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PLEASE, ALWAYS, DIAL 999 IF SOMETHING IS SERIOUS AND/OR HAPPENING NOW OR RECENTLY.  

OTHERWISE DIAL 101 TO UPDATE INFORMATION ON CRIMES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED, OR FOR LESSER SITUATIONS.

Please remember that what you may think is irrelevant, actually could be an important piece of information to fit the big jigsaw together!

If urgent, do not contact those below to report as they may be off duty!

Our local police team comprises, in the Great Brickhill, Wing and Ivinghoe District:

  • Inspector

    James Davies

  • Sergeant

    David Kuttner

  • PCSO

    Megan Dean

  • PCSO

    Tina Hobbs

To email our team in the Wing Police District (AFTER reporting crimes to 999 if in progress or of danger, and other crimes to 101 or online), email: greatbrickhillwingivinghoenhpt@thamesvalley.police.uk
 
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REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 15 th JULY TO 14 th AUGUST

Harassment of a resident in the High Street – We’ve been made aware of a series of

upsetting incidents that have been affecting a villager. This started in October 2021, with

dog poo being inserted through the victim’s letter box into their sitting room or left in their

garden. More recently, red paint was sprayed on the cobbles at the front of their house on

Wednesday, 13 th July and dog poo was smeared on the driver door of their car either that

evening or on the afternoon of Thursday, 14 th July. The police have recorded these incidents

as harassment. If you have any information please contact the police quoting crime

reference number 20220716 – 1937 by ringing 101 or reporting online at

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

If you prefer to do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800

555111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Trespassers – Phase 2, Newman Close – We were informed by a resident that two youths

entered the building site at 6.57 pm on Sunday, 24 th July. One of them was wearing a blue

tracksuit and the other a red tracksuit. The police were informed. If you have any

information about this incident, please contact the police using one of the methods above,

quoting crime reference number 20220725 – 0392.

Damage to car on driveway in Bushmead Road – This happened at around 7.40 pm on

Tuesday, 9 th August. A silver Mitsubishi Shogun reversed into the driveway to turn round

and hit the tailgate of the car parked on the drive. The driver sped off towards Whitchurch

without reporting the accident. Thanks to an eagle-eyed resident, the offending Shogun was

spotted being repaired in a local garage and the police were informed. Another ‘hit and run’

car was tracked down by villagers a few years ago while being repaired in the village! So

once again the residents of Whitchurch have come up trumps in solving crimes! 

Large husky dog still causing problems on the recreation ground – In May we reported

that an aggressive husky was attacking other dogs on the recreation ground. We’ve been

told that the same dog is again causing problems. The owner has been walking the dog,

which was not muzzled, at around 8.30 pm. It’s now reached the point where several

residents no longer take their dogs up there or make enquiries first as to whether the dog is in

the park.  Obviously, this is not acceptable – not only from the aspect of danger to pets,

children and adults, but that the actions of one person are preventing others from enjoying

their leisure time. 

If you see a dog that is acting aggressively towards people, is attacking someone, or has

already attacked someone and is still a danger, you should call 999 as soon as possible.

WHITCHURCH

Neighbourhood Watch

 

Scam Alerts:

Cost of living scams are rife at the moment. Some to look out for are:

 Fake cost of living payment and energy rebates

 Bank card refund scams

 Morrisons food giveaway

 Petrol gift cards

 Fake investments

Please be vigilant and don’t be tempted to click on any of the links in the emails or texts.

The most effective way to stop scammers in their tracks is to report a scam when you see

one.

Forward suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk The National Cyber Security Centre

(NCSC) will analyse the suspect email and any websites it links to. They'll use any

additional information you’ve provided to look for and monitor suspicious activity.

Forward scam texts to 7726, a free reporting service provided by telecoms companies.

If you visit a website you think is trying to scam you, report it to the NCSC at:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/about-this-website/report-scam-website

Report a suspicious phone call via: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing

Scroll down the page until you see a blue box saying “Report a phishing attempt – how was

the message received”?

