Police & Community Warden information


 

Message from Kent Trading Standards

We have received reports of a company telephoning residents in the Tunbridge Wells area offering windows under a government backed scheme. The caller tells the resident that they have officers in their area who can come and check their smart meters to find out if they are eligible. 
 
Be aware that this company may make false or misleading claims to get you to buy this expensive product.
 
You can find out if you’re eligible for help to make your home more energy efficient by visiting gov.uk
 
You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service  It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent Police. 

Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT 

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236


 

andrew.judd2@kent.pnn.police.uk

Kent Trading Standards warn residents about criminals pretending to be Trading Standards officers to defraud vulnerable victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

How it works 

  • The criminal visits or calls residents who have previously been victims of crime claiming to be a Trading Standards officer using false identification.
  • They tell the resident that following a Trading Standards investigation into their previous complaint they are entitled to compensation.
  • They tell the resident they need to pay some money to release the compensation awarded by the Court. 
  • Some residents are being told they must also pay the VAT that wasn’t paid from the original crime

What to do

  • Tell the caller you need to speak to a friend or relative and hang up. 
  • If they are at your door politely say you need to speak to a friend or relative and close the door.  

REMEMBER: Trading Standards will NEVER ask for cash and you would NEVER be asked to pay money to receive compensation.  

WARNING: Telephone callers may insist you hang up and check their ID by calling a number they give to you.  This is part of the fraud. Criminals stay on the line and pretend to be Trading Standards to verify the caller.  Report these calls to Kent Police at your local Police station.  

Residents that have previously been victims of doorstep crime are particularly at risk so please warn neighbours, friends and/or relatives if you think they may be targeted.  

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent Police. 

Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT 

Internal 092151

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236

 

andrew.judd2@kent.pnn.police.uk


 

Warning after thefts from vehicles in east Kent

 

Kent Police is reminding people to keep their vehicles secure following a spate of thefts at various locations in the east of the county.

There is typically an increase in vehicle crime during the summer months, which is partly due to people leaving windows or sunroofs open or forgetting to lock up.

A number of areas have suffered spates of thefts from vehicles in recent weeks.

–       There were 10 thefts from vehicles reported in the Canterbury district overnight on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

–       A number of offences have been committed in the Ashford and Shepway districts including the theft of a wallet from a car parked on the driveway of a property in Ingleden Park Road, Tenterden, on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

–       Several reported incidents have taken place in Deal including two in Mongeham Road between Sunday 20 and Tuesday 22 August 2017. There was also a report of a vehicle being interfered with in Hamilton Road.

–       In Thanet a number of parked vans have been targeted and tools stolen from within over the past fortnight.

Superintendent Andrew Pritchard of Kent Police said: ‘While these particular areas have experienced an increase in vehicle crime, it is important to remember that thieves will strike wherever they see an opportunity and do not discriminate by town or village.

‘That is why we should all remember to keep our vehicles locked and secure at all times, and to ensure any valuables are removed when we are not there to keep them safe. Let’s not make it easier for criminals to strike by leaving windows and sunroofs open in the warm weather, even when our vehicles are parked on driveways, outside our homes or in other places where we might assume they will not be targeted.

‘Opportunist thieves do not need an invitation to help themselves to items that do not belong to them so it is important we do all we can to stop them.’

Crime prevention advice 

–       Lock and alarm your vehicle;

–       Remove items left inside;

–       Secure belongings in your boot if you need to leave your vehicle while you are out;

–       Park in a secure car park or well-lit location whenever possible;

–       Always wipe away satnav suction marks left on your windscreen so thieves do not think the satnav is still inside.

PSE 59727 Andrew Judd 

Volunteer & Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer,

for South East Kent. 

Police Station,Tufton Street, Ashford, Kent,TN23 1BT 

Internal 092151

External 01233 896151

Mobile 07980965236

 andrew.judd2@kent.pnn.police.uk


 

An invitation to take part in the PCC’s Annual Policing Survey

 

As Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police.

