LOCKDOWN RELAXATION – See:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

As I noted last month, things are slowly getting back to some semblance of normality, but we are all going to have to adapt to a new ‘normal’.  As ‘lockdown’ restrictions continue to be eased, there will be more people around, children will be on school holidays but sadly, fewer of us will be leaving the UK for a well-earned holiday abroad.  Staycations or even Stayathomecations will be the order of the day!

CRIME

Incidents of anti-social behaviour, theft from vehicles and theft of property seem to be on the increase as more people are out and about.  If you need to report anything to the police – and we are encouraged to do just that – you can either phone 101 or use the web:

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/contact-us-to-discuss-something-else/

During the course of limited driving in the area, I have seen a sharp incidence of ‘fly-tipping’, perhaps unsurprising when the council recycling sites were closed for so long.  I’ve seen the usual ‘builders’ rubbish dumped in lay-bys or on the roadside, mattresses thrown into the hedges and most surprising, a caravan dumped in a lay-by near Burnham.  To report any incidence of fly-tipping, visit:

https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/fly-tipping/

On top of this, cybercrime in its many forms continues unabated.  There have been a spate of ‘vishing’ calls claiming to be from HMRC, and ‘phishing’ emails purporting to be from TV Licencing. 

‘Take Five to Stop Fraud’ is a national campaign that offers advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. Led by UK Finance, the campaign is being delivered with and through a range of partners in the UK payments industry, financial services firms, law enforcement agencies, telecommunication providers, commercial, public and third sector organisations.  Visit:

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

To receive information about local crime and get crime prevention information, why not join your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or perhaps start a new scheme for your road?

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Stay alert, stop the virus, save lives.

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For further information about this topic or about Neighbourhood Watch in general, contact:

David Gresswell – Scheme Co-ordinator, Flackwell Heath

(Tel: 01628 525019   e-mail: flackwell-nhwatch@talktalk.net)

Police General & Non-emergency number: 101

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/contact-us-to-discuss-something-else/

Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Assoc:  https://neighbourhoodwatchwycombe.org/

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

Crimestoppers (Anonymous): 0800 555 111

Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline: 03454 040 506 (Prev: Trading Standards)

Cyberaware https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/

        Get Safe Online – https://www.getsafeonline.org/

National Crime Agency (NCA) – https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news

SERSreport@phishing.gov.uk 

The Information Commissioner’s Office: 0303 123 1113