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posted 24 Nov 2014, 12:19 by Sandra Freeman

November 2014
There have recently been some incidents of distraction burglaries at Tesco Tring.  On one occasion a tray of onions was upset (probably deliberately) and while a customer was helping to pick them up, her purse was taken from her bag.  On another occasion a female approached a customer in the car park and suggested she had dropped a ten pound note.  While the customer was checking her purse, money and cards were abstracted.  Please be aware, and keep your purse in an inside pocket or attached to your bag by a lanyard.

February 2014

posted 18 Feb 2014, 02:30 by Bob Brace

Twitter message from the Chief Constable

Dear Watch Member,

After years of resisting change, technology has finally caught up with me and you can now follow me on @cchertspolice – during the course of the week I will be tweeting about police operations and issues. I will also be sharing some of the work I do for Hertfordshire and nationally around drug crime.

Hope you find my tweets of interest.

Best wishes

Andy Bliss

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: fcrenquiries@herts.pnn.police.uk

Charlotte Regan
Media Relations Apprentice
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: fcrenquiries@herts.pnn.police.uk

December 17th 2013

posted 22 Dec 2013, 02:45 by Bob Brace

Dacorum’s Chief Inspector, Glen Channer is wishing residents a very happy and safe Christmas this year. 

“I’d like to wish our communities a very Merry Christmas on behalf of all the policing teams across Dacorum who are working to ensure our residents have a safe and crime free Christmas. 

“Sadly, while Christmas is traditionally a time of giving, there are those whose only interest is in taking. So to combat this, police will be conducting extra proactive patrols in areas which traditionally see a rise in crime at this time of year, including shopping centres, to prevent thefts, and in residential areas, to prevent burglary. 

“Whilst we’re working to tackle crime, we’d ask people to take steps to help themselves. During the busy Christmas shopping season, shoppers need to be aware of pickpockets and keep their purses, wallets and mobiles phones, safely tucked away and out of reach of opportunist thieves. Also be careful around cashpoints and to watch for ‘shoulder surfers’ who try to read pin numbers.” 

Police are also urging people not to leave presents on display in their cars as this can be a gift to a criminal who can break into the vehicles and remove property in seconds. 

Chief Inspector Channer added: “Burglary remains low across Dacorum and we’re working hard to keep it that way through proactive patrols, however this time of year burglaries do increase. Presents such as iPads, mobile phones and games consoles are a draw for burglars, who will enter a property if they think no one is in. Our advice is simple, leave a light on inside the property, using a timer switch so it comes on when it gets dark. 

“And after the Christmas presents have been given out, please don’t leave empty packaging outside your property as it is a signal to a burglar as to what is inside.”

December 1st 2013

posted 22 Dec 2013, 02:44 by Bob Brace

Police in Hertfordshire are urging residents to be vigilant to bogus callers after an incident in St Albans on Friday. Police suspect the two offenders responsible could commit other offences in the county. 

Operation Manhunt, Hertfordshire Constabulary’s team dedicated to investigating distraction burglary, is investigating an incident which occurred in St Albans on Friday (November 29). The victim, a woman in her 70s, was approached at her door by a young looking man and woman who said they had lost their ball in her garden and asked to have a look for it. 

The victim took the woman into her garden whilst the man searched the property and removed jewellery and cash. 

Detectives believe this couple have committed similar offences in London, Bedfordshire and ThamesValley.

Detective Sergeant Alex Tyrrell from Operation Manhunt said: “We know this couple are offending in neighbouring counties and we’re starting to see offences in Hertfordshire. 

“Whilst we have an investigation on-going, we need people to be vigilant to this crime, and to this couple. 

“They look young, and tend to use the lost ball excuse to get into someone’s home but they are also known to say they need a cup of sugar or need to borrow something. 

“I would urge people to identify their older family members, friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable to this crime and pass on this vital safety advice.” 

Not sure? Don’t open the door! - If you are not expecting anyone and you don’t recognise them, don’t let them into your home. Try to communicate with the caller without opening the door and ask them to return at a time when you have someone you trust with you. 

Call 999 if you suspect a crime is in progress or you believe someone is acting suspiciously around your neighbour’s property. 

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: fcrenquiries@herts.pnn.police.uk

October 2013 - Credit/Bank Card Frauds

posted 4 Nov 2013, 08:46 by Bob Brace

Hertfordshire Police would like to make residents of Berkhamsted and Tring aware of a credit/bank card fraud that has taken place over the past few days in the area. 

