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Incident Alert: Business Crime in Warwickshire

By Business Crime Team on May 04, 2020 04:29 am

INCIDENT 90 2ND MAY, COURT STREET, LEAMINGTON SPA

AT APPROXIMATELY 01:30AM ON THE 2ND MAY 2020 AN UNKNOWN MALE HAS USED CROWBARS TO CAUSE DAMAGE AND GAIN ACCESS TO THE REAR COURTYARD OF A LICENCED PREMISES THE OFFENDER HAS TRIED TO BREAK THROUGH A STORE ROOM DOOR, UNSUCCESSFULLY BUT LEAVING DIRTY FOOT MARKS ON THE DOOR. THE OFFENDER HAS ALSO CAUSED DAMAGE TO A LOCK AND DOOR TO ANOTHER STORE ROOM, GAINING ACCESS AND REMOVING VARIOUS BOTTLES OF ALCOHOL. CAUSING DAMAGE AND LOSS OF PROPERTY CURRENTLY ESTIMATED TO BE IN EXCESS OF £1500.


INCIDENT 66 4TH MAY, CANAL LANE, WARWICK

OVERNIGHT 3RD – 4TH MAY A WHITE FORD TRANSIT VAN STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE HOME ADDRESS, VAN WAS FULL OF TOOLS.


 


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Incident Alert: Business Crime in Warwickshire

By Business Crime Team on May 01, 2020 04:35 am

INCIDENT 122 30TH APRIL, BIRMINGHAM ROAD, WATER ORTON

BETWEEN 1700 ON THE 29/04/20 AND 0800 30/04/2020 THE WELFARE OFFICE WAS BROKEN INTO, THEY FORCED OPEN THE OFFICE DOOR, THEY TOOK A HEATER PUMP FROM BELOW THE SINK OUT OF THE WELFARE CABIN AND ALSO TOOK A STYLE SAW OUT OF THE 30/04/2020 SAME CABIN, THEY CUT THE ELECTRIC CABLE TO REMOVE THE HEATER PUMP. ONLY THE OFFICE DOOR IS DAMAGED FROM BEING FORCED.


INCIDENT 42 1ST MAY, MAI STREET, CLIFTON UPON DUNSMORE

OVERNIGHT A VAUXHALL VIVARO VAN WAS DAMAGED, PASSENGER SIDE FRONT WINDOW AND MAIN FRONT WINDSCREEN. LOOKS LIKE ITS BEEN HIT WITH A BRICK A FEW TIMES AND HAS BEEN SHATTERED.


INCIDENT 41 1ST MAY, A5, HILLMORTON

DRIVER IS REPORTING THAT HIS LORRY HAS BEEN BROKEN INTO OVERNIGHT THE CURTAIN SIDE OF THE TRUCK HAS BEEN SLASHED AND A QUANTITY OF MY STYLE STORAGE BOXES STOLEN. VEHICLE IS A VOLVO 28T.


INCIDENT 145 30TH APRIL, HOLLY LANE, ATHERSTONE

SOMEWHERE ON THE JOURNEY A ROLLING ROLLOVER OFFNCE WAS COMMITED WHERE BY A THEFT FROM THE TRAILER OCCURED WHILST MOVING. THEY HAVE REMOVED THE PADLOCK AND THE SEAL HAS BEEN BROKEN. STOLEN PROPERTY UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME BUT NUMEROUS BOXES HAVE BEEN CUT OPEN. FULL DETAILS TO BE ASCERTAINED. OFFENCE DISCOVERED AT 0105HRS TODAY 30/04/2020 UPON ARRIVAL AT SWINDON.


 


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Threat Alert: Thieves targeting tobacco and cigarette stockists

By Business Crime Team on Apr 29, 2020 05:49 am

 

 

 

 

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an increase in offenders smashing their way into shops that stock cigarettes and tobacco, intelligence suggest. This may be due to a decrease in lorry traffic during Covid-19 lockdown and demand for cheap cigarettes. We urge shops/ stores and industrial estates to be vigilant and address this issue to protect their business.

