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Action Fraud (Action
Fraud, Administrator, National)
Payment diversion alert
are emailing members of the public who are expecting to
make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters will
purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed
work at the property and use a similar email address to
that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds
to be transferred via bank transfer. Once payment is
made the victims of the scam soon realise they have been
deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for
Always check the email address is exactly the same
as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
For any request of payment via email verify the validity
of the request with a phone call to the person who
carried out the work.
Check the email for spelling
and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email
is not genuine.
Payments via bank transfer offer no
financial protection; consider using alternative methods
such as a credit card or PayPal which offer protection
and an avenue for recompense.
If you believe that you
have been a victim of fraud you can report it online
www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by
telephone 0300 123 2040.
We have received a report that several Hobby Trains
have been stolen from an industrial unit in Romsey. Some
of the trains are still in the original boxes and are
very collectable items. If you think you may have any
information regarding these items, or if you have seen
similar items for sale recently, please contact me Via
101 or email me
Have you or anyone you know lost some keys and a
wallet in The Hundred, Romsey in the last few days? If
so please contact PC 20127 Steven NORRIS at Lyndhurst
Police station as these have been handed into police.
Please provide some basic identifying features so we can
return this property to you.
Kind Regards PCSO Sam Biggs 16144
Damage has been caused to a vehicle parked on
Bridge Road, Romsey. This has been caused between
Thursday 12th January at 19:00 and Friday 13th at 09:30.
Paint was flicked over the passenger side doors as well
as the roof. If you think you may have seen any
suspicious activity or know who may be responsible.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact either by 101
or contact me direct at
A man has been arrested today (Friday, January 6) in
connection with two burglaries in Romsey that took place
on the night of Thursday, January 5, 2017.
received a report of a burglary at an address in Woodley
Way that took place sometime between 10pm on Thursday,
January 5 and 7am on Friday, January 6.
received a report of a burglary that took place at an
address in Winchester Hill between 1.30am and 1.45am on
Friday, January 6.
A 42-year-old man from Romsey
has been arrested in connection with these incidents and
is currently in police custody.
conducting extra patrols in the area for reassurance.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on
101, quoting 44170006059/44170005896.
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Action Fraud (Action Fraud,
Action Fraud has
received several reports from victims who have been sent
convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon.
The spoofed emails from “email@example.com” claim
recipients have made an order online and mimic an
automatic customer email notification.
email claims recipients have ordered an expensive
vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include:
Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches.
emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t
authorised the transaction they can click on the help
centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to
an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to
confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often
Links to websites that look like
Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
prompts to install software on your computer.
or grammatical errors.
Forged (or spoofed) e-mail
addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from
Amazon will never ask for personal
information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read
more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be
from Amazon by visiting
January 3, 2017
Were you in the
Braishfield Road area of Romsey on the night of
Thursday, December 29?
If so, you may have
information that could help our burglary investigation.
Between 10pm on December 29 and 8am the following day,
the rear door of a house in Woodley Way
was forced open.
The offender(s) stole £150 from a
handbag before leaving. The victim, a 94-year-old woman,
remained asleep throughout the burglary.
notice anything suspicious that night?
We would like
anyone with information on what took place to contact us
as soon as possible.
Anyone with information is asked to contact
Southampton CID on 101
Lloyds customers should be on the lookout
for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters
sending fake bank letters.
convincing letters being sent are a replica template
from Lloyds and include their logo, address and
signature from a customer service representative.
The letter tells recipients that there have been some
“unusual transactions” on their personal account and
asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to
confirm they are genuine.
When victims call the
number, an automated welcome message is played and the
caller is asked to enter their card number, account
number and sort code followed by their date of birth.
Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last
digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted
by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader
who had three identical letters sent to an office
address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran
some tests using fake details and were passed to
fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact
centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and
letters are fake.
The letters are essentially a
sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning
to consumers to question written correspondence from
If you are ever suspicious about
correspondence from your bank you should call the
customer serviced number on the back of their card.
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on
0300 123 2040 or visit
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24th November Burglary
and shed Breaks at Kinver Close
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary and
two shed breaks which occurred in Kinver Close, Romsey,
between Wednesday 23rd November 2016 20:00 and 08:15
Thursday 24th November 2016.
The offenders have
gained entry to the property by smashing the porch and
window with a breeze block. Both the shed breaks were
carried out by removal of the shed doors. It is unknown
at this time if any property has been taken.
are asking for anyone who saw anything or may have CCTV
footage in relation to these incidents or any suspicious
activity in the area leading up to the incidents to
contact Romsey police on 101 quoting the reference
24th November Winchester Hill
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary
which occurred on Winchester Hill, Romsey, on Thursday
24th November 2016 between 00:00 – 06:00.
offenders have gained entry to the property via an open
bedroom window. It is unknown at this time if any
property has been taken.
We are asking for
anyone who saw anything or may have CCTV footage in
relation to this incident or any suspicious activity in
the area leading up to this incident to contact Romsey
police on 101 quoting the reference number: 44160443260.
Burglary that occurred in Wyndham Drive
Romsey police are appealing for witnesses and
information to a burglary that occurred in Wyndham
Drive, Abbotswood, Romsey on Monday 21st November
between 1130 - 2150 hrs.
Persons unknown have
gained access to the the rear of the property by
smashing the patio doors. The offenders have conducted
an untidy search of the property where a large amount of
cigarettes, items of jewellery and a red leather
holdalls has been stolen.
We are asking should
you be offered any cigarettes or tobacco please call 101
quoting reference number 44160440015 or if you have any
information or seen anyone or a vehicle acting in a
suspicious manner please call Romsey police on 101 or if
a crime is taking place please call 999 - thank you
21st November Witness
appeal to burglary on Woodley Lane
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary which
occurred in Woodley Lane, Romsey, between Wednesday 16th
15:00 and Saturday 19th November 2016 at 12:00.
The offenders have gained entry to the property by
smashing the rear patio doors. It is unknown at this
time if any property has been taken.
asking for anyone who saw anything or may have CCTV
footage in relation to this incident or any suspicious
activity in the area leading up to this incident to
contact Romsey police on 101 quoting the reference
11th November Three
A series of burglaries have taken place in Romsey
within the last 24hrs. We are keen to speak to
anyone who has any information, or who saw or heard
anything suspicious in the Richmond Lane, Ashley Meadows
or Woodley Lane areas.
Please call 101 quoting
44160425818 if you have any information.
9th November Cromwell Arms Break-in
Police are appealing for witnesses to a break in
which has Occurred on 9th November
2016 between 04:50 and 05:00 , at The Cromwell Arms in
The offenders Gained access to the
building via an open door and proceeded to force entry
through an alarmed door to the kitchen. The Alarm was
sounded and offenders fled the scene. Nothing appears to
We are asking for anyone who saw
anything in relation to this incident or any suspicious
activity in the area leading up to this incident to
contact Romsey Police on 101 quoting the reference
number: 44160422763, thank you
Please Stay Extra
Vigilant and anything suspicious do not hesitate to call
us using 101 in a non-emergency and 999 in an emergency.
Crampmoor Garage incident
A suspicious incident took place in this area on
07/11/2016 at 04:50 – 04:58.
A male was seen to be
lurking outside of Crampmoor Garage carrying a bat and a
white sheet. When approached by a resident the male made
off in a silver Volkswagen Convertible with no lights.
We are appealing for any witnesses or further
If you think you may have seen or heard
something please get in contact.
We also urge all
residents to check CCTV cameras.
been a spate of burglaries in the Romsey area including
Sheds and Garages and we urge all residents to remain
The Original Factory Break-in
Police are appealing for witnesses to a break in
which has Occurred on 7th November
2016 between 04:45 and 05:00 , at The Original Factory
Shop in Romsey.
The offenders Gained access to
the Store by Forcing the Main Entrance Open with a Pick
Axe. They have then filled a large white Elliotts bag
with Perfumes and fled the store on Foot.
asking for anyone who saw anything in relation to this
incident or any suspicious activity in the area leading
up to this incident to contact Romsey Police on 101
quoting the reference number: 44160420088, thank you
30th October Fairview
Police are appealing for witnesses to a break-in
which has occurred between 22:00 Friday 28th October and
Saturday 29th October 2016 09:00 , in Fairview
The offenders Gained
access to the Garage via an insecure window.
are asking for anyone who saw anything in relation to
this incident or any suspicious activity in the area
leading up to this incident to contact Romsey Police on
101 quoting the reference number: 44160408562,
have always believed effective policing is at the heart
of healthy society. That is why Hampshire Constabulary can't
afford to just maintain its position as a good police force.
