We have received this information and it makes interesting reading with several good tips.
WHAT MAKES YOUR HOME ATTRACTIVE TO BURGLARS?
A high front boundary
Low side and rear boundaries
Accessible wheelie bins
No visible intruder alarms
No security lighting
Valuables on display
Open or unsecured windows
Unsecured garage or shed door
Unlocked back or side gate
Paved drive or driveway
TOP TEN TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR HOME
Do not leave your keys or ID documents within easy reach of doors, letterboxes, windows.
Close and lock all doors and windows. If you have multilocking door handles, lift the handle, lock with key and remove it.
LIFT - LOCK - REMOVE! Put the key in a safe place out of sight in case of fire.
Lock garages and sheds so garden tools and ladders cannot be used to break into your home.
Keep side gates locked and bins stored behind them.
Use timer switches linked to lights and a radio so it appears that someone is at home
Invest in a safe for valuables and sentimental items and securely fix it to a solid surface
Install a visible intruder alarm system. Burglars don't want to be seen or heard.
Install low level "dusk to dawn" lighting to increase visibility and deter burglars
Keep side and rear boundaries high to restrict access and front boundaries low to remove hiding places
Photograph and mark valuables with your post code and house number then register items with serial numbers at immobilise.com
You can register your property on the secure property register immobilise.com. It is easy to do and recommended by the Police
From your local Police - Please beware of the following scam
A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail. The attachment on this email is known to infect the victim’s computer with CryptoLocker ransomware.
One of two email types have been received by the victims, both stating that the Royal Mail are holding an item for the victim and that a response to the email is required to arrange for the item to be resent/collected.
Email Type 1: Email states that they are holding a letter and there will be a £5 per day charge if the letter is not collected. It then instructs the victim to click on a link to get the letter resent. From here the ransomware infects the victims system.
Email Type 2: Email states that a parcel could not be delivered and that it is waiting for collection. A link on the email is provided for further information. The link takes the victim to a page that appears to be part of the Royal Mail website where victims are requested to enter a code (believed to have been in the original email). Once the code has been entered the victim is instructed to download an application, this application downloads the ransomware.
The ransomware encrypts files on the victim’s system and a window appears requesting a payment, to be made in Bitcoins, to decrypt the files. There is further incentive for early payment as the ransom states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.
The victim is asked to pay around £300-£360 intially, rising to £600-£660 if not paid within a period of time.
From an alert published on the Royal Mail website regarding the Scam emails and an Action Fraud report, the current email address being used by the suspect is: RoyalMailParcelpacketinfo@championmailservice.com
Tips to prevent you being a victim
Look at who the email is addressed to; is it generic or specifically addressed?
Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail?
Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from.
Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there.
Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate.
Additional information regarding Royal Mail online security can be found at:
PCSO Natalie Bingham 7666
Crimestoppers warns public against scammers impersonating the charity
Crimestoppers has been alerted to a small number of calls where scammers have been impersonating our call handlers
and asking for people’s personal information, including their bank details.
The charity has been warned about a group of scammers who have ‘hijacked’ our 0800 555 111 number. The scammers
are calling people, saying they are “Crimestoppers at the Home Office” and directing them to our website to clarify
our number. They are then asking for personal details.
Crimestoppers has never, and will never, make cold calls to members of the public asking for any personal details,
so if anyone does receive a call from someone asking for personal information and claiming to be from Crimestoppers,
please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “We are currently talking to our phone service
provider to attempt to resolve the situation over our number being hijacked and hope this can be rectified as quickly
“I would emphasise that it is business as normal for the charity and people can still contact us on 0800 555 111 to
pass on anonymous information about crime, but we wanted to make sure people were aware that we will never,
ever contact them asking for personal details, so please do not hand any over if you are contacted by someone
claiming to be Crimestoppers.”
Community and Crime Reduction Resilience Officer for East Riding Council
SCAM TARGETING THE ELDERLY
People are urged not to fall foul of police telephone scam
Over the past few months Humberside Police have received a large number of calls from elderly residents reporting being called by an unknown person pretending to be a police officer in order to steal money.
Fortunately the majority of people have become suspicious and called Humberside Police; however numerous people have transferred large sums of money.
What is the scam?
The victim is called by an unknown person purporting to be a police officer. During the call the offender says the victims has been the victims of fraud and to contact their bank.
However, when the victim calls the bank the caller has not actually cleared and it is another person pretending to be a bank employee at the end of the line. They gather the victim’s card details and personal data, as well as confirming the story of the bogus officer has given them.
The victim then received a further call from the bogus police officer suggesting they transfer their money to a police security account or had over money to an officer/courier who will be sent to pick it up the money on the polices behalf.
What should people do if they are called?
never give out bank or personal details to strangers
don’t hand over money or transfer funds to unknown accounts
If called use another phone to ring the police to report the incident but do not use your own phone immediately as the offender may be on the line a short time after you have put your phone down.
Anyone who thinks they may have received a call along these lines should report it to police on the non-emergency number 101.