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Neighbourhood Watch News

CHASE POLICING DIVISION

If you need to reply regarding any of these messages, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

or telephone 01785 234129  - Ash Connor, Watch Liaison Officer, Neighbourhood Watch
 

2015

'Fixing your computer' scam.

There have been reports of residents in the Stafford area receiving telephone calls from a male purporting to be from ‘Microsoft’ suggesting you have a virus on your computer.

Microsoft will never contact you in this way, this is an extremely common scam where the caller will ask you to switch on your computer and provide information which will allow them to access it remotely.

You will then be charged a fee and damaging software may be installed on your computer.

If you know of any elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family members who own a computer please warn them of this scam and advise them to hang up immediately should they receive such a call.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Distraction Burglaries

Please could you be aware that we have had a number of reports of 2 poss 3 males knocking on addresses and trying to get residents to leave their properties saying things like " there has been an explosion next door". One of the males is described as white, aged approx 50 yrs old wearing a trilby type hat and a mac type coat. Another male is described as white aged approx 18 yrs old.  If anyone similar comes to your address please call 999 immediately, DO NOT let them into your home and do not leave your home. Close and lock the door and ring 999.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: andrea.sant@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Bogus Salesmen and Tradesmen

The purpose of this alert is to raise awareness about the commission of fraud by bogus door-to-door sales and tradesmen posing as representatives of the utility industry.

MO1: Fraudster(s) approach victims, offering them savings on bills. They obtain a copy of a recent bill in order to carry out an account takeover, setting up online accounts and changing bank account details. False lower meter reads are then provided, placing the account into credit. The premises are then stated to be unoccupied and refunds are requested into the offender’s bank accounts.

MO2: Fraudster(s) pay into victim’s accounts using stolen credit card details, placing the account into credit. The customer is then asked to pay their bill, minus a given amount, into the fraudster’s account. The account-holder is then impersonated and meter reads are again altered and refunds requested into the offender’s bank accounts.

MO3: Victims are targeted by suspects stating that they have a friend who works for a utility provider who can offer discounts for friends and family. Again, payments are either made using stolen credit card details or the account is taken over and meter reads reversed, placing the account into credit, so the customer doesn’t have to pay.

Preventative Measures

Mobile Phone Fraud

The purpose of this alert is to raise awareness of fraudsters using a variety of MOs to trick victims into calling apparent mobile phone numbers beginning with "070" which transpire to be premium rate numbers.

"070" numbers featured in over 2,600 fraud reports received by Action Fraud over the past year. Known as ‘personal numbers’, they are virtual numbers often programmed to forward incoming calls to one of a list of fixed or VoIP telephone numbers pre-selected by the client. VoIP numbers allow phone calls over the Internet, enabling calls to be made or received anywhere with an internet connection, which makes tracing the calls much more difficult. This enables potential fraudsters to provide an "070" number to victims while masking the number(s) that it diverts to, thus adding some protection to their true identity and location.

Although legitimate numbers, calls to "070" numbers are charged at a premium rate and they have long been used by fraudsters to scam unwitting victims. Calls from a landline can cost up to 65p p/min and may incur an additional call set-up fee of up to 51p. Calls from mobiles can cost up to £1.50 p/min. In extreme cases, victims have received triple figure phone bills as a result of calling these premium rate numbers. Providers of ‘personal numbers’ include Vodafone, Magrathea, and Digital Mail.

Key MOs Involved

Fraudster sends a text message to or leaves a voicemail/missed call on the victim’s phone. The victim then calls back assuming this is a UK mobile number and is unwittingly connecting to a premium rate number.

Fraudster places an advert for a job on an online shopping/auction site along with an "070" number for the victim to call to obtain more information about the post and/or apply for it over the phone.

Fraudster contacts an individual who is selling an item on a shopping website and sends fake PayPal emails to the victim requesting a shipping fee to be paid via Western Union, prior to the payment being released to the victim. They will often provide an "070" number, causing the victim to incur further charges if they attempt to make contact with the suspect.

Prevention Advice

March 9th

Burglary at Church Eaton.

There was a burglary on the morning of Monday 9th March at a property in Eaton Green, Church Eaton.

It happened whilst the occupant was out sometime between 10.15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Offenders forced the French windows at the property before stealing a quantity of jewellery.

Anyone who was in the area then and who may have seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 343 of 9th March.

February 5th/6th

Fencing Equipment Theft at Church Eaton.

Some fencing equipment and an energiser have been stolen from a field at farm premises in Church Eaton.

The property was stolen sometime between 5pm Thursday 5th & 9am Friday 6th February and anyone with any information is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 209 of 6th February.

Could you also please take time to review your own security arrangements and make sure your properties and possessions are as secure as possible at all times.

Any suspicious persons or vehicles should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

 

2014

October

Petrol siphoned from vehicle in Haughton.

Petrol has been siphoned from a vehicle in the Long Compton area of Haughton.

Offenders used a screwdriver to prise the hose out of the petrol tank and it is believed the same vehicle has been targeted twice in the past week.

Could you please warn your neighbours about this incident and ask them to make sure their vehicles are parked as securely as possible at all times.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.

Several reports of 'Nottingham Knockers' in Stafford Borough.

There were several reports on Tuesday 28th October of ‘Nottingham Knockers’ visiting various parts of the Borough.

These ex offenders often say they are in some sort of scheme supported by the police or probation service, which is not true, and they have been known to become abusive to residents who won’t buy anything from them.

With the darker nights upon us could you please warn your neighbours, especially the elderly and vulnerable, that police and Trading Standards advice is never to buy or sell at the door or from cold callers.

Any suspicious callers should be reported to the police immediately.

July 2014

Gardening equipment stolen from Church Eaton Church.

Two strimmers and three lawnmowers have been stolen from a shed at the rear of St Editha's Church in High Street, Church Eaton.

Offenders forced the door of the shed to get access to the tools and the theft would have occurred
sometime overnight Monday 28th/Tuesday 29th July 2014.

Anyone with any information regarding this theft is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 225 of 29th July.

April 2014

Fake calls from police

We are currently receiving calls from residents in the Stafford Borough area concerning phone calls purporting to be from the police saying that they have a man in custody who was using their credit cards and could they confirm their bank details. These calls are bogus calls made by people trying to pass themselves off as police officers. Please be advised not to converse with these callers or give out any bank details. Simply put the phone down and end the call.

A general warning for residents.

There were two reported incidents of sneak in burglaries yesterday Wednesday 23rd April in the Stafford area.

Both incidents occurred during the daytime and offenders entered the properties via insecure doors before stealing handbags and purses from kitchen areas.

With the expected gradual improvement in weather it is important to remind neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure doors and windows are secure in rooms that are unoccupied.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.

Catalytic converters have been stolen from several vehicles at a business premises in Levedale Road, Bradley.

The thefts occurred sometime overnight Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th April and anyone who was in the area at the time, and who may have seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 121 of 21st April.

2013

Thursday 21st November

A message for members of Rural Watch and Poacher Watch.

Colleagues in Shropshire are warning of two vehicles suspected of being involved in wildlife crime. Such criminals often travel long distances to commit offences and wildlife criminals are often linked to other types of criminality as well.
The vehicles are described as a gold coloured Vauxhall Astra Estate part registration P381 CU…. and a white coloured Peugeot Partner van part registration RV08DC…

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious persons, vehicles or suspicious activity to the police immediately. Police non-emergency telephone number is 101. In an emergency call 999.

Thursday 20th June

There have been two reports of suspicious incidents where white males described as "having Irish-type accents", have offered high value petrol equipment including chain saws and strimmers at cheap prices. The males were driving a white coloured Transit-type van, part registration BT11 OZ… the incidents occurred in the Hixon area and at a farm in the Wolseley Bridge area. Advice is not to buy or sell from doorstep cold-callers.

Colleagues in Shropshire report suspicious activity at The Black Barns, Grindle and a suspicious vehicle in the Shifnal area.

The vehicle is described as a white coloured Ford Transit part registration CW02 D…

Please be on your guard and report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

3rd June

More Land Rover crime

Following the warning to the owners of Landrover Discovery vehicles sent out in March this message is to advise of further incidents of the theft of headlight units in the Stafford and South Staffs areas.
The latest reported incidents have occurred in Burton Manor Road, Stafford and the Brewood & Coven areas of South Staffs.
Police are warning owners of such vehicles to be extra vigilant and to check their security arrangements.
Where possible vehicles should be parked in a garage or, if that’s not possible, in a well lit area.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.

31st May

Rural Crime

During the daytime on Friday 31st May, one Landrover Defender vehicle has been stolen from the Church Hill area of Kinver. Between 25th – 26th May, nine ewes with lambs have been stolen from a flock of around 50 animals in a secure field in the Barton –under-Needwood area, east of Rugeley, and a member of Rural Watch in Shropshire warns of a blue coloured Ford Transit van seen in the Shifnal area touting for scrap metal with a male described as distinctly unfriendly. Part registration of the van is VU55W…  Finally a warning from colleagues in Shropshire to producers of crops near to the county border that there has been a recent spate of thefts of diesel from irrigation pumps and also thefts of  electric fencing units and bird scarers powered by bottled gas.

18th May

Burglary's in Stone/Woodseaves

This is a warning to residents.

We have had two burglary's reported since 1400hrs today(17/05/2013), in Stone and Woodseaves. 2 males involved, one described as mid 30's, wearing a black baseball cap and black jacket, chubby build, 5ft 7-9. Other male thin, 5ft 10- 6ft.

Please be aware and ensure your property is secured at all times, any information please contact local police on 101 incident 416 and 484.

11th May

A message for members of Rural and Poacher Watch.

On Friday 10th May a farmer near Abbots Bromley discovered 9 ewes and 18 lambs missing from a field and local investigation has not located the animals. The gate to their field was unlocked but secure and there was no damage to the electric fence.

The animals are all marked with a blue colour on their shoulder, green tags in the right ear and yellow tags in the left ear. The ewes and lambs are also marked with corresponding letters so that they can be paired up.

Please be on your guard for any activity which may indicate that animals are being stolen and if you see anything suspicious or have any information which might help to locate the stolen sheep, please contact the police immediately.

9th May

This is a message for members of Rural Watch

One small flat-bed trailer has been stolen from farm premises off Hednesford Road, Rugeley at around 8.15pm on 8th May 2013 where the offenders hitched the trailer to a dark coloured vehicle before making off, and Shropshire colleagues warn of fuel being stolen from irrigation pumps in the Weston under Lizard area.

Two further incidents of suspected poaching have been reported in the Hilton Lane area of Great Wyrley where a white coloured Transit van, part registration AJ02R… was seen with two males carrying large lamps and a firearm accompanied by two dogs, and in the Great Moors Road area of Pattingham where lights were seen and shots heard in the early hours of 9th May.

Please be on your guard and report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

5th May

This is a message for members of Rural Watch & Farm Watch.

3 sheep have been stolen from a field in the Teddesley Road area of Penkridge.

A wooden post had been removed and tyre tracks were seen at the scene of the incident which occurred sometime overnight Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th May.

Could you please take time to review your own security arrangements and please report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the police immediately.

1st May

During the past few days there has been one theft of fuel oil from a storage tank at a rural address in Kingsley Wood Road, Rugeley and on the outskirts of Rugeley the door lock was forced and a shed has been broken into at a farm where small items were stolen. One shed has been broken into at a rural location in Coven Heath where power tools were stolen, and during the last 10 days one flat bed, drop side aluminium coloured Ifor Williams Trailer has been stolen from the side of a barn in a farmer’s field at Iverley in South Staffs. Colleagues from Shropshire also report a spate of shed burglaries around the Shifnal area.

Please be on your guard and report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

25th April

This is a warning to members of Horse Watch and Rural Watch regarding two incidents.

Information has been received that at around 5pm on Wednesday 24th April, persons in a white coloured van approached stable premises in the Brewood area and grabbed a three month old Springer Spaniel puppy and a two year old Cocker Spaniel. Both dogs are bitches. The Cocker escaped and the most recent information suggests that the puppy has been found abandoned, possibly because she is chipped and identifiable.

In the second incident at farm premises near to Stafford Brook Road on the outskirts of Rugeley, at some time during Saturday 20th April, offenders stole 10 x orange coloured electric fence clips, which take the place of a gate. Although not of very high value, the theft left the horses in the field insecure.

Please be on your guard and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

23rd April

Following the message yesterday, including the theft of a cattle trailer and attempt theft of a tractor from the Cannock Wood area of Rugeley, overnight between Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd April, thieves have returned to address and stolen the tractor.

The tractor is described as an orange coloured Kubota tractor, part registration DX12C….

