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Thames Valley Alerts

(Updated: 12 December 2022)

The following Alerts are supplied by the Thames Valley Alert site.

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Christmas Scams (12 December 2022)

Thames Valley Alert have released the following scam alerts:

Oxford Trading Standards have released a pdf document showing scams doing the rounds this Christmas that you should be aware of (clicking the link will display the pdf on your webpage): The 12 Scams of Christmas

The Trading Standards Scam Newsletter is available here: Trading Standards Scam Newsletter

Current Scams (3 October 2022)

The latest scams document from Thames Valley Alert is available here: Scams Document

This document reports on various Ofgem scams doing the rounds as well as scams to do with Covid, British Gas, and Social Media.

Advice for Dog Owners (25 July 2022)

We have recently seen an increase in reports of dog attacks. We would like to remind dog owners to take reasonable steps to keep your dog under control by considering the following:

  • Consider keeping your dog on a lead in public places
  • Ensure your dog is comfortable off a lead and will respond to your recall
  • Use a muzzle if you are concerned about your dog in public
  • Keep your dog on a lead when near livestock
  • See advice from the local Vet Surgery if you have any concerns

It is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is under control at all times.

Your dog must be wearing a collar with an identity tag that has the owners name and address on it - just a telephone number is not enough.

Message sent by: Victoria Allan (Police, Neighbourhood Administrator, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse)

Cold Callers (5 July 2022)

Residents are being warned to be cautious of cold callers impersonating Local Authority / Council officers in the Oxfordshire area.
All council officers should have an ID badge available and be more than happy to show it when asked.
If concerned, you can contact the council to verify the name of the council officer.

Residents should also be aware of cold callers picking up scrap metal from properties. All scrap metal collectors must have a scrap metal licence for the local district they are collecting in. Scrap metal collectors must also have a Waste Carrier's Licence (issued by the Environment Agency). Both of these licences can easily be produced when requested, so if there's any queries, do not engage with the collector.

Oxfordshire County Council
Graham Hill House, Electric Avenue, Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford OX2 0BY
Tel: 07824 529524
Tel: 01865 895999

Message sent by: Rachel Ward (Police, Corporate Communications, Thames Valley)

Protect Your Home Against Rogue Traders (31 May 2022)

Often rogue traders persuade the homeowner to have work carried out on their property. This work is often unnecessary, may be charged at over-inflated prices, normally is very poorly done, and often the trader will charge for work that hasn’t been completed. Typically it will involve roofing, guttering, gardening or driveway repairs. The rogue trader may bully or intimidate the victim and, on occasions, will drive the victim to the bank to get money from their victim. Doorstep crime and scams are also considered a form of financial abuse. Help us prevent vulnerable people from becoming victims. Learn to spot the signs of doorstep crime and financial abuse and help protect your patients, clients, neighbours, customers, friends or family members.

For more information on how to spot rogue traders & protect your home follow the link below:

Doorstep Crime - Oxfordshire County Council

Download free posters to put up outside your home: Cold Calling Sticker

Contact Trading Standards to report any rogue traders 0808 223 1133
In an emergency contact the police on 999 or for non-emergencies 101
Alternatively contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Message sent by: Victoria Allan (Police, Neighbourhood Administrator, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse)