Neighbourhood Watch - Previous Messages


Village Hall Winteringham



UK Registered Charity Number 1171259

This page shows previous mesages from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team

10 October 2019 - Burglary Warning


There have been a number of burglaries reported recently, where damage was caused to rear patio door locks.

Often when residents are away on holiday, the reported MO is that rear doors are being smashed to gain entry and an untidy search being carried out with jewellery being stolen.

If you are going away from home then consider crime prevention measures such as ensuring valuables are kept out of sight and somewhere secure, asking a friend/neighbour you know and trust to house sit, or conduct regular visits to check on your property for you.

If you notice any suspicious activity in your area please contact Humberside Police Non-Emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Thank you.

Visit our Website for burglary prevention advice and register your property with Immobilise here.


Rural Safety & Crime Prevention Guide

 

A handy guide is available to read on line or download on the Crime Prevention Guides page

 

A copy of the Humber Resilience Forum's booklet Life is not always predictable - Let's Get Ready for the Unexpected is availble to download here.  Copies are also available at the village shop for anyone who does not have internet access. So, if you know of anyone who does not have internet access please let them know where they can get a copy or get one for them and pass it on.  Thank you for your co-operation with this.

 

7 October 2019 - Fraud Advice


Did you know that between April 2018 and March 2019, 6,875 victims in Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire were conned out of £8.6m.  Fraud is a really under reported crime and it is suspected that up to 40% of all reported and unreported crime is fraud which means you are more likely to fall victim to this type of offence than any other.


Once you have been a victim of fraud there is a 30% chance that you will become a victim again in the next 12 months. This is because fraudsters sell details of their victims to other fraudsters.


A large number of the fraudsters do not live in the UK, which means it is not possible for us to arrest them and get the victims money back. Therefore it is vital that people make themselves aware of the different types of fraud so they don’t become a victim.


Detective Sergeant Ben Robinson said: “Tackling fraud and protecting the most vulnerable people in our society is a key priority for us.

“Whilst these heartless fraudsters are becoming more and more sophisticated in the way they deceive people, it only takes a few simple steps to stay safe and protect yourself and those that you care about.

“We want to give people the tools and knowledge to spot frauds and scams so they have the confidence to speak up and report things to us and Action Fraud.”


Almost all frauds now use computers or technology in some way, with criminals taking advantage of the anonymity of the online world to steal from their victims.  In many cases criminals will search the internet to find insecure devices, send emails containing malicious software and set up fake websites.


What to do if you’re a victim of fraud?


If you think you might have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040, alternatively call Humberside Police on 101. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress dial 999.


If you have information regarding those responsible for fraud, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Action Fraud Top Tips:

  • Do not give any personal information (name, address, bank details, email or phone number) to organisations or people before verifying their credentials.
  • Make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall installed. Ensure your browser is set to the highest level of security and monitoring to prevent malware issues and computer crimes.
  • Be extremely wary of post, phone calls or emails offering you business deals out of the blue. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Always question it.
  • If you receive bills, invoices or receipts for things that you haven’t bought, or financial institutions you don’t normally deal with or contact you about outstanding debts, take action. Your identity may have been stolen.


Many frauds start with a phishing email. Remember that banks and financial institutions will not send you an email asking you to click on a link and confirm your bank details. Do not trust such emails, even if they look genuine. You can always call your bank using the phone number on a genuine piece of correspondence, website (typed directly into the address bar) or the phone book to check if you’re not sure.