Issue 79

Welcome to Issue 79 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

LNWA IS NOW ON FACEBOOK!

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Neighbourhood-Watch-Association/198247283545810

FREE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network has again secured free Public Liability Insurance to enable our volunteers to carry out their roles.  The policy runs to 31 March 2015 and covers any scheme registered with a recognised authority (which covers all recipients of this e-mail as you are registered via LNWA).  There’s no need for each Borough to register with the policyholder or the broker, Towergate Insurance.  In the event of a claim, the Watch or Association should point out it is recognised via London Neighbourhood Watch Association.

There is no age restriction, upper or lower and the insurer will cover claims up to £5 million occurring during the insured period.  Cover includes:

  • Any activity that causes injury to third parties or damage to third party property.
  • Activities undertaken with your full knowledge, authority and under your control in line with good practice and adhering to all relevant local policies and practices.
  • Erection and maintenance of signs and posters, including whilst erecting, providing the lower edge of the sign is not less than 2.1 metres above the footway.
  • Neighbourhood Watch events, street parties and Neighbourhood Watch stands at other events, provided they are not prohibited by any exclusion criteria.
  • Cover extends to Junior and Speed Watch, if incorporated into a Borough Scheme or Association and local policies and practices are adhered to.

For details about what is and what is not covered, please download the Policy Document at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/pli_policy_summary_2014_15/

General questions are also addressed in the PLI FAQ document here:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/pli_faq_document_2014_15/?cat_id=154

A certificate for proof of cover can be downloaded from the Members Area of the OurWatch site.  Log in here:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/members_area/

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

After considerable deliberation, the NHWN Board has closed the Neighbourhood Return pilot due to a lack of core funding.  The brand, Neighbourhood Return will be wound down and the concept developed and encompassed within NHWN core business.  Developments are occurring with ACPO, the College of Policing and the National Crime Agency to create opportunities for engagement at various levels regarding volunteering opportunities and the sharing of relevant information relating to missing people.

PAYPAL – PHISHING E-MAILS

Beware e-mails, purportedly from PayPal, saying use of your account is being limited whilst unauthorised or suspicious activity is being investigated.  DO NOT be fooled and NEVER click on the ‘links’.  PayPal confirms the e-mails are fraudulent and advises an e-mail is NOT from PayPal when:

  • It uses a generic greeting like “Dear user” or “Hello, PayPal member.” PayPal always addresses you by your first and last name or the business name on your PayPal account.
  • It requests financial and other personal information.  E-mails from PayPal never ask for bank account, debit or credit card numbers.
  • It includes an attachment, a software update to install on your computer, or a hyperlink. We will never send an attachment or software updates to install on your computer.

PayPal does not request your e-mail address, full name, account password or answers to your security questions.

STAY SAFE ON-LINE

A security company has reported what could be the largest breach in history where the username and password combination of some 360 million accounts were discovered to be for sale on cyber black markets.  It is believed the information may have been stolen in breaches that have yet to be publicly reported and many passwords were not encrypted.  Hackers can do more damage with stolen usernames and passwords than stolen credit cards, especially if you use the same password on multiple sites.  Make sure to use different usernames and passwords for all your on-line accounts and services so, if one is compromised, the rest remain protected.

On-line vehicle fraud is costing £17.8 million annually according to figures released by Get Safe Online and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.  In 2013, more than 6,600 UK residents reported on-line vehicle fraud to the police with an average loss of £4,078.  Fraudsters used the following methods to steal their victims’ cash:

  • Part or full payment for the vehicles and then loss of contact with the “seller” accounted for 49% of frauds.
  • 37% involved payment of a deposit rather than the full amount.
  • Bank transfers (58%), fake eBay Invoices (14%) and Google Payment Systems Invoices (12%) offering non-existent “buyer protection” for the transaction were the most commonly cited methods.
  • Some victims paid funds to holding accounts on the basis the money would be held until the buyer received the goods and is satisfied with them.
  • Other victims received texts from well-known websites requesting refundable fees for car inspections.

Nearly three quarters of victims were men and people in their forties reported a quarter of all on-line vehicle fraud.  London was the most targeted city, followed by Bristol and BirminghamFor the full press release, please go to:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/vehicle_fraud_drives_us_round_the_bend_costing_victims_178_million_in_2013/

You can download a campaign leaflet and a poster to promote the campaign from the NHWN website here:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/vehicle_fraud_campaign_poster/

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/vehicle_fraud_campaign_leaflet/

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

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