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Crime Prevention Advice from the local police

We have seen a number of social media reports of incidents on the main roads from Redditch into Alcester relating to what people are calling ‘Crash for Cash’ accidents.

Definition: to stage or deliberately cause a road traffic collision solely for the purpose of financial gain.   The following information is taken from the Insurance Fraud Bureau website. Follow this link for more information:- https://www.insurancefraudbureau.org/insurance-fraud/crash-for-cash/     “Costing around £340m a year, ‘Crash for Cash’ scams are run by fraudsters who manufacture collisions, sometimes with innocent road users, hoping to profit from fraudulent insurance claims. With claims from a single collision potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds, organised fraudsters are orchestrating scams that involve multiple collisions and can be worth millions of pounds.”

Identifying a ‘Crash for Cash’ scam.  There are 3 different types of scam – Staged Accidents, Induced Accidents and Ghost Accidents.

Tell-tale signs that you’ve been in a Crash for Cash scam:

  • •The other driver is far too calm for someone that’s been involved in a car accident
  • •They have already written down their insurance details before the accident happened
  • •Any injuries appear to be completely at odds with the force of the impact

What to do if you think you’ve been targeted:

  • •Note as much information as you can about the event, the driver, any passengers and the circumstances
  • •Take photos of the incident, if you are able and it is safe to do so.
  • •Call the police and report your suspicions
  • •Call the IFB’s Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 – your information may help us connect your accident to a wider, organised scam

Home and Garden security

Most victims of burglary are concerned that they have been specifically targeted or watched for a period of time prior to their burglary, to determine what their movements are. However, most burglaries are opportunistic. Burglars choose houses that:

  • •have little or no obvious security
  • •appear unoccupied
  • •have easy, unobserved access to the side and rear
  • •provide them with the chance to gain entry without being seen or heard

So it is possible to dramatically reduce burglaries by taking simple security measures to deter burglars and remove some of the opportunities that present themselves as easy targets. The best way to approach your home security is to start from the boundaries and work your way into the centre, treating each area as a layer, until you reach the targeted contents. This is known as the ‘onion peeling principle’.

Although the layers differ for each household, generally they can be broken down as follows:  Follow the links for further information on our website.

•Boundaries              https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/Boundaries

•Outbuildings           https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5381/Outbuildings

•Buildings                 https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5382/Buildings

•Contents                  https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5383/Contents

 

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