30/03/2021 9788 Somerset: Buying & Selling on Social Media / Online Platforms. (Market Places)We are seeing an increase in burglaries from garages and sheds where the offenders are clearly seeking out motorcycles, specifically dirt bikes such as KTM & Yamaha. It appears that a number of these bikes have been listed for sale on social media platforms, where a potential buyer arranges to view the vehicle but then doesnxt turn up. Not surprisingly, a day or so later the Garage / Shed is broken into and an attempt is made to steal the bike or it is stolen.If you are considering selling your vehicle - or any expensive item - follow the guidance provided on the website. Do not automatically assume it is safe to pass over your address details and or photos of your vehicle outside of yourgarage, especially if it shows your street name and garage number. If you do so and the purchaser doesnxt turn up, be aware and pay close attention to the item you are selling and the security of the location it is stored.Sadly, this may not just affect you. If your garage is broken into, your neighbour is likely to be targeted and may also sustain damage to their garage in the process.Remember, whenever you place an advert you are also advertising what you have to steal. Read the guidance provided by the website carefully, and ask yourself if you really need to provide your address or do you meet somewhere public nearby? Always meet any prospective buyers in a well-lit, public area.
28/01/2021 9788 Somerset: Dog TheftsThere were two incidents where dogs were stolen during the night of Tuesday 26 January. On both occasions pure bred dogs or new-born puppies were taken from secure outside pens. One incident was in Alveston, South Gloucestershire and the other at Queen Charlton in Bath & North East Somerset. Whilst both of these were outside our area, this does not mean it could not head our way and it is far better to be forewarned.We want to remind all dog owners to review and increase the security of their pets wherever possible. Ensure that they are microchipped and registered, and make sure your garden is secure.It is estimated that dog thefts have increased by 250% as the Covid restrictions have caused a huge demand for puppies across the country. Although these offences are classified as xTheftx, losing a pet in this way can cause enormous trauma and heartbreak to a family. You can find advice on protecting your dog on many sites on the internet, one of them being:<https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/protect-your-dog-against-theft>
26/01/2021 9788 Somerset: Remain alert to Vaccination Scams. Another potentially hazardous scam claiming to originate from the NHS offering the vaccine for Covid-19. On first impressions it looks quite genuine, until the point at which it asks for payment details. As we all know the vaccine is completely free, the NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details, your pin or banking password and they will not ask for proof of identity such as passport, driving licence or pay slips.Please see the attached copy of the scam email. <vaccine-email-scam.pdf>Here is a link to the NHS website to find more information:<https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/how-you-will-be-contacted/>