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Theft of Tools
Written by Rob Gordon   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Do you own a business where you use a van for your work and you keep your tools in your van over night? If so, we need you to be aware of the following and pass this information on to other businesses and alert them. We have suffered a number of thefts of tools from Ford Transit vans in South and East Cambs. In South Cambs alone we have had 12 crimes since the 18th February 2015 relating to Transit Vans having tools and power tools stolen from within. On most of the thefts there was no indication as to how they have accessed the vehicle, no sign of forced entry, leading us to believe that they may have some kind of master key to gain entry. 10 of those vehicles were actually Ford Transit Vans. The areas hit in respect of these 12 vehicles are 3 x Duxford, 2 x Cottenham, 1 x Impington, 1 x Caldecote, 1 Girton, 1 x Fulbourn, 1 x Lolworth, 1 x Waterbeach, 1 x Longstanton. Most of these thefts have taken place overnight between 1900 hours and 07:30 hours, except 2 vehicles in Duxford which happened between 0800 and 0830 hours in the morning, these vehicles were left insecure and were not Ford Transit vans. We suggest that an additional dead lock is fitted to Transit vans to make them secure, and to keep the contents safe. Where possible consider removing valuable items from your van overnight and store in a safe place. Due to the increase in vehicle crime in your area we wanted to raise your awareness and offer some advice. Ideally locking your vehicle in a garage would be the favourable option but we realise this is not always possible with transit vans, therefore, other security measures need to be adopted to make your vehicle and contents less appealing to thieves. • Park in a well lit area where the natural surveillance is optimum. • If you must store expensive equipment ensure it is out of view. • Fit window blanks – they block the view from the exterior. • Vehicle storage boxes/cages – these bolt to the floor in the cargo area. • Older vehicles would benefit from an ignition immobiliser. • Many factory fitted locks may not offer you the level of security needed to ensure high value items are protected, look at the possibility of having a further locking device installed. • Install a vehicle alarm. • GPS Tracker – If your vehicle is stolen this device will help to locate it. • It is a proven deterrent to mark/register you property, this can be done in a number of ways, the use of a bright coloured paint, engraving or anything that identifies the property as being yours, and this makes it less attractive for thieves. Look at HYPERLINK "http://www.immobilise.com" www.immobilise.com to register your property. • Remove all bags and clothing, Satnavs and personal belongings. Most thieves operate on a time basis, the longer it would take a thief to gain entry the better the chance they will not bother attempting and move on to a less secure vehicle. Securing your vehicle with several deterrents will make you less likely to be deemed a soft target. We do not want you to be a victim of crime, therefore, officers will be checking the security of vehicle while they are on patrol. Please report suspicious behaviour on our non-emergency number 101 PCSO 7239 Leanne Fisher
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 February 2015 )
 
Bogus Ticket Websites/Sellers
Written by Rob Gordon   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Action Fraud, together with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police, are working in partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to disrupt those entities seeking to sell Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets without permission from the official provider. We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed. Purchase tickets from an official source and avoid losing your money. • England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015. • RWCL/ER2015 wants to ensure that the public is not misled, by unauthorised ticket sellers, into believing they have purchased genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets. Where can you buy official match tickets? • Tickets for the general public may only be purchased from ER2015 via official website at: https://tickets.rugbyworldcup.com Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive hospitality packages? • These can only be purchased through the official hospitality programme, operated by Rugby Travel & Hospitality Ltd (“RTH”) at www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality. Where can you buy Official ticket-inclusive Supporter Tours (i.e. travel packages)? • RTH has appointed a number of Official Travel Agents (“OTAs”) from across the globe to provide official Rugby World Cup ticket-inclusive supporter tours and a list of such OTAs is available at: http://supportertours.rugbyworldcup.com/travel_agents_list.aspx). How do you ensure that you are buying Rugby World Cup 2015 match tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages from an official channel? • To check whether a company or a certain website is an official Rugby World Cup 2015 channel, use the ‘Official Checker’ tool which is located at www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial. Can you buy official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages elsewhere, other than as outlined above? • There is no guarantee that Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket inclusive packages) purchased from any source other than RWCL, ER2015, RTH (or those listed above) are genuine tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages). • Fans who purchase tickets and/or ticket-inclusive packages from unauthorised sellers run the risk of paying over the odds for a non-existent ticket, ending up disappointed by not getting to see the match they paid to see, and risk having their personal and credit card details stolen for use in other crimes. Points to note about unauthorised activity: • It has been shown from the 2012 Olympics and other major events in the UK that ticket touts are often linked with other forms of criminality. • The unauthorised sale, or offer for sale, of Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets (and/or ticket-inclusive packages) may constitute an infringement of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 or Fraud. • All official Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets are subject to ER2015’s ticket terms and conditions, located at: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ticketing/t-c • Tickets are STRICTLY NON-TRANSFERABLE and MUST NOT BE SOLD OR OFFERED, EXPOSED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, OR TRANSFERRED OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED. ER2015 reserves the right to cancel without refund any tickets which ER2015 reasonably believes have been or are intended to be resold, offered, exposed or made available for sale, or transferred or otherwise disposed in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions. • Any person attempting to use Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets which have been resold in breach of the ticket terms and conditions risks being refused entry to or ejected from the relevant match venue. How do I report unauthorised use of Rugby World Cup assets? • To report the sale of unauthorised general public tickets, please contact ER2015 at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it • To report the sale of counterfeit Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets or the unauthorised sale of ticket-inclusive supporter tour/hospitality packages, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it TICKETS PURCHASED OR OBTAINED FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE SHALL BE VOID AND MAY BE SEIZED OR CANCELLED WITHOUT REFUND OR COMPENSATION. Action Fraud will be replicating this alert on a regular basis, leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup to prevent members of the community being affected by this type/similar fraud. Please bear with us until September 2015.
 
More Telephone Fraud
Written by Rob Gordon   
Monday, 23 February 2015
Fraudsters are targeting people by “cold calling” them on the telephone. The scam starts with the following simple activity: 1. They will state that they are from the Bank Fraud department, the Police or other Law Enforcement. 2. They will tell the victim that fraud is being carried out on the victim’s bank account and that to prevent it they need to carry out any of the below activities:- • Need to access your bank accounts online. • Need to hand over your pin numbers and bank cards to a courier/official sent to collect them. • Need to hand over money to A courier/ official sent to collect them. • Need to transfer your money to another “safe” bank account(s) which they provide details of. 3. In order to prove their own credentials they will often ask you to telephone the “fraud” number you may have on the back of your bank card, or they may even ask you to telephone the Police to check that there is an official investigation, or telephone your own bank once the phone call to them is terminated. Do not be fooled! Do not telephone anyone at that stage as the phone line remains open and you are simply telephoning them back without realising. They will then continue with your assistance in stealing your money by any of the above methods. PROTECT YOURSELF • The bank or the police will never telephone you “out of the blue” to ask you to transfer money into another account or hand over any of your money or bank cards. It is your money!! • The bank or the police will never ask for your personal bank account details, or pin numbers over the phone. • If you really want to check the credentials of a caller then go into your bank and ask to speak to the bank manager or use another phone to call the bank or police. • If you are still unsure then attend a police station. • Never discuss your banking details with strangers who call you!
 
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