Kenilworth Bogus Doorstep Caller Warning

Kenilworth Residents are being warned to look out for Doorstep Callers who claim to be from “The Water Board”. These callers are BOGUS and are intent in distracting you so they can get into your home and steal valuables, cash and any other belongings that take their fancy.

On Thursday 15 January 2015 there were two of these incidents in nearby RUGBY where males called at the homes of elderly residents, claiming to be from ‘the Water Board”. The males then asked the residents to turn off their stop cocks and, whilst the residents were distracted by doing this, the males entered the homes and stole items.

On Friday 16 January 2015 in nearby LEAMINGTON SPA, an elderly lady was conned out of a large sum of money on the pretense that her guttering needed cleaning out.

Warwickshire Police say that this type of “distraction burglary/rogue trader” activity usually starts around Springtime but this time the criminals are starting early.

If you live on your own and are in your senior years PLEASE take heed of this advice and warning. If you know someone, like your neighbour, who may be elderly or on their own please pop and see them and mention this without alarming them. Just make them aware and stress to them NOT to open the door.

Here are some further tips and advice;

  • Please remember that you do not have to answer the door to anyone you do not know, or are not expecting.
  • Staff from the water companies never refer to themselves as being from “the Water Board” and would never call at your door to ask you to turn off your water.
  • If anyone calls at your home claiming to be from the Water or Gas or Electricity Boards, do not answer the door, engage in converstation with them or let them into your home.

Please report their visit to Police, on 101, immediately.

Whilst all notices that Crown Watch post are important we’d like to stress the importance of this one in terms of getting everyone made aware of this menace and so enable them not to fall victim to what is one of the most despicable crimes which can have life changing effects upon elderly and vulnerable people.

Finally, as a further help we have added a leaflet produced by Severn Trent that deals with Bogus Caller issues and advises about what to do in more detail. Indeed, the Editor is featured on the front cover from his days working at Severn Trent!

ST Bogus Caller Leaflet

2015 New Year Briefing

A Robbery as Kenilworth Shops targeted in New Year

It has not been a Happy New Year for Kenilworth shops as two major retail chains have been targeted in the past 10 days. A robbery took place very close to our Neighbourhood Watch area, at the Tesco Express store, Leyes Lane. At around 9.30pm on Thursday 8 January 2015 three white males entered the shop wearing balaclavas and hooded tops. They left with a what police described as ‘a significant amount of cash and cigarettes’. They made off in a turquoise mini and anyone that may have seen anything are asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting Incident 331 of January 8th 2015.

The robbery took place only 3 days after a burglary at Sainsbury’s, Warwick Road, Kenilworth. Police were called to the store in the early hours of Monday 5th January 2015 as two men armed with crowbars and a holdall forced their way into the store and broke into five self service tills. They were described as wearing grey tracksuits and caps. One of the men was tall and slight, whilst the other was of a larger build. They made off on foot after it appears they were disturbed. Anyone that may have seen anything are asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting Incident 21 of January 5th 2015.

Keep up to date with what’s going on in your neighbourhood

There are now a number of ways you can keep right up to date with what is going on in your neighbourhood and Kenilworth. We have worked hard at Crown Watch to make it as easy as possible by giving you as many channels of communication to enable you to make a choice as to the best one for you. For the past couple of years we have moved away from Newsletters as the main means of communication. Newsletters take a considerable amount of time to design and write, they are not a quick way to get information out and they also cost money to produce. From time to time we will still produce a general newsletter, like this one, to ensure we keep in contact particularly with those residents that don’t use or have access to the newer channels of communication.

You can now access Crown Watch on the web at; http://www.kenilworthnwatch.wordpress.com

You can keep up to date with Crown Watch on Twitter at @kenilworthwatch

How to sign up for automatic & immediate email alerts

There are now over 200 people using Crown Watch’s automatic email system. It’s a great way to keep up to date with the very latest information. Here’s how it works for you. As soon as Crown Watch are passed a Crime Alert from Warwickshire Police we post it on our website. As soon as the post goes live on our website it automatically sends an email to those who have entered their email into the “Get Alert – Stay Alert” request box. It’s to the right of this panel). There is NO charge for the service and your email details are NOT passed to anyone else or any other organisation.

Crime that affects us is not just burglaries these days.

As the last few weeks of 2014 drew to a close so things became hectic for some as they prepared to celebrate Christmas and New Year. It’s at these very ‘busy’ periods that people don’t seem to have as much time to stop and take stock of what maybe happening around them, or in the worst cases to them! There have been a significant number ‘Courier Scam” incidents, predominantly in the Stratford upon Avon area, in the run up to Christmas. Usually a caller on the telephone, pretending to be from the Metropolitan Police, has told the victim that they have someone in custody who has cloned and is using their bank card. They then ask the householder to contact their bank but, often unbeknown to the householder, remain on the line. You are advised that putting the receiver down at your end does not cancel the call, so if you then pick it back up to make that call to the bank the previous caller will still be there but make out that they are now your bank and convince you to provide your bank details. To complete the scam they then send a courier to collect your bank card. Once they have collected it they then use it to withdraw money from your account with the details you provided over the telephone. Fortunately the majority of victims have released this is a scam and have not handed any details over but it’s very easy to be fooled or confused by such calls.

