Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of a burglary non dwelling in Uppingham Rd, Caldecott. Entry was gained to a garden shed and tools taken. This incident occurred between 21/03/2017 17:13 & 22/03/2017 08:13.
One report of an attempted burglary dwelling in Glen Crescent, Essendine. Screws from a dog flap were removed, it is not thought that entry was gained. This incident occurred between 20/03/2017 08:40 & 20/03/2017 17:00.
One report of a burglary non dwelling in Cow Lane, Whissendine. Entry was gained to 2 x garden sheds and tools taken. This incident occurred between 21/03/2017 19:00 &22/03/2017 07:00.
Beat Surgery at Tesco, South St, Oakham on 28th March between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery outside Whissendine Primary School, Main St on 4th April between 15:15 & 16:00.
Beat Surgery/Property Marking Event at Ketton library, High St on 4th April between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at the Methodist Church on Orange Street Uppingham on 21st April between10:30 & 11:30.
Scams – If you’re thinking about how to invest your retirement savings, follow our five steps to protect your pension.
1. If you think you’ve been scammed – act immediatelyIf you’ve already signed something you’re now unsure about, contact your pension provider straight away. They may be able to stop a transfer that hasn’t taken place yet. Then call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report it.
If you have doubts about what to do, ask The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) for help. Call them on 0300 123 1047 or visit the TPAS website for free pensions advice and information.
If you’re aged 50 or over and have a defined contribution pension (a pension not based on your final salary), Pension Wise is there to help you investigate your retirement options. Visit the Pension Wise website to find out more.
2. Cold called about your pension? Hang up!Unsolicited phone calls, texts or emails about your pension are nearly always scams. Scammers will often claim they’re from Pension Wise or other government-backed bodies These organisations would never phone or text to offer a pension review.
3. Deals’ to look out for. Beware of unregulated investments offering ‘guaranteed returns’. These include exotic sounding investments like hotels, vineyards or other overseas ventures, and deals where your money is all in one place – and therefore more at risk. Visit the FCA’s ScamSmart website to see if the deal you’re being offered is a known scam, or has the hallmarks of a scam.
Don’t be rushed into making a decision. Scammers will try to pressure you with ‘time limited offers’ or send a courier to your door to wait while you sign documents. Take your time to make all the checks you need – even if this means turning down an ‘amazing deal’.
4. Using an adviser? Make sure they’re registered with the FCA. Scammers sometimes pose as financial advisers. Check your adviser is registered on the FCA website and that they’re authorised to give advice on pensions. If you deal with someone who is not regulated you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme if things go wrong. And don’t be taken in by smart websites or brochures – professional-looking marketing materials are not a guarantee of a company’s authenticity.
5. Don’t let a friend talk you into an investment – check everything yourself People have fallen for scams because they’d been recommended by a friend. Do your homework, even if you consider yourself or your friend to be financially savvy. False confidence can lead to getting stung and with a pension, it might be years before you discover you’ve been scammed.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.