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Online Crime and Non-Injury Collision Reporting

Updates made recently to the Kent Police website now enable you to report crimes and incidents as well as non-injury road traffic collisions ONLINE directly to the police through the website (www.kent.police.uk).

Once a report is made to Kent Police online, the user will receive a unique reference number and a return email confirming receipt.

Note that this online reporting is a test/pilot at this stage. At the end of each form is the opportunity for the public making a report to give us feedback on using the forms.

The overall aim is to provide another choice for how the public can report crime or incidents as well as try to reduce the number of people calling 101 on non-urgent issues that could easily be dealt with through digital contact.

[8 December 2017]


Want to Know More about the Air Ambulance?

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is inviting local groups, clubs, societies and other organisations to book a talk (free of charge) to find our more about the work of the charity.

By inviting one of the air ambulance volunteer speakers to your group, you will be helping to raise awareness of our work and therefore ensuring we can be there for those who need us, now and in the future.

For more information or to book a talk, please contact us on: 01622 833 833 or email talks@kssairambulance.org.uk.


UK Power Networks -- Supply Disruption Reporting

September 2016 saw a new national telephone number “105” launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.
 

Key points to note about this service are:

· Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

· 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.

· 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.

· Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.

· Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.


Cash stolen after victim distracted at home in Ashford
 
Kent Police officers investigating a report of a distraction burglary in Ashford have issued a computer-generated image of a man they want to identify.

The offender called on the elderly woman at her home in the Brookfield Road area on the evening of Monday 2 October 2017.

Detective Sergeant Carl Evans said: ‘The man claimed there was a problem with the water supply and asked the elderly occupant to go upstairs to check a radiator. After he’d gone she realised money had been stolen from her purse.’

Detective Sergeant Evans urged people to be vigilant and to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives. He said: ‘Although unharmed, the victim was understandably shaken by this incident.

But there are ways people can protect themselves.

’This includes:

--   Ensuring rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door
--   Considering fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door chains, door locks and intruder alarms
--   Always checking the ID of cold callers - a door chain or spy hole will help you do this without letting anyone into your home.

--   Don’t be afraid to turn people away.

Detective Evans is keen to speak to anyone with information about the alleged offence or the identity of the suspect.

Witnesses are asked to call the Kent Police appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference number ZY/047324/17. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 

Dealing with unexpected visitors

Some safety advice for residents to guard against possible distraction Burglaries:-

• Lock your back doors and windows before answering your front door - thieves are known to work in pairs, one entering through the back door while the other knocks at the front.
Use a spyhole and ask who the caller is through the door first, then keep the door on the chain.
Check their identification, even if they have a pre-arranged appointment.
If you're not expecting the caller and they do not carry an ID card, do not let them in.
To check a caller is genuine, you can look up the number in the phone book or a recent bill and check it against the card the caller has given you.
Don't just ring the number on the card - it may be fake.
If you have any doubts about whether the caller is genuine, ask them to leave and come back at a time convenient to you and when you've had a chance to ask someone to be with you.
Never leave your front door unattended. If you need to get something, close the door until you return.

Do your elderly parents, neighbours or friends worry about bogus callers? Would they know what to do if an unexpected visitor calls?   You can support them by visiting... 

www.kent.police.uk/advice/bogus-callers-and-rogue-traders/


... for tips on protecting your home and what to do if someone unexpected stops by.


Beware of New Scams

Kent Police warn residents about the latest banking scam and a courier fraud which involves criminals persuading victims into certain actions.

The Banking Scam

The following describes how scammers have recently targeted a vulnerable victim:-

A telephone call was received on a landline in late November 2017 from scammers advising that they were calling from a bank – they did not specify which bank and this was not questioned.

The caller stated he was conducting an internal investigation into bank staff and that the victim was to tell no one that they were assisting with the investigation. He stated that counterfeit money had been put into accounts and that the victim was to withdraw two separate sums on consecutive days, and that once withdrawn he would ring them and check random numbers on some of the bank notes to determine if they were the ones that they had introduced and were circulating in the system. The victim was told that a courier from the bank would collect the money and then the bank account would be re-credited with genuine notes. The victim was to leave their phone off the hook when they were communicating so that they would not be contacted by anyone and they were to tell no one why they was withdrawing the money, including the bank staff. Money was withdrawn and the courier, described as male in his 20s and of Mediterranean appearance, collected the money the same day.

Needless to say the money was not re-credited.”

Please be aware of any such attempts to obtain cash in circumstances as above, not just for yourselves but for any of your family, friends or neighbours who may be vulnerable to such scams.
  

What to do
  

  • Hang up if you receive one of these calls.
  • If you think you have been a victim of this scam, contact the Police.


Stay vigilant.

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The Rolex watch courier fraud - how it works
 

  • The criminal calls or visits the resident claiming to be a Police Officer.
  • They tell the resident they have been a victim of some type of fraud and they need to help the Police with their enquiry.
  • The resident is told their bank account is being used by criminals. To help with the investigation they need to withdraw money and buy a valuable item, like a Rolex watch.  
  • The criminal arranges for a taxi driver or courier to collect the item which will be used as evidence in the investigation.
  • The resident is told they will be refunded when the investigation is over.  
  • The courier is also a criminal involved in the fraud.  

What to do

  • Hang up if you receive one of these calls.
  • If they are at your door politely say you need to go and close the door.  If you are worried contact a friend or neighbour and tell them about the visitor.
  • If you think you have been a victim of this fraud contact the Police.

 
REMEMBER: The Police will NEVER ask for cash, valuables or PIN numbers.  

WARNING: Telephone callers may insist you hang up and check their ID by calling a number they give to you.  This is part of the fraud. Criminals stay on the line and pretend to be Trading Standards to verify the caller.  Report these calls to Kent Police at your local Police station.  

These criminals often target elderly residents so please warn neighbours, friends and/or relatives if you think they may be targeted.

 
Report fraud online to Kent Police

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.


Kent Highways' Winter Preparations
 

The long dark days are here which means KCC Highways, who maintain the roads and lanes, receive many enquiries throughout the seasons about road conditions.
Please read this winter service information letter  from KCC and see how you can help prevent road and travel problems. 

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