It must become a standard bearer for protecting the most
vulnerable and reducing offending. And, as your new Chief
Constable, I am excited about taking on this challenge.
A key part of success will remain
catching those who prey on the vulnerable, but we can't
just respond to victims when they have suffered. We need
to be better at preventing offending in the first place.
This includes safeguarding the vulnerable, not least those
at risk of child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.
None of this can be done by the police acting alone.
The cases we deal with can be complex
and the unfortunate truths are that that we tend to deal
with people on their most difficult days and much of the
sophisticated work that goes on behind the scenes to stop
people becoming victims cannot be widely publicised. This
means that what my officers, staff and those who volunteer
their help do every day is important, but so is why and
If the police are seen to act arrogantly
or as if they have a right to do as they wish public confidence
becomes damaged and victims are not put first. To be an
effective police officer, let alone chief constable, you
need to earn the trust and respect of all communities. That
is what decades of British policing has been built upon.
So everything we do must be rooted in the highest standards
of integrity and transparency. You deserve nothing less
Our communities are wonderfully
rich, diverse and deserving of brilliant policing. I want
ideas, voices, perspectives and experience beyond the traditional
spheres. I would like to use this opportunity on day one
in my new role to invite all of you to join me, to work
with me and to support my staff and officers.
In return we will become even better
at protecting you and safeguarding the most vulnerable in
society. And, as your Chief Constable, I will work tirelessly
to make sure that what we do is as transparent as possible
and to explain the difficult decisions when we have to make
Together we can keep this one of
the safest places to live in the country and stop those
who make people's lives a misery.
Best wishes Olivia Pinkney,
Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary
n 0800 555 111 where information
can be left anonymously. Minicom users should call
Please be aware of a recent increase
in domestic oil thefts. They appear to be happening across
the area and usually over night. Large amounts have been
stolen indicating the use of a vehicle being involved.
Please ask everyone to check the
security of their storage tanks and to remain vigilant for
any suspicious persons or vehicles, they may well be driving
round during the day looking for potential targets?
Please do call the police if any
sightings of suspicious activity/ persons
There is an on-going problem in
the last few months of power tools being stolen from vehicles.
A lot have been taken over night which can be prevented
by removing these items from the vehicles.
Please security mark your tools
and make notes of serial numbers etc.
Can we reassure residents we are
aware of the increase in thefts and are increasing patrols
and looking at other possible measures to help detect/ prevent
these on going thefts in the area.
There seems to be quite a few thefts
from motor vehicles in and around the Woodley estate.
Grab a refrigerator magnet on your
way out the door, we all have tons of them!
Always take a small magnet on your
vacation , they come in handy at the end of it. This is
pretty good info. Never even thought about key cards containing
anything other than an access code for the room!
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic
key card? Answer:
Customer's name b. Customer's partial home
address c. Hotel room number d.
Check-in date and out dates e. Customer's
credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front
desk your personal information is there for any employee
to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner..
An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using
a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop
computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels
do not erase the information on these cards until an employee
reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time,
the new guest's information is electronically 'overwritten'
on the card and the previous guest's information is erased
in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten
for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the
front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards,
take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them
behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them
into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will
not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be
sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information
on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning
device card reader.
For the same reason, if you arrive
at the airport and discover you still have the card key
in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket.
Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially
through the electronic information strip!
If you have a small magnet, pass
it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it
in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the
Information courtesy of: Metropolitan
Where it’s portable keep it
safe by taking it, together with the support cradle and
suction pads, with you when you leave the car.
Remember to wipe away any suction
pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard as thieves
will look out for these.
Don’t leave the equipment
in the glove compartment – thieves will usually check
You can also help by following these
• Mark your satellite navigation
equipment system with your postcode and house number or
your vehicle registration number or another unique number,
using special security markers. These are available at local
• Making a note of the make,
model and serial number of the equipment and keeping the
note somewhere safe – not in the car. Consider recording
this information on one of the commercially available asset
• Don’t leave anything
on view in your car. Thieves are opportunists and it only
takes them moments to break into your car.
• Lock all doors and windows,
not forgetting the sunroof, when leaving your car.
• Never leave the keys in
the ignition when the car is unattended, even while you’re
paying for petrol.
