Vehicle Incident – Monxton

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Message sent by Catherine Williams (Police, PCSO, Test Valley District)

At approx 16.40 on 26/07/17 two vehicles were travelling on the Hundred Acre Roundabout in Andover. One vehicle, a deep red Ford C-Max, appeared to be in the wrong lane and aggressively tried to correct themselves and nearly collided with a red Mercedes. Concerningly to the driver of the Mercedes, it appeared as though the other driver has then attempted to follow them to their home address.

Did you see this incident occur? If you can assist Police, please call 101 ref: 44170287795

Please remember to take care when driving on the roads, stay alert and plan your journey.

Theft of Vehicle – Amport

Overnight 25th – 26th June an office building located on Grateley Drove, Amport was entered by offenders. Along with electrical items and tools, keys were also stolen that allowed offenders to steal a Range Rover.

A 4×4 was located burnt out nearby in Quarley at approximately midnight.

If you saw anything relating to the non-dwelling burglary or subsequent car fire please contact Police on 101 ref: 44170242891

Car Theft Prevention

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At this time of year we see a rise in the number of theft from motor vehicle incidents, particularly from beauty spot car parks.

Please see the following information for crime prevention advice

  • When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.
  • Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually locked.
  • Park your car in an attended car park.
  • Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.
  • When parking at home, use your garage. If you don’t have a garage, park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle.
  • Take all your personal possessions with you.
  • Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.
  • Leave the glove box open to show there’s nothing inside.
  • Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.
  • Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website (see right).
  • Do not store your car’s documents in the car.
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.
  • More information about alarms can be found on the Thatcham and Sold Secure websites.

Ransomware Cyber Attack

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use.

Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:
*Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
*Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
*Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too

The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance

For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware

Key Protect advice for individuals:
*Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
*Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
*Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
*Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

Phishing/smishing
Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:
*An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details.
*The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.
*Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Non-dwelling burglaries, Amport

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Catherine Williams (Police, PCSO, Test Valley District)

Overnight of 5th – 6th May offenders have gained entry to two garages in Sarson Close, Amport. Offenders gained entry by forcing the lock on the side doors, a chainsaw was stolen from one of the garages. Ref: 44170170171

The same night another outbuilding was broken into on Monxton Road, Amport. This time a padlock was cut and petrol strimmer stolen. Ref: 44170168812

If you have any information to assist Police, please contact 101 quoting the relevant reference numbers above.

Tips for Vehicle Safety

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Phil Rogers (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

If you’re heading out to the countryside this weekend, help keep your vehicle safe by following a few simple tips:

– Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside your car. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a thief.

– Don’t hide your valuables in the boot. Someone may be watching.

– Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes.

– Double check it’s locked. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For more crime prevention advice, go to: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-home-and-belongings/vehicle-crime/

Damage to Crops in Monxton – Night Hawking

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We’re investigating after damage was caused to crops in the Monxton area by people using metal detectors last Sunday night.

As well as the damage to the fields, ‘Night Hawking’ as it is known, is a Heritage Crime, Heritage crime is “any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations”.

People that take part in Night Hawking rarely hand over any finds that they make and you must report treasure to the local coroner within 14 days of finding it.

There’s an unlimited fine or up to 3 months in prison for not reporting treasure.

There are people and clubs that legitimately take part in metal detecting, but they must have permission to do so.

If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact us 101 quoting 44170114292, or if you do see anybody taking part in this activity please report it to us so that we can ascertain if permission to be on the land in question has been given.