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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities


Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device.  It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home.  Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

  • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
  • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
  • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
  • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

Spoofed Emails from Amazon

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.  
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. 

The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.

Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like, but aren't
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail. You can read more aboutidentifying suspicious emailsclaiming to be from Amazon by visiting this site
To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.


Do you want to help to reduce crime and increase your chances of getting your property back if it's lost or stolen?

Immobilise is the world's largest register of possession ownership details and is supported throughout the UK by the police and other Law Enforcement bodies.

Immobilise is a free database which allows you to store the identification details of your valuables. If the police recover property they suspect might be stolen they will check the database to see if any of the serial numbers or details are listed.

Immobilise can be used by any members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets and remember this is a totally free service.

Immobilise is accredited as an ACPO Secured by Design service and is secured to very high standards.

Full details about this service are on the Immobilise web site at


For some time SCAMMERS have sent letters and e-mails claiming to be HM Revenue and Customs recently this has progressed to phone calls which contain an automated message as follows:-

 "This is Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs. We have been trying to reach you to let you know we are filing a law suit against you."

The message is then said to provide a list of options, such as: "To speak to your case officer, press one".

The scammers will then claim that debts are due and payment can be made via a number of methods.  HM Customs and Revenue do not send automated messages.

Members of the public have been conned out of thousands of pounds by scammers using this scam.

Dave RUSS  PCSO  Wisbech NPT

About Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is one of the biggest and most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. By joining together with your neighbours, you can help to reduce crime and make your community safer for everyone. This is a vision shared by millions of people around the country. We all know that the police are there to fight crime, but they need help to do an effective job.


Neighbourhood Watch is an active partnership with the police and can help to:

  • Reduce crime and the opportunities for crime
  • Help and reassure those who live in fear of crime
  • Encourage neighbourliness and closer communities