Off To Prison Local Burglary Scammed Resident and Local Event (Leicestershire Police)

Hello. A bit of a longer message today but a few things to report.

Burglary at Burbage Methodist Church on Windsor Street on the Sunday the 20th of February between 19:45-21:20, where a small amount of cash and other items were taken.

Please review your CCTV or door bell cameras if you live in the areas of Windsor Street and Grove Road area, for any suspicious activity on this date. Crime number is 22000103853

The following night, the Burbage Library has been targeted.  We received a report at 20:15 on the 21st of February. Officers attended and we are actively investigating the report. If you have any CCTV on Lychgate Lane or the Windsor Street area. Please take a look for any suspicious behaviour around this time.  Crime number 22000104745

Please be mindful NOT to leave cash in properties that are not occupied. This may include shops such as hairdressers, newsagents or any other business where cash may be left overnight.

We visited Herford Way Community House this week to complete a crime prevention talk and general engagement. It was fantastic to see residents again for this type of activity. We spoke about scams, distraction burglary and personal security.

Community groups like this are only possible because of the voluntary and hard work of residents such as Maureen and Dulcie, who spend a lot of time and effort supporting their local community. They organise events like Sunday dinner, coffee mornings and mystery trips.

These actions can really make a difference to people who can’t get out much, don’t have any family or would not be able to cook themselves a Sunday dinner. Work like this in the community often gets missed so we would like to say a massive thank you to Maureen, Dulcie and anyone else in the community who helps their community. Little actions can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

A Burbage resident has been victim to a phone call scam this week where the scammer claimed to be from the Police. A large amount of money has been taken. Action Fraud will be supporting with the investigation but please continue to be mindful of scams.

What can I do to protect myself?
• If you get a call like this hang up.
• If you need to contact your bank to check wait five minutes as fraudsters can stay on the line even after you have hung up, or use a different line altogether.
• Never give any of your details over the phone.
• Install a call blocker on your phone. Telephone companies can assist with call blocking technology to help restrict these types of calls. We would recommend that people talk this through with their vulnerable or elderly family and friends to help prevent this activity.

Please help us by spreading the message. Please tell people you know, especially the elderly or vulnerable, so that we can try to prevent other people falling victim to this scam.

Jury’s Inn theft from motor vehicle. The incident happened overnight on the 18th February. The window of a vehicle was smashed. It appears nothing was taken.

Sometime between 01:30-04:30 on the 21st of February, a BMW Xdrive has been broken into and the steering wheel and centre console has been stolen. This is a very targeted attack and it is unknown how the criminals gained access to the vehicle. This type of crime is rare but try to use a garage if you have one and consider outdoor lighting. The incident occurred on Cowper Road near the junction with Lucas Road. Please get in touch if you have any information relating to this incident 22000104040

Some good news regarding historic vehicle crime. A Burbage man along with two others who were involved in facilitating stolen vehicles have been sentenced for their part in the offences. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Remember to report anything suspicious to us as it may form part of a bigger picture.

Please see link for full details on the story.

Thank you and take care.

The Beat Team

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