Don’t lose your satellite
navigation equipment to thieves.
Credit and Debit Card Fraud Card
fraud includes the use of stolen cards to make direct purchases
and the use of compromised card details to buy items over
the phone or via the Internet, in ‘Card Not Present’
or CNP fraud. Protecting your card details is important.
Do not write your PIN number down or disclose it to other
people. Dispose of statements or slips which contain your
card details securely by shredding with a cross cut (confetti)
shredder. Do not let others see your PIN number, cover your
hand when entering it in any machine. Check your statements
regularly, including low value transactions. Notify your
card company immediately if you suspect fraud. Use a CREDIT
card in preference to a DEBIT card, especially if you are
not sure about the location at which you are using the card.
Debit cards are linked to your bank
account and fraud can result in you becoming overdrawn and
not able to withdraw cash. Credit Card companies are very
good at spotting unusual transaction patterns. Cash Machines
- ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Be aware that cash machines
(ATM’s) may have been modified in order to: Copy or ‘Skim’
card details and PIN numbers using hidden cameras. Trap
the card in the machine. After the cardholder leaves, the
criminal removes the device, along with the card. Be mindful
of people behind you at cash machines: They may be ‘Shoulder
surfing’ for your PIN Number. Attempt to steal the
card using distraction techniques or pick pocketing. Talk
you into re-entering the PIN while the criminal watches.
If you suspect a device has been placed on an ATM do not
attempt to move it. The suspects may be nearby and use violence
if their device is likely to be interfered with. Call the
police or contact the bank, if it is open, immediately.
Help us to help you prevent burglary
Hampshire is cracking down on burglary. We understand that
it can be financially costly and emotionally devastating
for victims and their families. However, by taking just
a few simple measures you can dramatically reduce the chances
of it happening to you. Most burglaries tend to be opportunistic
rather than planned. So if your home does not look secure,
seems unlived in, or provides unobserved access, it could
be at risk. Understanding what burglars look for when choosing
their target will help you identify weak spots in your home's
security. Our 10 Top Tips: Mark or etch your property with
your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters
of your house name. Register items with a serial number
Do not leave your car keys or ID documents near doors, letterbox
or windows. Always check who’s at the door and don’t
open it if you feel anxious. Close and lock all your doors
and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
Keep your valuables out of sight. Leave some lights on if
it will be dark before you get home. Install a visible burglar
alarm. Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked. Cancel
milk or other deliveries if you will be away for days or
weeks at a time. How does a burglar's mind work? Burglary,
on the whole, is an opportunist crime. A burglar will select
his target because it offers him the best opportunity to
carry out his crime undetected and with the fewest number
of obstacles in his way. A building that presents itself
as unoccupied and insecure is far more likely to be targeted
than one which is properly secured: Side gates open Accessible
windows open Ladders left out, allowing access to otherwise
inaccessible windows Garden tools available to force entry
Untrimmed hedges or high fences preventing natural surveillance
Each of these makes access to the building far simpler and
is an indication to the prospective burglar that it's
worth a second look. Residents of multi occupancy dwellings
or flats should be mindful not to grant entry to people
via an entry phone system, if they do not know them, and
to be cautious of people seeking to 'tailgate' them
into buildings. The question is, are the occupants in? Milk
bottles or parcels on the doorstep Newspapers and mail in
the letter box Unlit houses after dark All windows shut
in very hot weather These are signs telling the burglar
that he is unlikely to be disturbed in the course of his
work. Naturally, circumstances may arise when such situations
may be unavoidable. If we can take measures that tell the
burglar that this building is too difficult or too risky
a target, he will hopefully move on.
TO STOP A BURGLAR YOU NEED TO
THINK LIKE ONE. To a burglar, a stuffed letter box is
a dead giveaway when you’re not at home. Ask a neighbour
to remove your post while you are away. Are you leaving
a thief the key to your house? Never leave a spare key concealed
anywhere near the front door - burglars know all the hiding
places Prevent letterbox burglaries by storing keys away
from the front door Do not label your house keys in case
you lose them and they fall into the wrong hands. Remove
temptation Where possible, try to keep valuables out of
sight from windows. Make it look as though your house is
occupied Install timers which switch lights or radios on
and off automatically. Have a neighbour or friend pop round
to clear your letter box or doorstep. Encourage a neighbour
to park on your drive. If going out after dark, draw the
curtains, leave some lights on and a radio playing.
