Issue 80

Welcome to Issue 80 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)

If you haven’t signed up to receive a monthly copy direct to your Inbox, the latest NHWN newsletter is available at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/our_news_may_2014/

With the advent of smartphones, people habitually take ‘selfies’ – pictures of themselves – to post on various social media accounts.  A number of charities encourage supporters to take ‘selfies’ and donate to the charity while posting ‘text-to-donate’ information alongside their images.  NHWN would like to encourage Coordinators, and Watch members to take selfies next to a Neighbourhood Watch sticker or sign; with fellow Neighbourhood Watch members; next to other kinds of ‘Watch’ sign e.g. Pub Watch, Horse Watch; or with key people such as police officers, local businesspeople etc.  NHWN then wants you to post the selfies to Twitter and/or Facebook with the hashtag #NHWselfie and, at the same time, donate to NHWN by texting NHWN14 £X (with the ‘X’ being the donation amount) to 70070, posting those details along with the ‘selfie’.

NHWN will be promoting this via its partners, social media channels (www.twitter.com/n_watch and www.facebook.com/ourwatch) and the Alert messaging system but needs your help to put the word out!  If you, your scheme or Association uses Twitter or Facebook, please look for NHWN posts, retweet them and share them with friends and followers.  And, of course, take and post your own ‘selfies’!  This is an opportunity to show how active Neighbourhood Watch is and can be taken in a light-hearted way.  NHWN doesn’t mind you having fun with the concept by taking pictures in amusing or imaginative locations.  If you don’t use social media, please pass this message through your networks so those who do can support the campaign.

Donations will be used to cover costs in printing and distributing hard copies of the ‘Stay Safe’ booklets mentioned in Issue 77.  If donations exceed the sum needed, the money will be used to support Regions’ costs in further distributing the booklets or to fund printing more copies.

If you are not familiar with Facebook and Twitter but would like to have a go, you can download a basic guide to social media at:

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

If you have any queries, please call NHWN on 0116 229 3118.

APPROVAL OF COORDINATORS ON THE NATIONAL DATABASE

If you subscribe to the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network, Alert messaging scheme, you may have seen a note about the policy on Approval of Coordinators on the National Database.  Hundreds of Coordinators across London have added their Watch details to the database but, unless they live in Bromley, their schemes remain “unapproved”.  This is because NHWN is looking for volunteer administrators in each Region and, since Neighbourhood Watch in London is managed at Borough level, this requires a volunteer from each Borough.  So far, only Bromley has such a volunteer.  You can read more on this at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/uploads/pub_res/Approval_policy.pdf

and read the FAQs at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/get_involved/register_a_scheme/registering_a_scheme_on_our_website_faqs/#anchor_5

If you would like to volunteer as the Administrator for you Borough and manage all your Coordinators who have mapped their Watches on the national database, please contact me on alfredkennedy@lnwa.org

INTERNET SAFETY

This month, the media highlighted the discovery of the ‘Heartbleed’ bug, a flaw discovered in OpenSSL security software, which is used by many online service providers to provide a secure encrypted service to protect the information the user sends.  The software is usually represented by a small padlock symbol in the corner of your web browser.  The ‘Heartbleed’ bug meant attackers could have potentially eavesdropped on communications and stolen data directly from the service providers and users.  With a reported 60 per cent of websites worldwide being affected, how can you protect your online identity?

• If you think the Heartbleed bug may have affected you, contact your service provider for clarification.

• If your service provider has told you they have been affected, make sure the issue has been fixed before changing your passwords.  If you are not sure, contact your service provider to confirm.

• Keep your devices current with the latest patches and updates – these often contain security fixes and additional layers of protection for software.

• Use strong secure passwords for all of your online accounts with, at least, one password for each type of online service provider e.g. banking, retail, social and email.

• Remember to change your passwords regularly.

CITY OF LONDON POLICE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CRIME UNIT NOW ON TWITTER!

Go to – @CityPolicePIPCU – www.twitter.com/citypolicepipcu

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

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