You can find out more about cost of living scams at:

https://www.which.co.uk/news/article/5-big-cost-of-living-scams-to-watch-out-for-

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StreetSafe

StreetSafe is a pilot service for you to tell the Community Safety Partnership about areas

where you feel unsafe because of environmental issues, such as street lighting, abandoned

buildings, vandalism or maybe because of behaviour you’ve experienced from a group or an

individual. The website allows you to flag areas on a map and to explain why you feel

unsafe there. It’s completely anonymous and you can make a report about anywhere you

have visited in the UK. Reports are then sent to the local police force for that area. You

can make your report online at https://www.police.uk/streetsafe

Prefer to read your news online?

You can find Neighbourhood Watch monthly updates and Whitchurch News in full on the

village’s fab website at: https://www.whitchurch.org/

Finally, many thanks to the Editor of Whitchurch News, Bryan Moseley, for continuing to

publish the magazine, despite being immobilised. We all wish you well Bryan.

 

Wishing you a safe and crime-free September. Andrea Scagell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 16th MAY TO 14th JUNE

 

Aggressive husky dog on the loose on the recreation ground – On 18 th May we were

informed about several instances over the past few months of a husky dog escaping from its

garden onto the recreation ground and attacking other dogs while unprovoked. We learned

of two specific incidents on 7 th and 8 th May of a husky attacking spaniels. These were

reported to the police, who are investigating. If you have witnessed or have experienced

such an attack yourself, please inform the police on 101 quoting reference numbers

20220508-0559 (7 th May) and 20220507-1600 (8 th May).

If this happens again and someone is in danger, please call 999.

 

Break-in to empty house in Ashgrove Gardens – This took place on Thursday, 2 nd June at

9 pm. The police attended – and after witnesses identified possible suspects, one of them

admitted gaining entry to the house. It’s believed that that the police apprehended two 13-

year old boys and are investigating a possible link to the previous arson attacks carried out in

the village.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the police on 101 or online at

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  If you prefer to

do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or

via https://crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Reduce the risk of phone scammers

One way of protecting  yourself from telephone scams is to remove your  personal details

from the 192 directory.  

The directory is drawn from various public records and forms a searchable data store of

personal details, including names, addresses and phone numbers. It’s likely that some

fraudsters use these public directories to research the names and home phone numbers of

local residents and then use this information to contact people by telephone, posing as police,

bank staff or other officials.

Older people who are at home in the daytime have been particularly impacted by this type of

crime.

To protect your personal details, you can remove yourself from the 192 directory by visiting:

https://www.192.com/help/help-home/ and selecting the ‘removal of personal details’ option.

 

WHITCHURCH

Neighbourhood Watch

 

Safe as houses

With (hopefully) lovely warm weather upon us, there will be a temptation to leave ground

floor windows and doors open. So if you’re upstairs or out of the room – even just for a few

minutes – close them and help keep the burglars out. Think too about ways you can

improve security in your garden and outbuildings, which not only keeps bikes and other

valuables in your shed and garage safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home.

And when you’ve finished in the garden for the day, try and remember to lock away your

tools as they can be used to break into your home. It’s all about making it as difficult as

possible for the thieves.

More tips on protecting your home can be found at:

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/protect-your-

home-by-protecting-your-garden

Happy Holidays

With the holiday season now in full swing, burglars will be looking for the tell-tale signs that

you are away. REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 16th MAY TO 14th JUNE

 

 

 

Aggressive husky dog on the loose on the recreation ground – On 18 th May we were
informed about several instances over the past few months of a husky dog escaping from its
garden onto the recreation ground and attacking other dogs while unprovoked. We learned
of two specific incidents on 7 th and 8 th May of a husky attacking spaniels. These were
reported to the police, who are investigating. If you have witnessed or have experienced
such an attack yourself, please inform the police on 101 quoting reference numbers
20220508-0559 (7 th May) and 20220507-1600 (8 th May).
If this happens again and someone is in danger, please call 999.
Break-in to empty house in Ashgrove Gardens – This took place on Thursday, 2 nd June at
9 pm. The police attended – and after witnesses identified possible suspects, one of them
admitted gaining entry to the house. It’s believed that that the police apprehended two 13-
year old boys and are investigating a possible link to the previous arson attacks carried out in
the village.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the police on 101 or online at
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  If you prefer to
do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or
via https://crimestoppers-uk.org
Reduce the risk of phone scammers
One way of protecting  yourself from telephone scams is to remove your  personal details
from the 192 directory.  
The directory is drawn from various public records and forms a searchable data store of
personal details, including names, addresses and phone numbers. It’s likely that some
fraudsters use these public directories to research the names and home phone numbers of
local residents and then use this information to contact people by telephone, posing as police,
bank staff or other officials.
Older people who are at home in the daytime have been particularly impacted by this type of
crime.
To protect your personal details, you can remove yourself from the 192 directory by visiting:
https://www.192.com/help/help-home/ and selecting the ‘removal of personal details’ option.

