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27 July 2017

Hockley Attempted Burglary


An attempted burglary occurred in Harrow Close, Hockley, between hours of 00:00 and 03:00 25/07/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting EP-20170725-0914 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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01 July 2017

Hockley Burglary

On Sunday 25th June a burglary was committed in Marylands Avenue, Hockley. This occurred between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Did you see any suspicious activity. If so please call Essex Police on 101 quoting 42/89771/17. 

Kind Regards, PCSO 8507 Ginn - Rayleigh Police Station


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01 July 2017

Tarmac Scam

Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after reports of rogue traders fleecing people out of thousands of pounds to fill in potholes. According to numerous reports, the group claim they have tarmac left over from a previous job and can fill in the holes on private land for a fee. Sgt Paul Downes said: 

“If you are approached by someone offering to fill in potholes I urge you
 not to agree to the work. 
“The group lays a strip of tarmac and are charging, in some cases, several thousands of pounds. 
“They are also threatening violence if you refuse to pay. 
“The work is of poor quality and the prices are way above average for this work.” 

It follows incidents in the Dengie and Tendring areas and is thought the group are moving through the county offering the service. 

Sent by Kevin Blake to all of Essex


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05 June 2017

Burglary in Hockley Road

A house burglary occurred in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, between hours of 10:10 on Thursday 01/06/2017 and 10:20 on Thursday 01/06/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/77988/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 71326


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01 June 2017

Beware Of Bogus Council Workers

We have recently had a couple of incidents in different areas of Essex where Bogus Callers have made out they were from the local council and had come to investigate and remove rats nests in the loft. These bogus callers have then proceeded to take a deposit of cash (or in at least one case with a card reader) and said they would return to remove the nest and then disappeared. 
If you do get a visitor along these lines, they are likely to be fraudulent. Please ring your local council direct to confirm that any caller is bonafide. Fraudsters can produce fake ID badges. 
If an unknown trader knocks on your door at any time , don’t open it unless you use a door chain . Preferably, open a small window either upstairs or downstairs and speak through the window. 
To verify someone’s identity please ring the organisation they claim to be from. Use a number from a bill or telephone directory that you have looked up yourself – never use a telephone number provided by the caller. A bona fide caller will wait outside whilst you verify their validity – a bogus caller is also likely to disappear as soon as they know you are telephoning to check identity. 
Please do not let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them. REMEMBER – Your door - Your House - Your choice. Not sure? Don’t Open the Door.  Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker on your front door. These are available from Trading Standards free of charge. Call them on 03454 040506. If you do need work undertaken on your property, Trading Standards operate a ‘Buy With Confidence’ scheme, which enables residents to identify approved local traders who have readily demonstrated a commitment to high working standards, high levels of customer care and a fair trading policy. The ’Buy with Confidence’ scheme is available via the internet https://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk/ or by telephone 03454 040506

REMEMBER: NOT SURE? DON’T OPEN THE DOOR

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01 June 2017

Ashingdon Burglary

A house burglary occurred in Albert Road, Ashingdon between hours of 07:30 on 30/05/2017 and 07:30 on 31/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/77216/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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01 June 2017

Rochford Burglary

A house burglary occurred in Parklands, Rochford, between hours of 00:00 on Thursday 18/05/2017 and 16:00 on Monday 22/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/73490/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles on your UPVC/composite doors and lock with the key.

PCSO 8620


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27 May 2017

Postponed Events

Due to the recent events in Manchester and the current raised threat level there has been a postponement of the following events that have been previously circulated on ECM.

• The Southend Stay Safe for Summer event being held on 1st June 2017 at Southend High Street.

• The Maldon and Chelmsford Stay Safe for Summer event being held on 7th June at Promenade Park.

These two events have not
been cancelled due to any potential threats but are due to the ongoing impact for agencies around the contingencies of the raised threat level.

As a result some agencies and emergency services may not be able to support to this event and the decision has therefore been made to postpone them to a later date.

Once the new date has been arranged we will ensure it is circulated to you all through ECM and our relevant media and communication channels.

Can I take this opportunity to remind you if you are attending any events over the next few day’s then you may wish to check the events are still taking place or to take any note of security advice about travelling to your venue.


