Report this morning of man claiming to be from the “water company" to gain access to a house in Dorking.
Water Company officials do not need to access your home to test water pressure or repair a leak!! Enquiries ongoing - please look out for vulnerable neighbours / relations. Don’t hesitate to call us if you are suspicious of any callers to your door.
Actions you can take to avoid doorstep crime.
Spotting bogus officials
Bear the following in mind if you suspect that an ‘official’ caller may not be genuine:
- Water company officials do not need to access your home to test water pressure or repair a leak
- If they do need to access your home, they will write to you to arrange a suitable appointment
- Gas or electricity company officials expect you to check their identity before letting them in. They don’t mind waiting why you do so
- If you have any doubts, don’t let the caller in. Telephone the company to confirm they are genuine. Use a number from a utility bill and not one the caller gives you
- Set up a password system with your utility providers. This is a free service.
Bogus workmen can be very persistent in persuading you that urgent work needs to be carried out on your property. Our advice is:
Never agree to have work done by someone who turns up on your doorstep. Say no.
Tools have been stolen from a workshop in Woodlands Park Boxhill.
Check your shed and garage for signs of decay, which may provide an opportunity for a thief.
Look to strengthen the door and frame, hinges should be secured with coach bolts or non-return screws. Use strong padbars and close shackle padlocks.
Register expensive items with a commercial database or use a forensic marker to increase your chance of getting it back if it’s stolen.
Theft and Attempted theft of motorcycles over the last few days in Dorking and Charlwood - please check yours and add security - an insurance approved combined alarm and immobilizer for example - secured by design approved products – see link
Mole Valley APT Officers are investigating a dwelling burglary in Powell’s Close Dorking -
A home that looks empty is more likely to be targeted by a burglar, use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it goes dark, even for just a couple of hours.
Drink / Drug Driving
Man made off from officers after being stopped on the A24 near Givons Grove – very early last Saturday morning - with the help of the police helicopter and police dogs he was soon located located, arrested and charged.
Crime Stoppers receive more than 10,000 calls every year about repeat drink drivers across the UK. It's the second most reported crime type to us nationally behind drugs offences.
Many people may see their friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours regularly drink driving but do not want to go to the police because they fear being identified.
We are urging anyone who has information about regular drink drivers to get in contact - if you have information on those who regularly drink and drive, you can contact us anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or filling in our Anonymous Online Form.
Our knifeamnesty starts this week - you can surrender knives without fear of prosecution. The maximum penalty for an adult caught carrying a knife is 4 years in prison & a fine of £5,000. Bins are at Guildford Reigate Woking & Staines police stations #KnivesCostLives #BinABlade