NEWS FLASH!! 

 

Ford Transit vans have been broken into. Tools targeted and a sat nav stolen. Owners are adamant that they've locked them, but there's no sign of forced entry.

Llys Nant Y Pandy (off Mill Road) Llewellyn Drive and Islwyn Drive (Churchill Park) and Caerphilly Road, Senghenydd are areas that have been targeted. This has happened overnight during the past few days.

If you own a van and are able to take just that bit extra time to remove any tools from inside overnight then that could help. If you find yourself the annoyed victim of a break in, whether home business or vehicle, please remember it is vitally important that you phone the police on 01633 838111 then possibly option 2 (they keep changing it) to report an incident and ask for a log number as that way you know it's definitely in the computer and you can add your log number to the post I know you'll be putting on faceboook.

Maybe consider one of those stickers on the outside of the van saying no tools left inside overnight, and don't forget we sell the motion sensor alamrs that are battery operated for just 10 that can be attached inside your van easily and they come with an entry and exit timer delay. If you're interested in the alarms or have any questions, just give me a shout to welshhobbit@sky.com 



At around 4.30pm, 08/07 today a resident of Bartlett Street at the top of town had a knock at their door.

There was a young ish looking guy at the door with no identification saying he'd been sent by his boss, the head if environmental services in ccbc to check residences as apparently, he claimed, there has been an increase in rat activity and he wanted to be given access to the home to spray the wall bases and skirting boards to prevent any rats gaining entry to properties.

The home owner asked what the bosses name was and he just said Paul and when she queried his surname she was told rather brusquely 'you won't know him' to which she replied I might as I know a lot of people working in ccbc but he refused to answer just saying are you going to let me in or not.

He obviously wanted to gain access to case out what was in the home, so the resident asked him if he could come back at 5pm when her son would be home.

He didn't return. Just please make any elderly and vulnerable relatives friends and neighbours aware of this probably scam to keep them safe.


 

Sorry for the late notice friends but I've only just been told by my neighbour, that at about 3am this morning, 07/07 their dog alerted in the house and ran out the back to find a young guy, possibly late teens had climbed over their back fence and had been trying their shed and then had stepped into the house.

Thankfully the dog alerted and they were all up anyway. This was in Churchill Park.


Again we on the panel remind you to keep all your doors and windows locked, and if you're responding to a knock on the front door, make sure your back door is locked to make sure you're not a victim of a distraction burglary.

Again don't forget we also sell window/door chime/alarms - they're only little and can be attached to any window and window frame and door and door frame as the chime/alarm is triggered when the magnet between two parts is broken - and these are just 2-50 a set and again can be paid for using paypal or credit/debit card and for p&p posted to you for your convenience or using cash/debit/credit/contactless from me in person.

Please don't forget any time you're involved in an incident or you see or hear something suspicious, please phone the police on 01633 838111 then option 4 and don't forget to get a log number before you take to Facebook to post and then you can add your log number to help others in the same situation then they can use your log number to report their incident, a log number is the only way to prove you've reported anything to the police, just saying 'police informed' or 'police involved' in a status is not proof that you have indeed phoned the police, a log number also helps me get updated information to then update you on here or on our Facebook page.


Please friends it's VITAL that ANY incident should be reported to the police on 01633 838111 then option 4 (notice I didn't say 101)  not just this incident and ask for a log number that way you know it's been logged in their computer.



 


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 Do you want to give something back to your community? Are you looking to do some volunteer work? We as a panel are looking for volunteers to join us, we meet in the Church opposite Bedwas Police Station every other month for an hour or two in the afternoon (depending on what we have to discuss) - usually a wednesday - if you live in St Martins, St James, Bedwas, Trethomas, Machen, Llanbradach, Penyrheol, Trecenydd, Aber Valley, Morgan Jones or Energlyn wards then we're looking for you to join our panel.

During our meetings we discuss what's going on locally and if there is anything we can do to help reduce crime in the areas and raise awareness to residents on how they can help themselves stay safe in their homes, gardens, vehicles, work and while out and about shopping or to and from work/school/college/university. We attend events that we're invited to like fetes and fundraisers where we have crime prevention advice leaflets we can give to people and just generally talk to them if they need reassurance or help and advice along with promoting our security items we have for sale (please take a look at our security items for sale page), we also offer a free bike security marking service.

We also have a Facebook page where you can see what we do at Caerphilly and District Crime Prevention Panel & Caerffili Nhw.

So if you're interested in joining our panel and giving something back to your community, please fill out the 'join us' form on this website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Every panel member has to fill out a dbs/crb form to join the panel and every year, don't let that put you off after all it's just a form.



If you get a phone call that seems really quiet and you hear the person on the other end of the phone saying to you 'can you hear me?' DO NOT SAY YES! Say something along the lines of I can hear you fine or no problems this end or even no I can't. This is a new form of a trick scam whereby the caller will ask if you can hear them and if you accidentally without thinking say yes then they use that against you by taking out any form of credit agreement in your name for absolutely anything at all they're trying to sell, and if and when it comes time for you to pay and you possibly get a letter or someone knocking the door, whatever way they try and ask you for payment will be the first time you know you took out a contract for something you didn't want and have no way of paying it.

When you try and question the contract by contacting them they will then say, well we had your verbal agreement on the phone, you said 'yes', that is possibly the first time you'll realise what happened and by then it could possibly be too late.

So please, if anyone phones and the first thing they say is 'can you hear me?' either hang up the phone, if it's a number or person you don't know or weren't expecting or just give one of the responses I gave above.

 

Personally on my mobile phone via the 'playstore' I've downloaded the TrueCaller, TrueMessenger and TrueDialler apps, which are free, and enable me to block calls I don't recognise, and it lets me report any calls that are nuisance and dodgy, and it lets me identify where someone is calling from anywhere in the world along with their name and company, and I recently purchased the Bt8500 advanced call blocker home phone - dual phone package with answer machine - from Amazon, which enables me to block unwanted calls and make those who are not in my phone book announce who they are then I get the choice whether to answer the phone or to block the caller and number or whether to send the call to answer machine. 


There are a number of various scams around these days and they're getting cleverer and cleverer with their approach.

Whether it's by phone, text, email or letter the advice is basically the same.

If you receive a letter telling you you've won the lottery or a raffle but you need to contact someone and pay an administration fee to release your award money or prize, stop and think, did you pay for an entry into a raffle or lottery? If the answer to this question is no then think again, if I didn't pay for an entry how could I have won anything? Unfortunately no one gives us anything for free these days.

If someone you don't know phones you whether on the home phone or mobile and asks you to confirm your details to them, please stop and think, this person from this company is phoning me so they already have my number and chances are when you answered the phone they possibly asked for you by name, so they already know your name also. 

These days I personally have caller display on my home phone and an answer machine attached to it, so anyone that phones me at home, everything comes up on my caller display so if I don't recognise the name of the caller, that means they're not in my address book for a reason, if I don't recognise the number it means they're not important enough for me to allocate them a slot in my phone with a number or company name attached, so everyone gets the same treatment now.....if the number is unavailable I'm unavailable to answer the call......if it's witheld, then I'm witholding my abililty to answer the phone unless they have the decency to leave a message or say who they are when the machine beeps....if it's an international caller then I'm definitely not available to answer the call and that too goes through my answer machine to be screened, and as my outgoing message on my answer machine basically says that if you're calling about neighbourhood watch or the crime prevention panel then please call this other number - which I then give out on the message - or for anything else please leave your name and message after the tone....9 times out of 10 as soon as they hear neighbourhood watch they hang up...that tells me everything I need to know as in they're a nuisance or dodgy caller.

If you receive a text on your mobile phone, or an email on your computer, asking you to click on a link - even if the email seems to be from a friend or family member - DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK - chances are it's a virus that will either infect your mobile or computer or it's installing what they call a back door into your computer so that any personal information you type in or passwords or banking or card details, the person will then have all your information - this is called a phishing scam - if it seems to be from a friend or family member, then contact that person first and ask them if they sent you this email, chances are they didn't and they will need to change their password on their email account.  This goes for any emails claiming to be your bank or building society - THEY WILL NEVER ASK YOU TO CONFIRM YOUR DETAILS WHETHER PERSONAL OR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS PASSWORDS OR PINS THEY ALREADY KNOW WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW - and if you get an email claiming to be off Paypal asking you to confirm or verify your information or that you've paid for something you haven't or you're owed a refund, forward that email onto spoof@paypal.com - emails from Paypal will always start with Hello Mr or Mrs or Miss (and your surname) or Hello Tracy (or whatever your name is) if in doubt don't reply and forward it to the spoof email address.

If anyone ever contacts you in any way wanting you to confirm or verify your personal details, tell them politely that you need to call them back, then hang up the phone - if they give you a number to phone them back on, by all means write it down BUT DO NOT PHONE IT chances are it's someone in cahoots with them, find a letter or bill you've received from the genuine company you deal with and phone them back using the number on the headed letter or bill and let them know you've had a call and ask them if they've called you, if you can get the name of the person on the original call.

The same as anyone knocking your door - charity workers etc - if they ask for your personal details and banking information just ask them for a card or any information on their group for you to look at later in your own time, if they're genuine they should be able to give you whatever you ask them for - for your own peace of mind we advise everyone to never give out your personal information on your doorstep or in a place that's public, whether that be a street or in the middle of a shop or bank even as you never know who's listening and making notes on your information. If someone on your doorstep wants money (which usually that's their reason for knocking) just tell them politely that you don't have a bank account and the next time you see one of their charity collection boxes while you're in town shopping, you'll put some money in that as again you don't know what they're going to do with any cash you give them on the doorstep or what they're going to do with your bank details.  If in doubt say no.



If you have any questions about anything on here, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me by the email address here - Tracy on welshhobbit@sky.com

  

 
 

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