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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Friday 10th Nov 2017

Alert message sent 10/11/2017 08:46:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Thanks to a vigilant member of the public who reported 2 young men trying car doors in Dorking yesterday evening. Our PCSOs and APT officers found them, had a foot chase and arrested. No vehicle offences found yet but we did find drugs and one of the young men is being referred to the Youth Intervention team. Inspector Coyne.

 

Did you witness an aggravated burglary at a Leatherhead newsagents on Saturday evening?

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Just before 9pm on Saturday (4 November) a man entered the Premier News Express on Woodlands Steels Lane and threatened the shop assistant with a knife. He then demanded money from the till and cigarettes before making off with the items. The shop assistant was unharmed.

 

Detective Constable Claire Catcheside, who is leading the investigation said: “This is an extremely serious offence and was a frightening ordeal for the shop assistant, we now need the public to help us with our investigation.
 

“If you were near the Premier News Express in Leatherhead on Saturday and saw anyone acting suspiciously, no matter how small, then I urge you to get in touch. We are also interested in viewing any CCTV or Dashcam footage that may be of use to us.”
If you can help, please call Surrey Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 45170122653 or use the online reporting system found at https://report.police.uk/ and enter the reference number in the ‘Additional information' section.
Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. https://surrey.police.uk/news/did-you-witness-an-aggravated-burglary-at-a-leatherhead-newsagents-on-saturday-evening/

Social Media Country Watch Alert

Look out look out there is a sus transit about - may link to rural thefts #MoleValley - any issues on your land call 101/999 note: distinctive black bonnet reg NG06RSX Police Ref*81114 - PCSO Sadler - OM https://surrey.police.uk/contact-us/

 

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Eyes peeled - rural area's - suspicious van

Silver / White Renault (transit sized) Reg like HV66??? Snooping around Chalkpit Lane Betchworth y'day (Tues 7th Nov) afternoon. White chap with beard got out and was filming/peering over hedge towards stables and horses in field - when approached made off down lane!

If seen again in suspicious circs - please call 101

https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-your-neighbourhood/rural-crime/

Action Fraud

Are are still getting reports about fraudsters claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that tell victims there are arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.

Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are being told they owe an outstanding debt. In most cases they ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes. 

Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone. 

How to protect yourself: 

  • HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display. 
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-fraudsters-claiming-to-be-from-hmrc-jun17

 

Top tips for keeping your home safe and secure

 

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook and remove keys through the letterbox)
  • Install a visual burglar alarm
  • Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
  • Leave lights on in your house or on a timer to make the property appear occupied
  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product and register your property with Immobilise
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a correctly installed safe

https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/

 

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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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