To a burglar, a dark doorway is
an opportunity to hide. Fit a security light over your front
door to deter burglars. If you are away for extended periods
Cancel the delivery of milk and newspapers Disconnect the
telephone answering machine, or re-word your greeting message
to give the impression that you are only temporarily unable
to answer. Enlist the help of a neighbour, friend or relative
to keep a regular eye on your property and keep the front
door clear of deliveries. If you are prepared to leave a
key with a willing neighbour/relative, ask for curtains
to be drawn and lights to be put on at night. If snow is
on the ground a few footprints will make the house appear
inhabited. Check your insurance policy. Some insurance policies
for contents don't cover you if you are away for more
than 30 days. Set your burglar alarm. If you do not have
an alarm, consider investing a few pounds in a dummy alarm
box. It may well deter the opportunist thief.
·Ensure access to roofs is restricted,
for example using splayed guards around rainwater downpipes
to prevent climbing. Ensure trees and signs are not within
close proximity to the building. If recommending anti-climb
measures, ensure you advice signage must be put up (Occupiers
Liability Act 1984). · Maximise surveillance by neighbouring
properties. · Keep wheelie bins locked up or in rear gardens,
as these can often be used to transport the metal and used
to assist climbing. · Ensure ladders are locked away or
chained up. · Consider using alternatives to lead and copper
where possible. · Ensure perimeter security is sufficient.
With the ever rising price of heating
oil, storage tanks have become a favoured target for thieves.
Worst of all the price of replacing the stolen oil can just
be the beginning of the cost…
With winter approaching many of
us are increasingly using our central heating. If you are
a householder or business with an above ground oil storage
tank which fuels your heating, the Environment Agency would
like you to consider how well protected your oil tank is
from theft or vandalism.
Each year the Environment Agency
is contacted by homeowners about leaking heating oil tanks.
Worryingly this can be caused during the theft of the oil
itself as the tank or pipe work is often damaged. If thieves
have taken all the oil they can, or are disturbed during
the theft, anything left in the tank will usually be left
draining to the ground potentially leading to serious pollution.
Cleaning up oil spills is difficult,
especially if it enters groundwater, and can be very expensive –
easily costing thousands of pounds. It is against the law
to cause pollution so you’ll have to take action to
clean up any serious spill or leak even where it has been
caused by theft or vandalism. Some insurance policies will
cover these costs – but often they do not so it is
far better to prevent pollution at the outset.
Spilt oil can pollute your local
streams, rivers and (if it soaks through the soil and rock)
groundwater supplies. In the South East of England we rely
heavily on groundwater to supply our drinking water so we
must protect it from pollution. Oil is toxic, harmful to
plants and animals and is a threat to their habitats.
The oil in your tank is valuable;
to help prevent its theft you should consider the following
Use locks and/or lockable valves –
un-secured taps and valves will make oil theft much easier.
Remember to ensure that the key/combination is available
for refilling, better still, be present for the delivery
so that you can see if the correct amount is dispensed without
Screening the tank – use plants,
shrubs or fencing to make the tank less visible. Ensure
that there is still room to access all of the way around
the tank so that you can check for signs of leaks or damage.
About 2 feet or 600mm should be sufficient to maintain access.
Re-locate your tank – if you
need a new tank, or are thinking about moving your existing
tank, consider how you can make it less obvious. Can you
move it away from the roadside or to the back garden? Remember,
the tank must still be positioned to minimise the risk of
pollution and not near to watercourses, loose-fitting manhole
covers, wells or boreholes.
Check your tank regularly –
look for signs of tampering with the tank which could be
signs of attempted theft – you may still be vulnerable
to theft on another occasion. Also, when checking your tank,
look for any signs of corrosion, bulging or staining which
indicate it has, or is likely, to leak. However, leaks are
not always easy to see – especially if they occur
from underground pipework leading into your property, so
keep a check on your oil consumption.
If the worst happens and you have
a leak or spill:
• Contact your oil supplier
for advice and help in removing the remaining oil
• Call our Environment Agency
Incident Hotline 0800 80 70 60 (24 hours)
• You may also wish to check
your insurance policy to see if it covers your oil tank
and any spillages.
For more information on how to look
after your oil storage tank and avoid pollution please visit
the oil bank line website at: