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Hampshire Constabulary crime prevention advice update

Alert message sent 04/09/2020 13:53:00

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Hello,

We wanted to share some important crime prevention advice with you, following reports in the local communities around specific issues - we hope that you will find this useful.
Hampshire Trading Standards Alert: Cold Callers
Hampshire Trading Standards would like to warn residents about cold callers at the door offering to clean driveways. Reports have been received from the Chandler’s Ford / Eastleigh area, but the alert is for residents across Hampshire.

The cold callers are offering to clean driveways and will try to do a demonstration. They are very persistent, and will try to persuade the resident to have the work done, sometimes starting without permission. No paperwork is given before the work starts, and any flyers may contain false information and contact details. Payment in cash is requested.

Advice from Trading Standards (TS):
  • TS strongly advise residents not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call.
     
  • Residents should obtain at least 3 written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Buy With Confidence scheme or a recognised trade association.
     
  • To inform Trading Standards about cold calling, please report the matter to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. Please also try to obtain a name and address for the company.

Keyless car crime
Did you know? 
  • Any car that uses keyless entry is at risk of Relay Theft
     
  • It can take less than two minutes for thieves to gain full access to your car
Top 5 prevention tips:
  1. Keep keys in a signal blocking pouch (aka a Faraday Bag) out of sight and away from doors and windows. Don’t forget to do the same with any spare sets
     
  2. Use a Sold Secure tested and approved Steering Wheel/Pedal/Gear Lock as a deterrent
     
  3. Tracking devices can help track down your vehicle and the perpetrator should it be taken
     
  4. Use your garage if you have one. Contact an MLA approved company for advice on garage locks
     
  5. If you park on your driveway consider fitting outdoor motion detector lighting and CCTV
For further information regarding Relay Theft please visit www.locksmiths.co.uk/faq/keyless-car-theft/
SNAP Scheme launched by Hampshire Constabulary
The Hants SNAP scheme has launched and aims to use submitted footage of dangerous incidents to protect road users across the region. Under the scheme, footage of dangerous incidents can be submitted via an online portal. This can be from a dash cam, head cam or other recording device that is being legally used.

The footage must meet the below criteria:
  • It must be reported within seven days and should not be edited
     
  • Should not have been deleted from your device
     
  • Should not be shared on social media
     
  • Needs to show between one to two minutes either side of the incident
     
  • If it is from a collision, or an offence not listed in the criteria set out on the submission portal, then it will need to be reported by calling 101, or online via our force website.
Along with the footage, people will submit a witness statement and will be required to answer some basic questions to support their statement. For further information please click here.
Action Fraud Alert: PayPal Scam using Facebook Messenger
Action Fraud have received a surge of reports where victims have received messages through Facebook Messenger from friends and family requesting to use their PayPal account to receive funds from the sale of items on eBay.

Messages are sent by fraudsters purporting to be friends and family stating that they have sold a camera on eBay but that they are unable to process the payment as they either do not have a PayPal account or because their Pay Pal account is not working. Click here for more information.
As always, if you spot something suspicious, or you’ve been a victim of crime, then we would encourage you to call 101 or report it to us online via our reporting tool.

Please remember that if a crime is in progress, the suspects are at the scene, or a person is in immediate danger then please dial 999.
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Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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