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Priority 1 for the District at this time is raising awareness of scams and educating people in our communities about how to reduce the risk of falling victim to crime. With this in mind, please take a few moments to read the information below, which relates to Scams. There has been a rise in the number of reported incidents of fraud right across the country. These simple guidelines will help you to identify when a scam is taking place.
Issue raised on 9 Jun 2015
Remember the 10 Golden rules to beat the Scammers Be suspicious of all Too Good to be true Offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get-rich quick schemes. Do not agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to obtain independent / legal advice before making a decision. Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked all the credentials of the company / individuals. Never send money to anyone you dont know or trust (whether in the UK or abroad) or use methods of payment that you are not comfortable with. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust. This information is valuable, make sure you protect it. Always log onto a website directly rather than clicking on links provided in an email. Do not rely solely on glowing testimonials: find solid independent evidence of a companys success. Always get independent / legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. Contact Action fraud 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.org.uk Contact the Police if the suspect is known or still in the area. Do not be embarrassed to report a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there is no shame in being deceived. By reporting you will make it more difficult for them to deceive others. From the little book of big scams (available through the Sussex police website www.sussex.police.uk or form Actionfruad on the web address listed above.
Priority 2 at this time is to assist you, to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of burglary or theft. This included dwelling burglary, thefts from vehicles and from sheds and other outbuildings.
Issue raised on 9 Jun 2015
The good news is that the risk of becoming a victim of burglary in Sussex is low. However during the summer, that risk can increase because doors and windows left open make it easier for burglars to gain access. Stay secure this summer If you leave your house empty even when you are in the back garden lock all the doors and windows and make sure fanlight windows are closed. Be especially careful about those areas on the ground floor and above flat roof areas. When you leave a room unattended, close the windows and doors especially on the ground floor. Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight. If you want to leave your windows open while you are asleep have window restrictors fitted to prevent people climbing in. Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out. Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break into your or a neighbours home. Consider laying gravel on your footpaths or driveway which can deter burglars from approaching your property. Fit outside lighting and visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars. These are just some of our security checklist suggestions. Please see our website for more www.sussex.pnn.police.uk