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27 May 2017

Action Fraud

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global Wanna Cry ransomware attack. One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.


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

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number. Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

PROTECTION / PREVENTION ADVICE

How to protect yourself:

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

If you believe you have already been a victim

• Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed.

• Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk


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19 May 2017

Be Vigilant

Essex Police have received a number of reports of burglary overnight in the Castle Point and Rochford area. Please be vigilant and make sure that when leaving your property unattended you have made it secure. Please look at any other security measures that can be put in place to help prevent you from becoming a victim of burglary. If you see anything suspicious please report this to Essex Police on 101, if you witness a crime taking place please dial 999.

Castle Point and Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team - 101 Extension: 490161



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19 May 2017

Vehicle Crime

Essex Police have received a number of reports in regards to vehicle crime. Please secure your vehicle when leaving it unattended and make sure you take any valuables out of your vehicle, if it is not suitable to take valuables with you then please do not leave them on display.

Regards, Castle Point and Rochford Neighbourhood Policing Team 101 Extension: 490161


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19 May 2017

Out Building Burglaries

Essex Police have received reports of garages, shed’s and outer buildings being broken in to. Please secure these buildings when leaving them unattended, if you see anything suspicious please report this to Essex Police on 101 if you see a crime taking place please dial 999.

Regards, Castle Point Neighbourhood Policing Team - 101 Extension: 490161


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18 May 2017

Burglary in Hockley

On Monday 15th May 2017 a burglary occurred in Bullwood Approach, Hockley between 8am and 4:30pm. Did you see any suspicious activity in this area. If so please call Essex Police on 101, quoting incident 42/69921/17.

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13 May 2017

Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

On Thursday 11th May, officers from the Castle Point & Rochford Community Policing Team visited a number of businesses and private dwellings in the district under Operation Bagshot. On this occasion no arrests were made, although several persons have been referred to Immigration and HMRC for further investigation. 

Operation Bagshot is an on-going initiative whereby officers attend businesses as well home private dwellings in company with partner agencies to ensure that persons residing or working at the locations are not at risk from Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, which is sadly becoming more prevalent in our society. Upon attendance all persons are spoken to at length and their identities are verified. Both business premises and private dwellings are inspected for health and safety concerns. Where appropriate they may be referred to other agencies for further investigation or action. 

Essex Police are committed to protecting those that may be at risk of exploitation, whether it is being forced to work for a low wage or in poor conditions or they are being deprived of basic human rights due to their circumstances. They may have been trafficked into the UK and forced to work to pay off a family debt or their travel costs. They may simply be used to carry out unskilled, poorly paid labour. In the worst cases females, males and children may be forced into prostitution. 

If you suspect Modern Day Slavery or Human Trafficking and can provide Essex Police with any information, no matter how minor, please call us urgently on 101. You can also report online as well as anonymously via Crimestoppers UK.

Author - PC 70846 Risden

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12 May 2017

Distraction Burglaries

Police are appealing for information and are warning people to be vigilant following a number of distraction burglaries in south Essex. Officers were called to five reports between Monday, April 24, and Friday, May 5, about burglaries where distraction techniques were used to gain access to people’s homes.

The first was reported at 11.10am on Monday, April 24 after five men posing as tree
 surgeons tricked their way into an 84-year-old man’s home in Russell Gardens, Wickford. They distracted him before leaving with a four-figure sum of cash.

At around 10.30am on Wednesday, April 26, men claiming to be gardeners stole jewellery, personal documents and cash from a 54-year-old woman in Royston Avenue, Southend. At 11.30am on Thursday, May 4, men posing as gardeners distracted an 85-year-old woman in Bramble Road, Benfleet, and took cash and a purse. Later that day at 3pm, a 63-year-old woman in Ness Road, Shoebury, was visited by men pretending to be tree fellers. Jewellery and cash were stolen from her home. 


Police received a fifth report in Wakering Road, Shoebury, at 9.50am on Friday, May 5, after a 93-year-old woman was visited by men claiming to be gardeners. While in conversation, a suspect entered her home and took a three figure sum of cash. Detective Sergeant Rachel Jeffery said: “Suspects are knocking at homes and are either claiming to be cutting trees at a neighbouring house or gaining access to victims’ homes by offering services such as tree felling or cleaning roof tiles. 


