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Neighbourhood Alert Reports
If you have any information regarding these incidents please call the Dorset Police on 01202/01305 222222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Neighbourhood Alert reports are now as received from the Police Coordinator, and not edited by me.


June 5, 2018

Message sent by:
Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

Could You Help Dorset Police By Knitting Teddies For Children In Distress

Dorset Police is calling on the support of knitting enthusiasts across the county to create teddy bears for children in distress.

The teddies will be carried in patrol cars and used to comfort young children who are distressed or experiencing a traumatic event.

Police Constable Conroy, of Dorset Police, said: “Sadly we regularly attend incidents where children are really having a tough time – it could be a family argument or a loved one going missing.

“We do our best to build relationships with young people at incidents, but something like a teddy bear can be really useful in distracting them from what is going on around them.

“Taking my child to hospital and him being given a small knitted toy, seeing the pleasure and enjoyment he got from this small gesture in difficult times set me to research whether we had such an initiative. Noticing that we didn't, the concept of ‘Bobby Buddies’ was born.

“I hope that this initiative will enable us to work closely with the volunteers who knit the buddies. Our aim is to encourage positive interaction with young people, assisting them at difficult times, or just helping them realise that police officers are there to help them and are approachable, and not people to be scared of.

“It also shows in this small gesture that so much of the work we do cannot be done without the assistance of our community. Providing the name of the person who knitted the buddy, along with the officer who gifted it, will hopefully show that working together we can make real positive changes.”

For more information about the initiative and to download the knitting pattern, visit www.dorset.police.uk/Buddies - completed teddies can be handed in at Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Blandford Police Station counters.

May 24, 2018

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Karl Stark (Dorset Police, PCSO 5994, West Christchurch)

Knifepoint Robbery

Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Christchurch are issuing CCTV images of the suspect.

At 6.51am today, Thursday 24 May 2018, Dorset Police received a report of a robbery at McColl’s in Somerford Road.

It was reported that a man had entered the store with a knife and demanded money from the till, before grabbing cash and leaving the scene.

Nobody was physically injured during the incident.

Officers attended and carried out a thorough search of the area. At this stage no arrests have been made.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his 20s and was wearing a black hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Constable Garry Weston, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This must have been a distressing incident for the member of staff who was in the store at the time and we have launched an extensive investigation to identify the suspect.

“We have made a number of enquiries into this incident, including house-to-house, a trawl of CCTV footage and examinations of the scene.

“I am also issuing CCTV images of the suspect. While I appreciate his face cannot be clearly seen, someone might recognise the clothing he is wearing and I would urge anyone who knows who he is to please contact us.

“I am also appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.

“Local officers from the neighbourhood policing team have been patrolling in the area to offer reassurance to the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180078696. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Tsb Phishing Attacks

There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud.

Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month.

Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.

Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals.

In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone.

The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company.

Protect Yourself:
Don’t assume an email or text is authentic:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).

Clicking on links/files

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.

If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it to us https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing and also forward it to emailscams@tsb.co.uk

Every Report Matters. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

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May 4, 2018

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Dave Brown (Dorset Police, PCSO Marine Section, Dorset)

Theft of Anchors

We have received 4 crimes where the anchors have been taken resulting in damage to some of the boats.

This occurred between 23rd April and 29th April 2018.

Dorset Police Marine Section would recommend that you check your boat before departing.

If you have any information about these crimes please contact Dorset Police on 101 and the master crime 55180063744.

Dorset Marine Section and the local Safer neighbourhood Team will be at Redcliffe boat yard on 8th March 2018 from 12pm and 1pm. Feel free to come and have a chat

Thank you

May 2, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)


Fraud Alert

We are currently investigating an incident whereby a victim saw an advert on Facebook called "Safe and Sound Personal Alarms - Public Safety Alert".

The victim clicked on the link which took them to a website. This website headlined that Dorset Police are advising middle aged women to carry a new safety device as there has been an increase in attacks in the Dorchester area. It claimed this device had been endorsed by local police.

The victim entered her bank details on to the website believing she was purchasing a safety device.

She realised that this was not a genuine site and shut the page down. Unfortunately, money has since been withdrawn from her account.

This is a fraudulent website.

Please be safe online. Don't share your personal details until you can confirm the company you are dealing with are legitimate.

For up to date information about frauds affecting Dorset please go to www.dorset.police.uk/fraud

May 1, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


TV Providers Discount Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.

The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.

What you need to do

• Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.

• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.

• Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

April 27, 2018

Message sent by:
Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)


Dorset Road Safe Newsletter

Dear Resident

Dorset Road Safe is a partnership of organisations working to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. Their latest newsletter is now available below.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEWSLETTER

Dorset Road Safe
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Message sent by:
Chris White (Dorset Police, Volunteer 4067, Christchurch)

SCAM LETTER ALERT

This message is to alert all members to a possible Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) scam.
A letter is received from a company called the Claims Advisory Group, suggesting that the victim could be owed thousands of pounds from past PPI. It is suggested that the victim should send money in the form of I - Tune vouchers to the company and a cheque for the PPI award will be sent to the victim.

