The Cowes Neighbourhood Team are responsible for dealing with incidents which present threat, risk, or harm to members of the community or their property, and situations which may give opportunity to those who would commit criminal offences.
Our aim is to help and protect the most vulnerable people in our community through education, engagement, prevention, protection and prosecution. We work with a number of key partners in order to achieve this, with the objectives of keeping our community a safe place to live and work.
We regularly attend community events and actively engage with the public to find out what their priorities are and what they think we should be concentrating on in the local area.
Our current priorities are:
|1. Op Sceptre….Nationwide knife crime initiative
2. Domestic violence….Signposting/referring to partner agencies.
3. Drugs……Gathering intelligence and taking appropriate action
With best regards
Sergeant 25122 Adam Brown
10 REPORTED INCIDENTS December 2020
In comparison to 1 reported crime for Dec 2019
2 x crim damage…..Near Nodes road
2 x Assault Police… These 2 and the 3 single offences near Pallance road, are all related to one incident
1 x Drug offences…. All near Pallance road
1 x Public order….. AS ABOVE
1 x Threats to life… AS ABOVE
1 x residential burglary.. Near Nodes road
1 x theft…. Near Nodes road
1 x malicious comms…. Near Newport road
The Latest scams detected on the island.
- Be wary of a text purporting to be from Gov-UK saying that “all residents have been issued a payment as part of its promise to battle Covid-19” and then tells you to click on a link. This is a SCAM the Government will not contact you in this way regarding payments and claims. Scam texts can be forwarded to 7726 (which spells SPAM on your keypad)
- Hampshire residents who have emergency fobs/pendants (buttons that they can press to summon emergency help in the event of a fall or an accident) have reported receiving calls alleging to be from their provider and telling the resident to press 1. It is believed that this is a SCAM and any residents on the Island with this kind of device should be cautious if receiving calls relating to their pendant.
Remember to treat any unsolicited/unexpected communication with caution.
- Be wary of emails and texts from delivery companies including Royal Mail there have been reports of a scam email advising that delivery of a parcel was unsuccessful and asking you to click on a link to reschedule. Remember NEVER click on links in messages and always check the sender email address to see if it is legitimate.
- Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake paypal emails – Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform. This is really worrying at this time of year when we are all trading a lot more online.
- A message purporting to be Apple is being received in text and email form – it advises that you can’t access your account and Apple services and that you need to verify your account. Do not click on the links in the message and always check the sender email address to see if it legitimate.
- Reports of large amounts of phone calls purporting to be Sky technical. If in doubt check with your provider.
Age UK Isle of Wight call for communities to be aware of bogus callers
Age UK Isle of Wight has been informed of a bogus caller who has been knocking on doors and purporting to be from the charity. This person is not employed by, or affiliated with Age UK Isle of Wight in any way.
We are asking the Island community to be aware of this person(s). Do not let them in your house, do not give them any personal information and do not give them any money. Please spread this message to friends, family and neighbours in your community who may be more vulnerable to scams. Please report any suspicious visits to Age UK Isle of Wight on (01983) 525282 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or the Police on 101 if outside of these hours.
Preventing and reporting doorstep scams
Unfortunately doorstep scams often target older people and those who are more vulnerable. Isle of Wight Trading Standards advise people to use the Stop, Chain, and Check method to help avert doorstep scams.
If someone unexpected comes to your door please:
- Stop: Are you expecting anybody? Do they have an appointment?
- Chain: Secure the door bar or chain before opening the door.
- Check: Ask for and double check the caller’s identity.
Help us to help you – only call 999 in an emergency
Informing our communities of when to call 999.
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Do you know when to call 999?
Hampshire Constabulary, along with other emergency services, faces an unprecedented amount of calls into 999.
But how many people know when they should call 999 and, in particular, the police rather than other organizations’?
Recent information shows that not everyone does, with calls ranging from enquiries about flea infestations to “no credit on my phone”. In light of this we are calling on you to help us keep our lines free for your emergencies only.
The campaign will feature a range of examples of calls via our social media channels, all leading back to one, clear message: only call 999 during an emergency such as:
- a danger to life
- a crime is happening now (or has just happened)
- having immediate concerns for safety
- a dangerous incident on the motorway
- Seeing something suspicious that needs immediate attention.
Call 101 for any crimes that aren’t currently in progress or haven’t just happened.
Cowes Team Members
INSP 1111 Ged Armitage
PS 25122 Adam Brown
PC 24266 Justin Pringle
PC 22281 Sarah Waldegrave
PC 20575 Andrea Bancroft
PCSO 13226 Derek Howard
PCSO 13235 Lisa Paul
PCSO 13213 Steve Anker
S/SGT 96854 Jennette Wherry
All of the above team members are contactable through the email address listed below.
If you need to report a crime, please ring 101 for all non-emergency calls or 999 for all emergency calls. Please DO NOT contact our individual mobiles or email us if you are reporting a crime. This is in case we are off duty or unable to answer your call or reply to your email. We are happy to take routine calls and enquiries by mobile phone.