Scam phone calls

We have had reports recently of calls concerning the setting up of emergency alert systems in your home.  These are obviously targeted at elderly residents and suggest that they can arrange direct access to the emergency services including the Social Services departments.  They usually also say that they already have people working in the area at the moment on properties close by.

Of course all they require is your bank details in order to set it up for you.

It is a scam.

Put the phone down and ignore it.

Theft of fuel from vehicles.

There has recently been two incidents in the village (Walnut Avenue and Copeland Road) of thefts of fuel from vehicles.  In both cases the fuel tank had a hole drilled into the bottom and fuel drained out.

Please be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity around parked vehicles whether on roadways or private drives.

Burglary – Blenheim Road

On Monday 26th October at approximately 11.00am a Burglary took place on Blenheim Road (close to Lambourne Road / Meadow Lane).  A resident was taking shopping from her car through to the kitchen and when returning discovered that her handbag was missing from the hallway.  She did not see anyone in the area at the time.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see anyone acting suspiciously ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Curzon Avenue

We have received a report of a burglary from a member as follows:-

Curzon Avenue (close to School Lane), a house was broken into overnight Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th September.  Entry was via the rear garden and a patio door was broken.  Amongst other items, a vehicle was also stolen.  Three white males were seen in the area between 9.15pm and 9.45pm and it is believed that the burglary took place at this time.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

Burglary – Whiles Lane

Between 11.00pm on Friday 25th and 4.00am on Saturday 26th September, a house on Whiles Lane ( high numbers overlooking the canal) was burgled.  Entry was via an insecure rear door and cash was stolen from a wallet.  The occupants were at home at the time but sleeping.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Wanlip

On Monday 21st September, between 8.15am and 3.00pm, a property on Church Road, Wanlip was burgled.  Entry was by forcing a rear patio door and items stolen included a camera, mobile phones and a laptop computer.  Exit was via the front ground floor window.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Telephone Scam

We have had reports of another telephone scam from our members:-

The call is about the re-banding of your property for Council Tax and they offer to sort it out for you for a fee ( £65.00 has been quoted ).  Of course, all you need to do is to give them your bank details.

It is a scam.

Any changes to your council tax will be dealt with by Charnwood Borough Council and they would contact you by letter..

(Information from Watch member)

Distraction Burglary – Paget Avenue

Around 2.00pm on Tuesday 8th September a distraction burglary took place on Paget Avenue.

An elderly female was returning home from shopping when her attention was distracted by a male and female in a silver car (no details of the car known).  She went to see what they wanted but left her front door ajar, they showed her a map and asked for directions to the ‘walk in centre’.  This went on for a few minutes has his English was very poor.  She then noticed another male walking down her garden path and challenged him as to what he was doing.  He just smiled and walk off, at which point the car also drove away.

A short time later, she found that cash and bank cards had been taken from the house.

Descriptions:-

Male in car – East European, 5’8″, 30’s, slim build, short dark hair.

Female in car – East European, 50-60,stocky build, short frizzy ginger hair.

Male on path – East European, 5’9″, 30’s, very thin build, short dark hair.

Were you in the area of Paget Avenue around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information, however minor, by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Burglary – Harrowgate Drive.

On Thursday 13th August between 9.15am and 1.20pm, a house on Harrowgate Drive (close to Sandgate Avenue) was burgled.  Entry was by forcing a rear ground floor window and Jewellery, electrical items and passports were taken.

Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

(Information from local beat officer)

Rio 2016 Olympics Lottery Scam

We have received information from both the Police and Action Fraud concerning scam emails and letters informing recipients that they have won trips to the Rio Olympics.  These letters, quoting valuable prizes, can look very attractive and may tempt you to reply.

THEY ARE A SCAM.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ENTERED A LOTTERY, HOW CAN YOU WIN.

As usual in these instances, all the criminals want are your bank details.