CRIME PREVENTION

The Crime Prevention information is valuable advice about types of crime in the area and how they can be prevented or how the Police are dealing with them.  This information comes from Neighbourhood Watch’s emails, which we have been given permission to copy to this website.

Over time this ‘page’ will be combined with Crime Reports

 

 

 

 

Please see advice from Action Fraud regarding emails received that claim you were caught speeding.   The aim of these emails is to get you to click on the link to “check the photographic evidence” which leads to banking trojan malware.   http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-fake-emails-claim-you-were-caught-speeding-dec16    (Updated  December 10, 2016)

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Report   (Updated November 15, 2016)

Bradford West Neighbourhood Policing Team November newsletter (Updated November 15, 2016)

October Newsletter from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner   (Updated October 4, 2016)

 

 Bradford District School Parking Campaign

  • Police have teamed up with primary schools in Bradford District to launch a crackdown on illegal and inconsiderate parking outside schools.
  • The initiative is being launched in response to complaints from residents, parents and schools across the district and will run throughout the autumn term from Monday, with the potential for further operations if the problem persists.
  • Please find further details attached.  School Parking Campaign (96 KB)  (Updated October 4, 2016)
  •  West Yorkshire Police currently operate a number of on-line contact options through the force website www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus.  These include : –
    • 101 Live Chat – take part in a live chat with a control room operator, useful for general enquiries
    • Report a Crime – report low level crime to our control room on-line, you report will be forwarded on to local officers if further lines of enquiry exist.
    • Lost Property – report property lost in West Yorkshire to our control room on-line and receive a lost property reference number.
    • Local Crime Tracker – track the progress of your crime via the West Yorkshire Police website, you can also send the officer dealing with your case a message via this facility.
    • Leave an Officer a Message – use this form to leave the officer dealing with your case a message.
    • Request a Call Back – request a call back from our Customer Contact Centre at a time slot that suits you, 2 hour slots are available from 08:00 to 22:00 hours.
    • Anti-Social Behaviour – report instances of anti-social behaviour to your local officers using this form, this is an alternative to 101 that will still receive the same level of police response.
    • Hate Crime – report non-emergency hate incidents directly to our control room using this form, all reports will be forwarded to your local district police officers.Find out useful information or to get advice about other issues go to our ClickB4UCall section : –
    • Noise nuisance
    • Untaxed vehicles
    • Social Media
    • Animal Welfare
    • Fraud and Internet Fraud
    • Cyber Crime
    • Drink/Drug Drivers
    • Help for VictimsDownload Associated Documents
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    • Demands on Police Call Handlers (91 KB)
    • ClickB4UCall (85 KB)  Updated September 28, 2016)
  • West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Report  
    • The Safer Communities Fund has opened for applications with £140,000 available for good causes. The latest grant round has a crime prevention theme and projects are invited to apply. 
    • In addition the Police and Crime Commissioner is recruiting for its Youth Advisory Group (YAG).  The YAG is made up of over 60 voluntary members aged between 13 and 21 from across West Yorkshire who meet up regularly to discuss policing and community safety from a young person’s point of view.
    • Further details and other news is in the report.   (Updated September 7, 2016)
  • Computer Users Warned: Beware of Fake British Gas Bills
    • Police are urging computer users to be on their guard against a nationwide scam in which fraudsters are spamming fake British Gas bills. 
    • The fraudsters are sending the fake emails out that look like a genuine gas bill. There is a link on it which, if clicked on, installs ransomware on to the computer.
    • The ransomware then locks the computer and the fraudsters then demand money to unlock it. 
    • Detective Inspector Benn Kemp of West Yorkshire Police’s Cyber Crime Team, said:“This is a nationwide fraud that we are aware of and I would urge people to be on their guard. I would ask people to never open an email unless they are certain of the credentials of the sender and to share our message with other people. 
    • British Gas for example always send personal emails and will usually quote the customer’s account number. Their links are always www.britishgas.co.uk.  You should also regularly update your anti virus and browsers, avoid public wifi connections when doing things like internet banking and back up all your files.”
    • If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/   (Updated September 6, 2016)
  • Bradford West August Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter  Bradford West August Newsletter  (Updated August 9, 2016)
  • Advice for residents
    • Remember 1 in 4 of all burglaries involve entry via an insecure door. Lock doors and windows even when you are at home.
    • Consider upgrading your locks and door handles particularly on UPVC doors if installed prior to 2009 (standard to look for: TS 007 or Sold Secure Diamond Standard).
    • Keep your house and vehicle keys in safe place and away from the door. Do not leave them in locks or out on work surfaces.
    • Leave a light on.
    • Remove all items from your vehicle when parked. Do not leave anything on display.  (Updated July 28)
  • Beware of Suspected Scam in West Yorkshire.   Police are urging people to be on their guard against a suspected scam targeting householders, businesses and public sector organisations.   Those involved contact call people pretending to be from Microsoft. They tell the person that they have a problem with their computer and they need to download a piece of software to fix it.   They then ask for £8 but the software that is installed gives them access to the computer and the £8 transfer allows access to the person’s financial details.   Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith of the Regional Cyber Crime Unit, said:    “We have seen suspected scams like this before. Those involved, can operate from overseas, have even targeted people before and is a well-known method to defraud people and obtain personal information.   So far we haven’t had any specific reports of people having fallen victim but we know from experience that these operations tend to target lots of people in a particular area.   It is important that people know of the risks out there so they can take appropriate action to reduce their chances of being a victim.   I would urge people not to take any unsolicited calls on face value and always check the company / caller by calling an independent land line sourced by yourself. Never call anyone back on the number provide by the caller as this is likely to be false. Never download software as a result of a call like this as it is likely to be a scam. Always check independently the caller is who they say they are. By taking this simple steps you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: rebecca.walker@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk    (Updated July 6, 2015)  

  • Drive a Volkswagen, Audi, Seat or a Skoda? Please read the following message…     At the moment West Yorkshire Police is seeing an extremely high volume of Volkswagen Group integrated satellite navigation systems being stolen which also includes Audis, Seats and Skodas. Criminals are specifically targetting the VW Group RNS 310 and RNS 510 systems and a security device called an ‘RNS Navi Lock’ can be purchased to prevent criminals stealing your VW Group satellite navigation system. The device is simply a metal plate which goes over the system and has a lockable key to secure it. West Yorkshire Police would advise to purchase such device from a reputable retailer as we cannot advise to purchase it from any specfic retailer. West Yorkshire Police would strongly advise making your vehicle as secure as possible, spending a little time and money on security is better than replacing very expensive items such as integrated satellite navigation systems.If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address    matthew.briggs@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk (Updated June 18, 2016)
  • Nuisance Motorbikes    Nuisance motorbikes continue to cause problems on the roads in our area. The persons riding these mopeds, trail bikes and quads know that they are riding unlawfully and by choosing to ride in such a manner and without helmets puts themselves in danger and more importantly, members of the public in danger.The Police have a very useful tool however in Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.This message is to ask people to come forward with information about who is committing these offences and blighting our neighbourhoods. Police can use the information provided without having to take statements or disclose your information. You can call 101 or use the following link:  https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/report-crime   All information is appreciated but this is the information we need:  1. As much detail about the bike as possible, make and model is great but colour and type will do.  2. Name of person who owns the motorbike, or description of person.  3. Who is riding the motorbike.  4. Where and when have they been riding it.   5. Where do they keep it.     (Updated May 16, 2016)    
  • People Can…reduce their chances of being a victim of Cyber crime      People Can…    (Updated April 28, 2016)
  • People Can…contact their PC and PCSO Ward officers   People Can…     (Updated April 27, 2016)
  • Computer security advice   Identifying malicious emails can be difficult; these tips may help to prevent you becoming a victim of a cyber-attack at home, as well as protecting your computer systems at work. Please see the attached advice.  Computer security
    (Updated April 25, 2016)
  • Do you really know……How Holiday Booking Fraud Works?Please find attached a document from Action Fraud with regards to Fraud when booking holidays.  Holiday Booking Fraud    (Updated April 25, 2016)
  • People Can… be helped by and can become a Bradford Street Angel  Did you know that PEOPLE CAN be helped by Angels in Bradford City Centre and YOU CAN become a Bradford Street Angel. Volunteers make a real difference in the city every Friday and Saturday night? Becoming a Bradford Street Angel Volunteer can enhance your CV, give you experience volunteering within your local community and let you work as part of a great team of people. Please see link for further details.   People Can…    (Updated April 12, 2016)
  • Bradford West April Newsletter   Bradford West April Newsletter   (Updated April 6, 2016)
  • Cyber Advice      Help protect yourself against #Fraud visit #BlockTheWebMonsters  Block The Web Monsters   (Updated Aptil 4, 2016)
  • Protect Yourself from Bogus Websites  Fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website (which purports to be Trusted Shops). This website shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.Protect yourself:
    • Check the authenticity of the website before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘Whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created- Be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/
