Welcome to Issue 85 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:
NHWN has produced a short report detailing the partnership between itself and comparethemarket.com from June to October 2014. Read it here:
Meanwhile, NHWN has also produced an article and some posters for HALLOWEEN to indicate whether to welcome “trick or treaters” at the door. Find them at:
Finally, NHWN has some seasonal fire safety advice and a series of posters and flyers covering DIWALI and BONFIRE NIGHT. Go to:
CRIME SURVEY FOR ENGLAND AND WALES
The latest report from the Crime Survey for England and Wales is now available at:
It shows a fall in all crime except fraud. There is a brief summary and some information about protecting yourself against fraud in this article on the OurWatch website:
GET SAFE ONLINE WEEK (20-26 OCTOBER 2014)
This week, Get Safe Online, the public private, joint, internet safety initiative, revealed the financial and the emotional cost of cybercrime. In a specially commissioned poll for Get Safe Online Week , half of those who said they were a victim of cybercrime (including online fraud or cases resulting in economic loss; I.D. theft; hacking or deliberate distribution of viruses; and online abuse) said they felt either ‘very’ or ‘extremely violated’ by their ordeal. Separate figures, prepared by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) for Get Safe Online Week, show the sheer extent of financial loss with over £670 million lost to reported online-enabled fraud cases in the 12 months to September 2014. However, as a significant number of online fraud cases still go unreported, the true economic cost of cybercrime is likely to be much higher. The Get Safe Online survey also revealed 53 per cent of the population now sees online crime as seriously as ‘physical world’ crime, destroying the notion that online crime is ‘faceless’ and less important. As a result, 54 per cent of cybercrime victims wish to unmask a perpetrator but only 14 per cent succeeded.
Over half those surveyed for Get Safe Online have been a victim of online crime although only 32 per cent of these reported the crime. Around 47 per cent of victims did not know how to report an online crime, although this figure is expected to drop through the on-going work of Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, and the considerable Government resources now dedicated to fighting cybercrime.
HOME SECURITY MONTH
LNWA has no affiliation with Everest and was asked to include this article by a media company (again, no connection) because there are some useful tips for members. The findings of a recently conducted survey highlight common errors made by people that compromise home security. Go to the link below for a slideshow:
“THINK JESSICA” ANTI-SCAM LEAFLETS
The charity, Think Jessica produces a 12-page booklet called ‘Watch Out for Scams’ as well as a series of ‘Watch Out for Scams’ posters. They have a limited number of free packs of 100 leaflets + poster packs available for order. If you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Think Jessica, PO Box 4442, Chesterfield, S44 9AS.
That’s it for this month. As usual, on behalf of LNWA, thank you for your work and support.