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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Tues 24th August 2021

Alert message sent 24/08/2021 12:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

If a building or car alarm is going off and there’s clear evidence of criminal activity, such as a broken window or someone acting suspiciously nearby, call 999 immediately.
If there is no evidence of a break-in and the alarm continues to sound in excess of 20 minutes or continues to misfire, you can report it to MVDC below.
Don’t leave your phone, iPad, tablet or camera unattended, out of your sight or left on a table – thieves can grab a phone from a table in seconds.  Phones stolen in public places recently #Dorking #PolesdenLacey
Ten ways to help prevent anyone taking your bike:
Mole Valley Police team still have a few catalytic converter security marking kits to issue free for Honda: Jazz, Civic, CRV and Toyota Prius, Auris owners in Mole Valley - please let us have your details via and we will send one to you - while stocks last.
So far this month we have had 26 thefts of catalytic converters in Surrey. This is a significant drop on what we were seeing at the start of the year, and this is thanks to public vigilance in calling police and reporting suspicious behaviour around vehicles.
Please do not approach anyone you suspect is stealing a catalytic converter, even if it’s your own car. Catalytic converter thieves are often involved in organised crime, and we have had reports of people being assaulted when they challenge thieves.
Keep a safe distance and call police on 999. Give a description of the suspects, their vehicle and their direction of travel if they leave the scene while you’re reporting.
Catalytic converters are located under the front of a vehicle close to the engine. They’re stolen because they contain valuable metals. Thieves can steal a catalytic converter in less than a minute, invalidating the vehicle’s insurance and often writing it off altogether.
The main signs for spotting catalytic converter theft are:
• Can you see a vehicle jacked up, either in a car park or on the street? Is there more than one wheel off the ground?
• Can you hear the sound of metal being cut from underneath the vehicle?
Catalytic converter thieves will often try to pass themselves off as conducting legitimate vehicle maintenance. Please don’t worry that you are wasting police time by calling us.
Our contact centre can help you assess the call, and officers would rather attend and establish that a person is legitimately working on a vehicle than not go and miss the opportunity to catch a thief.
Seen the signs? Call 999.
Attempted shed break at allotments #Dorking 18/08 - 19/08 Remove high value items and store at home. Overtly mark your property with your house number and postcode so that marking is permanent and property is less attractive for a thief to sell.
Residential burglary under investigation Woodlands Way #Ashtead keys and car have been stolen on Sat 21st Aug. Burglars often look for homes with windows or doors left open or with vulnerable features that they can exploit: tips -
1/2 Distraction theft Tesco # Hookwood Friday 20th Aug - shopper left store and was approached by unknown woman and asked directions to "dentist" later found bank cards and mobile phone had been stolen!! Don’t let them pocket it!
2/2 Distraction theft Bridge St. #Leatherhead Saturday 21/08 1pm man stopped by woman who said she was collecting signatures and donations for a charity - while had wallet out cash stolen by sleight of hand!! How to spot a pickpocket
Distinctive clocks stolen during a burglary on 2nd Aug 9am - 4pm from a residential address Guildford Rd Abinger Hammer. If seen or offered to you (please share trade/dealers) call or message us quoting ref 45210081934 or to remain anon call Crimestoppers 0800-555-111
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)
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