    • Conduct online research in relation to the website.
    • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether      they have certified that website.
    • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item. Always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you might be covered. Anyone affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.      (Updated February 22, 2016)
  • West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter 2016  West Yorkshire Trading Standards Advice  (Updated February 2, 2016)
  • Microsoft Computer Scam warning     On each occasion the caller claimed to be from Microsoft Computers (MC), stating that MC, having monitored my computer, it has come to light that my computer is seriously infected . They would then either ask or request that I carry out a number of procedures which would give them control of my computer in order to remove the virus.  I am told that it’s a one off goodwill service , however, further viral removal provision would incur a nominal sum.”The caller terminated the calls which were from an unknown source. The offer of the free service was the precursor to hacking into the computer to take control.  (Updated January 6, 2016)
  • Recommendations for residents: remember 1 in 4 of all burglaries involve entry via an insecure door. Lock doors and windows even when you are at home.  Keep your house and vehicle keys in safe place and away from the door. Do not leave them in locks or out on work surfaces.  Leave a light on.  (Updated January 4, 2016)
  • Bogus callers: It is unfortunate that some people will impersonate others to try to gain access into the homes of individuals – an offender may suggest that they represent a utility company, the police, a trade or even possibly a charity or a community organisation.  If you are not expecting a caller at your door then please take care to ensure that they are who they say they are before opening the door to them and letting them in: 
    • Wherever possible check the identity of the caller through a window before going to the door.  Ask the caller to pass their identity badge/details to you through the letterbox – do not open the door to them.
    • Check the details of the caller with the company/organisation they claim to represent – do not rely on a phone number that the caller may give you, look it up in the phone book or online
    • If you are still unsure ask the caller to make an official appointment and come back, await correspondence from their company/organisation and ask a family member or neighbour to be present if required
    • Whenever you do open the front door to anyone always make sure the back door and windows are locked before doing so and vice versa
    • If you have any doubt whatsoever about the identity of a caller at your door do not let them in and tell a family member or friend about the incident
    • If the caller has left and you feel they have acted suspiciously please ring 101 and report the incident to West Yorkshire Police
    • If you feel threatened by someone that calls at your home and the incident is ongoing please ring 999 

    Most callers will make appointments prior to coming to your home and you will be aware of their business.  However, it is always better to be certain that any caller is who they say they are prior to opening the door to them.

    Don’t be pressured into making any decisions there and then.  (Updated December 23, 2015)

  • Your keys are very valuable to you ( and the thief) and perhaps its only when you lose them or, have them stolen do you realise the problems that may arise.Numerous keys are stolen during burglaries. Many burglaries are committed by simply sneaking in through an insecure door and picking the keys off a kitchen work surface. Some have been hooked from inside the door via a letter box or a cat flap.The advice is always to lock your doors and place keys in a safe place out of sight and away from doors and visible work tops. Dont give the thief an easy ride!
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