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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.


January 19, 2019

Message sent by: Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, West Christchurch)

Dwelling Burglary

A burglary occurred at a property in Waterford Gardens, Highcliffe yesterday (Friday 18th January) between 1730hrs and 2200hrs

Entry was gained by forcing a rear door, at this stage we do not believe that anything was taken.
Please ensure that you take the time to review your security arrangements by checking any lighting is working, any access to the rear garden is secured and the consideration of CCTV

If you believe you saw anything suspicious in the area at the time please call 101 quoting 55190009601

Many thanks


January 18, 2019

Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)


Last Chance To Have Your Say On The Police Precept

Dear residents,

Many of you have taken the time to complete the policing precept consultation and I would like to thank you if you have already shared your views.

The consultation will be closing on Thursday 24th January 2019, so I am writing to you one last time to urge you to take part. The survey takes just a couple of minutes to complete, but the results will be hugely important when it comes to deciding on the future of Dorset Police funding.

Click here to have your say now!

The OPCC team and myself have been out and about across Dorset and heard residents’ thoughts and concerns over the past couple of weeks and I share the frustration that many of you have voiced about Government funding and how the responsibility for the majority of this year’s settlement has been placed on raising funds through council tax contributions. Rest assured, I will continue to lobby the Government for a fairer funding settlement for Dorset in the future.

I am pleased to be able to say that there is some good news in the midst of ongoing austerity in policing. If the precept is raised by £2, then there would be some flexibility to ensure that the Force will no longer be required to make the cuts that were first feared and the Chief Constable is confident that he would be able to make some improvements in areas of emerging demand.

Of course, there will be ongoing efficiencies to be made but it is hoped that with careful budgeting and management, investment could be made in areas such as rural crime, marine crime and tackling county lines drug networks.


The precept decision will have a direct impact on the capabilities of your police force – so I hope that you will take a couple of minutes to complete the survey and share your views before the consultation closes on the 24th January.

Many thanks,
Martyn Underhill
Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner


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Shirley Craft (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Communications and Engagement)

Uninsured Man Banned From The Road

Uninsured man banned from the road after caught driving with hands tied together

A man who drove with his hands tied together for a ‘laugh’ has been banned from the road.

James John Hayter, also known as James Manuel, 22 and of Claremont Avenue in Gillingham, was sentenced at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court today, Wednesday 16 January 2019, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

He was banned from driving for 12 months, received a 170-hour community order and fined £420.

At 5.50pm on Friday 22 June 2018 two traffic officers were on patrol when they saw a blue Volkswagen Polo pull out of the Co-op car park onto Bay Road in Gillingham.

Officers ordered the vehicle to stop and discovered Hayter was the driver.

The car was insured to Hayter’s parents and he admitted that he was not insured to drive it.

The officers were shocked to discover that both of Hayter’s wrists were bound together through the steering wheel with black cable ties. He stated that his friend had done it for a laugh.

On Wednesday 22 August 2018 Hayter was interviewed and he admitted driving with his hands tied amounted to dangerous driving.

Following the incident, Hayter was made an Op Dragoon subject – which sees officers from the Force’s No Excuse team target those drivers who may pose a significant threat of causing risk or harm to both themselves and others. The team uses all means at its disposal to identify opportunities to deal with high risk road users including liaising with partner agencies, the DVLA and insurance companies to identify offences.

Police Sergeant Mark Farrow, of No Excuse, said: “James Hayter’s actions that day were foolish and reckless. It is nothing but sheer luck that this mindless prank did not lead to a collision or someone getting injured.

“Hayter is now banned from the road for a considerable period of time. He will remain an Op Dragoon target.

"Dorset Police regularly receives and acts upon valuable information provided by members of public in relation to drink and drug driving and other driving offences.”

For non-urgent matters, or to pass information about someone’s driving, please go to www.dorset.police.uk and follow the ‘Do it online’ function. Here you can pass all the details to Dorset Police via the online enquiry form. Members of the public can also email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

If you suspect someone is driving under the influence, dial 999 immediately.


January 17, 2019

Message sent by: Mark Creasey (Dorset Police, PC 207, Christchurch)

Burglary

ATTENTION: A burglary occurred in Hurstbourne Avenue, Highcliffe, Christchurch at around 1200 hours on Tuesday 15th January 2019.
The home owner was temporarily out and upon returning home was confronted by a male in his home.
Upon being challenged the male ran off and got into a black Ford KA with a 'learner' plate attached to the rear.
The male was described as white, 40 to 45 years old, 5'10'' tall, average build, black clothing and a black cap.
UPDATE: The black Ford KA has since been located close to Bournemouth Airport.

