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Warning about Bogus Callers

Humberside Police warn residents of N E Lincs to beware of bogus callers

Humberside Police are asking people in North East Lincolnshire to be vigilant after a man claiming to be from a local housing company has managed to steal cash from a woman.

At around 0930hrs on Friday 07 February a man approached the home of a woman on Willing Way, Grimsby and claimed to be from local housing company, Shoreline.

He is reported to have told the woman that she owed money to the company and he was collecting that from her. The woman then let the man into her home, handed over a small amount of cash. The man gave her a receipt and left.

The offender is believed to have had some form of identification with him. He was a white male, with dark hair aged in his 40s and around 6ft tall. He was wearing a yellow coat, which could have been high vis, blue coloured trousers and spectacles. He spoke with a local accent.

To avoid becoming a victim of a bogus caller police offer the follow advice.

When someone calls at your door and offers to do repairs to your home, ask for urgent help, or claims to be a company representative, follow these simple steps to help protect yourself and your home:


What is your bedtime routine?

Humberside Police: Where do you leave your keys when you go to bed?

A large number of offences have been reported in North East Lincolnshire in which keys have been used to open doors.

So what is the last thing you do before you go to bed at night? For most people it is probably lock the door and turn all the lights off. If that is what you do, what do you do with your keys once you have locked your door? Some people might hide them away, take them to bed and others, well they leave them in the door.

Now to some, leaving keys in the door is no issue, but would you change your mind if you knew that in North East Lincolnshire there have been 16 incidents where thieves have targeted homes and hooked the keys from the door, then gained entry to the house? This resulting in vehicles, handbags, laptops and mobile phones being stolen.

Detectives across North East Lincolnshire are now asking people to think about extra home security and to NOT leave keys in the door, as they are more easily accessible than you might think! A thief wanting to get into your home, in potentially the quietest way they can, will use some form of hooking device to hook the keys and then plain and simply unlock your door. This then giving themselves free reign of your address, whilst most people are fast asleep in bed.

This however is not the only way thieves are trying to get into your home, some are even going to the extreme of trying to remove the door handles and locks off the door. An instrument will then be used to open the door. Now, although the majority of these have not resulted in a burglary it causes great hassle to the home owners who have to replace the door handle and locks, often at a cost.

There are a number of ways that you can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and the majority of them don’t take a lot of time. Just look at your home and think what might make it welcoming to a thief? Have you left your door unlocked? Have you left your keys in the door? Are there valuable items left on show? All of these tiny considerations will deter a thief from not stopping by your door. So, now you have identified what might make you a target, you can also think about extra home security. CCTV, security lights, security chains and an anti snap lock barrel are things that people can consider.

These incidents, which have happened in North East Lincolnshire, have happened in a number of locations, so don’t think this isn’t near my house, so it wont happen to me. A thief can strike at anytime of the day and they don’t even care if you are at home watching tv, in bed or out at work. If you have something they have their eye on then they wont stop until they have it.


Harbour Place secure vital funding

Grimsby's Harbour Place scoops a £450k lottery windfall to expand services

FUNDING SECURED:  Harbour Place project director Allen Young.

FUNDING SECURED: Harbour Place project director Allen Young.

AT LEAST 800 of the most vulnerable, socially-excluded people in our community will be helped thanks to a grant of more than £450,000.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded the money to Harbour Place, Grimsby, one of nine across the wider region today sharing £2.8 million in good cause cash.

The grant will be used by Harbour Place to expand existing services to support more people who experience homelessness and other issues.

It provides users with basic needs, such as food, water, warmth and hygiene, and offers further support with poor physical and mental health, substance and alcohol misuse, unemployment, social isolation, poverty, and reoffending.

The money will also be used to provide more training, and support for employment and volunteering – all aiming to make a dramatic difference to needy people's lives.

Project director Allen Young said: "Homelessness is a perpetual cycle that is a result of many other social and economic factors such as relationship breakdown, social isolation, poor skills, substance misuse and offending.

"This project is able to break the cycle of homelessness by offering alternative positive activities and pathways for individuals to fundamentally change their lives.

"Each service user will have their own personal problems, barriers to readiness for lifestyle changes.

"Some beneficiaries become regular service users while others can be helped to get back on their feet very quickly.

"For some people, homelessness is a lifestyle choice and they are not ready to change this, so this project helps those individuals to stay safe, healthy and supported until they want to take the next step."

The Harbour Place team, based at a day centre in Albert Street West, also plan to use the grant – £477,949 in total – to provide access to mental and physical health screening, practical and emotional support, advice on housing, debt and managing money.

Mr Young said the award will help provide support for at least 800 people. He added: "Without the day centre, several clients stated, during a consultation, 'that they would most definitely be dead.'

"This goes to show the funding and the work of the project is saving lives."


Important news for car drivers

Update and advice on vehicle tax changes and introduction of paying by Direct Debit

From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. DVLA holds a digital record of taxed and untaxed vehicles.

If you have any remaining months left on your current paper tax disc from 1 October 2014, you can either remove the tax disc from your vehicle or display the disc until it expires.


Have you heard about the Credit Union

Did you know Harbour Place Day Centre is a base for the North East Lincolnshire Credit Union.

A credit union is a cooperative financial institution that is owned and controlled by its members. Credit unions differ from banks and other financial institutions in that the members who have accounts in the credit union are the owners of the credit union.

Ther Credit Union is a great way to save money and after a period of time you can borrow up to double the amount you have saved (conditions apply). START SAVING NOW FOR HOLIDAYS & CHRISTMAS.

For more details on how you join the Credit Union and how it can benefit you, contact Dave Carlile at Harbour Place Day Centre or ring them on 344118.  Alternatevely ring the main office of the Credit Union at St. James House St. James Square, GRIMSBY, South Humberside DN31 1EP on 01472 361990


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