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15/04/2021 9788 Somerset: Catalytic Convertor Thefts.

Dear Members,

Please take a moment to view the attached guidance which we would like to share with you in light of the current issues surrounding Catalytic Convertor thefts from Motor Vehicles.

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12/04/2021 9788 AN004 Criminal Damage.

A Fire and Rescue truck has been left with a punctured tyre requiring replacement after driving over Nails which may have been thrown across the road in Greenfield Crescent, Nailsea during the early hours of the 5th.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221076681 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support


09/04/2021 9788 Somerset: The death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Dear Members,

Andy Marsh, QPM, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:

“On behalf of all our colleagues we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip.

“We join with the nation in mourning this sad news. The Union Flag will be flown at half-mast at Police and Fire headquarters as a mark of our deepest respect for the Duke of Edinburgh and his service to the United Kingdom of Great Britain.”

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01/04/21 9788 Somerset – Caravan Security

Dear Members,

As the restrictions around Covid-19 are being eased and many people are looking at “Staycations” rather than holidays aboard, Caravans are becoming increasingly popular. Unfortunately criminals have also noticed this, so please take steps to increase the security of your Vans.

Secured By Design is the official police security initiative which provides a recognised standard for all security products, and a recent addition to this listing is Caravan iD. This scheme provides an individual identification number for your caravan and motorhome that can be checked to see if it has been stolen. For more information, visit their website at https://caravanid.com/

Other similar products are also available on the SBD website http://www.securedbydesign.com. All these products are police approved products.

https://caravanid.com/

https://caravanid.com/

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30/03/2021 9788 Somerset: Buying & Selling on Social Media / Online Platforms. (Market Places)

Dear Members,

We are seeing an increase in burglaries from garages and sheds where the offenders are clearly seeking out motorcycles, specifically dirt bikes such as KTM & Yamaha. It appears that a number of these bikes have been listed for sale on social media platforms, where a potential buyer arranges to view the vehicle but then doesn’t turn up. Not surprisingly, a day or so later the Garage / Shed is broken into and an attempt is made to steal the bike or it is stolen.

If you are considering selling your vehicle - or any expensive item - follow the guidance provided on the website. Do not automatically assume it is safe to pass over your address details and or photos of your vehicle outside of your garage, especially if it shows your street name and garage number. If you do so and the purchaser doesn’t turn up, be aware and pay close attention to the item you are selling and the security of the location it is stored.

Sadly, this may not just affect you. If your garage is broken into, your neighbour is likely to be targeted and may also sustain damage to their garage in the process.

Remember, whenever you place an advert you are also advertising what you have to steal. Read the guidance provided by the website carefully, and ask yourself if you really need to provide your address or do you meet somewhere public nearby? Always meet any prospective buyers in a well-lit, public area.

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29/03/2021 9788 AN004 Criminal Damage to a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been damaged overnight on the 25th whilst parked in Shaftesbury Close, Nailsea. The owner of the vehicle has returned to the car the following morning to find a rock had been thrown through the windscreen on the driver’s side in what appears an act of malicious damage.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221064570 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.


26/03/2021 9788 Somerset: Rogue Trader / Fraud / Potential for Distraction Burglary.

An elderly resident living in rural Yeovil was on Wednesday (24th March) visited by a man claiming to work for a Loft Insulation Company. Prior to this they had received a phone call stating that their Loft insulation warranty was no longer valid as the previous company had become insolvent and they had to accept the visit to maintain the warranty. Once permitted access he was then supposedly looking at the loft hatch when the resident’s granddaughter arrived and noticed an unusual car parked on the driveway. Upon entering the property the granddaughter approached the male and noticed his lanyard did not contain his ID but a driving licence, he had no tools and was in poor health. The loft was not entered at any point and as such he was not left unattended with a photo being taken of the man concerned. The man left and was immediately reported to Police where enquiries are underway.

Do please remain alert to any potential bogus callers stating your Loft Insulation needs attention, how could they possibly know? If it needs work you will contact them, and if they are contacting you there is probably a good reason they do not have enough work.

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23/03/2021 9788 Somerset: Bristol Disorder Statement.

Dear Members,

Please see the attached document for a joint statement about the Bristol disorder at the weekend from the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson (NHW Admin)

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22/03/2021 9788 Somerset: Scams / Local Numbers!

Dear Members,

We are hearing several reports of members receiving scam calls from local numbers, these are where scammers are trying to trick you into believing they MUST be real as they are near by. One such example has been received from a member in Martock who had a call claiming to be from Ebay security on a local number, very handy if there was indeed a problem with Ebay as we may be able to visit them to fix the problem (After Lockdown)! but quite clearly a scam. Several others have been reported since from various companies and again the ploy is to instil a sense of trust in the recipient.

Do please remain alert to any calls you receive advising for example you have a slow broadband connection, your loft insulation does not meet current regulations, you have post from Royal Mail that has not been fully paid, your Amazon Prime has expired or has been hacked, these will almost certainly be scams and if in doubt hang up, let the phone line clear for at least 5 minutes and then call the company back on a number you know, preferably on a different phone. And please never press 1 on your keypad when asked.


18/03/2021 9788 Somerset: Prolific burglars, robbers and thieves to be fitted with GPS tags in Avon and Somerset.

Avon and Somerset Police is one of six forces taking part in a world-first scheme involving burglars, thieves and robbers being made to wear GPS tags on release from prison.

With more than half of those convicted of theft and burglary reoffending within a year, this will be a vital extra source of intelligence to help police catch these persistent offenders.

Under new rules, offenders committing acquisitive crimes that have served a prison sentence of a year or more will be automatically fitted with a tag on release, allowing their whereabouts to be monitored by GPS satellites 24 hours a day for up to 12 months.

Police will work with HM Prison and Probation Service staff to investigate whether those on the tags have been in the vicinity of recent offences. It could provide the crucial evidence needed to catch the perpetrators.

The intention is the tags will also act as a deterrent, protecting the public from further burglaries and thefts and targeting so-called ‘career criminals’.

Minister for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse MP said: “Being burgled or robbed is devastating and I understand how frustrating it is when the perpetrators can’t be caught, both for the public and the police.

“Tagging these prolific offenders so we know where they are 24 hours a day should be powerful persuasion to change their ways and will help police find and charge them if they don’t. It’s another tool helping probation staff to cut crime and keep the public safe.”

National Police Chief’s Council Electronic Monitoring Lead, Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford said: “Tagging prolific offenders provides a strong deterrent and means officers will be able to quickly arrest and gather evidence against anyone suspected of being involved in a robbery, burglary or other theft.

“This scheme will play a part in our overall work to prevent crime and keep our communities safe.”

DCI Dickon Turner, who leads the Integrated Offender Management team at Avon and Somerset Police, said: “We’re pleased to be one of the initial six forces taking part in this scheme and we estimate around 60 offenders will be tagged within the first six months in our force area.

“This innovative partnership approach will provide another tool we can use to help break the cycle of re-offending and reduce the amount of acquisitive crime committed.

“We know these crimes cause untold misery to victims. We believe this scheme will intensify our ability to tackle these offences head-on and bring prolific offenders to justice.”

The scheme will initially launch in six police force areas (Avon and Somerset, Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Humberside and West Midlands) on 12 April and will be extended to a further 13 areas in September.

Police officers will be able to submit any offences they are investigating to a dedicated unit overseen by HM Prison and Probation Service. Trained staff will then be able to check the location history of those on tags against the details of the crime, allowing police to either rule out or investigate suspects further.

The joined up nature of this work builds on the recently updated Integrated Offender Management strategy, which sees police and the Probation Service working together to reduce neighbourhood crime.


05/03/2021 9788 AN/AE/AW Beat Areas: Phone fraud warning after incidents reported in Somerset.

We’re reminding people to be cautious and recognise signs of telephone and courier fraud following a number of reported incidents in Somerset in recent days.

We’re investigating four reports in the Bridgwater area of fraudsters phoning potential victims and claiming to be police officers dealing with fraud.

In one instance, a woman in her 90s living in Sedgemoor, was called by a fraudster falsely claiming to be working for police in Bournemouth. He told her officers had arrested someone who had her account details and claimed her bank were involved in the scam.

He went on to encourage her to take out a four-figure sum from her bank and to lie to cashiers about why she was making such a large withdrawal, before handing it over to a ‘courier’ who would give her a password when he arrived. She duly handed the money to the fake ‘courier’ and also provided personal banking information over the phone, which led to money also being stolen from her account.

Fraud protect officer Amy Horrobin said: “Fraudsters tend to prey on the elderly and vulnerable people but anyone can be a victim. There’s no shame in being tricked by these professional criminals, they can be very convincing.

“We must stress though police will never asking you to make a withdrawal from your bank for an investigation. They will never ask you to hand over personal banking details, such as your PIN. And they will never ask you to hand money to a courier who will collect it. The same goes for banks and other legitimate organisations and agencies.

“It is difficult during a phone call out of the blue to always think clearly, especially if the subject appears at face value to be very serious.

“So if you are unsure if what you’re being told may be a scam, then hang up the phone – the person at the other end of the phone will not be offended by you being cautious, if they are who they claim to be.

“Leave it five minutes, make sure you hear a dialling tone and the person who called initially has cleared the line, before then calling the organisation or company back. Use a number they advertise on their website or in the phone book. Don’t use any number the person gives you.

“Alternatively call police on 101 or speak to someone you know for further advice.”

We are also aware of an unsuccessful attempt to defraud someone living near Glastonbury too over the past week.

Crime prevention advice

Genuine callers, such as from a bank, police or crime agency, will:

* never ask you to withdraw cash for them

* never arrange for cash to be collected by a courier

* never ask for bank card details

* never ask for your PIN

We’d urge any other victims in the Bridgwater area to come forward and contact the police on 101, giving reference number 5221045252.

More information on how to prevent being a victim of fraud is available on Action Fraud’s website and we’d ask people to spread the message to friends and family, especially people living alone, to prevent further victims.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


23/02/2021 9788 AN004 Car Crime.

A car has been damaged at some point between the 18th and the 22nd whilst parked in Kingshill Gardens, Nailsea in a community parking area. The offender cut the Catalytic Convertor from the Honda make car, which was only noticed when the owner returned and started the vehicle and discovered the loud noise. Do please remain alert to any suspicious activity particularly around the underside of any vehicles. Honda, Toyota & Lexus models in particular and report anything you feel unusual, this may include observing more than one person, jacking a vehicle in a hurry and cutting noises.