Crown Watch advises some simple things to remember;

• NEVER provide Bank Details (Account Number & Sort Code) via Telephone or at the door.

• NEVER divulge personal information (Name & Date of Birth) about yourself to callers by telephone or at the door.

• ALWAYS make sure you have the dialling tone before dialling a phone number and if in doubt. Get a neighbour or your Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator to help.

Please remember police officers, and banks will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone. They also would not come around to your house to collect your cards or property. DO NOT give any of your details to strangers.

Courier Scam Arrest Made

A 16yr old boy from Birmingham was arrested on Tuesday (6th January) and on Wednesday (7th January) charged with fraud in connection with an incident in Stratford on Monday 22nd December, in which an elderly lady was a victim of a “Courier scam, and handed over her bank details. She then gave her bank card to a courier, and the defendant used her card at a cash machine in Birmingham to obtain £400 from her account. The defendant has been released on conditional bail and is due to appear at Leamington Youth Court on Tuesday 27th January 2015.

How to contact Warwickshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team for Kenilworth

You can call them on 01926 684404

You can email them at; kenilworth.snt@warwickshire.police.uk

You can see and speak to them at Abbey End Market every Thursday between 10.30am and 11.30am

And finally…

That Crown Watch using it’s Twitter account @kenilworthwatch tweeted and kept people informed throughout the recent power cut on the evening of Sunday 28 December. Western Power interacted with us and this helped us keep people up to date as to when power was likely to be restored. Follow us on Twitter now.

Diverse Range of Pre Christmas Crimes in Kenilworth

Please note that in the final days of the run up to Christmas criminals are active and residents in Kenilworth have become victims. There are a couple of incidents that have taken place across the town and these are detailed below.

In addition, residents along with householders in other parts of Warwickshire, have been subject to a very cynical scam that can lead to bank accounts being emptied as well as purse thefts taking place in shopping areas

Framlingham Grove, Kenilworth

Between 5.30 and 7.45pm on 14 December, offenders forced open a window at a home in Framlingham Grove, Kenilworth and then climbed in to the premises. Once inside, the offender turned on lights in the kitchen and carried out a tidy search. Nothing appears to have been stolen.

This report refers to Incident number 295 of 14 December 2014.

Priory Road, Kenilworth

Between 17:30hrs 17/12/2014 and 06:00hrs 18/12/2014 unknown offender(s) have stolen both door mirrors off a Mini Cooper S parked in Priory Road, Kenilworth.

We are unable to provide an incident number at this stage.

Purse Thefts

Please remain vigilant for any persons acting in a suspicious manner and never let your handbag out of your sight, this includes holding it behind you back or leaving it on your trolley while shopping.

The suspects, who are very good at what they do, will use simple distraction techniques and work in pairs, to “dip” into your handbag in order to steal your purse.

The suspects from the latest purse thefts have been described as eastern European females, middle aged and dressed in dark clothing.

We typically see a rise in the number of purse thefts in the town centre during the busy festive shopping period and this year is no exception.

It seems that elderly members of the public in particular are being targeted, with offenders taking advantage of the crowded shopping centres to steal from vulnerable people.

At this time of year, were often less vigilant and tend to carry more money, so I’d urge everyone to be mindful of their surroundings and report any suspicious behaviour to police.

Bank Account Scam

Warwickshire Police are continuing to urge people to be vigilant following a series of phone scams, in which a bogus police officer calls to say that there is a problem with the victim’s bank card.

The offender then asks the victim to telephone the bank, whilst staying on the phone so they go through to another bogus caller, before encouraging them to hand over their bank details, and sending a courier to collect their card.

On Tuesday 16th December, bogus calls were made to three people in Stratford-upon-Avon from a man pretending to be a police officer from Holborn Police Station. On each occasion, he told the victim that their bank card had been cloned and was being used by criminals. Fortunately none of the victim’s handed over any personal details.

On Thursday 18th December, similar calls were made to victims in Nuneaton and Warwick. Again, the victim’s suspected the calls were suspicious and did not hand over any details.

Warwickshire Police are urging people to be vigilant to the scam, which is often targeted at elderly people. Remember police officers, and banks will never ask for account details or PINs over the phone. They also would not come around to your house to collect your cards or property.

People are also advised to make elderly friends and relatives aware of the scam.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Paley said “If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately and call 999 using another phone. We believe that the offenders may be using numbers from the phone book, as they are addressing the victims by name, and are aware of where they live.

