Crime and Incident Alerts from the Police

Information from the Office of the Police and Crime Commisioner for Staffordshire.

The Staffordshire Smart Alert service enables Staffordshire Police to share crime alerts and advice with local residents. The Alert Messages on this page are relevant to Caverswall and the local area.

Police Contact Advice:

Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required and to report a crime or any other incidents. Calls to 101 have a fixed cost of 15p per call. If you are calling about any the alerts below, please tell us that you are responding to a message from Staffordshire Smart Alert.


Current Alert Messages:

10/11/2019
Some time on the 5th November 2019 ,a unknown person has removed an electric assisted push bike has been stolen from an address in Caverswall. It is a grey gents bike with a Spartic front wheel conversion and large panier’s on the back. If you have seen or heard anything ,please call 101quoting serial 0087-05-11-2019.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Jon Staples
PSCO Staples
Email: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


31/10/2019
We are seeking any information to the theft of power tools from a secure van that was parked in the Tean location. This occurred in the early hours of the 31/10/2019 . If you have heard or seen anything ,please call 101 quoting serial 88-31/10/2019.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Jon Staples
PSCO Staples
Email: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


31/10/2019
We are seeking any information to the theft of power tools from a secure van in the Blythe Bridge Location. This has happened in the early hours of 31/10/2019 . If you have heard or seen anything ,please call 101 quoting serial 140 -31/10/2019 .

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Jon Staples
PSCO Staples
Email: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


30/10/2019
We are reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this autumn as burglaries often increase at this time of year.

To keep opportunist burglars at bay:

– Always keep doors and windows locked, even when you’re in. Remove the keys from the lock and keep them out of view or reach.
– Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out. Alternate the times and lights that you use.
– Make sure your alarm and any outside lights are in working order. Always activate your alarm when you leave the house and go to bed.
– Don’t leave items of value on show through ground floor windows (i.e. laptops, tablets, mobile phones, car keys etc.)
– Lock your garden gates and side entrances. Keep ladders and tools securely stored away, don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.
– Consider joining our Smart Alert scheme and following your neighbourhood policing teams on Facebook and Twitter so you can receive crime alerts and prevention advice from your local police officers.
– Look out for your neighbours, especially the elderly and vulnerable, and remind them to follow the STOP, CHAIN and CHECK rule when people call at the door:
STOP: If you are not expecting anybody and they don’t have an appointment, don’t let them in.
CHAIN: Use your door chain or bar before opening the door.
CHECK: Ask to see ID and double check this.
– Local residents are encouraged to contact the police if they have any suspicions about doorstep callers or witness any suspicious behaviour.

For further advice and a comprehensive guide, please see:
https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/keep-your-home-safe/

To report a crime please call 101, or send a direct message to Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter. Ring 999 immediately if the crime is in progress.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Email: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


30/10/2019
Police are reminding residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be vigilant following a distraction burglary in Melstone Avenue, Tunstall.
The incident took place at approximately 3pm on Tuesday 29 October, when three woman called at the door of an elderly resident, claiming to be collecting money for a deaf charity.
The fraudsters asked the homeowner if they could use the bathroom inside. Two of the women went upstairs, and one followed the woman into the kitchen. They then all left together on foot a short time later.

After they had left, the victim discovered her purse with cash and cards inside was missing.

The women are described as between 18-25 years old, with long black hair. They were all wearing black with lanyards and carried clipboards.

If you have any information or saw anything suspicious around the time of the incident, please contact us on 101 quoting incident number 452 of 29 October or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Email: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


30/10/2019
Criminals are targeting members of the public with automated calls stating that the recipient has been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. The callers use this lure as a way to gain access to the recipient’s online banking account.

How does it work?

1. The victim receives an automated call stating that they’ve been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription. They’re asked to press 1 to cancel the charge, this connects them directly to the fraudster.
2. A fraudster, posing as an Amazon customer service representative, then tells the victim that the Prime subscription was purchased fraudulently and that they need remote access to the victim’s computer in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from happening again.
3. The victim is asked to download an application called Team Viewer, which grants the fraudster remote access to the victim’s computer.
4. The victim is then asked to log onto their online banking account whilst the criminals are able to monitor everything via Team Viewer.

What you need to do –

Personal information:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Stay in control:

Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it.

Remote access:

Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Email: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


29/10/2019
Staffordshire Police have taken several reports from over the county this morning of cars being stolen as they’ve been left with the key in the ignition whilst defrosting ??

Please don’t make yourself an easy target for opportunist criminals. Don’t leave your car unattended if the engine is running.

  • Stay with your car at all times when defrosting to prevent your car from getting stolen!
  • Please take on the road and allow extra time, please do not rush.
  • Make sure you are able to see, clear all ice from your windows.
  • Ensure that your lights are clean and number plates are clearing visible and legible.
  • Keep your distance of others cars

Drive safe & take your time.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Email: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


11/10/2019
We are seeking any information around a burglary that has taken place in Mount Road area of Blythe Bridge which occurred on Thursday 10 October 2019.

We are appealing for any person who may have seen or heard  anything and request that their CCTV systems are checked to see if it may of caught anything suspicious.

Please call Staffordshire police on 101 quoting serial 537010/10/2019

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Jon Staples
PSCO Staples
Email: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


18/09/2019
We are seeking any information in relation to a burglary that has occurred in the early hours of 18/09/2019 at Blackhall Fisheries.

If you have seen or heard anything suspicious call 101 quoting serial 102-18/09/2019.

If you have any cctv around this location ,can we ask that this is reviewed and then call 101 for us to come around to view.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Jon Staples
PSCO Staples
Email: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk


18/09/2019
We are seeking any information to the theft of two push bikes from outside the Spar Shop in Forsbrook that occurred on Tuesday 17 September 2019 between 18:00 and 19:30. First bike is described as grey and orange voodoo bandit, second bike is described as black and white carerra vengeance. If you did see anything ,call 101 quoting serial 744-17/09/19

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Jon Staples
PSCO Staples
Email: jonathan.staples@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk