Having your vehicle broken into is an incredibly frustrating experience at the best of times – there’s the mess to tidy up, the insurance to claim and the damage to repair. But it’s even worse when items are stolen from inside your car or van at the same time. If those items are valuable – […]
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How do we know they’re myths? Because we deal with the consequences of excessive speed close up and first hand. We have to gather body parts at the scene of fatal collisions. We have to help extract people from the wreckage. We have to meticulously investigate fatal and serious-injury collisions to find out why they happened. […]
They will often call you claiming they’re from the police, your bank or some other trusted organisation saying that you have been a victim of fraud or that you owe, or are owed, money. It is easy for them to convince you too, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and […]
Sometimes you get second chances in life. Other times you don’t. As roads policing officers, we encounter lots of people who exceed the speed limit and get a second chance. They’re sometimes not very happy to see us or to get official-looking paper souvenirs through the post. But in reality, they’re the lucky ones. That’s […]
1952 Looking like something from a World War II film, the locations of officers were represented by models and pushed around a map, overseen by a desk sergeant. 1974 Twenty years on, the models and push sticks have gone. The force control room had grown bigger, with individual officers monitoring and dispatching different officers. […]
They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ – an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not […]