We are looking into any potential links between the incidents, and have found that on a number of occasions, people with the surname Smith have been targeted. If you or any friends or relatives have this surname, of any spelling please be especially cautious.”

Kenilworth November Crime Spree – Fair Game?

More crimes have taken place across Kenilworth over the past 10 days or so and it’s clear that two issues arise from them. Vans/commercial vehicles are being targeted whilst car owners are continuing to ignore repeated messages about not locking and securing their vehicles. Vans have been broken into with the intention to steal any tools or valuables items found inside.

Van/Commercial vehicle owners are advised to take sensible measures, wherever possible, to protect their vehicle:

  • Park the rear of vehicle up close to something if possible that makes even forced entry into the rear of the vehicle impossible
  • Make sure the vehicle is alarmed
  • Fit additional locking to a vehicle where appropriate
  • If you can’t so any of these things then if practical remove valuable tools and items from the vehicle overnight.

For car owners its a simpler message:

  • Simply lock your vehicle and check it’s locked
  • Make sure you don’t leave valuable items or accessories to valuable items (like sat nav holders/chargers or mobile phone chargers/leads) on show.
  • Park your vehicle a close to your home as possible and if practical fit security lights to your home to illuminate anyone as they approach your vehicle
  • Heed the advice from police and neighbourhood watch

Once again Crown Watch appeal to residents across Kenilworth to take notice of these crimes and the advice to prevent them. If these notifications are ignored then criminals will continue to visit our town certain in the knowledge that some car owners don’t bother to secure their vehicles so its fair game to take anything left inside. Thieves are usually opportunists, don’t give them the opportunity to leave you feeling gutted!

Details of the crimes committed are as follows:

Windy Arbour                                                                                                         Overnight on the 16th/17th November a Tax disc stolen from insecure vehicle parked on a driveway.

This report refers to Incident number 141 of 17 November 2014.

Guy Road                                                                                                              Overnight on the 19th/20th November a van has been entered by forcing rear door and several power tools have been stolen.

This report refers to Incident number 63 of 20 November 2014.

Roseland Road                                                                                                       Overnight on the 19th/20th November the rear doors of a van have been forced and entry gained. Nil stolen

This report refers to Incident number 36 of 20 November 2014.

Incident 161-25-11-14

Priory Road
Overnight on the 24th/25th November a sat nav was stolen from a insecure vehicle parked on a Driveway.

This report refers to Incident number 161 of 25 November 2014.

Elmdene Road
Overnight on the 24th/25th November electrical equipment stolen from a glove box in a insecure vehicle.

This report refers to Incident number 74 of 25 November 2014.

Malthouse Lane                                                                                                     Sometime during November a Spare wheel stolen from from Landrover discovery.

This report refers to Incident number 67 of 25 November 2014.

If you have any information about any of these crimes or have seen anything suspicious then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or if you wish to give details anonymously then you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 11 555

3 Walk in Burglaries across Kenilworth on Remembrance Weekend as warnings go unheeded!

Crown Watch, one of the longest and most established Neighbourhood Watch schemes in Kenilworth is frustrated and concerned that advice that the police and Neighbourhood Watch have recently sent out to Kenilworth and District is being ignored and as a result opportunist burglars are continuing to be successful. The concerns come as further burglaries have taken place over the Remembrance weekend involving unlocked doors.

Of further concern is the strong possibility that offenders are prowling around many more properties, particularly at the rear, until they ‘strike lucky’ when they find a door unlocked. Crown Watch are advising two things in the light of these latest events.

1. Make sure that front and rear doors are kept locked at ALL times. As these crimes have shown a moments lapse is all that is needed for a criminal to enter your home and violate your space, take property, valuables and in some cases your vehicle. Whilst criminals continue to ‘get lucky’ finding unlocked doors and vehicles in Kenilworth they will keep coming back!

2. If you see people in your garden, at the rear of your property or something similar at a neighbours property contact the police immediately on 999. Don’t delay because we want to catch these criminals before more Kenilworth homes are the subject of burglary.

The events over the 7 and 8 November are as follows:

Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth
Sometime during the early evening of the 6th November. A house has been entered and a handbag was removed from a conservatory in Farmer Ward Rd after entry was gained by an unlocked door

This report refers to Incident number 259 of 7 November 2014.

Greville Road, Kenilworth

On 7th November between 7pm and 8pm on Greville Road a house was entered and a handbag was taken from a table just inside the front door. The victim has noticed this when the front door has been found ajar.

This report refers to Incident number 430 of 7 November 2014.

Brooke Road, Kenilworth

On the 8th November at approximately 7pm, a house was entered on Brooke Rd via the rear door that was unlocked. A handbag and contents were taken.

This report refers to Incident number 345 of 8 November 2014.

If you have information about any of the above incidents please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111