Operation Scrooge

Operation Scrooge – Campaign Launched To Target Shoplifting in Andover

Officers from Andover’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will be out in force to deter shoplifters in the run-up to Christmas.

Operation Scrooge will see officers liaise with retailers, give advice to shoppers and carry out high-visibility patrols in Andover town centre and its retail parks.

The operation starts on Saturday 24th November, when members of the team will put on a crime prevention stall in the High Street between 10am and 2pm, to remind shoppers of the steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.

The campaign is due to finish on Monday 31st December.

Sergeant Mike Thorne, of Andover’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “As Christmas approaches, more and more people will be out and about in our town’s shops and banks.

Andover is a safe place to live and work but it is not immune to people who wish to take advantage of shoppers and businesses at this time of year.

The aim of our operation is to deter and detect crime and to provide reassurance to the public and businesses.

We will continue to use tactics that have proved successful in previous years to make sure those who commit crime in the town centre are dealt with robustly.”

Advice

We would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the steps they can take to protect their property when shopping:

  • Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even for a couple of seconds;
  • Make sure your handbag is closed;
  • Try to keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pickpocket;
  • Keep your PIN number confidential;
  • If possible try to pay for all items on a debit or credit card, rather than carry large amounts of cash;
  • Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving your car.

Scamnesty

Monxton Neighbourhood Watch
David James
01264 710049 djamescdr@gmail.com

19 September 2018

As nobody else seems to want to take on the job of Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, and as I now have some time, I thought I would try and take up where I left off.

This has also been prompted by the increase in fraudulent activity being visited on our community, a number of instances of which have been reported to me. For this reason I hope that the latest Police initiative will interest you.

From now until Christmas, the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner is running a Fraud Scamnesty campaign. Targeting the older and vulnerable members of our communities in particular, it encourages people to report scams, provides advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud, and aims to raise awareness of the financial and emotional impact that fraud can have on victims.

In partnership with Hampshire Constabulary colleagues and Neighbourhood Watch, members of the team will be at a number of Fraud Roadshow events across the Hampshire policing area and will support those working with older and vulnerable people in spotting the signs and providing the right help and advice. Scamnesty boxes have also been placed in libraries and Citizens Advice Bureaus to allow people to post details of scams that they have received, anonymously if they so wish, which will then be used for further analysis.

A full list of participating libraries and CABs as well as a list of roadshow events can be found on the PCC website: http://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/scamnesty
For those unable to access the link to the website the Friday Fraud Roadshow will be at Tesco in Andover on 26th October from 09.30 to 15.30.

I am available if anyone needs advice, please note change of email address.

David James

Fly Tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and is a criminal offence.

Examples of fly-tipping include:

  • dumping waste on land where there is no waste management licence, including public highways
  • leaving rubbish or waste outside household waste recycling centres
  • giving your waste to someone else to fly-tip
  • allowing waste to be dumped on your own property

The Police and local authorities take action against any householder or business who illegally disposes of their waste, or who does not ensure that their waste is collected by a registered waste service firm.

You are legally responsible for any household waste produced on your property or where you live. This responsibility is called your “duty of care”.

You face an unlimited fine if your waste ends up fly-tipped and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

       Report fly-tipping to Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368000

 

Car Crime

This is a message sent via Hampshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary. Message sent by James Todd (Police, PCSO, Test Valley District)

Over the weekend Hampshire Police have received a number of calls from residents in the Andover area reporting the theft of items, particularly mobile phones, that they had left within their vehicles whilst out for walks or other outdoor activities. Many of these calls came from residents in the rural areas surrounding Andover and Andover Police would like to pass on the relevant guidance to all car owners about keeping your belongings safe from thieves.

  • 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 where possible.
  • 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. (www.immobilise.com)
  • Do not store your car’s documents in the car.

Thank you for taking the time to read this advice, please pass it on to other friends and family members to help prevent them from becoming a victim of crime too.

Burglary in Monxton

This is a message sent via Hampshire Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary
Message sent by
Catherine Williams (Police, PCSO, Test Valley District)

Between 10:30 – 13:30 on Wednesday 18th October offenders have gained entry to a residential property on Andover Road, Monxton. Entry was forced whilst the occupant was out of the property and various items stolen.

If you had anyone knock on your door during the day which you felt was out of the ordinary or saw anything suspicious in the area please contact Police on 101 ref: 44170405124

Has Anyone Seen Reggie

Reggie is a grey tabby cat belonging to Maggie Nicholls at Well Cottage.
He prowls Monxton sporting a distinctive orange high-vis vest. He covers quite a bit of territory so most of you will probably have seen him.
He did not come home last night, which is not like him, and Maggie thinks he may have been shut in someone’s shed or outhouse.

If you have any information please call Maggie on 07957618144