Roses are red, violets are blue, scammers are clever, here’s some Romance Fraud advice for you:
Don’t rush into an online relationship – get to know the person, not the profile: ask plenty of questions.
Analyse their profile – confirm the person's identity. Check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly-used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.
Talk to your friends and family - be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
Evade scams - never send money or share your bank details with someone you’ve only met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you've been speaking to them.
Stay on the dating site messenger service - don't use email, phone, social media or other messaging apps until you’re confident the person is who they say they are.
More signs to look for, and to report please visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/romance-fraud
Burglary advice following on from Storm Ciara/Dennis
Please check your fences and gardens for broken panels, loose gates or potential entry points, following reported burglaries on the district where suspects have gained entry via insecure gardens.
Give your fence and gates a good looking over, has the wind made for some easy access points?
Check shed doors and window locks following a wet weekend for rusting or damaged locks, and replace as necessary.
Always keep your shed locked and secured, don’t give burglars a head start, replace any broken windows or panelling on sheds/outbuildings.
Don’t leave tools lying around, pick up anything that has fallen over or things that can be used as a way of breaking into your home.
Sussex Police has welcomed an annual inspection report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)
The report reflects an inspection from nearly a year ago, in April 2019, and HMICFRS recognise the progress the force has already made against their findings.
The Inspectorate found that Sussex Police is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe and in how it treats the public and its workforce.
While the report acknowledges that Sussex Police has improved its ability to identify vulnerable people and that officers and staff assess vulnerability well, it has asked for further improvements in this area and in its efficiency overall.
The inspection team found that the force:
has a clear plan for neighbourhood policing with on-going investment in increasing its presence in local communities and in its investigative capabilities
has a good understanding of public demand, including uncovering ‘hidden demand’, and at planning future demand using innovative technology but could do more to address current lower risk issues
is ethical and good at treating its employees and the public fairly
Responding to the report, Chief Constable Giles York said: “We are absolutely committed to delivering the highest possible quality of policing to our local communities in Sussex.
“The report recognises the overall quality of the service we provide but, being published almost a year after the inspection, does not reflect the huge strides that have been made since.
“During this period we have significantly reinvested in our neighborhood policing presence and in our investigative capacity, as well as launching new rural crime and proactive policing teams, both of which will be expanded further.
“We have reduced 101 call waiting times by more than 70%, to an average of under five minutes, and cut the number of callers who hang up before getting through by more than 60%. This is all making a difference now.
“In the coming weeks and months we will be further enhancing our service to victims of domestic abuse and the specialist support available for victims of sexual violence, among a range of growth plans.
“The recent and long overdue investment in policing is beginning to ease the pressure and lead to better outcomes for victims and for our local communities and we will build upon this.
“We welcome independent scrutiny for HMICFRS and recognise there is always more we can do. I remain incredibly proud of the work that our officers, staff and volunteers do every day to keep the people in Sussex safe."
The full report is available here: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/wp-content/uploads/peel-assessment-2018-19-sussex.pdf
A burglary occurred on 07/02/2020 on High Street, Newhaven, whereby entry was gained via the front of the address, it was confirmed that a charity box was stolen from the premises (Ref: 47200023499).
A burglary occurred between 06/02/2020 at 22:50hrs – 07/02/2020 at 08:00hrs on Brighton Road, Newhaven, whereby the suspect has entered the property and broken into a fruit machine (Ref: 47200023770).
A burglary occurred between 07/02/2020 at 16:30hrs – 08/02/2020 at 07:00hrs on Ditchling Common, Hassocks, whereby a warehouse was broken into and various tools and equipment stolen from within (Ref: 47200024372)
A burglary occurred between 08/02/2020 at 12:45hrs – 10/02/2020 at 10:30hrs in Lewes, whereby a shipping container was broken into and a quadbike stolen from within (Ref: 47200025505)
For a range of crime prevention advice, support and tips to keep you and your property safe can be found here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/
If you have been the victim of a burglary, please report online, or by calling 101 – always dial 999 in an emergency/burglary in action.
Action Fraud scam watch
Did you know scams cost the UK economy £5-£10 Billion a year, with over 50% of people over 65 having already been targeted by scams; and only 5% of all scams reported?
This week’s scam and fraud warnings from Action Fraud:
Fake PayPal emails lead to over £1 million in losses
Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for fraudsters sending fake PayPal emails.
Fraudsters will send the victim an email purporting to be from PayPal in attempt to trick them into believing they have received payment for an item.
The fraudster will then send a follow-up email requesting a tracking number in the hope that the victim will be rushed into shipping the item before they have had a chance to verify the payment.
Keep yourself safe selling and buying online with more information this recent scam here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-paypal-emails-lead-to-over-1-million-in-losses
Action Fraud’s top tips
Although fraud and cybercrime comes in many forms, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
Follow Action Frauds’ personal safety checklist to keep you and those around you safe from fraud here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/individual-protection
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You can also visit our website at www.sussex.police.uk where you can find our easy to use online forms to report all non-emergencies to us.
You can also find police advice to keep you safe and help you understand the law, and also browse our crime prevention pages for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.
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