|Good Morning Councillor phil,This is a warning message from West Midlands Police to be wary of a phone scam known as Courier Fraud.
It involves thieves calling your home pretending to be police officers. They will tell you that you bank account has been hacked, or that they’ve arrested someone in possession of a bank card in your name, or that they are running a money laundering operation. They may claim to be a police officer from Wolverhampton central police station.
They are NOT police officers. They are con artists pretending to be police officers. They trick people by telling them to call their banks immediately to block their accounts and cancel their cards – but they keep the phone line open so when the victim later thinks they’re speaking to a bank official it’s actually still the offenders on the other end of the line. The criminals will ask for bank cards or cash to be placed in an envelope which will be collected from their home by a Police Courier. And we have had cases where victims have handed over bank cards and PIN numbers, thousands of pounds in cash, or even been instructed to buy expensive jewellery and hand that over.
Our message is simple. The police service does NOT use couriers to collect cash, bank cards or valuables. And NEVER divulge your bank details or PIN numbers over the phone to anyone claiming to be a bank official or police officer.
If you receive a call like this then hang up and call the police on 999. Ideally, use a different phone line (or a mobile phone) from the one on which you’ve taken the scam call as the offenders could still be on the line.
These fraudsters can be very convincing – and they deliberately target elderly, more vulnerable residents who they believe will be more susceptible to their lies. Many victims in the past have been dementia sufferers. Not only are victims conned out of their savings, but many are left psychologically traumatised at being tricked and it can have a lasting impact on them.
If you have elderly neighbours, relatives or friends then please spend 10 minutes with them to raise awareness of Courier Fraud – and together hopefully we can prevent people from becoming victims.
Kind Regards The Partnerships Office
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Tina Fallon (Police , Engagement and Consultations officer, Wolverhampton Partnerships)
|Over the past few months motorcycle thefts in and around Wednesfield have been increasing.Even if you do not have a motorcycle yourself you may find the below advice useful to pass onto someone you know who does have a motorcycle, be it a friend, family member or work colleague.It takes a matter of seconds for a thief to steal a moped, scooter or motorcycle, especially if they are left either unsecured or with inadequate security.Use two or more security measures and reduce your risk of becoming a victim
Unfortunately security measures can’t guarantee your bike won’t be stolen, but by using multiple security measures you can make it harder and less attractive for thieves.
We recommend using a chain lock on your back wheel and through your bike frame, plus one other security measure, as a minimum.
Reduce your risk of becoming a victim by taking steps to layer your security:
Remove the keys
Thieves are often opportunists and so they will look for bikes that are quick and easy to steal first.
Lock your bike
Never rely on just using your steering lock to secure your bike.
A common method used by thieves to steal a bike is to break the steering lock and simply wheel the bike away.
Use a cover- just doing this can mean thieves don’t ‘see’ it.
Fitting an alarm can be a deterrent to thieves.
Property mark the parts
When at home the best place to keep your motorcycle, moped or scooter is in your garage or shed
No shed or garage? Park in the safest place you can
If your bike is stolen – Never put yourself at risk. Call police immediately on 999 if you see it being stolen, or if you discover it has gone after the incident you can report it to us by using our online crime reporting tool here www.west-midlands.police.uk/incident-report or by calling 101.
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Simon Smith (Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team, PCSO, Wolverhampton)
On Friday 8th June 2018 I met with Wolverhampton’s Chief Police Officer where we discussed issues of importance for Wednesfield North.
It was a full and frank discussion as they say!
I was impressed with Chief Superintendent Meir and the kind way she received me. The meeting covered a range of issues relating to Policing in Wednesfield North. I spoke with Wolverhampton’s top cop about concerns I had over the way that the force communicated with elected members. We spoke about how the force was stretched. Its lack of resources, and I was able to inform her of the support the City Council showed, when Full Council in September last year called for more Government support for West Midlands Police.
I raised a number of local issues that had been nagging away at me relating to the West Midlands Police poor response to constituents problems. I didn’t mince my words on these issues.
I gave details about two cases relating to burglary that I was deeply unhappy about.
I raised further concerns about the poor communications I had experienced myself. I was critical of the 101 telephone number. I informed the Chief that my constituents didn’t want to see the closure of Wednesfield Police Station. That I and my constituents felt strongly about this.
Chief Superintendent Meir responded to all these and more issues. I am expecting to have these issues I raised, responded too later in correspondence. I very much appreciated the ‘face to face’ meeting which allowed me to make my case in person. The meeting lasted an hour.
I want to thank the Chief Superintendent for the polite way that she conducted our meeting.
THE FIGHT TO STOP CLOSURE OF WEDNESFIELD POLICE STATION – I thought that Wednesfield North residents would be pleased to know that the campaign that has been waged by Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South Labour Parties, and which has been running now for several months has had some success.
First Councillor Greg Brackenridge from Wednesfield South and Councillor Mary Bateman together recently handed over to our Member of Parliament – Emma Reynolds MP, hundreds and hundreds of signatures collected from Wednesfield people in the High Street , through the foulest of winter weather.
This was evidence of the brilliant support from this Village, for the campaign to retain Wednesfield Police Station.
When Labour took to the streets – the people queued to listen to our case, to keep Wednesfield Police Station in public ownership and open for Police services. They queued to sign the petition forms!
That was the first success that we have had, the second in the campaign, was the agreement of our Member of Parliament Emma Reynolds to accept the petitions and raise them with West Midlands Police –
Emma also ran her own survey on this issue – as we did here in Wednesfield North.
This was she has had to say to me in an email recently.
Emma Reynolds ” I have shared your views with West Midlands Police and demanded that they look again at their plans. It is worrying that so few people knew what was happening and as a result were not able to have their say. In Parliament I will be challenging ministers over crime and policing policy. At every level it appears to be lacking and they need to get a better grip on the situation.”
Locally I have also written on behalf of Wednesfield North
, and have been in correspondence with the Chief Constable. That correspondence has led to some movement.
The force through their administration have asked me to meet with Chief Superintendent Mears, the senior Police Officer here in this City, which of course I will do.
Wednesfield Labour Councillors are always working hard to support the police, and make Wednesfield safer.
We continue to feel that the removal of Wednesfield Police Station will be detrimental to the future police service, we would operate going forward.
If Wednesfield Police station is closed and sold off we will be here in Wednesfield in a worse position. We are convinced that if we lose the Police Station now we will never see one open in our community again. We as individual Councillors here in our community, and together with our Party, will continue to fight this Police Station closure.
Councillor Mary Bateman and Cllr Phil Bateman attended the Police and Community meeting held at Wednesfield High School last night in Wednesfield.
The Wednesfield Police team told us that during the month of April there had been a total of 35 crimes here in Wednesfield North. That was three crimes more than the same period in 2017.
There had been 1 burglary , 2 criminal damages incidents, Zero Robbery.2 theft of a motorcar, and 4 shop lifting offences.
The police told us that there was a large operation taking place related to vehicle crime and burglary.
They spoke of burglary hotspots around Lower Prestwood Road and Prestwood Avenue. Residents living in or near this location please keep an eye out for anything suspicious. DO not hesitate in phoning the police if you are disturbed about a persons/s behaviour. Report it.
The Police spoke about the continued pressure by the community around speed. They informed us that a speed watch was done in Peacock Ave in March resulting in one prosecution. Speed watch took place in Kitchen Lane on the 16th April. Then on the 20th April the traffic department with local police initiated a large exercise that resulted in 30 prosecutions taking place after the vehicles caught in Waddensbrook Lane were exceeding the speed limit.
Anti Social Behaviour identifies the Ashmore Park Estate as being a hot spot, here in our Ward of Wednesfield North.
The police asked the community to keep a watch on elderly and vulnerable senior citizens. Apparently they are being targeted by people, be friended and relieved of their valuables and money. This relates to issues around drugs and addictions. Residents are asked to report anything they feel is suspicious. It would be good to see more Wednesfield North residents attending these meetings…please feel free to ask questions…….
Here in Wednesfield North and across Wolverhampton – Football has a great following. Even as I type this out there will be constituents and others finalising plans to visit Russia for the World Cup…..Please if you are, take a look at this advice and follow it if you can.
Action Fraud – The West MIdlands.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018. The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices. A FIFA spokesperson said:
“FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets.”
“FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches.”
FIFA have also warned that “any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid”.
Action Fraud received over six hundred reports and intelligence submissions in relation to the previous World Cup so it’s vital that football fans exercise caution when considering a purchase or making a transaction.
- Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit www.FIFA.com/tickets.
- A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru.
- Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
- For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018
What is Action Fraud Alert?
Action Fraud Alert is provided by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which is run by the City of London Police as a national service. Register to receive direct, verified, accurate information about scams and fraud in your area.
The system uses the Neighbourhood Alert Platform which is a secure, national community messaging facility used by Police, Neighbourhood and Home Watch, Crimestoppers,Fire & Rescue Services and local authorities throughout the UK.
Last night on Tuesday the 17th April at about 7.39 I pulled up at the lights in my car on Broad street in Wolverhampton City Centre. I had stopped because the traffic lights leading to the ring road had turned red. I was making my way home back to Wednesfield. There was a group of young men sitting on the steps of the building (about five in total) on the left of me, right alongside the lights.
One man in a hoody and baseball cap stood up and leaned over the railings and tried my front passenger door.
Luckily I had locked it. He then went to the rear door and opened the car door. I challenged him, but he just remained focussed. At that with the door waving open. I decided that the best way was to get out of the situation as fast as I could. So I put my foot on the accelerator, I drove away at some speed through the red light.
I was unnerved, I was concerned that he had wanted to rob my bag which was on the back seat. Or so I thought.
But I was also scared in case he was trying to get into my vehicle with the gang following him…. I was heading towards Wednesfield having attended a City Council Scrutiny Meeting at the City Council City centre offices.
I tried to contact West Midlands Police via 101 without success, and waited till I got home when I emailed the Wednesfield WMP team.
I don’t think the man stole anything from the car. I found I had put my bag with my I-Pad in the Car Boot and not on the back seat.
But the whole incident unnerved me greatly. I have obviously warned my wife and friends. But after some deep thought today I have decided to post on my site to give a wider warning. Please lock your car doors and be watchful. All this was over in about 20 seconds. But it nevertheless was very alarming.
Wednesfield Police Station Closure- The Public Say No!
Wednesfield North Labour Party and Wednesfield South Labour Party have come together to fight the announced closure of the Wednesfield Police Station in Alfred Squire Road.
The two local parties have held three (2 hour) petition signing sessions in Wednesfield High Street
The first of these was on Good Friday 30th March. followed by Saturday the 31st March and finally on Friday 6th April.
Both Local Labour Parties have taken the campaign out on the doorsteps as well. With really strong support, and reaction from residents.
Councillor Greg Brackenridge (Labour ) Wednesfield South said “After working closely with our local police neighbourhood team over the years, I have the deepest respect for the work that they do and the value they bring to our communities. The West Midlands Police have received the largest cuts in government grant in the whole of the UK.
After losing 2000 officers in 7 years we are now losing local police stations to balance the books.
This is at a time of rising crime levels which is placing our local communities at greater risk. The people of Wednesfield have spoken clearly. They want to keep our police local and I support this wholeheartedly.
Wednesfield calls on the government to fund the police and public services properly and end the austerity we have all suffered.”
Councillor Mary Bateman (Labour) Wednesfield North added “This issue is a bit of a battle, we are not attacking the police, we know that the government are the real reason that the funds are so hard to come by. But our residents do not want this to happen and the Tory Government, need to know as the Chief Constable needs to know, Wednesfield Police Station needs to remain open.”
There has also been a campaign taking place in social media here In Wednesfield, making people aware of what is taking place and also canvassing opinion.
One social media survey taking place in Wednesfield North informs that 75% of local residents who have taken part want the police station to remain open.100% of all those that have responded also say that police response times will lengthen if it closes.
The petitions canvassed over the three days in Wednesfield High Street, by the Joint Wednesfield Labour Party is nearly 1200 strong now. That means over the six hours of collecting signatures against the Police Closure Wednesfield residents queued up and signed at more than 3 person a minute! Now that shows the strength of feeling that local residents who pay for these services think!
The plan is to present this petition and the evidence we are collecting, from our community to keep the Police Station Open in the next few weeks.
For further information – contact either Councillor Greg Brackenridge or Councillor Mary Bateman …..
Wednesfield Councillors have been out Friday and Saturday over Easter (2018) collecting signatures in the High Street in Wednesfield….opposing the proposed closure of Wednesfield Police Station.” There has been a fantastic response to our campaign” said Councillor Greg Brackenridge.
But we are now being asked if residents can place their views electronically.
Councillor Mary Bateman added “So this survey has been constructed which will allow residents that are affected or feel they are affected to give their views” Please take a few moments and let us know what you think! Click on and follow the link