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.

Strange Incident

A lady visiting a friend in Saltersgate Drive parked her car outside the house. When she got in it to drive off a group of youths about 10-11 years old stood by her vehicle and one knocked on the window to tell her that her front number plate was hanging off. She said that there was not a lot she could do about it then and that she would not know what to do, in any case. She told them that she would get her husband to look at it when she got home and drove off.

On arriving home she checked both number plates and they were fine. She thought it odd so called her friend who alerted the Police in case they try to do it again. There is concern about what might have happened if she had got out to check. They might well have stolen something from the car or even the car itself.

While no actual offence was committed on that occasion, it was obviously a ploy to persuade her to get out of the car. Please take care and report any similar incidents to the Police on 101.

Information from the local Beat Team

 

More Burglaries

Following the previous posting about the burglary in Goscote Hall Road, we have learned of two more burglaries in the same area during the same period – the early hours of Monday, 6th July.

They occurred on Johnson Road and on Loughborough Road, near to Station Road.

Entry in both cases was through ground floor windows that had possibly been left unsecured because of the warm weather.

Please make sure that all windows, especially those on the ground floor, are secured at bed time or when you go out, even for just a short time. Remove keys from door locks and put them in a place that is easily accessible from inside, in case of emergency, but not from the outside. Good window locks can be very effective in preventing windows being forced.

If you noticed anything suspicious in this area at the time please tell the Police by dialling 101.

Information from our local Beat Team.

Overnight Burglary

A house on Goscote Hall Road was broken into between 1 and 5 a.m. on Monday 6th July. The thief made off with a wallet, purse and tablet computer.

If you were in the area at around that time and saw anything suspicious, please tell the Police by dialling 101.

Alternatively, you can give information completely anonymously by calling Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111.

Burglary – Worcester Avenue

Between 10.00pm on Sunday 28th and 6.30am on Monday 29th June a house on Worcester Avenue (close to Monarch Close) was burgled.  Entry was via an insecure side door and some cash was taken from a handbag.

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 – Birstall Road

On Monday 22nd June between 12.45 and 15.10, a property on Birstall Road (close to the junction with Kilby Avenue) was broken into.  Access was by removing the front door and a laptop computer and various coins were stolen.

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.

(Information from local beat officer)

Recent Burglaries

Loughborough Road (close to Goscote Hall road).  Between 9.50am and 12.30pm on Friday 19th June.  Entry was by forcing a garage door using a spade taken from an insecure shed, however there was no entry to the house and nothing was stolen.

Sibson Road (close to The Crossways).  Between 2.00pm and 2.45pm on Friday 19th June.  Entry believed to be via an insecure front door whilst the occupant was working in the back garden.  An amount of cash was stolen.

Ashmead Crescent.  Overnight on Thursday/Friday 18th/19th June, a garage was broken into.  Three suspicious persons using pedal cycles were seen in the area around 2.30am and were seen to be trying the doors of vehicles.

Were you in any of these areas 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)