Monday, 19 November 2018

@NAT - Hang up on cold calls

@NAT - Rural theft

Quads, 4x4s, machinery and tools and are at risk of theft from UK farms. Our farmers need your help. If you know anything, call the rural crime reporting line, 100% anonymously, on 0800 783 0137 or go online

@NAT - Ever heard of fake vodka?

Ever heard of fake vodka? It's a blend of toxic chemicals with serious, even lethal side-effects. Learn how to spot it and avoid it today, discover more here

@NAT - NCSC Weekly threat report

@NAT - The busiest time of year for online shopping is also the busiest time for online criminals!

The busiest time of year for online shopping is also the busiest time for online criminals. Read our expert, easy-to-follow advice

@NAT - Frosty Mornings - Crime Prevention Advice

With the onset of colder weather, darker nights and mornings comes the need to defrost motor vehicles when there has been a frost. Please DO NOT defrost your vehicle by starting the vehicle and then leaving it unattended and running.
Warwickshire Police are advising all motorists that in the event of defrosting a motor vehicle that if the driver/owner leaves the vehicle unattended whilst it's running, there is a serious risk of the vehicle being stolen.
In addition, in many cases where motor vehicles have been left unattended and running to defrost, the vehicle insurance company WILL NOT pay out for the vehicle theft and/or any associated loss.
Motorists need to check weather forecasts and allow adequate time to defrost their motor vehicle, and that BEFORE driving on the public highway, the windscreen and side windows should be fully clear of frost to ensure adequate visibility is available for the driver.
Motorists are reminded that it is an offence to drive a motor vehicle on the public highway with inadequate visibility.

@SOU - Operation targeting Off Road bikes

Operation targeting Off Road bikes numerous nuisance off road bikes found and dealt with including no insurance thank you the off road team and drone support

@ALC - Alcester SNT Weekly Report 18/11/2018

Friday, 16 November 2018

@SOA - Volunteering Opportunity with Warwickshire Police

Date: 16/11/2018

Do you have some time to spare each week?  Have you considered volunteering your time, your skills and your experience?  Would you like to learn new skills and feel like a key part of a small dynamic team?

Warwickshire Police are currently advertising for Police Support Volunteers to assist staff in our busy Vetting Unit at Stratford upon Avon Police Station.

We ask for a commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week for a minimum of a 12 month period and any required training will be given.  Our Police Support Volunteers are not paid but we do pay reasonable travel expenses.

If you would like to know more about this volunteering opportunity, or to submit an application, please click on the link below.  Thank you.

@WRW - Lapworth, Rowington & Shrewley (Warwick Rural West) Crime Information

Lapworth, Rowington & Shrewley (Warwick Rural West) Crime Information and message

Date: 16/11/2018
  • We are aware that the fear of crime has risen recently in parts of the Warwick Rural West Safer Neighbourhood area. We are referring particularly to the Rowington, Shrewley and Lapworth areas.
Warwickshire Police would like to reassure residents and businesses that we realise how the fear of crime can increase when incidents take place in a neighbourhood or area. 
Recently we have improved our Community Messaging System for the Warwick Rural West neighbourhood with messages being issued on a daily basis when incidents have taken place. In the short term while this has improved the level and timeliness of communication it may have created an impression that crime has significantly increased.
Consequently, we would like to share with the communities that make up the Warwick Rural West Safer Neighbourhood area the crime figures for key offences over the period between 1 April and 29 October 2017 and 1 April and 29 October 2018.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

@WAR - Do you know this man

Officers investigating the theft of a bank card have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. It's believed the card was stolen on 3 Oct, and it has since been used for a number of transactions in Stratford and Gloucestershire. More info:

Monday, 12 November 2018

@WAR - Recent Criminal Activity - Number Plate Thefts

We have recently experienced a number of thefts of vehicle number plates. This type of theft is a common crime.

Criminal will often use stolen vehicle number plates (also known as VRM's - Vehicle Registration Mark plates) and then attach them to their own or even previously stolen vehicles in order to help them commit additional crimes and evade identification and capture by the police.

Please consider replacing your number plate screws with “clutch head” screws which will prevent criminals from unscrewing your number plates and stealing them. If your vehicle does not utilise screws in order to fasten the VRM plate to your vehicle you may be more likely to become the victim of this type of crime as these types of VRM's are often only secured by double sided sticky tabs and can be removed relatively easily. In these instances please consider seeking suitable technical assistance from a professional in order to find an alternative method of securing your registration plates to your vehicle. 

