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Mole Valley Beat Bulletin Thurs 17th March 2022

Alert message sent 17/03/2022 10:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Wishing you all a #HappyStPatricksday2022
Car stolen from driveway #Fetcham early Weds 16th Mar. This was a key-less car theft – known as relay theft – a process that can take as little as 60 seconds and can be completed in near silence. Car later recovered in East London  
Top tips: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyo
North Leatherhead PCSO Lou Lilly will be in and around Tesco #Leatherhead on Thursday 17th March from 10.30am until 12:00pm.
If you have any police issues or concerns , please feel free to speak to Lou whilst she is walking around.
With fuel prices at an all-time high, businesses, farms, construction sites, homeowners, and forecourt operators in #Surrey are at increased risk of becoming victim to fuel theft.
We’re sharing this guide as it contains some helpful tips on how you can best deter criminals and what to do if you are the unfortunate victim of fuel theft: https://www.speedyfuels.co.uk/.../fuel-theft-in-the-uk.../
If you see fuel theft in progress, call us immediately on 999.
Did you tune in to watch Special Ops: Crime Squad UK at the weekend? Two of Surrey Police’s investigations have featured in this series. If you missed them, you can catch up on UKTV Play: https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/.../special-ops.../watch-online
Side entrances should be secured with lockable gates – that are kept locked. If possible, gates should be fixed with the hinges attached to the wall of the building and should be level with the front of your house so they can be seen. https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/exterior
Cold callers in #Betchworth #Buckland late evening Tues 15/03 on doorsteps with black holdall's full of cleaning products to sell (usually over-priced) The message: DON’T DEAL WITH COLD CALLERS / Do Not pay CASH on the doorstep. Golden rules:
Fake 'missed parcel' messages: advice on avoiding banking malware / we had a report of one of these in Dorking y'day https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/avoiding-banking-malware
We’re noticing a rise in the number of thefts from building sites in Surrey recently.
Easy target – open sheds, cabs and containers offer easy access to sites and vehicles. Sites are often left insecure overnight, over weekends or holiday period.
Valuable contents – a lot of equipment shares the same keys or is kept in an obvious place. Tools and machinery can be incredibly valuable to thieves, who may keep them to use themselves or sell them on.
What can I do?
Light them up – keep your site partially illuminated (if possible) when closed so thieves can’t creep around it easily in the dark
Don’t keep an excess of materials on site
Lock away all tools, as well as small or valuable equipment or materials
Strengthen your perimeter fencing and access gates, and consider installing temporary CCTV cameras, alarms, or concrete barriers
Seen something suspicious when passing a building site out of hours? Call 999 and tell us.
Recent courier fraud under investigation in #Dorking
If you’ve given your bank details over the phone or handed your card to a courier, call your bank straight away to cancel the card.
Pls share this info https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/courier-fraud
Officers attended a sheep worrying incident involving three dogs chasing sheep around a field to the south of #Capel last Tues.
Sheep fleeing from dogs are often killed or seriously injured by their panicked attempts to escape: https://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/.../shee.../sheep-worrying/
Do you keep any of the following in your shed or garage?
1. Bikes
2. Mowers
3. Sports equipment
4. Power tools
5. Garden tools
These are the top five most common items stolen from sheds.
Sheds, garages and outbuildings account for a significant number of burglaries in Surrey.
Inadequate locks – or no locks at all – make these buildings an easy target. Valuable items such as power tools, bikes and golf clubs are top of a burglar’s wish list, but they’ll take anything they can get their hands on.
What can you do to secure your shed or garage?
Always lock side and back gates
Fit strong locks & hasps to sheds and use audible magnetic alarms on doors and windows
Park cars in front of garages to block entry
Install a good quality home alarm system that can be extended to include sheds and garages
Consider installing a video doorbell and/or CCTV cameras
Check that your home insurance covers sheds, garages and outbuildings
Read more: https://www.surrey.police.uk/.../prot.../secure-shed-garage/
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Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Mole Valley)

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