Anyone with any information please call 101 and quote 55190007521


January 14, 2019

Message sent by: Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, West Christchurch)

Dwelling Burglary

Since the turn of the year there has been two reported dwelling burglaries in Highcliffe (Braemar Drive) and Friars Cliff (Hynesbury Road) areas.
Entry was gained by forcing a rear window at one property and by grabbing a key through a dog flap at another.
Jewelery was stolen from one property, and a laptop, tablet and a camera stolen from another.

We would like to take the opportunity to ask you to review your security arrangements, please consider locking gates that give access ot the rear of your property, not leaving keys in the door, ensuring you have sufficient lighting etc



January 12, 2019

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

Hm Revenue And Customs Alert

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.
www.actionfraud.police.uk

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

Alert - Fake Tv Licensing Emails

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk



January 10, 2019

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

Scam Alert Bogus London Police Officers Calling

Dorset Police has recently received a number of reports from members of the public that they have been telephoned by someone claiming to be a police officer from London, telling them that police have arrested someone trying to use their bank account details fraudulently.

This is a scam. Do not carry out any instructions given by the bogus police officer.

The bogus police officer will ask the victim to hang up and call their bank. If the victim does so, they will be talking to the fraudster or an accomplice on the same line, as they will not have disconnected their end of the call. The fraudsters will ask for bank account details: this is the purpose of the scam.

If you are still uncertain and concerned, hang up anyway and use a different phone to call your bank using a number you know to be correct, they won’t mind. Then report the fraud attempt here: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Remember:

The police would never make a call of this nature, so don’t engage with the fraudster, just hang-up the phone.
Never give bank details over the phone.
Don’t be rushed; the fraudsters will deliberately rush you, so that you feel you need to give them information quickly, even if they say it is important, don’t give them any personal information.
If you want to give your bank a call after one of these phone calls, always use a different phone line to do so.
Don’t be hushed by the fraudster if you think you have received one of these phone calls or think you’re a victim of this type of fraud, always report it to Action Fraud.


To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the website above.


December 12, 2018

Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Volunteers In Policing - A Voice For Our Communities

Last week we celebrated International Volunteers Day and I would like to take a moment to reflect on the work of volunteers in policing. In particular, I would like to acknowledge those who support the work of my office. Independent Custody Visitors and Scrutiny Volunteers help me by providing an additional check and balance to police work.

Volunteers also support me at events and help gather the views of the public through engagement and consultation. I am extremely grateful to each and every one of them for their time and effort.

One area where volunteers make a real difference is scrutiny. Scrutiny Volunteers help me hold the police to account by representing their communities on Independent Scrutiny Panels. The Panels are held four times a year and enable me to look into the work of Dorset Police and provide recommendations for how they can improve their service. Individual cases are anonymised and looked at in detail by the Panel and their feedback, including positive feedback, is sent to the frontline officers or police staff involved.

Currently, we are looking for more people who live or work in Dorset to come forward and join the team of Scrutiny Volunteers. I am looking for as wide a group of people as possible, and I’m particularly keen for younger people and those from different ethnic backgrounds to get involved and have their voices heard.

People are needed to sit on four existing panels, each of which looks at a specific area such as how Dorset Police uses its stop and search powers; how the police interact with the public; how officers use force when responding to incidents and how they use out of court disposals such as cautions and warnings. Volunteers are also being sought for a new Panel being set up to look into hate crime in Dorset.

We’re looking for people who are good communicators, have great team working skills and who have integrity – but most of all who care about what’s happening in Dorset and want to work with me to help improve our police service. If you would like to get involved, or know of anyone who would, then please visit the Dorset OPCC website to find out more >

Police & Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill


Further info:

Anyone who sits on a panel must be 18 or over, be an English speaker, have been resident in the UK for more than three years and currently live or work in Dorset.

To find out more and to download an application form, visit the Dorset OPCC website here >

The closing date for applications is Thursday 20 December and interviews will take place on Tuesday 15 January.

Notes:

Thank you for reading this article.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner will not necessarily reply to comments made in response to the article.

If you require further information about the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, please go online at www.dorset.pcc.police.uk

Please do not use Dorset Alert to report crime, or make a complaint. For non-emergencies call 101 or email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk Always call 999 in an emergency. To make a complaint, go online at www.dorset.police.uk


December 4, 2018

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

Scam Alert

We have received reports of fraudsters making appointments on behalf of Dorset Police, acting as crime prevention advisers with visits scheduled today, Tuesday 4 December 2018.

These are not legitimate and residents should not allow them entry to their home.

You can verify the identity of any police officer or staff member by asking for their collar number and checking details by calling 101.

For information and advice on crime prevention, visit our website here: http://bit.ly/2E3cRNo


November 20, 2018

Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Be Bike Smart This Road Safety Week

With over 100 cyclists and motorcyclists injured every day in needless, preventable crashes, they are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK. For this reason, this year’s theme for Road Safety Week is ‘Bike Smart’.

