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Essex Police - Rochford District

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27 April 2017

Phishing

Phishing is - any email, call or message which has been received claiming to be an official body and asking for personal details. They may promise rewards, prizes or shares of fortunes for small fees. An incident of phishing was recently reported in the Rochford District. The victim in her 80's received a telephone call and was told it was the Metropolitan Police (IT WASN'T!!) The male caller explained her bank account had been targeted but a male was in custody. He gave genuine sounding crime reference numbers (but are not recognised by local Forces including Metropolitan Police.) The victim was asked to go to her bank and withdraw £7000 and to expect a further call. Fortunately the bank had already closed and the police were alerted. No further call has been received from the suspects. The police never call victims to ask for personal or banking details. If you receive a call from any agency; police, bank or otherwise; DO NOT divulge personal details. Scammers will try all manner of ways to trick you into giving up passwords and other details. Report any incidents to Action Fraud 0300 123 20 40. Or on-line www.actionfraud.police.uk

PC JOYNES


Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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23 April 2017

Catalytic Converters Stolen

Essex Police have received three reports of theft overnight whereby catalytic converters have been stolen. All three thefts took place in the Benfleet area and the vehicles that the catalytic converters were stolen from were Ford Galaxy’s. Please try and park your vehicle when leaving it unattended in a secure place, If you are leaving your vehicle unattended overnight please use your driveway if you have one or leave your vehicle in a well-lit area. We have seen this type of crime trend previously on vehicles such as Mercedes Sprinters and other transit vans however it now appears that Ford Galaxy’s are being targeted.

Castle Point & Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Rayleigh Police Station
101 Ext: 490161


Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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22 April 2017

Attempted Burgulary

An attempted burglary was committed in Hall Road, Rochford. This occurred between 6th April and 15th April. Did you see any suspicious activity. If so please call Essex Police on 101 quoting incident number 42/56593/17

Thank You PCSO 8507 Ginn Rayleigh Police Station

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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12 April 2017

Untaxed Cars

You can report a vehicle that appears to be untaxed and used/kept on the public road anonymously by submitting the details electronically using the on-line form found at:  https://forms.dft.gov.uk/report-an-untax   Please note that if you are unable to supply a postcode, it may delay any action.

You can check if a car taxed at: https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax

Circulated by PC 1325 JOYNES

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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26 March 2017

Doorstep Scam

Essex Police have been alerted to a doorstep scam occurring in the Benfleet area, whereby the elderly and vulnerable are being targeted by a person purporting to have left Southend hospital and are trying to get home to the Bournemouth area. This person has obtained an undisclosed amount of cash after the residents felt sorry for him, but he has returned a few days later and tried again. This male is described as being white, thin build, very pale face, aged 40-50 years, short fair hair and wearing a dark jacket, possibly a suit.

This is clearly a scam and the male is targeting residential streets where elderly persons live. If you care for an elderly relative or friend or if you are in the caring profession please reinforce the message that this is definitely a scam and by taking five simple steps they can avoid being a victim of fraud:

1. Keep your door locked.
2. Secure it with a key chain.
3. Do not let anyone in - if they claim to be from a service provider, ask for I.D - a bonafide company will not mind you verifying who they are.
4. Do not give cash donations at the door.
5. Call Essex Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) if you are unsure.

Further information can be found on the Action Fraud web-site.

If you have any knowledge of this person, please contact Essex Police or you can report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Author Pc 70846 Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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12 March 2017

Setting Fires

Police have received reports of youths setting fires in Rochford last night (10/03/2017), particularly in the areas of Doggett's Close and Prentice Close.  If you have any information please email the Community Policing Team at: castlepointandrochfordcpt@essex.pnn.police.uk or call the team via Tel No: 101.

Author: PC 917 JUDD Distribution: Rochford District

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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09 March 2017

Rogue Traders

Essex Police have received reports of rogue traders operating in the Rochford area. After being targeted by unscrupulous builders, an elderly resident has handed over a substantial amount of cash in advance for work that was never completed. In addition the victim has been left with a repair bill to rectify the poor work carried out by the builder.

