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Alert message sent 20/05/2019 14:06:00

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Hello I am your local PCSO Lee Gardner. Please see this update for the Centre beat area of Basingstoke consisting of Grove, Eastrop, Brookvale and Kings Furlong for the last couple of weeks.
Current Priorities
The three current priorities chosen by you are burglaries, criminal damage and theft from motor vehicles. In the last fortnight there have been no business burglaries. There have been 8 reports of criminal damage and 4 incidents of thefts from motor vehicles. There is no theme for items being stolen from vehicles but a catalytic converter and a registration plate have been taken. Please ensure nothing valuable is left in your vehicles and that they are locked.
Crime Trends
Over the last 90 days three crimes that have seen the biggest increase are personal robberies, theft of pedal cycle and business burglary. To put this into context there have been 13 reported robberies in the last 90 days compared to 3 for the 90 days before that. Suspects have been identified and these incidents remain under investigation. There have been 30 reported cycle thefts in the last 90 days compared to 11 for the 90 days before that. Some offenders have been identified from CCTV and the investigation continues. Patrols are being concentrated in these key areas.
The three crimes that have decreased the most over the same time period are residential burglaries, criminal damage and violence with injury. 

Residential burglaries have decreased to 9 in the last 90 days compared to 16 for the previous 90 days. There have been 47 criminal damages over the last 90 days which has dropped from 74 for the previous 90 days. Violence with injury has improved from 113 reported incidents to 84.

The Grove area has shown a large decrease in crime over the last 90 days and Eastrop has also improved with 454 reported incidents in the last 90 days compared with 456 in the previous 90 days. Brookvale and Kings Furlong have shown a slight increase in reported crime for the last 90 days with 199 reports compared to 183 previously.
Apart from the town Centre area which had a reported 127 shopliftings in the last 90 days, the area with the most reported incidents was the Loddon Mall and Worting Road improved on the last 90 days.
Something Else To Look Out For
Along with the increase of pedal cycle thefts there has also recently been a few reports of Courier Fraud. If you use a pedal cycle please ensure it is locked up securely with a suitable lock. You can register your bike at This is a free service used by Hampshire Constabulary to help relocate stolen property. We are going to be running some Cycle security marking events in Basingstoke Town Centre so please keep an eye on our website for updates for the dates and locations of these events.

Courier Fraud

what is courier fraud?
Generally, but not exclusively, courier fraud is where:
The fraudster “cold calls” the victim on their landline (whether in possession of the victim details or not).
The fraudster who will claim to be from a Police force makes claims or follows a script designed to encourage the victim to divulge specific personal information, ultimately requesting the victim to provide their PIN or to get them to withdraw large amounts of cash form their bank.
The fraudster will then arrange for the collection of the victim’s bank card or cash from their home address. This will generally be performed by an innocent cab company or associate and is delivered to a pre-arranged location.
As a result, the fraudster is in possession of both the victim’s bank card, their PIN and/or cash.
The suspect will then go on to use their card to withdraw cash, use the card to purchase online goods or use it in stores to purchase high-value items such as Apple products or expensive watches. On occasions the victim is asked to withdraw more cash or to purchase expensive watches which will be collected gain from their address.
Within Hampshire, varying methods have been used in order to secure the victim’s co-operation to achieve their objectives in obtaining cash the PIN and card if required.
Some of the most common encountered are as follows:
Purporting to be a police officer. Either investigating fraudulent transactions or indicating that people have been arrested following fraudulent use of the victim’s bank card or a cloned card and they therefore require the victim’s assistance to investigate the matter.
Purporting to be a bank employee and suggesting there has been unusual activity on their account.
Purporting to be a bank fraud investigator (investigating the bank) and suggesting to the individual that their money is at risk and in order to secure it they need to immediately transfer it to a “safe account” (mule account).
Purporting to be a bank employee and suggesting to the victim that fraudulent deposits have been made into their accounts and they need to withdraw this money in order to secure it for the investigation.
Fraudsters in the main arrange the collection of the victim’s bank card/cash through a “courier”. The victim is requested to place the card/cash in an envelope and seal it. This courier is often a taxi driver, although on occasions it has been known for this courier to be an associate.

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To report crime or suspicious activity, call us on 101 or report it online by going to  You can also report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers instead of the police, on 0800 555111.

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Lee Gardner (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke Town Centre District)

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