Crooks are rifling our bins in search of bank details

Southend Standard: Crooks are rifling our bins in search of bank details Crooks are rifling our bins in search of bank details

THIEVES are raiding bins at Canvey’s Thorney Bay Caravan Park in a bid to steal residents’ bank details, it is claimed.

A security guard on the site said colleagues were having to chase off the crooks. It is thought they want to sell on identity details. But the site owner said this was only an issue around Christmas and had stopped.

The guard claimed last week a man was seen trying to sell a police ID card for £500. He said: “It’s getting out of control.

It is a massive problem. Almost every day we have to see the crooks off.

They have even stolen a policeman’s ID and tried to sell it.

“It’s happening all over the park.

Residents have complained, but whatever we do the crooks keep coming back.

We report it to police, but nothing has been done.”

A 43-year-old woman resident said: “I often see people going through the bins, taking things. When I moved here, people warned me about not putting letters in the bins because people go through them. It is really worrying.”

However, park owner Jeff King denied there was still a problem. The millionaire said: “I get a report from the guards every week and we had a couple of incidents around Christmas, but I’m not aware of any since. When we’ve caught these people, they claim to be looking for scrap metal. But if they are looking for documents they’re not going to tell our security. It never really became a problem because we quashed it. We have security on site 24/7 so I am confident it is not a problem.”

Chris Wood, district inspector for Castle Point, said he was not aware of the issue, but urged residents to take care with disposal of documents.

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2:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

Surely Security should have taken note as to what caravan they see the crooks off to.
Surely Security should have taken note as to what caravan they see the crooks off to. iknowbetter

3:46pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Sensible Man says...

A genuine question - who exactly lives at Thorney Bay? Are the ladies and gents permanent private residents, are they placed there by the council, are they people who just stay for a few weeks or months and then move on? Or a mixture of all three?

I just asked because the rental for a small caravan seems very reasonable (I think I saw the ad in the Yellow Advertiser or Echo) and I was thinking that if I were to lose my job and fall on hard times this may be an option.

Anyone "in the know" got any thoughts?
A genuine question - who exactly lives at Thorney Bay? Are the ladies and gents permanent private residents, are they placed there by the council, are they people who just stay for a few weeks or months and then move on? Or a mixture of all three? I just asked because the rental for a small caravan seems very reasonable (I think I saw the ad in the Yellow Advertiser or Echo) and I was thinking that if I were to lose my job and fall on hard times this may be an option. Anyone "in the know" got any thoughts? Sensible Man

5:07pm Fri 24 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

Sensible Man wrote:
A genuine question - who exactly lives at Thorney Bay? Are the ladies and gents permanent private residents, are they placed there by the council, are they people who just stay for a few weeks or months and then move on? Or a mixture of all three?

I just asked because the rental for a small caravan seems very reasonable (I think I saw the ad in the Yellow Advertiser or Echo) and I was thinking that if I were to lose my job and fall on hard times this may be an option.

Anyone "in the know" got any thoughts?
There are more 'poor' people in America living in 'trailer parks' than houses or apartments...it can only be a matter of time before the same happens here..
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: A genuine question - who exactly lives at Thorney Bay? Are the ladies and gents permanent private residents, are they placed there by the council, are they people who just stay for a few weeks or months and then move on? Or a mixture of all three? I just asked because the rental for a small caravan seems very reasonable (I think I saw the ad in the Yellow Advertiser or Echo) and I was thinking that if I were to lose my job and fall on hard times this may be an option. Anyone "in the know" got any thoughts?[/p][/quote]There are more 'poor' people in America living in 'trailer parks' than houses or apartments...it can only be a matter of time before the same happens here.. ThisYear

5:11pm Fri 24 Jan 14

I See It All says...

Anyone stupid enough to put there financial details in a public bin without shredding it deserves what they get. Canvey again.
Anyone stupid enough to put there financial details in a public bin without shredding it deserves what they get. Canvey again. I See It All

7:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

essexmilfhunter says...

Jeff King is one of the biggest crooks on Canvey!
Jeff King is one of the biggest crooks on Canvey! essexmilfhunter

9:02pm Fri 24 Jan 14

abd123 says...

You give your bank details plus your signature with every cheque. They cannot get money out of your account with just the details. How would crooks get money from your account with anything you put in a bin?
You give your bank details plus your signature with every cheque. They cannot get money out of your account with just the details. How would crooks get money from your account with anything you put in a bin? abd123

9:43pm Fri 24 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"The millionaire said:"


what has that go to do with anything...and why did the reporter think it worth mentioning it.....lets face it they never say..,,,.The pauper said: or The bloke who has not got a pot to pi$$ in said:....


anyway i have a solution for the good people on Canvey,..shred your paperwork or burn it., just leave the real stinky trash for the desperadoes to rifle through...simple enough...
"The millionaire said:" what has that go to do with anything...and why did the reporter think it worth mentioning it.....lets face it they never say..,,,.The pauper said: or The bloke who has not got a pot to pi$$ in said:.... anyway i have a solution for the good people on Canvey,..shred your paperwork or burn it., just leave the real stinky trash for the desperadoes to rifle through...simple enough... DogsMessInLeigh

9:50pm Fri 24 Jan 14

the25man says...

abd123 wrote:
You give your bank details plus your signature with every cheque. They cannot get money out of your account with just the details. How would crooks get money from your account with anything you put in a bin?
How stupid are you identity theft is easy and with bank details you get a credit card sent to another address as you have just moved ect
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: You give your bank details plus your signature with every cheque. They cannot get money out of your account with just the details. How would crooks get money from your account with anything you put in a bin?[/p][/quote]How stupid are you identity theft is easy and with bank details you get a credit card sent to another address as you have just moved ect the25man

7:42am Sat 25 Jan 14

Russ13 says...

Times must be really hard if the crooks are trying to steel money from people living in caravans lol
Times must be really hard if the crooks are trying to steel money from people living in caravans lol Russ13

10:45am Sat 25 Jan 14

iain beag says...

Pathetic.
How many years have we been getting told that the the best way to dispose of documents is to shred them.
Buy a shredder or if you can't afford one personally then buy one between a few of you.
Pathetic. How many years have we been getting told that the the best way to dispose of documents is to shred them. Buy a shredder or if you can't afford one personally then buy one between a few of you. iain beag

1:11am Mon 27 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

They said they were looking for scrap metal..... hmmmmm..

Funny place to look for it. And I thought all the local "scrap metal hunters" were professionals. Perhaps not.

What the hell kind of security is there down there?

Every resident needs to go out and buy themselves a shredder. They're fairly cheap from Argos.

Then sit back and watch these numpties searching through a pile of hamster bedding.
They said they were looking for scrap metal..... hmmmmm.. Funny place to look for it. And I thought all the local "scrap metal hunters" were professionals. Perhaps not. What the hell kind of security is there down there? Every resident needs to go out and buy themselves a shredder. They're fairly cheap from Argos. Then sit back and watch these numpties searching through a pile of hamster bedding. Kim Gandy

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