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

Rather than try to summarize what you can – and can’t – do, it is safer to visit the Government’s own Coronavirus website which will reflect changes as and when they are made. 

CRIME

Unfortunately, very little information about crime in our area is made generally available by the police. There seem to be more reports of local crimes distributed via social media such as Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter, etc. but you always have to treat such reports with a modicum of caution!  There is no reliable way of substantiating these reports, many of which may be second- or even third-hand.

Some crime information is available via the Ourwatch website:  https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/

If you enter your postcode, you can select ‘Crime in this area’ when a map will be presented with large coloured dots indicating the number of crimes in a specific area.  Clicking on a coloured dot allows you to drill down to individual crimes, but details are very sparse.

FRAUD – visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

In 2019, fraud in its many forms is estimated to have cost the UK economy approx. £130 billion, representing about 35% of ALL crime, but only attracting about 1% of enforcement expenditure (Source: BBC and UK Finance).  Approx. £825m was attributed just to personal Card fraud, and £456m to Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud.  With so many of us being reliant on the internet for day-to-day activities, there has been a significant increase in online scams leading to fraud.  This can take the form of ‘phishing’ emails which attempt to steal our personal data, which can also lead to ‘identity theft’ which has potentially significant financial and mental health consequences.. 

In addition, ‘Vishing’, the use of the telephone system to commit fraud has seen similar growth, with many reputable organisations being ‘spoofed’ in an attempt to relieve us of our money, eg. Amazon Prime, PayPay, HMRC, DVLA, TV Licensing, etc.

The ‘hackers’ are also active, and ‘Blackbaud’, a major company providing customer relations management services to many educational bodies, not-for-profit organisations, charities and the like, were subject to a Ransomware attack earlier in the year.  They are currently contacting all individuals associated with these organisations, by email or post, to provide reassurance that personal data is now secure.

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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