Sergeant Suzanne Lloyd

PCSO Liann Richards

PCSO Graham Jennings

PCSO Aileen Stewart

Local Policing Priorities

Date agreed: 02 September 2019

Action

Dyfed-Powys Police is warning people to make sure security measures are in place to protect quad bikes following a number of thefts.

Owners are reminded to be vigilant of suspicious vehicles or people, and to report any concerns to police.

Superintendent Robyn Mason, rural crime lead for Dyfed-Powys Police, has offered advice on securing quad bikes.

He said: “I ask that local farmers and other quad bike owners take appropriate action to minimise the opportunities of these thefts occurring. This includes removing keys from ignitions after use, locking barns or outbuildings wherever the quads may be kept.

“I’m aware that thefts of quad bikes and farming machinery causes disruption to farmers’ work, as well as the financial implications, and I would like to reassure the public that police are thoroughly investigating these matters.

“I encourage anyone living in rural communities to remain vigilant to this type of theft, and to report any suspicious vehicles or behaviour to police by phoning 101.”

Top tips to prevent a quad bike from being stolen:

Immobilise - Make sure you secure or immobilise your quads when not in use. Remember to remove keys when leaving them unattended.

Location - Try to avoid leaving quads unattended in fields especially near to roads. If you have to leave them, then try and park behind other machinery, equipment and out of sight.

Security - When you’re finished for the day, lock quads away in your most secure outbuilding or garage. If this isn’t possible, ensure it’s behind a locked gate to make things more difficult for thieves.

Track and Trace - Keep a record of any chassis or serial numbers. If the worst happens the more information you can provide, the better the chance of recovery. Consider using security marking kits to mark your property, and think about fitting a tracker or immobiliser.

Register Online - Websites such as www.immobilise.com and www.ter-europe.org are useful international online databases to record serial numbers for a wide range of vehicles and property.

For further information or advice, contact police 101 and ask to speak with a member of the Rural Crime Team. If you see anything suspicious report it to the police.

Date agreed: 02 September 2019

Action

Why do people send scam emails?

The most common type of email scam is 'phishing'. This is an email from a fraudster masquerading as an organisation like your bank. They'll ask you to log on, confirm account details and passwords and then use these to plunder your account.

Many people get caught out by scam emails which generally seek to extract personal information from us in order to get at our money. The more direct approach seeks cold hard cash.

Be on your guard because if you lose money, it’s not guaranteed you’ll get it back.

According to the Financial Ombudsman Service there is no legal obligation for banks to return money lost through email scams.

How can I spot a scam email?

  • Is it unsolicited or unexpected?
  • Being contacted out of the blue should ring alarm bells.
  • Banks, building societies and official institutions such as HM Revenue & Customs say they will never ask for bank details or passwords.
  • Are you being hurried into making a decision or acting?
  • A time limit on an offer or request for details should also raise questions.
  • Conmen will often try to hurry your decision making, so make sure you take your time to consider if it’s a genuine email.

Think these three things when looking at an email you suspect to be a scam…

Is it too good to be true?

For example, ignore any email claiming you've won a guaranteed prize. You'll have to pay a fee to claim your so-called winnings and may have to call a premium rate number and provide financial information. 

You may also find offers to work from home in your inbox. If they promise lots of money for little work, these too are likely to be companies looking for you to make an investment towards supplies first – and then disappear into thin air.

Is it designed to worry you?

Some emails will look like they come from a trusted online shopping site, thanking you for your purchase - a purchase you didn't make, of course. In your panic to see what's been bought on your account, you click the link in the email, comprising your online security. 

If you receive an email thanking you for a purchase you didn't make, close the email, open a new tab and type the site address into the browser directly, and then log into your account safely to see if any purchases have been made - odds are, they won't have been.

Does the email look professional?

Look out for spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as those who address you as 'Dear Client' or 'valued customer'. 

Fraudsters can be clever and use dates, such as tax return deadlines, to mock up emails from HM Revenue & Customs, or the beginning of an academic year to target university students with fake messages purporting to be from the Student Loans Company.

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email.
  • Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.

Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails that you receive. If you suspect you’ve received a scam email, but have not lost money, forward it to Action Fraud on NFIBPhishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk (you can also send them screenshots of suspicious text messages you have received or let them know about scam phones calls/voicemails by sending phone numbers).

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you've been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.

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Local Notices

Details:

The concept is simple, register your details with Dyfed-Powys Police for free and you will be provided with a number of serial numbered zip ties. Put one on each gate that fronts onto a public roadway and it will assist Police to contact you if we need to, in cases of:

 

  • Damage to your fencing, gates or hedges from vehicles involved in Road Traffic Collisions

 

  • Stock Control, to advise if any of yours have escaped or if someone else’s stock has been temporarily secured in your field,

 

  • Incidents of trespass, if persons are stopped and spoken to in relation to being on your land for any reasons, be it shooting, fishing or any other suspicious circumstances.

 

  • To support the Farm Watch scheme, by updating you of thefts, or suspicious activities occurring in the locality.

 

Your details will remain confidential, and the Serial Numbers will be unique to your property. We will require your Name, Address, Phone number(s) and Email address (if you have one) to register.

Simply contact us on 101 at Newtown Police Station, to register.

Details:

#OpDarwen 2019 : Motorbike Safety Campaign Launched

‘High speed, high risk’ is the message from Dyfed-Powys Police as they launch a campaign aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on their roads.

In 2018, 67 motorcyclists were either killed or seriously injured on roads in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, and figures held by the force show that men were eight times more likely to be affected than women.

Dyfed-Powys Police have now launched their annual campaign, called #OpDarwen, which aims to reduce those numbers (on March 24 2019). The force is warning that there will be an increased focus on roads until October.

As part of the operation they are urging motorcyclists to ride safely and reminding drivers to be vigilant to motorbikes and other powered two-wheelers.

Superintended Craig Templeton, Head of Specialist Operations at Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on our roads is a priority.

“Most fatal road collisions happen on country roads, and inappropriate speed is one of the main factors.

“The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph but you may need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions.

“These roads often have sharp bends, blind bends and unexpected hazards - brake carefully and give yourself time to react and stay in control.

“As the weather improves we see more bikers on the roads taking advantage of the stunning routes through Dyfed-Powys. As well as locals, we are seeing more and more visitors coming here to enjoy the scenery.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all.”

The force is working with partners in Go Safe, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), and Welsh Ambulance to educate motorcyclists and drivers about the risks of excess speed and improve outcomes when a collision occurs.

As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it is usually the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker.

Biker Down! is delivered by firefighters and the Fire Bike Team from MAWWFRS and aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured in road accidents.

The free course is made up of three modules and will give participants a better understanding of what to do if they come across a road traffic collision and how to manage it safely. Search @MAWWFRS on Facebook to find an event.

Superintendent Templeton continued: “Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing Units will be out throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies. ”

Contact The Team

Email

NewtownRuralNPT@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

This email address is for Neighbourhood Policing issues only. For all other enquiries please use:

ContactCentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Telephone

101 (01267 222020 outside Dyfed-Powys)

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available, or take a message. In case of emergency you should phone 999.

Local Police Stations

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Powys
SY16 1EN

Telephone

Non-Emergency Number 101 (01267 222020 outside Dyfed-Powys)

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available, or take a message.

In case of emergency you should phone 999.

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Monday-Friday 08:00 – 20:00
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 14:00 and 14:40 – 18:00

Closed on Bank Holidays

Did you know?

The Welsh Government funds 500 Community Support Officers across Wales, over 70 in our force area.