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Crime Spree:Summer's here, the
kids are at home & what do you do with them? It's hot, there's no
breeze, and so every window in the house is open in an attempt to stay
That probably puts most people into a relaxed frame of mind, thoughts
of barbeques, cool drinks & lazing in the back garden.
It's worth knowing now that there are some people out there that see
this time of year as the ideal time to commit crime.
Open windows mean open opportunities, easy access to your property.
Think about it, we lock up at night; we set alarms, we lock cars. In
the summer, at times, it seems just too hot to bother.
Well be bothered please, Theydon Bois has experienced 6 house burglaries
since the 18th July.
In the majority the houses have been entered by small open downstairs
windows, in addition the houses have been on the West side of Theydon
I believe that the person responsible may be walking, or cycling, the
area looking for opportunities.
The descriptions given to police of two people disturbed at one of the
burgled properties suggests that they were both white males, aged 20
- 30 yrs. One of them was about 5ft 8" tall with a local/London
accent, was of medium build and had close cropped hair.
If you see anybody around your area that you are not happy about call
the police on 01992 561212. Put us into a position to be able to check
these people over. Remember police are on duty 24 hours a day &
7 says a week.
Remember never leave downstairs rooms vulnerable, when at home or when
you go out.
P.C. 1297 Alan Shelley (01279 625512)
Neighbourhood Watch Report: Recently, I have
received several calls from villagers worried about being contacted by
telephone from firms saying that Representatives will be in the area the
next day, and offering to pay a visit to examine or advise on fire and/or
crime prevention precautions.
Whilst I have no knowledge of any crime having been committed, I have
heard of people being persuaded to part with large sums of money in exchange
for unsuitable products. If you do deal with security firms do make sure
that they are reputable and registered. Please be aware that neither the
police nor the fire service 'tout' for business. It is up to you, the
householder to contact the appropriate authority for advice if needed,
and you can contact our Crime Prevention Officer, Tony Ellis at Epping
Police station who will be pleased to help.
A few wise precautions are:-
1. Aviod telling unknown telephone callers anything about yourself.
2. If the person claims to have misdialled and asks for your number, do
not give it.
3. If you have reason to be worried by a phone call, contact the Police.
4. NEVER, EVER tell the caller of your movements each day (it has been
Whilst on the subject of telephones, not a lot of people know that you
can stop unsolicited phone calls from firms selling everything from windows
It is called the Telephone Preference Service, and registration is free.
Those who want to block cold callers should simply phone 0845 070 0707.
Refer to page 1:4 in the Telephone Directory.
Companies which flout this service will be fined by the Data Protection
Copies of the 2003/2004 Harlow Divisional Policing Plan are now available
from me or Epping Police station.
The plan gives the policing objectives for the next year, and also information
about the staffing of the Division.
On a more personal note, I still require volunteers from Slade End to
deliver the Neighbourhood Watch letter, twice a year. Not too onerous
a task, especially if two or more people apply.
Caroline Law - Neighbourhood Watch
For The Latest Neighbourhood Watch
Chris Catton at the Beatmobile Click
Essex Police - Special Constables: Through a
new initiative Harlow Command Team will undertake that priority will be
given to any Special Constable recruited through their local community,
to provide regular partrols and a high visibility presence within that
community. A Special Constable dedicated to the Village would know what
the problems were, who was causing them and when they occurred. Dealing
with local issues, there may even be several people in the village who
would like to provide this service to the community on a joint basis.
An applicant would have to measure up to the recruitment standards of
the Special Constabulary, but if you are public spirited enough to assist
the Police in providing additional local policing in Theydon Bois please
contact the Parish Clerk on 01992 813442
MOBILE POLICE STATION'S NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
NEWSLETTER 11TH AUGUST - 25TH AUGUST 2003
BUYING A USED VEHICLE
A number of you have had problems buying used vehicles recently so this
is mainly to help and assist you. DVLA have warned motorists to be on
the look out for stolen vehicle registration documents when buying a car
and issued descriptions of stolen documents known to be in circulation.
The warning follows police investigations that have identified some V5
documents being used to accompany stolen vehicles that have had their
identity changed to match that of a legitimate vehicle. This practice
is known as cloning. The cloned vehicles are then sold on to unsuspecting
members of the public who suffer significant losses when their vehicles
are confiscated by the police. Although police investigations are continuing,
indications are that there are at least several hundred of these documents
in circulation. DVLA is therefore warning motorists to look out for :
(a) Registration documents that bear the prefix AP in their serial
number (at the top left hand corner of the document) and fall within the
following ranges: AP 8022601 to AP 8024400,
AP 9424801 to AP 9426600, AP 9430201 to AP 9432000, AP 9435601 to AP 9437400,
AP 9448201 to AP 9450000. In some cases the document reference number
at the bottom right hand corner of the form may be missing .
