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Crawley man among four arrested following ‘spate of burglaries’

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Four arrests in twenty-four hours have been carried out by Surrey Police following a ‘recent spate of burglaries’.

Two men were arrested in Alfold on Wednesday evening (21 February) in connection with an aggravated burglary. They were found to be in possession of items believed connected to the offence.

One man, 32, from Bordon in Hampshire and a 35-year-old man from Crawley in West Sussex have been released under investigation.

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On Thursday afternoon (22 February), a man and woman were arrested on Gorse Lane in Farnham on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary after their Transit van was stopped by police. When searching the van, officers found a number of suspected stolen items, including a chainsaw.

The man, 28, from Godalming in Surrey, and woman, 27, from Compton in Surrey, have been released under investigation.

Waverley Borough Inspector, Mark Bridge, said:

“We are aware of the concerns of local residents and we are working hard to tackle this recent spate of burglaries. We have increased our patrols and are targeting known offenders. We will continue to identify and pursue the offenders and I am pleased to report these recent encouraging results. We will not be complacent and the offence of burglary remains a top priority for Surrey Police.

“I will ensure my team remain vigilant and that we attend every house burglary. That we investigate all lines of enquiry thoroughly and provide appropriate support and crime prevention advice to all victims. I am grateful for the continued help that you as local residents provide and together we will continue to reduce these offences.

“I simply encourage you to be vigilant and review the security within your home, shed and garage. If you suspect someone of being involved in burglary, or being in possession of stolen goods, we encourage you to tell us right away. Please call us on 101 or report your suspicions to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Surrey Police have issued the following advice to help you keep your belongings safe. You will find more burglary prevention advice on their website.

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox
  • Install dusk to dawn outside lighting
  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside
  • Mark your property with a forensic marking product, and register your belongings with Immobilise.com

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Crawley Council warns of rise of conmen knocking on doors across town

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The message is very clear – Be scam aware!

Crawley Borough Council is warning residents to be scam aware following a rise in reports of conmen knocking on doors.

The council has recently received reports of two different scams, where residents are asked to pay thousands of pounds up front for work that isn’t needed or shouldn’t cost anywhere near that amount.

In the first scam, a group of men were knocking on residents’ doors claiming to be from a boiler company and saying that they had been sent to check on boilers.

This happened to a resident in Bewbush, who was told their boiler needed to be fixed at a cost of £4,000, which he was told to withdraw from his bank without telling anyone. This particular tenant was vulnerable but fortunately the bank staff knew him well and questioned why he was withdrawing such a large amount of money.

His support worker was then notified and the incident was reported to the police. Additional security measures have been put in place for this tenant.

The second scam was reported in Gossops Green, where a resident was scammed for fencing at a cost of £3,500. This was reported to the police and fortunately the cheque was cancelled before the scammers got their money.

Scams come in many different forms and not just on the doorstep. Other scams include emails, phone calls and text messages. We are encouraging tenants to be extra careful when buying products or services online or in person.

Some of the signs to look out for include:

*             You are asked to pay money up front, for example to cover delivery costs or to ‘release funds’

*             You have ‘won a prize’ in a lottery or competition you have never heard of, much less entered

*             You are pressurised or hurried into making a decision – e.g. told to ‘act now’ as the price will go up if you don’t buy immediately

*             You are told to not tell anyone else about it – for example ‘it’s an exclusive deal only for you’

*             Unsolicited emails, phone calls, text messages or letters

*             Emails from sources you don’t recognise that include attached documents or other files

*             Emails that appear to be from your bank, HMRC or another trustworthy source that ask you to reveal personal data, such as your account details.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“There will always be a small number of people who seek to take advantage of others, but we can protect ourselves from scams by taking a little extra time to check people are who they claim to be.”

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