Advice on how to protect your business is available on www.warwickshirebusinesswatch.co.uk

 

If you have information for police, contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or online reporting system at www.warwickshire.police.uk.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.


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Incident Alert: Business Crime in Warwickshire

By Business Crime Team on Apr 29, 2020 04:27 am

INCIDENT 48 29TH APRIL, STRATFORD RD, WARWICK

BETWEEN 1700HRS – 0730HRS PADLOCKS SNAPPED OFF 2 PORTACABINS SHIPPING CONTAINER SIZE NO SIGN OF THE PADLOCKS, PERSONS HAVE BEEN INSIDE NOTHING APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN TAKEN LARGE DEPOT – MAIN HANGER IS WHERE WE 29/04/2020 KEEP ALL THE EQUIPMENT. THIS HAS NOT BEEN ENTERED.


INCIDENT 202 28TH APRIL, PARK LANE, NUNEATON

OVER THE WEEKEND, OFFENDERS HAVE BEEN ON SITE AND AN ATTEMPT HAS BEEN MADE IN FOUR PLACES TO PRIZE OPEN A WINDOWS. DAMAGE CAUSED TO ONE WINDOW, ENTRY NOT GAINED.


INCIDENT 138, 28TH APRIL, QUEENS ROAD, NUNEATON

BETWEEN 14.00 27/4 – 13.00 28/4/20 OFFENDER(S) U/K HAVE WALKED TO THE REAR OF THE BUILDING VIA AN INSECURE SIDE ALLEY, ENTERED THE INSECURE STORAGE BUILDING AND REMOVED BY MEANS U/K A QUANTITY OF EXPENSIVE GOODS. THE GOODS STOLEN WERE QUITE HEAVY SO A VEHICLCE WOULD BE NEEDED.


INCIDENT 92 28TH APRIL, BRINKLOW ROAD, BINLEY

BETWEEN 0300HRS SAT 25TH AND 0700 MONDAY 27TH SOMOENE HAS ENTERED A COMPOUND BY UNKNOWN MEANS AND CUT A HOLE IN THE SIDE OF A STEEL CONTAINER USED FOR STORAGE. OFFENDERS HAVE STOLEN A 3 TON HYDRAULIC BREAKER ATTACHMENT (USED ON JCB MACHINES). THE STOLEN ITEM WOULD TAKE 2 OR 3 PERSONS TO MAN HANDLE. THERE IS SLIGHT DAMAGE TO THE COMPOUND GATE AND FENCE WHICH COLD SUGGEST SOMETHING LIKE A HIAB CRANE MAY HAVE BEEN USED TO GET THE BREAKER OVER THE FENCE.


INCIDENT 50 28TH APRIL, MARICOTT CT, SOUTHAM

OVERNIGHT OFFENDER(S) HAVE CLIMBED SECURTY FENCING TO PREMISES, APPROACHED THE UNIT USED A BRICK TO SMASH GLASS DOOR TO THE PREMISES, ACCESS GAINED. A TIDY SEARCH OF THE PREMISES HAS BEEN DONE ALL OFFICES, ROOMS ETC HAVE BEEN ENTERED AND SEARCHED. MOBILE PHONES, LAPTOPS AND OTHER ELECTRICAL ITEMS IGNORED. ONLY ITEM TAKE IS A SPARE KEY, 1ST KEY LEFT, TO A JAGUAR XJ STORED INSIDE THE BUILDING, CAR CURRENTLY UP FOR SALE. IP STATES HE IS AWARE A NUMBER OF OTHER UNITS, MOSTLY BRAND NEW HAVE BEEN BROKEN INTO UNKNOWN WHAT IF ANYTHING STOLEN AT THIS TIME, HE HAS SPOKEN TO A CONTRACTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING THE UNITS IS AWARE.


 


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Threat Alert: COVID 19 Loan Scams

By Business Crime Team on Apr 29, 2020 04:24 am
Fraudsters are exploiting people and businesses with COVID-19 related financial concerns, Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning.

