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Norfolk on the look-out for new Special Constables

New recruits are being sought to join Norfolk’s team of more than 200 committed Special Constables.

Norfolk’s Special Constabulary is hosting a recruitment evening on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 7pm in the police headquarters in Wymondham.

The county currently has some 222 special constables who regularly give up their spare time to assist their regular police colleagues in the fight against crime.

Norfolk continues to be on the look-out for committed individuals who are keen to experience the world of policing while supporting their local community.

Specials manager Sue Goode, said: “Being a Special is a very fulfilling and interesting role where no two duties are the same.

“They are entrusted with considerable responsibilities and every time they come on duty they face the same challenges and problems encountered by regular officers.

“We are very proud of the team we currently have in Norfolk and we would be keen for anyone who would like to gain new skills or to give something back to their community to get in touch.

“Whatever your motivation, becoming a Special can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.”

The role of a Special Constable includes providing highly visibility patrols and helping police major incidents and events. They also offer vital links in the partnership between the police service and the public.

The recruitment event is due to take place at 7pm at the Operation and Communication Centre, Norfolk Constabulary, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW.

Attendees will be given information on the recruitment process, the roles of a Special Constable and have the opportunity to meet a number of those already out on the beat.

To book your place at the recruitment evening, please contact 01953 425699 ext. 2371 or email stepspecials@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

If you are unable to make the evening, but would still like to find out more, please call the above number or visit our website at http://www.norfolk.police.uk/.

Local Police Newsletter – July 2017

Newsletter – July 2017

 

All Hallows W@W!

Bulky Waste?

Police Connect Message – Counterfeit £20 Notes

Police warn local residents and business owners that counterfeit £20 notes are being passed in the Beccles and Bungay area. Any info or suspicious behavior please call 101.


Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required

The Police Connect Team

Police Connect Message – Scam Alerts

Scam Alert – Fake BT bill containing banking malware – 22 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are highlighting a warning from Action Fraud about emails circulating claiming to be from BT. The email, with the subject ‘New BT Bill’, includes a very high level of owing for your current bill and states that they will ‘take your payment from your account as usual by Direct Debit’. The email them provides a link to ‘see your bill here’.

 

The email is not from BT and by claiming a high amount that is owed is designed to panic the recipient into clicking on the link to see the ‘bill’. If the link is clicked a malicious file called ‘BT bill.zip’ will be downloaded which contains banking malware called Dridex. Unusually this is achieved without a website being opened. If downloaded Dridex will attempt to gather personal information like user names and passwords for accounts whilst hidden in the background.

If you receive this email delete it without clicking on any links.

Scam Alert – Telephone cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service – 21 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are again receiving reports about telephone cold calls claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

During the calls the cold caller claims that they are ‘checking details and if you still wish to be registered with the TPS’. The cold caller then attempts to gather credit or debit card details from the call recipient.

These calls are not genuine and are not connected with the TPS in any way. The TPS will NEVER cold call requesting payment or card details.

It is FREE to sign up to the TPS register and once an individual’s telephone number is on the TPS, it will remain on it and there is no need to update the registration.

If you receive a cold call claiming to be from the TPS do not give or confirm any details, hang up and report it to us via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06

To register with the TPS call 0345 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk

Scam Alert – People’s Postcode Lottery Letters – 21 June 2017

Norfolk Trading Standards are receiving reports about letters claiming to be from the People’s Postcode Lottery. Currently the reports are coming from the Great Yarmouth area but these letters may be being sent to residents in other parts of Norfolk as well.

The letters state that the recipient of the letter has won a prize in a recent draw, in this case £355,000, and details how the prize can be claimed by contacting their ‘Foreign Service Manager’.

The letter also states that ‘all winning must be claimed not later than 30th August 2017’ or ‘the entire fund will be returned to the UK Board of Internal Revenue’.

These letters are a scam and no prize is available. Anyone who makes contact via the details supplied will be persuaded to part with personal details and money as part of an ‘upfront processing fee’.

If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.

Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:

  • If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you
  • NEVER disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam
  • Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work

Police Connect Message

The summer has certainly arrived with temperatures being high the last couple of days; however, don’t let this lovely weather cloud your judgement, Norfolk Police are asking you to consider the vulnerability of your vehicle if left for long periods of time at coastal car parks and beauty spots. Motorists are advised to remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible.

Opportunist thieves will be on the look-out for personal property left on view.

Also with this weather please consider your dogs if taken them out with you, do not leave them in vehicles unattended, Pc Squires South Norfolk Engagement officer said: ”Temperatures in vehicles become hotter than the outside and can cause distress to your dogs, if you can’t take them out at your destination then consider leaving them at home.”

Finally, Norfolk is well known for its maze of open waterways and on a hot day the water may look an inviting place to cool down. Please remember the rivers around the broads are unsuitable for swimming in and have hidden dangers such as a sudden change in depth, decreases in temperatures and unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.

Fly Tipping


Report any activity anonymously if you wish through the below link

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/misc/media-centre/news-press-releases/give-anonymous-information-about-waste-crime-as-environment-agency-publish-annual-waste-crime-report/

South Norfolk on Show!

Police Connect Message – Broome Shed Break-Ins

May 2017

Shed break-ins warning:

Officers in South Norfolk are reminding residents to keep their sheds locked and secure.

The warning comes following a number of recent shed break-ins in the Broome area where garden equipment has been stolen.

Officers are advising homeowners of simple crime prevention measures as sheds and insecure outdoor buildings are often targets to opportunistic thieves. 

Externally:

  • Fit good quality locks 1/3 up and 1/3 down on the door, alternatively use a shed bar to increase security
  • Do not neglect the hinge either side and use security screws or bolts through their fixings
  • Secure the windows with a weld mesh or a crime shield product secured from the inside
  • If your storage area is under your surveillance or within earshot, fit a security light to deter the thief and alert you to activity near your shed or use a shed alarm, which sounds if the shed door is forced open.

Internally:

  • Store high value items in the home
  • Use padlock & chain to secure item such as lawn mowers to a heavy anchor point, and cable alarms can be used to link several items together
  • Fit curtains or blinds to windows to obscure contents
  • Keep a list of everything of value with make and model details & serial numbers with photographs if possible.

Pc Jim Squires from Norfolk Constabulary has also issued further advice: “I would strongly urge anyone leaving any items of value in sheds or garages to get their property marked, whether it’s electronically or through DNA technology, which involves microdots with unique reference numbers which link to your house and can be detected using a UV light.

“Most shed breaks are carried out by opportunist thieves, therefore please ensure that you lock and secure your shed and garage. In the meantime, I would urge residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101 or call 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.”

For further crime prevention advice, and for more information about local security marking events, visit www.norfolk.police.uk.