Police update: NW update 28/9/12

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Friday 28th of September 2012 – Tuesday 9th of October 2012

 

In Your Area

 

I have to report that in the last week the following crime/crimes occurred in or near to your area.

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6060 – Between the hours of 20:00 and 22:50 on Saturday the 6th of October 2012 a property in WEST HILL CLOSE, BROOKWOOD was subject to a BURGLARY.

 

At the time of writing it is unclear how entry was gained to the property. Once in the offender/offenders then managed to steal cash.

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6061 – Between the hours of 15:30 and 23:00 on Saturday the 6th of October 2012 a property in LARCHWOOD ROAD, KNAPHILL was subject to a BURGLARY.

 

During this period the offender/offenders have gained entry to the unoccupied property by forcing open a rear window. Once in they then managed to steal jewellery and a bank book.

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6073 – Between the hours of 16:00 on Saturday the 6th of October and 11:00 on Sunday the 7th of October 2012 a property in CONNAUGHT ROAD, BROOKWOOD was subject to a BURGLARY.

 

During this period the offender/offenders have gained entry to the unoccupied property by smashing the glass in a rear door. At the time of writing it is unclear what was stolen.

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6087 – Between the hours of 12:00 on Friday the 5th of October and 08:30 on Monday the 8th of October 2012 a property in HERMITAGE ROAD, KNAPHILL was subject to a BURGLARY.

 

During this period the offender/offenders have gained entry to the unoccupied property by smashing the glass in a rear patio door. Once in they then managed to search the property but it would appear that nothing was stolen.

 

 

The majority of burglaries that are committed occur at the rear of properties. For this reason it is important to deter access into your back gardens. Gates should be closed and locked at all times when not in direct use. Deter the scaling of gates and fences by adding trellis to the tops of them.

Make sure all tools are placed out of sight in a secure place so that they cannot be used by an offender to break into your home.

Please make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked when not in direct use. Please don’t think that because you are only popping out for a moment that it won’t happen to you!

Consider the installation of an intruder alarm in your home. Any alarm installed should ideally conform to standard BS EN 50131 and should be fitted by a company that is NSI (National Security Inspectorate) or SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) approved. Details of such companies can be found at www.nsi.org.uk or www.ssaib.co.uk

 

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6074 – Between the hours of 12:30 and 12:35 on Sunday the 7th of October 2012 a vehicle parked in WOKING CREMATORIUM, KNAPHILL was broken into.

 

During this time the offender/offenders gained entry to the vehicle by smashing a window. Once in they managed to steal a handbag containing cash, bank cards and personal items.

 

Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle and always lock it, even if you are only leaving it unattended for a few minutes. It only takes a few seconds for an offender to seize an opportunity.

 

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6100 – Between Monday the 1st of October and Monday the 8th of October 2012 a property in ALMA CLOSE, KNAPHILL was subject to an ATTEMPT NON DWELLING BURGLARY.

 

During this time the offender/offenders attempted to gain access to a garden shed. No entry was gained and nothing was stolen.

 

Crime Reference WK/12/6102 – Between Monday the 24th of September and Monday the 8th of October 2012 a property in ANCHOR HILL, KNAPHILL was subject to a NON DWELLING BURGLARY.

 

During this time the offender/offenders gained access to a garden shed and stole a mini motor and petrol powered model cars.

 

 

Outbuildings should be locked at all times. Large valuable items should be placed out of view and chained up to other items or a secure anchor point within the outbuilding. Items could also be property marked via engraving or painting your house number and postcode onto them. A record of their serial number should also be kept and registered onto a national property database, visit www.immobilise.com for further information.

 

Card cloning device prompts warning to cash point users


Crime Reference WK/12/5966 – Between the hours of 19:45 and 20:25 on Saturday the 29th of September 2012 a device placed on a cash machine at Barclays Bank in Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, was used to steal a bank card.

 

During this time the victim went to use the machine but due to the device their bank card was not returned. They later checked with their bank to find that several hundred pounds had subsequently been withdrawn from their account.

Last year, police in Woking warned of a cash point scam involving the “Lebanese Loop” a system involving a piece of magnetic tape inserted into the slot which retains the card when the victim tries to use it. Similar scams may involve attaching a sticker to the ATM providing “instructions” for the unsuspecting cardholder, advising them to re-enter their PIN number should their card get stuck. Alternatively, a suspect could be standing behind in the queue advising them to re-enter the PIN number – obtaining the victim’s details.

There are steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of card cloning:

  • Check the machine to see if there is anything stuck to it or anything looks unusual about it. If there is, do not use the machine – report it to the police or bank immediately.
  • Do not let anyone see you input your PIN. Use your free hand to cover the PIN pad to prevent anyone seeing your PIN as you key it in.
  • If you are interrupted or distracted by anyone when using an ATM, cancel the transaction and try to recover the card.
  • If the machine does not return your card, report it immediately to your card issuer.
  • If you discover you have been the victim of card fraud, report it to your bank or building society straightaway.
  • A number of initiatives are in place to counter card fraud, including siting ATMs in well-lit locations and installing CCTV cameras to deter fraudulent activity. The banking industry is also liasing with ATM suppliers to enhance technical solutions available for ATM owners to prevent cash machine fraud.

 

 

If you feel that you have witnessed any incident that may relate to the above crime/crimes please call 101 quoting the relevant crime number.

 

Can you please circulate the details of the crimes to the members of your watch if you think it will be of value. Remember that if you have elderly or vulnerable residents in your road this information may frighten them so be careful how you deliver this message.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Mark Saunders

Crime Prevention Design Advisor

Woking Borough

 

Email: 13180@surrey.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 101

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Andy is a business systems and operations consultant for The Business Delicatessen and has helped the KRA over several years. He is former editor of the magazine and also runs Fat Crow Design.

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