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

Incidents of a public interest from the last week:-

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

Hello all.

This is our weekly report and prompt to see if you have any questions, suggestion or concerns for the Alcester Police South SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted us this week.

Incidents of a public interest this week:-

ALCESTER

  • *Robbery. 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 During this distraction £500 has been withdrawn from the machine.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. 0121 24/07/2019. Please see further request at the end of the report.

  • *Burglary Residential. Horton Close, Alcester. Garage door damaged by someone trying to gain entry. Lock had been broken and the door moved slightly out of its frame. Entry not gained. Nothing stolen. Night-time, Tuesday 16th July. Reported 24/07/2019. 0096 24/07/2019

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Malt Mill Lane, Alcester. Man going door to door selling items from bag. When turned away he got "stroppy" and rude. Described as a white male, 5', slim build, Liverpool accent, short hair slicked back, several teeth missing, not wearing a top, and mustard coloured shorts. Caller was intimidated by his behaviour. 4.15pm Tuesday 23rd July. 0297 23/07/2019

  • *Theft. Adams Way, Alcester. Private ANPR stolen from business premises. Male offender arrived and left on a pedal cycle. 12.10am Sunday 21st July. 0138 22/07/2019

BROOM

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Kings Lane, Broom. Man going door to door selling items from a large bag. Man said he was from the Derbyshire Young Offenders Team. Described as a white male, Derbyshire accent, 5' 10", average build, early 20's, dark short hair gelled down. 2.25pm Tuesday 23rd July. 0244 23/07/2019

BIDFORD

  • *Burglary Business. Big Meadow, Honeybourne Road, Bidford. Premises broken into and cash box stolen which contained cash. Overnight 24th & 25th July. 0056 25/07/2019

SALFORD PRIORS

  • *Suspicious Circumstances. Station Road, Salford Priors. Two males from a white van seen acting suspiciously near to building site. The last three letters of the registration number is 'YEG'. No offences disclosed at the time. 9.30pm Wednesday 24th July. 0456 24/07/2019

ASTON CANTLOW

  • *Vehicle Crime. Guild Road, Aston Cantlow. Three men from a Black Audi A3 have stolen tools from a works van. 2.15pm Monday 22nd July. 0228 22/07/2019

WELFORD

  • *Burglary Residential. High Street, Welford. House broken into and items stolen including cash, two Shotguns, two Rifles, and two vehicles. Overnight 24th & 25th July. 0070 25/07/2019

Robbery. Cashpoint, Bleachfield Street, Alcester - 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. We understand that when the female offender ran off from the incident on the 24th July a vehicle was seen driving up Bleachfield Street at the same time. This may have been an innocent member of the public or the offenders associates. If you were in the area at the time and may have seen the offender or a car in Bleachfield Street that would have picked her up, please let us know asap. Those with DashCams travelling through the Town at the time may have also recorded the incident or the offender.

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