Coates NHW maintains lines of communication with the local police regarding crime/criminal activity in Cirencester and surrounding areas. Where relevant this information is passed on to residents who sign up to the scheme. Similarly, members of the scheme can communicate any suspicious activity they may notice via the coordinator who will pass this on to the police and to other members. However, in the first instance less urgent matters should be reported to the police directly by dialling 101 and urgent matters (eg where a crime is believed to be in progress) by dialling 999.
Do you have a computer at home and do you have an e mail address ? If so, would you like to receive periodic Neighbourhood Watch information by this means ?
To register your details with your local Coordinator please contact Liz Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
All messages will be sent using bcc (blind carbon copy) to preserve the integrity of your email address.
Members information packs are also available which provide more information and guidance as well as window stickers to display in your home. These can also be obtained from Liz Allen at Anvil Lodge, Coates.
Distraction thefts in supermarkets
Between 1st January and 14th November 2015 there have been a total of 53 crimes where a distraction method has been used to carry out a theft or attempted theft offence at a supermarket.
Since the start of the year the following number of offences have taken place:
· Cotswolds – 11 offences
· Stroud – 8 offences
There have been 12 offences across Gloucestershire in November alone and the number may increase as we approach the busy Christmas shopping period.
It would seem that offenders are hanging around at supermarket cash point machines or the quick checkout tills trying to obtain the credit or debit card pin numbers used by shoppers. They then attempt to obtain the card itself by a form of distraction either at the supermarket or on the victim’s journey home. The most common distraction method used is to ask directions (often to the hospital) while the victim is putting bags into their car but others such as pointing out a fictitious problem with the victim’s car have been used.
It seems that the most likely people to be targeted for this new type of crime are older female shoppers who are on their own.
Please be aware of anyone following you around the store, car park or hanging around near the tills and cash point machines at supermarkets. If you notice anyone acting in this manner please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of a member of staff at the store. Also where possible go shopping with someone else and be cautious when using your pin number wherever you shop. If you discover your cards are missing report the loss to your bank and police straight away. If you witness anything suspicious at supermarkets please report it to the police by ringing 101 or email on email@example.com