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Alcester South SNT Update

Welford Incidents
  • Burglary Residential. Binton Road. Neighbour checking on an alarm activation found that a rear window had been smashed in the property. 7pm Saturday 7thOctober. 0400 07/10/2017
  • Vehicle Crime – Theft from. High Street. Offender(s) have tried to gain access to the rear of a Ford Ranger Truck by drilling the lock on the shutter door. Entry not gained and nothing stolen. Overnight 5th and 6th October. 0105 06/10/2017

Rogue Solar Panel cleaners – Owners of solar panels are warned to beware of rogue traders door knocking in the Warwickshire area offering to clean their roofs. The rogue traders give the false impression that they are working on behalf of the solar panel installers and suggest to the home owners that their roof is due a clean due to the length of time the solar panels have been installed. The rogues are reported to be charging between £1300 and £1700 for work that is overpriced and is more likely to damage the roof (and the solar panels) than clean it. Homeowners are advised not to allow people to pressure wash their roofs. Pressure washing roofs can lead to the roof tiles lifting. The rogue traders may also be involved in other forms of criminal activity and may be taking the opportunity to scope people’s homes for burglaries.

NEVER buy goods or services from an unexpected doorstep trader. Keep your door CLOSED

Bogus Police phone call warning – 

Fraudsters are pretending to be Police Officers in order to steal bank account information, Warwickshire Trading Standards understands. Members of the public have reported several incidents where they have received phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers investigating a crime involving their bank cards. The callers then ask for bank card details, including long numbers, sort codes, the security number on the back and PINs. The information is then used to scam them out of thousands of pounds. No Police Force will ever ask you for bank details in this way. NEVER divulge any bank/card information to people who phone you. If you believe the caller is genuine, ask to phone back on a publicly listed telephone number.

Unclaimed parcel scam – 

Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning residents to beware of emails that carry the words ‘Unclaimed Parcel’ or similar. These bogus emails, which typically are not addressed directly to the recipient, but instead use their email address, encourage the recipient to click on a link to ‘Activate’ their delivery. There is also often a reference to the potential ‘value’ of the package, which is usually very high. Clicking on links in bogus emails can expose your PC to viruses. NEVER click on a link or download an attachment in a suspicious email. Always DELETE them.

Rogue traders masquerading as genuine businesses – 

Rogue doorstep traders are masquerading as genuine businesses both on the doorstep and online to get work warn Warwickshire Trading Standards. One Warwickshire resident thought they were employing a genuine landscaping business but when the workers turned up, they were clearly bogus, not using correct PPE (personal protective equipment) or possessing insurance. If you are interested in employing a particular business to carry out work at your property, check their name, address and contact details against several sources (classified advertisements, Google searches etc.) to ensure you are contacting the correct business.
Make a scam/rogue trader complaint to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

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