On no account release any monies, in the form of vouchers or any other form of payment to the company.

Contact ActionFraud on 0300123 2040 and provide details of the scam.

April 23, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


FIFA World Cup 2018 Ticket Alert

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018. The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:

“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”

“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”

FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.

Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.

Protect yourself:

• Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit www.FIFA.com/tickets.

• A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru.

• Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

• For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018

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Message sent by:
Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)


Police Community Support Investigators take to the streets of Dorset

Dorset Police has introduced Police Community Support Investigators (PCSIs) to better meet the demands of modern policing.

The 31 PCSIs will be based out of stations in Poole, Bournemouth, Blandford, Weymouth, Ferndown, Wareham and Bridport and will mean Dorset Police is able to respond to the needs of victims much more effectively, enabling scheduled appointments to be made when initially contacting the Force.

This new role is being introduced following public feedback that the Force did not always respond to crimes in a timely and efficient manner, where it had been established there is no immediate risk or danger. It will result in important face-to-face contact with the public after they have been the victim of a crime – something the public regularly feedback to the Force.

On top of the initial nine weeks training for their former role as a police community support officer, the new PCSIs have been through a further eight-week intensive training programme involving four weeks of classroom learning and four weeks of on-the-job training, shadowing police constables.

The investigators will attend appointments at a pre-agreed time and location to deal with incidents, such as assaults, criminal damage, shed breaks and vehicle crime. They will record crimes, carry out the initial investigation, such as identification of CCTV and witness opportunities, take statements and provide reassurance and crime prevention advice to the victim.

The project will also generate uplifts to teams dealing with cyber-crime, child sexual exploitation and sex offences, as well as other areas that generate significant demand.

Assistant Chief Constable Julie Fielding said: “As has been seen in other parts of the country, policing numbers have reduced over the last five years and we must constantly evolve how we operate to ensure we best meet the needs of Dorset residents.

“This is an exciting time for our Police Community Support Investigators who have been recruited from our existing Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). They bring with them a range of skills and years of policing experience which will be very useful in their new roles.

“We have been able to invest in increasing resources in areas where we experience significant demand by retraining and redeploying PCSOs from our neighbourhood policing teams, whilst still enabling them to carry out some of their more traditional responsibilities wherever and whenever it is appropriate in a more flexible role.

“Neighbourhood policing is still at the centre of everything we do in Dorset and we remain committed to supporting local communities who expect and deserve a visible policing presence. We will continue to have police officers and PCSOs working as part of our neighbourhood policing teams across the county.”

The introduction of the new role also creates a career path for PCSOs to progress into investigation roles – something that hasn’t been possible until now.

PCSI Cheryl Belfield, of Dorset Police, said: “I’ve been a police community support officer now for eight years, but having the opportunity to progress my career within policing was an opportunity I jumped at. We all join policing to help people and in this new role, I can really put my problem solving and investigative skills into practice and have an even greater impact on supporting victims and vulnerable members of our community.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill said: “Now more than ever, we need to be making best use of available resources. Giving PCSOs an opportunity to diversify their careers is important if we are to retain skilled individuals with a solid understanding of local needs. But beyond this, with PCSIs taking on the initial investigatory work in relation to low threat crimes, our PCSOs will be better able to fulfil their core community engagement role while police officers will have more time to tackle high risk crimes in Dorset.

“I am confident this will improve experiences of policing for residents and I am pleased that my decision to raise the precept will support ongoing work such as this to meet the changing demands we face.”

ACC Fielding continues: “Crime has changed and we must ensure our workforce reflects the modern demands we face. Increasingly these are complex and often hidden from public view such as online crime and child sexual exploitation, which are particularly impactive on victims.

“We have been very honest and open with the public while making these changes and we will continue to ensure that through a flexible approach and efficient distribution of our resources we are able to continue to meet current challenges and demands.

“Neighbourhood policing as a whole is still part of every police officer and PCSO’s business, which includes response officers, local investigation staff and other operational officers.”

April 10, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


Magazine Advertisement Debt Alert

Victims receive a telephone call from someone purporting to be a bailiff enforcing a court judgement, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. The fraudsters state the debt originates from the victim not paying a magazine advertisement subscription.

A variety of magazine names and publishers are being used by the fraudsters, who also commonly use the names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents such “Scott Davis”, “Stephen King” and “Mark Taylor”. These are names of certified Bailiff Enforcement Agents employed by debt enforcement companies.

The fraudsters request that the debt be repaid by bank transfer. If the victim refuses, they threaten to visit the victim’s home or place of work to recover the debt that is owed.