Please read the attached advice.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221038643 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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22/02/2021 9788 Somerset: National Insurance Scam (Telephone Call)

Dear Members,

We have been made aware that a scam has been circulating where the offender is claiming either your National Insurance number has been compromised or has been used in serious crime. This scam is conducted via a telephone call which is automated, promptly followed by the usual request for action on the part of the recipient to press 1 on the keypad, again 'please do not do this'. You may feel pressured into doing so as the message may state they are from the National Crime Agency, 'they are not'. This is a scam.

If you receive a call claiming your National Insurance number has been compromised asking you to press a button on your keypad, please terminate the call.

Any general National Insurance enquiries can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/national-insurance-enquiries-for-employees-and-individuals

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18/02/2021 7315 AN 004 BURGLARY

VALLEY GARDENS, NAILSEA, between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday the 17th of February, someone has gained entry to a house possibly via a window which had been left slightly open, an untidy search of the house has taken place and jewellery, cash and bank cards have been stolen,

When leaving the property even for a short time secure all doors and windows where possible,

When reporting a crime or giving information through Crimestoppers, No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to a police officer.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.

Please quote Reference number 5221035157, Thank you.


17/02/2021 7315 AN 006 DISTRACTION BURGLARY

AMBERLANDS CLOSE, BACKWELL, sometime between 3:30pm and 3:45pm on Tuesday the 16th of February, a mixed race male has knocked on a door when answered he said he had a food delivery, the resident refused delivery, the male then asked for a note to say they refused delivery, while the victim went to get some paper the male has stepped inside and has stolen a purse, which contained cash,

Please remind your members, family and friends to ask for identification of callers and if necessary close the door while checking, genuine callers will understand the need for security,

When reporting a crime or giving information through Crimestoppers, No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to a police officer.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.

Please quote Reference number 5221034194, Thank you.


12/02/2021 9788 AN004 Vehicle Crime.

A car has been damaged on the 10th around 11:50pm in Silver Street, Nailsea. Neighbours were alerted by the sound of grinding and looked from their bedroom window to see what was going on. They observed a group of 3 males that had jacked their neighbour’s car onto its side and were cutting the Catalytic Convertor away. They shouted from the bedroom window where one of the offenders retorted by showing a small wooden bat before they are known to have departed in a dark coloured BMW.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221029926 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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08/02/2021 9788 Somerset: Wanted appeal to find Richard Smart

We are asking the public to call us if they see Richard Smart.

The 53-year-old is wanted on a recall to prison. He’s previously been sentenced for burglaries.

Smart has links to Bristol – including Brislington, Kingswood, Speedwell, Knowle and Redland – and Somerset, notably Bridgwater, Burnham and Winscombe. But he’s known to travel all over the South West.

He is described as white, approximately 6ft, average build, and having grey hair with facial stubble. He has blue eyes and speaks with a West Country accent. He has a small scar above his right eyebrow, and tattoos on his arms.

Anyone who sees Smart should not approach him and call 999 and give reference number 5221024377. Or, if you know of his whereabouts, call 101 and give the call-handler the same reference code.

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01/02/2021 9788 Somerset: BT Telephone Scam.

Dear Members,

One of our schemes from North Somerset has kindly notified me of an old scam that has re appeared.

Here are the basics of what you need to look out for and be aware of:

A caller will state they are from BT, and you have an unsettled balance on your account of £****, you will be disconnected if immediate payment if not made and the bill will rise when re connected at a later date.

When challenged, they provide a false name, last used was 'John Peacock' and a strong foreign accent was detected, the caller states they can prove they are from BT and goes through a process where they pretend to disconnect the line momentarily. The recipient is asked to end the call and try and call someone else which they find is not possible The reason this is not possible is the caller had initiated the call and only they can terminate, they simply mute the phone to make it appear they are not there, this gives the impression the line is dead. When the Scam caller hears you stop trying to call out, they will clear the line and call you back giving the impression they have re connected your line.

At this point you may feel reassured this is genuine, IT IS NOT.

If in any doubt call your provider and check with them, never hand over your bank details to someone that calls you out of the blue.


28/01/2021 9788 Somerset: Dog Thefts

Dear Members,

There were two incidents where dogs were stolen during the night of Tuesday 26 January. On both occasions pure bred dogs or new-born puppies were taken from secure outside pens. One incident was in Alveston, South Gloucestershire and the other at Queen Charlton in Bath & North East Somerset. Whilst both of these were outside of our area, this does not mean it could not head our way and it is far better to be forewarned.

We want to remind all dog owners to review and increase the security of their pets wherever possible. Ensure that they are microchipped and registered, and make sure your garden is secure.

It is estimated that dog thefts have increased by 250% as the Covid restrictions have caused a huge demand for puppies across the country. Although these offences are classified as “Theft”, losing a pet in this way can cause enormous trauma and heartbreak to a family.

You can find advice on protecting your dog on many sites on the internet, one of them being:

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/protect-your-dog-against-theft


26/01/2021 9788 Somerset: Remain alert to Vaccination Scams.

Dear Members,

Again this morning, a couple of our coordinators have directed me to another potentially hazardous scam claiming to originate from the NHS offering the vaccine for Covid-19. On first impressions it looks quite genuine, until the point at which it asks for payment details.

As we all know the vaccine is completely free, the NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details, your pin or banking password and they will not ask for proof of identity such as passport, driving licence or pay slips.

Please see the attached copy of the scam email.

Here is a link to the NHS website to find more information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/how-you-will-be-contacted/

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25/01/2021 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into overnight on the 18th in Porlock Gardens, Nailsea. The offender had wedged an implement into the main garage door to force entry as there were visible signs of paint missing and once inside stole nothing, however once outside a small folding bicycle was stolen from the side of the property.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221015769 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.


22/01/2021 9788 Somerset: Potential Scams (Calls & Texts)

Dear Members,

Today I have been contacted by two of our Neighbourhood Watch schemes to advise of the following potential scams, do please remain alert and if it doesn't seem right check and check again, never be afraid to hang up the phone.

Lloyds Banking - New Payee (Text Message)

States: You have successfully been paired with a new device, Call 447780337*** if it is not you.

The member to the mobile phone to a local Lloyds branch that confirmed it is not a message issued by them.

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Sky Protect Insurance (Phone Call)

Caller: Claimed she was called Zara from Sky Protect Insurance, provided a call back number of 0203 8077*** this has been checked with Sky and is incorrect, this is an unrecognised London number. Calling this could sign you up to a worthless expensive policy. The official Sky number is an 0800 number.


22/01/2021 9788 AN004 Thefts from Motor Vehicles.

22/01/2021 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into overnight on the 20th whilst parked on the owner’s driveway in Ash Hayes Drive, Nailsea. It is unknown how the offender gained access to the vehicle as there was no sign of forced entry, but once inside an untidy search was conducted where a wallet and sunglasses were stolen. Bank cards and cash were contained within. The wallet was later found discarded in Ash Hayes Drive and kindly returned to the owner, albeit without the cash and cards which had been cancelled.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221014318 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

22/01/2021 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

Another car in Chancel Close, Nailsea has been entered overnight on the 20th. Again it is unclear how entry has been established but once inside a search has been conducted where nothing has been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221014348 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

22/01/2021 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

Yeomead, Nailsea has also seen a vehicle entered again on the 20th. The car was located on the owner’s driveway and has again reported no damage when gaining entry. On this occasion the search appeared focused toward the glove box where a small amount of change was stolen.

Please ensure your vehicles are empty of all personal belongings when unattended and where possible it is a good idea to leave the glove box empty and open to highlight to any potential thieves there is nothing to steal, but do please switch off any internal lights. A lot of modern cars have keyless entry, very convenient for the driver but also for the criminal that can pick up on the signal from the key if located too close to the vehicle gaining easy access. To prevent this happening a simple solution is to place your car key in a tin when you return home and take the battery out of the spare key.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221014669 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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18/01/2021 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into overnight on the 14th thought to be around 5am in Wareham Close, Nailsea. The offender has gained access via the main garage door with ease and once inside has stolen a number of items including a Vax Steam Floor Mop, DeWalt Battery Drill, Drill Bits, Mains Drill, Larger and some Washing Powder before making off.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221010451 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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12/01/2021 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary / Theft of a Motor Vehicle & Attempted Burglary.

12/01/2021 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary / Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

A home has been burgled between 11:30pm on the 10th and 7:30am on the 11th in Westward Drive, Pill, where a vehicle was subsequently stolen. It is thought the offender may have reached the keys via a letterbox or lower window and has then made off with the van containing tools, wallet and some cash.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221006707 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

12/01/2021 9788 AN004 Attempted Burglary Residential Garage.

A garage in Amberley Gardens, Nailsea has been subject of an attempted burglary between 3pm on the 8th and 1pm on the 9th. The electronic garage door appeared misaligned and when checked by a professional they confirmed it was most likely an attempt at gaining entry. Entry was unsuccessful.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221006675 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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11/01/2021 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary. (Apologies, both alerts should have been issued together)

A garage has been broken into on the 9th between 1am and 9:40am in Ash Hayes Drive, Nailsea. The offender/s had gained easy access to the garage and once inside removed 2 bicycles secured with a “U” Lock. It appears they attempted to cut through the framework of one high value bike rendering it damaged beyond repair and shortly after discarded both a short distance away.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221005538 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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11/01/2021 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary.

A home has been burgled overnight on the 8th between 11:10pm and 7:45am on the 9th in Broom Farm Close, Nailsea. It is understood that the offender may have gained access to the garden via a wall to the rear and upon arrival at the property entered via the Conservatory door. Once inside a search has been conducted before the offender departed without stealing anything.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221005498 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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08/01/21 9788 Somerset: Covid Scam (Fake Text)

Trading Standards and some of our Neighbourhood Watch Schemes have made us aware of a scam being used by criminals. A text message, claiming to be from the NHS, is going around asking you to register to receive the immunisation, but which also asks for your personal information and debit/credit card details.

The vaccination is only available on the NHS, and you will not have to pay for it.

At the moment local surgeries are arranging appointments, and they will not ask your for any bank or credit card details.

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05/01/21 9788 Somerset: Can you help us find this jewellery’s rightful owner?

We’re appealing for help to identify the rightful owners of a quantity of jewellery.

Operation Remedy officers seized the items on Wednesday 16 December as part of their ongoing activity tackling burglary, drug and knife crime.

The items include stone-set bracelets, necklaces and earrings, two watches and a pair of hoop earrings (pictured), which are all suspected of being stolen in burglaries.

If you have any information which could help to identify the rightful owners, call 101 quoting reference 5220197748.

