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Are you sharing too much on social media?

Be aware………….


New research produced by Get Safe Online shows that 21 people are targeted every minute as a result of unwittingly ‘oversharing’ on social media.


A survey of 2,000 adults produced for Get Safe Online Week found that people are unaware of privacy risks associated with oversharing on social media platforms with over a third of the UK (39%) experiencing fraud because of it.  

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, says: “People are increasingly oversharing on social media and apps without thinking about the consequences .We’re reminding you that you don’t always have to give everything about yourself away on social media or your apps. Seemingly harmless posts, photos and details in your profile could actually leave your privacy exposed. An innocent location check-in or a photo of your new driving licence for example could be invaluable to criminals, who are expert at putting together snippets about you to build a bigger picture with a view to defrauding you or stealing your identity.

“Think through not just what you’re sharing but who you’re sharing it with. For instance, if you have an open social media account, you’re sharing with the whole world, not just with the people in your own groups. Even if it’s set to private, you can’t be sure it hasn’t been passed on.

“For your own privacy and safety’s sake, some things are better kept offline or private, so always be aware of what you share.”

Top 5 risks to be aware of:

  • Different social media channels might require different levels of privacy. For example, Facebook settings should be on private as the way we use the platform is different to Twitter or Instagram where the platforms are more suitable to being open.
  • Think twice about posts and photos you’re sharing. Driving licences, passports, some letters and other documents contain sensitive information that you need to prove your ID.
  • When you enter your details to a website or app, always check terms and conditions, and even then be careful what you’re agreeing to others knowing about you or your account.
  • Posting and sharing photos of when you’re away on holiday or business could be signaling that your home is empty. Remember that today’s burglars are as social media savvy as you are.
  • Turn off location services in app settings on your and your kids’ mobile devices: that’s social media apps, cameras and any others that might reveal location. This isn’t just about privacy, but also you and your family’s personal safety.

22nd October 2018

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Crime Update


Burglary crimes


Crime Ref 35/39307/18



Neaverson Road Glinton

Unknown offenders gained access to rear of property and shed, and have taken numerous items out of the shed.  Shed was unlocked.


Crime Ref 35/39219/18

21/10/2018 – 22/10/2018


Brookfurlong Ravensthorpe

Entry via the kitchen window which was left slightly open. PS4, TVs and jewellery stolen.


Crime Ref 35/37950/18

between 10:00 & 10:30 Wed 16th Oct

Rotherby Grove Peterborough

Two males knocked on the door to see if the householder wanted any garden rubbish removed.  One of the males entered the home and an amount of cash was later found to be missing.                             


Crime Ref 35/37991/18

Overnight 15th to 16th Oct 

Mead Close Peterborough

Car keys stolen and vehicle taken from address.  Vehicle later located having run out of fuel.


Crime Ref 35/38367/18

Between 23:00 on 16th and 11:00 17th Oct

Redbridge, Werrington

Attempt burglary.  Entry gained to garage and rear garden and offender attempted to force a rear window.  No entry gained


Please note we are seeing an increase in thefts from vehicles in the city.  Please make sure nothing is left on display and if you park on your driveway then please think about a driveway alarm.


Theft from Motor Vehicle crimes


Crime Ref 35/39263/18

21/10/2018 - Almoners Lane

Tools stolen.  Two males seen on bikes.


Crime Ref 35/39256/18

20/10/2018 – 21/10/2018 - Danes Close

Cash and a Sat Nav stolen.


Crime Ref 35/39190/18

21/10/2018- Huntly Grove

Window smashed and loose change taken.


Crime Ref 35/39183/18

20/10/2018 – 21/10/2018 - Oundle Road

Rear window smashed and vehicle searched.


Crime Ref 35/39217/18

21/10/2018 - Sprignall, Bretton

Index plates stolen.  Witness saw a male near the vehicle.


Crime Ref 35/38979/18

19/10/2018 21:00 to 20/10/2018 06:00 -Princes Gardens,

Vehicle entered and various items stolen.


Crime Ref 35/39104/18

20/10/2018 19:00 to 20/10/2018 20:00 -Northminster Car Park

Window smashed and sat nav stolen.


Crime Ref 35/38431/18

18/10/2018 01:22. Westbrook Park Road, Peterborough.

Vehicle was entered overnight and various items stolen including house keys.  Male seen on CCTV.


Crime Ref 35/38493/18

16/10/2018 15:00 to 18/10/2018 13:00 -  St Margaret’s Road, Peterborough.

Vehicle entered and documents stolen.


Crime Ref 35/38509/18

17/10/2018 18:30 to 18/10/2018 15:00 - Abbey Road, Peterborough.

Index plates stolen .



Anyone with information regarding the above crimes should call via 101 quoting the relevant crime number or visit  Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via





20th October 2018

Successful Arrest


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Distraction Burglar Arrested Yesterday


I am pleased to report, yesterday a male was arrested in peterborough for distraction burglary, assault police and breaching a Community behaviour order. He was preying on the vulnerable and was caught in the act by Officers!

The message is simple, if in doubt, keep them out.  It’s not rude to refuse letting a stranger into your home!!


1. LOCK - keep your front and back doors locked, even when at home
2. STOP - are you expecting anyone? If not, don’t open the door!
3. CHAIN - if you decide to open the door, put the chain on first
4. CHECK - ask for the caller's ID and check it by phone


Anyone with concerns about their security, or simply seeking advice should contact their local Crime Reduction Officers – Helen O’Driscoll and Amanda Large via 101 or email them at or


We are happy to help and offer support so please do get in contact.

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


17th October 2018

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Rogue Traders In Netherton Area Of Peterborough


Further to our recent messages regarding rogue traders, we have had a few incidents reported recently in the Netherton area of Peterborough where a male calls asking for payment for some guttering work he claims he has previously carried out. In most cases no such work has been carried out.  He has been asking for £60, sometimes he has returned a number of times trying to obtain the payment and can be persistent. There have been reports where he enters the house to wash hands, use the toilet or have a drink of water. 

The male is described as white, tall and slim built with dark hair and aged 30-40yrs.  He was reported to be wearing dark clothing. 

Has this man called at your home? Do you know who he is?

Please ask all older relatives, neighbours and friends to be vigilant and advise them never to allow cold callers into their homes. 

Please report all similar incidents . If a crime is taking place and/or you feel afraid or threatened then call the Police on 999. For non-urgent calls use 101.

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


11th October

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Keyless Car Thefts Across Peterborough


Keyless car thefts

We have seen a number cars stolen this week across Peterborough in this way.

5/10 - Hampton - Mercedes stolen without keys - 35/35187/18
8/10 - Stanground - Renault stolen without keys - 35/35831/18
9/10 - Stanground - BMW stolen without keys - 35/36097/18

Owners of high value, desirable cars are advised to take extra precautions. Please read the attached security tips for drivers with keyless entry vehicles


Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting the relevant crime number or visit Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via

Further advice on what to do if your vehicle is stolen can be found online at



A5 remote key fob theft.pdf - 895.1 KB

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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


9th October 2018






Peterborough 7 Day Burglary Alert


  1. Crime Number   :  35/34281/18

Date & Times   : 02:31 on 1st Oct

Location:  Gordon Avenue, Peterborough

Victim has woken to hear noises in back garden, looks out to see male trying door handle.

Property taken: attempt only


2 Crime Number   :  35/34253/18

Date & Times   : Between 21:00hrs 28th and 10:00 Thurs 29th Sept

Location:  Shortfen, Orton Malbourn, Peterborough

Walk in burglary, offenders have entered via unlocked front door  

Property taken:  computer tablet’s and mobile phone


  1. Crime Number   :  35/34328/18

Date & Times   : Between 11:00 and 14:12 2nd Oct

Location:  Cecil Road, Peterborough

Entry via a rear window has been forced next to back door.

Property taken:  game console, jewellery


  1. Crime Number   :  35/34511/18

Date & Times   : Between 08:00 and 09:15 on 2nd Sept

Location:   Ragdale Close, Welland, Peterborough

Entry via a forced a rear window, no search conducted and exit via front door leaving it insecure

Property taken: Nothing


  1. Crime Number   :  35/35255/18

Date & Times   : Between 12:00 on 4th Oct and 09:00 on 5th Oct

Location: Portchester Close, Stanground , Peterborough

Glass beading and glass removed from window allowing them to put hand through and open rear door. Untidy search of the house has taken place.


