Issue 82

Welcome to Issue 82 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, http://www.lnwa.net

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

If you haven’t signed up to receive a direct copy direct, read the latest NHWN newsletter at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/resource_centre/document_library/nhwn_our_news_july_2014

New research reveals over 25% of us are more likely to buy a house in a Neighbourhood Watch area.  This trend is most prevalent in the South West where over a third agree they’d prefer a property that was part of the movement.  The research, commissioned by comparethemarket.com, was released as Neighbourhood Watch celebrates its 50th anniversary.  It also found 65% of people agree neighbourhoods would be stronger if people knew each other better instilling a sense of togetherness and reducing crime levels.  Despite this, one in ten can’t name a single neighbour.  Becoming part of Neighbourhood not only helps create a safer, more connected community but can also have a positive impact on the value of homes and their appeal to buyers.  Insurance companies highlight homes in Neighbourhood Watch areas benefit from lowered house insurance premiums.  Helen Phipps, head of home insurance at comparethemarket.com said:

“Moving into a new home can often be an exciting yet daunting experience.  Our research shows that stronger communities are high on people’s agenda when they are looking to move and being part of a Neighbourhood Watch can really make a difference.  The special commemorative window sticker designed to mark Neighbourhood Watch’s 50th anniversary will hopefully encourage more people to join the movement and benefit from a stronger, more connected community.”

Jim Maddan Chairman of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network (England & Wales) said:

“Our number one objective is to bring communities together to reduce crime and improve our neighbourhoods.  We welcome the news that Brits would prefer to buy a property in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and becoming involved is very easy.  As we celebrate 50 years, we’ve made the bold decision to rejuvenate our brand by teaming up with comparethemarket.com and changing our iconic logo for a special edition enlisting the help of comparethemarket.com’s popular meerkats.  We hope this will help widen our appeal further and ultimately bring back a sense of belonging in communities across the country.”

The special edition logo has now been launched in conjunction with comparethemarket.com and there has been some good coverage in the media:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2693014/NEIGHBOURHOOD-WATCHS-MEERKAT-LOGO.html

Also, comparethemarket.com’s landing page “http://www.comparethemarket.com/neighbourhoods” is now live.  The campaign is encouraging people to visit the OurWatch website to load their local scheme.  In London, we encourage all current and prospective Coordinators to register with their local Borough.  Most of you responded to the recent message about the free Window Stickers and these will be dispatched shortly.  If you did not respond, or have requested no Stickers yet receive requests for them from within your Borough, I regret LNWA will not be able to supply them as the stock will all have been distributed.

CRIMESTOPPERS – OPERATION CHARM

Crimestoppers want to highlight Operation Charm.  Follow the link below to donate unwanted, endangered Wildlife products:

http://www.operationcharm.org/metropolitan-police-calls-on-londoners-to-donate-unwanted-wildlife-products/

NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY – FRAUD REPORT

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is urging the public to protect to be wary of powerful, malicious software (malware), specifically two distinct but associated forms known as GOZeuS and CryptoLocker.  Users are typically infected by clicking on attachments or links in e-mails that may seem harmless and appear to have been sent by genuine contacts.  Protect yourself by making sure you have up-to-date security software on your computer, run regular scans and check your operating systems and applications are current.

Analysis reveals a 37% year-on-year increase in confirmed fraud cases.  Of 20,000 suspected fraud cases investigated, 12,740 were confirmed to be fraudulent with marked increases in the following types of fraud:

  • Account takeover fraud increased by a staggering 123%, from 110 confirmed cases a month in 2012 to 246 in 2013;
  • Loan fraud increased by 115% from 78 to 168 a month;
  • Mobile phone/communications account-related fraud increased 84% year-on-year, from 93 cases a month to 171.

Additional, independent research showed that, on average, Britons have 19 online accounts each (down 27% year-on-year) with an average of seven different passwords (an increase of two year-on-year).  However, one in 10 never change their online passwords and one in 20 use the same passwords for all their online accounts. Two thirds of those surveyed also admit to having multiple, inactive online accounts, including social networks (26%), e-mail (18%) and retail accounts (21%)

DOMESTIC & GENERAL

Beware of calls from 0800 121 8147, purporting to come from Domestic & General, requesting payment for renewal of insurance cover on white goods.  Calling back on this number generates a recorded message, again, purportedly from Domestic & General, saying “sorry we missed you” and giving a number to call if you wish to receive no more calls.  These calls are not from Domestic & General and the company has no knowledge of this particular 0800 number.  So, please be wary of calls from apparently authentic companies you are either not expecting or who are requesting payment of funds by telephone.

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

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