With Christmas approaching, using the Internet to purchase goods or services saves considerable time and effort – and also presents you with the widest choice. There are, however, risks associated with online shopping and you need to take care with what you are buying, from whom, and how you pay for your purchases.
- Fraud resulting from making payments over unsecured web pages.
- Bogus online stores/shops – fake websites and email offers for goods and services that do not exist.
- Buying fake goods intentionally or unintentionally – finding they are of inferior quality and also possibly funding more serious crimes in the process.
- Receiving goods or services which do not match the advertiser’s description.
- Being offered tailored prices based on information gathered by the retailer about your online shopping habits and websites visited.
- Choose reputable shopping sites.
- Ensure the website is secure before entering payment details.
- Ensure that any online retailer unfamiliar to you is reputable by researching them. Establish a physical address and telephone contact details. Remember that the best way to find a reputable retailer is via recommendation from a trusted source.
- Remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection than with other methods in terms of fraud, guarantees and non-delivery.
- Double check all details of your purchase before confirming payment.
- Do not reply to unsolicited emails from companies you don’t recognise.
- Before entering payment card details on a website, ensure that the link is secure, in three ways:
- There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, which appears when you attempt to log in or register. Be sure that the padlock is not on the page itself … this will probably indicate a fraudulent site.
- The web address should begin with ‘https://’. The ‘s’ stands for ‘secure’.
- If using the latest version of your browser, the address bar or the name of the site owner will turn green.
- Some websites will redirect you to a third-party payment service (such as WorldPay). Ensure that these sites are secure before you make your payment.
- Safeguard and remember the password you have chosen for the extra verification services used on some websites, such as Verified by Visa.
- When making a payment to an individual, never transfer the money directly into their bank account but use a secure payment site such as PayPal, where money is transferred between two electronic accounts.
- Always log out of sites into which you have logged in or registered details. Simply closing your browser is not enough to ensure privacy.
- Keep receipts.
- Check credit card and bank statements carefully after shopping to ensure that the correct amount has been debited, and also that no fraud has taken place as a result of the transaction.
- Ensure you have effective and updated antivirus/antispyware software and firewall running before you go online.
- Where possible, check that the price listed by the retailer on your browser is the same as that quoted on other people’s browsers, to ensure you are not being monitored and overcharged.
Article Courtesy of Get Safe Online, via Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch
Issued on 4/11/13 at 2:53 p.m.
Crime number: LC/04637/13-8
War medals were amongst items stolen from a house in Birstall and police are appealing to the public to help locate them.
The incident took place between 4.45pm on Monday October 28 and 7.50am on Tuesday October 29 in Paget Avenue, Birstall, the back door of the property was broken into and a number of items were stolen.
Other items stolen included a silver Pandora bracelet which had 11 charms on it including Statue of Liberty, gingerbread man and a baby’s pram, an Omega Seamaster gent’s watch, various items of jewellery and a white Samsung 10” tablet.
DC Anna Burton is investigating the incident, she said: “The war medals belonged to the victim’s late father, they’re of great sentimental value to him and he’s very keen to get them back.
“If you recognise the medals and have been approached by someone selling them or any of the other items stolen during the incident please contact us.
“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Paget Avenue area between last Monday evening or early hours of Tuesday morning we would like to speak to you, any information you can provide may prove useful to the investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4450 Anna Burton on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 4450. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and landlines. Please note some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for this call.
(Copied from Leicestershire Police Website)
On Sunday evening 3rd November between 5.30pm and 9.30pm, a house on Johnson Road (close to Loughborough Road) was burgled. Entry was attempted through a rear ground floor window and then gained through a first floor window over a roof.
Crime ref:- LC/04716/13-4
Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ? Please report any information by dialling 101 the Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number.
(Information from local beat officers)
Paget Avenue (middle part). Overnight on 28th/29th October, the property was entered by forcing a rear door/window.
Crime ref:- LC/04637/13-8
Saltersgate Drive (close to Harrowgate Drive). Between 23rd and 28th October, the property was entered by frocing a rear window. Amongst other items, a laptop computer was taken.
Crime ref:- LC/04716/13-4
Were you in these areas around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ? Please report any information by diallingg 101 the Leicestershire Constabulary non-emergency number.
(Information from local beat officers)
Many burglaries occur at night as opportunistic thieves prefer to operate under the cover of darkness. So perhaps it’s no surprise to learn that when nights last longer, as they do during the autumn and winter months, the fear of crime increases. According to insurance claims data, the average cost of a claim for a winter burglary was £1,746 per incident in 2012 – up 14% compared to the average cost of a summer burglary claim.
When the clocks go back, it is perceived that crime goes up. Your home is where you feel most secure, yet only one in five of us takes extra security measures when the nights draw in. By checking that all your doors and windows are locked, and making your home appear occupied when it’s not, we can begin to reduce the number of burglaries – in particular the rise that occurs between Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Top 5 tips to make your home more secure during the winter months
1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you’re away.
2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can’t see your valuables through your windows.
3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.
4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you’re away, sleeping upstairs or even out in your back garden on Bonfire Night.
5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.
Further safety advice can be found on the NHWN website at: http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/safety_advice/
During the early hours of Saturday 26th October, between midnight and 7.00am, a house on Orchard Road ( high numbers, close to the junction with Bramley Road ) was burgled. Among the items taken was a large screen television.
Were you in this area around these times, did you see or hear anything suspicious ? Please report any information by dialling 101 the Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.
( Information from local beat officers ).
Monday 23rd September 2013 Birstall Police ran a Fatal4 Clinic in the village.
This was as a result of the community consultations conducted over the past 6 months.
Fatal4 ran for 4 hours targeting driving offences that are known to cause the most deaths on the road.
During these few hours over 45 vehicles were stopped and 38 offences dealt with.
|29 seat belts offences|
|9 mobile phone offences|
|1 no insurance ( vehicle seized )|
|1 Number plate that failed to conform|
|1 obscured number plate|
I hope this sent out the right message to drivers that choose to flaunt traffic laws and that the people of Birstall feel reassured that we are trying to make the roads safer. Pcso 6611 Mark Butler is currently looking to set up a community speed watch within the village that the Neighbourhood Watch will take on and run.
( Message from Pc Des Hearnshaw, Beacon Officer, L05 – Birstall Office )
The following message has been received today from the local police:-
Birstall Police can confirm we are investigating two arson attacks to a motor vehicle on Newton Drive that occurred over the last 2 weeks.
We are also aware that other motor vehicles from the surrounding streets have been previously targeted over the past 7 years.
As this is a serious offence, it maybe noticed there is an increased Police presence in the area, this is to help re-assure the community and to assist with preventing another similar incident.
At this time we urge people living in the area to remain calm but vigilant.
We would encourage anyone with information to come forward either directly by calling 101 or anonymously by ringing crime stoppers 0800 555 111.