Police Crime Alerts

Reports of crime that has taken place in the Fleet and Crookham areas of Hart

2017

4 Oct

Message sent by Andy Scullin (Police, PCSO, Hart District)

Have you had a bicycle stolen recently? Or know someone who has? 
We are attempting to trace the owner/s of two bicycles we have recovered. We believe they may have been stolen within the last few months.

They are described as a white Cannondale Synapse road bike, and a black/blue Orbea Aqua road bike.

If you have recently had your bike/s stolen, or know of anyone who has a bike matching these descriptions please let us know calling 101, quoting 44170377868. At this time we do not know if both bikes belong to the same owner.

Message Sent by Dan Lehec (Police, PC, Hart District)

Within the last week 2, 3 series BMW vehicles have been stolen from driveways overnight. Both vehicles were locked and secure.

Keys to both cars were NOT taken. It is assumed that some device is being used to steal them.
As such we suggest that additional steps are taken to protect your vehicle, we would suggest the following (if possible)

1) Lock your car in a garage.
2) Park another vehicle to block access
3) Install a more conventional security device such as a steering lock.
4) Place your car in sight of building security systems such as CCTV.
5) Tracker installation.

The cars affected so far appear to be 3 series BMW cars from around 2009 - 2012. However it is currently unknown if other BMW's could be targeted.   

 

5 Sep

This is a message sent via Hampshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Message sent by
Roxanne Barber (Police, PCSO, Hart District)

Dear Resident

On the 31st August 2017 a property along Kings Road, Fleet was unfortunately subject of a dwelling burglary. Between the times of 15:45 and 17:15 person/s unknown have entered the property.

I would like to ask that if you saw or heard anything suspicious around these times or saw or heard anything which you feel might be relevent, to get in contact with us. Please call us on 101 and quote the reference number 44170338038.

Also please be reassured that we are investigating the incident and will be carrying out patrols of the area.

Thank you for your assistance

From

Your Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team

23 Aug

A message from Olga Venner 
I am now the District Inspector for Hart having moved from Rushmoor and I am well aware of the levels of burglary and theft that we have in the rural community. I would like to have the opportunity to let local residents know what work the Police are doing.

When we attend a burglary or theft there is an assessment for potential evidence and this is added to the bigger picture so that every time we find stolen plant forensic evidence can be gathered.

The land where stolen goods is found has had work done on it by the land owners  to make it more difficult to dump on.

In addition as part of Operation Rebate the Hart North Neighbourhood officers work nights with a Roads Policing team so that we can deal with any vehicles that try to get away. During the latest Operation we seized several vehicles without insurance, caught a disqualified driver and got close to catching quad bike users in several areas. Patrols are continuing in as many areas as possible. We want the villains to see us out and about in the middle of the night.

 

We are exploring other ways of being able to follow or patrol the expanse of countryside which is easy to hide in. I would ask landowners and users to keep reporting suspicious incidents particularly with vehicle registration numbers as this information can be pieced together to help with targeting the right people in the right places.

 

The challenge we always have in rural areas is evidence. There are fewer eyes and ears to witness what is happening and no lights or CCTV to help record it, however residents can install CCTV with movement sensitive lights that can take a picture and send it straightaway to a phone or computer. These systems aren’t very expensive compared to the valuable plant and machinery they are protecting and can give some really good quality evidence.

 

The message I want people to take from this is that Hampshire Constabulary are interested in these crimes and we are doing lots of work that isn’t always seen, to disrupt, prevent and convict. When calling in an incident please mention Operation Rebate, there is a trigger plan at control room and I would expect deployment if the offenders are still on site.


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24 July

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Message sent by
Christopher Gregory (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

We are issuing crime prevention advice after we received several reports of suspicious incidents at cash machines in Farnborough and Fleet.

At 8.13pm on Sunday 23 July, we received a report that a device had been placed on a cash machine at the Co-operative store in Fernhill Road, Farnborough.

A customer entered the store to advise the cash machine had not returned his card. It is not clear if any money was taken.

Similar incidents were reported later that evening at the cash machines outside the Co-operative stores in Queens Road, Farnborough and Kings Road, Fleet.

We are currently treating the three incidents as linked. An investigation is underway.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind people of steps they can take to protect themselves when using cash machines.

People should:

• never write down or share your Personal Identification Number (PIN)
• cover the keypad with your hand when you type in your PIN number
• if you think the machine has been tampered with, don’t use it and tell the bank or store
• call your card issuer immediately if a cash machine takes your card
• put your card and cash away securely before leaving
• be wary of anyone trying to distract you

Anyone with information on these incidents should call 101.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

May 24

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

  • Don't call numbers from pop-up messages.
  • Never allow remote access to your computer.
  • Always be wary of unsolicited calls. If you’re unsure of a caller’s identity, hang up.
  • Never divulge passwords or pin numbers.
  • Microsoft or someone on their behalf will never call you.

If you believe you have already been a victim

  • Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.
  • Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Report fraud and cyber crime to Actionfraud.police.uk

May 10

Message from Graeme Barbour (Police, Digital Communications Officer, Hampshire) 


Our colleagues at the City of London Police along with ABTA and Get Safe Online are joining forces this week to warn the public about the dangers posed by holiday booking fraud. Findings from a new report, compiled by the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, reveal the scale of reported crime, and expose common tactics used by fraudsters who stole £7.2 million from almost 6,000 unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2016.

 

Types of holiday booking fraud

 

In 2016 5,826 cases of holiday booking fraud were reported to Action Fraud. The most common types of fraud related to:

 

  • Holiday Accommodation - Fraudsters are making full use of the internet to con holidaymakers by setting up fake websites, hacking into legitimate accounts and posting fake adverts on websites and social media.  
  • Airline tickets – where a customer believes they are booking a flight and receives a fake ticket or pays for a ticket that never turns up. In 2016, flights to Africa and the Indian sub-continent were particularly targeted, suggesting that fraudsters are targeting the visiting friends and family market and may well be making use of lack of knowledge of the strict regulations in place for the legitimate UK based travel industry. 
  • Sports and religious trips– a popular target for fraud due to limited availability of tickets and consequently higher prices.
  • Timeshares and holiday clubs – The sums involved with this form of fraud are particularly high with victims often losing tens of thousands of pounds each. 

 

Top tips to avoid becoming a travel fraud victim 

 

The City of London Police, ABTA and Get Safe Online have published advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of holiday booking fraud – and on how victims should go about reporting it. This advice includes the top tips below: 

 

  • Stay safe online:  Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name – such as going from .co.uk to .org 
  • Do your research: Don’t just rely on one review - do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials. If a company is defrauding people there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experiences, and warnings about the company. 
  • Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
  • Pay safe: Never pay directly into a private individual’s bank account. Paying by direct bank transfer is like paying by cash – the money is very difficult to trace and is not refundable. Wherever possible, pay by credit card or a debit card. 
  • Check paperwork: You should study receipts, invoices as well as terms and conditions. Be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all. When booking through a Holiday Club or Timeshare, get the contract thoroughly vetted by a solicitor before signing up. 
  • Use your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 
  • Report it: Victims should contact Action Fraud via www.actionfraud.police.uk.
  • Get free expert advice: For further advice on how to stay safe when booking or researching travel online, go to https: //www. getsafeonline. org/shopping-banking/holiday-a nd-travel-booking/

 

For a full list of tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud please see:  http://abta.com/fraud. 

April 16

Early hours of 15th April 2017, unknown male was seen on CCTV to then remove the CCTV camera. This has happened in Crookham Road, Fleet. Do you recognise the male at all? If you do, please call 101 and quote crime reference 44170140566. 

Thank you PC 3145 Neil NANCARROW.


April 4th

Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.
 
The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:
 
“Hi, [name]!
 
I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me. 
 
For instance, your address is:
 
[real home address]
 
I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811
 
Best Wishes,”
 
The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.

This attachment is thought to contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.

Protect Yourself:

Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.
 
Please consider the following actions:

  • Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
  • Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
  • Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
  • If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.
 
If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit  www.actionfraud.police.uk.

March 8th

A TAKEUCHI Excavator, Dark Red and Grey in colour sign written " J DEVINE " has been stolen from a large building site in Church Crookham.
Any information please contact the Police on 101

Feb 20th 
A
burglary occurred in Calthorpe Road in Fleet. On the 20th of February residents of Calthorpe Road attended a neighbours address and found a patio window smashed. Police attended and entered the home to ensure no one was present. A messy search of the property had been conducted.


Feb 24th  

Between 14:00 and 15:30 person/s have forced the rear window of a detached property in Fleet, entry has been gained and items stolen.