Neighbourhood Watch Alert July 2016

Rural Crime
Although non dwelling burglaries continue to be our main problem we should not be complacent about home security. Jo Stewart, who is my opposite number in Amport, has written about her recent burglary and its aftermath in July’s Parish News. If you have not yet read her very sound advice please do so.
Thefts from vehicles, both commercial and private are still occurring. Earlier this month a car window was smashed and a rucksack stolen in the car park at Danebury Ring. There have also been incidents where cars have been broken into even when valuables have not been on display. To avoid loss the safest course is not to leave valuables in vehicles in remote car parks, for example when dog walking, where thieves may know that the owner will be away for some time.
HMRC Scam
The Police have issued warnings that residents in Hampshire have been contacted by scam callers claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, and demanding money.
On each occasion the victim received a telephone call from a person claiming to be from HMRC. They were told that they will be arrested if they did not settle their unpaid tax bill. On some occasions the fraudsters asked the victim to purchase iTunes vouchers and then pass the card details onto them.
Fortunately the fifteen people involved knew it was a scam so refused to hand over any money and reported the matter to the police.
However, too often people do fall victim of these types of scams and end up handing over thousands of pounds. These types of incidents are understandably very upsetting for the victims. If you receive a suspicious call do not hand over any money or bank details and report the matter to the police or Action Fraud immediately.
If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please make them aware of this scam and remind them not to give any personal details or money to unexpected callers.”
For information about Action Fraud and how you can report these types of crimes, visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Rio 2016
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro begin on 6th August 2016 and as of late June, should you so wish, you will be able to purchase tickets from the Rio 2016 ticket offices. Purchasing from an unauthorised seller or a ticket tout could leave you out of pocket; not only are the tickets advertised at inflated prices, but there is also a risk that the tickets purchased are counterfeit or do not exist. Any individual with a counterfeit ticket will be refused entry
To help protect yourself, the list of authorised sellers has been published on the official website and provides a list of trusted resellers; this can be found at http://www.rio2016.com. Equally, tickets purchased that are no longer needed can be sold through the Rio 2016 website for a 100% reimbursement of the amount paid if the tickets are resold.

David James

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