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Bulletin 25   August 19th – September 1st 2020

 Dear Neighbourhood Watch Members

We are urging people to be wary of software scams after the Force has received 47 reports from vulnerable victims so far this year with losses totalling £188,000. The average loss has been around £4,266.

The scam typically involves a victim receiving a phone call from someone purporting to be from a well-known company advising that their computer or device needs updating. Victims may then give control of their devices to the offender or are advised to follow instructions, which often ends up compromising their personal information, such as bank details. 
Recently, an elderly woman from Surrey was called by a man who claimed he was from BT and needed to turn her internet off for 24 hours. He then directed the victim to visit a website on her computer. Once the victim had done this, he advised her that they would be transferring compensation to her bank account. The victim provided their bank details and was tricked into transferring £2,650 from their account.

A similar incident occurred in June when an elderly woman was tricked into giving the offenders access to her bank account. A woman called the victim pretending to be from BT and advised her that she had issues with her internet connection. The victim was told to download an app and to provide her bank details, resulting in £800 being stolen from her bank account.

If you receive an unsolicited call:

don't allow remote access to your computer
don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision - a genuine bank or another trusted organisation won't force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons
remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions
don't make a payment
make sure you know who you are talking to - if in doubt, hang up immediately
listen to your instincts - if something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it
remember that criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home - they may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.

Karen Hughes

Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Inspector

Catalytic Converter Theft

You will read in this Bulletin about increasing incidents of thieves stealing catalytic converters from public car parks in Caterham

They are typically sold for precious metal, but owners are then left to foot the expensive repair bill. Vehicles are targeted on the road, in car parks, and even on driveways, and catalytic converters can be removed in a matter of minutes.

Stay on the lookout for catalytic converter theft in Surrey.

Here are some ways you can protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft:

- Lookout for suspicious activity around vehicles, such as a vehicle being lifted up or someone doing something to the underneath of the vehicle
- CCTV such as video doorbells could provide key evidence and deter offenders
- An alarm can be fitted to your vehicle that activates if it is tilted or shaken
- Having your vehicle’s serial number etched on the catalytic converter could help police track stolen items and deter offenders (see retainagroup.co.uk)
- A protective cover over the catalytic converter can help to guard your vehicle (see catloc.co.uk)
- Garages can be asked to weld the bolts holding the catalytic converter on, to make it harder to remove

If you witness suspicious activity, don’t approach the suspects. Where possible, take note of the suspect’s vehicle registration. You can report this via our online form at surrey.police.uk/ro/report/. In an emergency always call 999.


Our Area Patrol Team and Safer Neighbourhood Team deal with a variety of incidents. Here are a few they dealt with since the last Bulletin.

On August 20th a vehicle was stopped in Whyteleafe due to having an ANPR marker on it. The vehicle was found to have two defective tyres and the driver was arrested after failing a drug swipe for cannabis.

On August 23rd after a single vehicle collision at Titsey Hill a male was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

Whilst on patrol in Oxted on August 26th two officers in our Area Patrol Team were made aware that a male had been seen trespassing on a driveway. Shortly afterwards they spotted the driver of a Mercedes wearing a balaclava mask. After being stopped the driver made a run for it but in the words of the poem on the Tandridge Beat Facebook page was soon ‘felled, cuffed and stuffed’.

After a single vehicle road traffic collision in Godstone on August 31st the driver was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

 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.


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Swissland Hill, Dormans Park. Around 20.00 August 23rd a suspect opened the front gates to a drive, entered a porch door and then left after being disturbed whilst examining a pair of trainers that he had picked up (ref 45200089430).

Woodcock Hill, Felbridge. Between 21.00 and 22.45 August 26th a property was entered and various items of low value were stolen (ref 45200090688).

Lincolns Mead, Lingfield. Between 02.19 and 02.25 August 31st the double bolts on a side gate were unlocked and the rear doors of the house were checked in order to gain entry but the suspects were scared off by a dog barking (ref 45200092077).

Vehicle Crime

Park Road, Dormans Park. Around 10.50 August 20th a van was approached and the door handle tampered with prior to the alarm sounding and the suspect making off (ref 45200088081).

High Street, Dormansland – Theft. Around 12.10 August 27th numerous tools were stolen from a van after it was forcibly entered (ref 45200090913).

Plough Road, Dormansland – Theft. Around 11.45 August 27th three males wearing masks broke into a van and stole power tools (ref 45200090918).

New Farthingdale, Dormansland – Theft. Between 18.00 August 31st and 09.00 September 1st a van was broken into and a chainsaw and two hedge cutters stolen (ref 45200092381).

Selbys, Lingfield – Criminal Damage. Between 12.40 and 14.30 August 27th the front offside quarter light window of a vehicle was broken whilst the vehicle was parked on a driveway (ref 45200090878).

Godstone Road, Lingfield – Theft. Between 19.30 August 31st and 07.30 September 1st the nearside door of a van was damaged and rear door damaged when it was forced open. A bucket of tools and a drill charger were stolen (ref 45200092365).

Mill Lane, Felbridge – Theft. Overnight August 27th to 28th index plates BD63NMA were stolen from a van (ref 45200091231).


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

High Street, Godstone. Around 23.15 August 20th shovels were used to force open doors to two garages but nothing was stolen (ref 45200087936).

Castle Street, Bletchingley. At11.15 on August 22nd fence panels were found damaged at a property and the garden shed door was found open but nothing had been stolen (ref 45200089920).

