Thames Valley Police Alerts

Thames Valley Police rural crime campaign starts today

Between Monday 6 and Tuesday 28 February, Thames Valley Police is working with our partners on a campaign that targets rural crime affecting businesses and farms in our region. We need your support. 

Events are taking place all across the Thames Valley aiming to help our rural businesses to prevent themselves, their properties and in many cases their livelihoods, from becoming victims of crime.  

Free tack marking, discounted property marking and a roaming police station distributing advice are just a few of the events taking place. These will all be advertised by your local officers, so make sure to keep an eye on your Thames Valley or Country Watch alerts, your local @TVP Twitter account, and for posters and leaflets in your area.  If you can't make it along to any of the events, join us for a web chat at 6.30pm on Thursday 23 February on this link: 

There is a digital campaign, too.  Search #TVPRural on Twitter to see what our country-based officers are up to, to watch our campaign videos, and to share some interesting facts and statistics about rural crime with your own followers.  We’ll be sending advice and information to our Country Watch and Thames Valley Alert recipients too.

We want to take the opportunity to understand your perceptions of rural crime, so we’re running a survey all this month.  Tell us what you think of our communications and help us to improve our service to you.  We’ll be sharing the link through Alerts and on our social media networks soon.

Finally, we’re publishing our first ever Country Watch Spring Edition, packed full of information, advice, and interesting items for our rural residents and businesses. Read our first ever Country Watch Edition on this link: 

In summary, you can support our campaign by: 

  1. Participating in our 'Perceptions of Rural Crime' survey

  2. Joining our web chat at 6.30pm on Thursday 23 February

  3. Liking and sharing our #TVPRural social media content

  4. Coming along to any events taking place near you

  5. Sharing our Country Watch Spring Edition with your friends, family and colleagues

We hope that you enjoy our campaign and that you find it interesting and helpful. 



Fake Amazon emails claim you have placed an order

Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification.  
The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. 
The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:

  • Links to websites that look like, but aren't
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming

Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.
You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting
To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.

4x4 System - Special Security Offer

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Across the UK, theft of Land Rover Defenders is on the increase!
Since Land Rover stopped production of the Defender earlier this year, theft of vehicles and parts has soared. Yours could be next!!
To help you protect your Landrover, Thames Valley Police have joined forces with security marking specialists Datatag to offer farmers and land owners in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire the opportunity to have their 4x4’s protected with the Datatag 4x4 System at a heavily discounted price of:
£60 inc VAT (normal RRP is £99 inc VAT) + postage & packing*
This comprehensive security marking and registration system combines Datadots® with a forensic DNA marker, ultra-violet stealth etching and radio frequency identification tagging to create a powerful theft deterrent.
The system enables you to mark individual body panels such as doors and the bonnet as well as vehicle internals making your vehicle ‘Too Hot to Handle!’
To order your system simply telephone 01784 778310 and quote code TVPDef2016
Payments can be made on credit or debit card.

*Terms & Conditions
• Offer open to residents of the Thames Valley Police area (Berks, Bucks & Oxon).
• The special price is subject to change without notice.
• A charge of £3.99 will be made on each order (not system) to cover postage up to a max of 4 systems.

Get Safe Online

The City of London Police, in partnership with Get Safe Online, has put together a National Cyber Crime Survey. Its purpose is to learn about people’s awareness of online safety and experiences of cybercrime, with a view to improve our knowledge and understanding and to help provide a better response to victims. The results will help police forces gain a better idea of the challenges they are facing. If you have a spare 15 minutes, we would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire. The link can be found here:

Phishing Email Alert

There is a phishing email currently in circulation that claims to be from the City of London Police. The departments that it claims to represent include the ‘Fraud Intelligence Unit’ and the ‘National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’. The email is titled ‘compensation fund’ and has a letter attachment that claims to be offering financial compensation to victims of fraud. The letter uses the City of London Police logo. 
The letter states that in order for compensation to be arranged, the receiver of the email should reply disclosing personal information. It states that HSBC and the South African Reserve Bank have been chosen to handle the compensation claims. All of these claims are false.
The email and letter are fraudulent and should not be replied to. 
Protect Yourself

  • Opening attachments or clicking links contained within emails from unknown sources could result in your device being infected with malware or a virus.
  • The City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will never email you asking for you to disclose personal information.
  • If you believe you have become a victim of this fraudulent email get your device checked by a professional and make a report to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre:

Alert: Watch out for free trial scams and pop-ups

Action Fraud has seen an increase in the amount of victims signing up for free trials for unapproved or misleading pharmaceuticals or supplements.
The scam usually involves a ‘pop up’ on your computer or a text message advertising a free 14-day trial. In signing up to this trial you are asked for your credit or debit card details and after the 14 days have elapsed, recurring payments are taken.
Recurring payments or continuous payment authorities are similar to a direct debit, but can be much harder to cancel or identify who is debiting your account. In most cases victims are finding it extremely difficult to cancel the subscription and the products are either not delivered or are inferior. 
Common pharmaceuticals or supplements being advertised are teeth whitening products, food supplements and slimming tablets.

Protect Yourself

If you desire such products speak to your GP or a local pharmacist.
Be vigilant of free trials and always read the Terms and Conditions.
Conduct basic online research of the company before registering your details and financial information.

It is important to remember that in most free-trial cases because you have paid for a product and received it, this cannot be recorded as a fraud. If you have already entered your card details on one of these websites, call up you bank immediately to stop these payments and give us a call on 0300 123 2040 for advice.