Please be on your guard. If you have any information which may help to identify the offenders or the location of the tractor, please contact Staffordshire police quoting serial 67 of 23rd April.

22nd April

Overnight between 18-19th April one gas powered bird scarer and gas bottle have been stolen from a farmer’s field near to Clive Road in Pattingham. Overnight between Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April offenders forced the lock and hinges from a field gate at Cannock Wood near Rugeley and stole one four wheeled Ifor Williams Cattle Trailer. A tractor had also been dragged across the field but abandoned. During the same night in the Huntington area near to Cannock offenders sawed off a gate post and stole one Ifor Williams 505 horse trailer.

Colleagues from across the border in Shropshire also report the recent theft of wire sheep fencing from the Tong Norton area and two rolls of chicken wire and wooden posts from Coppice Green.

5th April

This message is regarding a suspicious vehicle and a request for members of Rural and Horse Watch to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

The vehicle is described as a blue coloured Ford Transit van part registration EX54YZ…

The vehicle has been seen in suspicious circumstances in Staffordshire and the West Midlands where horse tack is present, and near to incidents of the theft of equestrian stock including saddles and bridles.

 

There were three separate incidents of Bogus Official/ Rogue Trader type incidents across the County yesterday Thursday 4th April.

Two of the incidents were in the Cannock area and one in Stoke on Trent.

Offenders committing this type of crime are known to travel throughout the County so could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them not to deal with doorstep callers and under no circumstances should they allow anyone into their homes without a prior appointment, and even then not before checking and verifying their ID’s.

 

This is a message for members of Rural and Horse Watch regarding two incidents that occurred overnight between Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April..

In the first incident 2,000 litres of red diesel have been stolen from the fuel tank to an irrigation system in a farmer’s field in the Bradley area. The padlock was forced and the offenders would have been in a vehicle, but there were no witnesses.

In the second incident, there has been a burglary at business premises in the Cannock area where offenders forced a large hole in the wall of the building and stolen a large number of saddles. Details are sketchy. A large white van was seen in the vicinity, but there is currently no further description of the vehicle or the saddles.

4th April

A large quantity of red diesel has been stolen from farm premises in Bradley.

It happened sometime between 6pm yesterday 3rd April and 8am this morning 4th April when offenders forced a padlock off the fuel tank of an irrigation pump.

It is believed the offenders would have needed a vehicle to commit this crime and anyone with any information is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 162 of 4th April

2nd April

Galvanised gates and two 4x4 vehicles stolen

This is a warning to members of Rural Watch regarding three incidents.

Overnight between Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March, one Landrover Defender vehicle has been stolen from an address in Rugeley Road, Hednesford, and overnight between Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd April, one Toyota Hilux vehicle has been stolen from an address in Weston Village, near Stafford. In the Penkridge area, hinges were forced and two large galvanised metal field gates have been stolen overnight between Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd April with one other gate stolen during the previous few days. There were no witnesses.

Click to read N.W. Newsletter April 2013

21st March

Warning to owners of Landrover Discoverys.

There has been a spate recently throughout the whole County whereby headlights have been stolen from Landrover Discovery vehicles.
The lights, worth hundreds of pounds, are easily stolen as they are just held in place with a clip.
Police are warning owners of such vehicles to be extra vigilant and to check their security arrangements.
Where possible vehicles should be parked in a garage or, if that’s not possible, in a well lit area.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.

20th March

Cycle thefts press release

Cyclists across Staffordshire are being urged to check their privacy settings on smart phone applications used to record cycle routes.

Between September and December 2012 over 370 cycles were stolen in areas including Stafford, Stone, Cannock, Rugeley, Wombourne, Burton, Uttoxeter, Lichfield, Burntwood and Tamworth.

The total cost of the stolen cycles amounts to nearly £175,000 with an estimated average value of £468 per cycle.

Sgt Dave Morris, from Staffordshire Police has been investigating the theft of cycles and said: "We have noticed an increase in the number of high-value cycles being stolen from sheds and outbuildings across the south of the county.

"Our investigations have shown that some of the victims had been using websites and mobile phone apps to log their routes - these sites allow users to view each others routes and track their rides.

"Some of the GPS data recorded and shared on these sites is so accurate you can pin point the house where the journey’s have begun and ended. We suspect some thieves have been using these sites to identify potential victims and high-value bikes.

"Many of the sites also link to social networking sites to share routes. Users are urged to check the privacy settings of any apps they use and avoid using Twitter and Facebook to share maps of their routes, as these could potentially identify their home addresses and inadvertently ‘advertise’ the location of their bike to thieves.

"Alternatively, they can opt to start the tracking function a few streets away from their home address and stop it again before returning home.

"Through Operation Impact, the force’s ongoing crackdown on acquisitive crime, we’re determined to reduce such thefts."

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

11th March

Two more Landrovers targeted

This is a warning to members of Rural Watch regarding the spate of thefts of Landrover vehicles.

Between 1am and 8.15am on Sunday 10th March, one old Landrover vehicle has been stolen from the driveway of an address in Spring Close, Kinver.

Between 6.30pm and 10.30pm on Saturday 9th March, there has also been one attempt theft of a Landrover Defender vehicle from outside an address in Castle Bank, Stafford where a window was forced and the steering lock and ignition were damaged. The vehicle was moved a short distance down the road before being abandoned. There were no witnesses.

If you have any information which may help to identify the offenders or the location of the stolen vehicles or if you see anything suspicious please contact the police immediately. Please warn any friends or neighbours who own Landrover Defender vehicles to be on their guard.

8th March

Car Insurance Scam

Please find below a press release in relation to a car insurance scam. Even though this press release is a warning to the south of the County, it is believed to be a nationwide fraud.

Residents in South Staffordshire are being warned about a car insurance fraud. Around 50 addresses in Codsall have been targeted in recent weeks.

The offenders, under false, foreign names, have applied for car insurance using addresses of innocent Codsall residents. The first time the victims find out is when they receive letters from insurance companies, police or solicitors regarding vehicles that don't belong to them.

Sgt Matt Walker, from South Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: "This scam is a national problem but it appears that addresses in Codsall are the latest to be targeted. Residents need not be overly concerned but should respond to any letters they receive by explaining that the people and vehicles listed are not registered at their address. The relevant insurance companies are aware of the fraud and have put in place additional checks to counter offenders. Anyone with concerns should ring Staffordshire Police on 101 or visit www.insurancefraudbureau.org for more information."

1st March

Rural Watch alerts
Please be aware that during the past few days large wooden gates to fields have been stolen from locations in the Stone policing area, Bobbington and Seisdon in South Staffs, and during the daytime on Tuesday 26th February, metal gates were stolen from a field in the Wombourne area.

Colleagues in Shropshire are warning of vehicles around the county including the Shifnal area offering cheap chain saws and socket sets for sale. Vehicles that have been checked out proved to be legitimate but the items for sale were of poor quality.

Finally there are reports from Shropshire and the Stafford District of thefts of oil from storage tanks. If you have an oil storage tank, please open the attachment below to view crime reduction advice.

Please be on your guard and report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

Thefts of diesel from fuel storage tanks
 

22nd February

This is a warning for members of Rural Watch.

There has been a recent incident just over the Staffordshire border in the Tong area of Shifnal where around 3,000 litres of diesel have been stolen from a storage tank at farm premises. The offenders are thought to be three white males driving a white coloured Transit van with a low roof.

There have also been two thefts of diesel from an industrial estate further a field at Much Wenlock where a Landrover was seen acting suspiciously.

Although there have not been any recent incidents reported in Staffordshire, please review the security of your fuel tanks and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

21st February

More Landrover Defenders targeted
This is a message for members of Rural Watch.

Following the warning yesterday regarding the theft of a Landrover Defender vehicle from the Bobbington area of South Staffs, information has been received from colleagues in Shropshire that overnight between 14-15th February one Landrover Defender was stolen from a farm yard in Burwarton and between 7pm and 9.30pm on Sunday 17th February, one Landrover Defender was stolen from outside a farm in Little Stretton.

Please warn any friends or neighbours who own Landrover Defender vehicles to be on their guard, to keep their vehicles as secure a possible and to report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

20th February

Suspicious activity in Haughton.
There was a suspicious incident on Monday 18th February at farm premises in the Haughton area.

The incident is believed to have occurred sometime around midnight.

It would appear that offenders have prised wire fencing from wooden posts in order to gain entry to outbuildings at the premises.

Although no entry was gained and nothing was stolen could you please take this opportunity to review your own security arrangements and make sure your premises, including sheds and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.

Any suspicious persons or vehicles should be reported.

Three messages for Rural and Poacher Watch
Following a spate of thefts targeting Landrover Defender vehicles in South Staffs and the Stafford District earlier this year, one further incident has occurred where overnight between 19-20th February a Landrover Defender has been stolen from isolated premises in Bobbington, South Staffs. The vehicle is described as green coloured with a white top and a '54 registration plate.

The second message regards a suspicious vehicle seen in the Shifnal area at around 9pm on 19th February and suspected of Hare Coursing or Badger Baiting. The vehicle is described as a white coloured Vauxhall Astra van part registration R443 E...

Please follow the link below to view the third message regarding a stolen agricultural hedge cutter.

Please be on your guard and report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

14th February

'Scrap van' seized in Stafford.
This is a good news message for Co-ordinators in Stafford.

During the morning of yesterday Wednesday 13th February a local officer routinely stop checked a vehicle after seeing two males taking scrap from a skip in the Reva Road area of Stafford.

It was discovered that the vehicle, a drop sided lorry, had no insurance and was therefore seized by the police.

Please reassure your neighbours that Staffordshire Police do take the issue of rogue scrap collectors seriously and please continue to report any suspicious vehicles to the police.

11th February

Bogus Officials in Woodlands Road.
There has been a bogus official incident this afternoon at a property in Woodlands Road in the North End of Stafford.

It happened at 3.20pm this afternoon Monday 11th February when two males knocked on the door of an elderly ladies address stating they were from the water board and her pipes were frozen.

The males entered the property and one of them went with her to the bathroom to turn on the tap.

The other male has then searched the property before they have both left after stealing a quantity of cash.

One male was described as young while the other was in his 40's, with dark hair and wearing a 3/4 length jacket.

Anyone in the area at the time who may have seen anything suspicious is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 393 of 11th February.

Could you also please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them not to let anyone into their homes without a prior appointment, and even then not without checking and verifying their I.D.

Click to read Newsletter Feb-March '13.

7th February

Warning for motorists.
Motorists are being warned to beware of fraudsters who have struck numerous times in Staffordshire in recent days.

The offenders usually park in laybys off main commuter roads and pretend that their car has broken down. They flag passing vehicles down and then ask for money in exchange for jewellery or gold that turns out to be fake.

In the past fortnight, the conmen have struck in various places throughout the county and the wider region. Crimes have taken place in areas including Lichfield, Blythe Bridge, Leek, Hixon, Brereton and Wolseley Bridges, near Rugeley.

The offenders are described as being Asian or Eastern European in appearance and one of them had a distinctive scar on his nose. They have used a variety of cars including a Mercedes, a Fiat Punto and a Volkswagon estate.

Detective Superintendent Juliet Prince, from Staffordshire Police, said: "The offenders sound plausible and have already persuaded several victims to part with money.

"We would urge people to be vigilant and if they are approached to contact police immediately with as much information as possible about the vehicle or person that approached them."

Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

5th February

Suspicious incident in Church Eaton area
There was a suspicious incident at farm premises in the High Onn area of Church Eaton. Following a burglary and theft in January, it is thought the offenders may have returned last night. A large pipe was moved in a field, and tyre tracks left, possibly by a Land Rover or similar. Please be alert to any disturbance or noise, particularly overnight, and contact the police immediately to report any incidents.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: robert.nunn@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

4th February

Landrover Defender vehicles targeted

This is a warning to members of Rural Watch. Since January 9th, six incidents have been reported involving Landrover Defender Vehicles.

In Lower Penn and Enville in South Staffs, there have been two attempts to steal vehicles, and the doors and bonnet have been stolen from a third vehicle. Overnight between 18-19th January, one ‘M' registered Landrover Defender was stolen from Pattingham.

More recently, overnight between 1-2nd February one grey coloured old Landrover Defender vehicle has been stolen from an isolated address in Clive Road Pattingham and overnight between Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th February one Landrover Defender and trailer has been stolen from farm premises in Brocton, Near Stafford.

If you have any information which may help to identify the offenders or the location of the stolen vehicles, or if you see anything suspicious please contact the police immediately. Please warn any friends or neighbours who own Landrover Defender vehicles to be on their guard.

1st February

Suspect Bogus Caller
A male knocked on the door of a resident in Fulford, he asked to see her credit card and she said "I don't have one".She did however let the male in. He then left.

