Neighbourhood Watch (Safer Neighbourhood Team)
This is a free app which creates an online ‘Neighbourhood Watch', making your local community safer and more secure through a variety of features. Users can share and receive local incident information in real time. Safeland also provides a personal safety alarm, so users can notify their groups or nearby public that they need immediate assistance. I am trialling Safeland currently in the Southam SNT area. Please feel free to upload your own incidents and feedback your comments.
Safety Tips Update
Contacting the police: When reporting non urgent incidents, as well as dialling ‘101', there is also an online form, if preferred, which can be found at- www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/7078/Contact-us-via-email. To contact the Southam Safer Neighbourhood Team email email@example.com.
Burglary Home Assessment Information: Warwickshire Police have recently pro-duced a comprehensive booklet of strategies and products that can be used to lessen the chance of becoming a victim of burglary. http://bit.ly/NWbrass.
Cyber Scam Update: from Safe in Warwickshire, June's Update contains Top Tips on Booking Your Holiday Safely and much more beside: http://bit.ly/NWscams1906.
Rural Crime: The website at warwickshireruralwatch.co.uk has a comprehensive catalogue of advice sheets and videos covering security in the countryside.
Number Plate Theft: If your number plates are stolen, the DVLA advises that you to report the theft to the police as soon as possible. If you receive fines or correspondence after the theft, you should return them immediately to the issuing authority with an explanation and any documentary evidence. Anti-theft screws are still available.
Cyber Scam Update: In the latest edition, topics include Universal Credit Scams, Fraudulent online reviews, Netflix phishing scams, and more. See bit.ly/cyber1908.
Please share your scam/crime experiences with your neighbours – email firstname.lastname@example.org or post on NextDoor nextdoor.co.uk.
Friends against scams. You could increase your knowledge and help spread the word in your community at http://bit.ly/FAScams
Burglary: Burglary, often with car keys as the main objective, continues to be a major issue in this area. Please do not welcome the burglars with open windows and unlocked doors. For other suggestions on keeping your home and property safe just search "burglary advice" on www.warwickshire.police.uk.
To Protect it, Mark it and Register it: The Immobilise National Property Register already holds the details of over 20 million items of property. Add details of your valuables to improve the chance of getting your lost or stolen property back. Register your items for free at www.immobilise.com; it only takes a couple of minutes. Marking your property also helps with its return: overtly for tools and bikes also makes them less attractive to thieves and covertly for high value items will help the police identify the real owner.
After the recent crime spree in Fenny Compton it was good to see that some of the victims shared their experience. This alerts others to the types of crimes being committed so that they can choose the best way to protect themselves and their neighbours. Talking is good but to reach a wider audience Nextdoor and Facebook are quick and easy. Remember to call 101 asap to report any suspicious activity.
Make the right call.
Help and Advice:
Recently Warwickshire Police launched a series of help and advice pages and downloadable leaflets in the Contact Us section on their website. These are to support people to 'making the right call' in the event of wishing to contact the police about a specific issue. This will reduce the number of calls going in to the Police Communications Centre, meaning that the staff are available for emergency calls and to reduce the waiting time for anyone calling in on 101. Full details - Link - http://bit.ly/WPrightcall
Penniless Student?: Crooks are offering to pay students' rent so they can launder cash.
Sheep Worrying and the Law:
Looking outside it may seem a long way off but it will not be long before there are spring lambs in the fields. It is an offence to allow a dog to worry sheep. Worrying includes attacking or chasing sheep and, in some circumstances, farmers are legally entitled to shoot dogs if they are endangering their sheep. They are also entitled to claim for loss and injury. Dog walkers should keep their animals on a lead in the vicinity of any livestock. For more information see bit.ly/WP_sheepworrying
Watch out for fake NatWest text messages appearing in message threads. Fraudsters are using specialist software which alters the sender ID on the message so that it appears as if it has come from NatWest, adding it to any existing message threads on the recipient's phone. For more information see bit.ly/fake_text
Please share your scam/crime experiences with your neighbours – email email@example.com or post on NextDoor nextdoor.co.uk. Read this and much more in The Stratford District NW Blog - stratfordnw.blogspot.co.uk
More NW news at www.fcvh.org.uk/nw
Reporting Speeding, Bad or Dangerous Driving:
Warwickshire Police receive around 25 calls every day from people reporting bad driving. Often the information given to police by witnesses or victims is not enough to prosecute the offender. Do you have the registration number of the vehicle(s) and the details of any independent witnesses? Are you prepared to go to court to support proceedings? If you answer "yes" to these questions you should complete the form on this page bit.do/baddriving Forms also available from your co-ordinator. If you would be interested in joining a Speedwatch team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07850 630 401. For more information see bit.do/speedwatch
Southam/Feldon Community Forum:
The next Community Forum meeting is at Southam Primary School on Wednesday 14th March at 6:30pm.
Break ins have increased markedly in the last 12 months. For advice on prevention visit the ‘We don't buy crime' page and links on the Warwickshire Police website - bit.do/wpcrime For help and advice on property marking contact your coordinator. Often homes are burgled primarily for the keys to the car on the drive so do not leave them in a convenient place like the hall table.
On-line safety advice for both parents and children twitter.com/NCCcybersafe
Bogus Debt Collection Letters:
Residents are warned to beware of bogus debt col-lection letters which purport to come from HMRC. Never respond to bogus letters. If you believe a letter is genuinely from HMRC, contact the sender using a publicly listed telephone number, email or postal address.
Please share your scam/crime experiences with your neighbours.
Any evidence of hare coursing and lamping should be reported to the police as soon as possible. For information on what to look out for and how to become a Warwickshire Wildlife Watcher see bit.do/WWildlife
Twitter. is one way to receive advice and information from Warwickshire Police. Try following @warkpolice, @stratfordcops and @SouthamCops
NHW Community Alerts
Community Alerts is a new initiative that permits anyone to receive alerts in the same way as NHW coordinators. By joining the Warwickshire Police crime prevention unit by simply supplying your email address, you will receive crime alerts as soon as they are available, thus enabling you to contact your friends and relatives in your community and hopefully nail the bad guys before they do further damage. Please go to:
New Safeguarding Website
Fraudsters are pretending to be Police Officers in order to steal bank account information, Warwickshire Training Standards understands. Member of the public have reported several incidents where they have received phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers investigating crime involving their bank cards. The callers are then asked for bank card details, including long numbers, sort codes, the security number on the back and PINs. The information is then used to scam them out of thousands of pounds. No Police Force will ever ask you for bank details in this way. Never divulge any bank/card information to people who phone you. If you believe the caller is genuine, ask to phone back using a publicly listed telephone number.
Warwickshire Police advise on how to protect yourself from bogus traders: Do not be forced into making a quick decision on your doorstep. Get at least three quotes from local reputable companies who have reputations to maintain, and if possible seek recommendations. If you do not want to speak to a trader do not open your door to them - it can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys so it might be easier to keep the door closed. Do not allow uninvited callers into your home. Refuse to be taken to the bank to withdraw money - if you ever feel intimidated by them, close the door and call the police.