Weekly Crime Summary 3 February 2016

Police remind residents of the importance of protecting yourself from common scams

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door to door, and telephone scams.

Police would like to remind residents that your bank and the police will NEVER contact you and ask for personal information, in particular banking details, over the phone or via email.

Depending on who you bank with the security questions asked by your bank may vary, but the bank will never ask you to authorise anything by entering your PIN into the telephone.  You should also never agree to anyone coming to your home to collect your card.  Should you receive this type of call put the phone down as this is a well-known scam.

We have also noticed an increase in reports of the number of letters arriving that are about a large lottery win from abroad.  Again this is a common scam and you should NEVER send money in response to any of these requests.

The Metropolitan Police Service has produced the ‘Little Book of Big Scams’, which gives information on how you can protect yourself from many of the most frequent scams and can also be accessed via the Safety Advice section of our website http://www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/onlinesafety/avoidingscams.aspx

If you are not happy with the reason a person has come to your door, or are concerned about the legitimacy of a company making contact with you, please contact a neighbour, friend, family member or call the Police on 101 for advice.

Appeal following theft of trailer in New Buckenham

Police are appealing for information after a trailer was stolen in New Buckenham.
The IFOR Williams trailer was taken from an address in Marsh Lane sometime between 6.30pm and 6.45pm on Friday 29 January 2016.
The trailer has wooden panels as the base and contained a 40ft ladder and some hand tools.
Police are particularly keen to trace a group of men seen acting suspiciously in a 4×4 vehicle in the area.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity between the times stated should contact PC Daniel Shelley at Thetford Police Station on 101.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police Connect

Please be aware that due to the introduction of new software, a reduced service continues to be provided by Police Connect.

The full service will be resumed as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

News, appeals and information can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.norfolk.police.uk

Chief Inspector Nathan Clark

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