Victims are contacted by telephone and persuaded to reveal their PIN numbers before their bank cards are collected from their home address by way of courier. Money is then withdrawn from their accounts. Often the offenders purport to be Police Officers, and direct the victim to hang up and ring their bank or Police to authenticate. The Offenders stay online and when the victim picks up to dial their bank or Police, they are immediately back in contact with the offenders. There are also derivatives of this crime, whereby victims are asked to withdraw a large amount of money from their bank account as part of a ‘sting’ operation against a rogue bank employee, or make a high value purchase. The cards/money/goods are then collected by a courier and delivered to the offenders.

Victims tend to be of retired age. This may be as a result of younger person’s non-reporting of incidents and being less vulnerable to this crime type or that the elderly are more susceptible to this type of crime and actively targeted by the offenders.


If you have any information relating to this type of crime or have been a victim of it, please report the occurrence via our non emergency number 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

In an emergency always call 999.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: lee.clements@herts.pnn.police.uk

Lee Clements
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: lee.clements@herts.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 01442 271226

September 2013

posted 3 Sep 2013, 23:58 by Bob Brace   [ updated 4 Sep 2013, 00:00 ]

With the harvesting period beginning to draw to a close, the threat of hare coursing is looming across rural areas of Hertfordshire.

However, police officers from the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) are keen to let any would-be hare courses know that they do not tolerate this form of activity in Hertfordshire and will deal robustly with anyone caught or suspected to be taking part.

Hare coursing – which has been illegal in the UK since 2005 – involves the pursuit of a hare with a greyhound or other form of sight hound. If the hare is caught by a dog it is usually killed. Those involved in hare coursing often travel over many counties to meet in rural areas within Hertfordshire to carry out this activity.

Illegal gambling is usually at the heart of any hare coursing event and in some parts of the country thousands of pounds have been recovered from offenders taking part. During this pursuit, damage can be caused to fences, gates and hedges by offenders trying to gain entry onto fields and then additional damage is often caused by vehicles driving on the land over any remaining crops.

Sergeant Jamie Bartlett, who leads the ROST, said: “ I would like to reassure farmers and those who live and work in rural areas that we will be putting on extra patrols in areas where hare coursing is likely to take place.”

He added: “I would also like to encourage anyone who suspects hare coursing to call us as soon as possible on the non-emergency number 101.

Anyone caught hare coursing could face a fine of up to £5000 and even imprisonment.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: fcrenquiries@herts.pnn.police.uk

Charlotte Regan
Media Relations Apprentice
Neighbourhood Watch 

July 2013

posted 5 Aug 2013, 00:39 by Bob Brace   [ updated 5 Aug 2013, 00:40 ]

Arrest in connection with the murder of Graham Buck – Little Gaddesden 

Ian John McLoughlin has been arrested on July 17 in connection with the murder of Graham Buck in Little Gaddesden on Saturday, July 13.
The 55 year old was arrested at an address in London at around 1am.
He is in custody at a police station in Hertfordshire and is being questioned on suspicion of murder and robbery.
Detectives would like to thank the media and members of the public for their support.

May 2013 (Warning!! Local Oil theft)

posted 30 May 2013, 01:59 by Bob Brace   [ updated 3 Jun 2013, 02:05 ]

It seems that many of the residents in Shire Lane and residents in Aldbury have had recent oil thefts. The Police are involved but as yet we are not aware that anyone has been caught. The thieves are quite bold as they attacked a different house on most nights and when they didn't get all the oil in one night, they came back the next night to finish off. Tank locks didn't deter them as they just drilled holes in the tank meaning a new tank as well as oil is required. Heating Oil can be used in Diesel engines, so these thefts could be for running engines rather than heating houses. If you see any suspicious looking vehicles or activity at night, contact the local police immediately.

May 2013 (2)

posted 30 May 2013, 01:51 by Bob Brace

Please be aware that a skimming device was found on the cash machine at Tesco, London Road, Tring on 28th May 2013. The item has now been removed.

Please remember to check all cash machines before use and to report to the police, bank or building they're attached to if you notice anything suspicious. If in doubt do not use that machine to get your cash!

If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Herts police on 101, alternatively you can call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: mailto:lorraine.horsted@herts.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Electronic skimming device

May 2013

posted 17 May 2013, 04:41 by Bob Brace

An e-mail is doing the rounds purporting to be from the Inland Revenue, offering you a rebate and asking for personal and banking details which would allow the criminals to access your bank account. This is a scam: NEVER reveal card or account details to senders of unsolicited e-mails. 

Report it. If you have been scammed, or you think someone has tried to scam you, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us.

Get advice. The Citizens Advice Consumer Service 08454 04 05 06 can provide advice and pass details of rogue traders to Trading Standards.

If you need to reply by email click on my address here: 
fcrenquiries@herts.pnn.police.uk?subject=RE: (OWL) Inland Revenue Scam

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