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18/12/20 9788 Somerset: Wishing you all the best over the festive period.

Dear Coordinators, Deputies & Members,

As 2020 draws to a close it is time for me to sign off for a break from today, Friday 18th December. It has been a long year for all of us and I wish to say thank you to you all for your unwavering support during these unprecedented times.

Looking forward, 2021 shows some promise and we hope to resume some sense of normality, but until then we must do what we do best and look out for each other.

I have attached some tips that you may wish to share over the festive period.

I shall be back on the 4th January, but as always your beat teams will be working 24/7. Remember to call 101 for non-emergencies and ring 999 for emergencies and crimes in progress.

Sending you all my best wishes for a happy, safe & relaxing festive period.

kind regards,

Paul Johnson (9788)

Neighbourhood Watch Admin Somerset

Tel: 07889 656 575

Email: paulk.johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Neighbourhood & Partnership Directorate

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11/12/20 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A vehicle has been broken into between midnight on the 3rd and midnight on the 5th whilst parked in Ridgeway Road, Nailsea. The offender smashed a glass canopy on the rear of the vehicle to gain access and once inside has conducted an untidy search, it was unclear at the time if anything has been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5220277110 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

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04/12/20 9788 Somerset: National Volunteer Day 5th December, Thank you to you all.

Dear Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators & Members,

December the 5th is National Volunteers Day, and we wanted to recognise this by saying a special thank you to all of you.

Neighbourhood Watch plays such an important part in our communities and we appreciate all your efforts in keeping your neighbours safe and informed, reducing both the level and the fear of crime.

The information that you share with us, and we share with you, is key to building a strong relationship between neighbourhoods and the police.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support, so here are just some of the Neighbourhood Policing Teams who had gathered to show their appreciation.

We hope you like it.

Kind Regards

Paul Johnson (9788)

Neighbourhood Watch Admin Somerset

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04/12/20 9788 Somerset: Ongoing Amazon Scam Calls.

Dear Members,

I have been advised this morning that unfortunately one of our members has fallen foul to this scam. They received a call claiming to be from Amazon and that a payment request had been made on their account from a company in London and were they aware of any such transaction?. Clearly not aware, the caller stated they must have been hacked and went through a lengthy procedure at the end of which the member checked their online bank account to find a substantial amount of money had been removed.

Please NEVER give out any personal details to anyone claiming to be from Amazon or any other company that calls you out of the blue. Terminate the call and call back on a number you trust and preferably from a different phone, if this is not possible then wait at least 5 minutes for the line to disconnect.


03/12/20 9788 Somerset: Find out the coronavirus restrictions in your local area.

Dear Members,

As we have just come out of the 2nd National Lockdown, Somerset has emerged into a 2 tier system.

The below link provides some useful information. All you need to do is follow the link, scroll down and insert your postcode, click find, then click on "Find out what the Tier rules are" in green.

I hope this is useful.

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions


02/12/20 9788 Somerset: Telephone Fraud Alert (Important)

Two elderly residents in the Clevedon area have been the subject of serious fraud. Both received telephone calls today, 2nd December, stating they were police officers - one from Luton and the other allegedly from Bristol. The supposed officers were very persistent and even asked one of the victims to call 191 to check their identity with a colleague. This was a clever ploy, as the line had not been disconnected and the phone was merely handed to an accomplice.

In both instances they were asked to attend their banks, and were advised by the fake police that they could get around the security measures / questions. On arrival the victims withdrew thousands of pounds between them, which was later collected from their homes by a courier. A password was given by the fraudster to use when handing the money over to the courier to make it even more convincing.

This type of fraud can occur anywhere, so always be wary of unexpected calls. Never give out any personal details, especially financial account numbers or passwords. If you have any concerns, hang up immediately. Contact the bank or organisation they claim to represent using a mobile or different phone in case the offenders are still on the line. Never use any telephone numbers provided by the fraudster. Police will never ask you to attend you bank or withdraw cash.


02/12/20 9788 Somerset: Telephone Fraud Alert (Important)

Two elderly residents in the Clevedon area have been the subject of serious fraud. Both received telephone calls today, 2nd December, stating they were police officers - one from Luton and the other allegedly from Bristol. The supposed officers were very persistent and even asked one of the victims to call 191 to check their identity with a colleague. This was a clever ploy, as the line had not been disconnected and the phone was merely handed to an accomplice.

In both instances they were asked to attend their banks, and were advised by the fake police that they could get around the security measures / questions. On arrival the victims withdrew thousands of pounds between them, which was later collected from their homes by a courier. A password was given by the fraudster to use when handing the money over to the courier to make it even more convincing.

This type of fraud can occur anywhere, so always be wary of unexpected calls. Never give out any personal details, especially financial account numbers or passwords. If you have any concerns, hang up immediately. Contact the bank or organisation they claim to represent using a mobile or different phone in case the offenders are still on the line. Never use any telephone numbers provided by the fraudster. Police will never ask you to attend you bank or withdraw cash.


17/11/20 9788 Somerset: HMRC Scam Emails

Dear Members,

We have kindly been made aware of a couple recent scam emails that are again going around claiming to represent HMRC. The attached file is for your information and awareness and will show you what to look out for, but as a rule HMRC will not give money away unless it has been claimed for.

Also do please be aware of any unexpected email that suggests you may have had a failed delivery, particularly this time of year and never part with any personal information.

Stay safe.

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09/11/20 9788 AN004 Attempted Residential Garage Burglary.

A garage in Farmhouse Close, Nailsea has been subject of an attempted burglary on the 6th at 9:25am. A resident within the property observed two males trying to force entry via a UPVC door but without success. The two males then proceeded to walk off down the road to a White VW Transporter van where they then departed the area.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220251155 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


06/11/20 9788 Somerset: COVID-19 Patrols in place as second lockdown comes in.

Dear Members,

Please see the attached document, which details some of the 41 reports of COVID-19 legislation breaches across the Avon and Somerset policing area from Wednesday 4th to Thursday 5th November, both before and after the new lockdown regulations came into force. There is also a link to the government website which has the most up-to-date information at the bottom of the attached file. (Blue Highlighted Text)

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04/11/20 9788 Somerset: Security Tips for Closed Business Premises & Home Working.

Dear Members

As we will enter a second Covid-19 National lock down tomorrow, Thursday 5th November, please find attached some security tips for members who are business owners. These can help you secure your property both at work and at home.

Stay Safe.

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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04/11/20 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into overnight on the 2nd in Shaftsbury Close, Nailsea. The offender has forced entry via the electronic garage door by prising it open causing damage and once inside has stolen a bicycle.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220248900 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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30/10/20 9788 Somerset: Telephone Scams

Dear Members,

We have seen a vast increase in the number of telephone scams in recent weeks from fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC, TV Licencing, Amazon, Utility Companies and many others. What do most of these have in common? When they call you be it an automated call or a person on the phone, most will eventually ask you to press number 1 on your keypad to be connected to a particular department (Please do not do this).

Why did that department not contact you in the first instance? Because they need you to press 1.

The most likely outcome is you will be connected to a premium rate phone line charging an extortionate rate for absolutely nothing at all.

Please take care and be wary of any unexpected phone calls.

If you receive a call and you think it is fraudulent then please report it to Action Fraud at this link below:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us


27/10/20 7164 Forcewide – Latest Penalty Charge Scam emails

We have been sent copies of the latest Penalty Charge Scam emails (see attached). Although these can look official, they are designed to panic recipients into making a quick payment with the threat of the “fine” being quadrupled in a few days.

There are some simple checks you can make to ensure that you are getting genuine emails:

1. Is the email from an official email address? This one originates in Morocco and has a personal email address. geomedia.ma

2. Is the email written with good grammar and spelling? the date and timestarted below

3. Is it correctly spaced?

4. Does it state exactly where the “offence” took place?

5. Are you able to contact them? 0343 222 3331 temporarily unavailable

6. NEVER click on any links in the email

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27/10/20 7164 Forcewide – Operation Drive Insured 2020

Please read the attached document, which gives information about our latest campaign, Operation Drive Insured 2020, which runs between Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November. This campaign illustrates the impact uninsured drivers can have on people’s wellbeing. Some drivers knowingly driver without insurance, but are you mistakenly uninsured?

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23/10/20 9788 Somerset: PCC launches poll to seek views on police enforcement of coronavirus regulations.

Dear Members,

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has launched a one-question poll to understand local people’s views on police enforcement of the regulations set out by Government to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Please see the attached document for more information and how to register your view.

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13/10/20 9788 Somerset – National campaign launched to prevent romance fraud

Dear members,

Police forces across the country are working together to fight romance fraud after a 26% increase in reports to the police and Action Fraud.

In one year, scammers are estimated to have stolen over £66 million. Please see the attached document for more information on how to prevent this crime.

Remember, as one victim said: “When Romance turns to Finance – Beware!”

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12/10/20 9788 AN004: Public warned to secure property after burglaries in Nailsea

People living in Nailsea are being reminded to take steps to secure garages and their properties following three reported burglaries in recent days.

The incidents we’ve received calls about are:

•A black Range Rover, among other items, was stolen from a property in the West End of Nailsea between 8pm on Monday 5 October and 7am the following morning.

•A break-in took place at a garage in Nailsea Park on Tuesday 6 October at 11pm.

•And a garage nearby was broken into between midnight and 8am on Wednesday 7 October. Nothing was reported stolen.

Sergeant Mark Raby said: “It is unusual to get reports of this nature in Nailsea and enquiries to identify the offender, or offenders, responsible are ongoing.

“It is too soon to know if these incidents are linked, but we’re keeping an open mind.

“Extra patrols are being carried out, while house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are also being conducted.

“But we’d like to remind residents to make sure they take precautionary steps to secure their garages and homes, preventing valuable items being stolen.”

We advise people carry out the following crime prevention tips:

•Don’t leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.

•Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.

•Most standard ‘up and over’ garage doors are easily overcome by a burglar. You can prevent this by drilling a hole through the channel above the wheels and fitting a padlock. Alternatively, fit a hasp and staple each side of the door with a padlock or fit a specialist lock.

•If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.

•Fit a battery-operated alarm in your property and install a security light or camera to the outside.

•Make sure all doors and windows are locked and no valuable items are left on show.

•Fit a window grille and/or frosted window film to stop a thief seeing into your shed or garage.

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220226136


12/10/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue trader warning after Weston-super-Mare couple lose £2,000

Dear members,

I wanted to share the below message with you all, as although this occurred in and around Weston-Super-Mare, this could happen in any of our NHW areas at any time.

