Latest Scams Reported
Local residents attending the Raynes Park Community Forum on 5 December 2013 reported two new scams operating in the area.
1. A very convincing “builder” knocks on your door, asking to borrow cash to hire some tools so that he may carry out some emergency works on a neighbour’s home. Despite his apparent sincerity, don’t fall for it. You won’t get your money back!
2. Whilst parking or returning to your car in Tesco’s car park, a kind passer-by draws your attention to a fault with your car. Whilst you are looking where he is pointing, someone helps himself to your belongings from your car!
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Steps that may prevent Burglary
From Your Safer Neighbourhood Team
As the nights draw in, our streets are populated by trick or treaters and fireworks start to explode in the night sky, we are entering the peak time of the year for house burglary. Don't become a victim of crime. Taking some of the following steps may save you from being burgled:
- Install a timer or leave a light on so that your home is not left in darkness when nobody's at home.
- Always lock all of your windows and doors when you leave.
- Don't leave anything valuable where it can be seen from outside.
- Lock up your sheds and don't leave anything in your gardens that could be used to break into your homes.
- Photograph your jewellery and mark your property. You can record serial numbers on immobilise.com
- If you have expensive jewellery, install a wall mounted safe or consider a bank deposit box.
- Look out for your neighbours. If you think a crime is taking place always call 999 straightaway.
Bogus Door to Door Salesman
A member has recently sent us this email:
Yesterday I received a visit from a young man, wearing a blue boiler-suite with a Zenith logo. He was keen to take a look at my front bedroom window which is a high quality aluminium frame. His sales pitch was that his company Zenith was working nearby and would be interested in quoting me for a replacement. He however first wanted to check on the inside. I declined his offer and after a little while and more sales talk he left.
I was suspicious of him and checked with their (Zenith's) head office and they knew nothing of him. They also check with all their offices in South East and none have any work going on in the area. So the message to all is be aware. The local Police have been advised.
Project Killdeer - Street "Charity" Collectors
It is estimated that £147 million is lost to charities through fraud each year. Quick and simple points to look for when you next contribute to a charity street collection are:
1) Display the name of the charity on the bucket/tin. 2) Be securely sealed.
The collector must be in possession of written authority from the charity and also a permit issued by the MPS. If they do not have a permit they commit an offence.
There are only certain days of the month that collections are allowed to take place and each charity is only allowed to collect once per year in any given local authority area. Therefore, if you see the same person collecting for the same charity more than once a month, they probably haven't got a permit!
N.B. Train stations are subject to different legislation and hence the above does not apply.
In most cases the charities will be registered. This can be checked on the website. Should you feel that the charity street collectors are committing an offence please contact your local policing team.