@WAR - Not Sure? Don't Open The Door!

Protect yourself from doorstep crime. Be aware of people who turn up unannounced, most genuine callers will have a pre-arranged appointment. If in doubt, keep them out!

Doorstep crime can include rogue traders offering home improvement or gardening services, or bogus callers who claim to be the council, police, health carers or energy companies.

Rogue traders may say they are in the area working on another property and they have spotted a problem with your home or garden. They may claim to have materials left over from another job, like paving or tarmac. They may try to pressurise you to buy goods or sign up for services on the spot. Unfortunately all too often they may offer to carry out work cheaply , but charge an extortionate price after the work has been completed.

Bogus callers may claim to be working for the council, water, gas or electric company. They could also say they are a nurse, doctor or even from the police. Bogus callers may say they need to come into your home, or try to get you to go outside. They may try to distract you so they can steal your money. They can be male, female or even children.

A pedlar is someone who calls at your door to sell items that they have to offer, This can often include cleaning or household goods. These goods may be sold at an overpriced value. By law pedlars are required to carry a pedlar’s certificate, which is issues by the police force in the area they operate.

If you are not sure who is at the door, do not open it. Check the identity of any caller. Confirm who they are by calling the company they work for by using the number from the telephone directory or from off one of your bills. Do not call a number provided by them.

If caller does not leave your property when asked to do so, call the police. 

@WAR - What do you know about ANPR?

What do you know about Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)?

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are today (12 November) launching an online survey about the use of ANPR technology across the region.

The survey will run for 6 weeks and aims to give local communities, as well as those who travel through the region, a chance to voice their views and understanding of how ANPR is used to tackle crime.

The technology is used to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level, including tackling travelling criminals, organised crime groups and terrorists.
ANPR provides lines of enquiry and evidence in the investigation of crime and is used by forces throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The aim of the survey is to develop a broader view of public perceptions and understanding of police use of ANPR, allowing us to inform and engage with our communities around its future use.

To take part in the survey, simply click or visit our website to learn more:

Saturday, 10 November 2018

@WAR - 09/11/2018 Door to door mattress sellers operating again

Warwickshire residents are again being targeted to door to door mattress sellers. The sellers often employ high pressure sales techniques to encourage a sale and Trading Standards are also concerned that the mattresses may not meet UK fire safety regulations. Don't buy at the door. If in doubt, keep your door closed.
  • Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
  • Warwickshire Trading Standards Website Facebook Twitter
  • Sign up to scam alerts at
  • Avoid rogue traders. Use Warwickshire Trading Standards No Rogue Traders Here approved trader scheme
  • Please feel free to pass on or re-publish this email alert

Thursday, 8 November 2018

@NAT - Malicious Android Apps

Cybersecurity experts have revealed a long list of malicious apps that can steal your bank information. All of the apps have been removed from the Google Play Store, but you still need to delete them manually!

Cybersecurity experts warn over these Android apps

The following apps were listed as being 'compromised':
  • Power Manager
  • Astro Plus
  • Master Cleaner – CPU Booster
  • Master Clean – Power Booster
  • Super Boost Cleaner
  • Super Fast Cleaner
  • Daily Horoscope For All Zodiac Signs
  • Phone Booster – Clean Master
  • Speed Cleaner – CPU Cooler
  • Ultra Phone Booster
  • Free Daily Horoscope 2019
  • Free Daily Horoscope Plus – Astrology Online
  • Phone Power Booster
  • Ultra Cleaner – Power Boost
  • Master Cleaner – CPU Booster
  • Daily Horoscope – Astrological Forecast
  • Speed Cleaner – CPU Cooler
  • Horoscope 2018
  • Meu Horóscopo
  • Master Clean – Power Booster
  • Boost Your Phone
  • Phone Cleaner – Booster, Optimizer
  • Clean Master Pro Booster 2018
  • Clean Master – Booster Pro
  • BoostFX.Android cleaner
  • Daily Horoscope
  • Personal Horoscope

How to stay safe

According to ESET, it's possible to fix your issues by simply uninstalling the apps.
You can do this by heading to Settings > General > Application manager / Apps.
However, if any third-party services have been compromised, you'll need to change your passwords on those accounts manually.
It's worth checking your bank for suspicious transactions, too.