Her husband was not at home and she does still have her cards. She does however suffer with Alzheimer's and cannot give any description. And it is not clear exactly what took place

Be sure you keep an eye on the elderly in your street and if you have any information that could help call 101 and quote 294 of the 1st. Or use the charity Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Shotgun cartridges stolen in Shropshire
 

This is a message for members of Rural Watch

Overnight between 29th and 30th January offenders forced entry to a shipping container at business premises in Marchamley, Shropshire, and stole a quantity of shotgun cartridges.

The cartridges are described as manufactured by R.C. in 20, 16 and 12 bore sizes and some Bornaghi 20 gauge. At least 20 boxes each containing 250 cartridges have been taken.

If you are offered cartridges in dubious circumstances please contact the police.

29th January

Nottingham Knockers warning
This is a general warning to residents in the Stone policing area. The police have received information that doorstep callers are targeting this area offering small household products for sale. Sometimes called ‘Nottingham Knockers' these callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, however Nottingham Knockers are not part of any recognised rehabilitation scheme.

Please warn your neighbours, particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours, not to open the door to strangers or buy or sell on the doorstep. Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine, they may be gathering information for future crime.

Please keep in mind that if cold callers don't get any sales in your area, they are less likely to return

21st January

This is a message for members of Poacher Watch and Rural Watch

Occupants of prolific vehicle spotted Hare Coursing

Following reports at the start of January regarding a vehicle suspected of Hare Coursing and poaching, the vehicle has subsequently been seen in Shropshire near to the Staffordshire border and in the Penkridge area, and at around 3.30pm on Monday 21st January, the vehicle's occupants were reported Hare Coursing in the Burnhill Green area.

The vehicle is described as a grey coloured Landrover Discovery part registration M7 EA... the occupants were a number of white males aged in their late 20s all wearing track-suit bottoms and tops, with four Lurcher type dogs and possibly one Springer Spaniel.

Activities such as poaching and Hare Coursing can also attract other criminal activity to an area. Please be vigilant when you are in our rural areas and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

Property stolen from Church Eaton farms.
There have been outbuildings broken into at neighbouring farm premises in the High Onn area of Church Eaton.

The incidents occurred overnight Friday 18th/Saturday 19th January when offenders forced entry before stealing property including tools as well as a quantity of diesel.

Tyre tracks suggest that two vehicles were used to take away the stolen property.

Please take time to review your security arrangements and make sure your properties, including sheds and outbuildings, are as secure as possible at all times.

Any suspicious persons or vehicles should be reported to the police immediately.

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The following information has been received from colleagues in Shropshire, who received it from Hampshire Police.

In the last week, two reports have been received involving theft of fertiliser. Whilst these have not occurred in Hampshire, and their intended use is not known, it provides an opportunity to raise awareness once again about the use and storage of fertiliser. Terrorist groups around the world have for many years misused fertilisers to make explosive devices. The majority of these devices have contained ammonium nitrate based products, combined with other materials to produce explosives. Other fertilisers such as urea, potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate have also been misused. Even in relatively small quantities, ammonium fertiliser-based explosives can cause a great deal of destruction.

Please make every effort to store fertiliser away from public access, never leave it in a field overnight and always store it out of view from public areas. Wherever possible store it inside a locked building, carry out frequent stock checks and report any unexplained stock discrepancy/loss/theft to the police IMMEDIATELY.

Cold calling alarm companies.

There have been several reports recently of residents receiving cold calls from security companies offering to sell alarm systems that are monitored 24 hours a day.

Such companies have, in the past, been known to use hard sell tactics and charge extortionate prices so could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them that Police and Trading Standards advice is never to deal with cold callers.

Anyone requiring any home security products should firstly obtain three different quotes from three different reputable companies.

Any suspicious callers should be reported to the police immediately.

The following warning has been issued by Trading Standards:

Staffordshire Trading Standards are receiving increasing reports from people who have been contacted over the telephone by companies claiming they can protect home computers from viruses.

Alerts have been sent out regarding this type of scam on numerous occasions over recent months; however residents are still calling to report being contacted by these scammers. The scammers claim that your computer had been infected with a virus, and for a fee they will be able to clear the virus, and protect you from any future computer infections.

They may be operating under the guise of Microsoft or Windows, or for companies such as Supportonclick. Their tactic is to convince the user that something is wrong with their PC and purchase software that they do not actually need. The fraudsters use leading, generalised questioning techniques that often have the effect of convincing the user that their individual circumstances are known to the calling company.

Trading Standards advise that effective online security is crucial, and users should ensure that their PCs are running up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software. However, good security need not be complicated or expensive - many security vendors provide free versions of their software for personal use.

PC users are advised to read up on online security via www.getsafeonline.org. They also advise turning off any ‘auto-preview' features in their email software.

If you think you may have been a victim of this type scam, please report it to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

2012

Suspicious activity at Stafford farms

Police have received three separate calls from farmers reporting that a vehicle has been on their land overnight Thursday 28th/Friday 29th October.

One incident resulted in the death of a Longhorn cattle.

The incidents occurred in Salt, Enson and Coton Clanford and tyre tracks at the scenes are described as being caused by a 4x4 vehicle.

Please be on your guard and report any suspicious activity or vehicles to the police immediately.

 

Piglet Theft

Police are appealing to anyone who has any knowledge of the theft of piglets from a farm in Little Onn, Stafford.

25 piglets were stolen from the farm sometime between Saturday 9th and Monday 11th October. The piglets are quite small and approximately six weeks old.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at Stone on 0300 123 4455, quoting reference 295 of 11 October.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk.

Shed break-in Church Eaton

There has been a shed broken into at a property in The Oaklands, Church Eaton.

The offence occurred sometime between Friday 27th & Tuesday 31st August when offenders forced the padlock before stealing a silver bike and two drills.

Please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their properties, including sheds & outbuildings, are secure at all times. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.

If you need to reply by email click on the address here: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk.

Scrap metal collectors are in your area
There have been reports of a white Transit van reg:
BP52 FFG in the Moreton & Outwoods area the morning of 11th August. The two occupants of the vehicle were said to be looking for scrap metal but were described as acting suspiciously.

Any sightings of this vehicle should be reported to the police on 0300 123 4455.

Please be on your guard and make sure your property is secure. It is advisable to keep anything of value out of sight and in a secure location when not being used.

Church Theft
There has been a report of lead flashing being stolen from the roof of the Church in High Street, Church Eaton. It's not known exactly when the theft occurred but as it's not the first time could you please ask your neighbours to be on their guard and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

Earlier bulletins

Warning for computer users
 In 2008 Trading Standards Officers issued a warning of a company known as supportonclick who were cold calling computer users and claiming to be representing Microsoft. Their tactic is to convince the user that something is wrong with their PC and purchase software that they do not actually need. The fraudsters use leading, generalised questioning techniques that often have the effect of convincing the user that their individual circumstances are known to the calling company. Callers often know the user's name, giving them greater plausibility.

Trading Standards Officers have issued a renewed warning to computer users to be on their guard against unsolicited telephone calls from phoney computer support personnel as Officers have been made aware of further companies: ‘Log me in Rescue' and ‘Support Virtual' used in association with Support on Click. These are either the same company as Support on Click or are copycat scammers.

Officers advise that effective online security is crucial, and users should ensure that their PCs are running up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software. However, good security need not be complicated or expensive - many security vendors provide free versions of their software for personal use.

Officers advise PC users to read up on online security via http://www.getsafeonline.org/. They also advise turning off any ‘auto-preview' features in their email software, and encourage all email users to observe their tips for avoiding email spam (Avoiding Spam).

If you think you may have been contact by supportonclick, please report this to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06

Produced: 17th August 2010

Village burglary
A burglary took place in High Street, Church Eaton in early August.
Don't be Complacent

WARNING !

This is a general warning regarding two current telephone cold callers:

In the first, a home security and alarm company is telephoning residents and asking questions regarding their level of home security and whether they are members of Neighbourhood Watch - the caller goes on to offer a free consultation visit regarding the installation of a home security system. Although the installation is offered at a low price, further investigation reveals that monthly monitoring fees are exceptionally high. Advice is that anyone considering purchasing home security should get at least three quotes from reputable companies before making a decision.

The second cold caller is a scam offering to register residents with the Telephone Preferencing Service, to reduce unwanted cold caller telephone calls for a fee of almost £20. The caller asks for bank or credit card details. Please note that registering with the telephone Preferencing Service is FREE other than the cost of your phone call and can be done by calling 0845-070-070-7

Regards,
Vicki Singleton
Watch Liaison Officer, Neighbourhood Watch
Email: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

NEWSLETTER

 June - July 2010

Summer Precautions

Did you know that Chase Policing area saw a 7% drop in crime when comparing the 12 months April - March 2009-10 with the same period 2008-09.

Help us to reduce crime even further by taking some simple precautions:

Keep all doors and windows locked or secured not just when you’re out, but also when you’re at home but in another room

Lock away tools and gardening equipment, especially ladders, after use so that they can’t be used by an opportunist thief

If you go on holiday, it’s a good idea to make your home look occupied by using timer switches on lights and radio, and ask trusted neighbours to keep an eye out.

Leaner and smarter

The Chase Policing Division newsletter is going to change. It has been produced in its current form for nearly ten years and from the next edition in August, there will be a new look. The newsletter will be shorter, but more copies will be available.

Before the current newsletter, there was a publication some of you will remember called ‘The Citizen’ and copies were available from local pick-up points where Coordinators could collect them for distribution to their members. With the new look edition of the newsletter due to be published in August 2010 we are once again going to provide that service. As Coordinators, you will still receive your copy of the newsletter direct and messages will be sent to you by OWL, informing you of when extra copies of the newsletter will be available and the locations of your local pick-up points.

We hope that many of you will make use of this new service and distribute copies of the newsletter to your members. The new service will keep more members directly informed, encouraging them to be more active and to take some simple precautions to protect their homes and property. We’ll also be encouraging members to pass information to the police, council and other agencies – to help to maintain the quality of life in their area.

PRIZE QUIZ

 APRIL - MAY PRIZE WINNER

Kerry Wright, Cannock Chase Community Safety Officer, drew the two winning entries out of a hat. Mrs Hooley and Mr Price, both from the Rugeley area, correctly stated that Doorstep crime is the type of crime that can be stopped if we don’t deal with strangers on the doorstep.

OWL SUCCESS

During the Bank Holiday weekend at the start of May, when the Watch Managers were not on duty, Great Bridgford’s Coordinator was informed by a villager that there had been a suspected theft from a car. Because he has registered an e-mail address with OWL and because most of his members receive OWL messages by e-mail, he was able to use the OWL system himself to inform members of his Neighbourhood Watch of the incident and perhaps preventing further crime.

If you have access to the Internet, please consider receiving OWL messages by e-mail. An e-mail message can provide more information than a message sent by telephone and members who register an e-mail address also receive a password to visit the OWL web-site which contains lots of useful local information.

As a Coordinator, you can also manage your own Neighbourhood Watch scheme from the OWL web site and if you choose, you can send your own messages by e-mail to your scheme members using OWL – but only if you have encouraged your members to register their e-mail addresses.

If you would like further information on how to manage your own scheme and send occasional
e-mail messages using OWL, or if you or any member of your scheme would like to swap to receiving OWL messages by e-mail please contact the Chase Watch Team.

Contact details are on page 8.

TIPS FROM COORDINATORS 

Ed, Chadsmoor

Beware the scam e-mail purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs. The e-mail states that after an upgrade of their computer system it has been discovered that you are due a rebate of several hundred pounds for overpaid tax and that because of the high volume of refunds due, you must complete the on-line application form. The form is attached to the e-mail and asks for personal information including bank and debit/credit card details.

Rita, Chadsmoor

A scam letter is being circulated which purports to be from an employee of a bank in China who had a customer with your same last name. The bank invested money for this customer and the account contains thousands of US dollars. Unfortunately, the customer died and has no next of kin. The employee states that he is the only one that has access to the account and rather than the money be claimed by the state, he is willing to split it with you if you help him to get the money out of China. You’re asked to respond promptly to the letter – I will guess that if you do, the next contact will be to ask for your bank details.

DID YOU KNOW?

Last year reported incidents of anti-social behaviour dropped by 18% in Staffordshire and 85% of victims were satisfied with the service provided by Staffordshire Police. The new performance year began in April 2010 and during the first month 93% of victims were satisfied with the service provided to them, an increase of 8%.

Peace of Mind While You’re Away

If you’re off on holiday this year, the leaflet ’Peace of Mind While You’re Away’ provides common-sense precautions to make your home and belongings more secure. The leaflet is available FREE from the Chase Watch Team. Contact numbers are on page 8.