WHITCHURCH
Neighbourhood Watch

 

 

 

Safe as houses
With (hopefully) lovely warm weather upon us, there will be a temptation to leave ground
floor windows and doors open. So if you’re upstairs or out of the room – even just for a few
minutes – close them and help keep the burglars out. Think too about ways you can
improve security in your garden and outbuildings, which not only keeps bikes and other
valuables in your shed and garage safe, but can also stop burglars getting into your home.
And when you’ve finished in the garden for the day, try and remember to lock away your
tools as they can be used to break into your home. It’s all about making it as difficult as
possible for the thieves.
More tips on protecting your home can be found at:
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/protect-your-
home-by-protecting-your-garden
Happy Holidays
With the holiday season now in full swing, burglars will be looking for the tell-tale signs that
you are away. So do all you can to make your home look occupied and more secure.
Cancel milk and papers, ask a trusty friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home,
recover your wheelie bin after collection and move post away from your letter or post box.
Programmable light, TV and radio timers (set to a talk station) all act as deterrents. Or
consider a fake TV which comes on automatically at dusk and simulates the light emitted by
a real telly. Be aware that posts on social media saying you’re away or selfies posted from
the beach may attract the attention of unwanted visitors!
And of course don’t forget to lock all doors and windows before you go, including sheds and
garages! Bonnes vacances!
Wishing you a safe and crime-free July. Andrea Scagell

 

REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 18 th APRILTO 15th MAY

Vandalism to bus shelters – On 19 th April some graffiti using silver paint was sprayed on

the bus shelter opposite Whitchurch Surgery in Oving Road. Similar graffiti also appeared

at bus stops on the main road in Hardwick, Berryfields, the A41 and Fairford Leys. This

was followed around 29 th April by more graffiti appearing on the bus shelter opposite in

Oving Road. The hanging basket on the bus shelter was removed and temporarily appeared

on the Whitchurch Millennium sign. If you have any information about these incidents,

please contact the police via 101 or online at

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

Break-in at the Post Office on the High Street – overnight on Saturday, 23 rd / Sunday, 24 th

April. The thieves managed to open the safe and stole its contents, having gained access

through the roof. We have no further details.

Vandalism to car parked on the High Street – Overnight on Tuesday, 26 th / Wednesday,

27 th April a car on the south end of the High Street between the post box and Keinches Lane

had its windscreen sprayed with an oily substance.

Similar vandalism has happened several times in the past to cars parked close by. Cars have

also been “keyed” and had notes left on their windscreens asking the drivers not to park

there. The police are investigating.

Please be vigilant. Oil on a windscreen can be a danger to life. If you are at all suspicious

or have any information, please contact the police on 101 or online at

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  If you prefer to

do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or

via https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Arson attacks – On the evening of Friday, 13 th May part of a new garden fence in North

Marston Lane was set alight. Luckily a passing motorist put the fire out and alerted the

owner of the property. The culprits then went on to set the postbox on fire at the end of

middle Ashgrove Gardens. If you have any suspicions or information about the arsonist(s) –

for example someone in your household came home that night smelling strongly of smoke –

please contact the police by one of the methods mentioned above and quote crime reference

number DP-15735-22-4343-00.

Vandalism on the recreation ground – On the same evening a metal football goal net on

the recreation ground was damaged. The police have been informed about all of these

incidents.

 

WHITCHURCH

Neighbourhood Watch

 

TrueCall38

None of us want to give out our phone number unless absolutely necessary, but sometimes

you can’t fill in an online form without it. There is a new free service – TrueCall38 – which

helps to solve this problem. When you are asked for your number, enter the TrueCall38

number instead – 0333 8888 8888 (three threes, eight eights). This appears as a UK number

and anyone calling it is directed to TrueCall and receives a short recorded message saying

that you don’t want to be contacted by phone and asks them to contact you by another

method.

If the form won’t let you enter the full number, just leave out the final eight. Be aware

though that some companies do need your phone number. Maybe they require your mobile

to send you a text as part of their validation process, or if it’s a flight booking, a hospital

form or suchlike, it would be better to give them your real number. If your computer uses

‘autofill’ do of course check that it has entered the number you want! For more information

visit www.trueCall38.co.uk

 

WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU WITNESS A CRIME,

SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR OR ROAD ACCIDENT

Dial 999 if you'd like the police to be there in a few minutes.

Dial 101 to report an issue or provide information where there is no value in the police

rushing to the scene.

You can also report non-urgent incidents online at:

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

If you prefer to do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800

555111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org

 

PLEASE ENSURE YOU RECEIVE A CRIME REFERENCE NUMBER AND DON’T

FORGET TO TELL US AT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ABOUT IT TOO (contact

Neil Smith – 07411 368540).

Neighbourhood Watch Awareness Week – is 30 th May to 5 th June – celebrating 40 years of

the organisation. It also coincides with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which

will bring our community together for the various events going on around the village.

Indeed it will be the first time in over 2 years that we’ve had the opportunity to gather in

such large numbers! We hope you all have a wonderful time, but do make sure you secure

your homes before you leave as burglars will know that many of us will be out and about

enjoying ourselves and see it as an opportunity to spoil the fun!

 

 

Wishing you a safe and crime-free June. Andrea Scagell

 

REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 15 th MARCH TO 17 th APRIL

Attempted break-in – Approximately 2 weeks after the event we heard that there was an attempted break- in during the night, possibly on 11th March, in Ashgrove Gardens. This may have been accessed from across the rear garden and over the fence from the recreation ground. The rear door was forced and the door frame broken. No fingerprints or footprints were found by the police.

Vehicle theft – We have had a report from the police that a vehicle was broken into and another stolen from the High Street overnight between 27 th and 28 th March. We’ve been told it was a large four-wheel drive vehicle which was removed from the resident’s drive, rolled along the High Street towards Church Headland Lane and loaded onto another vehicle by people wearing balaclavas, which would have been an unusual sight to say the least! If you have any information regarding this, please report to 101 or email the Neighbourhood Police Team on greatbrickhillwingivinghoenhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 43220133541.

Suspicious activity – On Thursday, 7th April at about 10.20 pm a scruffy woman and a lad in flip-flops, along with a small child, were seen on Castle Mound (and recorded on CCTV) shining torches into properties and fields along Castle Lane. The police attended promptly. Earlier that evening a white transit- type van was parked for a long time by the bench where Castle Lane meets Weir Lane. Arson on Whitchurch Combined School playing fields – On the evening of Wednesday, 13 th April the Fire Brigade were called out to a fire in the school grounds. Residents had heard young teenagers on the building site of phase 2, Newman Close at approximately 9 pm, prior to seeing the fire. A large container of hydraulic oil had been opened and spilled into the ground on the site. It’s believed the offenders set fire to a pile of branches using toilet roll taken from the building site office hut. If anyone has any CCTV footage or information about this crime, please contact the police via 101 or online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

Scam Alerts Council tax rebate scam warning – Bucks. Council are warning that scammers are cold-calling people asking for their bank details in order to receive the government’s £150 energy rebate. Councils will never request bank details over the phone.  Those who pay council tax by direct debit will receive the government rebate automatically, while others will be sent letters about the process. Remote access tool scams – often begin with a browser pop-up claiming that your computer is infected with a virus, or with a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Criminals will try to persuade the victim to download and connect via a remote access tool, which allows the criminal to gain access to the computer or mobile phone, whereupon they are able to access the victim’s banking information.

