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Alcester Police North SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 28th July 2019

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-

Personal Safety

Alcester Police North SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 28th July 2019

Hello all.

This is our latest weekly report and prompt to see if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns for the Alcester Police North SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted the Team this week. If you would like to be removed from this email circulation list, please let me know asap.

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-


  • *Damage. Crooks Lane / Allendale Crescent, Studley. Wing mirrors on approx. six vehicles have been smashed or knocked off. Calls being received while this report is being produced so further information will be gathered. Overnight 27th & 28th July. Latest incident number - 0122 28/07/2019

  • *Vehicle Crime. Birmingham Road, Studley. Front and rear number plates unscrewed and stolen off car. Evening of 25th July. 0564 25/07/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Monks Drive & York Close, Studley. Man going door to door selling items from a bag. Became aggressive when turned away. 2.50pm Monday 22nd July. 0252 22/07/2019


  • *Burglary Residential. Edge Lane, Henley. Property broken into and car keys stolen. Intel from the area suggest that a Blue VW Golf may have been involved. The registration number ending in 'TWG'. 1.30pm Wednesday 24th July. 0206 24/07/2019

  • *Burglary Business. High Street, Henley. Roller shutters to business forced open and access gained to premises by at least three males. Items were then stolen from inside and put into a waiting vehicle which was a dark coloured Audi or BMW. The vehicle then drove North towards Birmingham. 1.55am Tuesday 23rd July. 0023 23/07/2019


  • *Theft from business. Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. Three boat fuel tanks and four fuel cans stolen. Reported Monday 22nd July. 0338 22/07/2019


  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Aspley Heath Lane, Tanworth. Man going door to door selling item from a bag. Male became abusive when turned away. Afternoon of the 23rd July. 0257 23/07/2019

Robbery at Cashpoint, Bleachfield Street, Alcester - Elderly man using the cashpoint was barged out of the way by a woman who then 'fell' against the cashpoint. During this distraction £500 has been withdrawn from the machine. The woman then ran off down Bleachfield Street. She is described as possibly being Eastern European, Long Brown Hair, Baseball cap, dark legging and cream coloured top. Approx. 10.30am Wednesday 24th July. Incident number -  0121 24/07/2019.  This is the second offence at the cashpoint where the offender has forced themselves in between the member of the public and the cashpoint at the exact moment that the machine is asking how much needs to be withdrawn. For the information of the Alcester North area.

Some crime prevention tips for using Cash Point / Automatic Teller Machines -

Before arriving at the ATM

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



Published 28/07/19