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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.
Homewatch reports are now as received from the Police Coordinator, and not edited by me.

April 11, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

There have been 2 burglaries since Friday Evening in the Highcliffe area.

1. The first was in Hurstbourne Ave, between numbers 13 and 25 - POE was via a rear door/window. House has been empty for quite some time, burglary has occurred between Nov 2016 and April 7th 2017. Enquiries are ongoing at this stage, and we are awaiting details of any items etc that have gone missing.

2. The second has occurred in Holme Road, Highcliffe between numbers 8 and 18 and it is believed the break has occurred on the 8th April 2017.. POE (point of entry) was via and small bathroom skylight or quarterlight. An amount of cash and and a valuable ring have been stolen, enquiries are ongoing at this point.

Please ensure you remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity to Dorset Police via the 101 non-emergency number, but if you believe a crime is being committed please use the 999 service. Always ensure you leave your property secure at all times and use any burglar alarm system even if you are out for very short periods.

April 4, 2017

Message sent by:
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.

The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:

“Hi, [name]!

I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me.

For instance, your address is:

[real home address]

I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811

Best Wishes,”

The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.

This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.

Protect Yourself:

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.

Please consider the following actions:

Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

March 17, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good afternoon,

Its a little short and to the point:-

Dorset Police received a call this morning reporting suspicious activity in the area - junction Seaton Road/Seaton Close, in Highcliffe.

There were reports of a male was inside a property, following a check by neighbours who look out for the property owners, they noted a window had been broken - house was empty - similar MO to previous breaks across the Mudeford and Highcliffe.

Both Christchurch units and the local NPT responded - a description was given over the air and a male was arrested in the village shortly afterwards.

Thanks to all involved, including those who reported it.

Working to make Dorset a Safer Place

Mudeford and Highcliffe NPT

March 1, 2017

Message sent by:
Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Dorset)

This message is sent on behalf of SafeWise -
SafeWise Bournemouth is working in partnership with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver a safety awareness course for mobility scooter users or those thinking of purchasing a mobility scooter in Dorset.

During the combined theory and practical session you will find out about:
· The law and mobility scooters
· Improve your safety, awareness and control
· Improve your manoeuvrability
· Learn useful everyday safety tips

Sessions cost just £10 to attend. As places are limited you MUST book in advance by either by emailing helen@safewise.org or by calling SafeWise on 01202 591330. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Sessions dates:-
· Friday 10 March – 10.30am – 1pm
· Wednesday 21 June – 10.30am – 1pm
· Wednesday 9 August – 10.30am – 1pm
· Friday 13 October – 10.30am – 1pm

For details please see our website safewise.org/scootwise-mobility-scooter-powered-wheelchair-training/

February 27, 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Some Good News - On the 7th February 2017 a Poole man was arrested by our colleagues across the border in the Sway area of the county, while committing a dwelling burglary. During the ensuing investigation he has admitted to a further 22 similar burglaries across Dorset, which included the Highcliffe area. I have no further information at this time, but will advise should any further detail be forthcoming.
On a more negative note - we have been suffering from a recent spate of ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour) between Friars Cliff, Steamer Point, the public seating area junction Glengarry Way, Vecta Close, which we believe is also connected to a number of incidents relating to the now derelict Pinebeach Nursing Home. We are regularly finding it insecure, and note it is, and has been used by local youths, we further believe it may previously have been frequented by one or more vagrants.
It is regularly found insecure, thus is still being used to some degree, and is now suffering from a lot of internal and some external damage, with broken glass and nursing home furnishings, including equipment strewn around the many rooms on both levels in addition to the basement. We regularly have to visit this premise to re-secure it as best we can, sometimes to no avail, as the following day one of more of these exits is again open.

The building internally is now in quite a poor state of disrepair, damp, dank, and being very dark in places (even during the day) especially the basement, it is a veritable rabbit warren of corridors, rooms and obstructions that can disorientate, and could lead to injury or worse.

Both the NPT, and patrol officers are aware of the issues associated with Pinebeach, and will check the area’s, as often as their commitments allow. The council are also aware of the issues, as I believe are the owners, and additionally between us, we have carried out a leaflet drop in the area’s of Glengarry Way, and Vecta Close.

February 13, 2017

Message sent by:
Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Dorset Police and Trading Standards will be holding a week of action from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 February 2017, offering advice and encouraging members of the public to spread the word about doorstep crime.

Doorstep crime is:

Distraction burglary – where offenders ‘trick’ their way into gaining access to a victim’s home (e.g. a bogus official, lost ball in the garden) then distract the victim whilst items are stolen by them or an accomplice.

Rogue trading – where offenders turn up at an address unexpectedly to provide a ‘service’ to the victim (i.e. gardening, roof repairs, tarmacking), then overcharge for unnecessary, incomplete or poor quality work, often using intimidation to extort money.

