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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Weds 26th May 2021

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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Weds 26th May 2021
 
 
Mini digger stolen from farm Newdigate Mon 24th 12:00 - Tues 25th 12:00 May. Tips for Plant Machinery Security: remember the best security is a layered approach with the aim of making your property a less attractive target to thieves.
 
https://www.securedbydesign.com/.../plant-machinery-security
 
 
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Reports of #ASB Cotmandene Dorking Please let us know of any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity in the area - #communitymatters You can message us or live chat online here https://www.surrey.police.uk/ Find our more: https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/community-safety/asb
 
 
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Mis-payment scam in #MoleValley nipped in the bud by alert bank staff yesterday who stopped large sum being fraudulently transferred to crook claiming to be from Amazon!! Keep your software up to date in order to provide the most complete protection
 
https://www.getsafeonline.org/.../viruses-and-spyware/
 
 
 
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Other variants of Amazon scam : victims being told they are due a refund for an unauthorised transaction on their Amazon account. Unsolicited requests to remote access your computer should always raise a red flag! https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.../scammers-target... Advice on "account takeover" https://www.getsafeonline.org/.../articles/account-takeover/
 
 
 
 
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There are some steps you can take to increase your security that don’t cost a penny, and are simply about common sense. One in three burglaries occur due to an open or unlocked window or door.
 
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/.../crime.../burglaries/shell
 
 
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After a six day trial at Guildford Crown Court, Benjamin Nichols, 35 of Newdigate Road, Horsham, West Sussex, was yesterday (Monday, 25 May) found guilty of four counts of sexual assault of a child.
 
 
Nichols was sentenced to 12 months in prison for each count, which he will serve concurrently, and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years. A sexual harm prevention order was also granted to monitor his digital technology use and restrict his access to children.
 
 
The incidents occurred between 2016 and 2017, with the last incident, which led to his arrest, occurring in February 2017.
 
 
 
This case was the first time a Surrey court had used section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, which allowed Nichols’ victims to be cross-examined in a pre-recorded video.
 
 
Detective Constable Steven Cassidy of Reigate’s CID team who was in charge of the investigation says: “This was a lengthy investigation so to get to this point and see a jury unanimously find Nichols guilty on four counts was a great result.
 
 
“The young victims were cross-examined beforehand and this was recorded and played out, so they didn’t have to relive their experiences in person before the courtroom. Giving evidence against someone who has assaulted you is a courageous thing to do however it is done, so I want to thank them for helping to bring Nichols to justice. I hope their brave actions and the fact that Nichols has been convicted and will suffer the consequences of his actions for some time to come, gives others who may have had experiences like this confidence to come to us for help.”
 
 
https://www.surrey.police.uk/news/surrey/news/2021/05/man-sentenced-for-sexual-assault-in-victim-video-evidence-first-for-surrey/?fbclid=IwAR2ML8TgqHZA-pjNUcGyA-2dirXIIL0-BSgJ-rx7PDq5J0j0g4pozw-sJ1U
 
 
 
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Another way to check who is at your door before opening is by fitting a door chain. https://www.locksmiths.co.uk/faq/home-security-advice/
 
 
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A bike carrying a database stamp is a highly effective, visible deterrent to thieves as they know that if they are caught with a registered bike they will be arrested, as the rightful owner can be traced by the police within seconds https://securedbydesign.com/.../crime.../bike-security #cycling #BikeMonth
 
 
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Dog owners are increasingly concerned about their dogs being stolen from them. We are urging the public to keep their dogs SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE. DogLost, a UK charity that helps victims of dog theft, recorded a 170% increase in the crime, from 172 dogs reported stolen in 2019 to 465 dogs in 2020.
 
According to a survey conducted by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne in partnership with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners 27,440 people (22% of the 124, 729 people who responded) have had a dog stolen or knew someone who had over the last year.
 
79% of people to whom the question was applicable said they had grown more fearful of taking their dog for a walk during the day and an even greater number, 83%, have grown more fearful of taking their dog for a walk at night.
 
To help keep your dog safe we have pulled together some top tips on how to keep your dog SECURE, IN SIGHT AND SEARCHABLE and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of dog theft.
 
 
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch?fbclid=IwAR2_QUCRu0AR4r3DKCywKLDe1X_Y5vpKF09Kx0ckTUqsIho3D8Su4eD6IJw
 
 
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The #SPCasualtyReduction officer was headed out towards Mole Valley Monday  morning through Reigate town centre. A driver taking a chance through a red light caught his eye and was quickly stopped for vehicle checks and a conversation.
 
 
Something seemed a little off though and following a breath test the driver was arrested for having.... 95 micrograms of alcohol in their breath at the roadside. The legal limit is 35.
 
 
Driver required to attend court after waiting quite a few hours to be fit to charge
 
 
 
Don't drink and drive. Report those who do. The outcome here could have been catastrophic with
the amount of cars, pedestrians and other road users around at that time
 
 
#dontdrinkdrive
 
 
#fatalfive
 
 
 
 
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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