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POSTAL SCAM (November)
Can you circulate this around especially as Xmas is fast approaching - it has been confirmed by Royal Mail. The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize .

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £315 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.

Recently each household in the parish received a copy of the latest leaflet produced by The South Northants Area Support Team entitled YOUR HOME SECURITY -What have you got to lose? packed with useful information on how to protect yourselves and your property, it is worth a read, and leading upto Christmas,we recommend that you follow the guides, because the criminal does not always take a holiday!.
For any home owner who is interested in marking valuables, the latest innovation available is SMARTWATER Forensic Coding System, a colourless water forensic system that has a ‘unique’ chemical code which is registered to your address. Very successful to the Police in tying the criminal to a crime scene . Household kits are available at £15.00 and more details click here for PDF on SMARTWATER..

As from 17 October You are able to call 101 to report a crime that has already happened and any other incidents or concerns that do not require an emergency response. You can also call it to speak to your local Safer Community Team, to make a general enquiry or make the Police aware of any policing issues in your local area.

999 should still be used in an emergency, such as when a crime is happening, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, someone is injured, being threatened or a life is at risk, or there is a traffic incident involving personal injury or danger.

If you have any hearing difficulties or a speech impairment, a text phone will be available on 18001 101

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to any Charlton Neighbourhood Watch member or use the new 101 phone number.