NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND CRIME STOPPERS

Once again, as the Winter seasons starts, opportunist burglaries start again shopping for Christmas.

Please take care not to leave doors and windows open, and keep sheds, garages, and barns secured.

Take photographs, registration numbers, and report all incidents to the police and Neighbourhood Watch.

Be careful not to leave vehicles idling in driveways to de-ice them - if stolen you are not insured.

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Farmers Grant Fraud Alert

Payment Diversion Fraud

The purpose of this alert is to provide knowledge and prevention advice to farmers in order to protect themselves from falling victim to ‘Payment Diversion Fraud’. CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) payments are expected to be paid to farmers in December 2017. Information on last year’s payments are easily obtained via the government website allowing fraudsters to know when and how much potential targets will receive.

Fraudsters who purport to be a trusted senior colleague or established customer may request that you change their direct debit, standing order or amend a bank transfer so that the payment can be diverted to a bank account which is in control of the fraudster. Fraudsters will often make the request under the pretence of a highly sensitive or urgent transaction.
Contact is made via phone, letter but most commonly via email (personal or work address) used by the organisation or employee (which has either been spoofed or hacked). The fraudster then provides bank account details into which the monies should be paid.

PROTECTION AND PREVENTION ADVICE:

Ensure all staff, not just finance teams are aware of this fraud.
Always verify email payment changes to financial agreements with the organisation directly using established contact details you have on file. If called ask the caller to give you a main switchboard number for you to be routed back to them. Alternatively, hang up and call them back using established contact details you have on file.
Have a system in place which allows staff to properly verify contact from their CEO or senior members of staff; for example having two points of contact so that the staff can check that the instruction which they have received from their CEO is legitimate.
Always review requests to change ‘one off’ payment requests. Check for inconsistencies or grammatical errors, such as a misspelt company name or a slightly different email address. Ensure computer systems are secure and that antivirus software is up to date.

INCIDENT on 17th June 2017

An incident report was sent to Glos Police relating to attempted theft and tresspass on the christmas tree field (and onto the golf course), in Down Hatherley adjacent to the golf course.

In a property very close to the field, a barn and a garage were broken into. One of several cameras filmed the incident including the culprit's face and car reg, and the culprit was arrested an hour later in Gloucester. The police say the two incidents are likey to be related as the two different persons filmed by the cameras are known to work together as well.

Here is photograph of the other person seen in the Xmas tree field and the barn.

He was chased off, and ran towards the Brickhampton Golf Course, and was seen by several witnesses.

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INCIDENT on 11th July 2017

I have spoken with a neighbour who lives on the corner of Down hatherley Lane and the church parking area.

At the same date and time he wached these two guys in his garden looking suspicious. When he went to ask what they were doing the front one stated "looking for a dog" while the one behind laughed at that. My neighbour asked for their number in case he spotted the dog but they simply said they would leave and carry on looking. They then walked off through his garden fence onto the golf course which he presumes was the way they entered.

We will now be vigilant...

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