WHITCHURCH Neighbourhood Watch Be aware of travel scams – Now that many of us are able to take a long-awaited holiday, travel fraud is on the rise. ‘Get Safe Online’ offer the following tips to ensure your holiday or travel booking is safe:  Do thorough research on accommodation, flights, cruises, package holidays or pilgrimages advertised via private advertisements, to check they’re authentic.

 Check that the accommodation really exists by finding it on Google Maps and looking for independent reviews and recommendations. If you can, call and speak to the owner / agent directly.

 Check reviews on Tripadvisor or similar sites.

 Pay for your holidays by credit card, which gives you more protection if something goes wrong.  Make sure travel agents and tour operators you book through are members of trade associations such ABTA or ATOL, by checking on these bodies’ websites.

 Before paying online or providing any confidential details, type in the website address you know to be correct (instead of following a link) and ensure the payment page is secure (begins with ‘https’ and has a locked padlock in the browser window frame).  Be wary of unusually cheap holidays or high deposits.  Check terms and conditions prior to making any payment.

 Keep confirmations and payment receipts and check statements for irregular entries.  Be wary of unsolicited approaches claiming to be from travel firms, insurance companies or claims specialists offering to arrange a refund for a holiday or travel which has been postponed because of Covid-19. For more about protecting yourself against scams visit Get Safe Online at www.getsafeonline.org Don’t make it easy for burglars With the lighter evenings and new growth of spring now upon is, it’s time to Spring into Action and review your home security.   The best way of doing this is to look at your property through the eyes of a burglar. Think about how you would break in if you locked yourself out. You may be surprised by how easy it would be.   Download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/ It contains lots of hints and tips including:  A variety of physical and digital security measures to protect your home  How to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security

 A handy checklist for when you go away  WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU WITNESS A CRIME, SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOUR OR ROAD ACCIDENT Dial 999 if you'd like the police to be there in a few minutes. Dial 101 to report an issue or provide information where there is no value in the police rushing to the scene. You can also report non-urgent incidents online at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  

Wishing you a safe and crime-free May. Andrea Scagell

 

LATEST NEWS:



Dear Residents,

 

We have had reports of persons accessing the building site around the Whitchurch Lane/Newmans Close area. 

This is extremely dangerous and unauthorised persons, without relevant protective clothing, could become seriously injured. 

The last incident occurred on the 24th of July. Each time we have had reports of this, it appears to be the same persons involved. We are currently doing enquiries to identify the suspects formally. 

If you have any information in regards to this, or if you witness this, please report by using one of the following options:

999 – if there is an imminent danger or a crime is in progress – this is the most suitable method of contacting us in this instance.

101 – this is our non-emergency number.

Webform – non emergency incidents can be reported via our online reporting system on the Thames Valley Police website.

 

Please also feel free to contact the Neighbourhood Team (after you have reported using one of the ways listed above) on greatbrickhillwingivinghoenhpt@thamesvalley.police.uk

 

We cannot stress how important it is to report incidents at the time they occur. Reporting after an incident has happened makes it difficult for us to identify those responsible. With the incident described above, if we had been made aware at the time, we may have caught the suspects in the act. 

Please also report it directly to us and not via Neighbourhood Watch. Third party reports sometimes are not as factual as first hand. We agree that NHW need to be made aware but incidents should always be reported to the Police first. 

 

Kind Regards

 

The Wing Neighbourhood Policing Team

 

 

 

 REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 15th JUNE TO 14 th JULY

Vandalism on Oving Road – We’ve received a report that front-facing windows at an
empty property near the wild flower bank on Oving Road had been smashed on Monday, 27 th
June. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the police on 101 or
online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
 quoting Crime Reference No: 4322 0282 428.
A reminder to make your property look as though it is lived in when you have to leave it –
even if only for a few hours. Using lights on a timer is one simple way of doing this.
Attempted car theft – In the early hours of Tuesday, 5 th July four men were involved in the
attempted theft of a car in Swan Close. They were caught on CCTV and disturbed by
security lights so fortunately nothing was taken. Please be extra vigilant and report any
suspicious behaviour to the police by calling 999 immediately.
Damage to digger on recreation ground – This happened on Thursday, 7 th July to a digger
used by contractors who were working on the outdoor gym and play area. The window of
the digger was smashed. The damage was only discovered on Friday, 8 th July when the
digger was collected.
Increase in youth crime in Whitchurch – It’s a matter of concern that over the last few
months the instances of vandalism and youth-led crime has seen a steep rise – all taking
place within a few hundred yards of each other:
 Theft and vandalism at Newman Close building site
 Fire in school grounds
 Damaged metal football fence at the recreation ground
 Arson of new garden fence
 Arson of post box
 Graffiti in bus shelters and on information boards
 Smashing of doors and windows at a property in Ashgrove Gardens
 Window smashing at a property in Oving Road
 Digger window smashed at the recreation ground
With the school summer holidays now here, please be on the lookout and ring 999
immediately if you see a crime in progress. If it’s not urgent you can contact the police on
101 or online at the address above.