  1. Crime Number   :  35/35399/18

Date & Times   :  Between 06:00 and 17:20 on 4th Oct        

Location:  Lincoln Road, Peterborough

Walk in burglary at property believed rear door has been left unlocked

Property taken: mobile phones


  1. Crime Number   :  35/35540/18

Date & Times   : between 18:00 and 20:15 on 6th Oct

Location: Chapel Street, Stanground

Entry gained via forcing lower UPVC panel of rear door. Untidy search of property, offender disturbed by victim returning

Property taken: Jewellery


  1. Crime Number   : 35/35525/18

Date & Times   : Between 11:30 on 5th and 13:15 on the 6th Oct

Location: Eastern Avenue, Peterborough

Property entered via smashed patio door   

Property taken: 2 mountain bikes stolen. Person’s later arrested in possession of the bikes.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting the relevant crime number or visit Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via


Action Fraud advise that Computer Software Service fraud is one of the country’s most reported top five frauds.

  • 22,000 victims reported losing £21 million in 2017/18.

    What is Computer Software Service Fraud?
    Computer Software Service fraud can start with either a phone call, an email or a pop-up message appearing on your computer, stating there is something wrong with your computer or internet connection and that it needs to be fixed. However, there will either be a demand for payment to fix it, or they will install software on the computer which will allow the criminals to access personal and financial details.
    These fraudsters prey on vulnerable victims, doing everything they can to convince them there is something wrong with their computer. They use this as a way to gain immediate and in some cases multiple payments from the victim.
    How to protect yourself from Computer Software Service fraud
  • Computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer. Fraudsters make these phone calls to try to steal from you and damage your computer with malware. Treat all unsolicited phone calls with scepticism and don’t give out any personal information.
  • Computer firms tend not to send out unsolicited communication about security updates, although they do send security software updates. If in doubt, don’t open the email.
  • Computer firms do not request credit card information to validate copies of software. Nor do they ask for any personally identifying information, including credit card details.
    You can report fraud or cybercrime to Action Fraud any time of the day or night at  Reporting online is quick and easy and advisors are available on web chat 24 hours a day to give you help and advice if you need it. You can also report by calling 0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm. 


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Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)


17th September 2018

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Scam Alert - Fake Netflix Emails


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Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.

We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit 

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


6th September 2018






Incident Today In Gunthorpe



Further to our message yesterday regarding rogue traders, we have had another incident today in Uldale Way, Gunthorpe at 1130hrs where a male offered to do some guttering work and then asked the householder if he could use the toilet.  It was later discovered that a wallet was missing along with an amount of cash from a purse that was in the living room.
The male is described as white, approx 6ft tall and well built with dark hair and aged 40-50yrs.  He was reported to be wearing dark clothing. 

Please ask all older relatives, neighbours and friends to be vigilant and advise them never to allow cold callers into their homes. 

Report all similar incidents . If a crime is taking place and/or you feel afraid or threatened then call the Police on 999. For non-urgent calls use 101.

Many thanks
Helen O'Driscoll
Crime Reduction Officer - Thorpe Wood Police Station



5th September 2018






Say No To Rogue Traders



In the last few days in Stanground and Bretton there have been 2 incidents where Rogue Traders have called at the address of a vulnerable victim asking to do some gutter cleaning. This usually follows a leaflet drop a few days earlier. Although they may appear genuine and trustworthy, often they are not and they can become very persistent and aggressive. They have then said more work needs doing and have then charged a much higher fee than first agreed. Often, no work has ever been done. The Bretton male was described as white, tall approx 6 foot, scruffy and approx 40 years. The Stanground incident there were at least 2 males and we believe they had a vehicle but no descriptions known.


Rogue traders use a range of techniques to encourage you to hand over your cash. Beware of people who say things like :


I was passing and noticed your gutter and tiles are loose

I don’t want to worry you, but there have been a lot of burglaries in the area recently

This offer is only available today

If you pay cash today I can give you a special discount

I’ve been working at the house across the road or in the area.


 Please do not buy services from cold callers to your door, and do not let them into your home. Don’t be another victim!


If you have agreed to work that you did not want or cannot afford, you may still be able to get out of the contract.


If you buy something for more than £42 from a doorstep seller, you have 14 days to change your mind and cancel the contract. You should be given notice of your right to cancel in writing: if this doesn’t happen then the trader probably can’t bind you to any agreement.


Never sign something to waive you right to cancel.


Once you have decided to cancel, you must let the trader know within 14 days of signing that you are exercising this right. This should be done in writing and ideally by recorded delivery letter – keep a copy of the letter that you send as proof of cancellation.


Report any doorstep incidents. If you feel afraid or threatened call the Police on 999. For non-urgent calls 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Message Sent By
Amanda Large (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Peterborough)



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