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M42 Traffic Management Bulletin

This details the closures around M42 junction 3 for the week commencing 19 August 2019. There are also two maps showing the diversion routes for access to and from the A435.

Your Call Community Magazine needs a deliverer in Earlswood

Your Call Community Magazines is delivered to thousands of homes around the Solihull Villages area. The distributor that used to cover Earlswood has retired after many years. So they are looking for someone, who would like to be paid to deliver around 500 magazines once every two months. Transport will be needed to get around to all the houses, good rate of pay. To enquire send an email to info@yourcallpublishing.co.uk or call Steve on 07976 777449

Better Connections for Better Lives

This event is a development workshop and networking opportunity for voluntary and community sector groups and organisations who want to support people to flourish through connections to people and community. The event is open to groups and organisations across Warwickshire who are interested in learning more about local and national initiatives that promote community led support to increase people’s connections with others and the local community.

For more information and to book your place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/better-connections-for-better-lives-tickets-66320716047

Some crime prevention tips for using cash points or ATMS

Before arriving at the ATM

•Have in mind the precise transactions you wish to conduct at the ATM to minimise your time at the machine

•If possible, have your ATM card in your hand on approach to the machine, rather than delve into the wallet or handbag either at the machine or whilst standing in a queue to use it

•Try to use ATMs that are located in busy public places and ones that are well lit after dark. Check to see if anyone is hanging around. Report any suspicious behaviour on 101.

Arriving at the ATM

•Don’t use ATMs that appear visually different from the norm, especially around the card slot. Have extra things be added onto the surfaces of the ATM? (Tell the bank about your suspicions immediately)

•If in the company of a friend or partner have them stand close to you at the ATM to help block views of the keypad

•Be aware of somebody sitting in a car near to the ATM and be very aware of the people standing behind you and off to the side that are close enough to see you input your PIN. If you are at all concerned about the people near you, walk away and come back later or use a different machine. Trust your instincts!

Using the ATM

•Don’t use your mobile phone during a transaction. Be totally focused on the matter in hand

•Try not to be distracted by incidents around you. Be suspicious of people talking to you and of people trying to assist you with your transactions, no matter how friendly they appear to be

•When inputting your PIN always stand up close to the ATM and cover the keypad with your other hand to stop your PIN being seen by people and cameras

•If you are withdrawing cash, place the cash and your card into your pocket or bag immediately and walk away. Don’t stand at the ATM counting it

After using the ATM

•As you walk away from the ATM continue to be aware of the people around you. Try to avoid walking up some poorly observed and quiet backstreet or alley

•If you think you are being followed walk into a shop, a pub, a restaurant or some other busy place

•When getting into your car lock the doors

•Check your bank statements regularly and report any unusual transactions to the bank immediately

•If you think your PIN has been seen or copied change it immediately. You can do this at nearly all ATMs

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact ALCESTER POLICE NORTH SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM via the details below or the Warwickshire Police website.

Team email –Alcesternorth.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PC 427 Sue Blundell –Sue.blundell@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6273 Aadila Hussain –Aadila.hussain@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

PCSO 6330 Sanjay Singh –sanjay.singh@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Team Sgt 542 Robert Shaw –Robert.shaw@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Alcester Police Office Phone Number – 01789 444816 (not to be used for emergencies or priority calls. Always report incidents on 101)

CCTV in Earlswood?

Earlswood is being considered for a high definition pan/tilt/zoom CCTV camera as part of the CCTV scheme upgrade by Stratford District Council. They are currently in the design and award phase, so no consultation has been held to date on this particular camera location. They will be aiming to contact and consult with Tanworth in Arden Parish Council and local residents / businesses when the procurement process is a little more advanced.

Reporting Anti Social Behaviour

Courier Fraud, Bogus Police and Bank Officials Alert – What you need to know

Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official
The suspect will say either:

  • There has been fraudulent activity at the victims’ bank and the staff at the bank are involved, the victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation
  • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims’ assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police
  • The victims’ card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect, the victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police


What you need to do

​​​​​​​Your bank or the police will never:

Occasionally the victim will be told to dial a non-emergency extension of ‘161’ to receive confirmation of the individual’s bogus identity, the bogus official will advise the victim to lie about the reason for the withdrawal or purchase if challenged by staff, as the staff member is involved in the fraud
A courier attends the victim’s home address to collect the goods the same day Often the victim is given a code word for the courier as a way of authentication

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

Useful WhatsApp Groups

If you are a user of WhatsApp you might find these two groups useful:

Earlswood Community

https://bit.ly/2wtoybp

Earlswood Emergency 

https://bit.ly/2Kbh056

June Cyber Scam Update

In this month’s edition, we’re raising the awareness of a sextortion scam where fraudsters are continuing to send victims their own password in an attempt to trick them into believing they have been filmed on their computer. A fake talk talk email regarding refunds making the rounds, alongside Action Fraud revealing reports that show £7 Million was lost to holiday fraud in 2018 as well as a reminder that WhatsApp urges users to act after confirming cyber surveillance attack.  The full bulletin can be downloaded below.

Crime warnings from the police

Crime Trend to be aware of – In the past we have had distraction type thefts take place in car parks, especially near to shops. The distraction is normally carried out by two people – the first offender distracts the driver by producing a map while asking for directions. The second offender then reaches into the car and steals valuables, usually a handbag or wallet. The Bank cards taken are then quickly used at cashpoints etc to get cash. If the person being distracted has just come out of a shop having used the cards, the PIN number has probably already been noted by the offenders who will stand watching the card readers. This type of crime has recently occurred just out of the Studley and Henley areas, but it is worth bearing in mind in case the offenders travel onto the Alcester patch.

 

Schools Out – The Schools are now on a two week break. Unfortunately in the past we have had burglary and damage type offences occur at our schools while they are on ‘holiday’. If you see any suspicious activity on or near to school premises, please call the police on 101 to report. In an emergency, please use 999. Sometimes the 101 system is busy, but please stay on the line and your call will be answered.