 

People struggling to obtain loans and similar finance from recognised High St. lenders may be tempted to go online where there are many scammers waiting to offer bogus loans or business funding. The scammer’s websites encourage individuals to make an online application and in doing so gather telephone numbers and email addresses. Those searching for loans or similar are then contacted and offered money. However, the fraudsters ask for an upfront fee – usually between £25 and £450 – as part of the ‘application’ process. Once paid, the money (loan or funding) never materialises and the fraudsters disappear.

 

Information and Advice  

  • Be wary of any unexpected approach offering you loans or similar
  • Never make an upfront payment to secure a loan

 

Struggling with your finances? Free and impartial help and advice is available, visit: 


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Threat Alert: Rogue Rubbish Collectors Warning

By Business Crime Team on Apr 28, 2020 04:30 am

With household waste recycling centres across the UK closed, reports have been coming in from Councils of an increase in the amount of fly-tipping. Warwickshire Trading Standards is asking residents not to inadvertently contribute to this problem by employing criminals and unlicensed operators who offer to remove household rubbish for a fee before dumping it a few streets away. These individuals may be working door to door or advertising on social media. The householder is responsible for where the rubbish is left. If it is fly-tipped and items are traced back to the householder, they could be prosecuted or issued with a fixed penalty notice! Current advice is to store bulky items until such time as the recycling centres can safely re-open.

 

Help and Advice

  • Do not buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep callers
  • Current advice is that all households should make full use of their kerbside waste collection service. Waste that cannot be accepted at kerbside, such as bulky items should be stored until such time as the recycling centres can safely re-open. For more information and to report fly-tipping, please visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/waste-recycling
  • Report suspicious doorstep visits or any type of scam to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. Citizens Advice can provide telephone support and advice. They will also alert Warwickshire Trading Standards Service who can provide additional advice.
  • Keep up to date on the latest scams: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
  • An online copy of this email alert can be viewed here: https://safeinwarwickshire.com/2020/04/28/rogue-rubbish-collectors-warning/
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Incident Alert: Business Crime in Warwickshire

By Business Crime Team on Apr 27, 2020 12:58 pm

INCIDENT 66 27TH APRIL, SHIPSTON BUSINESS VILLAGE, SHIPSTON-ON-STOUR

ENTRY GAINED TO BUSINESS PREMISES BY SMASHING WINDOW, FILING CABINETS SEARCHED, PARCEL STOLEN ALONG WITH £500 IN CASH.


INCIDENT 53 27TH APRIL, BIRD INDUSTRIAL PK, STRATFORD UPON AVON

BREAK IN OVER NIGHT ALARM WENT OFF AROUND MIDNIGHT DUE TO LACK OF SIGNAL INF ONLY GOT THE NOTIFICATION THIS MORNING ENTRY GAINED BY CUTTING THROUGH STEEL SHEETING ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING ENTRY GAINED TO SITE COMING ACROSS FIELD AND GAINING ENTRY THROUGH A HEDGE STOLEN: POWER CABLES X 15 WORTH APPROX £2,000.


INCIDENT 173, 150 25TH APRIL, WARWICK HSE, SOUTHAM

OVERNIGHT U/K OFFENDERS HAVE GAINED ACCESS TO 2 UNITS BY GOING THROUGH THE ROOF ALSO DAMAGED 3 ROOF LIGHTS, NOTHING APPEARS STOLEN.


INCIDENT 88 25TH APRIL, GYPSY LN, KENILWORTH

OVER THE WEEKEND AT LEAST 14 OF THE SHEDS HAVE BEEN BROKEN INTO ON AN ALLOTMENT BY PRISING OFF THE PADLOCKS ETC. SELECTION OF EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN STOLEN INCLUDING A PETROL STRIMMER.


INCIDENT 137 24TH APRIL, NEWTOWN LN, FILLONGLEY

BETWEEN 11/04/2020 AND TODAY DIESEL HAS BEEN STOLEN AND DRAINED FROM 2 TRACTORS, ESTIMATED AT 100L OF DIESEL TRACTORS ARE KEPT IN SHED IN A OPEN SHED AT REAR OF THE FARM.


 


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