Your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be joined by officers from Trading Standards, to offer enhanced crime prevention advice. Your nearest events are:

Date Time Location
Monday 13 February 2017 9:30am Barclays, Christchurch, BH23 1BQ
Monday 13 February 2017 2pm – 3pm West Moors Library, BH22 0HX
Tuesday 14 February 2017 10am – 11am West Moors Parish Council, BH22 0HL
Wednesday 15 February 2017 10am – 12pm Wimborne Library, BH21 1HH
Wednesday 15 February 2017 9am – 10am St Ives Parish Council, BH24 2PH
Wednesday 15 February 2017 11am – 12pm Coffee Lounge, West Moors, BH22 0HT
Thursday 16 February 10am – 12pm Waitrose, Wimborne, BH21 1AN
Friday 17 February 2017 10am – 12pm Waitrose, Wimborne, BH21 1AN
Friday 17 February 2017 10am – 12pm Post Office, Marlow Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2RR
Saturday 18 February 2017 2pm – 3pm Pandora’s Bakery, West Moors, BH22 0AT

Find out more about the week at: https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/2313

February 7, 2017

Message sent by:
Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

Dorset Police has taken part in a week-long crackdown against people using their mobile phones while driving, with 91 fixed penalty notices being issued.

The campaign ran from Monday 23 January to Sunday 29 January 2017 with offenders being reminded of the dangers of being distracted at the wheel and the upcoming legislative changes to mobile phone offences.

Motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel are currently given three penalty points and a fine of £100. This is set to double under the new rules which are anticipated to come into effect on 1 March 2017.

The changes will have a significant impact on new motorists who will have to retake their test if caught within two years of obtaining their licence. More experienced drivers also risk going to court if caught twice, with a possible fine of up to £1,000 and at least a six-month driving ban.

During an average week in Dorset, 17 tickets are issued to motorists for using a mobile phone at the wheel representing an 81 per cent increase during the campaign.

Sergeant Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said: “This significant increase represents the scale of this issue. We are urging drivers to take responsibility for their actions and leave their phone alone while driving.

“With constant advances in technology, we are now seeing people not only using their mobile to call but also to text, check social media or stream music while behind the wheel.

“Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of other road users and, while you think you can get away with it, it is vital that drivers realise they could kill someone.”

During 2015 mobile phone use was a direct contributory factor in the death or serious injury of 97 people on our roads across the country.

It has been illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving or riding a motorcycle since December 2003. However, many motorists still fail to see that it is not possible to use a phone and be in proper control of a vehicle.

A report published by the RAC in September 2016 stated that 31 per cent of drivers now admit to using a mobile phone when driving, up from eight per cent in 2014.

Sergeant Pardey continued: “While enforcement takes place all year round, recent findings underline the importance of campaigns that aim to make using a mobile phone when driving as socially unacceptable as drink or drug driving.

“It is plausible that the percentage of motorists who use their mobile phone at the wheel is even higher than the research suggests, which is why enforcement efforts must be supported by changes in drivers’ attitudes if we are to succeed in keeping our roads safe.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “A licence to drive can be lethal in the wrong hands. Police officers cannot be everywhere and the responsibility to drive safely should not be dependent on the risk of being caught.

“All motorists have a fundamental responsibility to act with due care and attention, drive safely and ensure they do not put themselves or others in danger.”

February 1,2017

Message sent by:
News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

A convicted murderer who was wanted by police for breaching his licence conditions has been located.

Jamie Frater, 43 and of Weymouth, was jailed for life in 1993 after being convicted of the murder of Geoffrey du Rose in Bournemouth in 1992. He was released on licence but was wanted by officers for a breach on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Frater made himself known to officers in Bournemouth at 11.33pm last night, Monday 30 January 2017. He has been recalled to prison.

We would like to thank members of the public for their help in sharing our appeal.

January 24 2017

Message sent by:
News Office (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Detectives are appealing for help to locate a convicted murderer who is wanted for breaching his licence conditions – with officers advising the public not to approach him, but immediately call 999.

Jamie Frater, 43 and of Weymouth, was jailed for life in 1993 after being convicted of the murder of Geoffrey du Rose in Bournemouth in 1992. He was released on licence and is now wanted by police after breaching his licence conditions on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Detective Superintendent Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police, said: “I am releasing a photograph of Jamie Frater in the hope that someone will know his whereabouts.

“Anyone who sees Frater should not approach him, as he could present a risk to the public, but immediately contact Dorset Police on 999.

“There may be various reasons why he has not complied with his licence conditions and I appeal to him directly to make contact with police at the earliest opportunity.”

He has connections to the Weymouth and Bournemouth areas of Dorset.

Frater is described as white, of medium build, around five feet eight inches tall, with short receding brown hair.

Detective Superintendent Noyce continued: “I’d like to assure members of the public that officers are making every effort to find this man as soon as possible.