If you are a family member, friend or carer looking after someone in this vulnerable group, then please speak to them and reinforce the following:

  • Keep them out. Never let anyone in who you are unable to verify who they are. Never leave them unattended or allow them to roam around your house. If in doubt call 999.
  • Check they are a bona-fide company. Can they provide you with company details, testimonials, references. Check who they are first, do not commit to anything without verifying them.
  • Never agree to a price without seeing a written all inclusive quotation. Get at least three quotes, use reputable builders or companies. Employing someone on your doorstep puts you at risk and should be avoided. Reputable companies do not operate in this way, so if in doubt close the door.
  • Never pay up front. Be satisfied with the work, get a family member, friend or carer to check the work for you before payment. Never take someone's word for it.
  • Do not agree to go to the bank with them. If you do tell a member of the bank staff who will notify Police.

There are a number of websites & agencies that can assist and provide more information:

Trading Standards - https://www.tradingstandards.uk
Action Fraud - http://www.actionfraud.police.uk
Citizen's Advice Bureau - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Essex Police - https://www.essex.police.uk/advice/fraud...
Crimestoppers - https://crimestoppers-uk.org


Please call 101 if you think someone you care for has been or is being targeted.

Author PC Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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04 March 2017

House Calls

Police have been called to incidents recently around Southend and Westcliff but this may be happening in other areas. A male is calling at houses asking for money. He gives various stories and that he is desperate to get back to Bournemouth. He’s described as a white male, aged 30 – 45, bald / thinning hair wearing a dark coloured coat and dark trousers. He may have cuts to his hairline and he has stated to some people that he is diabetic and produced an epi-pen to the occupants. It’s not believed to be genuine.

If you have any information or can identify this male; please call Essex Police on 101. Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers, free and anonymously on 0800 555 111. Thank you.

PC 1325 JOYNES on behalf of PC 76308 COLMANS
Southend, Rochford, Castle Point.

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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04 March 2017

Vehicle Crime

There has been a marked increase in vehicle crime across both Castle Point and Rochford districts, with 93 offences being reported in February. Of this 66 were theft from motor vehicle, 23 vehicles were stolen.

To protect your property, please:

Lock and secure it
Remove all valuables
Fit a good quality steering and / or hand brake lock
Park in a well lit residential area
Utilise CCTV, if you have it
Set alarms and immobiliser if fitted

If you see anything suspicious please call Essex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Author Pc 70846 Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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22 February 2017

Hare Coursing

Essex Police have joined other police forces in Operation Galileo. This is an operation to tackle Hare Coursing across the county. In order for this to succeed we need to know about every Hare Coursing incident, even if it has finished. Only if you tell us about these coursing incidents can we try to tackle this problem. Follow updates for operation Galileo and other Rural crime operations on Twitter @PcAndyLong or @EssexPoliceUK  .

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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21 February 2017

Nuisance Vehicles

Are you fed up with noisy, nuisance vehicles causing you sleepless nights? Racing up and down your streets, putting you and others at risk?

Essex Police receive daily complaints of this activity in your district, with spring around the corner there will be an increase in this anti social behaviour, however your local community policing team are committed to addressing this blight on our
community.

If you witness ASB involving vehicles, please contact Essex Police and report it. Unless you tell us, we will not know.

Time, date, place, make and model of the offending vehicles would help us to address offending behaviour by utilising Police powers under the ROAD TRAFFIC ACT 1988 and ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, CRIME AND POLICING ACT 2014. If you have dash cam or CCTV footage that clearly shows the offenders committing road traffic offences then this is excellent evidence which we can use in court should you be willing to provide a statement.

You can contact Essex Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or report online www.essex.police.uk/doitonline. These are monitored 24/7. Alternatively you can contact your local Community Policing Team via the following method:

Email: castlepointandrochfordcpt@essex.pnn.police.uk

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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20 February 2017

Shed Burglaries

Essex Police have received reports of two shed burglaries in Rochford Garden Way, Rochford between 11th and 17th February.

