Recent Burglaries

1)  On the evening of Wednesday 5th October around 8.45pm there was an incident at a property on Goscote Hall Road (close to Loughborough Road) which has been recorded as an attempted burglary.  The victim was getting out of his car when he was attacked from behind by 3 or 4 males, one of them started kicking at his front door trying to get into his house.  He was able to get up and the offenders made off.  They were seen to get into a small silver car which then made off along the A6 towards Red Hill Circle.

2)  On the evening of Thursday 6th October between 7.55pm and 8.30pm a property on Fielding Road was burgled.  The victims returned home and found someone had broken in via the rear patio door.  Whilst they were checking round their property they saw their car being driven away and believe that they possibly disturbed the intruders who then stole their car keys from a cupboard and took the vehicle.  The car, a red Mini Cooper reg: FG56WTK, has not yet been recovered.

Were you in either 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)

Possible Rogue Builders

We have received warnings about a building company leafleting villages in the Charnwood Council area.  The leaflet is headed MR BUILDERS and it is believed that the company is not quite as good has it presents itself and the work they carry out is not up to standard.

Please be wary of any tradesmen calling door to door and do not agree to any work unless you have checked them out and obtained alternative quotes/estimates.  Please keep an eye on any neighbours you think may be vulnerable to these types of callers.

Scam Telephone Calls – Council Tax

We have received the following warning from the local police:-

We have recently received a report of a suspicious caller posing as being from both Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council, advising people that they are required to make an additional payment to their council tax.
The caller then went on to try to take the payment over the telephone.
Neither Leicester City Council nor any of the district councils who collect Council Tax would ring you to try to take a payment over the telephone.
If you do receive a call from someone in relation to Council Tax, ask them to give you the Council Tax reference number and the balance outstanding, and check this against your bill.
Never give bank details or personal information to anyone that you don’t feel is 100% genuine. Any reputable company will be happy for you to check they are who they say they are before you give out personal information.
If you receive a call of this nature please be cautious and double check that the person calling is who they say they are.
If you live in the county your council tax is dealt with by the relevant District or Borough Council, not Leicestershire County Council.
We recommend asking the caller for their name and contact details so that you can call them back in order to check that they are legitimate. Official callers should have no problem providing you with this information as they will understand that you are cautious about giving out personal information over the phone. If the caller is not genuine they are likely to become defensive or flustered when questioned for this information.
If the caller provides you with their contact details, please check the number against the number of the relevant council tax department for your area. We recommend calling the number on the council’s website/Council Tax bill and asking to speak to the person who has called you.
If you have a Council Tax query for the city council, call
0116 454 100.
If you believe you have been a victim of this type of call please report it to the police by calling 101

Rogue Gardener

The family of an elderly local resident, who suffers from dementia, has told us about a man claiming to have been sent round by a relative to do some gardening. He has pulled the same trick on two occasions when he has taken money without doing any work.

From what they can gather, the man is short and dark haired, speaking with an Irish accent. The first time he called he was using a former British Gas van; the second time he was in a white van.

If you get a visit of this kind take care both for yourself and any vulnerable neighbours. If you are concerned, phone the Police on 101 and tell them what is happening.

Burglary – Paget Avenue

Between midnight and 6.30am on Monday 25th July, a house on Paget Avenue was burgled.  Entry was via an insecure window and exit via the back door.  At the moment it is believed that nothing was actually stolen.

Were you in the area of Paget Avenue during 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)

Brexit Scam

Scammers are already in on the act by exploiting worried investors following the referendum result.
In the past weeks, there has been a flood of emails aimed at those worried about Britain’s exit from the European Union and the effect on the economy. They are deliberately targeting people known to be concerned about Brexit by monitoring social media, IP addresses and public contact information.
Their emails have a headline something like: Brexit Causes Historic Market Drop. They offer a way to protect your savings from losses due to stock market changes and currency fluctuations.
They invite you to click on a link or open an attachment to get more details. This will advise you to transfer your money into one of their ‘protected’ accounts but, if you do, it will be the last you ever see of it!
Alternatively, the link will download viruses, adware and spyware. This allows them to bombard you with unwanted advertising,  damage your files irreversibly and collect private data that can be used to steal your identity.
Never click on these links and simply delete such emails from your devices immediately.
Do not be fooled or panicked by such messages and never make any financial decisions on the basis of unsolicited information or, so called, advice.

Burglary – Curzon Avenue

Between midnight and 7.00am on Monday 27th June, a house on Curzon Avenue (close to Kilby Avenue/Roman Road) was burgled.  Entry was gained by either crawling through a large cat flap or using it to reach in and unlock the rear door.  An amount of cash was taken together with various electronic games consoles and a mobile phone.  Some forensic evidence has been discovered that hopefully will identify the culprit.

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)