Cons, Scams & Cybercrime

These types of crime continue to dominate the news, with scam emails and telephone calls being received almost daily.  Cybercrime is also very common and the ONS Report for 2017 recorded in excess of 17 million occasions when UK residents were afflicted, with financial losses of more than £130 billion.  This is probably an underestimate, as many incidents of cybercrime are never reported.

In March, the 30th Anniversary of the ‘World Wide Web’ was marked.  In an interview with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, it is reported that he was optimistic during the first 15 of those years, but has become concerned and pessimistic about the second 15 up to the present day, as a result of the misuse of this valuable asset. 

Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association continues to give presentations in the Wycombe district, to raise awareness of these types of crime.

For further information about any of these topics or about Neighbourhood Watch, contact:

David Gresswell – Scheme Co-ordinator, Flackwell Heath

(Tel: 525019   e-mail:

Police General & Non-emergency number: 101

Community Safety Team (Anti-social behaviour): 01494 421 087

Crimestoppers (Anonymous): 0800 555 111

Trading Standards (Consumer Direct): 0345 4 04 05 06

Cyberaware –

ACTION FRAUD: 0300 123 2040 –

The Information Commissioner’s Office: 0303 123 1113

NHS: 111