Mugging, Robberies and Online Fraud
May update from Neighbourhood Watch
Brentford High Street Robbery
The resident crossed Brentford High Street and when walking past Albany Parade towards Morrisons, the youths grabbed the resident from behind, covering her mouth and stealing her handbag containing cash, credit cards and a mobile phone. The three youths quickly disappeared, leaving their victim badly shaken.
The police were called but the 3 hooded attackers were not found.
When traveling alone day or night don’t drop your guard. Be constantly aware of your surroundings. Members of the public engrossed in mobile phone conversations or listening to music on their iPods in public are much less aware of what’s going on around them. Criminals are very quick to spot what electronic device is being used and will attack their victim and steal the device when their victim is least expecting it.
Vehicle Broken Into, Saturday 14th May
Residents and visitors are reminded to remove all valuable items from their vehicles, even if the items cannot be seen by passers by.
Identification Theft and other Frauds
In a recent case of credit card fraud, a Credit Card Company noticed ‘unusual activity’ taking place on a Hamilton Road resident’s credit card account. The credit card company telephoned the resident to ask if they were using their card to purchase a Dell lap top and other electrical equipment in Eastern Germany. The resident knew nothing about the misuse of their credit card, so the credit card company placed an immediate stop on the resident’s card.
The resident last used the credit card when purchasing Brentford v Yeovil Town Play Off Final tickets from a company called ‘Ticket Zone’ based in Barnstable. It has now become apparent that a number of Brentford supporters using the same ‘Ticket Zone’ website to purchase Play Off Final tickets have had their bank/credit card details used by fraudsters.It is recommended never use a bank debit card to purchase items on the internet. It is far safer to use a credit card where you are offered more protection from fraudsters.
May 22, 2013