For latest crime and Neighbourhood Watch reports please see the bottom of this page.
If you need an immediate police response then you should always dial 999.
101: this is Hampshire Constabulary 24 hour non emergency number to report all non-emergency crimes, any suspicious activity and incidents such as vandalism, abandoned vehicles and anti-social behaviour.
You can report anti-social behaviour to Winchester Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team. This can be done using an online form available here, by email (email@example.com) or by phone (01962 840 222)
Unfortunately, Oliver’s Battery is not fully engaged in the Neighbourhood Watch scheme (out of 50 roads, there are only 8 coordinators), and as such we are seeking new volunteers across the battery.
To this end, please get in touch with the NW Area Coordinator, Douglas Maughan (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you would like to volunteer your time to this important community initiative.
You can get information on the wider scope of the NW, and getting involved, from the Neighbourhood Watch webpage (Facebook and Twitter)
You can join the scheme, and access other information relevant to Oliver’s Battery HERE.
The most recent National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week’s theme was phone scams; and was aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of phone scams/fraud (see recent BBC video) and the measures that people can take to protect themselves. More information can be downloaded from this link.
Dogs on the Battery
Unfortunately, there have been several recent incidents involving stray dogs on the Battery. We would ask dog owners to ensure your dog is under control at all times and that you do not allow your dog to stray, especially around the Rec. We welcome all responsible dog owners but would remind you that not everyone feels confident around dogs, especially when they are off the lead. Please be sensitive to other walkers. You can also follow this link which explains what procedure to follow if you see a stray dog. On a positive note, incidents of dog-fouling on the Battery have reduced dramatically over the last few years.
New ‘Courier’ Fraud:
Please take a few minutes to read the story below which has come courtesy of one of our Area Reps, and was reported to the Metropolitan Police. Please be vigilant and inform your most vulnerable residents;
“Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: “Express Couriers,”(The name could be any courier company) He asked if I was going to be home because there was a package for me that required a signature. The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. Sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and a bottle of wine. I was very surprised since there was no special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like it. Intrigued, I inquired as to who the sender was.
The courier replied, “I don’t know, I’m only delivering the package.” Apparently, a card was being sent separately… (the card has never arrived!) There was also a consignment note with the gift. He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a £3.50 “delivery/ verification charge,” providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult (of legal drinking age), and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor.
This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would help in keeping a legal record of the transaction. He added couriers don’t carry cash to avoid loss or likely targets for robbery.
My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled out his credit card, and ‘John,’ the “delivery man,” asked him to swipe the card on a small mobile card machine with a small screen and keypad. My husband, was asked to enter his PIN number and a receipt was printed out. He was given a copy of the transaction. He guy said everything was in order, and wished us good day.
To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, £4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines. Apparently the “mobile credit card machine,” which the deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a “dummy” card with all our card details including the PIN number.
Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit account was closed. We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit
WARNING: Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package,” which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.
Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction! Please pass this on to your friends, family and neighbours.