Did you forget to remove items in your vehicle

Alert message sent 26/04/2019 21:28:00

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Dear Members of South Leicester

Hello, hope your well. I would like to apologise for my previous message I sent that had a couple of minor errors that I wish to correct. The first I mentioned about Op Lionheart which aims to crackdown on ‘County Lines activity’ (Not Country Lines activity). I also mentioned about the dangers of leaving your bank cards in vehicles where criminals are actively stealing cards and using the contactless feature that does not require any pin. The ‘Maximum’ (Not Minimum) amount per transaction is £30. So it will take a few transactions of this amount before your bank or yourself will realise the activity is not right.

I have checked recent stats for last week in our area for vehicle crime and unfortunately it is still a concern. Majority of these incidents have occurred on the Freeman Saffron estate and surrounding areas near Aylestone and Knighton. Please could members remember to remove personal items and out of view from vehicles. There has been a few incidents where people have clearly left bags on view even though they locked the vehicle. However forced entry was made by the criminal by smashing the window in order to obtain the goods. If you see any suspicious activity please report this otherwise we would not know. Number plates are still being stolen and we have a supply of security screws from Wigston Police Station. So if you would like to secure your identity which is your number plate then please come and pick up a set of security screws.

We also have a supply of RFID card protection wallets (Radio-Frequency Identification) and its ‘free’ to all our valued members. These wallets are to prevent criminals that try and scan your bag or touch the side/back of your pocket with a contactless bank card reader (See attached image of card wallet). The card reader uses the contactless method just like the handheld ones in shops. So the criminal gets a ‘maximum’ of £30 each time they do this. Unfortunately this is becoming concerning in shopping areas where there are crowded people such as the City Centre, Wigston Town Centre and Oadby Parade. We are also urging students to come to the Police Station and obtain a free card wallet to prevent any unauthorised transactions. Criminals will carry card readers in newspapers or behind a thin lining of their jacket and pretend they have bumped into you. It is best to always monitor transactions daily and to report any unauthorised transactions to your bank.

Stay Safe!

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station.
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Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police,PCSO,South Leicester)
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