‘ICE’

Do you have a mobile phone? If so, two useful numbers to keep in your mobile’s address book are Staffordshire Police non-emergency number, and ‘ICE’ (‘In Case of Emergency’).

The idea is that under the word ‘ICE’ you store the number of a person that you would want contacted in case of an emergency. In an emergency situation it is then easy for the ambulance or the other emergency staff to find out your next of kin and get in touch with them. For more than one contact name use ‘ICE 1’, ‘ICE 2’ etc.

 

Take Care of Personal Possessions

We tend to be out and about more in the summer months and often carry a variety of personal possessions with us  –  for example mobile phones, keys, cash, debit and credit cards, personal organisers and cameras.

Keep your possessions secure:

When you go out, only take what you need

Never leave your purse, wallet or valuables on show. Keep your shopping bags or handbags zipped up. Take extra care when using back-pack type bags.

don’t leave bags unattended on trolleys or backs of chairs.

Be aware of your surroundings and people standing close to you. If you see someone acting suspiciously inform the police immediately

Spread your valuables around your person, for example your phone in your bag, keys in your pocket, money in your jacket

Never leave your bag unattended even for a few minutes

Cars should be left secure and in a bright, busy area with all valuables removed.

Trading Standards Warnings

 Fake Amazon e-mails

Beware e-mails purporting to be from the on-line retailer Amazon. They claim to be a confirmation for high value goods such as televisions being shipped to the recipient’s address. The attached .zip file appears to be a word document but in fact is malware that will compromise the security of the computer. Advice is not to open the attachments and to delete the e-mails immediately.

Unwanted telephone calls

Cut down on cold-calling telephone calls by registering with the telephone preference service (details on page 8). To stop silent calls from cold callers, ring the Silent Call Guard on 0844-372-2325. Registration is free and lasts for 12 months. Also beware of calls that ask you to press a number for further information as this could transfer you to a premium rate line which could cost £1.50 per minute.

Will Con

Letters have been sent out by an unregulated group of Will writers stating that a rule change means that some wills are invalid because each page isn’t numbered and signed. They con unsuspecting victims into paying for their wills to be re-written. The Probate Registry confirms there has been no such change and wills only need to be signed and witnessed on the back.

LOCAL NEWS 

Cannock & Rugeley NPUs

Introducing Oliver

Oliver Greatbach is the new Victim & Witness Champion for anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Cannock Chase. He aims to provide an enhanced level of emotional and practical support to those most affected by ASB. Anyone who has been affected by ASB and would like to talk to Oliver can contact him on   his mobile telephone number: 07938-487564

Speeders Fined

A one day initiative in Cannock and Rawnsley saw 15 tickets issues to motorists for speeding, nine tickets for not wearing a seatbelt, one for driving without a valid MOT and one for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Off-Road Bikes Seized

A number of off-road bikes have been seized around the Lime Lane, Newlands Road area in Norton Canes. PC Lucy Spicer said “Generally they do not have insurance and the financial penalty for getting the bikes back is so extreme that the owners don’t bother reclaiming them. The bikes then end up being crushed.”

Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability)

Dog AID is a national voluntary organisation which specialises in training for people with disabilities and their own pet dog and can include training the dog to perform specialised tasks to help the owner. Our local branch of Dog AID is holding a Summer Fair at Avon & Leisure Centre (near Asda in Cannock) on Saturday 14th June. They are in need of raffle and tombola prizes and volunteers to man stalls. There is also an opportunity for organisations to have their own free stand (any money taken to be split 50/50 with the organisation and Dog AID).

For further information please contact Erica and Allan Bennett by mid-June on 01543-270026 or by e-mail at: bennett.erica@talk21.com       

Stafford & Stone NPUs

Scrap Van Seized

 A Transit van used being used to tout for scrap metal in the Eccleshall area has been seized by police. The driver was issued with a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice and given six penalty points for failing to have the correct insurance for collecting and transporting scrap metal. The driver was also given advice regarding his amplified bugle which was in contrary to the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

Drug Arrest

A Warrant executed at an address in the Doxey area resulted in one man being arrested on suspicion of possessing a quantity of Class B drugs

Right Stuff Charity Event

A Sparathon charity event held at Rowley Park Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday was organised by PC Andy Whitehall and the Right Stuff boxing clubs and raised £2,200

 

Wombourne & Watling Street NPUs

Cannabis Successes

A tip-off led to a Warrant being served on a house in the Huntington area, where police officers discovered almost 50 Cannabis plants and growing equipment.

In Pattingham, two men have been arrested and charged after a local resident reported them as behaving suspiciously. Following police enquiries, more than 130 cannabis plants were seized from a local house.

Sgt Matt Walker from Wombourne said “Our message to drug dealers and criminals is simple – we are not going away and will continue working with partners to rid communities of the scourge of drug dealing”.

Injunction Extended

A High Court Injunction on an area of Penkridge used by travellers has been extended after South Staffs Council stepped up its action against the illegal site.

Caravans moved onto the site in November 2009 and the council refused retrospective planning permission on the site in January 2010. the Injunction, due to expire during May has been extended until the planning appeal process is completed and prevents any further building on the site and prevents any further people coming onto the site.

Doorstep Crime Quiz

Do you keep your front and back doors locked at all times? 

YES/NO
Do you keep your windows closed and secure in all of your unoccupied rooms? YES/NO
Do you keep your money in a bank or building society (and not hidden somewhere at home)? YES/NO
Do you inform near neighbours when you receive an important OWL warning message from Neighbourhood Watch? YES/NO
Do you check who is at the door before opening it?  YES/NO
Do you keep your door shut except when the caller has an appointment? YES/NO

Do you call the police if you see something suspicious or if someone suspicious comes to your door?

YES/NO
Do you know how to contact the police in an emergency? YES/NO
Do you know how to contact the police if your call is not an emergency? YES/NO

Do you know who your local Neighbourhood Beat Officer (NBO) or Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) is?

YES/NO

Do you know how to contact your Neighbourhood Beat Officer or Police Community Support Officer?

YES/NO

Is your house number clearly visible from the street so that emergency services can find your address easily?

YES/NO
   

IF YOU ANSWERED ‘NO’ TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS,

NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

CONTACT THE CHASE WATCH TEAM:

 
 Vicki Singleton telephone 01543-464218  
 Ash Connor telephone 01785-234129  

 Ray Jones telephone 01785-234427

 

 Bogus doorstep callers are professional criminals who earn their living by tricking their way into resident’s homes. They distract the resident while they steal money or other valuables.

We can STOP these crimes from being committed by encouraging neighbours to take control of their doorstep and to keep their doors and windows secure so that no one can enter a home unless they are invited.

STOP and think – if you’re not expecting a caller and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in

CHAIN – use the door chain before opening the door

CHECK – ask to see identification and double check this by calling the company they are representing, before letting anyone into your home

 If in any doubt call ‘999’ immediately

Important Telephone Numbers

 Staffordshire Police Emergency Telephone Number     In the case of an emergency call    999

 Staffordshire Police                             0300-123-44-55    Non Emergency Number

For all non-emergency calls. The call handler will transfer you to the most appropriate person to deal with your enquiry

 Staffordshire Fire & Rescue                          08451 22 11 55        Non Emergency Number                        

For information and advice 

Staffordshire Trading Standards                   01785 277888                                    

For free information, advice and assistance to consumers

 Staffordshire Trading Standards                   0777 379 2252  

24 hour Rapid Response Team              

They can advise or respond to anyone in the Community who thinks that they are being targeted by a rogue doorstep trader. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In an emergency call 999

Crimestoppers     0800 555 111                                                                                       

To pass specific information about crime or criminals anonymously and without  direct contact with the police. Calls are FREE from land lines and most mobile phones. The service is anonymous and rewards of up to £1,000 are available for information that leads to an arrest and charge.

Cannock Chase District Council                           01543-462621

Stafford Borough Council                                      01785-619000

South Staffordshire District Council                    01902-696000        

Age Concern                                          01785 788499

For general enquires,information and advice            

Boing (UK) Ltd                                       0800 587 0548

Boing UK Ltd works in partnership with Staffordshire Police in providing a free telephone service to the public, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. If you have a personal emergency, and need non-police help, Boing have a data base of local traders and services such as plumbers, glaziers and tree surgeons, and they can provide information about local services such as late night chemists and 24 hour petrol stations.

Clarence                                                0800 23 23 23

Staffordshire County Council have a Customer Lighting And Roads ENquiry CEntre for residents to report problems with roads, pavements, street lighting and blocked road drains. 

Call CLARENCE free of charge between 8am – 6pm

Consumer Direct                                    08454 04 05 06

Provides practical consumer advice on all kinds of consumer issues from problems with cars to faulty household appliances

Domestic Violence

Staffordshire Women’s Aid       (for women) 0870 2700 123

Victim support (for men)                       01785 715666

Confidential, specialist advice or someone to talk to about all aspects of domestic violence            

Fly tipping

Report incidents of fly tipping to your local council on the following numbers:

Cannock Chase District Council                    01543 462621

Stafford Borough                                          01785 619401

South Staffs Council                                     01902 696000                     

Preferencing Services

To cut down on telephone cold-calling                       0845 070 0707. 

The call must be made from the telephone number receiving the unwanted calls.  You can also use this number to reduce the number of unwanted text messages to your mobile phone. 

To reduce cold-calling Fax messages                  0845 070 0702

To cut down on personally addressed junk mail.  0845-703-4599 Allow at least four months before you will see a reduction in the amount you receive. 

Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Trader Register                                                    01785 330888

The Trader Register aims to reassure consumers, providing advice and information on employing a trader and working together to get things right first time. The Register covers all aspects of home improvement and repair work, including building, carpentry, external property repairs, decorating and home security. To contact the register please call between 10am and 4pm 

THE CHASE WATCH TEAM

We provide members of Neighbourhood Watch and other Watches with support, guidance and advice:

Vicki Singleton: Telephone 01543-464218

e-mail:  victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Ash Connor: Telephone 01785-234129

e-mail: patrick.connor@staffordire.pnn.police.uk

Ray Jones: Telephone 01785-234427

e-mail: raymond.jones@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

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April - May 2010

Warning for computer users

Horse owners beware

Trading Standards Officers have issued a renewed warning to computer users to be on their guard against unsolicited telephone calls from phoney computer support personnel.

In 2008 Officers issued a warning about the practices of a company known as supportonclick who were cold calling computer users and claiming to be representing Microsoft. Their tactic is to convince the user that something is wrong with their PC and purchase software that they do not actually need. The fraudsters use leading, generalised questioning techniques that often have the effect of convincing the user that their individual circumstances are known to the calling company. Callers often know the user's name, giving them greater plausibility. The Service has continued to receive complaints about the Indian-based company and are advising computer users to remain vigilant.
Officers advise that effective online security is crucial, and users should ensure that their PCs are running up-to-date anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software. However, good security need not be complicated or expensive - many security vendors provide free versions of their software for personal use.
Officers advise PC users to read up on online security via http://www.getsafeonline.org/. They also advise turning off any ‘auto-preview' features in their email software, and encourage all email users to observe their tips for avoiding email spam.
If you think you may have been contact by supportonclick, please report this to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk.

This is a warning to members who have anything to do with horses.

A horse owner in the Bradley area of Stafford has reported that one of their horses has had part of it's mane plaited.

Police believe that this is a method used by criminals to identify horses in preparation for their theft.

A male wearing a fluorescent jacket was seen in the area recently but we have no further description.

Could you please review the security of any horses and tack that you own and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk.

Doorstep Crime Reminder:

The incidents of doorstep crime often increase in Spring. The good news is that this type of crime can be STOPPED

Please help to reduce the opportunities for doorstep crime by reminding neighbours –particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours that if we do not to open the door to strangers or deal with unexpected doorstep callers, doorstep crime cannot be committed.

Anyone that deals with strangers on the doorstep runs the risk of being identified by doorstep criminals and targeted more than once to become not only the victim of overcharging and poor workmanship, but a possible target for a bogus caller.

Seasonal Warning – Protect Your Shed

In the old days, most garden sheds were probably used to keep a few garden tools and a lawn mower, but times have changed and for many of us, the shed is a convenient storage option for bulky valuables such as fishing equipment, golf clubs, power tools and mountain bikes – all attractive to the thief.

Spring often sees an increase in the reports of shed burglaries. Some of these may have occurred during Winter when sheds were not being used, but some will be new crimes, with criminals targeting the valuables kept in sheds now that the better weather provides more opportunities to sell them.

Please consider security marking all the property stored in your shed. Your lawn mower will be harder to sell with your post-code and house number painted across it.

Consider a shed alarm. Most criminals will flee empty handed when the alarm sounds, rather than risk being seen and identified. Alarms are cheap and available from most DIY stores.

For further information about securing your shed, contact the Chase Watch Team for a free booklet. Contact details are on page 8. 

Preen Your Scheme

There has been a good response following the article in the February-March newsletter regarding the OWL message system, and more members of Neighbourhood Watch have opted to receive the OWL warning messages direct – many by e-mail.

We would still like to increase the number of Watch members receiving the OWL messages: The more members who receive the information direct, the faster a message can be spread across the scheme area. 

Please promote OWL to your scheme members. If they have access to the Internet, there are great advantages in members receiving messages by e-mail. We can send more information than by telephone, and the OWL website provides lots of useful local information. Because many people only check their e-mail occasionally during the day, if members with e-mail addresses have also registered a telephone number, occasionally, when there is a very urgent message, such as a report of a bogus caller in the area, we will over-ride preferences and strive to send those urgent warnings by telephone.

If any members of your scheme would like swap from receiving OWL messages by telephone and receive future messages by e-mail, they just need to contact the Chase Watch Team with their e-mail address. Members who don’t currently receive the OWL messages direct and who would like to register simply need to fill in a data protection form. The forms are available from the Chase Watch Team.

As part of this year’s spring-cleaning, do members of your scheme need bright, new Neighbourhood Watch stickers and ‘we don’t buy or sell at the door’ cards do display in their windows?  They’re free and available from the Chase Watch Team – just let us know how many you require.

The Chase Watch Team

Cannock & Rugeley NPUs - Vicki Singleton: Ring: 01543-464218

E-mail: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Stafford & Stone NPUs Ash Connor: Ring: 01785-234129

E-mail: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Wombourne & Watling Street NPUs - Ray Jones: Ring 01785-234427

E-mail: raymond.jones@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

PRIZE QUIZ

THIS MONTH TWO WINNING ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE A PURSE SNATCH CHAIN AND A VIBRATION ALARM FOR USE ON DOORS OR WINDOWS

The silver coloured snatch chains are approximately 14 inches long with a spring hook on one end and a slit ring on the other. One end can be attached to your purse or wallet and the other to your handbag or clothing to deter pick-pockets and thieves. The battery operated vibration alarm is attached by the adhesive pad to a door or window. If it is disturbed by vibration, it will sound for approximately 20 seconds and then re-arm.

This month’s question is:

What sort of crime can be STOPPED if we don’t deal with strangers on the doorstep?

(The answer is in the newsletter)

Telephone 01543-464218 or 01785-234129 with your answer, or post it to:

Neighbourhood Watch, Police Station, Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, Staffs, WS11 1AU

Entries must be received by Friday 21st May 2010

Results and correct answer will be published in the June-July newsletter

FEBRUARY - MARCH PRIZE WINNER

PC Lisa Deans, Stafford Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinator, drew the two winning entries out of a hat. Mr L. E English, Stafford and Mr Stan Davies, Hazel Slade, correctly stated that the Scamnesty campaign was to run in February 2010

TIPS FROM COORDINATORS

Vivienne, Codsall

Beware telephone and Broadband companies who cold-call at the door and try to get you to change your supplier. One such incident occurred in Codsall where female doorstep callers were reluctant to give the resident any written information about their offer and asked to enter the house to make an 0800 phone call to check that the resident was eligible before providing written information. The resident declined. In the past, some cold-callers that have been allowed in have used very hard-sell techniques.

Dusty, Shropshire border

Phone scams continue: a caller may try to solicit your bank details by claiming that you are owed a refund or try to get you to dial a premium rate number as part of the application process for a loan.

Lou, Stafford and Anthea, South Staffs

Be on your guard when answering the phone. There is a scam where a caller purports to be from something like the ‘Security & Fraud’ department with a credit card company and purports to be checking a purchase made on your card because it is suspected of being fraudulent. When you agree that you didn’t make the purchase, the caller states that they will be issuing you with a credit for the amount of the purchase … all they need is for you to give them the three digit security number on your credit card so they can verify it. This scam concludes with purchases being charged to your card by these criminals.

Andy, Rugeley

Credit cards and debit cards are at risk of theft by teams of criminals targeting shoppers who have used an ATM machine. One of the team will have been nearby and noted the number when the PIN was put into the machine. When the shopper returns to the car and puts shopping and handbag in the vehicle, a member of the criminal team approaches and distracts the shopper by asking directions while flourishing a map. During the distraction, an accomplice steals debit/credit cards from the handbag, but leaves everything else in place, so that the theft isn’t obvious, and the cards will be used at the nearby cash machines almost immediately.

Be very cautious at ATM machines and don’t let anyone see your PIN number and when loading shopping into the car keep it locked while you return the shopping trolley and if anyone approaches you, make sure the car is locked  before talking to them.

Janet, Stafford

Another telephone scam is from a caller purporting to be from a reputable and certified partner of Microsoft who has detected faults on your computer. After some preamble, the caller offers a five year warranty that the caller claims will keep the computer up to date. Only after a long conversation does the caller mention the charge for this supposed service. Always check out any company before accepting their services. A look on Google revealed the names of several companies operating similar scams.

Allan, South Staffs

Inheritance scams are still circulating, targeting individuals and purporting that someone of the same last name has died abroad leaving millions of pounds unclaimed, and with no next of kin. The letter purports that as the recipient has the same last name, they could share in the funds if they are willing to follow instructions to complete the transaction. The first step is to provide the letter writer with telephone or e-mail contact details so that the transaction can begin. Anyone who replies would then be asked for such things as personal and bank details and for a deposit of some monies (often hundreds of pounds) for processing fees, taxes or other reasons.

LOCAL NEWS

CANNOCK & RUGELEY NPUs 

Rugeley Children Educate Parents

Parking problems are being given a fresh approach at one Rugeley school. PCSO Liz Dale and Rugeley fire fighters have talked to the children about the importance of road safety  and considerate parking, even taking along a fire engine so that children could see the size of the vehicle that would need access through the road in case of an emergency. Each class of pupils at Hob Hill Primary school in Armitage Lane have designed a poster to display outside the school to educate parents and local residents and parents have been asked to park on just one side of the road during school opening and closing times to allow access for emergency vehicles.

Home comforts

Have you heard about the Home Comforts Furniture Reuse Project? The project covers Cannock North, East and South, Hednesford North, Brereton & Ravenhill and Hagley. Reusable furniture is available at low cost to anyone experiencing difficult circumstances. Home Comforts is based at Hawkes Green and they can also arrange to view reusable furniture that you no longer require and arrange collection.

Home Comforts needs more volunteers and there are opportunities in Business Administration, Customer Service, Warehousing and Stock Distribution, Stock Maintenance and Drivers Assistants to name but a few.

For more information about Home Comforts call Donna on 01543-467555

STREET WARDENS

Cannock & Rugeley Street Wardens offer support to residents, they work with young people in and outside school and work with other agencies to help resolve local problems such as nuisance and anti-social behaviour. Contact them on 01543-437430

STAFFORD & STONE NPUs

Bobbies on the Run

Two teams from Staffordshire Police have raised money for this year’s Sports Relief by running along routes that take in some of the force’s major police stations.

One team covered the more northern part of the area taking in Hanley and Newcastle before ending in Stone while a second team started at Stafford Police Station, visited the Weston Road headquarters and then made their way to Stone to rendezvous with their colleagues

WOMBOURNE & WATLING NPUs

Featherstone in the Limelight

Featherstone Neighbourhood Watch is going from strength-to-strength.

Since receiving the Best Practice Award from National Neighbourhood Watch (only one of five schemes to be recognised in this way in the Midland area), the scheme has been visited by members of Neighbourhood Watch schemes from around the country eager to learn more about their success and how they can do the same, and recently members of the Neighbourhood Watch featured on Radio West Midlands along with Professor Carl Chin looking into the mysteries of the iron chain  around the Featherstone oak tree. Was it used in past times for tethering horses or as part of the ducking stool sited at the now disappeared Featherstone lake?

Members of Featherstone Neighbourhood Watch have also been instrumental in the preparations to set up a Junior Neighbourhood Watch for 7-11 year olds at a local school. The group is going to be called the ‘Owletts’.

Seasonal Crime

Bicycles

Bicycle thefts often increase in spring.

At home, keep your bike secure and locked at all times

When out, always lock your bike, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes

Avoid parking your bike in isolated or dimly-lit places where a thief is less likely to be seen

Get a good bike lock. Hardened steel D shaped locks are recommended as the minimum standard. A local bike shop can advise, or go to www.soldsecure.com

When you leave your bike, lock it to an immovable object: Use a bike rack if you can or lock it to a lamp post or sturdy railings

Secure the removable parts of your bike such as wheels and take smaller parts such as quick-release saddles and lights with you.

Consider having your bike security marked to make it easily identifiable

Garden ornaments and Furniture

The theft of garden ornaments, furniture and planters is another Spring/Summer trend. Consider the security of your property and remember that valuable planters and ornaments are safer in the back garden where passers by can’t see them.

Secure garden furniture using an anchoring device to make it harder to move. These can also be used to protect expensive planters and ornamental trees.

Use brackets to protect hanging baskets.

Consider security marking your valuables. If they would be difficult to mark, take a photograph of them to help with identification if the worst happens and they are stolen.

Unlocked Doors and Windows

In over 25% of all house burglaries, the criminal doesn’t break in – they climb in through an insecure window or walk in through an unlocked door. As the warmer weather arrives, it’s easy to forget how important it is to keep out homes secure to protect them from opportunist criminals.

Even a small window can attract an opportunist burglar. They may be agile enough to climb through, or may just reach through to open a larger window to gain entry.

Unlocked rear doors attract opportunist thieves who only take seconds to grab the valuables such as handbags, mobile phones and keys left near to the door.

Keep doors and windows secure and locked not just when you go out, but in any unoccupied rooms when you are at home or in the garden, and watch out for any strangers approaching the rear of your neighbour’s property – rear doors and windows are often out of sight and give a criminal more time to break in. Always tell the police immediately if you see anything suspicious.

Check out scrap dealers and other companies in your area The Environment Agency has a register of the businesses licensed to operate in your area. Searches can be made on a company name, license/permit number, by postcode, or town to check that anyone operating locally is licensed. The register includes scrap merchants and covers business licensed for the following:

Agricultural Waste Exemptions

Agricultural Waste Exemptions for Local Authorities in England and Wales

Agricultural Waste Exemptions for Natural England

Hazardous Waste, Waste Carriers, Waste Brokers

Water Quality and Pollution Control

Environmental Permits (previously Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC))

Environmental Permits (previously Integrated Pollution Control (IPC))

Radioactive Substances Information

Environmental Permits (Waste Management Licensing)

The Public Register information is available online at:

 www2.environment-agency.gov.uk/epr/search.asp

(With thanks to Nigel, Stafford)

 

Trading Standards Warnings

Bogus Financial Requests

The Financial Services Authority is aware of a number of bogus communications claiming to be from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) or the Financial Ombudsman (FOS) which ask the recipient for personal information or money.

The bogus communications are often in the form of letters or e-mails and they sometimes use the name of a current of former employer. It is believed that the communications are likely to be linked to fraud and you are strongly advised not to respond to them.

If you are in doubt about the authenticity of any communications from he FSA please contact 0845-606-1234. For doubts about communications from the FOS please contact 0845-080-1800

Bank Charges Scam

Cold callers are offering to help householders reclaim bank charges on their behalf. They may claim to be from  the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and ask for personal and financial details. The OFT will never contact a householder direct to ask for such information.

Bank Card Verification Scam

The scam e-mails purport to be from Interswitch Nigeria and that new security measures are being introduced. They ask you to register your debit card details along with contact details so that a verification code can be sent to you. There is a warning that if you don’t respond, your debit card will be terminated within 48 hours. Advice is not to open such e-mails but forward them to: spoof@millersmiles.co.uk or reportphishing@antiphishing.org

 

IN BRIEF

CCTV Success

The culprit responsible for damaging a number of cars in a Cannock street in the early hours of one Saturday morning was identified by evidence from a resident’s CCTV camera and promptly dealt with by the Police.

Tractor Recovered

Information from a member of the public led to the recovery of a valuable farm tractor stolen several months ago. The information led officers to an address in the Codsall area where a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of theft and handling

Damage Paid For

A police Officer driving down a road in the Chadsmoor area spotted a youth kick and damage a drainpipe. The officer spoke with the householder, who was happy for the youth to pay for the damage, before escorting the youth to his parent’s address.

Cloning Arrests

Following reports of the attempted use of cloned credit cards at Norton Canes and Stafford service stations, Police have arrested four men on suspicion of credit card fraud at a Norton Canes service station.

Thief Arrested

A quick-thinking neighbour took the vehicle registration number of a man who was acting suspiciously in the Great Wyrley area. The man told the neighbour that he had permission from the householder to take items including valuable electrical coil from a garden, but when the theft came to light, the neighbour was able to give the registration number to the police and the offender was quickly traced and charged with theft.

Operation Nemesis Arrest

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis in a house in the Heath Hayes area following a warrant exercised under Operation Nemesis, which aims to stamp out drug activity and make communities safer.

PC Dean Cooper, Neighbourhood Officer for Heath Hayes said “Drug related activity can affect the quality of life for everyone in our communities and local residents should take comfort from the knowledge that by working with the police, we can remove this type of activity from the streets of Staffordshire.

Operation Crackdown

Officers working with Her Majesties Courts Service (HMCS) to catch fine-dodgers have arrested 21 people in the Chase area. £2,265 has been collected in fines.

Thief Identified by Witnesses

A local man who entered a public house in the Cannock area as a legitimate customer, but then sneaked into the staff only area and stole property was witnessed by staff who recognised the offender and identified him to the police

Did You Know?

(With thanks to Philip, Stafford)

Under extreme conditions microwaved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach boiling point and can become superheated. The superheated liquid will then bubble up out of the container when it is moved or something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To reduce the chances of this happening and causing injury, it is advisable not to heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup and to let the cup stand for 30 seconds before moving it or adding anything into it.

Inserting an object into the liquid for the heating time can minimise the risk (for example a wooden spoon, or wooden skewer) and it is a sensible precaution not to heat a liquid for longer than recommended. When moving the heated liquid consider protecting your hands, and keep your face well away from the container.

 

NEWSLETTER
 

June - July 2009

 

What’s In Your Garage?

 With the warmer weather, have you considered a late Spring-clean?

To help to combat incidents of car crime, why not clear out the garage and make space for your car? If your car is secure and parked in your locked garage it is protected from damage, less likely to be broken into and less likely to be stolen.

To combat the incidents where car keys are stolen from a house and then used to steal a resident’s car, follow this simple crime reduction advice:

Remember, an insurance company may not look favourably on any claim where it has been made easy for the criminal

Are You Making the Most of OWL?

If you don’t currently receive the Neighbourhood Watch OWL messages but would like to do so, or if you have any queries or concerns about the new Neighbourhood Watch OWL messages, if you would like to change the time periods for receiving messages or the method by which messages are received, please contact the Chase Watch Team. Contact details are on page eight.

Remember: If you chose to receive OWL messages by e-mail, you have the added benefit of access to the OWL web site which has lots of useful, local information, everything from local crime statistics, property prices and information about your local police and councillors to a means of reporting such things as broken street lights and fly tipping

PRIZE QUIZ

THIS MONTH TWO WINNING ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE A DOOR MINDER ALARM   

The alarm hangs on the inside of the door handle. If an intruder touches the external door handle the alarm will emit a loud siren. As soon as the door handle is released the siren will stop and the alarm will re-arm itself and activate if the door handle is touched again.

This month’s question is:

What should you keep in your garage?

a) An old three piece suite, b) The car, c) Junk

(The answer is in the newsletter)

Telephone 01543-464218 or 01785-234129 with your answer, or post it to:

Neighbourhood Watch, Police Station, Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, Staffs, WS11 1AU

Entries must be received by Friday31st July 2009

Results and correct answer will be published in the August September newsletter

APRIL - MAY PRIZE WINNER

Crime Reduction Officer Mark Dodd drew the three winning entries out of a hat.  Mrs Wilson, Penkridge, Mr Price, Rugeley and Mrs Lyne, Stafford, all correctly stated that the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter is published every two months.

 

 

 

 

 

  

Digital TV Reminder

 

 

 

The Central Television area is planned to switch from analogue to digital television in 2011, and there is the potential for rogue traders to take advantage of the changeover.

The changeover is being managed by Digital UK, a non-profit making organisation. No-one from Digital UK will call on a householder without first making an appointment. Carefully check the identity of any doorstep caller and ring the company to check that the caller is genuine BEFORE opening the door and letting them in. Always turn away any cold callers. About 60% of households already have digital TV, but if you only receive  BBC1, BBC2, ITV, channels 4 and 5, you may need to convert by 2011 to continue to watch after the switchover. Going digital can be simple and inexpensive. For further information, Digital UK has a help line on: 08456-50-50-50 or visit their web site at: www.digitaluk.co.uk

An Internet Warning

After tossing her books into the lounge, she decided to grab a snack and get on-line. She logged in under her screen name ‘byAngel1213’ and checking her buddy list, saw that GoTo123 was on. She sent him an instant message;

Meanwhile GoTo123 searched on-line for ByAngel1213’s profile. When it came up, he highlighted what he knew about her so far: Her name is Shannon, Birthday 3rd January, age 13 years, Her hobbies are basketball and skating. He knew she lived in Charlestown because she told him. He knew she stayed on her own after school, he knew that on Thursday evenings she played basketball after school and that number 7 was printed on her jersey. He knew she attended St Mary’s High School – she had told him all of this on-line. He had enough information to find her now.

The following Thursday Shannon saw a man staring at her during the basketball game. GoTo123 noticed the number 7 and Shannon’s name on her jersey and he knew that he had found her. Quietly, he followed a safe distance behind her as Shannon walked home. Once he saw where she lived, he returned to his car and waited.

Shannon was in her room later that evening when she heard voices in the living room and her father called her. He sounded upset and when she went into the room she saw the man from the park sitting there. Her father said “This man has just told us a most interesting story about you”.

The man said to Shannon “I am a police officer and your on-line friend GoTo123.  I know I told you that I was 14 years old and lived in Sydney, but that wasn’t true, and although you never told me your full name or address, you gave me enough information to be able to find you. I came here today to teach you how dangerous it is to talk to strangers on-line. Some bad people pretend to be kids on-line and if they find someone the way I found you, they could do them harm”.

With thanks to Crime Reduction Officer Phil Russon

Advanced Fee Scam

Beware letters or e-mails originating in Nigeria purporting to want help to get money out of the country with the use of a foreign bank account, and offering a share of a large sum of money to anyone who will help. This fraud is commonly known as ‘West African’ or ‘419’. At the heart of the scam is the advance fee aspect. Just before the money is about to be transferred some unforeseen difficulty occurs and a fee from the victim is necessary to overcome the problem. 1000s of these letters are sent out daily to people world wide. If you receive such a letter, do not reply.

SPECIAL OFFER

Chase Division Strategic Crime Reduction Officer PC Gordon Scott has some Autolock 2000 Steering Locks for sale at the bargain price of £25

If you would like to buy one of the steering locks or would like further information, please contact PC Scott on 01543-464312

LOCAL NEWS

CANNOCK & RUGELEY NPUs

Car Enthusiasts Targeted

An operation aimed to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour and traffic offences committed by car enthusiasts has taken place at Orbital Way Cannock. The operation was undertaken by officers from Cannock Neighbourhood Response Team, colleagues from the Central Motorway Police group and The Vehicle Operators Services Industry (VOSA). During the operation, 73 vehicles were stopped, 20 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued, 3 vehicles were seized for no insurance, 3 vehicles were prohibited (taken off the road) and one motorist gave a positive breath test. Sgt Karen Stevenson of the Road Policing Team said “This was a very successful operation which targeted the anti-social use of excess speed and excess noise amongst car enthusiasts as well as ensuring that their vehicles were mechanically sound”.

Partnership Success

Officers from the Rugeley Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) have worked with partners in an effort to reduce the opportunities for anti-social behaviour in the Brereton area.  Residents along Armitage Road had raised concerns regarding behaviour in a concealed alleyway and as a result, earlier this year a 9ft wall was demolished and replaced with a lower wall and railings. This has made sure that anyone behaving anti-socially can be seen. Funding from Staffordshire County Council Highways Department has enabled a second wall and steps towards the alley to be replaced. PCSO Liz Dale said “These changes would not have been made possible without a number of partner agencies pulling together”.

Rugeley Alcohol Seized

Officers from Rugeley NPU have confiscated more than 100 cans and bottles of alcohol from young people during a recent operation in the Rugeley area. Focussing on increasing public reassurance and confidence, the town’s Special constables and PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) seized alcohol from those under the age of 18 who were spotted during the initiative. Sgt Chris Rodger said “The operation was in response to community concerns that a minority of young people are buying or being given alcohol and then drinking in local areas which can lead to incidents of anti-social behaviour”.

STREET WARDENS

Cannock & Rugeley Street Wardens offer support to residents, they work with young people in and outside school and work with other agencies to help resolve local problems such as nuisance and anti-social behaviour. Contact them on 01543-437430

STAFFORD & STONE NPUs

Would You Like To Volunteer?

Stafford & District Age Concern is looking for volunteers for new and existing projects. Car drivers, volunteers to help form Friendship groups, volunteers to help support Signpost Centres at Bradbury House and the Davy Jones Centre by helping in the café areas and other duties and volunteer gardeners are amongst the volunteering opportunities. To find out more, please contact the Volunteer Support Worker on 01785-607060 or e-mail: patrick@ageconcernstafford.org.uk

Stafford Stickers Aim to Reduce Speed

Officers from Stafford NPU have teamed up with Stafford Borough Council in a bid to cut speeding in Gravel Lane. Local Officers visited residents in May and issued them with stickers and information leaflets highlighting the 30mph speed limit on the road. Residents are now being encouraged to mount these stickers on their refuse bins – a weekly reminder for motorists to slow down on the road.

Shopping Centre Award

The Guildhall Shopping Centre in Stafford has been handed the Parmark Certificate – a national award and the police stamp of approval for car parks. The award is for having a safe, clean, crime free and user friendly place for shoppers to leave their vehicles – and the Guildhall site is the first car park in Stafford Borough to be given the award.

Parmark is an ACPO owned company and the award is initially granted for 12 months. The site is then re-inspected and if it continues to reach standards it can be awarded for 2 years at a time thereafter.

WOMBOURNE & WATLING NPUs

Watling Street Bike Training

Police Community Support Officers from Watling Street Neighbourhood Policing Unit will be visiting local schools to provide cycle training sessions in the hope of making students even safer over the summer holidays. Pricefield first school in Penkridge, St Marys & St Chad in Brewood and St Pauls first School in Coven have all signed up.

As part of the programme the youngsters will have their bikes looked at by officers to make sure that they are road worthy. Bike marking will be carried out on the bikes and the PCSOs will encourage the youngsters to cycle safely in the school grounds before going out on local roads, developing their observational skills, manoeuvrability skills as well as introducing them to the Highway Code.

Kinver Boxing Club

Youngsters in the Kinver area are being invited to sign up to a new Boxing club, a scheme being spearheaded by local PCSOs Karleen Salmon-Denson and Nicki Robins along with ABA Boxing coach Geoff Hampton and retained fire fighter Andy Johnson.

The aim is to give teens a safe place to meet, socialise and learn discipline in sport. The club comes after youngsters voiced what they want in the local community and it has been funded by PASS (Partners Assuring a Safer Staffordshire) and the Community Learning Partnership.

Section 30 Renewed

Staffordshire Police and South Staffs Council have agreed to renew the Section 30 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 in the Bilbrook and Codsall area. The order has been renewed until Thursday 23rd July 2009

Wombourne Youngsters Get to Grips with Crime

Wombourne Neighbourhood Officers PC Jo Grundy and PCSO Claire Clifton have been helping Year 7 youngsters at Bilbrook Middle School to investigate crime first hand and learn about the custody procedure.

Focussed on a Citizen Foundation project, the youngsters investigate an imaginary incident of anti-social behaviour involving two characters. They role play events after the arrest of the pair and play the parts of Custody Sergeant, arresting and interviewing officers, solicitor, appropriate adult, the two characters and supporting Police Officers. Using a script they even have to decide whether the pair of characters are guilty, and as part of the exercise, get to see inside a custody cell.

Carol Evans, Inclusion Officer at Bilbrook Middle School said “ The programme helps raise the young peoples awareness of how the law works “.

Holiday Security

The holiday season is here again and many of us will be going away, leaving our homes empty for a week or so. A house that looks unoccupied is more vulnerable to the opportunist burglar, but a few simple precautions can help to reduce the opportunities for this type of crime:

Think! Don’t be distracted by the excitement and rush to get away. Carefully check that you have made your home secure before you leave: Ensure that all doors and windows are closed and locked

Another ATM Trick

Our neighbours in Shropshire have highlighted yet another cash machine crime: A female, second in the queue to use the Cashspoint stood on a £10 note and suggested to the Cashpoint user that they had dropped the note. While the user was distracted, a male took the card and it was subsequently used to withdraw money from the account.

