RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of a burglary residential in Mount Pleasant Hill, Whissendine. Unknown person(s) have gained entry via an insecure rear door and taken property. This incident occurred between 14/11/2018 15:30 & 14/11/2018 19:00.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Greetham Rd, Cottesmore. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by smashing a rear window and taken property. This incident occurred between 14/11/2018 23:15 & 14/11/2018 23:15.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on 20th November between 18:30 & 19:30.
Beat Surgery at Ketton Library on 4th December between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at The Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 4th December between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at the Farmers Market, Gaol St on 15th December between 09:00 & 11:00.
Oakham Town & Barleythorpe - Local residents bought to the Beat Teams attention that drugs and alcohol were being used by our young people in Oakham and Barleythorpe. We are continuing to target the areas identified with high visibility policing and engagement with the young people in these areas. When required and with necessary grounds we have stopped and searched young people. We have already had successes and currently we have five young people who have been caught with cannabis and have been referred to agencies for help.
Rutland North & South - The joint Rutland North and Rutland South priority remains as Rural Crime in relation to Burglaries, car crime and theft. We are still seeing an increase With Theft from vehicles where property has been taken and ask that local residents do not leave any valuables in their vehicles or move the valuable property to boot area prior to your arrival as perpetrators may be watching. We continue to work with Neighbouring Police Forces who are having similar issues. The North Beat and Uppingham have seen an increase in Burglaries with 2 in Uppingham, 1 in Whissendine, 1 in Ashwell and attempt in Greetham and Essendine. Please be aware to leave some lights on and make your house appear occupied especially with the darker nights now upon us. We continue to utilise the ANPR camera in Rutland to identify vehicles travelling through the County either with no driving documents or linked to crime. We will continue to work closely with the local residents and will alert you as soon as crime is reported and ask that if anything suspicious is seen to report through 101.
Tips for Safe Shopping Online
Christmas lights are already making the shops twinkle and the busy shopping season is just around the corner, kicking off with Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the end of the month. Many of us prefer to do our shopping from the comfort of our own homes – but it’s not just consumers who are busy online at this time of year: it’s a peak time for hackers and scammers, too. Last year, online shoppers were stung to the tune of £58m in almost 43,000 incidents of fraud, according to Action Fraud. So how can you avoid being a victim during the end-of-year shopping season?
Know who you’re buying from - Stick to big names when buying online if you possibly can – big, familiar brands, such as Marks & Spencer or John Lewis, are much safer for you to shop from than a vendor you’ve never heard of. If something you want to buy is only available from a business you don’t know, do some research: look for reviews of the seller to see what experience other people have had. See how long the website has been registered by going to whois.icann.org and typing in the website URL: that will tell you who owns the domain name and when it was first registered, as well as give you contact details for the website managers. A domain that was only bought very recently suggests that the business is, at best, very new.
Use established marketplaces - If you do want to use a small seller, stick to buying via established marketplaces. Notonthehighstreet.com showcases small businesses, while Etsy.com is a good place to look for handcrafted gifts or vintage items. Amazon Marketplace hosts thousands of small shops, and, of course, there’s always eBay. Most importantly, they all offer payment services and dispute resolution processes that protect both the retailer and the buyer. If a small seller on a big marketplace wants to bypass the platform’s payment services, that’s a big red flag: don’t use them. If you bypass the marketplace’s process, they can’t help you if there’s a problem with the seller.
More next week.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.