Householders are being advised by Warwickshire Police not to accept unexpected telephone calls where callers say they are from the bank. The advice has been issued following a scam telephone call in the last few days to a householder in Kenilworth.
The caller said they were calling from the person’s bank and there had been a security breach. They would need the householder to visit the bank and draw out a sizeable sum of money from their account so that the bank could place it in a safer place. They also said that the householder’s jewellery at home could be under threat and they would arrange for a security courier to call and pick up the jewellery if the householder would kindly put it all in an envelope.
The householder placed the jewellery in an envelope and shortly afterwards a caller to her address collected it, effectively stealing the jewellery. The householder then went to her bank to try and withdraw the money she had been asked to. At this stage vigilant bank staff realised what was going on and alerted police.
This latest event got so far because the offender on the telephone sounded very plausible and pleasant, and unfortunately this technique is often very much part of the scam. Householders are advised that Banks and HMRC do not make unexpected telephone calls to householders even in an ‘so called’ emergency situations.
Any call that a householder receives that says it’s from their bank and they were not expecting it, or the caller starts asking for bank details and requesting that money be withdrawn or collected is a scam.
Replace the phone receiver and make sure when picking the receiver back up that you can hear the dialling tone, if not it means the scam caller is still on the line listening so replace the receiverand keep doing so until the dialling tone can be heard.
Please be aware that between 1800hrs on Tuesday 29 March and 0100hrs on Wednesday 30 March 2022 offenders have stolen a black Range Rover Vogue that was parked at Ash Drive, Kenilworth.
The vehicle was stolen without keys indicating that this may have been a “keyless car theft” where offenders intercept the signal between the vehicle’s keys and the vehicle’s locking and ignition system.
This is incident 13 of 30 March 2022
Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Advice
Drivers with motor vehicles fitted with keyless entry systems are advised to take practical measures to deter vehicle theft.
Three things are advised:
Firstly, if your vehicle has a keyless entry system and an option to turn off the keys emitting a signal then always remember to do this when locking and leaving the vehicle.
There are two other effective methods of deterring and preventing keyless car theft.
An effective steering lock which makes it a great deal more difficult to steal the vehicle.
A metal box/tin or metal lined pouch, also known as a Faraday Cage or pouch, protects keyless ignition keys when they are placed inside as the signal from the key cannot be intercepted by unlawful devices near the property.
These products actively prevent crime by making it much difficult for thieves generally and for thieves specifically using devices to intercept signals between keys and a motor vehicle.
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious have any information about the incident detailed above then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111
Please be aware that between 0300hrs and 0310hrs on Thursday 24 March 2022 a suspicious male was witnessed entering the drives of homes at Stoneleigh Avenue, Kenilworth and trying the doors of parked vehicles.
This is incident 24 and 24 March 2022
Please be aware that overnight between Tuesday 22 March and Wednesday 23 March 2022 offenders have stolen approximately 100 litres of diesel fuel from a commercial vehicle parked at premises at Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth.
This is incident 70 of 23 March 2022
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about either of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111.
Please be aware that between 1210hrs and 1220hrs on Tuesday 22 March 2022 offenders have stolen a white Renault Kangoo van. The vehicle, which was parked in Oaks Road, Kenilworth, and had ladders on the roof and was being used by window cleaners working nearby.
This is incident 134 of 22 March 2022
If you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious or have any information about this incident please contact Warwickshire Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111
Please be aware that offenders have entered parked motor vehicles at Redfern Avenue & Stoneleigh Road, Kenilworth.
The incidents took place between 2000hrs on Friday 19 March and 0730hrs on Saturday 20 March.
At Stoneleigh Road a blue Toyota Verson and white BMW 318 were targeted. The vehicles were subjected to some damage, an untidy search with a number of items being stolen including a laptop computer.
This is incident 106 of 19 March 2022
At Redfern Avenue offenders carried out an untidy search of a grey Ford KA and stole some bank cards and a Sat Nav device.
This is incident 242 of 19 March 2022
If you believe you may have seen or heard anything suspicious, have any CCTV footage of suspicious activity or have any information about either of these incidents then please contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111