Suspicious activity in Goldhanger

Neighbourhood Watch received the following report yesterday (Sunday) from a member in Maldon Road.

“Our neighbour has just come to let us know that today they saw 3 strangers walking down Maldon Road photographing all the houses as they went.  She was sure they were not estate agents!  Obviously this is somewhat suspicious so thought I would pass it on.”

If you have seen anything similar or have more information, please let me know. If we can build a bigger picture it may be even more valuable. In any event keep a lookout.

Crime Update Jan-Feb 2017

The latest crime update from:

Ali Burlington | Community Safety Development Officer | Customers and Communities Directorate 

Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5DL
Normal working days Monday – Friday
| tel 01621 875794 | | @maldondc

Neighbourhood watch data – Burglary, Robbery, Vehicle Offences, Criminal Damage, Theft Other, Theft from Person, Theft in a Dwelling, Theft of Pedal Cycle and ASB – records with ‘Publicity Opposed’ excluded


Offence Type

MO – filtered


Theft from a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown has removed a catalytic convertor from victims silver Honda Accord S.

Burnham On Crouch South

Theft from a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown has gained entry to victims silver Ford truck by smashing rear cab window then stole property from within.

Great Totham

Theft if not classified elsewhere

Suspect unknown has taken victims dog without owner’s permission

Great Totham

Interference with a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown have attempted to take the rear index from the victims grey Ford Fiesta Zetec S. The victim believes he may have disturbed the suspect causing them to leave with only one screw removed and the other partly removed.


Dwelling Burglary

Suspect named has entered the above location that was insecure along with suspect known and have attempted to gain access to victims safe

Maldon North

Theft if not classified elsewhere

Suspect identified have taken the victims Barclays Bank debit card after the victim left it in a self-service ATM machine

Maldon North

Other Burglary (other building)

Suspect named has entered to above location and demanded alcohol. Staff refused to serve him due to the time of day. The suspect has been verbally abusive before entering the bar area and helping himself to alcohol which he then consumed. The suspect was then asked to leave.

Maldon West

Theft if not classified elsewhere

Suspects unknown by means unknown have stolen victims mobile phone


Theft of a motor vehicle

Suspect unknown have removed the victims green Range Rovers by unknown means.

Tolleshunt D’Arcy

Other criminal damage, other (under £5,000)

Suspects unknown have driven onto the victim’s farm from the Estuary and damaged lock on the gate.

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Keeping our Community Safe and Secure

Click the image above to download the full leaflet

We have a pretty safe village in Goldhanger and an effective Neighbourhood Watch, however this leaflet (left – click on the image to download it) may give you some ideas about improving the situation still further.

Watch out. Plant thieves about!

tumblr_n1s6c7FThw1s91jjvo1_500Wednesday 17th June.

There has been a theft in the last 24 hours of geraniums from pots in a front garden in Fish Street. Bearing in mind the Open Gardens this coming weekend, it is a time when thieves might steal plants in bloom for themselves or for sale.

We need to keep a lookout. The owner suspects somebody with a carrier bag simply pulled them out of the soil. Pretty low eh?

Contact Neighbourhood Watch if you have had something similar recently.

Alternatively, if you’re out and about with your hose and spot something ………….

Shed alarms available from MDC

At a time when we are getting to work in our gardens, so are the thieves. Garden sheds are the target, presumably to steal things that can be sold to other gardeners. It hasn’t happened here but it could. This is the advice from Essex Police:

“Shed / garage / outbuilding burglaries have occurred in Maldon and surrounding areas. These have occurred overnight. If you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent. Consider securing all outbuildings, removing valuables from inside or securing them.

Shed alarms are available for £5 from Maldon District Council Community Safety Team/ Contact them on 01621854477 or

Last year a few ornaments and plants were stolen from front gardens – keep an eye out.

Bogus Callers


In light of a recent burglary in Goldhanger by someone pretending to be from the ‘water board’ (now non-existent), we thought it might be an idea to publish the following advice from both Essex & Suffolk Water and Anglian Water.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Unfortunately, this time of year we hear of a lot more cases of people targeting vulnerable or elderly customers. All too often bogus callers will claim to be from the “water board” – even though this is an organisation which hasn’t existed for 40 years.

“Hearing those two words should be a sure fire sign that something’s not right.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 18.01.03“We want all of our customers to feel safe in their own home which is why it’s important they know what to expect from a real Anglian Water employee.”

It is rare for anyone from Anglian Water to come unexpectedly to your home and request access. If a customer has any doubts or can’t remember making an appointment then it’s best to say no and close the door – a genuine employee will be happy to come back at a different time or wait while you check they are who they say they are.

Customers in any doubt should close the door and phone Anglian Water, for free, on 0800 145 145 or alert the police.

Antony added: “All of our employees carry identification and will happily hand it to you while you check it. Calling our Freephone number at any time of day will put you through to a member of our team who’ll be able to describe the person to you and confirm they are a genuine employee.

“If in any doubt we urge customers to check with us and not be pressured into letting someone into their home.”