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Homeowners are being warned to be wary of rogue traders following an incident in Weston-super-Mare.

A couple, aged in the 70s and 80s, contacted a firm they found on a price comparison website offering a guttering cleaning service.

Two men turned up in a van at a property in the Hillside area of town at approximately 10.30am on Monday 7 September.

After inspecting the guttering, they told the couple the roof also required fixing before quoting a price of £3,500 for the job. They claimed to need a £2,000 cash payment to purchase materials, before returning to carry out the work.

Having received the cash, they left and never returned to the address.

Both men were white. One was described as wearing a dark black stretcher style earring with very short dark hair. The other appeared older and spoke with Irish accent.

Enquiries have been carried out and show a vehicle we are hoping to track down as part of our investigation. The van is described as being a white Ford Transit, with roof bars and a side bar.

Following this incident, residents are encouraged to take note of the following crime prevention advice, particularly regarding being alert to rogue traders and distraction burglaries:

•Never open the door to an unexpected caller until you’ve checked their identification – use a door chain or viewer, intercom or a ‘smart’ doorbell. Genuine callers expect it.

•If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

•Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep and ideally get written quotes from at least two traders for any work. Always agree a start and finish date and agree a price before any work starts on your home.

•If you are suspicious of a caller tell us straight away – ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101.

•Store any high value items such as jewellery, passports and cash in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.

•Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room and never keep large sums of money in the house.

•If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away.

•Ask a trusted neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers.

•Look out for vulnerable and elderly neighbours and make sure they know what to do when they receive an unexpected caller.

•Join Neighbourhood Watch.

•If you think you’ve been deceived, are concerned about a trader or have any doubts call 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services.

Anyone who can help with our investigation, recognises seeing the van photographed or has experienced a similar incident, is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220203810.

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12/10/20 9788 AN004 Non Dwelling Burglary.

A pavilion has been broken into overnight in a playing field in Oakridge lane, Winscombe on the 8th. A maintenance engineer arrived on the scene to find the offender/s had smashed open the doors and had caused damage to a worktop within, however it appears nothing has been stolen.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220228891 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


09/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary & Theft from Motor Vehicle.

A garage has been broken into during the early hours of the 7th in Horwood Road, Nailsea. The offender has gained access by cutting through the locks and once inside it would appear that nothing has been stolen. The offender has then gone on to unlawfully enter the owners vehicle which had been left unlocked, fortunately again nothing has been stolen from within.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220228519 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


08/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary & Garage

A home has been burgled in Allington Gardens, Nailsea between 9:45pm on the 5th and 7am on the 6th. The offender/s are believed to have entered the property without force by turning the keys left on the inside of the door. Once inside a thorough search of the downstairs has been conducted and a number of items have been stolen including a safe housing jewellery and a large sum of cash, other items include 2 Xbox games systems, controllers, Nikon Camera and a set of car keys where the owners vehicle was subsequently stolen from the driveway immediately after.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220226136 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

08/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into at 11pm on the 6th in Nailsea Park, Nailsea. The garage door has been heavily bent and there is now a gap at the bottom of the door. The owner is unsure at this stage if anything has been stolen from within.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220227040 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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06/10/20 9788 AN004 Residential Garage Burglary.

A garage has been broken into in Silver Street, Nailsea overnight on the 4th. It is known that this occurred after 11pm and that the offender cut through a bolt and padlock to gain entry through a doorway and once inside has stolen a custom Mountain Bike described as bright Turquoise with a Silver back end and Black forks, it also has a Carbon Fibre frame making this quite a unique bike.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220225379 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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28/09/20 9788 Somerset: County Lines week of action leads to 16 arrests across Avon and Somerset

Dear Members,

‘County Lines’ is a term used to describe how gangs in large cities export drugs to smaller areas of the country. The criminals will exploit young people or vulnerable residents and may even take over their home to use as a base, known as ‘cuckooing’.

Please read the attached document to hear about the results of the national week of action against County Lines drug dealing and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

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16/09/20 9788 Somerset: Victim stories of County Lines drug dealing

Dear Members,

You may have heard the words “County Lines” used in many interviews with police and politicians and in news reports, but do you know how it can affect people’s lives?

The attached document tells the stories of some of the victims of this crime and also gives hints on how to spot the signs of “cuckooing”, when the homes and lives of people are taken over by criminals.

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15/09/20 9788 AN004: Witness appeal following assault in Nailsea

We’re appealing for witnesses to come forward following an assault in Nailsea.

The incident happened outside Kebab Kitchen, Crown Glass Place on Saturday 5 September at around 12.10am.

The victim, a 19-year-old man, was eating his food when he was approached by a man described as white, in his late 40s to early 50s, who was bald, and wearing a pink or red shirt.

The offender punched him to the right cheek in an unprovoked attack, knocking him briefly unconscious and leaving him with facial injuries.

We’d like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack. If you can help, call 101 quoting reference 5220203043 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


14/09/20 9788 Somerset: HM Courts & Tribunals Service Scam

Dear Members,

We have been made aware very recently of a new scam.

An email is titled HM Courts & Tribunals Services and will state in the subject "Your Fixed Penalty Notice Ref:" followed by a series of numbers.

In the actual email itself it will explain the total cost is £25 with a delivery date of 7am to 7pm.

The location for the supposed offence simply states "United Kingdom"

I have attached a copy of the scam I received earlier to familiarise yourselves, the "Click here to Pay" link has been deactivated.

Please, if you receive this in your inbox do not fall for it and advise others that may be unaware.

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11/09/20 9788 Somerset: PCC Share your Views Survey (Fixed Link)

Dear Members,

A am aware that the link on the previous email titled (11/09/20 9788 Somerset – PCC calls out to local people to share their views on policing) did not work. As such have now provided a direct link to the web page below.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/news/2020/09/do-you-have-thoughts-on-your-local-police-service/?utm_source=press-release&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=opcc-covid-survey


11/09/20 9788 Somerset – Police, camera, action, as open day goes virtual.

Dear Members,

Due to the current virus situation, this years’ very popular Open Day is going online. Please see the attached document for details on what will be shown online from Sunday 20 September.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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11/09/20 9788 Somerset – PCC calls out to local people to share their views on policing.

Do you have thoughts on your local police service?

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens wants to hear your views about police and crime services in your community.

Please see the attached document and follow the link to take the survey, which will help us understand which issues matter most to you.

Take the survey.

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09/09/20 9788 Somerset: HMRC Scams (Ongoing - Remain Alert)

Fraudsters continue to contact residents claiming to be from HMRC (the Tax Office) claiming that they owe money and that an arrest warrant will be issued if they don’t hand over payment.

A Keynsham resident received a voicemail asking them to call back on a certain number, and when the resident called he was told that he owed money to HMRC and that he would be sent to court if he didn’t pay. The victim was told to purchase Amazon gift cards as the tax office was closed due to the Covid-19 virus and they couldn’t accept debit card payment. Sadly these were purchased and the codes and reference numbers were handed over during another call at significant cost, furthermore I have just been notified of a similar incident in Cheddar, however this time the Scam was spotted by a Neighbourhood Watch member.

These offenders are very convincing, using the fear of arrest to panic their victims into handing over payment for the non-existing debts. They may give passwords and fake identity names and “badge” numbers.

Be assured that HMRC will never telephone you threatening court proceedings as a first contact, and they certainly don’t take gift cards as a means of payment. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. If you are concerned contact your local tax office using a phone number from previous printed communication or from the phonebook. Never use a phone number provided by the scammer.


07/09/20 9788 Somerset – WANTED: New PCSOs to join Avon and Somerset Police

Dear Members,

Avon and Somerset Police launched a campaign to recruit new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) on Thursday 3 September. Please distribute the attached document as widely as possible. It gives more information on this interesting and rewarding career.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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01/09/20 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary.

A home has been burgled in Woodland Road, Nailsea on the 28th between 4pm and 9pm. The offender had gained access to the property via the rear window by prising it open. Once inside they entered a bedroom and have stolen a significant sum of cash from a box and a Nikkon Camera and lenses before making their departure via the same method of entry. The offender has also used the owner’s bottle of bleach to pour onto the window sill to try and remove any evidence.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220195592 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.


28/08/20 9788 Somerset: Crime Figures Updated

Dear Members,

The Crime figures have now been updated on the local beat pages. As always you can follow the below link and simply insert your postcode to take you to your local beat area, you can also check neighbouring beat areas.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/



27/08/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue Traders / Gardeners (Tree Specialists)

Dear Members,

We have been made aware that there has been a sharp increase in calls relating to bogus “Tree Specialists” who have been preying on the older population within our communities, offering to carry out gardening work. Several residents are reported to have paid vast sums of money for poor quality work to the so called "Specialists" who have also taken the money and never returned to complete the work.

There are a few things that you should be wary of before allowing anyone into your home or garden.

1. Did they put a leaflet through your door claiming to offer discounts for OAPs?

2. Do they offer 20 / 30 / 40 % off for calling within a particular time scale of receiving your leaflet?

3. Do they offer Tree work and then claim to offer a host of other services seemingly unrelated?

4. Does it look like a professionally printed leaflet?

5. If you speak to an operator, do not be bullied into committing to their services or an appointment.

6. If they are in your home, phone a friend and ask them to come round.

7. You can ask them to leave at any point during their sales pitch.

These are just a few points to look out for, but the best rule to go by is that if you require any work you should find the person yourself or go by the recommendation of others that you trust.

There are plenty of websites that can steer you in the right direction to find the right company.

And of course there are some genuine, honest companies so make an informed decision, but remember:

“If you’re not sure, don’t open the door”


26/08/20 9788 Somerset: TV Licence Scams.

Dear Members,

I am sure we have all received an email claiming to be from TV Licensing at some point in the past, but this is one scam that appears to keep on going.

One of our members has recently emailed me with a slightly new version of this scam and I have decided to share this with you to make you aware of what to look out for. The email has been sanitised to protect the members identity. I have placed a couple of obvious pointers on there for your information.

On the attached document is some additional useful information provided by the Age UK website.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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25/08/20 9788 AN004 Residential Burglary.

A home has been burgled on the 24th at around 7:30am in Link Road, Nailsea. The resident had unlocked the door to the property expecting a visitor. An unknown male, described as white, early 50’s, tall, navy hooded anorak, then entered the property and began rummaging through a bedroom wardrobe until they were disturbed and left. Fortunately it appears no items have been stolen.

You can contact the Police on 101 quoting Reference number: 5220191453 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you for your support.