Burglary Business and the Community

Sandy Lane, South Nutfield. Around 01.00 August 19th a pick axe was used to force the frame and locks off an office door at a garden centre. After an untidy search the offenders exited through the same door and nothing was stolen (ref 45200087611).

Vehicle Crime

Harcourt Way, South Godstone – Theft. Between 16.00 August 27th and 07.00 August 28th index plates ET15GXY were stolen from a vehicle (ref 45200091105).

Godstone Hill, Godstone – Theft. Between 11.30 and 17.50 August 28th a silver Nissan Primera index W727SGU was stolen (ref 45200091570).


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Westerham Road, Oxted. Between 23.30 and 23.59 August 28th a house was entered via a rear kitchen window and an untidy search took place. It is not yet known whether anything was stolen (ref 45200091450).


Chestnut Copse, Hurst Green. Sometime between August 22nd and 24th alloy wheels were stolen from a rear garden (ref 45200089744).

Vehicle Crime

Granville Road, Oxted. Around 03.20 August 27th a blue Mercedes G class 4x4 index YP66NFJ was stolen from a driveway with no keys being stolen (ref 45200090706).

Holland Road, Hurst Green – Theft. Overnight August 28th to 29th a white Ford transit index EY09XMM was stolen (ref 45200091550).


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Farningham Road, Caterham. Around 01.10 February 22nd five males kicked down a front door and on entering used a weapon to intimidate the victims. They left the property empty handed driving a white Audi S5 which was later found abandoned in East London. Enquiries are on- going (ref 45200088789).


Croydon Road, Caterham. Between 09.30 and 09.45 August 26th timber was loaded onto a vehicle   and the offender drove off without paying (ref 45200090325).

Vehicle Crime

Downsway, Whyteleafe – Theft. Around 20.45 August 19th a catalytic converter was stolen from a car (ref 45200087871).

Church Walk, Caterham – Theft. Between 11.20 and 12.30 August 21st a catalytic converter was stolen from a car (ref 45200088565).Between 10.30 and 12.00 August 26th  catalytic converters  were stolen from a further three cars. (ref 45200090469/90417/90449)

Newstead Rise, Caterham. Between August 13th and 19th tools were stolen from a van (ref 45200090029).

Addison Road, Caterham on the Hill. Between 12.30 and 15.30 August 25th the bodywork of a car was damaged by graffiti being scratched onto it (ref 45200090126).

Wellington Road, Caterham on the Hill. Around 02.42 August 28th the door handles on a vehicle were tampered with but the suspect made off when they failed to open (ref 45200091124).

Ninehams Road, Caterham on the Hill – Criminal Damage. Between August 18th and August 27th a tyre was maliciously damaged on a parked car (ref 45200091219).

Coulsdon Road, Caterham on the Hill – Theft. Between 18.00 August 29th and 12.33 August 30th index plates GL04ULZ were stolen from a vehicle (ref 45200091840).


Burglary Residential including sheds and garages

Westview Road, Warlingham. Between 23.00 August 29th and 03.00 August 30th CCTV images revealed two males trying the door handles of a house before making off (ref 45200091923).

Vehicle Crime

Succombs Hill, Warlingham – Theft. Between 06.15 and 16.30 August 24th a blue Ford Fiesta index LC51FM was stolen (ref 45200089783).

Alexandra Road, Warlingham – Theft. Between 09.35 and 13.45 August 25th whilst a van was parked on a driveway items were stolen from it and damage caused to the van (ref 452000090031).

Gresham Avenue, Warlingham – Criminal Damage. Between 13.45 August 24thth and 14.00 August 25th an unknown object was used to smash the window of a car parked on a driveway but nothing was stolen (ref 45200090079).

Birch Way, Warlingham – Theft. Around 10.45 August 27th a petrol cutter was stolen from inside a van after the rear doors were left open (ref 45200090906).

The Meadows, Warlingham – Theft. Between 1.30 and 12.00 August 28th a van was broken into and various tools stolen (ref 45200091307).

Ledgers Road, Warlingham – Theft. Around 12.57 August 28th the window of a van parked in a car park was smashed and keys stolen from within it (ref 45200091262).

Blackmans Lane, Warlingham – Theft. Between 08.00 and 11.00 August 28th a van was entered and a laptop and tools stolen (ref 45200092395).

Harrow Road, Warlingham – Theft. Between 11.40 and 11.45 September 1st offenders driving a black 4x4 Ford possible a Ford Kuga on cloned plates made entry to a parked van and stole multiple tools (ref 45200092465).

Boxwood Way, Warlingham – Theft, Between 19.45 August 31st and 11.45 September 1st index plates DT54DRT were stolen from car (ref 45200092487). The front index plate of another car was unscrewed but left on the verge (ref 45200092520).

Northdown Road, Woldingham – Theft. Around 11.30 August 27th a van was broken into and items stolen by offenders believed to be driving a Black Ford Galaxy (ref 45200090908).

Croft Road, Woldingham – Theft. Between 12.15 and 12.55 August 28th a variety of tools were stolen from a van (ref 45200091289).Damage was also caused to the door locks on a van (ref 45200091257).

Church Road, Woldingham – Criminal Damage. Between 06.00 and 16.00 August 28th the top of a side sliding door on a van was bent back allowing a view inside. Nothing had been left in the vehicle and nothing was stolen (ref 45200091286). Index plates M155PGP were stolen from another vehicle (ref 45200091303) and the front index plate EX60JXP were stolen from another (ref 45200091347).

If you have to contact us about a non-urgent matter or to provide information on non-urgent suspicious matters or unusual behaviour you have observed which may be useful intelligence for us at a future date please email Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team:  tandridge@surrey.pnn.police.uk 
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