 

If It sounds Too Good To Be True ……

A stranger approached a man in a car park in the Cannock area and offered to sell him a flat-screen television from the back of his car. The man unfortunately agreed to buy the TV and paid £140 (which sounds like a bargain). The TV was nicely packaged but when the man unwrapped it, it wasn’t as described and it was damaged. It later transpired that the television was also stolen property.

Do You Contact the Chase Watch Team by e-mail?

If you contact the Chase Watch Team by e-mail, please would you include your name and address. The Team appreciates the many telephone calls and e-mails that we receive from members of Neighbourhood Watch and we endeavour to reply to every one, but it would save us time if we could immediately identify who the sender is, instead of needing to search our data base to match an e-mail address to a name and postal address.

IN BRIEF

Liverpool Men Arrested

Following a house burglary in the Rawnsley area where car keys and the resident’s car were also stolen, three suspects have been arrested in the Liverpool area in possession of the stolen vehicle.

Fingerprint Success

One offender has been arrested for two house burglaries in the Hazel Slade/Rawnsley area of Rugeley. The offender was identified from fingerprints left at the scene of one of the crimes

Gnosall Juvenile Given Warning

Following damage to the windows of Gnosall Police Post, investigating officers working with the community identified and arrested a local youth. The 17 year old has been given a final warning by the officers.

Four Arrests in Stone

Around 55 vehicles were scratched and damaged in The Stone area one evening in May. With the help of information provided by the public, officers have arrested four youths on suspicion of criminal damage. The four are on bail until June when investigations will continue

Boot Sale Goods Seized

Watling Street Police Officers, Trading Standards Officials and other partners conducted a high visibility operation at Bednall car boot sale on the A34, one day in May.

The good seized included between 40,000 and 50,000 counterfeit DVDs, CDs and computer games with an estimated high street value of £100,000

Jail for Cannock Man

A Cannock man has been jailed for four months for breaching his Anti-Social Behaviour Order. The man was given a two year ASBO in April 2008 which states that he must not beg across the county. He breached that order in November 2008 and was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years. Further reports that he was asking shoppers and residents in the Heath Hayes area for money led to an appearance at Cannock Magistrates Court in May where he was sentenced to the four months imprisonment

Off Road Bikes Crushed

During the past two months an operation carried out by officers in the Brereton, Prospect Village, Norton Canes, Wimblebury and Hednesford areas has seen 38 off-road riders given warnings and nine motorbikes seized for crushing.

Prior to the operation, Cannock and Rugeley Neighbourhood Policing Units had received complaints from residents regarding the nuisance caused by off-road vehicles being driven irresponsibly around the villages.

TRADING STANDARDS WARNINGS

Mobility Equipment Scam

Reports have been received regarding mobility companies operating in Staffordshire trying to persuade residents to buy large pieces of mobility equipment. The companies often follow the same pattern:

Continually telephoning residents until they agree to be visited

Arrange a time to visit but not turn up

Turn up the day after the scheduled visit unannounced

Advise customers that the company is connected to Social Services or other voluntary organisations

Pressure customers to buy large pieces of equipment such as stair lifts or beds.

Advice is to be very cautious of cold-callers and not to deal with strangers by telephone or at the door. Before committing to purchase equipment, seek professional Health and Social Care advice

 USEFUL CONTACT DETAILS

URGENT/EMERGENCY

When a crime is occurring or about to occur, and for all highly suspicious incidents e.g. youths checking car doors.

RING ‘999’ 

NON-URGENT

Ring 0300-123-44-55

For all non-emergency calls. The call handler will transfer you to the person best able to help you.

 STAFFORDSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS

Ring: 01785-277888

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

We provide members with support, guidance and advice.

All information received is treated with complete confidentiality.

 Vicki Singleton: Ring: 01543-464218 e-mail: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk 

Ash Connor: Ring: 01785-23412 e-mail patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk 

Ray Jones Ring 01785-23442 e-mail raymond.jones@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

STAFFORDSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE

For information and advice

 Cannock & Rugeley    01785-898065

Stafford & Stone      01785-898105

South Staffs            01785-898517

 LOCAL COUNCILS

 Cannock Chase District Council Ring 01543-462621 Web address: www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk 

Stafford Borough Council Ring 01785-619000 Web address: www.staffordbc.gov.uk

 South Staffordshire District Council Ring 01902-696000 Web address: www.sstaffs.gov.uk

 THE TRADER REGISTER

The register has been produced by Trading Standards and partners for anyone who wants to find a trader in their area to do work on their home or garden. Traders are not approved by Trading Standards, but if there is a problem, members have pledged to work with Trading Standards to find a solution.

Telephone 01785-788499 Web address: www.traderregister.org.uk

 GOT A PROBLEM? CALL BOING

Boing UK Ltd works in partnership with Staffordshire Police in providing a free telephone service to the public, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. If you have a personal emergency, and need non-police help, Boing have a data base of local traders and services such as plumbers, glaziers and tree surgeons, and they can provide information about local services such as late night chemists and 24 hour petrol stations.

Telephone free on 0800-587-0548 Web address: www.boinguk.com

STAFFORDSHIRE CRIMESTOPPERS TELEPHONE 0800-555-111

The CRIMESTOPPERS telephone number can be used to pass specific information about crime or criminals without fear of reprisals or direct contact with the police. The service is anonymous and rewards of up to £1,000 are available for information which leads to an arrest and charge. 

PREFERENCING SERVICES

To cut down on telephone cold calling ring 0845-070-0707 the call must be made from

the telephone number receiving the unwanted calls. Use the same number to cut down on unwanted text messages to your mobile phone

To reduce cold-calling FAX messages ring 0845-070-0702

To cut down on personally addressed junk mail telephone 0207-291-3310

WATCH-OUT FOR OWL

Your Chase Watch Team, along with colleagues across Staffordshire, are currently copying the data from the WatchOUT message system to a new message system called OWL (Online Watch Link). The new system will be going live during April-May 2009.

If you receive WatchOUT messages by telephone or FAX you will find little change when the new system is up and running, other than the benefits of having a modern and reliable system. If you receive your messages by e-mail, the new OWL system will provide extra services and on-line information. If you currently receive WatchOUT messages by telephone or FAX and have internet access, we would urge you to consider receiving messages by e-mail and encouraging your Watch members to do the same. Anyone who would like to register to receive the OWL messages by e-mail should contact the Chase Watch Team:

Cannock & Rugeley: Vicki Singleton, telephone 01543-464218

e-mail: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Stafford & Stone: Ash Connor, telephone 0785-234129

e-mail: patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Wombourne & Watling Street: Ray Jones, tel 01785-234427

e-mail: raymond.jones@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Closer to the launch date for the OWL system, there will be further information and publicity, but if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us 

If you have in the past indicated a preference to receive messages by e-mail, or if you already receive messages by e-mail, when the OWL system is launched, you will automatically receive an e-mail from OWL confirming that you are registered.

SORRY, NO SHORT VERSION NEWSLETTERS FOR THIS EDITION

Because of the preparation required for the transition from WatchOUT to OWL, the Chase Watch Team will unfortunately not be able to provide hard copy short-version newsletters for this edition to distribute to individual members of schemes. Normal service will resume with the April-May edition.

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED

Although there will not be any short version newsletters available for this edition of the newsletter, there will be a limited surplus number of the full eight page version. If you would like extra copies, please contact the Chase Watch Team: First come, first served.

UPVC DOORS WARNING

UPVC doors can easily be opened from the outside if they are not locked with a key from the inside. Simply lifting the handle does not completely secure the door. Burglars have also been known to put their arm through a letterbox or cat-flap and use a tool to push the handle to gain entry to homes.

Remember:

Deadlock your doors with a key, do not just lift the handle.

Keep house keys, purses, wallets, mobile phones and other small valuables out of sight, away from doors and windows

Use all of the door and window locks fitted to your home and consider fitting an internal letterbox cage.

HOME GROWN SECURITY

Bushes and shrubs can be a burglar’s dream in providing cover for their activities; however they can be made into a burglar’s nightmare. The planting of a prickly hedge such as firethorn, climbing rose or hawthorn, against existing fencing will act as a powerful deterrent.

Other plants which provide natural protection are Holly, Backthorn, Berberis and Rosa Rugosa. Many garden centres will be able to identify suitable plants and those best for your garden and the aspect in which they are to grow.

With thanks to Phil Russon, South Staffs Crime Reduction Officer

 The commercial company DG Security has a useful web site with information about defensive plants at www.dgsecurity.co.uk and the company Gardien has garden security advice on their web site at www.garden-security.co.uk 

PRIZE QUIZ

 THIS MONTH THREE WINNING ENTRIES WILL RECEIVE A PURSE SNATCH CHAIN   

The silver coloured chains are approximately 14 inches long with a spring hook on one end and a split ring on the other. One end can be attached to your purse or wallet and the other to your handbag or clothing to deter pick-pockets and thieves.

This month’s question is:

What does OWL stand for?

(The answer is in the newsletter)

Telephone 01543-464218 or 01785-234129 with your answer, or post it to:

Neighbourhood Watch, Police Station, Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, Staffs, WS11 1AU

Entries must be received by Friday20th March 2009

Results and correct answer will be published in the April-May newsletter

DECEMBER – JANUARY PRIZE WINNER

Police Community Support Officer Mark Dodd (Cannock) drew the winning entries out of a hat.  Mrs Golding, Cannock, and Sandra Bostock, South Staffs, correctly stated that there have been twelve annual Staffordshire Police County Neighbourhood Watch Conferences.

SEASONAL CRIME

With Spring around the corner, thieves are looking for easy pickings in garden sheds and outbuildings. Fishing equipment, bicycles, power tools and lawn mowers are amongst the items most likely to be stolen, but simple precautions can help to thwart this kind of crime:

If you keep valuables in your shed, make sure that it is sturdy and in good condition. Consider installing a strong grill or heavy wire mesh around windows to increase security. Fit a quality lock such as a closed shackle padlock and bolt the fittings to the door with a steel panel fitted to the inside of the door.

Post code valuables stored in the shed and keep a record of any serial numbers. Visibly mark property wherever possible to help to deter thieves.

Always put away tools and other property after use and keep your shed locked. Use a heavy duty chain to passed through handles and frames to link shed contents together.  Smaller items can be secured in a steel toolbox, itself secured by the chain. An alarmed, locking steel cable can be bought which sounds a 120 decibel siren if cut or tampered with.

Burglars may also use ladders, wheelie bins and garden furniture to ease access to house windows. One way to secure ladders is to keep them locked and chained to a wall. If possible, secure wheelie bins and link garden furniture together, away from the house.

A SUPER-SIZE FRAUD

Spam e-mails purporting to be a satisfaction survey from McDonalds are tricking residents into handing over their banking details in order to receive a (non-existent) reward. This type of Phishing fraud started by targeting bank customers, but over time the criminals have moved on to target customers of e-commerce outlets and now fast-food outlets.

As with all e-mails, if you don’t know the sender then it is safest to assume it is bogus and delete it. Never follow links and never open attachments on suspect e-mails.

Amendment: November-December newsletter Specials article

The article regarding Special Constables suggested that their powers are limited to the county in which they are based. From April 2007, Special Constables have police powers including arrest throughout England and Wales.

SPRING-CLEAN YOUR SCHEME

With the start of a new year and the promise of the new OWL message system, this could be a good time to make sure that all is well with your Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Have new neighbours moved into your scheme area? Are they acquainted with the Neighbourhood Watch scheme?

Do you and all of your members have Neighbourhood Watch door/window stickers and ‘we don’t buy or sell at the door’ cards, and are they in good condition?

Has your scheme got lamp-post Neighbourhood Watch signs? (If you need more of them, remember that there is a cost; around £8 each)

Are your address and contact details up to date? Are they up to date for your scheme members?

If you need any (free) Neighbourhood Watch literature or stickers, or if there are any amendments to the address or contact details for your scheme members, please contact the Chase Watch Team (our contact details are on pages 1 and 8).

LOCAL NEWS

CANNOCK & RUGELEY NPUs

The Safer Chase Shop

The Cannock Safer Chase Shop opened between 9th December 2008 and January 31st 2009 has proved a great success. Located in High Green, the shop provided local residents with the opportunity to talk to a wide cross section of agencies under one roof and pick up crime reduction advice. The agencies represented in the shop included Cannock Chase Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Crime Stoppers, Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch, Staffordshire Youth Services and Victim Support. Partners will be meeting in the near future to discuss the possibility of having a more permanent base within the town centre.