“They are using large vehicles with signage on the side panels, wearing high visibility clothing and are issuing leaflets. 


“If someone you don’t know knocks at your door, always ask for identification. All genuine callers will have identification and won’t mind you asking to see it. 

“If you’re still not sure, ask them to come back another time and don’t feel pressured into letting someone into your home you don’t want them there.” 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Dc Jeffery at Southend CID on 101.  Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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12 May 2017

Unwanted Phone Calls

The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a free service. It is the official central opt out register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. This service doesn't work with businesses trying to contact you from outside the UK. If you receive a cold call, stay calm and don’t let the caller intimidate you or pressure you with ‘One day only’ offers. Never reveal your name, address and financial detailed. If called report the call to TPS.

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10 May 2017

Not Sure? Don't Open The Door!

When traders turn up on your doorstep, they; 
• May say they are in the area and have spotted a problem with your home or garden 
• May offer to carry out work cheaply but then charge an extortionate price after it has been completed. 
Report any crimes or suspicious persons/behaviour/incidents to the police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.

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05 May 2017

Rochford Burglary

A house burglary occurred in The Chase, Rochford between hours of 15:30 and 16:00 on 04/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/64873/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles and lock with the key your UPVC/composite doors. 


PCSO 8620

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05 May 2017

Telephone Scam

Essex Police have been made aware of a telephone scam, whereby elderly / vulnerable residents have been contacted via telephone from a person purporting to be from the Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad. The caller has attempted to convince the victim to withdraw a large sum of cash from their bank and leave it in a carrier bag in a specific area, where it will be collected.

Fortunately on this occasion, the victim became suspicious and refused to complete the transaction. However it should be noted that the caller has made great efforts to convince the victim they are genuine and have even supplied a fake incident reference number.

If you care for an elderly or vulnerable person please remind them that Police would never contact them in this manner and ask them to withdraw cash from their bank, irrespective of how convincing they are. This also applies to legitimate businesses and traders, who would never conduct business in this manner.

If you notice large sums of money being withdrawn from their bank and you think they are being preyed upon by unscrupulous scammers please contact Essex Police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 (http://www.actionfraud.police.uk). If you have any information on the perpetrators of this activity you can call Crimestoppers UK on 0800 555 111.

Thank you, PC Risden

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04 May 2017

Burglary in Rectory Road Hockley

A house burglary occurred in Rectory Road Hockley between hours of 21:00 29/05/2017 and 10:00 on 30/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/62950/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles and lock with the key your UPVC/composite doors.

PCSO 8620


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04 May 2017

Burglary in Warwick Road Rayleigh

A house burglary occurred in Warwick Road Rayleigh between hours of 08:30 and 10:45 on 02/05/2017. If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime please contact us on 101 quoting 42/62950/17 or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Please ensure you put up the handles and lock with the key your UPVC/composite doors.

PCSO
8620

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03 May 2017

Check Your MOT Details

Following DVSA clarification used car buyers are urged to check MOT details online – the paper certificate is too susceptible to forgery. Following a clarification by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), we are urging used car buyers to check MOT details online, rather than relying on the paper certificate. In response to a Freedom of Information request the DVSA’s MOT Scheme Management Team confirmed: “…the view of DVSA is that the test certificate is a receipt style certificate and it is the database holds the authorative record. VSA advice is that if a customer has concerns to the validity of the certificate or wishes to, they can confirm the details via the gov.uk website.” “This important clarification should signal a change in consumer best practice. Most car buyers accept the paper MOT at face value, but 25 years of investigating cloned and clocked vehicles has taught us not to be so trusting. The first thing we do with any claim is check the MOT on the primary source, the government website. It is a great free service and you can see at a glance the recorded mileages going back years and any advisory notes on the condition of the vehicle. Any discrepancy between this data and the paper certificate should set alarm bells ringing. Vehicle crime has become highly sophisticated but when it comes to paper MOTs a lot of the tactics are rudimentary, commonly simple photocopies with the mileage altered. In one recent case, someone had downloaded the sample certificate from the government website, filled it in and passed it off as genuine. They should at least put a watermark on that because they’ve inadvertently provided a handy resource for fraudsters.”

MoT history – https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history
MoT (current) & tax – https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax


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