Burglary – Castlegate Avenue

Between 8.55pm on Monday 16th and 7.00am on Tuesday 17th March, a property on Castlegate Avenue (close to Ambergate Drive) was broken into.  Entry was gained by forcing a rear patio door and cash, jewellery and a number of scratch cards were stolen.

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 – Kilby Avenue

Between 9.30am on Thursday 26th February and 6.45pm on Monday 2nd March a property on Kilby Avenue (middle part) was broken into.  Access was gained by forcing a rear kitchen window and a quantity of jewellery was stolen.

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)

Front Gates Stolen

A member has reported that their gates were stolen from their front drive a few days ago. The theft has been reported to the Police.

Unfortunately, theft of this kind is not uncommon and you are reminded to take care of items that are easily accessible from the road.

Secure them in such a way that they cannot be simply picked up and thrown on the back of a lorry and do not leave items at the front of your house if you can move them behind a locked gate.

Burglary – Loughborough Road

Between 8.00pm on Wednesday 25th and 11.00am on Thursday 26th February, a property on Loughborough Road (opposite Tempest Road) was broken into.  The property is currently being renovated and a tool from the site was used to force a rear door.  Amongst the items stolen were power tools, a red coloured Honda lawn mower and a large Samsung TV.

The property could have been approached from Loughborough Road or from Roman Road at the rear.

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 Call Scam – Your Bank

We have received the following message from ACTION FRAUD the national organisation to combat fraud :-

Fraudsters are targeting people by “cold calling” them on the telephone.

The scam starts with the following simple activity:

1. They will state that they are from the Bank Fraud department, the Police or other Law Enforcement.

2. They will tell the victim that fraud is being carried out on the victim’s bank account and that to prevent it they need to carry out any of the below activities:-

  • Need to access your bank accounts online.
  • Need to hand over your pin numbers and bank cards to a courier/official sent to collect them. 
  • Need to hand over money to A courier/ official sent to collect them. 
  • Need to transfer your money to another “safe” bank account(s) which they provide details of.

3. In order to prove their own credentials they will often ask you to telephone the “fraud” number you may have on the back of your bank card, or they may even ask you to telephone the Police to check that there is an official investigation, or telephone your own bank once the phone call to them is terminated.

Do not be fooled!

Do not telephone anyone at that stage as the phone line remains open and you are simply telephoning them back without realising. They will then continue with your assistance in stealing your money by any of the above methods.

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • The bank or the police will never telephone you “out of the blue” to ask you to transfer money into another account or hand over any of your money or bank cards. It is your money!!
  • The bank or the police will never ask for your personal bank account details, or pin numbers over the phone.
  • If you really want to check the credentials of a caller then go into your bank and ask to speak to the bank manager or use another phone to call the bank or police.
  • If you are still unsure then attend a police station.
  • Never discuss your banking details with strangers who call you!

Burglary – Holt Road

On Monday 2nd February between 7.10am and 9.00pm a house in the middle section of Holt Road was broken into.  Entry was gained by smashing a rear patio door and jewellery was taken.

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

Crime ref:-  LC/00496/15-3

(Information from local beat officers)

Suspicious caller – Warning

On Wednesday 28th January a man called at a house in Spinney Rise saying that he was from ‘National Grid’.  The occupier was not expecting a caller, so ask the man for identity and told him to wait while she check with National Grid.  The company did not recognise the identity and did not know of any local incidents requiring a visit.  When the occupier returned to the door, the man had left.  The police were been informed.

This resident did exactly the right thing and checked out the identity of an unexpected caller.  This incident should serve as a warning to all members to be on their guard when approached by unexpected callers at the doorstep.

(Information from a Watch member)

Thefts from Motor Vehicles

There have been 16 incidents of thefts from motor vehicles in the last month within the Birstall and Wanlip beat area and have affected all parts of the villages.  Some incidents have involved works vans where tools have been targeted and others have been cars where they have been searched and small items taken.

Residents are reminded to remove all items of any value and also not leave any items at all on show when leaving their vehicle.  This action would make it pointless and not worth attempting to break into a vehicle, running the risk of being caught.

(Information from local beat officers)

Attempted Burglary Ambergate Drive

Between 5.15pm and 5.30pm on Friday 23rd January there was an attempted burglary at a property in Ambergate Drive (between Greengate Lane and Kingsgate Avenue).  Two males tried to smash the rear patio doors with a stone which alerted the neighbours and the two males made off by climbing over the garage roof and ran off along Ambergate drive towards Harrowgate Drive.  The outer pane of the double glazed unit was smashed but no access gained.

Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious, particularly the two males either before or running away after the incident ?  Please report any information by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.

Crime ref:-  LC/00358/15-6

(Information from local beat officers)

Bicycles Stolen

In the early hours of Monday 19th January a house in Curzon Avenue, close to the junction with School Lane, was burgled. Entry was gained to the garage from where three very expensive bicycles were stolen.
Crime ref: LC/00278/15-7.
If you were in the area at this time and saw anything suspicious, please tell the Police by dialling 101.