Road Safety Week (19-25 November 2018) is led by the road safety charity Brake to encourage us all to talk about road safety and remind ourselves of our role in keeping all road users safe. Many collisions that occur on our roads could have been avoided if those involved had given their riding/driving the attention it deserves. Drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists need to be bike smart.

Education and awareness are an important part of making our roads safer. There are a variety of courses and initiatives in Dorset for people to take advantage of, including specialist courses for motorcyclists.

I am proud that the UK’s first DocBike was launched in Dorset. DocBike is a motorcycle safety initiative offering free rider training including what to do in the event of an accident. It is an initiative that is saving lives. All riders can improve their skills - police motor bike riders undergo continuous training to enhance their riding skills.

Road safety is an area Dorset Police has focused on and the Force’s roads policing officers will be helping to improve safety on our roads through various activities across the county this Road Safety Week.

Last year saw the launch of Operation Close Pass in Dorset. The initiative is aimed at improving the safety of cyclists and educating road users about how to overtake vulnerable road users safely.

Many drivers believe they leave enough space for cyclists when they overtake but this isn’t always the case. You should leave a minimum of 1.5 metres between your car and the cyclist when overtaking. At high speeds or bad weather you should allow a full car width. Essentially, you should overtake a cyclist as you would a car.

As the nights are drawing in it is even more important that drivers look out for road users on two wheels, and that road users on two wheels make themselves as visible as possible. Cyclists are legally required to have lights on their bike (front and rear) but should also consider wearing reflective clothing to make them more visible. Drivers should always look for cyclists and motorcyclists, especially at junctions, and regularly check their mirrors and blind spots.

Martyn Underhill

Details on driver courses and road safety news can be found on the Dorset Road Safe website here > www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk

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Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Dorset Police And Crime Commissioner Newsletter

Please find the latest newsletter from the office of Martyn Underhill, the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Take a look to find out more about Dorset's restorative justice service, which gives victims of crime the chance to tell offenders about the impact of their crime, get answers to their questions and even get an apology.

The newsletter also contains information about how people in the county responded to the latest National Rural Crime Survey, and about progress made in many areas of the Police and Crime Plan, which sets out the commitments made to Dorset residents.



OPCC Newsletter November 2018.pdf


November 19, 2018

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

The HMRC Scam Is Back In Dorset

Scammers are calling people at random using an automated message warning that they are under investigation by HMRC and need to call the number given or "face serious legal consequences".

This is a scam! Please don’t call the number or give any personal information out. Just hang up.

If you have received a call like this and wish to report it, please contact Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If the person receiving the call is vulnerable and they have suffered a loss or been otherwise specifically targeted, only then please report it to Dorset Police on 101.

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Message sent by:
PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Problem Solving Forum Looks At County Lines

A GROUP of experts have been brought together to discuss new approaches to tackling county lines drug dealing and criminal exploitation in Dorset.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) hosted its latest Problem Solving Forum this week, bringing together organisations involved in child protection and adult safeguarding, as well as housing and transport agencies.

County lines – in which gangs from large cities use dedicated phone lines to supply drugs to smaller towns – has become a national issue affecting forces including Dorset Police.

The gangs involved often target vulnerable individuals, including young people suffering from poor mental health and addiction, sometimes threatening them with violence to coerce them into moving drugs across the country.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “County lines ruins lives. Not only does it bring the scourge of drug dealing into our own towns and villages, but the gangs involved are absolutely ruthless in the way they exploit young people and adults at risk of harm to do their dirty work.

“Dorset Police regularly patrols areas known for street dealing, and shares information with other forces across the country, but this is a problem that is larger than the police and requires a response from a wide range of organisations. This forum has brought these groups together to look at the problem from every angle and find sustainable and innovative solutions.”

The event was held in partnership with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards, Community Safety Partnerships and Adult Safeguarding Boards across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset who have identified criminal exploitation and county lines as a priority across the county.

The forum, which took place as part of the Exploitation Conference at the Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne Minster, heard from Supt Caroline Naughton from Dorset Police and Claire Dzuda from the Aster Housing Association, as well as DI Brittany Clarke from the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre.

A survivor of county lines exploitation from the St Giles Trust also spoke about their own experience of being used by drugs gangs.

Sarah Elliott, chair of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards, said: “We welcomed this opportunity to work with the PCC by joining these two events together. We wanted to encourage and support commitment by partners to tackle this abhorrent issue in our county.”

Participants took part in workshops to identify what each organisation involved could do differently and proposals will be taken forward through partnership working with relevant organisations.

The forums, which provide an opportunity to ensure policing remains responsive to emerging challenges as they arise, have previously looked at homelessness and fly tipping.

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