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Rural Communities Encouraged To Use Online Crime Reporting Facility


Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.

“If you’re a victim of crime or see something that doesn’t seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.

“Don’t worry that you’re wasting our time.  No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it.”

The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.

PC Anstead said: “Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm.”

Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here

https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

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Katrina Heath (Police, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Daventry & South Northants)



Local Identified Priorities

Dear Resident,

Your local Neighbourhood team in Oundle are working very hard looking at locally identified priorities that have been highlighted. If you have any concerns around anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime in your area then we would like to know so we can effectively deal with these issues.


If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.


To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit http://www.northants.police.uk

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering East Northants they can be contacted on the following email:

NeighbourhoodTeamEastNorthants@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Thanks

Steve Ryan


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Steve Ryan (Police, PCSO, East Northants)

Northamptonshire Police  Putting Communities First


03000 111 222 - non emergencies & enquiries


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Report a crime or suspicious activity online

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Dedicated Watch Line: 01604 432436

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New Website Is One-Stop-Shop For Help And Support


A new website has been launched by Northamptonshire Police’s AIM Team which will support you to live your best life. 


The new website is packed full of useful support, advice and contacts, to not only help ex-offenders looking to ditch a life of crime for something they can be proud of, but to help anyone who feels like they need a bit of extra help. It is also a place for professionals and other support services to find alternative services for the people they work with.


The AIM (Achieve, Inspire, Maintain) Team launched in October 2017 and works with ex-offenders to help them live a crime-free life.   


Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon, said: “AIM is here to support ex-offenders in every aspect of their lives and I’m pleased to see this new website, which is open to all, has now launched, meaning help and support is now only a click away.


“The website contains a whole host of information, from food bank details to mental health support and information on the team’s projects including MY:BK:YD -  a ground-breaking scheme where Northamptonshire Police and the county’s business community work together to address gang related crime by helping people get into employment.” 


Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “The AIM team carry out really important work, engaging with our most dangerous and prolific offenders and working with them to reduce their criminal behaviour. 


"I was very pleased to be able to invest extra resources to enable this valuable work to take place. This website draws together in one single place, information about all the services available to provide practical support and structure, whether that is advice on employment, or accommodation, or mental health, that can mean the difference between someone staying on the straight and narrow, or returning to a life of crime.”


The AIM team are also looking for new support organisations to join up which is free, quick and easy to do. To access the website, please visit: www.aimonline.org.uk.


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Jennifer Masters (Police, Digital Communications Officer , Countywide)

Locally Indentified Priorities


Pease find attached the Locally identified priorities for East Northants North Neighbourhood Policing team for the next 3 months


Attachments ENN LIPS Feb 2019.docx


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Gareth Cross (Police, Police Community Support Officer, East Northants)

C S Crimestoppers

 

Worried about speaking up about  crime

In East Northants?

 

We know it can be difficult to come forward with information but our unique service is designed to protect your identity, whether you call us on 0800 555 111 or submit an anonymous online form.

 

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously.

 

Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

100% anonymous.Always.

 

or via the anonymous online form:

crimestoppers-uk.org


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Tim Butter (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Online Reporting


Isn’t is strange that many of us  use a mobile device to order an item from say amazon, others click on the Just Eat app to order their fast food  but  for some  reason  many still dial 101 …..


….here at Northants Police we have introduced an alternative to make life easier for you......

 

www.northants.police.uk


Click REPORT


then choose from;


Report crime

Road Traffic incidents

Anti social behaviour

Missing Persons

Fraud

Civil dispute

Lost or stolen vehicle

 

…….don’t get us wrong you can still use 101 , but we just wanted to Make clear that we now provide a simple, easy to use alternative without any queues.


In an emergency please dial 999

 

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Tim Butter (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Non-Emergency Police Callers To Be Offered Call Back Option


Northamptonshire Police has pledged to offer non-emergency callers a call back option in a bid to manage call wait times.


The pledge sets out an aim to answer 101 calls within 60 seconds and prioritise them according to the level of threat, harm and risk.


Once the assessment is done and the call put into the appropriate category, the caller may be offered a call back option, after a set time has lapsed, preventing callers from waiting for long periods to have their concern dealt with.


The force also aims to answer 90 per cent of 999 calls within 10 seconds.


A new campaign has been launched aimed at increasing awareness among the public of how calls are dealt and why some may take longer to resolve.


The control room, which on average takes just over 1,178 calls a day, is often the first point of contact with the police for many people.


With the launch of a catchy new video and outdoor advertising, the force aims to educate callers about why, and how long they may wait, when calling 101 and how they can now report some non-emergencies easily and conveniently online.


Superintendent Ash Tuckley, who heads the control room, said: “Every year, we take hundreds of thousands of calls into the control room. Not all of these are emergencies and not all of these require an immediate police response.


“Inevitably what happens is that the queue builds up because everyone is trying to call one central call centre. This can lead to long wait times. We’re hoping that this campaign and pledge will better inform people of how long they can expect to wait when they call us and prompt people to think about whether they need to make that call or if it’s something that they can do online at their own convenience.


“Crucially though, we hope that the messages will help to educate people about the process of threat, risk and harm assessment that each caller undertakes and which leads to that call being prioritised accordingly.


“We want people to be aware of how long they may wait, and in the case of non-emergencies, may be offered a call back option.


“We know that people don’t like waiting when they call 101, but with large numbers of calls coming in, if it’s not a higher priority it may end up in a queue. 


Last year – 2018/19 – control room operators answered 280,531 calls to the 101 number, averaging 1,178 calls a day, of which 320 were 999 calls. By comparison, on average only 167 crimes were recorded a day.


Calls relating to individuals with mental health issues, social needs, vulnerable cases or people reported missing have increased - calls that often take longer to deal with.


Superintendent Tuckley, added: “We deal with people who are in crisis and they need help and support but at times we’re not the most appropriate service to help them. Often, there are other agencies out there that are better placed to meet those needs, not a police emergency response.


“From our data we can see that last year, just over 20 per cent of incidents were actual crimes. However, almost 40 per cent of incidents were what we call ‘public safety and welfare’. That’s calls to us about things like missing people, immigration, weather related incidents, animal related concerns and even truancy. Almost 16 per cent of calls were transport related.


“With the help of this campaign, we hope people will begin to realise that the breadth of what the modern day police deal with is vast and some non-emergency callers may be expected to wait or offered a call back. Some callers may prefer to go online to report non-emergencies.


“Whatever the reason to contact us – whether on the phone or online, we will always aim to deal with it in a professional and timely manner.”


With increasing numbers of people going online for things like mobile banking, the force hopes to raise awareness of how the public can help reduce wait times by going digital, and thereby free up 999 and 101 for people who really need to speak to the police.


Northamptonshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, said:  "The time it can take to get through on the phone to report something that is important, but not as high priority as a 999 call, is something that people talk to me about on a daily basis.  This campaign is just the start of a programme that aims to make it easier for people to get in touch with the police.  We want people to understand that you may have to wait while urgent matters are dealt with and that some things can quickly and simply be reported online.  Then over the coming year we will roll out a programme of initiatives that will ultimately enable people to report issues quickly and simply and in a way that suits them best."


Call and incident data


  2017/18 2018/19


ADMIN 26793 14.15% 27229 14.25%


ASB 25548 13.49% 21013 11.00%


CRIME 39807 21.02% 40809 21.36%


PSW 66305 35.01% 72078 37.73%


TRANSPORT 30911 16.32% 29888 15.65%


1 0.00% 13 0.01%


Sum: 189365 100.00% 191030 100.00%


280,531 calls were answered by an operator and triaged according to threat, rick or harm.  85.4 per cent of these calls were answered within 60 seconds.In 2018/19 -  585,735 calls were made to the 101 number. Around 50 per cent of these calls were directed through the automated switchboard to specific people or departments.


Calls were then prioritised into Priority A or B.


Priority A calls are considered to have a higher level of threat, risk or harm, but are not emergencies. The force now aims to answer these calls within 10 minutes. After six minutes, the caller will be offered a call back within three hours. This is currently being developed and should be in place in the coming months. Last year, the average answer time was 2.34 minutes.


Priority B calls have a low level of threat, risk and harm and are not emergencies. The force aims or answer these within 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, the caller is offered a call back within six hours. Last year, the average answer time was 4.23 minutes.


Click hear to watch the #Whoyougonnacall video - https://youtu.be/y-fgtQf8168


Message Sent By

Sarah Thomson (Police, Communications Officer, Countywide)

Online Vehicle Sales Alert - The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

What you need to know


Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various online selling platforms, this includes vehicles and machinery used by the agricultural industry.


The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which appears to be sent by a trustworthy third party, often PayPal or Escrow.


The emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront via bank transfer rather than through a protected payment method via the website. The victim pays the deposit before visiting the seller to collect the goods, believing there is a ‘cooling off’ period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind.


This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact, it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.


It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving emails or messages of this nature.


What you need to do

          Never transfer money for a vehicle you haven’t seen in person.

          Avoid paying for the vehicle by bank transfer as it offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Instead, use a credit card or payment services such as PayPal.

          If you’re purchasing from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, or ask friends and family for advice before completing a purchase.


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Force Launches Major New Recruitment Drive


An ambition to recruit more than 200 police officers by 2021 has started with a major new recruitment campaign.


In April, Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold and Chief Constable Nick Adderley, announced the Force would be recruiting more than 200 new police officers over the next two years, taking the numbers above 1300 for the first time since 2010.


To increase applications and help bolster the ranks, the Force is using the strapline #FitTheBill alongside a recruitment campaign.


An inspirational video, available on the Force website and YouTube channel, is hoping to motivate and attract applications from a diverse background.


Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: “This job really is like no other. There are few careers that offer the variety of a police constable role. There are many diverse areas that police officers develop into, from detective to specialist dog handler, from cybercrime expert to financial crime investigator. The list is endless.


“How far an officer goes, is really up to them. One thing that is guaranteed, is that the role gives people a real opportunity to give back to the community and make a real difference to people’s lives, while developing real life skills that will transform who they are.”


For more information and to apply, go online: www.northants.police.uk/careers

Dash Cam Reporting


Did you know you can report a possible driving offence & upload your dash cam footage online ?


No! then read on………


Visit;  www.northants.police.uk


> Report

> Road Traffic incident

It will take approx 20 minutes to complete & upload your footage.

 

You can also use our website to report;


Crime

Anti social behaviour

Fraud

Lost or stolen vehilces

Missing persons

Civil dispute

 

Message Sent By

Tim Butter (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Phone Fraud - Paddington Police


**FRAUD ALERT - Phone Fraud **


There have been a number of incidents reported over the past few days where victims have received phone calls from persons purporting to be from Paddington Police.


There have been a number of reports from all over the county.


The first contact appears to be via land line, where they are asked to call a number to verify that the person is a legitimate police officer. They are asked to give details of their bank accounts, and then told that they must attend a bank to withdraw cash in a supposed ploy to catch the offenders, and cash is then handed over.


The fraudsters have on occasion requested to meet back at the person's home address to "investigate" and take the cash.


These are organised fraudsters and ARE NOT legitimate police officers.


If anyone receives any such calls or knows anyone that has please contact 101 immediately.


Message Sent By

Nadia Norman (Police, PCSO, East Northants)

Suspicious Circumstances


All,


We are after your eyes and ears in our communities for suspicious circumstances and would urge you to report any incidents which you believe are out of character.


Below are some examples of what may be suspicious and pre-cursors to serious crimes, but it is not limited to these examples

          Inappropriate movement of vehicles late at night or in the early hours of the morning, e.g. plant and farm machinery as they are normally only ever used legitimately during daylight hours.

          Anyone acting in a strange manner or taking photos of unusual places and asking unusual questions

          Vehicles and occupants parked up in unusual places for long periods of time.


In the event of any suspicious activity please call it to the Police on 101, or 999 if you think there is a crime occurring at that time, or on line at www.northants.police.uk


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Sharan Wildman (Police, Neighbourhood Sergeant, Wellingborough & East Northants)

Scam Warning - Amazon Prime


Please see information below from Action Fraud UK about the recent Amazon Prime scam that has cost victims over £1M.


Criminals are continuing to target unsuspecting members of the public using Amazon Prime scam calls.

          Between 1 October 2019 and 16 January 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) identified 571 reports of Amazon Prime-related Computer Software Service Fraud.

          The scam has seen fraudsters steal over £1M from victims.

          One victim, a man from Glasgow in his 60s, lost over £65,000.

The scam, which was first reported on in October, involves victims receiving an automated call, informing them that they have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.


They are subsequently instructed to ‘press 1’ to cancel the transaction. When they do this, they are directed to a fraudster posing as an Amazon customer service representative.


The fraudster advises the victim that their subscription was purchased fraudulently and that remote access to their computer is required in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from reoccurring.


The victim is asked to download a remote access application, often the ‘Team Viewer’ app, which grants the fraudster access to their computer.


The Team Viewer software is then mis-used by the criminal to monitor the victim logging onto their online bank account, which allows the fraudster to see the victim’s personal and financial details. Other variants of the crime involve fraudsters stating that the recipient is eligible for a refund for an unauthorised transaction on their Amazon account.


Take Steps to Protect Yourself

          Personal Information - Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

          Stay in Control - Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s fine to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.

          Remote Access - Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.


Remember, if you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Message Sent By

Kelly Noble (Police, Social Media Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications, Countywide)

Warning Following Fresh Spate of Courier Fraud Incidents In Northamptonshire


Police in Northamptonshire are again encouraging members of the public to make their elderly relatives aware of courier fraud following a fresh spate of incidents in the county.


Courier fraud involves fraudsters telephoning a potential victim, claiming to be from their bank, the police or another law enforcement authority, and tricking them into revealing their PIN number, bank card and personal details.


Sometimes, the fraudsters will turn up in person to collect cash from their victims.


The scam, which usually targets the elderly, involved a huge total of more than £55,000 being stolen from victims in Northamptonshire in 2019.


Det Insp Matt Davis, of Northamptonshire Police, said the offenders targeted elderly people, sometimes visiting them in their own home.


He said: “The criminals carrying out these scams are exceptionally clever and know how to manipulate their victims by making them feel panicked and rushed into actions they will later regret.


“Please speak to your elderly relatives about this kind of scam and remind them that a police officer or bank staff member will never ask for your PIN or personal details.


“A genuine member of either organisation will also have no issue with a person putting the phone down and ringing 101 or the bank to establish their true identity.”


Tips to avoid becoming a courier fraud victim


- Remember that neither a bank or the police will ever ask for your PIN or arrange collection of your bank card


- Your bank and the police will never ask you to make high value purchases or withdraw cash to send for examination


- Your bank, the police and any genuine organisation will never contact you and ask for your online banking log in details, including a one-time password, or to move money to another account


- If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and contact the police and your bank via a different phone line, using a number you have verified. If you do not have another phone line you can use, hang up and wait five minutes until the line has fully cleared.

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Kelly Noble (Police, Social Media Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications, Countywide)

Giving Information


As an alternative to contacting northants police you may decide to contact Crimestoppers.

When you contact Crimestoppers, your anonymity is guaranteed – whether you choose to contact them on 0800 555 111  or by using the simple anonymous online form.


How your information helps

More than 149,000 arrests made

On average  10 people are arrested every day

At least £351 worth of illegal drugs seized


Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

100% anonymous.Always


https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information


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Tim Butter (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Trading Standards Warn Homeowners To Be Aware of Bogus Cold Callers


Message sent on behalf of Trading Standards


HOMEOWNERS WARNED TO BEWARE OF BOGUS COLD CALLERS

 

Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards is advising people affected by the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis to be alert for bogus cold callers offering home repair work.

 

Trading Standards is warning homeowners that rogue traders could use the damage caused by the storms as a way of persuading people that they need work done on their property.

 

Their advice is not to buy goods or services from a doorstep caller, even if they claim that the work needs doing immediately.

 

Those who have suffered damage as a result of the storms should first check with their insurance company to see if they are covered for repairs, as some policies include emergency assistance support.

 

People who rent their property should contact their landlord and their contents insurance company. Most insurance companies will appoint their own trades people to carry out the work.

 

For those who are not covered by insurance for any repairs, they can find a reliable trader through the Trading Standards approved trader scheme called Buy With Confidence.

 

County Council Cabinet Member for Place, Highways and the Environment, Cllr Jason Smithers said: “While we haven’t received any direct reports, we are encouraging homeowners to be on their guard against less reputable traders who may take advantage of any damage caused by these storms and try to convince homeowners to pay for unnecessary or over-priced repair work.

 

“If people are concerned about a caller at the door or suspect that rogue doorstep traders or distraction burglars are operating in their community, they should contact the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) by calling 0345 23 07 702.”

 

For more information about Buy With Confidence, the Trading Standards approved trader scheme, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/approvedtraders

or telephone 01392 383430.

 

Trading Standards in partnership with Northamptonshire Police can also provide No Cold Calling stickers on request by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. They can also provide consumers with information about their legal civil rights.

 

Message Sent By

Susan Fletcher (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Northamptonshire)

Covid-19 - Statement from Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police



Please see a statement below from the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police on Covid-19:


Chief Constable Nick Adderley, said: “We are all aware we are now living in unprecedented times and, from today, every one of us is being asked to step up and play a crucial role in the battle against Covid-19. All that is requested of you is that you follow Government advice - stay at home, save lives and protect our NHS.


“I fully expect the communities we serve across Northamptonshire will want to comply with the restrictions being put in place, indeed many were already doing so before the Prime Minister’s statement to the nation last night.


"Northamptonshire Police will continue to work closely with you and to ensure people know what is expected of them and to encourage you through these coming days and weeks.


“However, where people are failing to adhere to the advice, we will use enforcement powers once we understand fully the legislation being made available to us. It will be used as a last resort, but a necessary one if required.


“Northamptonshire Police are well prepared for this, with plans in place to ensure all emergency calls are responded to while we will maintain our presence in neighbourhoods, keeping officers visible in communities as much as possible.


"We can beat this, but everyone needs to play their part. Please listen to your local police officers who are working day and night to keep you safe, your families safe, and in support of our NHS.”


Message Sent By

Kelly Noble (Police, Social Media Engagement Officer, Corporate Communications, Countywide)