How safe is your purse? Warning to shoppers in Cannock and Rugeley

Police are issuing a warning to shoppers in Cannock and Rugeley to guard against purse thefts.

There have been several purse thefts reported over the last week from Morrisons, Aldi and Asda stores in Cannock. In each case the offenders, described as being of Eastern European origin,  have been captured on CCTV walking around the stores targeting elderly shoppers.

They are looking for people who have their bags on display before distracting them and stealing their purses. (Incident numbers 224, 281 and 317 of 5 February and 501 of 6 February)

In another incident an elderly victim was distracted in Lloyds Bank, Cannock, after taking money out from an ATM machine. He later discovered that the money had been stolen. (Incident number 342 of 3 February)

Offenders also targeted shoppers in Tesco Superstore in Rugeley, stealing a purse from a handbag. (Incident number 281 of 7 February).

Local Police Teams will be offering reassurance within the Town Centres and working with store security to try and disrupt this activity.

Shoppers are reminded of the following advice

  • Shoppers are advised to remain alert when shopping and to pay extra attention to their belongings.
  • Make sure that your purse is not easily accessible to offenders and be aware of your possessions if you are distracted as this is when your belongings are most vulnerable.
  • Bags should be kept close to the body and kept closed unless in use.
  • Purse bells are available as extra security and are to be issued by patrols in the area.

Anyone with any information on the recent thefts is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting the relevant incident number.

You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

Residents warned to be vigilant against courier fraud in Codsall

We are reminding people to be vigilant after receiving several calls today (Thursday 4 February) reporting incidents of courier fraud in the Codsall area.

So far we have received six reports from concerned residents saying they have had a phone call from a police officer. The residents are told that a debit/credit card has been cloned and a suspect is in custody in connection with this. They are then told someone will be calling at their address to collect the card.

THIS IS COURIER FRAUD.

The courier scam is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep. There are many variations of the scam, but it usually follows this method:

• A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, …claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.

• In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.

• They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider.

• Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

• Your bank will never send a courier to your home
• Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
• Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN

If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to our updates, particularly in the Codsall area.

Call us on 101 to report any suspicious calls or if you have any information.

Car stolen in Cannock – did you see anything?

We received a report just before 11am this morning ( 3 February) reporting the theft of a car in Cannock.

Between 4pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) and 10am this morning (Wednesday) offenders stole a silver Chevrolet Mitza parked outside a residential address in Shakespeare Grove.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire police on 101, giving the incident number 186 of 3 February.

Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

 

Residents warned to be alert after distraction incidents

Officers are warning residents to be on their guard against suspicious callers at the door following a number of attempted distraction burglaries in Cannock and Rugeley.

At approximately 8.50am on Friday morning (29 January), a man knocked on windows and rang the doorbell of a property in Tithebarn Road, Rugeley. He claimed to be from the council and had come to put rat poison down. On questioning, he changed his story and said he had come about trees in the garden. He left without any money being handed over. (Incident number 129 of 29 January).

An hour later at an address in Cross Street, Rugeley, a man gained entry and claimed he needed £350 to chop trees down. He left the address stating he was coming back with a skip. No money was handed over. (Incident number 178 of 29 January).

A man gained entry to a property in Longfellow Place, Cannock, between 7.30am and 11.30am on the same day, claiming he needed £180 to put rat poison down. On this occasion, he did not even knock on the door, he just walked in. When told that he would not be getting any money he left. (Incident number 317 of 29 January).

At approximately 10.15am that day, a man knocked on a door at a house in Orion Way, Cannock, requesting £360 to sort out rats in the garden. When the resident said he would check with the council, the man left without entering the property. (Incident number 195 of 29 January).

Just after 11am the same morning a man gained entry to a property in Wolverhampton Road, Cannock and demanded £200 after claiming to be working at a neighbour’s property and that they needed to pay for a skip. When told that there was no money at the address he left stating he would return later, but never did. (Incident number 254 of 29 January).

In all of the incidents the descriptions given are of a tall white man, approx 6ft, aged 35-40, of stocky build. He wears a dark jacket and bottoms with a woolly hat. On each occasion he has left in a silver estate car.

Officers are carrying out investigations into these offences and anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting the relevant incident number given above.

Chief Inspector Geoff Knight, Commander of Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“If you’re contacted out of the blue by a company/charity then be on your guard and do not get drawn into accepting a service you never sought. Likewise, if a cold caller knocks on your door, don’t let them in and don’t be afraid to ask for ID so you can check and verify who they are with the company themselves. Call the police on 101 if you are suspicious and please remind elderly neighbours and family so they can avoid becoming a victim”.

You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

 

Car broken into in Heath Hayes

We received a call just before 9.30am this morning (Thursday 21 January) reporting an attempted car theft in Cannock.

Between 11pm last night (Wednesday) and 6am this morning offenders broke into a locked black BMW which was parked on the street outside a residential property in Ansty Drive, Heath Hayes.

No damage was caused to the vehicle but the owners realised the vehicle had been tampered with as the car was unlocked with both front side windows down. The windscreen had also been cleared on the driver’s side.

Nothing was stolen from inside the car which indicates the offenders were disturbed.

Chief Inspector Geoff Knight, Commander of Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT), said:

“If you see, or hear, anyone acting suspiciously in your community then please call us on 101.”

Some hot tips to avoid your vehicle being broken into include:

  • Ensure your vehicle is securely locked, including passenger doors and sun roof, and that alarms or immobilisers are switched on
  • Remove all belongings from the vehicle – even a bag of rubbish could convince a thief there is something worth stealing
  • Take your sat nav with you remembering to remove the cradle and wipe any sucker marks off the dashboard or windscreen. Leaving the cradle in place tells the crooks that the sat nav might be in the glove box or boot
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition while you fill up your car with petrol or diesel and when you go to pay for it
  • Park in a garage if you have one or park under street lights if possible
  • Remove work equipment from your vehicle
  • Keep your car keys in a safe place so if someone breaks into your home they cannot steal your vehicle as well.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 156 of 21 January. 

You can also report crime by contactacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.

 

Bikes stolen from shed in Cannock

We received a call just after 5am this morning (Tuesday 19 January) reporting a shed break-in at a Cannock property.

Between 10pm last night (Monday) and 5am this morning offenders have forced entry to a secure brick outhouse shed, situated at the side of a house in Cedar Road and stolen the following  items:

• Nuke Proof Mega bright yellow downhill bike
• Black and green Boardman bike
• Silver and orange mountain bike.

Anyone with any information on the incident, or who is offered any such items for sale, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 50 of 19 January.

Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at
http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you have been a victim of crime click here for help and information.