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21/08/20 9788 Somerset: Important Scam Update

Dear Members,

This morning one of our Coordinators has kindly advised us that another of their members received an automated telephone call claiming to be from Amazon stating that they had opened an Amazon Prime Account.

They are then told if they wish to cancel they should press 1 on their keypad.

The call is then transferred to a fraudster posing as an Amazon operative who will then advise them the purchase went through as a result of a “Security Flaw” on their computer.

They will then ask for remote access to your computer to “rectify this problem”, this is to steal your personal information.

NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO REMOTELY ACCESS YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER IF THEY HAVE CONTACTED YOU.

The helpful guidance attached has been sourced from the Genuine Amazon Website:

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how-do-i-know.docx



20/08/20 9788 Somerset: Rogue Traders (Let's get ahead of them)

Dear Members,

My colleague in South Gloucestershire has shared the below Community Alert message and after reading it I felt this may be important to share with you. They could head our way at some point!

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There have been numerous reports of rogue traders throughout the South Gloucestershire area during the last two days. Two males have called on a resident of Bredon, Yate, offering to repair damage to the roof for £800 which was rejected, although it was agreed that the pair would clean the guttering for £180. The suspects then left after 5 minutes, after asking the resident to sign some form of document.

An elderly male was approached by a male as he walked along Quarry Road in Alveston. The suspect claimed that he had done work for the victim before, but fortunately an off-duty police officer noticed what was going on and the offender walked off when the officer approached.

Another vulnerable resident was stopped by a male on Alcacia Road in Staple Hill who said that he had done work for her before and asked if she wanted anything else done. The female said that she needed some damp work done and the offender said he wanted some money in advance to buy some materials. Fortunately the resident remembered that he hadn’t done any work for her before so refused to hand over any money.

We have sent messages previously about cold callers and doorstep traders, but we now want to extend that warning to include anyone who approaches people asking for work and claiming that they know you, or have worked for you in the past.

Always use traders who have been recommended to you by someone you trust. Get a written quote on headed notepaper and never pay in cash. Be wary of anyone asking if you need any work done or someone who “just happened” to notice that there was some damage they could fix straight away.


10/08/20 7164 AN004: Appeal after damaged mobility scooters dumped in Nailsea.

These mobility scooters were abandoned in Nailsea

We’re appealing for information after thieves broke into a storage room at a Nailsea retirement home and damaged residents’ mobility scooters. The burglary happened overnight Wednesday 5th to Thursday 6th August in Silver Street. Three scooters were found in the store room with damage while two more were abandoned in Tesco car park.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: “All five scooters will need repair before they can be used again. Many of these vulnerable elderly people have been isolating indoors for months due to the COVID crisis. This contemptible act has now deprived them of their freedom to go outside. It’s stooping really low, and I hope those responsible will come forward to make amends.”

The offenders abandoned two bicycles in the store room and officers also want to hear from anyone who recognises them.

Do you recognise these bikes found in the burgled store room?

If you saw anyone riding these bikes, or spotted the scooters being driven around the town in suspicious circumstances, get in touch.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220176014

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

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06/08/20 7315 AN004 CRIMINAL DAMAGE

Please see attachment

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(this relates to a contemptible act of criminal damage to 5 mobility scooters abandoned in Nailsea where the perpetrators left 2 cycles at the scene - pictures are enclosed)


06/08/20 7164 Somerset – Appeal for information after several high value bikes stolen in Somerset burglary

We’re seeking the public’s help following a burglary at an address in Priddy, Wells, in which a number of high value mountain bikes were stolen.

The bikes, which were stored in a garage attached to the address, were taken overnight between the hours of 8pm on Monday 3 August and 8am on Tuesday 4 August. The offender(s) removed roof tiles from the garage in order to gain access and open the door from the inside.

Six mountain bikes, thought to be worth around £25,000, were taken in what is believed to be a targeted attack. A chainsaw was also stolen. We’re issuing images of some of the bikes stolen – a LOOK 785 Huez, a specialized P3 and a Deviate Guide Mountain Bike. Please see the attached document.

We’d ask anyone with information that could help with our investigation to call 101, quoting reference 5220174130.

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04/08/20 7315 AN 004 THEFT OF MOTORCYCLE

SYCAMORE CLOSE, NAILSEA, between 4pm on Sunday the 2nd and 9:30am on Monday the 4th of August, someone has broken into a shed, and have stolen a Black SUZUKI motorcycle, index number WP 19 FUJ, the surrounding area has been checked, but at this time the bike is still outstanding,

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via their online form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Please quote Reference number 5220173310


04 August 2020 7315 PRESS RELEASE

Residents in Nailsea warned to be wary of rogue traders

We are asking residents in Nailsea and the surrounding areas to be vigilant following a number of rogue traders reported across the area.

A number of incidents were reported between 19 and 30 July at properties on Beechwood Road, Ridgeway, Ash Hayes Road, Heathfield Road and Nailsea Park.

All of the incidents happened during the day and involved a varying number of men approaching home owners offering for work to be done on their property.

In each of the instances, elderly and/or vulnerable occupants were targeted and offered quotes for work to be carried out, only for the suspects to demand large sums of money to complete the work.

In one incident, police successfully worked with the public and partner agencies to thwart an attempt to defraud a victim of £3000.

In light of these recent incidents, residents are encouraged to take note of the following crime prevention advice, particularly regarding being alert to rogue traders and distraction burglaries:

• Never open the door to an unexpected caller until you’ve checked their identification – use a door chain or viewer, intercom or a ‘smart’ doorbell. Genuine callers expect it.

• If you’re not sure, don’t open the door.

• Never agree to have work done or part with money on your doorstep and ideally get written quotes from at least two traders for any work. Always agree a start and finish date and agree a price before any work starts on your home.

• If you are suspicious of a caller tell us straight away – ring 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated, otherwise call 101.

• Store any high value items such as jewellery, passports and cash in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.

• Keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room and never keep large sums of money in the house.

• If you see someone calling door-to-door, but only on frail or elderly neighbours, call 999 straight away.

• Ask a trusted neighbour to help you deal with unexpected callers.

• Look out for vulnerable and elderly neighbours and make sure they know what to do when they receive an unexpected caller.

• Join Neighbourhood Watch.

• If you think you've been deceived, are concerned about a trader or have any doubts call 101 or Citizens Advice Consumer Services. More details here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/


03/08/20 7164 Northeast & Somerset – Community support helps officers disperse gatherings

We were able to disperse a number of large gatherings across our force area on Saturday 1 August thanks to support from our communities.

Events in Bristol, Bathampton and in Cheddar Gorge were disrupted after members of the public called to inform us they were taking place. It follows recent calls from the force for residents to let us know when events were happening.

We received several reports from 2pm onwards about an unlicensed music event taking place in Dame Emily Park in Bedminster, Bristol, which was attended by several hundred people. Officers attended and engaged with the organisers who agreed to stop the music at 6pm.

Emergency services subsequently received further calls about anti-social behaviour in the park at 9.30pm, with hundreds of people reported standing around a bonfire. Police returned to the park along with the fire service leading to those gathering leaving soon afterwards.

In Bathampton, several calls were made to our non-emergency number 101 about a rave being set up at approximately 11.35pm. Officers engaged with the land owners who did not support the event and additional resources were brought in. A large number of vehicles attempting to arrive were subsequently turned away while a dispersal order was put in place which required those already in attendance to leave.

The local neighbourhood policing team in Cheddar were also called into action when a large number of vehicles started to gather in the Gorge from 3pm onwards. Additional resources were again brought in and officers worked with organisers to bring an end to the event. Several motorists were also issued with individual dispersal notices.

Chief Inspector Nigel Colston said: “Our ability to disrupt large gatherings and raves is significantly enhanced when we have the support of our communities. We’re extremely grateful for the assistance provided to us this weekend which enabled us to take action and bring an end to events which started to frustrate local residents. We hope people appreciate we can’t always charge in to situations to bring them to an early finish and there may well be some disruption until we can safely disperse people from the area.

“All of the events we disrupted this weekend were in motion before officers attended but we were able to negotiate with organisers and participants and encourage them to leave or issue orders requiring them to. The sooner we’re made aware of events taking place the quicker we can act and I’d like to thank all those who called us yesterday to report their concerns, it helped enormously.”


31/07/20 9788 Somerset: Temporary Change of Admin.

Dear Members,

It is that time of year where I am taking a week off to recharge.

I shall be away form this Monday 3rd August up to and including Friday 7th August, returning on the following Monday. My colleague Trevor Willmot will be covering in my absence and can be contacted at this email addresses for any urgent matters, trevor.wilmot@avonandsomerset.police.uk . I will as always reply to any emails upon my return.

Do all please stay safe, and enjoy the fine weather.

Paul Johnson (9788)

Neighbourhood Watch Admin Somerset

Tel: 07889 656 575

Email: paulk.johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Neighbourhood & Partnership Directorate

Taunton Police Station, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1HE

http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk | Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

trevor.wilmot@avonandsomerset.police.uk



29/07/20 9788 AN004 & AN006: Nottingham Knockers, Nailsea Backwell areas.

Dear Members,

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Nailsea, Backwell area. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products for example. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Remember with the current ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, you cannot guarantee a safe distance or cleanliness of any purchases made.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• If you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away • keep your cash in the bank, not at home • keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room

Remember, genuine callers:

• expect you to check their identification before opening the door • would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency • will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you.


29/07/20 9788 Somerset Monthly Crime Figure Update

Dear Members,

As a reminder, we are changing the way we send you the crime figures that you receive every month. In future we invite you to visit https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/. Simply type in your address in the box at the top of the page you will be taken to your local neighbourhood policing team webpage. This will not only give you the crime figures, but also shows you the members of your local beat team, the local policing priorities and a way of contacting your team. You can also click on a link to see information for other areas of the Avon & Somerset constabulary.

The current figures for June are now available, these are released inline with National figures and as such can and often do take up to 30 days to release.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/


28/07/20 7164 Northeast & Somerset – Police Face Busy Weekend

In a follow-up to the activities of Avon and Somerset Constabulary during the weekend of 17-19 July, please see the attached document to see some of the significant incidents we faced last weekend. Chief Constable Andy Marsh commented on the work of your officers, and how you can help everyone as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

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21/07/20 9788 Somerset: Chief Constable outlines increasing demand as lockdown eases.

Dear Members,

The attached document contains a statement from Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who explains the demand the police faced over the last weekend. Please share this as widely as possible as it provides an insight of some of the things the police have dealt with during just one weekend.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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20/07/20 9788 Somerset Guide to Online Shopping

Dear Members,

The current virus situation is just one of the reasons for a huge increase in the number of people doing their shopping online.