WHITCHURCH
Neighbourhood Watch

If you prefer to do so without giving your name, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800
555111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org
Please ensure you receive a crime reference number. We’d really appreciate it if you could
let us at Neighbourhood Watch know about it too. We may be able to help. Contact Neil
Smith on 07411 368540.
Parenting a teenager is not easy, but run-ins with the law go beyond the norm of teenage
rebellion. So please stay in touch with what your children are up to and hopefully we can
curb this behaviour before their lives are blighted by a criminal record.
Parents of teenagers may find this website helpful:
https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-family-life-and-parenting/parenting-
teenagers

Scam Alerts:
‘Check a Website’ is a new, easy-to-use online tool which helps determine whether a
website is likely to be legitimate or a scam. You type in the address of the website you want
to check and your results will appear within seconds. To try it out visit:
www.getsafeonline.org/checkawebsite/

Victim Support
If you’ve been a victim of crime, Victim Support is an agency with trained people to help
you. You can call their free 24/7 Supportline in confidence on 0808 168 9111. Visit:
https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

What would you like Whitchurch Neighbourhood Watch to do for you?
We are hoping to hold a public event for residents in the autumn. We’d like to make sure
that we are covering topics of concern and interest to you – the residents of Whitchurch,
whatever your age group.
So it’s over to you…. Do let us know your concerns – for example, online security,
vandalism, anti-social behaviour, burglary, theft, drug-dealing, neighbourhood policing.
Do ask your family members what they think as different age groups may well have different
issues of concern. Please email Neil Smith at neil.h.smith@hotmail.co.uk
Many thanks for your help. We look forward to hearing your views.

Wishing you a safe and crime-free August. Andrea Scagell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTED CRIMES AND INCIDENTS 15th FEBRUARY TO 14th MARCH 

Sadly, the bus timetable by the Methodist Chapel was daubed with green paint around the third week in February.   Also around that time the Church Headland Lane sign was unscrewed from its mount.  

 

Scam Alerts

NHS PCR scam warning – scammers have been impersonating the NHS and sending texts claiming that the recipient has been in close contact with someone with Covid-19.   They demand that they order a PCR test, with the aim of stealing their personal data and bank details.

Travel-related scams to look out for – the pandemic has spawned a new breed of Covid-related scams, especially those concerning travel.   These include:

  • Charging for passenger locator forms, which are free

  • Offering fake vaccine passports

  • Charging for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which is available free from the NHS

  • Clone travel companies or flight comparison / booking websites taking your money for holidays or flights that don’t exist

Ukranian crisis warning – scammers are using the war in Ukraine as a way to extort or scam money out of people who believe they are helping victims.   Please be mindful of this and check the origins of requests to support the crisis. 

Reducing burglaries – just think of the acronym – WIDEN

  • W: WINDOWS: Keep your windows locked

  • I: INTERIOR: Put inside lights on a timer/smart bulb

  • D: DOORS: Double or deadlock your doors

  • E: EXTERIOR: Put outside lights on a sensor

  • N: NEIGHBOURS: Keep an eye out for your neighbours

Have you got a doorstep  ‘NO COLD CALLING’ sticker?   

If the answer is no, Bucks. & Surrey Trading Standards can provide you with a free sticker.   To receive yours, please email trading.standards@surreycc.gov.uk


Wishing you a safe and crime-free April.                                        Andrea Scagell                                                                                                                                     #

 

 

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