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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Thursday 15th April 2021

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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Thursday 15th April 2021
Making items of garden equipment easily identifiable by painting a mark or home post code in bright coloured gloss paint! This makes the item far less attractive to a would-be thief.
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Burglary Alert: 13/04 14:00 – 17:00 Hurst Close Headley where offenders appear to have entered by smashing rear glass door. Under Investigation.
Burglars will use a variety of ways to avoid being noticed.They don’t want to be seen or heard by a neighbour or passer-by because they will feel exposed and identifiable.
Distraction burglars will pretend to be someone they are not, so it’s important you are aware of the common methods they will use to get you to let them into your property.
Here’s some useful advice, firstly on helping to keep burglars out by giving them no hiding place and, secondly, on how to prevent a distraction burglary.
Beware of this scam it’s a variation but builds a state of trust –
Lady received a text from her supposed daughter saying her phone was out of order so was using a different one. She asked her Mum if she was ok after having her vaccination. She just had her second vaccine before the text arrived.  She then went on to say she was in trouble and needed her help. The lady tried to call the number back and couldn’t get through. She was so worried for her daughter she sent her the bank details. She then had a text back asking for the security number on the back.
£hundreds was then attempted to be spent on shopping. Fortunately it flagged up as unusual activity with Lloyds and the money wasn’t paid out.
Scammers have no idea when people have had their vaccines so they just take a punt as usually they know how old the person is.
Driving off the byway may cause irreparable damage. These examples from #Ockley area - If you think an offence has or is about to be committed, let us know. If you’re not sure it’s a crime, we’d rather hear from you and determine that ourselves.
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Dumped in #Betchworth ! Associated with #ASB let us know - message or chat to get it cleared up
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All road legal motorbike exhausts bear the British Standard kite mark. If a motorbike has an exhaust fitted that doesn’t bear the kite mark police can issue a fine or a vehicle rectification notice (VDRS). The VDRS requires the owner within two weeks to fit a legal exhaust, have the motorbike issued a new MOT and report to a police station to prove this has been done.
We encourage motorbike riders to #playyourpart responsibly and safely to make the roads safer for all road users.
You can report antisocial riding through Operation Crackdown
As lockdown slowly lifts, we’ve seen a recent rise in livestock worrying in Surrey. This happens when a dog worries or attacks animals such as sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, goats and horses. Livestock such as sheep are particularly sensitive, and often die from the shock of being worried or chased.
Even if a dog only barks at or chases an animal and doesn’t touch it, this is still livestock worrying and can be hugely traumatic for the animal involved. If you are walking your dog in the countryside, you are responsible for them. Please keep them under control at all times. Even on a lead, dogs can still worry livestock.
Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, officers can seize and detain a dog where they have reasonable cause to believe that the dog has been worrying livestock on agricultural land; and no person is present who admits to being the owner of the dog.
If your dog attacks an animal, you should make efforts to find the farmer who owns the livestock and explain what has happened. Livestock are a valuable part of a farmer’s livelihood, so livestock worrying is a real concern for them.
As a last resort, farmers can shoot any dog worrying their livestock if it cannot be brought under control, so to keep your four-legged friend safe, always keep them on a lead when passing livestock.
If you see livestock worrying in progress, call 999. You can also report any rural crime anonymously to the Crimestoppers Rural Crime Hotline on 0800 783 0137.
Please remember to Respect, Protect and Enjoy our countryside this spring.
In response to the rise in catalytic converter thefts in Surrey, we are offering 2760 free catalytic converter marking kits to Surrey residents whose vehicles considered most at risk of theft. Many local garages have also kindly agreed to mark them for free.
Marking your catalytic converter will make it far more likely to be identified as yours if it is ever stolen and recovered.
If you are eligible, you will be contacted by letter. The kits are available on a first come, first served basis, so keep an eye on your letterbox! 2160 kits have been funded by the Police and
Crime Commissioner as part of his investment in Serious and Organised Crime, and 600 have been funded by Toyota.
Catalytic converters sit close to the engine underneath your car and filter out toxic exhaust fumes. They contain valuable metals so are popular with metal thieves.
If you see a car jacked up in a car park or in the street, with the sound of metal being cut coming from underneath the car, it is very unlikely that this is legitimate vehicle maintenance.
If you see what you think is a catalytic converter theft in progress, do not challenge or approach the suspects, as they have been known to be violent. Call 999 and give as many details as it is safe to do.
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)
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