Issue 76

Welcome to Issue 76 of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact with us and e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City.  Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) are regularly updated so, if you are receiving this for the first time, it’s because you are identified as the Neighbourhood Watch Contact for your Borough.  LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure everyone in a Watch in your Borough is encouraged to read this Newsletter which is also accessible via our website, www.lnwa.net

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

To reward outstanding work carried out by our volunteers across England and Wales, you are invited to take part in the annual National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Awards due to take place on Friday 20 June as part of National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week (14-22 June).  You are encouraged to nominate schemes and members, to a maximum of two awards per nominee, from a list of ten categories but self-nominations will also be accepted.  For more information about the categories and criteria, and an application form, go to:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/applications_open_national_neighbourhood_and_home_watch_awards_2014/

All applications should be e-mailed to ‘enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk’ or mailed to: NHWN, Beaumont Enterprise Centre, 72 Boston Road, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, LE4 1HB by 17:00 on Friday, 28 March.  National finalists (winners and runners-up) will be invited to the Awards Ceremony event on 20 June in Central London (travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with the NHWN expenses policy).  Read about last year’s award winners here:

www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/national_neighbourhood_and_home_watch_award_winners_announced/

CYBER STREETWISE

The National Fraud Agency is launching a new campaign, Cyber Streetwise, with some essential tips to improve performance on-line.  Read more about the campaign at www.cyberstreetwise.com.  LNWA and NHWN are supporting this initiative to help everyone become more streetwise on-line.  You can read the full article on the OurWatch website at: www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/be_cyber_streetwise/

You are also encouraged to follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cyberstreetwise and Facebook at www.facebook.com/cyberstreetwise.  Key tips being promoted include:

* Using strong, memorable passwords;

* Installing anti-virus software on new devices;

* Checking privacy settings on social media;

* Shopping safely online – always ensuring to check online retail sites are secure; and

* Downloading software and the application of patches when prompted.

Security Minister James Brokenshire said:  “The internet has radically changed the way we work and socialise. It has created a wealth of opportunities, but with these opportunities there are also threats. As a government we are taking the fight to cyber criminals wherever they are in the world.  However, by taking a few simple steps while online the public can keep cyber criminals out and their information safe. Cyber Streetwise is an innovative new campaign that will provide everyone with the knowledge and confidence to make simple and effective changes to stay safe online.”

The launch of the campaign is part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme.  Findings from the most recent study suggest more than half the population are not taking simple actions to protect themselves on-line.  Research shows shoppers do not adopt the same sort of wariness on the web as on a busy high street; for example, a person would not walk around with their bag open or wallet on show.  The Cyber Streetwise campaign has been joined by a number of private sector partners who are providing support and investment, including Sophos, Facebook, RBS Group, and Financial Fraud Action UK.

MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR POLICING AND CRIME (MOPAC) ROADSHOWS

To find out how MOPAC has been putting the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan into practice, register for an upcoming roadshow in your area.  16 have been planned so far; all start at 18:30 and are listed below.  Register for yours at: www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/mopac-roadshows

Southwark – 30 Jan

Westminster – 5 Feb

Hackney – 6 Feb

Lambeth – 11 Feb

Tower Hamlets – 13 Feb

Bexley – 25 Feb

Barnet – 26 Feb

Havering – 27 Feb

Islington – 4 Mar

Hillingdon – 5 Mar

Camden – 6 Mar

Hammersmith & Fulham – 11 Mar

Kensington & Chelsea – 13 Mar

Sutton – 20 Mar

Haringey – 27 Mar

NEWS FROM CRIMESTOPPERS

On 20 January, Crimestoppers launches Crime Matters – a new approach to engaging with the public about crime, what it means to their communities and how they feel it impacts on their lives.  The week will include a discussion on topics including Youth related crime, Domestic Violence and Online/Cyber crime.  It will also include a survey and a quiz designed to test the public’s knowledge with a prize of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!  For those on Twitter, please show your support and promote Crime Matters week by following @CrimestoppersUK or by sharing #Crimematters and linking to the new blogging site www.blog.crimestoppers-uk.org which will go live on 20 Jan.

Do you know someone who’s been a victim of burglary?  ITN are working with Crimestoppers on a new TV programme, ‘Police 5’ (out late January) and are looking for someone who would be comfortable discussing their experiences on their show.  If you know of someone who would be interested please contact Kieran.Theivam@crimestoppers-uk.org and he’ll put you in touch with ITN.

Every day, over 1,700 people have something taken from their pocket or bag.  Crimestoppers has launched a new and innovative campaign tackling pickpocketing called PutPocketsCrimestoppers has created a video that includes footage of sleight of hand experts, including a former pickpocket and magician, sliding cards into people’s pockets and bags directing them to www.putpockets.com, which outlines the dangers and signs of lurking pickpockets.  Find out more about the campaign and watch the video https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/national-campaigns/pickpocketing/

METROPOLITAN POLICE

A new, anti-terror operation was launched this week by the Met. Police with the aim of raising awareness of threats Londoners face from terrorism.  Named Operation Penna, the public will witness specialist officers working with neighbourhood officers in all Boroughs helping raise awareness.  High visibility patrols will take place in the coming weeks around crowded spaces with the intention of urging Londoners to be vigilant in areas such as shopping centres and transport hubs.  Read more at:

http://content.met.police.uk/News/Counter-terrorism-awareness-operation launched/1400021917895/1257246741786

That’s it for this month.  As usual, on behalf of LNWA, thank you for your work and support.

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