ActionFraud has produced a handy guide on how to stay safe when shopping online, and this is attached to this Alert message. Please pass it on to your friends, relatives and neighbours.

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13/07/20 7164 Northeast/Somerset Public reminded to report suspicious activity and concerns about vulnerable people

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen is reminding people to report suspicious activity and any concerns they may have about vulnerable people. Please read and distribute the attached document and help keep your area safe.

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10/07/20 9788 Somerset: Scam Automated Phone calls (Visa).

Dear Members,

Please be aware that one of our schemes has reported another potential scam. This time an automated call from Visa stating a transaction for £299 to Tesco has been authorised and asking for confirmation. The telephone number that called was 02039 669 829.

Several members have reported to have received the same call already.

Should you receive the same call, simply hang up and notify Action Fraud on this number 0300 123 2040 or report it via their website below:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


08/07/20 9788 AN004: Update from Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (For information)

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions our AGM which was scheduled for 24th June has had to be postponed indefinitely.

A new date will be announced as soon as a suitable venue can be found and social distancing rules applicable at that time achievable. A notice period of at least twenty eight days will be given and nomination applications for Committee positions will be able to be accepted by email to nailseanhw@gmail.com or via the Contact Us option from the Nailsea NHW website: /_contact.html.

The June edition of the Newsletter was only produced in electronic format (again due to Covid-19 restrictions). It can be viewed on our website https://www.nailseanhw.org.uk

The April edition of which some members did not receive in paper format is also available there to be downloaded.

From the ‘home’ page a list of sub-menus can be found on the left hand side and ‘newsletters’ can be selected.

As of this time we have had no response to our request for new editors. Because of this the June edition will be the last one.

Co-ordinators are permitted to forward emails to their own members, but due to GDPR guide lines we as an Association are not allowed to request contact details of other coordinators or members of other schemes. The Association does not hold the email addresses of members. Because of this:

Updates and up to date information can be accessed from our website.

We do hope that everyone is staying safe and fit and that...

WE’LL MEET AGAIN, DON’T KNOW WHERE, DON’T KNOW WHEN----but we will !

*The above message is purely for your information, this will not in any way change how you receive Community Alert messages from myself, Paul Johnson, NHW Administrator A&S*

[The links in the original publication were incorrect and have now been corrected above]


25/06/20 9788 Somerset: Covid-19 Related Frauds & Scams a useful guide.

Dear Members,

The attached booklet has been created to address some of the most common Frauds & Scams and to provide some insight on how to best protect yourselves, this includes those currently working from home. Please do take a moment to read through the information as there is also key information regarding the NHS Test and Trace system.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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24/06/20 9788 Somerset: Warning after phone fraud in Somerset costs victim £13,000

People in Somerset are being reminded to be vigilant of telephone fraudsters following several reports of scams in the past fortnight.

We’ve been contacted by one person who lost £13,000, while we’ve received four similar reports this month from others. The five victims live in the area around Chard.

In all five cases the victims received calls from scammers posed as police officers from London. They claimed the victims’ money was at risk from a rogue bank employee and asked them to make a substantial withdrawal from their bank, but not tell staff why they wanted to take out such a large amount of cash. Two of the victims hung up on the call and reported the matter to the police.

The other three victims attended their local bank, but in two cases the bank staff felt the circumstances were suspicious and informed Avon and Somerset Police.

In the third instance, the victim took out £13,000 and left the money to be picked up by a male courier, described as white, 5ft 10ins to 6ft, with messy hair – dirty blond to grey hair in colour – dark trousers, dark grey top, logo on the right side and of medium build, with no discernible accent.

The two victims – both women in their 70s – who were prevented from withdrawing the money by their bank, have issued advice to people who may find themselves in a similar situation.

One said: “My advice would be to discuss it with a family member or talk to someone who is close to you before you proceed.”

The second victim said: “I feel very, very stupid. I feel so small, stupid and pathetic.

“I’ve never come into contact with that side of life so it didn’t occur to me that it might be a scam.”

When asked what advice she would give to others who may find themselves in a similar situation, she replied: “Put the phone down and report it to police.”

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a courier to collect bank cards or money.

Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department.

Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station. They will never ask you to withdraw cash on their behalf; arrange for cash to be collected by a courier; ask for details about your bank card; or ask for the PIN on your card.

If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters.

People who receive a call on their landline and are asked to contact their local police station or bank to verify the caller’s details ideally need to put the receiver down and not touch it for five minutes, just in case the fraudster has kept the line open. Ensure you have a dialling tone before re-using. Ideally use another phone such as a mobile phone or a neighbour’s phone and use 101 to verify the call.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers who are asked to collect parcels – especially from elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.

DS Louise Sinclair said: “The trusting nature of elderly and vulnerable victims is often preyed on by criminals who target them.

“Under no circumstances should people withdraw cash from their bank accounts as a result of a telephone call, and if you have received a call like this, or ever do so in the future, please do report it so we can put a stop to this crime.

“I can understand why anyone who has lost money to fraudsters in this way may be reluctant to report it because of feeling ashamed or embarrassed, but there is no need to be. We know how devious and cunning these people are.

“Any legitimate bank employee or police officer would never ask you to withdraw money, transfer it to a different account or send a courier to pick up your money. Bank staff will never ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN and they would never ask you not to tell bank staff why you are withdrawing money.

“Contact your bank immediately if you think you have fallen victim to a scam and report it to Action Fraud.”

Anyone with information about the incidents in Somerset should call 101 and quote reference 5220128467.

More information on protecting yourself from fraud is available on our website and from Action Fraud.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/


18/06/20 7315 AN 004 CRIMINAL DAMAGE

EASTWAY SOUARE, NAILSEA, between 4:30pm on Tuesday the 16th and 9:30am on Wednesday the 17th of June, someone has slashed one of the rear tyres of a car, no attempt has been made to enter the car or steal it,

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or the anonymous online form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Please quote Reference number 5220132400


05/06/20 9788 Somerset: Loft Insulation Scam Warning – Important Update

Dear Members,

We have received numerous calls following the Alert message about the Loft Insulation Scam which was sent on Friday the 29th May. In future, we would like to ask all recipients of this message to contact ActionFraud directly if they receive one of these calls. You can report this by contacting them on 0300 123 2040 between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday.

Alternatively you can email them at:

contact@actionfraud.police.uk


04/06/20 9788 Somerset: Another Covid-19 Scam

Dear Members,

A phone call has very recently been received by one of our members who has reported this to their local coordinator.

The caller stated they were from the NHS track and trace service and according to their system the member had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19, therefore they needed to self-isolate for 7 days and take a Covid-19 test. (First mistake Isolation is 14 Days)

The member queried who this person was and advised this was confidential, but must take the test in 72 hours. The caller asked for the members address and this was provided and was then asked for a payment card and a one off fee of £500 (Second mistake, they will not ask for payment) as there are penalties for not complying.

Fortunately the member spotted this scam and hung up the phone.

It is important to note:

Contact tracers will never:

• ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)

• ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind

• ask for any details about your bank account

• ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

• ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone

• disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts

• provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms

• ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else

• ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

Guidance on NHS Track and Trace can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

29/05/20 9788 Somerset Loft Insulation Scam Warning

Numerous residents in the Somerset area have reported that they have received telephone calls from individuals who claim to be from government funded companies and that they needed to make an appointment so they could inspect their loft insulation.

A check online reveals that there have been reports from residents all over the country who have had similar calls, so it is highly likely that this is a scam and your area could be approached soon.

Always be wary of any cold callers, whether in person, by email or by phone. Never give out any personal details, especially financial information. If you have any concerns, hang up and contact the company or business the caller claims to represent using a telephone number from a phone book or old invoice or letter. You should always wait at least five minutes before making this call as the fraudster may still be on the line. If possible, use a different phone such as a mobile.

If you have any information regarding this incident contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111


22/05/20 9788 Somerset Wide: Alert over thefts from vans – North Somerset and Bristol

We’re investigating after the occupants of a dark-coloured BMW car were reported as being involved in thefts and attempted thefts from vans in North Somerset and South Bristol.

There were four incidents on Saturday night, 16 May:

•the first happened at about 10.13pm in Aspen Park, Weston-super-Mare. A witness reported disturbing men who made off in a car. Officers attended and found that three Vauxhall Vivaro vans in the street had been tampered with. Two were damaged but nothing had been stolen.

•in Wrington Lane, Congresbury, another Vauxhall Vivaro was broken into and tools were stolen. These included Hilti batteries and impact guns and a number of cordless Makita tools. This wasn’t witnessed and was reported on Sunday afternoon but CCTV shows the incident happened at 10.36pm on Saturday night.

•just before 11pm officers were called to Chescombe Road, Yatton. A Peugeot van was damaged but had nothing stolen after the men were disturbed by witness.

•finally at 11.30pm a Vauxhall Vivaro parked in Westward Road, Bishopsworth, was damaged in an attempt to break into it. Again a witness called officers after seeing someone interfering with the vehicle.

We responded to each report on Saturday night. The area was searched for the suspect vehicle with no trace. House-to-house enquiries have been carried out and an alert issued through Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: “These witnesses did exactly the right thing by calling us immediately to report this suspicious behaviour. We understand the significant impact of this sort of crime on tradespeople’s livelihoods. We’d be keen to hear from anyone with information which could help, especially who recognises the men in the image above, quoting reference 5220106973.”

He added: “We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can.”

Other vehicle security advice:

•permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode

•keep a record of the serial numbers

•keep tools inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle

•set the alarm as well as locking the van whenever you leave it

•park it in a secure garage, or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle, to make access more difficult

•fit secondary locks

•use a tracking device

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we’d also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220106973

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21/05/20 9788 Somerset: Stop-check of car in Romania results in burglary conviction.

Dear members,

The attached document tells how a stop-check in Romania led to a man being convicted of burglaries in Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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18/05/20 9788 Somerset Potential Scam Calls, (Be Aware)

Trading Standards have told us that some residents have been receiving phone calls from a company that are offering “virus ventilation and sanitation due to lockdown” on behalf of Bath & North East Somerset Council. The Council wishes it be known that the company, Pro Day UK, do not represent them so any calls from them should be considered as a scam.

Although this offence happened in the Bath area, similar attempts have been made in other parts of the country, so they may well start to try other regions of the Avon and Somerset police area including ours.

If you have any information regarding these incidents contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111


15/05/20 9788 Somerset: Keeping Children Safe Online.

