Please see the update from Inspector Rob Bryan.
Police have discovered an iPod nano attached to a cash machine being used as a spy camera to steal PINs from unsuspecting members of the public.
Thieves had taken the small iPod, which is an old version that is no longer sold, and used its built-in camera to spy on the cash machine’s keypad. It had been crudely shrouded in a small plastic box and attached to the cash machine with sticky tape.
It also included a small plastic piece attached over the slot where cards are inserted, which was designed to snare bank cards and stop them from being ejected.
This would allow fraudsters to return once the customer had given up and retrieve the card themselves, which they could then use because the camera captured the associated PIN.
Crafty devices designed to steal your credit card information are getting increasingly compact and difficult to spot, with the latest “razor thin” models able to slip totally out of sight inside the card slot.
Our latest from the Inspector Rob Bryan, direct from the email received. Please email the Inspector if you wish to receive this information directly :
I hope you have all had a pleasant Christmas and have an equally enjoyable New Year. Our Festive Open Day at Ruislip Police Station was a great success again this year with over 300 children and their families in attendance to see Santa and many other treats. Organising the open day is a labour of love undertaken by the volunteers who work at Ruislip Police Station. Without them it simply would not happen. One of our volunteers, Sandra, was rewarded for her hard work on this event by receiving the David Brough Community Safety Award. Very well done.
Whilst on the subject of volunteers, I wan to acknowledge the brilliant job they do opening the police stations at Ruislip and Northwood for additional hours above what the police do. But their numbers are dwindling which makes it harder to keep those front offices open. If you want to volunteer with the police, or know of anyone who does, please drop me an e-mail and I will ensure your details are passed on.
Designated Ward Officers:
I am often told that the bobby on the beat is rarely seen anymore. The Local Police Model which replaced the Safer Neighbourhoods Model a few years ago has reduced the number of officers on each ward. That is a fact that will not change. But it should not have completely wiped out our local visibility so it is a concern to me to hear that my officers are not seen all that often. I can assure you that our Borough Commander, Nick Downing, is keen for that visibility to exist and he ensures your Dedicated Ward Officers are not abstracted for other work. There have been a few changes of personnel recently so this is a good opportunity for me to let you know who your DWOs are:
Cavendish – PC Stuart Nagle and PCSO John Dickens (email@example.com)
Eastcote & East Ruislip – PC Sharon Brown and PCSO Gemma Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Harefield – PC John Foley and PCSO Hermant Parihar (email@example.com)
Ickenham – PC Rebecca Lord and PCSO Jo Witt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Manor – PC Louise Ball and PCSO Gurbinder Sandhu (email@example.com)
Northwood – PC Dave Bell and PCSO John Usher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Northwood Hills – PC Max Christmas and PCSO Ricky Soler (email@example.com)
South Ruislip – PC Allan Webster and PCSO Anna Hegarty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
West Ruislip – PC Jan McCormack and PCSO Paul Brighton (email@example.com)
2 PCs are currently sick or on light duties. Where that is the case I have put the PCSOs e-mail address above.
I encourage you all to e-mail your local DWO and let them know about local issues, or just let them know that it would be good to see them in your area. They do patrol and may be able to tell you when they were last in your area. Alternatively, your e-mail may prompt them into visiting your area.
Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter – burglary statistics:
I have been concerned about the “lag” in burglary stats that are presented on the monthly NHW newsletter. I am working with Hillingdon NHW to make these numbers a bit more relevant. Instead of presenting the last two months figures, I hope to be able to present the last thee or four weeks figures (prior to going to print). It is a work in progress so watch this space and please let me have your feedback once it is up and running.
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Please see below Inspector Rob Bryan’s police newsletter in full. We hope you find this of interest.
Inpsector Rob Bryan who visited our last SRRA Quarterly meeting on 22nd October has written a newsletter which details what the police have achieved locally recently. The email interesting reading and we wanted to share this with you….
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