Seer Green Alert
Ringmaster Messages - Archive 2007
Seer Green - Crime
Although life in Seer Green has become a lot quieter
over the past few years, there are still instances of crime on the
Please make sure you remove all valuables from your car, including
Sat Navs (incl. of cables and attachments), laptops, etc. as thieves
are not afraid to break into your car to get hold of yours. This
happened recently in Farmers Way and in villages in the area.
Also recently, stones were thrown at someone's window in the evening
in Wood Pond Close and a kid's scooter was taken and dumped a few
houses down the road.
20 July 2007
3 Scam Alerts
1) Furniture Sales
Beware of unscrupulous salesmen who have been targeting residents
in High Wycombe, offering furniture for sale
which does not conform to current safety standards regarding fire
retardants etc. If they call in your area please contact Trading
Standards on 08454 040 506
2) Help with Debt Problems
There is a new telephone scam, whereby the caller claims to be
representing a new Government initiative to assist people affected
by debt problems. They are then given a premium rate telephone
number to call. BT are aware and are dealing with this.
3) Home Security
Finally we have received information from the police in Derbyshire
of a security products company carrying out a cold calling operation
which may well spread to this area. We cannot name the company
specifically but the basic advice in dealing with unsolicited
phone calls is to politely say "No" and replace the
receiver, without getting drawn into conversation.
If you need advice about home security contact a reputable company
of your choice or one that is NACOSS or SSAIB
For fire safety advice, contact your local Fire Service
A password scheme may offer additional security when dealing
with callers to your home. This is something YOU
set up with your service provider.
Once you have obtained advice on a potential purchase, seek personal
recommendations from friends and family.
20 July 2007
Scam Alert - Rogue Traders
Please be aware that there is an increase in the number of traveling
criminals/rogue traders currently operating within Thames Valley.
Up to 20 different trading names have so far been identified (often
the same people using different names) across the force who are
cold calling and offering a range of services including tree
lopping, landscape gardening, replacement UPC windows and guttering,
block paving or tarmacing of driveways and flavour of
the month roof and gutter cleaning. Some may
be trading as fish sellers.
As they are inclined to target the elderly, police are keen to
know when and where they are operating so please call the police
on the non- emergency number 0845 8 505 505 if they are cold calling
in your neighbourhood. Try to obtain the name of the company (if
any), type of vehicle and registration as well as a description
of the cold callers. When calling please request that PC Jim McGuiness,
Force Travel Liaison Officer is notified. Although police may
not always respond it does help to build up intelligence.
PC McGuiness has also requested that if you receive any flyers
or business cards (please note that although most only
list mobile phone numbers some of these trades people do have
land line numbers so don't assume that makes them genuine) would
you please forward them to him at:
PC Jim McGuiness
Thames Valley Police
King George V Road
Amersham HP6 5ZS
or email him on Chilternvale.firstname.lastname@example.org
... remember to include your contact details.
Prior to contacting PC Jim McGuiness, would you please check whether
your neighbours have been targeted and to try and obtain details
of the company name, the vehicle being used and a description
of the salesperson. Without these details the information has
little intelligence value.
06 June 2007
Scam Alerts - Cold Callers
1) Antiques Dealers
Once again the Police have asked us to remind you to beware of
any cold callers after an incident last week when a man called
at a house in the Amersham area enquiring about antiques. He was
invited into the house but the occupants became suspicious and
asked him to leave.
Whilst no crime was committed on this occasion, there are a number
of so called dealers who travel around the country calling at
peoples houses offering to purchase antiques, gold, silver, furniture
and paintings for cash. By offering a fair price for one item,
people trust them, but once inside your property they may try
to distract you and then steal other items from your home or purchase
something else for far less than its worth.
Once again please follow our crime reduction advice:
* DO NOT BUY OR SELL AT THE DOOR
* Do NOT invite strangers into your home
Notify the police on 0845 8 505 505 or Trading Standards on 0845
040 506 if people are cold calling in your area.
2) Fly Tipper
We have also heard reports of a fly tipper in the Wycombe area
offering to clear junk from people's homes for cash and then dumping
it illegally. He calls himself Ashley and has been reported driving
a light cream coloured van part registration
N766. Under the Environmental Protection Act
all homeowners have a duty of care to get rid of their rubbish
properly and to use registered people to do the job otherwise
you could be liable to a hefty fine of £5,000. If you have
any information relating to this please call your local District
Police are urging shoppers to be vigilant following incidents
where items have been taken out of hand bags across Amersham,
Chesham and the Chalfonts.
Purses, mobile phones and other valuable items have been stolen
from bags while people have been shopping and when the bags have
been left in supermarket trolleys.
Mike Levine, Crime Reduction Advisor is offering the following
simple crime reduction advice to help shoppers reduce their chances
of becoming a victim, he said:
"Thieves are opportunists and we are urging everyone to
make sure that their shopping bags and handbags are closed and
secure and that valuables are kept out of sight whenever possible."
Other advice includes ensuring purses are tucked away at the
bottom of handbags and wearing the handbag strap across your body
with the openings facing inwards.
Anyone who witnesses a theft or may have any information regarding
an incident is asked to contact the police via 0845 8 505 505,
or if you don't want to talk to the police or give your name,
call Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
Following recent storms and damage caused to trees and buildings
we have been asked to make people aware that there could be an
increase in rogue traders.
These traders may try to repair roofs, fences, and offer to prune
trees etc. Do let police know if you have such callers in your
area. Please get registration number and descriptions.
Keep an eye on vulnerable and elderly neighbours as rogue traders
are more likely to target these people.
If you wish to report any suspicious incidents please contact
the police on 0845 8 505 505.
A lady was in a supermarket car park when three males asked what
kind of perfume she was wearing. Then they asked
if she'd like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing
to sell her at a very reasonable rate. She probably would have
agreed had she not received a warning by email of this. Apparently
it is not perfume but ether. You have been warned!
Scam Alert - Alarm Company
Trading Standards would like to make you aware of an alarm company
called Saint John Security Installations Ltd
of Bristol and Coventry which is currently targeting households
The company is mainly contacting residents by phone although
there have also been reports of door step calling. Part of their
sales technique is to claim that their system has been approved
by the police and/or Trading Standards. Please note, this type
of selling is a form of deception, as neither organisation ever
recommend a particular company.
The company, is currently being investigated and we are appealing
for assistance in building up a case.
If you are contacted by this company and are not happy with the
way you were treated, please report this directly to:
David Horsburgh of the Alarms Administration Dept of Thames Valley
Police by phoning 01865 293348 between 8.40am and 4.00pm Monday
to Friday or by email to email@example.com.
The following information is required:
Date & time of the call, caller's name, business and telephone
number, what was said or implied, where possible giving exact
words used and your name, address and contact details.
If you are contacted by any company claiming
they have been recommend by the Police
Standards please report it, either to the police on 0845 8
505 505 or Trading Standards on 01296 383212.
The advice given by the Association of Chief Police Officers is
not to deal with cold callers or telesales personnel and if you
have any doubts about the legality or sales techniques being employed,
contact the Police or Trading Standards for advice.
Seer Green - Dog Fowling
Dog fowling continues
to be an
issue which local residents feel should stop right now. Despite
of numerous appeals in our estate's newsletter Manorism
dog walkers continue to allow their dogs to drop their loads on
* green areas
* flower beds
Please clean up after your dog, be a good neighbour and avoid heavy
fines from the Council.