NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Police Updates

*On Exmoor I offer a Farm and Horse watch scheme, this is a free service and involves me registering the person on the scheme to receive updates just as you do as coordinators, advising them of any farm or horse related thefts and crimes. If you or anyone you know would be interested in this scheme please pass on my details .

*We are also asking people if there is a genuine speed issue somewhere if a speed watch can be considered this is a local community led scheme but we will offer some support and attend initially to help you get set up. The scheme needs at least 3 to 6 people to operate at any one time 3 minimum. If this is something that people would like to do they can contact me and I can explain the procedure to move forward. Site assessments need to take place by the Police to ensure that it is a suitable location.

*I also have a work Facebook account under PCSO Linda Brooks and can easily be contacted on here.  The Facebook site is working really well and I have received great feedback from it. The Facebook site is not to report crime on but general enquiries and a place where I can advertise beat surgeries and any information of relevance. Feel free to add me.

*Over the past few months we have had a few incidents not necessarily reported but noted off facebook that people has been telephoned and asked for various details bank details etc. These range from being asked to provide payment to stop criminal proceedings, from providing updates to computer systems.

The people are very clever in that they sound genuine and work on the basis that most people have computers and sound like they may be talking about their systems.

We have a booklet at the station all about Scams if you would like a free copy please let me know and I will get one to you.

Our advice is never give out any passwords pin numbers or bank details to anyone over the phone. If you have phoned a genuine company to purchase something then you know this is genuine as you’ve called them. Banks will never ask for personal bank details or passwords.

Emails are often another way of trying to Scam you such as your payment has been rejected in relation to a common bill most people have such TV licenses.

*Other crime news unfortunately Dunster Beach parking pay machine has been targeted again thankfully they didn’t get away with any money but a lot of expensive damage to the meter has occurred.

Good news a tractor that was stolen recently on Exmoor area had been located .This is the 2nd good news story regarding stolen tractors within a few months.

Halloween was a fairly quiet one over Exmoor I’m aware of an incident involving eggs and flour at a location leading up to Halloween. But as of yet no reports of any Anti-social behaviour from the evening in the Exmoor area.

Thank you for all of your Support as Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators.

PCSO Linda Brooks

Telephone number -work mobile 07889659856

General enquiries 101

Emergency 999

Email –  linda.brooks@avonandsomerset.police.uk

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