“I’d also like to remind members of the public that all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jamie Frater should call Dorset Police on 999. Anyone else with other information should call 101 quoting occurrence number 55170008209 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

Click to se the photo
Jamie Frater, 20 January 2017

January 23 2017

Message sent by:
Martin Sparks (Dorset Police, PCSO 5357, Christchurch)

Dorset Police are seeking the views of our communities in how ASB (anti-social beahaviour) is now dealt. As one of our registered user's it would be appreciated if you could complete the following and return to cheyne.marley@dorset.pnn.police.uk

1) Have you ever been impacted by ASB ? yes/no
a) If yes did you report the incident yes/no
b) What year was the incident
c) If No can you say why not
2) What factors effect your decision to report /not report
3) Do you report ASB to any other agency? eg: Local Council
4) Do you feel that ASB is a priority for Dorset Police? yes/no

Many Thanks

Cheyne Marley -Sgt 395

January 12 2017

Message sent by:
Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. This can have a devastating impact on those affected.

Knowledge is the best defence when it comes to fraud. The more you know about the most recent or common techniques fraudsters are using to defraud victims, the less likely you are to fall into the trap.

Dorset Police has designed a new webpage that will keep up to date with the latest frauds affecting the county on our website. Action Fraud also sends information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

Please go to www.dorset.police.uk and follow the link to the Dorset Fraud Alerts.

January 11 2017

Message sent by:
Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Dorset Police is continuing to provide free Community Road Safe sessions in an attempt to improve road safety across the county. Road collisions cause needless, untold suffering and tragedy.

Community Road Safe is funded directly from Driver Awareness Scheme course payments paid by motorists who break the law and compromise the safety of all road users. The Force is committed to educating the wider driving population, not just those who have already committed an offence.

The content of the day, Saturday 28 January 2017, is as follows:
10am – 11am
Kwik Fit will provide hands on simple car checks, including; checking tyre treads and spotting damage, checking fluid levels, wiper blades and lights.
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service will give an input on how to react when you see an emergency vehicle with blue lights on and what to do if you are first on scene at an accident.

11.15am – 1pm
Dorset Police Road Safety Tutors will provide a road safety workshop covering general road user information, insights into the ‘Fatal 5‘ reasons why a collision happens and what you can do to prevent it happening to you.

There will also be refreshments, an opportunity to speak with staff about keeping you and your family safe on Dorset’s roads, a free Kwik Fit goody bag and a voucher for each person attending.

If you want to enhance your skills, confidence and safety on the road, book your space by emailing road-safety-education@dorset.pnn.police.uk

January 6 2017

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

As of 09:00hrs 05th inst, I have nothing further to add in relation to our recent burglary series, but this does not mean we should relax - please remain vigilant at all times, and report any suspicious activity to us via the 101 service, or alternatively you can email us via the following email www.dorset.police.uk and use the 'Do It Online Service'. Please ensure you advise your family, friends, neighbours when your property is expected to be empty for any length of time. Additionally you can contact your local Homewatch Co-Ordinator and advise them, in addition to advising your local Neighbourhood Policing Team Email:- HighcliffeMud-NPT@Doret.PNN.Police.uk. We cannot guarantee we will be able to visit/check your property other than on an ad-hoc basis, as availability is subject to operational requirements.
Message sent by:
Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Dorset Police has launched another round of recruitment for those considering a unique career as a non-emergency call handler, or a 101 & 999 call taker / radio operator.

The Force Command Centre based at Winfrith is separated into two areas: dispatch radio operators, who pass details of the call to the appropriate police team, and call handlers. A team of 36 members of staff are normally on duty in the Force Command Centre at any one time.

Call takers and radio operators answer calls and co-ordinate police resources across the whole of Dorset, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Superintendent Caroline Naughton, Contact Management lead, said: “If you are entering 2017 looking for a job that is varied, rewarding and challenging, a call taker role could be the right choice for you.

“As a call taker you will be the first point of contact in answering and responding to emergency and non-emergency calls. You must have the ability to listen and determine the correct response.

“When people call us, they generally need our help, which allows you to really make a difference in the moment and have a lasting impact. You would be part of a team that provides the vital link between members of the public and operational police officers. Every contact counts.”

Dorset covers 1,024 square miles, has a resident population of 742,000 and attracts 14.3 million overnight stays by visitors each year. It is a busy place but has one of the lowest recorded crime rates in the country, and the Force Command Centre is key to keeping it that way.

Of the 290,000 or so calls received each year, on average just under 30 per cent are received via 999. Answering 999 calls is not always a matter of life and death. However, the way all calls are handled can make a vital difference.

101 & 999 call taker recruitment is open until 24 January 2017. Non-emergency call handler roles are available on a non-shift Monday to Friday basis. Dorset Police offers full time and part time working opportunities, with starting salaries of between £17,943 to £21,531 depending on role and working pattern.

For more information, visit https://www.dorset.police.uk/recruitment/force-command-centre/101-999-call-takerradio-operator/


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