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Neighbourhood Alert Reports
If you have any information regarding these incidents please call the Dorset Police on 01202/01305 222222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Neighbourhood Alert reports are now as received from the Police Coordinator, and not edited by me.

March 16, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)


Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm or provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised.

The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

Be aware, be alert. Talk to the vulnerable people in your life. Please, help us spread the word of fraud.

For updates on frauds affecting Dorset, please keep an eye on the Dorset Fraud Alert page here.

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March 1, 2018

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good Morning

Unfortunately we have had a report of a burglary in the Hinton Wood Avenue area last night between 19:00 and 23:00hrs.... Alarm had been set by the residents prior to going out, and this had been taken/torn off the wall when they returned.

POE (Point of Entry) was via a rear kitchen door, with an untidy search ensuing -- purse, contents, and two camera's were taken, enquiries are ongoing. Burglary occurred between numbers 68 and 80 Hinton Wood Avenue..

Please remain vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious via the 101 numbers, and if you believe a crime is being committed please use the 999 service......

February 12, 2018

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Police Independent Misconduct Panel - Recruitment

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner is currently recruiting for independent members of the public to sit on police misconduct panel hearings across Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police.

Police & Crime Commissioners have a statutory responsibility to ensure that independent panellists are present at police misconduct panels arising from a complaint or conduct matter. These concern incidents where a member of the public has allegedly been adversely affected by the actions of a police officer.

The role involves assisting misconduct panels in determining a fair and evidence-based judgement, engaging constructively with both the legally qualified Chair and the senior police officer present and agreeing an appropriate sanction where necessary.

PCC Martyn Underhill said: “The statutory requirement to include independent members of the public in the process to determine whether a police officer has fallen short in upholding the expected standards is absolutely integral to maintaining public confidence in policing.

“It aims to provide reassurance to the community that misconduct matters are thoroughly investigated and proceedings properly adjudicated. I encourage anyone with the relevant skills to apply.”

Applicants must have strong analytical abilities in order to properly evaluate evidence and experience of working with disciplinary procedures. As well as being able to take a balanced and objective approach, applicants must have sufficient time to prepare for and attend hearings on an ad hoc basis. While infrequent, hearings typically last for two to three days.

To guarantee the independence of the process, serving and retired police officers, police staff, special constables and staff of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are excluded from appointment. Independent members must be at least 18 years of age.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 28 February 2018. For further application information, please go to https://www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/get-involved/recruitment/

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Graeme Barbour (Police, Digital Communications Officer, Hampshire)

Operation Sceptre - Awareness of risks of carrying knives

Carrying a knife may seem harmless, but it can have serious consequences. Even being with a group where one or more carry a knife is a big risk.

If you are suspicious of your child or the group they are involved in, help us stop knife crime by intervening early. Make them aware of the risks.

Anyone with information about someone carrying a knife can contact us on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can find more details about how to chat to your children about this subject or report concerns anonymously here: http://noknivesbetterlives.com/

February 7, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Flight Ticket Fraud

Fraudsters are attempting to entice victims who are looking for cheap flights abroad.

Victims have reported booking tickets via websites or a “popular” ticket broker, only to discover that after payment via bank transfer or electronic wire transfer, the tickets/booking references received are counterfeit. In some cases, all communications between the company or broker and the victim have been severed.

Fraudsters are targeting individuals who are seeking to travel to African nations and the Middle East, particularly those wishing to travel in time for popular public and religious holidays.

Prevention Advice:

Pay safe: Be cautious if you're asked to pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card.
Conduct research on any company you’re considering purchasing tickets from; for example, are there any negative reviews or forum posts by previous customers online? Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials.
Check any company website thoroughly; does it look professional? Are there any spelling mistakes or irregularities? There should be a valid landline phone number and a full postal address so that the company can be contacted. Avoid using the site if there is only a PO Box address and mobile phone number, as it could be difficult to get in touch after you buy tickets. PO Box addresses and mobile phone numbers are easy to change and difficult to trace.
Be aware that purchasing tickets from a third party, particularly when initial contact has been made via a social media platform can be incredibly risky.
If tickets to your intended destination appear cheaper than any other vendor, always consider this; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. You can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ .

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Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

We're offering 'safer drone' courses to help members of the public make sensible and legal choices when flying their drone. Upcoming course dates are:

Saturday 11th March – Blandford - 9am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 7th April – Bournemouth - 9am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Sunday 6th May – Weymouth - 9am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 16th June – Poole - 9am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Sunday 15th July – Ferndown - 9am – 12pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm

The topics covered include the law, pilot responsibilities, privacy, the drone code and are led by police drone operators. The course costs £20 for a 3 hour workshop, including refreshments and a certificate. Minimum age of attendees is 12 (under 16’s need to be accompanied by an adult but only the child pays).

For more information and to sign up, email: saferdrones@dorset.pnn.police.uk

February 5, 2018

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News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and urging residents to remain vigilant following a series of phone scams in East Dorset.

Four incidents were reported to Dorset Police on Wednesday 31 January and Thursday 1 February 2018 by residents living in Highcliffe, Wimborne and Christchurch.

In three cases the scammers purported to be from the police and one claimed to be calling from BT. The victims were told their bank accounts had been hacked.

On Wednesday 31 January an elderly woman received a phone call from a man purporting to be a police officer. He said that someone was trying to scam the woman and that she needed to withdraw 8,000 Euros and the ‘officers’ would step in to arrest the ‘scammer’ as she handed the money over.

The victim went to the bank in a taxi that had been arranged by the offender but it was closed.

She returned yesterday, Thursday 1 February, and asked the bank for £7,000. She told staff the money was for a kitchen but thankfully staff were suspicious and they followed the banking protocol and alerted Dorset Police. The woman told cashiers that someone from the ‘police’ had attended her home that morning asking for the money.

Officers attended the woman’s home Rothesay Drive. No offenders were located and no money was lost.

Detective Inspector Neil Wright, of Dorset Police, said: “The offender targeted a vulnerable woman and purported to be a police officer in an attempt to steal a large amount of money from her. I would like to thank the bank staff for their quick thinking and diligence in reporting this incident to us promptly.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Rothesay Drive area on Wednesday or Thursday this week to please contact us.

“Over the past few days we have experienced an increase in the number of calls from concerned members of the public reporting fraud involving people claiming to be from the National Crime Agency (NCA) or police officers.

“Please remember, the NCA or police officers will never ask you for any money. If someone calls you claiming to be a police officer ask for their collar number and surname and check their identity with the police force they are claiming to be from.”

Our advice is:

• Never give money to anyone unless you are sure of who they are and what the money is for.

• Never give any personal information to anyone. Fraudsters are clever and will use this information to their advantage.

• If in doubt, ask! Ask for help from your family or friends. Run it by them and take their advice.

For more information, visit - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/scams-fraud-cyber-crime/telephone-scams-courier-fraud/.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180016718. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

February 1, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Phantom Debt Fraud

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx

Protect Yourself

Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.


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