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Our priorities this week are tackling the significant number of burglaries that we have experienced across South Cambridgeshire this past 2 weeks. Most notably in the Histon sector. Sadly Milton and Histon have been targeted. There will be an increase in patrols in these areas.
If you plan to be out at any time make sure you double check that you have locked up before you leave, a TV or radio can be left on and plug in lamps can be used on a timer so that they come on as the daylight fades. Also make sure your outside buildings are locked as often garden tools are used to break in to properties.
I would like to make you aware of a Crime Prevention Event that is happening tomorrow at Tesco Milton. Some of the South Cambs Team will be at the location between 11:00 and 14:00, feel free to pop along and say hello.
There is also the opportunity to have “Cuppa with a cop” at St Andrews Café in Histon between 10 and 11, it’s your chance to talk about anything you may be concerned about or just a general chat.
Modern slavery operation finds five men at Cambridgeshire nursery
A nursery business is still employing vulnerable workers in "unacceptable conditions", police investigating modern day slavery have found.
Officers found five Vietnamese workers living on site during a follow-up safeguarding visit to an agricultural nursery in Kneesworth, Cambridgeshire.
Slavery is a "very true and real occurrence", a police spokeswoman said.
The spot check, on Friday, was carried out by a combined team from Cambridgeshire Police, South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).
The five men were living in "cramped and poor conditions", with one 51-year-old claiming he arrived in the country on the back of a lorry in 2014, police said.
He was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences but later released on bail to attend an immigration centre.
Sgt Emma Hilson said: "The purpose of this visit was to check on the vulnerable people living within our community and ensure they are protected from any type of exploitation.
"While we didn't find anyone actively working at the nursery, the conditions in which the people there were living were unacceptable."
Officers found two caravans, washing and cooking facilities, as well as animals "kept in poor conditions".
"It's often a misconception that slavery is a thing of the past however, sadly, it is a very true and real occurrence," Sgt Hilson added.
"It is a hidden crime that occurs across the county, even in some of our most affluent areas. Increasing intelligence in this area is key to protecting the vulnerable."
We have received an alert to say that text messages are currently being sent across the UK apparently from the Royal Mail, informing the recipient that they have a parcel for collection. The text will provide a link requesting that the recipient should click on in it in order to make the collection. DON’T! It is highly likely that there is no parcel to collect. Were you expecting a parcel? If not be suspicious, even if you are, was the delivery service with the Royal Mail, or what it with another provider? Be careful. If you click on the link you will be asked to provide personal sensitive information that could lead to the theft of your identity and money.
Criminals always use some form of malicious social engineering in their communications. They will use fear or anxiety such as purporting to be the Police, or Bailiffs. They will use a financial incentive such as a prize, a gift, a higher interest rate and in this case they know people will be curious about receiving a parcel.
PLEASE DON’T CLICK ON A LINK WITHIN AN EMAIL, A TEXT, OR ANY FORM OF INSTANT MESSAGING SERVICE UNLESS SATISFIED THE SENDER IS GENUINE. If in doubt, delete the message and try and verify the message through a trusted means. Do not reply to the original message.
Please pass on to friends, colleagues and family.
For reporting fraud and cyber crime or for further advice on avoiding online or telephone scams, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or the local Cambridge and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership at; https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/community-protection/against-scams-partnership/
We have been made aware of male’s cold calling within Cambridgeshire, they appear to be telling people that they represent energy companies and are offering cheap energy deals. During one conversation they have used MoneySavingExpert.com in an attempt to legitimise their scam. On another occasion they have stated that they represent Lifeline installers (elderly emergency personal alarm) and on one occasion one of the suspects asked to enter the property to use the toilet.
At this time, it is unclear whether their intent was an attempt to commit a distraction burglary, or whether they were seeking to ask questions that lead to them obtaining private information about the occupant that could then lead to identity theft or the theft of money.
In summary: As we should all be aware, it is clear that fraudsters continue to travel around the county cold calling within local communities.
Do not allow un-announced, unknown persons into your property. Even if they show any kind of identification how do you know it is genuine?
MoneySavingExpert is an online presence only with no representative’s cold calling.
If you are interested in saving money on energy bills, use a trusted well recognised comparison website, or contact your existing energy company, not the advice of people randomly knocking at the door.
For scams prevention advice please visit the website of the Cambridge and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership @ https://cambridgeshireinsight.org.uk/capasp/
Please consider visiting https://www.cambs.police.uk/ and following Cambridgeshire Police on social media for information, news and alerts within your local community.
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Julie Hajredini (Police, PCSO, South Cambridgeshire - Sawston)