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Weekly bulletin - Chichester district

Alert message sent 13/12/2017 16:31:00

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

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Payment Diversion Fraud Alert

This message is to provide knowledge and prevention advice to farmers in order to protect themselves from falling victim to ‘Payment Diversion Fraud’. CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) payments are expected to be paid to farmers in December 2017. Information on last year’s payments are easily obtained via the government website allowing fraudsters to know when and how much potential targets will receive.

What is Payment Diversion Fraud?

Fraudsters who purport to be a trusted senior colleague or established customer may request that you change their direct debit, standing order or amend a bank transfer so that the payment can be diverted to a bank account which is in control of the fraudster. Fraudsters will often make the request under the pretence of a highly sensitive or urgent transaction. Contact is made via phone, letter but most commonly via email (personal or work address) used by the organisation or employee (which has either been spoofed or hacked). The fraudster then provides bank account details into which the monies should be paid.

What can you do to prevent yourself from falling victim to Payment Diversion Fraud?

- Ensure all staff, not just finance teams are aware of this fraud.
- Always verify email payment changes to financial agreements with the organisation directly using established contact details you have on file. If called ask the caller to give you a main switchboard number for you to be routed back to them. Alternatively, hang up and call them back using established contact details you have on file.
- Have a system in place which allows staff to properly verify contact from their CEO or senior members of staff; for example having two points of contact so that the staff can check that the instruction which they have received from their CEO is legitimate.
- Always review requests to change ‘one off’ payment requests. Check for inconsistencies or grammatical errors, such as a misspelt company name or a slightly different email address.
- Ensure computer systems are secure and that antivirus software is up to date.
A burglary in your own home is a devastating experience that can affect you and your family long after the incident has occurred.

We'd like to give you the following burglary prevention advice

Some burglars prey on people’s trust and kindness and use distraction as a means of getting into your home.
A distraction burglar / bogus caller's intention is to trick people into allowing them into the property, or create a diversion so an accomplice can sneak in.
Because elderly or vulnerable people are often targeted, distraction burglary can have a devastating effect - victims can lose their confidence and peace of mind, as well as money and possessions.

Distraction burglars make up a story to get into your home, with only one intention - to steal! They often pose as a tradesmen or officials or ask for your help with something:

Playing for sympathy - "I've broken down, please can I use your phone?" "I don't feel very well, could I use your toilet or get a glass of water?"

Lost ball - "I've lost my ball/my son's lost his ball, please could I look for it in your garden?"
Good Samaritan - "I've just caught someone climbing out of your window, I think they might have stolen something. We need to check your money hasn't been taken."
Using children - "Hello could my son and I come in to ask you some questions for his school project?"
Fake emergency - "There's a gas leak/flood in your road, I have to come in to turn off your supply."
Leaving a note - "I've popped round to see my auntie/friend who lives next door, but she's out at the moment. Please could I borrow a pen and paper to leave a note?"

Some work alone, but often they work in groups of two or more, usually one person will knock at your door with a convincing excuse that seems genuine or urgent. The talker will persuade you to let them into your house and keep you occupied whilst others sneak in and search your house to steal cash and valuables.

Distraction burglars can be men, women or children and sometimes a combination, smartly or casually dressed.

Sussex Police treats people fairly and with respect

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service's (HMICFRS) latest inspection has again assessed the force as 'good'.

The legitimacy inspection looked at internal and external measures including whether we treated people with fairness and respect, how we ensure everyone behaves ethically and lawfully, and whether our workforce is treated with fairness and respect.

Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O'Reilly, commenting on the legitimacy report said: "I'm pleased the report highlights officers and staff understand the importance of treating all people they serve with fairness and respect.

"It is vital that people have trust and confidence in the integrity of police officers, staff and volunteers, who show their commitment in addressing the concerns of the communities we serve every single day.

"I am pleased that the hard work and commitment of our officers and staff have been recognised in respect of our dealings with the public. We're constantly trying to be the very best we can be and are never complacent. We take the finding seriously and will address any recommendations raised."

Commenting on the Force’s assessment by HMICFRS, Katy Bourne, the county’s Police & Crime Commissioner said: “‘Policing by consent’ forms the bedrock of British policing. To achieve this support, the public has to believe that the police will treat them fairly and with respect.

“So I am pleased that Sussex Police has been independently recognised as being ‘Good’ at how legitimately it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

“HMICFRS has deemed that the Force’s use of stop and search does require some improvement and I will continue to closely scrutinise and monitor this on behalf of local residents through my regular performance and accountability meetings with the Chief Constable.”
Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding area

The Avenue, Hambrook - Entry gained to insecure vehicle overnight into 7th December. CD's reported stolen. Ref 1229 of 07/12.

The Avenue, Hambrook - Entry gained to insecure vehicle overnight into 7th December.  I-Pod stolen. Ref 1285 of 07/12.

Drift Lane, Bosham - Overnight into 7th December, entry was gained to an insecure vehicle. £10 cash stolen. Ref 0963 of 07/12.

Washington Street, Chichester -Between 5th and 6th December, an insecure vehicle was entered with Apple Macbook, rucksack, loose change, I-Pad and reading glasses stolen. Ref 0697 of 07/12.

Main Road, Nutbourne - Break to property between 12:55 pm - 2:45pm, 12th December. Entry gained by smashing the rear door window. Ref 0756 of 12/12.

Old Broyle Road, Chichester - Break to property betwee2:30pm - 3:30pm, 12th December. Entry gained by using smashing a conservatory window. Car keys and silver VW Polo, Cash and other personal belongings stolen. Ref 0962 of 12/12.

Selsey, The Witterings and surrounding area

Old School Close, Birdham - Break to two vehicles overnight into 9th December. Theft of cash and sunglasses. Ref 0932 of 10/12.

Midhurst, Petworth and surrounding area

Hammer Hill, Haslemere - Overnight on 2 December, a vehicle was entered via unknown means, nothing reported stolen. Ref 0589 of 06/12.

Fyning Lane, Rogate - Break to caravan and theft of Nissan Navarra truck. Occurred between 4:30pm - 7:05pm, 7th December. Ref 1438 of 07/12.

Lodsworth - Property under renovation has been entered along with a storage container. Concrete mixer, tools and all the copper piping has been stolen. Occurred overnight into 7th December.
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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

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