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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Tuesday 19th October 2021

Alert message sent 19/10/2021 12:02:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police


Theft of Mercedes motorcars from driveways overnight in Oak Way Ashtead and Farm Lane Ashtead. Both would appear to have been stolen without using their keys which have been left behind in the owner’s houses.  
 
 
 
When not in use either at home, when out and about or on holiday – store your keys in a security pouch. Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or RFID signal Fob Blocker/shields, these pouches will prevent the signal from your vehicle from being captured using electronic devices.
 
 
 
Don’t leave your keys in the hallway near the front door as fishing for vehicle keys through the letterbox is a prominent method of stealing them. Grabbing the signal will be easier for the thieves if the keys are near the front door.
 
 
 
Some types of key fobs can be switched to disabled, so check your vehicle manual or ask your dealer for advice. 
 
 
 
Tracker systems can increase the chances of recovery of your vehicle if it is stolen. Many systems activate once the vehicle is stolen and track it via GPS and other systems. SBD have several members which specialise in this area and can advise on the best system for your vehicle type and can also fit the product.
 
 
 
Consider using physical security like a steering wheel lock or wheel clamp as modern car thieves prefer not to attack these types of physical security devices as they want to get away quickly without getting caught
 
 
https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/vehicle-crime/relay-theft
 
 
Of note:  
 
Roads Policing Unit (RPU) - Surrey Police
 
This vehicle was stolen off a driveway in Hampshire overnight. The owner didn’t know it had been stolen but one of our units was suspicious of it. The driver failed to stop, we pursued it and managed to recover it for them.
 
 
See attached photo:
 
 
 
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Wallet stolen from parked vehicle Harriotts Lane #Ashtead overnight Friday -Saturday #MondayMotivation make sure your car is locked tonight : https://www.securedbydesign.com/.../vehicle.../car-security
 
 
 
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Courier scams : 1. scammers will cold call, claiming to be from e.g bank /police & persuade you to tell them PIN and address 2. send a fraudulent courier to your house to pick up your bank card –
 
 
BANKS / POLICE DO NOT DO THIS –
 
 
keep sharing
 
 
https://www.oprepeat.co.uk/telephone-scams/
 
 
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Runners and walkers need to know how to stay safe near bodies of water as they are most at risk of accidental drowning.
Each year on average over 106 people a year lose their life to drowning as a result of running or walking near water and figures show on average around 55 per cent of all drowning victims were running or walking* and never intended on being in the water.
Top Water Safety Tips running or walking near open water:
 
https://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety-for-runners-and-walkers
 
 
 
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October is National Home Security Month and unfortunately Catalytic Converter theft has been in the news again.
 
 
The main signs for spotting catalytic converter theft are:
 
 
Can you see a vehicle jacked up, either in a car park or on the street? Is there more than one wheel off the ground?
 
 
Can you hear the sound of metal being cut from underneath the vehicle?
 
 
Catalytic converter thieves will often try to pass themselves off as conducting legitimate vehicle maintenance. Please don’t worry that you are wasting police time by calling us. Our contact centre can help you assess the call, and officers would rather attend and establish that a person is legitimately working on a vehicle than not go and miss the opportunity to catch a thief.
Seen the signs?
 
 
Call 999.
 
 
https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/vehicle-crime/catalytic-converter-theft
 
 
 
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If you’re making the most of the autumn weekends by walking your dog in the more rural parts of the county, please remember that lots of other animals will be sharing the countryside with you.
 
 
Livestock worrying is a real concern for farmers and landowners in Surrey. This happens when a dog worries or attacks animals such as sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, goats and horses. Livestock such as sheep are particularly sensitive, and often die from the shock of being worried or chased.
 
 
Even if a dog only barks at or chases an animal and doesn’t touch it, this is still livestock worrying and can be hugely traumatic for the animal involved. Your dog might never have shown an interest in chasing or harming other animals before now, but their instincts can be unpredictable, and they might find it too hard a temptation to resist.
 
 
You are responsible for your dog’s actions. If your dog attacks an animal, you should try to find the owner and explain what has happened. Livestock are very valuable to a farmer, and the deaths that come from livestock worrying have a direct impact on their livelihood.
 
 
As a last resort, farmers can shoot any dog worrying their livestock if it cannot be brought under control, so to keep your four-legged friend safe, always keep them on a lead when passing livestock.
 
 
Even on a lead, dogs can still worry livestock, so please think about whether their behaviour is causing the animals around them distress.
 
 
If you see a dog attacking farm animals, call 999. Do not intervene if you think that you might get injured, but please call police to report this crime instead.
 
 
You can also report any rural crime anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
 
 
Remember to Respect, Protect and Enjoy our countryside this autumn.
 
 
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Would you be able to spot the signs of modern slavery? The signs often remain unseen but can include:
 
- Physical appearances including looking malnourished and unkept
- Poor and crowded living conditions
- Unusual travel arrangements
- Reluctance to seek help
 
 
DCI Kerry Loveless, Strategic Lead for modern slavery, human trafficking and organised immigration crime said “I am so pleased that we are able to join the fight against modern slavery at a national level and in a united way.
 
 
“I would like to pay tribute to the very brave survivors of modern slavery who have put their trust in the police and had the courage to speak out against their exploiters.
 
 
“This often hidden crime destroys lives and undermines freedom and dignity, it is vital that our communities understand that modern slavery is happening all around us and to be vigilant to the signs of modern slavery and exploitation.
 
 
“Together we can tackle this devastating crime if we take the time to look, listen and act.”
For more information about spotting the signs, visit the Unseen website:
 
 
 
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When was the last time you checked your tyres?
 
 
 
Think A-C-T:
 
 
 
Air Pressure – the correct tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in the handbook, the fuel filler cap or on the driver’s door sill
 
 
 
Condition – inspect your tyres for lumps, cuts or embedded items
 
 
Tread – the legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm across the central three quarters, all the way around the circumference.
 
 
 
#TyreSafetyMonth
 
 
 
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Man seen trying car door handles on driveway Oakhill Cl #Ashtead early Sat morning - 3am - mobile phones, satnavs and mounts, power leads, money, wallets, handbags, sunglasses, coats, jackets and bags should always be removed from the vehicle or hidden well out of sight
 
 
 
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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