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Residential Crime Alerts and News for Warwickshire

Alert message sent 15/09/2020 23:22:00

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Trailer Stolen in Corley

Some time between 17.50 hrs on Friday and 12 noon on the 13/9/20, unknown offender(s) stole a grey twin wheel Brian James trailer from a property on Church Lane, #Corley.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including possible CCTV or Dash-cam footage, please contact us by either advising us online at www.warwickshire.police.uk, by email to ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, referring to incident 318 of 13/9/20.
For crime prevention advice, including trailer security, please go to our website at www.warwickshire.police.uk .

Diesel and Generator Stolen in Fillongley

Some time overnight (13th/14th September), unknown offender(s) cut through a fence and broke into containers at a rural property on Tamworth Road, Fillongley where they stole diesel and a Kubota generator.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including possible CCTV or Dash-cam footage, please contact us by either advising us online at www.warwickshire.police.uk, by email to ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, referring to incident 76 of 14/9/20.
For crime prevention advice, please go to our website at www.warwickshire.police.uk .
Thank you for your assistance on this incident.

Caravan Stolen in Southam

At around 02.00 hrs on the 13/9/20, unknown offenders entered a rural property in Southam and stole a touring caravan (no further description at this time). It is believed that it was taken along #Station Road at some point early in the morning.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including possible CCTV or Dash-cam footage, please contact us by either advising us online at www.warwickshire.police.uk, by email to ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, referring to incident 264 of 13/9/20.
For crime prevention advice, please go to our websites at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk and www.warwickshire.police.uk.

Theft in Kineton

Unknown offender(s) have entered a location on Brookhampton Lane, Kineton and stole 2 x Stihl saws and 2 x concrete poker units.
If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, including possible CCTV or Dash-cam footage, please contact us by either advising us online at www.warwickshire.police.uk, by email to ruralwatch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, referring to incident 114 of 14/9/20.
For crime prevention advice, please go to our websites at www.warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk and www.warwickshire.police.uk.

Resident Reports - Stolen Car - Atherstone

BMW X4 was stolen last night from Old Farm Road Atherstone at 1.40am.
Offenders put a brick through our back window for the keys!!!!
Keep your eyes out for this car please

North Warwickshire Police

We're asking motorists to be vigilant following a rise in thefts of vehicles - particular the Fiat and Ford models. Ford Fiestas and Fiat 500/595 Abarth models are the most commonly stolen in North Warwickshire however other vehicles such as Nissan Qashqai, X-Trail and Vauxhall Corsas have also been stolen.
Vehicles are being stolen without keys from areas such as car parks, driveways and public roads. If possible, we'd encourage owners to park their vehicles in garages or block them on driveways to deter further thefts. You should also consider using a visible theft deterrent system such as steering wheel locks, immobilisers, trackers, Faraday pouches or bags if the vehicle is keyless entry.

Shipston Police Safer Neighbourhood Team

Officers recovered a vehicle stolen in a car key burglary. Recovered on a tracker.
PCSO Emma Turner

Warwickshire Rural Crime Team
Stratford-on-Avon - 3 Arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage!!!
In the early hours of Monday 14th Sept while making enquiries with
Stratford-on-Avon District Council CCTV operators, PC Craig PURCELL and I witnessed 5 males enter the old British Home Stores building on Bridge Street, Stratford upon avon.
We attended the area and conducted an initial search but it became apparent that the males were now within the building and could be heard causing damage.
When challenged the males escaped onto the roof of the building putting themselves and others at significant danger. Officers from Warwickshire Police patrol teams attended to assist us and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to help with access to the building and provide a safe way to remove the suspects.
With significant resources being diverted to the building a thorough search was conducted by officers after the males were seen to enter back into the building from the roof.
Unfortunately the building is so vast that the males were able to secrete themselves from officers and with other incidents requiring an emergency response from officers the search was concluded and officers released from the scene.
PC PURCELL and I however remained in the area to perform one last sweep of the building in a more discrete manner.
It was at this point 3 males were located within a plant room on the top floor of the building and all three arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage.
After lodging the suspects in Leamington Custory we returned to the building to obtain further evidence and as a nice bonus after a very long shift we got to see the sunrise over Stratford form an unusual vantage point (very James Bond Skyfall)
It's worth noting that the old BHS building is also a listed building and as such any damage caused might mean offenders find themselves answering questions relating to heritage crimes.

Atherstone & Coleshill Police
Coleshill SNT officers have been out patrolling at Shustoke Reservoir and the surrounding villages during our shift today.Please ensure everyone is abiding by the COVID guidelines.
#keepsafe 6280/6239

Officers were called to a collision on Astley Road at approximately 10.30 hours this morning.
One driver failed the drug screening process and was arrested at the scene.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Police

Nuneaton SNT supporting Everyday Without A Road Death campaign.
SNT completing speed checks and parking issues.
Please comment on our Facebook page if you would like us to look at an area.
So far we have completed speed checks on Ansley Road, Coton Road and Kingswood Road. #besafe

Rugby Police

Project Edward. Speed survey in Dunchurch today following community feedback.
#SpeedKills #SlowDown

Shipston Police Safer Neighbourhood Team

SNT out on Tuesday carrying out some speed checks, have attended various locations across a number of village locations. It’s about education not enforcement. Speed limits are there for a reason and are there to keep us all safe.

OPU Warwickshire

Van was recovered this afternoon coming off a444 after initially stopping it to verify insurance and licence details. It was found to be stolen.
Details of occupants past to West Midlands colleagues to assist with their investigation. SE/AF

Armed Officers conducted a stop on a vehicle in Leamington on Tuesday morning as it was linked to a serious assault in Coventry earlier in the day.
There was also a quantity of Class A and B drugs in the vehicle and as such it, along with its 3 occupants are now spending some time with us.

Action Fraud
We are aware of scammers claiming to be from HMRC offering financial support as a result of coronavirus.
If you receive a text, email or call claiming to be from HMRC that asks you to click on a link or give info such as your name, credit card or bank details, it's a scam.

Warwickshire Police

A Bidford-on-Avon man has been given a suspended prison sentence after assaulting one officers and narrowly avoiding colliding with another officer as the car he was driving fled the scene of an incident in the village in November last year.
Detective Constable Imran Ghouri from Warwickshire Police Serious and Complex Crime Team said: “It was only through luck that O’Brien’s car didn't collide with the officer and injure him or worse; I hope he has learned a valuable lesson.”

A suspected ‘cannabis farm’ has been shut down in Nuneaton.

Officers from the Northern Vehicle Crime Team attended a commercial premises on Seymour Road at around 9pm on Sunday, following reports of a burglary.
Whilst at the premises, a large number of cannabis plants and electrical equipment was located and seized from the address.
A 41-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, both from Coventry, were both arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis. They have both been released on bail whilst enquiries continue.
Warwickshire Police remains committed to identifying and tackling the supply of illegal drugs. If you have any concerns within your community, please report it on warwickshire.police.uk or via 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

A suspected cannabis farm has been shut down in Leamington, following concerns from local residents.

Officers forced entry to a property on Court Street shortly after 5pm on Saturday, where a large number of cannabis plants and electrical equipement were located and seized.
Two foreign national males were located inside the premises and are currently being supported as suspected victims of modern day slavery. They are being safeguarded by police and specialist organisations whilst enquiries are ongoing.
One man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and has been released under investigation.
Leamington’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have been running Operation Switch throughout the summer to identify and tackle drug dealing in and around the town. Officers would continue to encourage anyone with any concerns about the supply and use of illegal drugs in their community to please report it.
More here: bit.ly/3mqcXmj


Remember, we all have a part to play in reducing the spread of coronavirus
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Wash hands
  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep your distance
By following these rules, we are protecting ourselves and our loved ones

Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms.

This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.
Find out if you are eligible: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Reminder of New Law Re All Horses Must be Microchipped By October 2020
From October 2020 it will be mandatory for all owners to microchip their horses, ponies and donkeys.

The new #Central Equine Database (https://www.equineregister.co.uk/home) will then allow local authorities and police to track down the owners of dumped horses and make sure they are punished and the animals are given the care they deserve. It will also mean lost or stolen horses will be reunited with their owners more easily.
The Central Equine Database logs all domesticated horses, including those required to be microchipped by October 2020. This will offer a practical solution to the pressing animal welfare issues which arise when horses are abandoned, making it easier to rehome the animals more quickly and effectively and has been welcomed by charities such as the RSPCA.
Defra state that they believe this extension of the current rules on compulsory microchipping will go some way to help find those irresponsible owners that abandon their horses as well as helping owners be reunited with their animals that have been stolen.
If horse owners do not microchip their horses by October 2020 they could face sanctions from their local authority including a compliance notice and, as a last resort, a fine of up to £200.
Jeanette Allen, Chair of The British Horse Council, said:
This new legislation has the full support of the British Horse Council. We have been working closely with Defra and this achieves the important step of requiring all equine animals to have a microchip.This is a huge advance for the UK’s horses, ponies and donkeys. It will not only enable irresponsible owners to be held properly accountable for the treatment of their animal, it will also aid in reuniting owners with lost or stolen horses and significantly supports the UK’s efforts to protect our equines from disease outbreaks.
To check if your horse is on the database go to https://www.equineregister.co.uk/home

Public urged to look out for the signs of county lines drug dealing

County lines is a term used to describe gangs transporting drugs from bigger cities into smaller towns.
This is a national problem involving drug gangs operating from cities including Birmingham, London, Manchester and Liverpool.
Warwickshire Police has an ongoing Protect initiative which aims to tackle and disrupt county lines crime and other forms of serious organised crime.
As part of this, police are urging people to look out for the following signs:
•Children or young people going missing from home or school.
•Changes in a person’s behaviour or emotional wellbeing.
•Children or young people socialising with unfamiliar people.
•A person starting to abuse drugs and alcohol.
•Someone acquiring money they can’t account for.
•Someone buying expensive goods they can’t afford.
•Lone children visiting from outside the area.
•Someone with multiple phones, tablets or SIM cards.
•Unknown or suspicious people going into a neighbour’s house – especially if that neighbour is vulnerable.
Detective Inspector Chris Cook from Warwickshire Police said: “Alongside other similar counties in the country, unfortunately we do have county lines drugs gangs operating within Warwickshire.
“Illegal drugs bring misery to our communities and those involved in the supply often target vulnerable people and children. We are determined in disrupting and deterring these gangs and bringing the key players to justice, which is why we are asking the public to look out for signs.
“On their own, the above signs may not be suspicious but when you put them together with changes in behaviour, they could be a sign of county lines drug dealing.
“The public are our eyes and ears in the community and it is important they are looking out for the signs of county lines drug dealing and reporting it to police.
“If you have any suspicions, please get in touch. Your piece of information, no matter how small, might be the final piece of the jigsaw that means we can take action.”

If you have any information that could help police tackle county lines drug crime please call 101 or report it on our website. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Fixed penalty scam email warning about emails claiming to be about a fixed penalty.

What to do if you’ve had this email
If you’ve had this email, do not:
• click on any links in it
• reply to the email or contact the senders in any way
• open any attachments that arrive with the email
• If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
You should report the email to Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Shed and Garage Burglary- Crime Prevention

Shed and outbuilding security: first steps
First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.
Think like a thief
Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And keep it locked at all times.
Alarm it
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
• Lock it, hide it or mark it
• Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime.
• Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option.
The top five most common items stolen from sheds
• Bikes
• Mowers
• Sports equipment
• Power tools

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