Welcome to the Police Weekly Update.
The message includes burglaries and catalytic converter thefts reported between the 5th May 2022 to 12th May 2022
- Between 07/05/2022 22:00 to 08/05/2022 11:00. Ringwood Avenue, Redhill. Residential Outbuilding Burglary. Method of Entry- Access has been gained into the shed. Stolen: Bicycle.
Catalytic Converter thefts
- We have had one catalytic converter stolen from a Toyota Yaris down Yeoman Way Redhill.
Please remember we provide lots of advice on our website for keeping you, and your property as safe as possible: https://www.surrey.police.uk/burglary/
We are all at risk of experiencing a scam but unfortunately it is our vulnerable and elderly residents who appear to the main target of scammers.
This is highlighted by a report received this week.
6th May 2022 11:00. Epsom. An unknown man came to the front door of the property of a vulnerable and elderly resident. The call was unexpected. The suspect asked the resident if they wanted to sell their car, as they had noticed it hadn’t been used for a while. He offered £200, as he said that is what it was worth, for a car reportedly worth £3,000. The resident accepted the money and handed over the keys. The car was driven away. No details were exchanged, and the formal DVLA documents were not completed
How can I help a relative or friend if they’ve been scammed?
Advice from Age Concern.
Raise the subject with them sensitively –
- Help them to report the fraud. You can report fraud to Action Fraud on behalf of someone, or encourage them to report it. It’s advised that you get permission from the victim before reporting the fraud on their behalf, but you can report the fraud without their permission.
- Find support locally. The government has advised that internet scams, postal scams and doorstep crime are all forms of financial abuse and are often targeted at adults who need care and support.
If you're concerned that an adult who needs care and support has been affected by a scam you can raise your concerns with the local council’s adult social services department. They will make safeguarding enquiries and work with the adult to consider the action that needs to be taken.
Contact your local councils adult social services department, Age UK advice on 0800 169 6565 or Action on Elder Abuse’s helpline on 0808 808 8141
How you can help us?
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please report it. If you are or know a vulnerable victim of a scam or an attempted scam, however minor, there may be hundreds or thousands of others in a similar position.
Report fraud or attempted fraud on the Action Fraud website or call 0300 123 2040.
As always, the local Neighbourhood Team are keen to receive information on all crime spotted or believed to have occurred as this can assist with ongoing enquiries, as well as helping to pool information to build a wider understanding.
As ever if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Reigate & Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team