pressure washing roofs can lead to the roof tiles lifting. The rogue traders may also be involved in other forms of criminal activity and may be taking the opportunity to scope people’s homes for burglaries.

NEVER buy goods or services from an unexpected doorstep trader. Keep your door CLOSED

Bogus Police phone call warning – 

Fraudsters are pretending to be Police Officers in order to steal bank account information, Warwickshire Trading Standards understands. Members of the public have reported several incidents where they have received phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers investigating a crime involving their bank cards. The callers then ask for bank card details, including long numbers, sort codes, the security number on the back and PINs. The information is then used to scam them out of thousands of pounds. No Police Force will ever ask you for bank details in this way. NEVER divulge any bank/card information to people who phone you. If you believe the caller is genuine, ask to phone back on a publicly listed telephone number.

Unclaimed parcel scam – 

Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning residents to beware of emails that carry the words ‘Unclaimed Parcel’ or similar. These bogus emails, which typically are not addressed directly to the recipient, but instead use their email address, encourage the recipient to click on a link to ‘Activate’ their delivery. There is also often a reference to the potential ‘value’ of the package, which is usually very high. Clicking on links in bogus emails can expose your PC to viruses. NEVER click on a link or download an attachment in a suspicious email. Always DELETE them.

Rogue traders masquerading as genuine businesses – 

Rogue doorstep traders are masquerading as genuine businesses both on the doorstep and online to get work warn Warwickshire Trading Standards. One Warwickshire resident thought they were employing a genuine landscaping business but when the workers turned up, they were clearly bogus, not using correct PPE (personal protective equipment) or possessing insurance. If you are interested in employing a particular business to carry out work at your property, check their name, address and contact details against several sources (classified advertisements, Google searches etc.) to ensure you are contacting the correct business.
Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.