In the Know Surrey & Sussex from Surrey Police: 27th July 2017

Message from Andy Reid (Surrey Police, InTheKnow Community Administrator, Mole Valley.

There were a number of reports from for example the Brockham and North Holmwood area’s yesterday regarding cold callers or in colloquial terms ‘Nottingham Knockers’.

They are doorstep callers who target areas offering small household products for sale. Sometimes called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ these callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, however Nottingham Knockers are not part of any recognised rehabilitation scheme.

Please warn your neighbours, particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours, not to open the door to strangers or buy or sell on the doorstep. Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine, they may be gathering information for future crime.

Please keep in mind that if cold callers don’t get any sales in your area, they are less likely to return.

Keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours including the elderly and report any suspicions of bogus callers to police.

If in doubt, keep them out!

Rogue trader’s scams.

PC Joe Burns is investigating a fraud against an elderly couple who were scammed out of a large sum of money.

Please be aware of a WHITE FORD TRANSIT VAN registration YD05JOA and the occupants described as:

  1. White, early 20s, slim and about 5 foot 10 to 6 foot tall, he dressed in white or light clothing, had dark thick hair.
  2. White, in his 30s, stocky build, shorter than the other male, with short black hair, unshaven, had colourful clothing and had an Irish accent.

Basically they offered roofing services, claimed the beams were rotting and wouldn’t support the roof, then quoted extortionate prices and called daily requesting more money.

We are in the process of posting a press release on this crime so I will send it on when it is completed.

Remember these three pointers

  • Say NO to doorstep callers.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Unsolicited phone calls – it’s not impolite, it’s your right to hang up.

Distraction Theft Warning.

An OAP had her bank card stolen after a shopping trip in Dorking recently and then when she called the bank there had been a number of withdrawals from her bank account!

  • There have been an increasing number of thefts reported across the county involving shoppers who are either stopped and asked for directions by visitors with maps or distracted by “someone helpful” saying they have dropped a five or ten pound note on the floor.
  • Valuables are then stolen from cars or bags while the victims are kept distracted.
  • In most cases the thieves have watched people enter PIN numbers in the store or at the ATM before distracting them in the car park and taking purses and wallets.

It takes seconds… to protect your valuables

  • Be vigilant when entering your PIN – make sure you cover the keypad on both chip and pin machines and at ATM cash points every time you enter your PIN number.
  • Keep your valuables secure – never leave them unattended, even for few moments. Keep your belongings tucked away safely in a zipped pocket or bag and use a purse chain if you have one.
  • Report stolen cards – if you lose your wallet, report it to your bank immediately.

For the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality (27th July 2017), David Munro, the APCC Portfolio Lead on Equality, Diversity & Human Rights and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, talks about progress that has been made in policing and in wider society on LGBT+ equality: