Neighbourhood watch

Posted 21st April 2017


As the dark nights are here please ensure that you do not make it easy for thieves. Keep doors and windows locked, check external lighting work.


01/03/17 Auto Crime x 5 Huby – vehicles entered and items taken, 2 offenders arrested for two crimes,
03/03/17 Auto Crime, Huby – investigation on going
08/03/17 A child’s KTM SX85 motorcycle valued at £2000 was stolen from an outbuilding at Kirk Hammerton. Call NYP on 101 quoting ref 0386 with information
07-09/03/17 A garage on Church Street, Kirk Hammerton was broken into and £1200’s of gardening equipment was taken. Call NYP on 101 quoting ref 0342 with information
09/03/17 Auto Crime, Spofforth- SatNav taken from vehicle
09/03/17 Burglary x3 Spofforth – house and out buildings entered, very little taken, investigations still ongoing
10/03/17 Theft, North Deighton –no details on report
13/03/17 Theft, Sicklinghall – quad bike stolen
21/03/17 Theft, Kirk Hammerton – quad bike stolen, no further action due to lack of evidence
21/03/17 Public Order, Weeton – verbal abuse to member of public, investigation ongoing
25/03/17 Commercial Burglary, Follifoot – storage containers broken into, investigation ongoing
27/03/17 Commercial Burglary, Spofforth – water treatment plant, investigation ongoing
28/03/17 Commercial Burglary, Spofforth – ride on mower stolen, evidence seized, under investigation
REMEMBER Where doors and windows were once our weak spot now the telephone socket, broadband cable and wi-fi router can pose a greater threat to our family’s security.

What to do if you receive an email threatening a Cyber Attack?
• Whether the attack is attempted or successful, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by using our online reporting tool
• Do not pay the demand. There is no guarantee the scammers won’t launch an attack and could encourage further extortion demands in the future.
• Retain all the original emails. Should law enforcement investigate, the information contained within the email headers can be used as evidence.
• Maintain a timeline of the attack recording all times, type and content of contact.
An email from an unknown person could contain an attachment that could contain the Banking Trojan Ursniff/Gozi, hidden within an image in the document. The Ursniff Banking Trojan attempts to obtain sensitive data from victims, such as banking credentials and passwords. The data is subsequently used by criminals for monetary gain.
Protect Yourself:
Having up-to-date virus protection is essential; however it will not always prevent your device(s) from becoming infected.
Please consider the following actions:
• Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages: Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication (you can find out how by searching the internet for relevant advice for your email provider).
• Do not enable macros in downloads; enabling macros will allow Trojan/malware to be installed onto your device.
• Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
• Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It is important that the device you back up to is not connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that as well.
• If you think your bank details have been compromised, you should contact your bank immediately.

If you have been affected by this or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visit