Surrey Police is seeing business premises and retail units more at risk of being targeted for organised burglaries as criminals take advantage of lockdown measures to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are patrolling more frequently both day and night, reacting to intelligence and looking out for any suspicious activity in hotspot areas and industrial estates which we have identified as being particularly vulnerable or isolated.
During such unprecedented times, we understand business owners will undoubtedly feel concerned as they are being forced to close their doors and leave premises unattended. If you can remotely, please check that your security systems are in place and working correctly by doing an assessment of security cameras and making sure that any service doors are locked and secured. We are also urging business owners not to store large quantities of cash or high-value items in their premises whilst they are closed.
Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES
We are appealing for witnesses following an incident involving a horse and rider on Saturday, 4th April.
Officers were called to Gangers Hill in Woldingham at around 4:30pm Saturday 4th April following reports of an injured horse and rider. The horse sadly had to be put down and the rider was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries.
It is believed that a vehicle may have been involved and enquiries are ongoing to find out more information and locate a potential vehicle. We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything or have any further information or dash cam footage to contact us on 101 quoting reference number PR/20075656.
THIS WEEKS FRAUD ALERT – PHISHING E MAILS
Action Fraud have reported on some of the tactics being used in phishing emails. They include:
Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimics the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area, but to access this information the victim needs to either click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account
Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates
Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn.
Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing
CRIME REPORTS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
If your area is not referred to below it is because we have not been informed of the crime or it has not been affected by reported crime in the categories below. Feedback from you will help to achieve the most appropriate circulation of information.
GODSTONE, SMALLFIELD AND OUTWOOD
Burglary Business and the Community
Lindley Road, Godstone. Around 03.50 April 3rd a property was broken into (ref 45200035366).
Prince of Wales Road, Outwood. Sometime between March 28th and April 1st the window of a pub was broken (ref 45200034697).
North Park Lane, Godstone – Criminal Damage. Between 13.00 and 16.00 April 5th the windows, control panels, outer panels and camera of an excavator were damaged (ref 45200036156). The windows of a caravan were also smashed (ref 45200036233).
Church Lane, Godstone. Overnight April 6th to 7th a catapult is believed to have been used to smash the light outside a residential property (ref 45200036691).
Bletchingley Road, Godstone – Criminal Damage. Between 23.30 April 4th and 09.00 April 5th the windscreen of a car was shattered (ref 45200035908).
Hathersham Lane, Smallfield – Criminal Damage. Around 18.15 April 5th a vehicle was found burnt out at the side of the road (ref 45200036011).
OXTED AND HURST GREEN
Burglary Business and the Community
Silkham Road, Oxted. Between 20.00 April 2nd and 08.00 April 3rd locks on a garage were damaged but no entry made (ref 45200035443).
The Greenway, Oxted – Criminal Damage. Between 02.00 and 09.00 April 2nd an unknown implement was used to damage a vehicle (ref 45200035021).
Coldshott, Hurst Green. Between 00.30 April 2nd and 00.01 April 3rd a telephone cable was cut serving twenty residential premises (ref 45200035117).
Pollards Oak Crescent, Hurst Green – Theft. During the early hours of April 7th a white Ford Transit index BG57 EWN was stolen from outside a house (ref 45200036491.
CATERHAM, CATERHAM ON THE HILL, CHALDON AND WHYTELEAFE
Burglary Residential including sheds and garages
Rook Lane, Chaldon. Between 20.05 March 31st and 09.00 April 1st a shed in a rear garden was broken into and multiple items including Stihl hedge trimmer and attachment, a Stihl Chainsaw, Stihl brushcutter and various food items were stolen (ref 45200034661). A garage at an adjacent property was broken into and a chainsaw was stolen over the same time period (ref 45200034514).
Leazes Avenue, Chaldon. Following the two incidents reported in Bulletin 7 overnight March 31st to April 1st another garage was broken into through the roof but nothing stolen (ref 45200034916).
The Grove, Caterham on the Hill. Between 13.00 April 2nd and 12.25 April 3rd the lock on a shed was forced but nothing stolen (ref 45200035420).The bolt was cut off two padlocks on another shed close by but no entry made (ref 45200035431) and a shed broken into damaging the lock at another property although nothing was stolen (ref 45200035597).
Burglary Business and the Community
The Square, Caterham. Around 01.40 April 1st a pub door was broken to gain entrance but after looking around the suspects left without stealing anything (ref 45200034715).
Church Walk, Caterham. Around 01.45 April 3rd after jumping over a fence a retail property was entered via a fire exit but nothing was stolen (ref 45200035342).
Queens Park Road, Caterham on the Hill. Around 21.00 April 1st two teenage males were approached by two other males with push bikes physically assaulted and a mobile phone was stolen (ref 452100034886/35267).
Mansell Way, Caterham on the Hill. Sometime between April 5th and 7th a Marlin Road Bike with yellow lines on it was stolen from the garden of a property (ref 45200036639).
Burntwood Lane, Caterham – Criminal Damage. Around 18.30 April 3rd a vehicle was damaged and then further damaged caused after it was accessed (ref 45200035622).
Hillside Road, Whyteleafe – Theft. Between 12.00 April 6th and midnight April 7th index plates were stolen from a vehicle (ref 45200036833).
Station Road, Woldingham. Between 02.30 and 03.00 April 6th two tyres were stolen from a property, taken to a field, and set alight causing damage to some benches, trees and bushes (ref 45200036187).
Slines Oak Road, Woldingham – Criminal Damage. Around 23.00 April 2nd a Mercedes white tipper truck was set on fire (ref 45200035360).
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