Once the money has been transferred, victims are not provided with receipt details of the payment or contact details. Later when victims make enquiries, they’ll discover that the debt did not exist, and often that no advertisement was placed.

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since 2017, there have been 52 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, there are a range of different businesses and individuals being targeted.


Protection Advice:

1. Listen to your instinct: just because someone knows your basic details, such as your name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine.

2. Stay in control: always question cold callers: always contact the companies directly using a known email or phone number.

3. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a legitimate company will be prepared to wait whilst you verify information.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.

March 30, 2018

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe

If you're heading out to a local beauty spot over the Easter holidays, help keep your vehicle safe by following some simple advice:

- Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside your car. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a thief.

- Don’t hide your valuables in the boot. Someone may be watching.

- Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes.

- Double check it’s locked. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For more crime prevention tips, go to: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/vehicle-crime/

March 29, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Residents are being alerted to a fraud in Dorset

Dorset Police has been alerted to reports of individuals being contacted and told that a loved one has been involved in an accident and is in need of surgery, for which they have to pay for.

Two reports have been received in which the caller, described as a foreign sounding man, gave personal details of the alleged injured party and local road names around the area.

Money was requested to cover medical interventions at Poole Hospital, Dorset.

Both incidents transpired to be false claims and were attempts to fraudulently obtain money.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “This is a nasty fraud whereby people are being taken advantage of at their most emotionally vulnerable time.

“I urge residents to be aware. Tell your loved ones, your neighbours and your colleagues. If you receive a call like this, take details and make your own enquiries. Call your loved one and check they are ok. It is important you do this using the number you have stored in your contacts. Please do not use the previously received call log number as this could potentially take you back through to the fraudster."

For information and advice about scams in Dorset, go to the Fraud Alert page of our website - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/scams-fraud-cyber-crime/dorset-fraud-alert/


March 24, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Dorset Police has received reports of abusive door step sellers visiting addresses in the county, mostly in East Dorset and Bournemouth.

We would advise against buying from people selling door to door. However, if you are intending to buy from a doorstep seller, please ensure that they have a pedlar’s certificate.

The reports we have recently received have been that, in a small number of cases, doorstep sellers have become abusive when people refused to buy from them.

If a doorstep seller becomes aggressive, contact police giving as much detail as you can, including descriptions and vehicle registration numbers if possible.

If the trader won’t leave your house, dial 999.

Please remain vigilant at all times and follow the below advice:

Ask to see the seller’s pedlar’s certificate to prove their identity. A genuine seller will be happy to show you their identification.
If you have a door chain, put it on before opening the door.
Tell the trader ‘no thank you’ and shut the door.
Any suspicious or aggressive behaviour should be reported to police.

For further crime prevention advice, please visit - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/home-property-belongings/protect-your-home/doorstep-crime/

March 23, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

We are currently investigating an incident whereby an elderly female has been a victim of a phone scam.

The lady received a phone call from 0345 788 8444 and the caller told the victim he was a member of the NatWest Fraud Team. He even verified some of her bank details, gaining her trust so that she would disclose her pin number.

Subsequently £38,000 was stolen from her account.

On this occasion, the person sounded very genuine. Please be vigilant.

Banks will NEVER ask for pin numbers over the telephone, so don't give out this information. If you have any doubts, terminate the call and seek advice.

Please remind elderly members of the community, as they can be particularly vulnerable. For more information please click here.

March 20, 2018

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Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good Morning

Having just returned to duty, I have since noted a isolated burglary that has taken place in the Nada Road area of Highcliffe.....

The burglary has occurred since last Thursday 15th and Monday 19th March, between numbers 30 and 40, property was empty, with the point of entry via a rear door.

A tidy search was undertaken, and some jewellery was stolen, our enquiries are on-going.

Please remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious via the 101 number.

Thank You

March 16, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

FRAUD ALERT

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm or provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised.

The fraudsters often target elderly victims.

Be aware, be alert. Talk to the vulnerable people in your life. Please, help us spread the word of fraud.

For updates on frauds affecting Dorset, please keep an eye on the Dorset Fraud Alert page here.

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March 1, 2018

Message sent by:
Stan Mackrell (Dorset Police, PCSO 6119, Highcliffe and Walkford, Mudeford and West Highcliffe)

Good Morning

Unfortunately we have had a report of a burglary in the Hinton Wood Avenue area last night between 19:00 and 23:00hrs.... Alarm had been set by the residents prior to going out, and this had been taken/torn off the wall when they returned.

POE (Point of Entry) was via a rear kitchen door, with an untidy search ensuing -- purse, contents, and two camera's were taken, enquiries are ongoing. Burglary occurred between numbers 68 and 80 Hinton Wood Avenue..

Please remain vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious via the 101 numbers, and if you believe a crime is being committed please use the 999 service......


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