(b) Registration documents that bear the prefix AN and fall within
the range: AN 8854201 to AN 8859600.
These are faulty documents which, on close examination, will bear
a serial number in slightly lighter print than the rest of the document.
The serial number may also be out of alignment. These serial numbers were
duplicated by the printer after the faulty batch was rejected and so there
will also be genuine registration documents in circulation bearing these
Stolen documents from both the above categories will not incorporate the
usual "ghost printing" security feature. This is printed under
the registration number and validation character and alongside details
of the vehicle identification number (VIN), engine number and cylinder
capacity. If you wish to check whether a document is genuine prior to
the purchase of a vehicle then you should ring DVLA's helpline on 0870
241 1878 .
Here are some practical steps that should be taken 1) Always have
sight of the registration document V5 prior to buying. 2) Be satisfied
that the seller owns the vehicle or is entitled to sell it 3) Ask for
proof of identity 4) View the vehicle at the address shown on the registration
document 5) Check the VIN number 6) If you do not have knowledge of vehicles
take someone with you who does or use the AA/RAC. Be very wary of handing
cash to someone who has been contacted through a mobile phone number 7)
Check if the vehicle has been damaged, notified as stolen or is subject
to outstanding finance. The following companies provide this service for
a fee. Carwatch UK Limited (Vehicle History Check) 0870 010 7899; Experian
(Car Data Check) 0870-6000-838 and HPI Ltd 01722-422-422.
ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
Late on the evening of Friday August 1st 2003, a road collision occurred
at Wyatts Green Rd, Brentwood, resulting in serious injury. The vehicle
responsible for the RTA is believed to be a Blue Ford P100 pickup which
will have front-end damage. The vehicle drove off after the collision.
If you can help can you let me know please.
You may recall that a number of you were complaining about parcel deliveries.
Companies delivering parcels simply left them on the dorrstep advertising
the fact that you were not at home. I have made various internally enquiries
but it would appear that as a police force we do put pressure on companies
through general advice and if we have a number of complaints regarding
certain companies we will make contact with them and ask them to change
their policies. Unfortunately we have no power to make them do this and
quite often the person we have contact with will try to make changes,
but it is very difficult to get the message through to all workers at
large companies. I am not saying that they could not do more, because
I think most of them could do a lot more in terms of staff awareness and
reprimands for incorrect procedure, but we are not in a position to MAKE
this happen. These firms tend to only recognise money related issues so
until people stop using them because they are posing a crime risk, it
will carry on happening I fear. However, if this remains a problem for
you and if you have the name of the company and telephone number I will
contact them and have a go!!
Time-share has recently become a problem again. One couple had a message
left on their answer machine making them aware that they had won a holiday.
A Reference number and phone number was supplied. It was a trick, like
the scratch card prizes, it is a holiday for one etc. It was easy to sort
out but it did bring back memories of the phone call scam. You may recall
the incident? A female knocks at your door, "My car has broken down,
can I use your phone to call my husband at work?" No problem with
this, she is alone and needing help. You let her in and stand beside her
whilst she makes the call. Her husband is in as meeting and has to be
called out. She explains her problem to him, she agrees with his advice
and then she thanks you for the use of the phone and leaves. The call
took about five minutes. The problem here was, (and many people got caught
out with this scam), she had hired a business line from BT and all calls
directed to that line cost about £50-£100 a minute. So when
you received BT's statement/bill, you have a very heavy price to pay for
that moment of weakness. The people who replied to the Time-Share message
could easily have been caught up in this as well had this scam been used.
It's a wicked world out there. You don't get anything for nothing. Ignore
BOGUS OFFICIALS - ARTIFICE BURGLARY
We have had problems yet again with Bogus Officials and artifice burglaries.
On this occasion the property owner found these people in her house, she
managed to removed them and then found out her handbag was missing as
well. Only difference this time was that both of these were females.
Don't forget, this weather is the burglar's favourite. You leave doors
and windows open, even at night-time. You must take care.
NEW KID ON THE BUS
There is a new face on the bus, Kirsty. It is planned that the Beatmobile
will be used in the evenings as well. No details on when or where have
been made as yet but Kirsty is the second driver who will run on opposite
shifts to me when this is launched. Meanwhile, she is watching me and
learning who is who. Smile at her, she is unusual as well, not only has
she Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award but she also plays midfield in a female
football team. If you ask her nicely she might even tell you the story
of the Electric Fence!!
CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111
E-mail: - Chris Catton
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