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Seer Green Alert 

Ringmaster Messages - Archive 2007

17 September 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 estate.

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.

Thank you.

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 approved

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.

Thank you.

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
... 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.

Thank you.

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 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 Council.

Thank you.

08 May 2007

Be Vigilant

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.

Thank you.

30 January 2007

Scam Alert

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.

Thank you.

30 January 2007

Scam Alert

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!

Thank you.

17 January 2007

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 in Buckinghamshire.

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

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 or Trading 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.

Thank you.

17 January 2007

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 the estate's:

* green areas
* flower beds
* verges
* footpaths

Please clean up after your dog, be a good neighbour and avoid heavy fines from the Council.

Thank you.