How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?

Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing

Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers
65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Doorstep Traders

There have been some reports over the last week of persons knocking on doors offering to undertake work across Fenland.
This message is a general reminder but also a request for help.


Please do not employ persons knocking on your door or putting leaflets through your letter box in order to gain work.

If you hadn't been considering the work they are offering to complete you probably don't need it!
If you are considering having work carried out always use a reputable company or recommendation.
Trading standards offer a scheme called "BUY WITH CONFIDENCE", there are other companies that have members aligned to them that pay to be on their scheme the NATIONAL SECURITIES INSPECTORATE (NSI) also have members, you type in the type of company you are looking to employ and your postcode the search will cover a 50 mile radius which means you do have to scroll through for more local companies, all the companies pay to be registered and are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, this means should you not be satisfied with the work you can go back to NSI and report.

Always obtain three quotes for any works you would like completing instruct the company that you feel offers you the best and what you want, this might not be the cheapest!

Before you commit to any works being undertaken, they should provide you with a copy of the paperwork that you have signed and it should have a 14 day cooling off period in it. This should be clearly explained to you along with any other clauses and finance terms before you sign any documentation.

If the deal you are offered seems too good to be true it usually is!
When arranging for work to be completed always ask what the final cost will be and get it in writing. 


If they subsequently change the price that you have agreed and are asking for more, contact Trading standards and the Police with the company details and where possible vehicle details Index and any sign writing on the side.

If persons are knocking on your door you don't have to open your door, always use a door chain and if you have concerns contact the police.

Telephone and computer scams/sales -

  • Do not give your personal information out over the phone or computer
  • Do not open emails from unknown senders
  • Do not send money for stranded travellers
  • Do not enter prize draw sent through the mail or by email.
  • If you are asked to send money to claim your prize - it is most likely to be a scam!

 

If you are unsure you can always report to Trading Standards or ACTION FRAUD.

Action Fraud - 0300 123 2014

Non emergency 101- Not there reporting for information only

Emergency 999 - There and you have concerns

Crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111


 

 

Safety Advice for Darker Nights

It’s now darker earlier. Check out our winter burglary crime prevention advice here ....

After the clocks go back we start thinking about the darker night’s drawing in. Traditionally there is a rise in burglaries in the winter period, especially during the run up to Christmas and it is sensible to think about your home security.

You can reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary by following four simple steps:

  1. Leave a light on inside your home when you are absent, preferably using a low energy bulb.
  2. Use a timer switch to activate lights as it gets dark, alternating the times they are illuminated to give the impression of someone being at home.
  3. Make sure your front door is well lit using dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.
  4. Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
Read more: Safety Advice for Darker Nights

Recent Crimes

Burglary

Between 13:00 and 15:00 on 10/11/2017 unknown offender(s) smashed the window in the back door at a property on Feldale Place. They entered the house and stole items.
If anyone has any information on this please call 101 and quote CF0650801117 or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Quad Bike Stolen

A Green Yamaha Quad Bike Q918 OBV has been stolen from an address on Benwick Road , Whittlesey sometime between 23:00 hours on 3rd November and 08:00 hours on 4th November.

If anyone has any information on this could you please call 101 and quote crime reference CF0636661117  or alternatively email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Dwelling Burglary

There has been a burglary in the location of Sudbury Crt on the 26th October. Please contact in if anything was seen or heard. Large items have been taken. Investigations are ongoing.


Ram Raid

The Drink Shack in Whittlesey -  offenders rammed a vehicle into the front of the off-licence and attempted to drag an ATM out of the store. Cash boxes were removed.

A silver Mitsubishi was left at the scene.

If anyone has any information in relation to this please contact us on 101 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and quote CF0598791017.


Vehicle Part Stolen

Sometime between 18:00 on Sunday15th October and 07:30 Monday 16th October in Briggate West , Whittlesey a black Mitsubishi L200  had a part stolen from under the vehicle whilst it was parked.

If anyone has any information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 101 and quote CF0594161017.

Diesel Theft

Twenty Gallons of Red Diesel was stolen from a shed in the area of New Road between 08/09/2017 19:00 - 09/09/2017 13:00. Anyone with any information please call the Police Non-Emergency number 101 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..