DCI Andy Crouch, of Operational Liberal, the national distraction burglary intelligence unit, said: “Over the four decades since this change, criminals have frequently played upon the familiarity of the Water Board name when preying upon vulnerable and elderly members of our communities to gain their trust.

“We are reinforcing the message of the water industry and we would urge neighbours and relatives of those who may be susceptible to distraction burglars to help us with that.

“Distraction burglaries have declined significantly since Operation Liberal was founded a decade ago as the national intelligence unit for this type of offending, We can reduce their number still further by ensuring that messages such as this are heard and understood in our communities.

“We, too, have a catchy and effective message for anyone who receives a cold call from someone purporting to be from a water board or other utility or service: if you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”

Essex & Suffolk Water say “We encourage our customers to call us on 0345 7820999 to confirm the identity of anyone claiming to work for us”

Thefts in Goldhanger

Stolen Lawnmowers

Between 13th February 2015 and 14th February 2015 suspect/s unknown have stolen two lawn mowers from victims allotment site near to location. The lawn mowers had been left covered up with cloth as there are no sheds at the site. Location in Blind Lane, Goldhanger.



House Burglary

Essex Community Messaging LogoOn 23rd February 2015 a house burglary occurred in Hall Estate, Goldhanger, between the hours of 22.00 and 22.30. Entry was obtained by a person pretending to be a member of the water board.  If you saw any suspicious activity at the time of the crime or if you see suspicious activity taking place in the area please call 101 or 999 if judged urgent.

If you have any information, however small, about these phone 101 for Essex Police non emergency.

This is still a very safe place to live; let’s keep it that way.

If you know the people affected by these two incidents, please let them know that Goldhanger is looking out for them.

Email scams

email-scamYour bank will never ask you for your details over the internet or by email. If you receive any emails that ask you for any information about your accounts or for you to verify your bank details, ignore it and delete it. These email scams rely on getting you worried that something will happen to your account if you do not respond – as you can see in this example.

The example above shows how genuine these emails can look.


You should never give any bank details to anyone, whether it is your bank (they already have your details, unless you are changing your name, address or phone number), the police or any telephone caller.

Warning over ‘Nottingham/Sheffield Knockers’

Police in South East Essex are warning residents to be mindful of so-called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ working in the area.

Local police have recently become aware that a group of young salesmen, dubbed the ‘Nottingham Knockers’, have returned to our part of the county.

Named after a scam originating in Nottingham, young people travel across the UK targeting a town at a time.

They knock at doors and claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices.

Police always advise residents to refrain from buying at the doorstep and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one-off ‘buy it now’ low prices. However, often kind-hearted residents feel they are helping the Nottingham Knockers to turn their lives around so agree to buy their wares.

Police found out about their return to South East Essex whilst investigating a house burglary in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, which happened between 10.30am and noon on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Suspects smashed a side door panel and stole a laptop and jewellery with a total estimated value of £2350. The householder then reported to police that they had been visited by the Nottingham Knockers on the day before the burglary.

DI Morgan Cronin said: “These Nottingham Knockers work in groups across the country but they are not involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programme and many do not possess Pedlar’s Certificates, which are issued by police and are necessary for salespeople to be legally allowed to sell door-to-door.

“Sympathetic members of the public are being duped into buying cheap products at highly-inflated prices and, indeed, on analysis of crime data, some UK regions have discovered a notable rise in crime during the times their local areas were being visited by this group.

“This recent burglary in Rayleigh, so soon after a visit from one of their sellers, would indicate they are possibly using the excuse of door-to-door selling to get a closer look at properties with a view to identifying suitable properties in our area to burgle.

“If any salesperson comes to your door, we’d suggest you ask to see their Pedlar’s certificate – these are only issued to individuals under very strict conditions. You can contact the police station it was issued at in order to prove if it’s genuine. If a Nottingham Knocker visits you, please inform police in order for us to keep track of where they are.”

Best wishes

Malcolm Holmes

Goldhanger Neighbourhood Watch – Latest NEWS

One person in the village has nearly been caught recently by a scam that could happen to you. He received a parcel addressed to him containing a mobile phone, which he had not ordered. The next day he had a phone call, apparently from the courier firm, saying that it had been delivered in error and one of their staff would come and collect it. Shortly after a man, who looked like a courier, turned up to try and collect it, but the villager was suspicious. Fortunately it wasn’t handed over and the Police have been contacted. It was a scam!

The criminals had got hold of enough of his personal details to order the phone, worth over £600. They knew when it was being delivered and phoned to arrange collection by one of their own team. Please contact me if you would like more information about reducing identity theft.

Essex Police say that although Goldhanger and surrounding villages are safe places in which to live and work, be aware there has been an increase in thefts from sheds, garages and outbuildings. Please make every effort to secure these.Theft of metal is also occurring especially lead flashings. Please keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour or vehicles and contact the Police on 101, or 999 if the matter is urgent. Please take a look at the “Be Safe” section of their website which can give you advice on crime prevention.

The Goldhanger Neighbourhood Watch scheme has a large number of members. It is free and your details are kept confidential. For more information, send an email to our addresses; for Neighbourhood Watch or for more general information about village issues.

If you do not have access to a computer nor use email, please phone me on 788603.

Malcolm Holmes