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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Monday 24th May 2021

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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Monday 24th May 2021
 
Residential Burglary Thursday 20th May 11:57 Pauls Place Ashtead. Suspects have gained access to the rear of the property via a side gate and then used something like a rock or ornament to smash a rear window.  Under Investigation.
  
 
Side entrances should be secured with lockable gates – and gates should be kept locked. If possible, gates should be fixed with the hinges attached to the wall of the building, and should be level with the front of your house so they can be seen. Their height should match that of the rear fence so that any burglar attempting to climb or force the gate will be seen from the road or nearby houses. Make sure the hinges are secure and that the gate cannot simply be lifted off them.
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-toolkits/burglaries/perimeter
 
 
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Residential Burglary Friday 21st May 12:26 Station Rd Betchworth access gained through unlocked side gate bricks found thrown through rear glass doors near to handles. Under Investigation.
 
 
Some experts say that the overall impression of the home will influence whether it is targeted by a potential offender. As a general rule, if it looks like there is someone inside, the potential burglar is likely to go elsewhere. A home in a dilapidated state will seem easier to break into, so a simple deterrent might be tidying up a garden or repainting doors and window frames.
 
 
 
Consider each layer separately, like peeling an onion Perimeter - fences and walls, gardens, garages, outbuildings Shell - main building, locks, spare keys, alarms Interior - high-value items, keys, timed lighting Click to find out helpful hints on each layer.
 
 
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-toolkits/burglaries/burglary-prevention-checklist
 
 
 
If you have French or patio doors you may want to consider adding a Patlock which ensures the door cannot be opened by holding the internal handles in place. 
 
 
https://www.locksmiths.co.uk/faq/home-security-advice/
 
 
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Victims have reported receiving an automated telephone call telling them their “National Insurance number has been compromised” and in order to fix this and get a new number, the victim needs to “press 1 on their handset to be connected to the caller”.
 
Still doing the rounds most recently in Dorking!!
 
If you receive an unexpected phone call, text message or email that asks for your personal or financial details, remember to:

STOP
Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE
Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT

If you have provided personal details to someone over the phone and you now believe this to be a scam, contact your bank, building society and credit card company immediately and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
 
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/warning-national-insurance-scam-leads-to-surge-in-calls-to-action-fraud
 
 
 
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Police directed to drink driver Friday evening after man drove from Reigate to #Dorking ! Found by officers and very unsteady on his feet - charged / off to court in June #fatal5
 
 
 
https://www.gov.uk/drink-driving-penalties
 
 
 
https://www.surrey.police.uk/
 
 
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Reports dog chasing sheep Westcott Dorking Sunday afternoon 23rd May. Under Investigation
 
  
Chasing by dogs can do serious damage to sheep, even if the dog doesn’t catch them. The stress of worrying by dogs can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs.
 
Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape, causing untold damage to fences and field boundaries in the process.
 
It is vital that you keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call. If you live in or near a farming area, you must make sure that your dog cannot escape from your property, as it may find its way onto land containing sheep.
 
https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/dog-owners/sheep-worrying/
 
 
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A COVID-19 fraudster has been jailed today (19 May 2021) for using fake digital messages to trick people into providing bank details to receive a vaccine.
Teige Gallagher, 21, was sentenced at the Old Bailey to four years and three months' imprisonment.

Gallagher had been sending out bulk text messages to members of the public claiming to be from various commercial organisations such as banks and from the NHS. The victims were asked for personal financial information, including questions relating to their bank accounts and bank cards.
 
https://www.cps.gov.uk/cps/news/covid-19-fraudster-jailed-mass-cyber-scam?fbclid=IwAR1_gj9FHAL2FgxrXIV_WV8enjr-lqll09YnTygci7JAMBJWdgQvRpVJlCY
 
  
Police have made eight arrests following a series of early morning operations targeting individuals suspected of sending out “smishing” texts. These scam messages aim to steal people’s personal and financial details by directing recipients to fake versions of trusted organisations’ websites, such as Royal Mail. 
 
Members of the public are encouraged to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign if they receive a suspicious message:
 
 
Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. 
 
  
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. 
 
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Customers can report suspected scam texts which they’ve received but not acted upon to their mobile network provider by forwarding them to 7726, which is free of charge. Doing this will help mobile providers take action, if need be, to block malicious numbers. Customers can also forward any emails they have concerns about to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk. 
 
 
 
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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