Dear Members

Avon and Somerset Police are helping to keep young people safe online during the Coronavirus pandemic, by promoting a new online safety campaign which supports parents to keep their children safe on their devices. Please see the attached document for more information.

Kind regards

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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30/04/20 9788 Somerset: You Are Not Alone – Police launch domestic abuse campaign to victims and survivors to seek help

Dear Members,

The attached PDF carries some very important information and highlights that no one should have to deal with domestic abuse alone. Do please share this information as much as possible.

Kind Regards

Paul Johnson NHW Admin (Somerset)

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22/04/20 9788 Somerset: Another Covid-19 Scam

Dear Members

Trading Standards have told us that a number of residents have been called on their landline from a fake 01225 number, claiming to be from the Government. The automated voice said that the Government is instructing them to wear a facemask and to press a number on the keypad to make a purchase. Fortunately the residents have recognised this as a scam.

Although these calls were made to residents in the Bath area at present, it is likely that this will become far more widespread and will no doubt include our area. Please remain alert to any potential scam calls.


21/04/20 9788 Somerset North Area: North Somerset Council Information (Social Isolation).

Dear Members,

North Somerset Council have kindly provided the 3 attached files for your information. These provide details of where help and support can be found during this period of isolation. Please do share this information where possible with your friends and neighbours via email & utilise the information provided within.

Stay safe.

Paul Johnson

NHW Admin (Somerset)

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17/04/20 9788 Somerset: Scams & Fraud Video.

Dear Members

The next of our popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly, is now available. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

Please pass the link to anyone who you think would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be


16/04/20 9788 Somerset: Tesco Email Scam

We have been alerted by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme of a scam email that claims to be from Tesco saying that “You Are Our Winner”. It doesn’t say what you have won, but asks you to click on a link to confirm your identity. Please don’t click on these links as you may download a virus onto your computer. At the very least it will try and get your personal details. The email comes from a company in Kentucky in the United States.

As with any email you get unexpectedly from someone you don’t know, delete this message without clicking on any of the links.



07/04/20 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into whilst parked in Eastway, Nailsea overnight on the 2nd. The offender entered the vehicle easily as it had two damaged door locks and once inside has conducted a thorough search. The owner has confirmed that the only item to have been stolen from the vehicle is a bottle hand sanitizer from the glove compartment.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220075531 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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07/04/20 Somerset Scams and Fraud Video

Dear Members,

Please find a link to our senior safety video, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elder citizens in our communities. Please pass the link to anyone who would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.

Do please stay safe & stay home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be


03/04/20 9788 AN004 Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into in KingsHill, Nailsea with the intention of stealing the vehicle overnight on the 1st. The offender bent the door back and damaged the plastic cowlings in their attempt to gain access and once inside have caused damage to the dashboard in an effort to start the vehicle which has been unsuccessful.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220074207 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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02/04/20 9788 Somerset Another Coronavirus Scam (Text Message)

Dear Members

The latest scam seems to be that scammers have been sending fake texts to individuals threatening a fine for leaving home. The text claims that the UK Government has been tracking your movements and that you left the home on given dates and travelled a specified distance. You are then told that you have to pay a fine, which will increase the longer you take to pay it. THIS IS A SCAM. It uses the name of a civil authority and preys on your worry that it will cost more if you ignore it. Delete the text and never click on any link in a message from someone you don’t know.

The BBC Website has more information on this and can be found by following this link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-52049616

26/03/20 9788 Somerset: Police Enquiry Offices & Reporting Issues.

The majority of police enquiry offices across the force area have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Four of them will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating should follow Government advice and stay at home and report matters for the police through our website instead.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/ (link fixed)

The four in operation from 8am-8pm (weekdays) and 9am-5pm (weekends) are:

•Bridewell Police Station, Bristol

•Patchway Police Centre, South Gloucestershire

•Bridgwater Police Centre, Somerset

•Yeovil Police Station, Somerset

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “This has not been an easy decision to make but has been made in accordance with the Government’s announcement on Monday that people should remain at home unless absolutely necessary to reduce the spread of this virus. The decision will remain under constant review.

“By temporarily reducing the number of enquiry desks open it will allow us best maximise the resources available to the force at what is critical time for policing.

“We remain committed to providing a visible police presence in all our communities, and any enquiries that would traditionally have been handled face-to-face will be conducted online through our website, including reporting non-urgent crimes.

Further guidance:

• Please only call 999 in an emergency. If you need to call our 101 service, please consider whether you can report online instead via our online reporting tools.

• Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for links to all the latest news on policing services.

• Visit GOV.UK to read the Government’s advice on COVID-19.

• See Government advice for staying at home, for households with possible COVID-19 infection and social distancing to protect vulnerable groups.

• Visit the NHS website for hygiene advice and advice on calling 111.

• For advice on mental health, visit the Every Mind Matters website.

Please also be aware that all NHW Administrators are now having to work from home. This means that they will be available by email and by mobile phone only. All post, both incoming and outgoing will be severely delayed until further notice.

Email: paulk.johnson@avonandsomerset.police.uk Mobile: 07889 656 575


26/03/20 9788 Somerset: Press Office Release, Fraud & Scam awareness.

Dear Members,

Avon & Somerset Police Press Office have released information regarding recent online Fraud and Scam activity relating to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please do take the time to read through this information, you can either follow the link below or open the file attached.

Please Stay in and Stay safe.

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/news/2020/03/beware-fraud-and-scams-during-covid-19-pandemic-stay-at-home-stay-safe-on-line/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beware-fraud-and-scams-during-covid-19-pandemic-stay-at-home-stay-safe-on-line

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20/03/20 9788 Somerset: Shopping Scam (Vulnerable & Isolation)

Dear Members,

During this challenging period, it is heartening to hear lots of stories of kindness from friends and neighbours caring for one another. This is where many Neighbourhood Watches have excelled in looking after the elderly and vulnerable members of their community – or simply offer to help everyone. This includes phone calls to ensure people are ok, assistance with appointments and the collection of groceries and medications.

We must however remain vigilant and rely upon those we know and trust. I have learnt today of a couple of incidents where callers have arrived on doorways offering to do shopping, claiming to be good Samaritans. They have taken money and a shopping list but never returned.

Unfortunately there are some people who will always take advantage of any crisis to steal from those in need. Please do not fall foul to this and only rely upon people you know or trust to help you.

19/03/20 9788: Man in court charged in connection with numerous burglaries across Somerset.

A 23 year old man has appeared in court charged with conspiracy to burgle.

Claudiu Popa, 23, from Romania, appeared at Taunton Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with conspiracy to burgle.

He is charged in connection with a number of incidents between 20 and 31 January in which 12 properties in Tickenham, Clevedon, Glastonbury, Nailsea and Wedmore were burgled.

Popa did not enter a plea and has been remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance at Bristol Crown Court on 17 April.


06/03/20 9788 Somerset: Covid-19 Scam Email

Dear Members,

Please be aware of a new scam email advising that you are entitled to a tax refund (rebate) of £128.34. The email states that this is a precautionary measure in cooperation with National Insurance and National Health Services, It is NOT. It goes on to suggest the funds can help protect yourself against COVID-19 and to access the funds now by clicking on the blue hyperlink, Please DO NOT do this.

North Wales Police (NWP) have advised this has already cost the public more than £800,000 in a month and to contact Action Fraud for advice on: 0300 123 2040



27/02/20 9788 Somerset: Consumer Advice Regarding Intruder Alarms.

If you are considering installing a burglar alarm, then it is suggested that you contact

The Alarms Team at Avon and Somerset Constabulary (01278 646 644)

There are companies who promote their security installations by advising that police do not respond to alarm activations. This statement is incorrect. If you are considering a security installation with the requirement of a police response, The Alarms Team can offer guidance and advice on how this can be achieved.

There are many different types of security systems which can offer you the security you require, these can vary in price and vary in the end result. If you receive a phone call from a security company offering you a deal, please remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it invariably is. Consumer advice reminds us to always shop around and compare prices and the purchase of electronic security is no different.

Avoid:

• Door 2 Door Sales people attending your house who are not invited.

• Telesales persons telephoning your home.

• Waiving your rights to a cooling off period.

• Overpriced security systems and unclear contracts.

You can contact the Alarms Team on, (01278 646 644)

(We do not sell Alarm Systems or make recommendations)

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26/02/20 9788 Somerset: Telephone Scams

Dear Members,

There have been a significant number of telephone scams of late, a lot of us will have received the automated message saying your subscription is due for renewal "Please press Option 1". These are scam phone calls and companies such as Amazon will never call a customer outside of their website. If it does not feel right just hang up, you can always call back.

I have attached a copy of the Little Book of Scams for you to read and save.

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  • 12/02/20 9788 AN004 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A car has been broken into overnight on the 10th in Heath Road, Nailsea. The vehicle was parked on the owner’s driveway when the offender smashed a rear quarter light window and reached in to access the vehicle. Once inside an untidy search has been conducted and an SDS drill & Corbit drill have been stolen.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220034196 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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  • 10/02/20 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A property near Chelvey Road, Nailsea has been burgled on the 8th between 3pm & 4pm. The homeowner was asleep at the time and the offender entered the property via the unlocked rear door and stole a wallet from on top of the cooker before departing again through the rear door. Various bank cards and cash were contained within, the bank cards have since been cancelled.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220032238 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 06/02/20 9788 Somerset Press Release: Courier fraudsters dupe 28 victims out of more than £127,000 in Avon and Somerset.

Throughout January Avon and Somerset Police have been supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of courier fraud.

A three week campaign led by the National Economic Crime Centre was a combination of awareness raising and enforcement activity and is the first phase of activity to combat fraud.

All 43 forces in England and Wales have been supporting January’s Operation Radium.

Nationally since November 44 people have been arrested on suspicion of courier fraud. Over the past two years there have been more than 3000 victims of courier fraud reported nationally with losses believed to be around £12m.

Figures released by the City of London Police – the national lead force for fraud and the co-ordinators of Operation Radium – have revealed that 28 people in the Avon and Somerset force area reported being a victim of courier fraud in 2019. This amounted to an estimated £127,224 in losses.

Nationally, victims are predominantly over 60 years of age with the most targeted demographic being females aged between 80 and 89 years.

Courier fraud is where fraudsters call someone, pretending to be a police officer or bank official, warning that there are corrupt bank staff, intent on stealing their money, and ask for their help. Typically, the caller then tells the victim to withdraw a sum of money and a courier is sent to collect it.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details.

Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash or go and buy high value items. Sometimes they instruct the victim to leave their bank cards in an envelope somewhere safe. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash, expensive item or envelope, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

Last year a taxi driver in North Somerset thwarted a courier fraud incident when he became suspicious when taking a woman to the bank. His taxi had been pre-booked – allegedly by the woman’s relative – but after the taxi driver discovered the woman was planning to withdraw a large sum of money when she got to the bank, he became suspicious.

He alerted bank officials who advised the police and the large cash withdrawal was stopped.

Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department..

If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters.

People who receive a call on their landline and are asked to contact their local police station or bank to verify the caller’s details ideally need to put the receiver down and not touch it for five minutes, just in case the fraudster has kept the line open. Ensure you have a dialling tone before re-using. Ideally use another phone such as a mobile phone or a neighbour’s phone and use 101 to verify the call.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers who are asked to collect parcels – especially from elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.

DS Louise Sinclair of Avon and Somerset Police’s Complex Crime Unit said: “Victims of courier fraud tend to be elderly, living alone and trusting of the police and other official organisations.

“It is important we all play our part in protecting these vulnerable members of our community, informing them this type of crime is happening and encouraging them to report any attempts of courier fraud – successful or not – to Action Fraud and the police.

“As a force we have been happy to support Operation Radium and will continue to do all we can to create a hostile environment for would-be fraudsters,” she said.



  • 29/01/20 7164 Northeast & Somerset PCSO Recruitment Opens

Applications for Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) opened on Tuesday 28 January. Avon and Somerset Police are inviting members of the public interested in a rewarding new career and giving back to their communities to apply for a position as a PCSO.

PCSOs are part of the neighbourhood policing team, who build relationships with local people to provide reassurance and understand the policing issues that matter most to them. PCSOs work with individuals and partner agencies to support vulnerable people and solve local concerns and issues.

For more information about PCSO recruitment please visit: http://bit.ly/13ApplyToBeAPCSO



  • 27/01/20 9788 North Somerset Press Release: Appeal for information after theft of war medals in Nailsea.

We are appealing to members of the public for information following a burglary in Nailsea in which war medals and a significant amount of jewellery were stolen.

The incident occurred at a property on Vynes Way at about 6.30pm on Monday 20 January. The suspects have gone around the back and gained entry by smashing the dining room window.

A number of war medals belonging to the 86-year-old victim were taken including two Victorian naval silver long service medals one which includes “Chief Steward Winfield” engraved on the rim, a silver china medal with “Luck now” relief bar on the ribbon, an Egypt medal bar with “Alexandria 1881”, and a George V Good Conduct and Long Service silver medal.

A significant amount of jewellery was also stolen including wedding rings, necklaces and bracelets, pearls, cufflinks and broaches, as well as an Omega watch, silver cutlery and numerous old pound/shilling notes.

A witness has described seeing an unknown man in the front room of the property at around 6.30pm and police enquiries are ongoing.

PC Emma Leadbeater, of Operation Remedy, commented: “This is a callous offence in which an elderly man has had his home broken into and a large amount of valuable and sentimental items have been stolen from him, including his war medals.

“We are committed to tackling burglary across and Avon and Somerset and will be doing all that we can to identify and apprehend the individual responsible and where possible return the stolen belongings.”

We’re asking for members of the public to keep an eye out on online selling sites for anyone selling items that match the description of the stolen belongings, and are also appealing to anyone who works in antique shops and pawnbrokers to call us with any relevant information.

Residents are encouraged to take note of the following burglary prevention advice, particularly regarding securing your home and boundaries, and looking out for one another including elderly neighbours.

•Lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out.

•Lock all your windows and doors every time you leave your house – even if you are just in the garden – and remembering to double lock UPVC doors.

•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.

•Hide any high value items such as jewellery, handbags/wallets and passports etc and where possible store them in a properly secured and hidden safe or bank vault.

•Keep entrances to your property easily visible by ensuring nearby hedges and trees are well maintained.

•Ensure any side gates are securely locked to prevent unwanted access to the rear of your property.

•Make sure boundaries to your property – including fencing and walls – are in a good state of repair.

•If possible, install a visual burglar alarm.

•Where possible install an outside security light, many of which are sensor activated.

•Where possible, leave radios and lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.

•Ensure you let trusted neighbours know when you are going away so they can keep an eye on your home.

•Consider joining your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

If have any information that can help with our investigation please call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5220016326.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.



  • 24/01/20 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A property in The Hamlet, Nailsea has been burgled between 6pm on the 20th & 8:30pm on the 21st. The offender has smashed a small hole approximately 2 inches in diameter and has managed to open a front window. Once inside, cupboards have been searched in all rooms and at this stage it is unclear if any items have been removed from the property, the offender most likely departed through the front door as this was found to be unlocked.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220016547 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.

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  • 24/01/20 9788 AN004 Burglary Residential.

A home has been burgled in Vynes Way, Bristol between the 13th and the 21st. The owner of the property has returned to the address to find a rear window has been smashed and an offender has accessed the property. Once inside an untidy search has been carried out of all rooms leaving the house in a ransacked state before the offender left. It is thought they may have departed via the front door or via the same method of entry. It is currently unclear if any items have been stolen.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220016326 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.



  • 21/01/20 9788 All - Warning after pubs report receiving counterfeit £50 notes.

Landlords and cashiers are being advised to be aware following several reports of counterfeit £50 notes being used in South Gloucestershire. We have been contacted by four pubs in recent days after customers tried to pay for drinks with counterfeit notes, but we believe several more have been targeted.

Sergeant Ruth Gawler said: “This appears to be part of a crime series within South Gloucestershire with forged £50 notes being handed over to staff. The notes appear to be genuine under ultraviolet light but we have seen several of them use the same serial number and other features of the note are faked. We would ask all landlords to be wary across the force area – not just South Gloucestershire – and to contact us on 101 if they are offered any counterfeit notes.”

The Bank of England provides security advice for businesses and information about what to do if they have fallen victim to counterfeit notes. If you suspect that you have a counterfeit banknote, please take it to your nearest police station.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220011605. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A new polymer £20 note is due to be released on 20 February. In case criminals use this opportunity to defraud people, it’s worth checking the security measures on the new note. Go to https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer-20-pound-note for some helpful advice.



  • 17/01/20 9788 North Somerset Press Release: Appeal to reunite owners with their electric power tools.

We need your help following a series of burglaries in the North Somerset area.

We have recovered a large number of electrical tools from a garage in Weston-super-Mare, which we are trying to reunite with their owners.

The garage is in Severn Road and it is believed that the items could have resulted from more than one burglary incident.

There have been a series of van break-ins in the North Somerset area over the past 12 months, where electrical power tools have been targeted.

The tools include: a Stihl chainsaw; a Kennedy professional retool tool box, a Makita holdall; angle grinder; a Makita cordless screwdriver; Makita circular saw; a JD Sports bag containing various items; a Stihl disc cutter; a Makita nail gun; a Makita jigsaw; a Makita disc sander; Paslode nail guns, plus other items.

We’re keen to hear from anyone who has had tools taken similar to those above.

Images of just some of the items are on the attached PDF file.

Please contact us on 101 quoting reference 5219287205.

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  • 15/01/20 Somerset Press Release: Two duped out of £15,000 in telephone fraud incidents.

We are warning people to be on their guard against a telephone scam, which involves a fraudster claiming to be an official from Amazon.

The bogus official called the victims on their landline and said they were from Amazon and querying either an issue with a payment or a problem with the victim’s Prime membership.

We are aware of three incidents in the Avon and Somerset force area – two of the victims have lost a combined total of almost £15,000.

During the call a pre-recorded message invites the victim to press 1 on their phone to link to an operator. A long conversation follows in which the victim is asked to re-connect to the caller via a computer or mobile device and then allow Amazon to link to their account.

While they continue to talk to the victim, they ask them to log on to their online banking via the remote device to check whether a refund has been made to their bank.

The caller talks to the victim, distracting them from looking at their device, while money is quickly transferred from their bank, or even an application for a loan made while the banking session is open.

Amazon will never call and ask for personal information, including bank PiN numbers and passwords.

Any attempts for permission to remotely access your computer or phone should be a red flag warning.

If you are suspicious or uncomfortable about the call, finish it immediately and call the company who claimed to call you, using their official number and try to use a different phone to ensure the telephone line has not been held by the scammer.

If any link to your device has been added by the scammer – such as TeamViewer – have it professionally removed and keep the device disconnected from the internet.

General advice….

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PiN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘courier’ to collect bank cards or money.

Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department or even a well-known company.

Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station or for you to call them independently to verify that they have been trying to contact you.

The police and banks will never ask you to withdraw cash on their behalf; arrange for cash to be collected by a courier; ask for details about your bank card; or ask for the PiN on your card.

If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers, who are asked to collect parcels or take people to banks to withdraw large sums of cash – especially the elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious.

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  • 07/01/20 9788 Somerset Telephone Fraud

We are reminding people to be on their guard against telephone fraudsters following incidents in Somerset.

One person was scammed out of £5000 by the heartless fraudsters but two people thwarted the scammers by cutting the callers off. The latest incidents appear to have been targeting people living in the Chard area – particularly the elderly and vulnerable, although they could easily try other areas. We want people to be vigilant and on their guard against telephone fraudsters.

In the latest incident the scammers posed as officers from the Metropolitan Police, claiming that the victim’s grandson had been arrested for using a cloned copy of their bank card, encouraging the victim to confirm their bank card details.

In another call they claimed that there was a major investigation into the victim's bank and local post office, involving counterfeit money. He was asked to support the investigation by withdrawing cash and checking the serial numbers of the notes. They claimed it was fake cash and said a courier would be sent to collect the counterfeit notes for forensic examination. In a third incident the potential victim thwarted the scammer by stopping the phone call.

Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called ‘courier’ to collect bank cards or money. Our message is – don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department. Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station. They will never ask you to withdraw cash on their behalf; arrange for cash to be collected by a courier; ask for details about your bank card; or ask for the PIN on your card.

If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of offence, please speak to them and share our crime prevention tips and remind them of the threat from telephone fraudsters.

People who receive a call on their landline and are asked to contact their local police station or bank to verify the caller’s details ideally need to put the receiver down and not touch it for five minutes, just in case the fraudster has kept the line open. Ensure you have a dialling tone before re-using. Ideally use another phone such as a mobile phone or a neighbour’s phone and use 101 to verify the call.

We would also appeal to taxi drivers who are asked to collect parcels – especially from the elderly – to be vigilant and contact us if they are suspicious. If you believe you have been scammed by a telephone caller, please contact us, quoting reference 5219299839

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Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary