Security alert telephone calls

The Police have had reports of a Leicestershire resident receiving a telephone call from a with held number stating ‘that a security alert was happening at the weekend and that they needed a security device to alert police and fire departments’.

The resident told the caller that they would check with police first and the caller immediately ended the call.

We would ask for your help in passing this information out in the community, especially to the elderly and vulnerable and telephone 101 if you should receive a telephone call of this type.

Alarms sales – suspicious

We have received a number of calls from our members regarding both telephone calls and doorstep cold calls from an alarm business.  The name given is M E Security.  Our members have reported that they are uncomfortable about the sales pitch and some of the questions being asked.  We know nothing about this business and have so far been unable to ascertain any information at all about them.

In the absence of any further information, please treat all these calls as suspicious.

Cold caller targeting the elderly

A member has reported that their elderly father was visited earlier today by a cold caller selling some cleaning items. The sales technique used may have been misleading and the items overpriced. The seller seemed to be targeting homes of elderly people and playing on their sympathy with lines such as, “I’ve just left prison and I’m saving to go on an electricians course and rather than go on jobseekers I thought…”

Please keep an eye out for your elderly and vulnerable neighbours if you see cold callers.

Bogus Caller Alert.

TRADING STANDARDS ALERT
Leicestershire Trading Standards has received a report from a resident in the Coalville area who was cold-called at their home by a man claiming to be from Trading Standards.
The man had an ID badge which the resident described as looking ‘home-made’. He explained to the resident that Trading Standards were collecting information about ‘cowboy builders’ who had been arrested in the area and asked for the resident’s name and address. This was not one of our officers and further enquiries are underway about this.
 
All Trading Standards Officers carry official Leicestershire County Council photographic identification, including contact numbers for the Trading Standards Service that members of the public can contact to determine whether the caller is from the Service or not. Residents are advised never to give any personal information to those calling at their homes unless they are able to verify that individual’s identity and reason for their visit.
 
If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 and Leicestershire Police on 101, as there is a proven link between bogus callers and distraction burglary.
 
(Information from Leicestershire Neighbourhood Watch)

Burglary – Park Road.

On Sunday 27th January between 4.15pm and 9.30pm a house on Park Road (close to the junction with Fielding Road) was burgled.  Two pedal cycles were taken from the garage.

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.

Crime ref:-  LC/00406/135

(Information from local police officers)

Burglary – Loughborough Road

On Saturday 26th January between 4.00pm and 1.25am on Sunday, a house on Loughborough Road (between Johnson Road and Greengate Lane) was burgled.  Various items were taken, together with a car which has since been recovered.

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.

Crime ref:- LC/000389/139

(Information from local beat officers)

Theft of number plates.

Overnight on Friday/Saturday, between 10.00pm and 8.00am 11th/12th January, both front and rear number plates were stolen from a vehicle in Hill Rise.
Were you in this area around this time, did you see or hear anything suspicious ?  Please report any information by dialling 101, Leicestershire Police non-emergency number.
Crime ref:-  LC/00186/13-6

(Information from local beat officer)