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POLICE STATION CONTACT POINTS IN CROYDON BOROUGH
Croydon Police Station, 71 Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1BP. Open 24/7 -
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LOCAL SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM’S (SNT)
(this includes most of the roads in the RRA area except those listed for Purley SNT) Tel: 020 8721 2470
Website link: Sanderstead SNT
Summer 2017 Newsletter
Advice from Met Police about the use of drones
Sanderstead Police Newsletter July 2017
Sanderstead Police Newsletter June 2017
Sanderstead Police Newsletter May 2017
(includes Riddlesdown Rd, Riddlesdown Ave, Downs Court Rd, Brancaster Lane, & Purley Bury Ave)
Tel: 07920 233892. When the team are not on duty the phone will be diverted the central cluster phone at Addington Police Station where the messages are checked on a daily basis.
Website Link: Purley SNT
Purley Police Newsletter July 2017
Purley Police Newsletter May 2017
Purley Police Newsletter April 2017
INFORMATION FROM MET POLICE
"I wanted to alert you to a scammer who targeted Kenley last weekend.
The scam involves a lady knocking on the door of elderly residents late in the evening, typically a Friday or Saturday evening and claiming that her relative has been rushed to hospital, and she would like someone to drive her there. This rapidly turns into a request for money.
Unfortunately, a number of our residents fell victim to this scam and handed over cash. Many other residents had the knock at the door but were astute enough to turn her away.
The Police/Safer Neighbourhood Team are involved and think they know who might be the perpetrator, as it follows a very similar MO of a convicted scammer a few years ago. As in this article.
However at this time no arrests have been made and the perpetrator is still active.
Please can you alert your residents to this scam, and, report any suspicious activity to the police."
Crimes in your area -
Latest edition (2016/17) of the Information Network Bulletin brought to you by Croydon Council’s Trading Standards team with latest scams. Link
The RRA have received more reports over the weekend (14/15 January 2017) of thefts from vehicles in the Hill Close vicinity. Again no forced entry was made and car jamming equipment was possibly used. The Police have been advised.
WARNING, do not leave any valuables in vehicles and make sure your vehicle locks properly when activating the key fob, or if keyless that the card activates when you walk away from the vehicle (see information below from the Police).
“Whilst the ward of Sanderstead has some of the lowest crime statistics in the borough, residents still need to be vigilant and alert when it comes keeping their vehicles safe from motor vehicle crime.
During the weekend of Saturday 26th November to Sunday 27th November 2016, the ward saw six offences of theft from motor vehicle concentrated in two areas. For all six incidents, it appears that there has been no damage caused by the thieves to the vehicles. All of the vehicle owners are adamant that they left their vehicles locked when they parked up overnight.
Although it has not been confirmed, the thieves may have been using jamming equipment to stop the cars from locking.
Most central locking cars have another indication the lock has been deployed, such as the indicator lights flashing, wing mirrors drawing in, or the horn giving a short toot. If you're close enough to the car you can also hear the central locking clunk into place. The only sure way to know your car is locked is to check manually by tugging the door handle after locking.
Our advice is to keep close watch on your cars and possessions so as not to offer any incentives to criminals, including manually checking that the vehicle is locked and taking any valuables with you when leaving the vehicle unattended.
Can I ask that you please take the following precautions with your vehicle in order to help us to reduce the chance of these incidents occurring in the future:
If you have any queries or would like further crime prevention advice, please contact the Sanderstead Local Policing Team on 0208 721 2470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours sincerely, Sanderstead Local Policing Team”
Staying Safe When Selling a Vehicle Privately -
Whilst the ward of Sanderstead has some of the lowest crime statistics in the borough, residents still need to take steps to reduce the chances of being made victims of motor vehicle crime.
On 31st December 2016, a Sanderstead resident was contacted by a male who responded to a classified advert for the sale of their car. When the male arrived, he started to ask apparently legitimate questions you would expect someone to ask when interested in buying a car. The male asked to look under the bonnet and checked the oil level. He then put the bonnet down and asked the car owner if he could start the car. Once the keys were given to the male, he got in the car, started the engine and simply drove off.
On 1st January 2017, a resident in West London had their car stolen under very similar circumstances. Again their car was advertised online and the male drove off once the engine was started. Our colleagues in Surrey Police are also investigating a similar incident on the same day in bordering Tandridge beat.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police are still investigating these three incidents and exploring whether they are linked to the same suspect. Although the buying or selling of a vehicle is usually straightforward, both buyers and sellers can leave themselves open to becoming the victim of crime. Do not let the excitement of buying or selling a vehicle compromise your safety or that of your money. This is one of the most expensive transactions most people ever undertake.
In light of these recent incidents, we advise the following:
security (these might be stolen keys!)
The Vehicle Safe Trading Advisory Group (VSTAG) was set up as the result of the Metropolitan Police having a significant number of fraud allegations reported to them by people buying and selling cars.
For more information on how to prevent yourself from this type of crime, please visit the VSTAG website at http://www.vstag.co.uk/ or speak to the Sanderstead Local Policing Team on 0208 721 2470 or email
Sanderstead Local Policing Team
Please be aware that there are many companies plying for trade through leaflet dropping and cold calling at your door.
A couple of these companies are being investigated at present for rogue trading.
If any leaflets are posted through your door which offer driveways, tree surgery, general maintenance and cleaning please contact the team or trading standards at Croydon Council. We would like to know the details of the companies using these methods of advertising as there have been links to recent burglaries in the area.
Purley SNT Dedicated Ward Officer
Metropolitan Police | London Borough of Croydon, Addington Police Station | Addington Village Road | Croydon | CR0 5AQ
Telephone ( 07920233892 or 02086491041 Email
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For advice on Car & Bicycle Protection, click on this Link
Police in Croydon are appealing to the public to take some simple steps to help cut their chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.
Vehicle crime on the borough is showing a 14.3% increase during the six-
Inspector Kevin Fitzgerald is keen to raise awareness of the rise and is urging residents to act now and take simple steps to prevent their vehicles from being a target.
Inspector Fitzgerald said; “A majority of these incidents could have been avoided if drivers had taken simple crime prevention measures, as 50% of the vehicles were either left unlocked or with items left displayed in parked vehicles.
“During our daily patrols we regularly see valuables being displayed inside parked vehicles. With Christmas just around the corner, people will soon be out shopping and in many cases will be leaving their shopping inside vehicles whilst unattended.
“I urge residents to take simple measures such as locking vehicles, removing valuable items from view and ensuring no cables or satellite navigation players are on display. Please also do not leave work tools in your vehicles overnight.
“Over the next few months, both uniformed and under cover officers will be patrolling the borough to prevent offences and detect offenders. However, most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car -
Advice from the police includes:
Always lock your vehicle when you leave it.
Ensure all windows are closed.
Never leave valuable items in your car -
Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.
Consider fitting anti-
Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door.
You can view the article by using the below link:
Need help? 112 is your life-
112 is the European emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge.
It is possible to call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police.
When a person dials 112, a specially trained operator will answer the call. Depending on the national organisation of emergency services, the operator will either deal with the request directly or transfer the call to the most appropriate emergency service.
Operators in many countries can answer the calls not only in their national language, but also in English or French. If the caller does not know where he is, the operator will identify where the person making the call is physically located and will pass it to the emergency authorities so that these can help immediately.
112 operators do not provide traffic and weather reports, general information or answers to queries. Calling 112 as a joke or calling and then hanging up is considered a hoax call. Hoax calls not only waste the time and money of the emergency operators, but can also be dangerous. If 112 lines or call operators are busy with hoax calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help needed. In most countries, it is a criminal offence to make hoax 112 calls and a person can be judged for that.
112 does not replace the existing (UK 999) national emergency number. In most countries, it operates alongside them. However, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Malta and Romania have opted for 112 as their main national emergency number.
Advice from the Met Police about scams; The Little Book of Big Scams
Office usually covered Monday to Friday 10.00hrs to 14.00hrs Tel: 020 8555 1200 Extension 37637. Please do not report any crimes on this number, as there is no Police staff to process crime reports at this address.
If you have any information that might assist in solving any crimes in our area, please contact the Safer Neighbourhood Team (Purley SNT 07920 233892) (Sanderstead SNT 020 8721 2470). Alternatively you may call CRIMESTOPPERS -
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE CBNWA -
The CBNWA charity is facing financial difficulties and the Committee have had to make further cost savings. Therefore, the fortnightly update will no longer be produced but the information that would have be included together with other relevant updates will be on our new website www.cbnwa.com . There will be no fortnightly update with immediate effect, for any communication with Neighbourhood Watch Croydon please use this email address only.
The charity will be sending out a weekly email letting you know what has been updated on the website with links to find the relevant information. We will be also looking to use Twitter more to keep people updated as quickly as we can.
As you will understand we are a small charity with limited financial income or support and we hope these changes will reflect our current situation as well as an improvement in regard to getting information out quickly.
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MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
CROYDON BOROUGH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION
by Malcolm Saunders of CBNWA
I am pleased to report that the coverage of Neighbourhood Watch is growing. It is better in Sanderstead and Purley Wards than in many other areas of Croydon. However that is no reason to be complacent. We still only cover less than one third of the roads in these two Wards. We need more volunteers.
Is your road or block of flats part of Neighbourhood Watch? If so, you should receive four ‘Croydon Eye’ newsletters per year to keep you informed about the latest scams and advice on the precautions you can take to protect your person and property. If you do not receive Croydon Eye then you are not in a Watch. Perhaps you would like to volunteer to act as the Coordinator for a Watch to cover your road or area?
As a minimum we ask our Coordinators to deliver the ‘Croydon Eye’ to their neighbours four times a year. The Watch can be as many, or as few, homes as you are prepared to cover; thirty to fifty is the norm. Some Coordinators go further in disseminating weekly crime alerts and, if appropriate, informing neighbours of current scams, or other criminal activity in their area. We also encourage Coordinators to ‘keep an eye’ on vulnerable neighbours.
If your road does not have a Watch and you feel you would like to volunteer please contact the Neighbourhood Watch Office. They will send you information about what is involved and help get you started. The telephone number is Tel: 020 8555 1200 Extension 37637 or follow this link
Some of the tips given in Croydon Eye are quite obvious. Such as checking that all doors and downstairs windows are closed (and locked) before leaving the house or going to bed. If you have a shed it is also worth checking that it is locked. Apart from the risk of losing contents they provide useful tools to help the burglar break in. Also think about how you secure your property. It is good practice to have two good locks fitted to your front door. Your back door should also be fitted with a good quality deadlock and suitable locks fitted to windows. Make sure your home looks lived in, even when you are away. A trusted neighbour can help and you can return the favour.
One of the most devastating crimes is distraction burglary where a burglar will try and con their way into your house, quite often pretending to be an official of some kind. Be on the lookout for this type of activity and keep an eye on your vulnerable neighbours. If you think you or your neighbours are being targeted then contact the police or your Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Remember if a crime is in progress dial 999.
We also keep hearing about scams offering prizes or rewards; usually sent by email, but sometimes by post. For those not wary they can cost people their life savings – BE AWARE.
Some useful contact details.
Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111
Age UK Croydon 0845 600 1090
Croydon Trading Standards 020 8407 1311 & Email
Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 Website