Earlier this year he published Safer in Kent: The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. The plan is kept under constant review and is regularly updated in line with what local communities want.

Mr Scott wants to know what matters most to you, so we are requesting that you please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey and that you encourage your friends, family and colleagues to complete it as well. The survey can be completed online here, and is available in numerous languages simply by clicking the ‘Select Language’ button on the website.

You do not need to provide your name or any contact details if you do not wish to.

If you would prefer the survey in a paper format, we can post copies out to you. Simply email us at contactyourpcc@pcc.kent.pnn.police.uk or call 01622 677055. Please also get in touch if you require the survey in any other format.

This is your opportunity to make a real difference and have your say on what Kent Police’s priorities should be. However, please remember that the Safer in Kent Plan only sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police – it cannot amend or change the way officers are deployed or the way operational decisions are made. These are matters for the Chief Constable to determine. The PCC’s job is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the plan and its strategic objectives on your behalf.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email and thank you in advance to those who complete the survey. A summary of the responses we receive will be published on the PCC’s website when the Safer in Kent Plan is next updated.

Office of the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner,

Kent Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 9BZ

Office telephone: 01622 677055.

Email: contactyourpcc@pcc.kent.pnn.police.uk

Website: www.kent-pcc.gov.uk

Twitter: @PCCKent


High-value burglaries reported in Shepway district


Kent Police is reminding families of the steps they can take to protect their homes from burglars who target expensive jewellery and gold.

A number of properties have reportedly been broken into in the Shepway district in recent weeks, and officers are not ruling out the possibility that the incidents may be linked.

The most recent burglaries happened in the Bathurst Road area of Folkestone on Saturday 25 March 2017, and the Atkinson Road area of Hawkinge on Sunday 26 March 2017.

Entry to both properties was forced and a significant quantity of cash and expensive jewellery taken from within.

Detective Inspector Mark Weller of Kent Police said: ‘You can never underestimate just how much of an impact burglary can have on the lives of those affected.

‘Victims feel violated and uneasy in their own homes, and the matter is made worse when the items stolen are not only valuable but also highly sentimental or a family heirloom.

‘While our officers will do everything they can to prevent such burglaries occurring, there are steps residents can take to make sure their homes are secure and deter would-be offenders.

‘For example, I would strongly encourage families to keep large amounts of cash or gold out of the house if they can, such as in a safety deposit box at a bank where available. If you do need to keep high-value items at home then keep them in a good quality safe, bolted to a solid wall or floor and hidden out of sight.
‘Remember also to keep doors and windows closed if you are leaving a room for any length of time, which is especially important with the warmer weather approaching.’
Additional advice

Most burglaries happen on weekdays in daylight when you are more likely to be out. As well as locking up each time you leave, you can also:

– Keep keys, cash and expensive items out of view;

– Use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home look occupied;

– Keep gates locked and boundaries secure;

– Lock away bikes, tools and garden items that could be stolen or used to break into your home.

You can also:

– Security-mark items including bicycles, mobile telephones and laptops;

– Keep receipts, mobile phone IMEI numbers and serial numbers safe;

– Photograph and insure expensive or unique items;

– Install a safe, bolted to the ground or a wall, or use a safety deposit box at the bank;

– Register important items for free at www.immobilise.com to help us return stolen items if they are recovered.

Anyone who wishes to report a burglary or any suspicious activity is urged to call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.

Witnesses or anyone with information can call 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Detectives link distraction burglaries in Deal, Dover and Folkestone

Police are warning people to be on their guard against distraction burglars after a woman talked her way into the homes of three pensioners.
Detectives are linking the three incidents and are urging people not to be taken in by the woman. The first incident took place between 8.20pm and 8.45pm on Tuesday 24 January at an address in George Street, Dover. Investigating officer Detective Constable Kirsty Gee said: ‘The offender rang the bell and asked the occupant, a woman in her 70s, if she could use her phone because she had locked her keys in her car. ‘It was only after she had left that the victim realised her own car keys had been stolen, as had her car, a grey Seat Arosa.’  The woman was described as white, in her 20s, about 5ft 6in tall of a slim build with dark brown hair. She was wearing a white beanie-style hat, a beige jacket with a long-sleeved top underneath and jeans and she was carrying a small, light-blue handbag. She had an English accent.