During these colder months, we tend to not venture into our gardens as much. You can protect your possessions by securing gates, moving bins away from walls and fences as well as investing in good quality padlocks for your shed doors. Inexpensive shed alarms are also available from most DIY outlets.

Author PC 70846 Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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15 February 2017

Another Burglary

A burglary occurred in Rochford Garden Way, Rochford. This was occurred between Thursday 9th February 4pm and Monday 14th February 4pm. Do you have any information that may assist in our enquires. If so please call Essex Police on 101. If you have an emergency please dial 999.

Thank You, PCSO 8507 Ginn, Rayleigh Police Station

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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12 February 2017

Burglary

A burglary was committed in Hockley Road, Rayleigh. This occurred on Friday 10th February between 11am and midday. If you have any information please call Essex police on 101 quoting incident 42/27269/17.

Thank you, PCSO 8507 Ginn, Rayleigh Police Sation

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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12 February 2017

Burglaries

There were two reported burglaries in the Rochford District on 7th February 2017;

Windsor Gardens, Hawkwell between 8am and 7pm
Crouch Park, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge between midnight and 6.30pm

If you were in the above areas and noticed anything suspicious, please call Essex Police on 101 or you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers UK on 0800 555 111 or online.

Author Pc Risden

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Begging

Police have received a number of reports in the last two weeks of people begging in the Rayleigh area. A member of public was also approached in Sainsbury’s Car Park at the Rayleigh Weir by a male asking for money for his family, the male spoke in an Italian accent, please be aware of this when out in town centres and general shopping areas. If you see anything suspicious please report the incident to Essex Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Castle Point and Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team
101 extension: 490161

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Reporting Crime

When reporting a crime or suspicious activity; use the 5x WH plus HOW.

(1) WHO - describe the suspect or vehicle including number plates.

(2) WHAT - describe what is happening.

(3) WHERE - provide location in as much detail as possible. Any Landmarks, any direction of travel etc?

(4) WHEN - report promptly and explain how long ago did it occur.

(5) WHY - is it happening?

(6) HOW - is it being done? Any weapons etc?

Never put yourself in danger to obtain information. If you can safely record the incident on your mobile phone that is always useful to police. Names and number plates are important.

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Activities For The Young

Just to make you aware of some activities that are available in the Rochford District for children and young people. If you would like more information please contact the relevant groups below.

Massive, Eldon Way, Hockley, youth drop in on Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm, ages 13-19 years – Free - Malcolm Sewell 07980079009

Mushroom Theatre, Brooke Road Industrial Estate, Rayleigh, Drama sessions, fee to be paid - penni@equalpeople.org.uk

Rochford Martial Arts, Swaines Industrial Estate, Ashingdon Road, Rochford, fee to be paid - gavin@shikon.com

Sport Works, Hullbridge Youth Centre, ages 13-16 years, Sports fun for kids, Saturdays 11am - 12pm free (finishing February half term) matt@sportworksltd.co.uk

Youth bus delivery in Rochford - Clements Hall Car Park, free, due to start April 2017- pippa.meades@essex.gov.uk or 07717867443

Stambridge Fishing Project, free, starting 22nd April 2017 (referrals only) - George.ioannou@rochford.gov.uk

Raising attainment delivery in Rayleigh Skate Park/Youth Centre, free, Thursdays 4pm - 6pm, contact Charlie Newton charlie.newton@essex.gov.uk or 07872869709

PC 2203 Howitt - Children & Young Persons Officer
Castle Point & Rochford Districts

Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Association & Essex Community Messaging (ECM)

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06 February 2017

Keep Clean

It is an offence to not keep your number plates and lights on your vehicles clean. It only takes a few moments to wipe them before each journey. You could face a hefty fine or even increase the chances of you being involved in a traffic collision.

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