Police Seek Rugeley Residents Views

January saw officers from Rugeley’s Neighbourhood Policing Team seeking the views of local residents and shop keepers. The one day initiative is part of a major consultation exercise and was an opportunity for police to listen to the issues in the community and ask residents where they want to see police action being taken. Officers heard that concerns were mainly around anti-social behaviour, speeding and drug misuse. PC Luke Norman said “The majority of people spoken to have reported no problems in their neighbourhood and an overwhelming majority are satisfied with the area as a place to live. We have been able to give feedback to residents in relation to the work we have been doing and are very pleased with the information that has been given to us.”

New Focus For Rugeley Teenagers

The Rugeley Twilight League Project, led by PC Wayne Moreton is a weekly scheme with space for 30 youngsters. It is run by Wolves staff and gives local teenagers a new Friday night focus in a free and fun environment – getting them to join in with football related activities as well as educational workshops relating to issues affecting them. Pc Moreton said “The top aim is to stop those involved from joining in with anti-social behaviour, with the long-term goal of reducing levels of crime by involving those who may offend”. The project began in October 2008 and has been given an extra boost by local company Aqua Direct, who have donated 624 bottles of water for youngsters at the scheme to be used during training sessions. Youngsters who join the scheme are already know to officers, on a final warning or reprimand, involved in anti-social behaviour, not attending school or classified as being at risk.  All youngsters are referred by partner agencies and the scheme is supported by Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Staffordshire Youth Offending Service, Connexions, Rugeley Community and Learning Partnership, Cannock Chase Council and PASS (Partners Assuring a Safer Staffordshire).

New Cannock NPU Inspector

From 2nd February, Inspector Pat Shannaghan has moved from being NPU inspector for Wombourne and taken up the role of NPU Inspector for Cannock. He joined the force in 1986 and spent seven years in Trent Division. He was promoted to Sergeant and posted to Wombourne in 1993 where he spent three years before moving to Burntwood. In 1999 he started as Response Sergeant at Watling Street before taking on the role as Wombourne NPU Commander in 2004. He replaces Inspector Matt Derrick who will be taking up a role with the pro-active teams in the division.

STAFFORD & STONE NPUs

Section 30 Area Agreed in Stafford

Implementation of a Section 30 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act order came into effect on Monday 15th December and runs until Monday 15th June in part of the Bodmin Avenue, Baswich and Weeping Cross area of Stafford. Under the legislation, Officers have additional powers to take action against any person acting or likely to act in an anti-social manner by directing them out of the designated areas. Those who fail to do so or return, can be arrested and charged with offences under the Act. In addition, young persons under the age of 16 years who are in the area between 9pm and 6am without a responsible adult can be taken home or to another place of safety.

Stafford Neighbourhood Policing Commander said “It is recognised that not all young people are involved in anti-social behaviour. However our officers have been working closely with other agencies and the community itself to continue to address the issues in the areas concerned and there has been some improvement in the behaviour of some young people. Despite this, there are a number of people who continue to cause nuisance and distress to other members of the community by their actions. The powers which have been granted to the police under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act are a welcome addition and will help us target those who despite earlier interventions are continuing to cause harm to the wider community.”

WOMBOURNE & WATLING NPUs

New Watling Street Inspector

A new Inspector has taken over as Neighbourhood Policing Commander for Watling Street. Mark Jones joined West Midland Police in January 1980 initially on the Incident management Unit (IMU) as a PC and then at Landywood and Winson Green as a Sergeant. He later moved to Handsworth and worked on a Neighbourhood Team until 2000 after which he returned to the IMU. In 2003 he joined Staffordshire Police based at Lichfield and Tamworth and was promoted to Acting Inspector in Staffordshire Trent Valley Division. In September 2005, he took up the role of Inspector on the IMU for Chase Policing Division.

New Wombourne Inspector.

From 2nd February Inspector Andy Chapman has taken up the role of NPU Inspector for Wombourne. He joined the force in 1993, initially working in Tunstall and Burslem before moving to Cannock and then in 1998 becoming the Neighbourhood Officer for Penkridge later taking up a post in CID. In August 2002 he became a Sergeant at Wombourne. Since then he has taken on custody duties and then taken on Sgt Duty Officer for Chase Division in the force control room before being promoted to the rank of Inspector.

In Brief

Fuel Thief Caught Out

A passer-by reported seeing a male siphoning fuel from a lorry on a Cannock Industrial Estate. The police attended immediately but failed to apprehend the offender who hid under a lorry and leaving his own car behind, then made off over a fence.

A short time later, a male contacted the police to report his car had been stolen. When spoken to by the police, the male admitted making a false allegation and admitted the theft of diesel fuel. He was promptly arrested and charged.

Arrest for Counterfeit  Criminal

Following an operation by Rugeley officers, a local man has been arrested and nearly 2,000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs  seized.

Youths Charged for Criminal Damage

Two youths have been charged with criminal damage offences relating to damage in the Blythe Bridge, Fulford, Stallington and Rough Close areas, where the offenders are believed to have been driving around the area firing ball-bearings out of a catapult.

Distraction Burglars Arrested

Police were quickly on the scene when a member of the public reported that a burglary was in progress at an address in Watling Street, near Gailey. The four male offenders made off in a vehicle but they were apprehended a short time later and their vehicle seized by police.

The men are helping police with their enquiries relating to that incident as well as a number of distraction burglaries in the Lichfield, Burntwood and Tamworth areas

Section 59 Warnings in Wombourrne

Following complaints by local residents, officers from the Wombourne Neighbourhood Policing Unit, supported by the force helicopter targeted off road motorbikes in the Gibbett Wood area. Following the operation, five riders were handed a Section 59 warning. This is given to motorists who cause a nuisance and a second warning will lead to the vehicle being seized with £150 release fee.

Drink-Drive Campaign

During December 2008, officers across the Chase policing area carried out 517 breath tests on motorists. 20 recorded as positive and one refusing. A similar number of breath tests were carried out in the same time period in 2007 and during that time 29 proved positive.

During the campaign, extra patrols were deployed across the division and random roadside checks were carried out on anyone committing a moving traffic offence or driving in a manner which suggested the influence of drink or drugs. Those involved in road traffic collisions were breath tested as a matter of course. Sgt Karen Stevenson from the Road Safety Team said “It appears that the vast majority of drivers have taken heed of the warnings but a small number have not and those motorists will be facing a driving ban.”

Stafford Neighbourhood Management Area (NMA)

Neighbourhood  Beat Officers and Police Community Support Officers update

NPU Commander: Inspector 3596 Bob Pilling telephone 01785-234060

Sergeant  4237 Nick Maingay and Sergeant 4622 Nigel Braun

Stone Neighbourhood Management Area

Neighbourhood Beat Officers and Police Community  Support Officers

NPU Commander: A/Inspector 0797 Alison Kent 01785-234160

Sergeant 0963 Dave Ingham, Sergeant 4737 Ben Foster

Gnosall, Seighford, Church Eaton, Woodseaves and area (Based at Gnosall Police Post)

PC 4885 Danny Lyon, PC 3292 Andy Heritage, PCSO 16637 Scott Biddulph

Watling Street Neighbourhood Management Area

Neighbourhood Beat Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

NPU Commander: Inspector 5136 Mark Jones telephone 01785-218840

Sergeant 4921 Paul Cooke, Sergeant 4519 Heap

Great Wyrley  PC 4280 Sean Hinsley, PC 5343 Percival, PCSO 8854 Lloyd

 Brewood, Stretton, Four Ashes, Slade Heath, Cross Green, Coven, Coven Heath, Giffards Cross, Wheaton Aston, Lapley & Stretton, Bishops Wood, Blymhill & Great Chatwell, Weston Park,

PC 4830 Smith, PCSO 6497 Mcaree, PCSO 8853 Price

Cheslyn Hay North, Glenthorne, Landywood Green, Cheslyn Hay South, Upper Landywood & Caddick Farm areas PC 4891 Peter Clarke, PCSO 8852 Karen Terry

Shareshill, Essington, Westcroft, Sneyd, Newtown, Springhill, Hilton Services

PC 4864 Rushton, PCSO 16303 Willis

Featherstone, Brinsford Prison, Shareshill, Saredon & Wedges Mill area

PC 5210 Smith, PCSO 8981 Ponya

Penkridge & District (Mitton & Levedale, Dunston & Coppenhall, Penkridge, Acton Trussell, Teddesley park area) PC 4131 Munnerley, PCSO 8851 Del Slater

Huntington, Calf Heath & Hatherton, Gailey & Rodbaston areas

PC 5268 Andy Heaton, PCSO 16636 Allen

Wombourne Neighbourhood Management Area

Neighbourhood Beat Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)

NPU Commander: Inspector 4353 Andy Chapman telephone 01785-234460

Sergeant 4706 Walker, Sgt 3754 Harkness, Sgt 1026 Hallmark, Sgt 4065 Carter, Sgt 4354 Kenny

Codsall & Bilbrook PC 5347 R Wardle, PC 4391 D Allen, PC 4449 M Wiggin, PC 3511 S Morris,

PC 4393 B Jeavons, PCSO 8864 C Clifton, PCSO 8637 Layton

Perton & Pattingham PC 0924 I Harvey, PC 4676 K Vernon, PC 3537 F Hossack, PC 0589 F Slyde,

PC 4259 D Lampitt, PCSO 8862 R Street, PCSO 8861 T Wilkes

Wombourne North/Wombourne South PC 4124 M Rees, PC 4907 A Clifford, PC 3498 M Brindley,

PC 4951 L Hardy, PC 4672 W Green, PC 0879 V Bromley, PC 0939 M Bromley, PCSO 6635 P Wilkes

Himley & Swindon Trysull, Seisdon, Enville  PC 4086 A Edwards, PC 4612 J Bannister,

PC S Bridgwater, PC 3640 D Colley

Kinver  PC 4930 C Parsdons, PC 5282 I Fortey, PC 3602 C Baker, PC 4256 F Doubtfire,

PC 5300 J Rhodes, PCSO 6502 K Salmon, PCSO 16305 Nicki Robbins

USEFUL CONTACT DETAILS

URGENT/EMERGENCY

When a crime is occurring or about to occur, and for all highly suspicious incidents e.g. youths checking car doors.

RING ‘999’

NON-URGENT

Ring 0300-123-44-55

For all non-emergency calls. The call handler will transfer you to the person best able to help you.

STAFFORDSHIRE TRADING STANDARDS

Ring: 01785-277888

LOCAL COUNCILS

Cannock Chase District Council Ring 01543-462621 Web address: www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk

Stafford Borough Council Ring 01785-619000 Web address: www.staffordbc.gov.uk

South Staffordshire District Council Ring 01902-696000 Web address: www.sstaffs.gov.uk

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

We provide members with support, guidance and advice.

All information received is treated with complete confidentiality.

Vicki Singleton: Ring: 01543-464218 e-mail: victoria.singleton@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Ash Connor: Ring: 01785-23412 e-mail patrick.connor@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Ray Jones Ring 01785-23442 e-mail raymond.jones@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

STAFFORDSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE

For information and advice 

Cannock & Rugeley    01785-898065

Stafford & Stone      01785-898105

South Staffs            01785-898517

THE TRADER REGISTER

The register has been produced by Trading Standards and partners for anyone who wants to find a trader in their area to do work on their home or garden. Traders are not approved by Trading Standards, but if there is a problem, members have pledged to work with Trading Standards to find a solution.

Telephone 01785-600610 Web address: www.traderregister.org.uk

GOT A PROBLEM? CALL BOING

Boing UK Ltd works in partnership with Staffordshire Police in providing a free telephone service to the public, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. If you have a personal emergency, and need non-police help, Boing have a data base of local traders and services such as plumbers, glaziers and tree surgeons, and they can provide information about local services such as late night chemists and 24 hour petrol stations.

Telephone free on 0800-587-0548 Web address: www.boinguk.com

STAFFORDSHIRE CRIMESTOPPERS FREEPHONE 0800-555-111

The CRIMESTOPPERS telephone number can be used to pass specific information about crime or criminals without fear of reprisals or direct contact with the police. Calls are FREE from land lines and most mobile phones. The service is anonymous and rewards of up to £1,000 are available for information which leads to an arrest and charge.

PREFERENCING SERVICES

To cut down on telephone cold calling ring 0845-070-0707 the call must be made from

the telephone number receiving the unwanted calls. Use the same number to cut down on unwanted text messages to your mobile phone

To reduce cold-calling FAX messages ring 0845-070-0702

To cut down on personally addressed junk mail telephone 0207-291-3310

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