The second incident is reported to have taken place between 8.15pm and 8.45pm on Wednesday 25 January at an address in Foord Road, Folkestone.
The offender asked the occupant, a man in his 70s, to lend her £20. When he declined, she grabbed his wallet. During an altercation he suffered a minor injury to his face. The woman made off with the wallet. She was described as white, of a slim build, about 5ft 4in tall and with wavy hair and was wearing white trainers, dark trousers, a dark-coloured tee-shirt, a black fluffy jacket, a white scarf and a white bobble hat.


The last incident took place at an address in Telegraph Road, Deal, at around 9pm on Sunday 29 January. Detective Constable Gee said: ‘Once again the offender claimed she had locked her keys in her car and asked to use the phone. After she left the victim, a woman in her 70s, realised her purse had been stolen.’ The offender was described as in her 20s, white, of a slim build, with long, dark brown hair and an English accent. She was wearing a long black coat.


Detective Constable Gee said: ‘Distraction thieves prey on a person’s good nature and often ask the occupant for a glass of water or to use the phone so they can gain access. However, there are ways you can protect yourself.’
This includes:
. Ensuring rear doors and windows are shut and locked when answering your front door
. Considering fitting extra security measures such as spy holes, door chains, door locks and intruder alarms
. Always checking the ID of cold callers – a door chain or spy hole will help you do this without letting anyone into your home. Don’t be afraid to turn people away.
Detective Constable Gee urged people to be vigilant and to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives. ‘We would also like to hear from anyone who recognises this woman’s description or who has information about the incidents,’ she said. If you can help, please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number ZY/3265/17.


Message from Kent Police and Eythorne Parish Council 

For many years people from both the local community and elsewhere have used the old Tilmanstone Pit site, recently Hanson Brickworks, for off road motorcycle activity. This is an illegal activity and no one has permission to go onto that land. It is also dangerous with many hidden risks. A number of years ago a motorcyclist had to be airlifted to hospital. 

Kent Police will continue to seize motorbikes and prosecute offenders using this site and local bridal ways or paths illegally. 

Eythorne Parish Council is working with Kent Police and Dover District Council to look at how this problem can be reduced. This includes working with Housing Officers to identify those families that are allowing people to cause a nuisance in the locality and reminding them of tenancy agreements; working with Environmental Health Officers for Noise issues, and looking at planning issues. 

If you know those who are riding on the site or around the villages illegally call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously. You could save a life. To report ongoing activity call Kent Police on 01622 690690. 

 

Inspector Guy Thompson


KENT POLICE YOUTH PANEL

 

Dear all,

please see below details of an initiative to engage with young people and introduce them to NhW. Certainly their views are important and we need to hear what they have to say.

 The Kent Police Youth Panel is made up of young people, aged 11 and over who live in Kent and Medway, who tell us what they think about a number of crime and policing issues.

The panel helps us to understand the views and needs of young people across Kent and Medway. We use this information to help us improve the service provided by Kent Police.
 
How it works
 During a year, panel members will be invited to take part in up to four surveys or discussion groups. 
 
We will ask for your opinions by email, telephone or post or at informal discussion group meetings. 

Get involved
 If you are aged 11 years and older,(or know a young person who is), live in Kent and Medway and would like more information about becoming a Youth Panel member, please email the Youth Panel or call 01622 652667.
 
Please visit www.kent.police.uk/youthpanel for more information.
 
Very many thanks,


 PC Mick Wright
 County Watch Liaison Officer


 

Police crime statistics for Eythorne & Shepherdswell – click to access page then select Dover area