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Norfolk is seeing a steady rise in the number of high value vehicle thefts which use a keyless entry system. Criminals are
exploiting the vulnerabilities of keyless entry system using pairs of radio transmitters by capturing the signal from the car’s
fob. Keyless entry systems on cars offer convenience to drivers, but can in some situations be exploited by criminals. Concerned
drivers should contact their dealer for information and guidance, and follow our simple security steps:
1. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take
2. Check if your keyless entry fob can be turned off. If it can, and your dealer can also confirm this, then do so overnight.
3. Store your keys away from household entry points and windows. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not
enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Drivers are also being urged to keep both sets
of keys in a faraday cage or pouch which blocks the signal from the fob.
4. Be vigilant. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighbourhood – and report anything unusual to the Police.
Review your car security. Check for aftermarket security devices such as mechanical locks (steering / gearstick/ pedal /
wheel clamp) and trackers, which are proven to deter thieves
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Officers urge residents to be vigilant after cold caller scam continues
Police have issued a further warning for residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers following an incident in the Norwich area.
It comes after an elderly resident received a call on Wednesday 21 February 2018 from someone claiming to be a ‘Detective Sergeant John Carod’ stating he ‘intercepted some males who had her credit card details’.
He then asked the victim to put together all her gold items and jewellery and he would arrange for them to be collected.
At approximately midnight a man came to the victim’s door and took her gold and jewellery. The estimated value of the items is in the tens of thousands of pounds.
Similar incidents have been reported throughout the county and it has been known that suspects request cash is posted or for residents to purchase high value goods, and to then meet the people purporting to be officers to hand over the goods.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Chris Burgess of Norwich CID, urged for residents to be vigilant to this scam.
He said: “We’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.
“Genuine police officers or staff would never approach residents and ask for cash withdrawals to be made or for people to purchase items on their behalf.
“I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”
Officers have this advice:
- Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
- If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
- Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
- If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
- Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.
Officers are keen to speak with anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles and/or people parked in the Church Road area of Swainsthorpe. They also want to talk to any drivers who have dash cam footage from Tuesday night or the early hours of Wednesday morning in Swainsthorpe village or along the A140 between Newton Flotman and Dunston Hall.
Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Heating Oil Thefts
Norfolk Police are urging residents to be vigilant as incidents of heating oil thefts often increase during the winter months.
General tips to protect your fuel include:
- Check oil levels frequently so you are aware if anyone has tampered with your supply, and consider an electronic oil level gauge which sets off an audible alarm in your house if the oil level drops below a quarter full.
- Fit a good quality locking device to all fuel tanks – a high quality closed shackle padlock will make access using bolt croppers very difficult.
- Consider perimeter security for the whole tank, such as a metal cage or fencing. Even a prickly hedge may help deter thieves. Remember, however, that the oil tanker driver will need to access it.
- Control switches should be located in a secure building and turned off when the tank is not in use.
- If you’re installing an oil tank or considering repositioning it, they should ideally be situated within sight of nearby occupied buildings. It may not be so aesthetically desirable, but the more remote the better the opportunity to access the tank without being seen.
- Consider appropriate lighting around the tank so you can see and anyone can be seen. Be considerate to your neighbours and don’t use high powered lights which affect their property. Lighting is not the answer to all problems and site specific advice should be taken where lighting is being considered.
If you have been a victim of oil theft, or have any information regarding heating oil thefts in general should contact Norfolk Police on 101or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The following is a local policing update for Downham Market neighbourhood
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