Issue 88

Welcome to Issue 88 of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact 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

LNWA is pleased to announce Mark Glazer, chairman of Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Association has joined our team and will, initially, take the role of Regional Coordinator for Boroughs in North East London. Mark’s been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for many years and has been instrumental in revitalising the Redbridge Association. He’s a valued team member and can be contacted via our website (Redbridge Borough Contact) or at: “markglazer@lnwa.org”

MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR POLICING & CRIME (MOPAC)

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https://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/mail-from-mayor?source=vanityurl

NEIGHBOURHOOD & HOME WATCH NETWORK (NHWN)

The National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has written a quick reference guide to involving young people in social action. The guide aims to help you quickly and easily find good practice and practical information. For more information, go to:

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

ACTION FRAUD

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime. Run by City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, a specialist team uses information from all reported fraud and cyber crime cases to create alerts about new types of crime or those increasing in severity. Action Fraud is now working with NHWN to share its prevention alerts so, if you have signed up to Neighbourhood Alert, you should receive these directly. Commonly seen issues include:

 

  • People who call to say there’s a problem with your bank card and they need to collect it from you;
  • Fraud committed by people selling event / entertainment tickets, weight-loss / teeth whitening drugs, or vehicles online;
  • Fraud committed by people who cold-call thousands in order to sell them an investment in shares or precious metals, or who want them to invest their pension;
  • People pretending to be someone they are not in order to persuade your business to send money to a new bank account to pay for an invoice;
  • The activities of cyber-criminals who want to infect your computer or smartphone to steal banking details or lock files to prevent you from using or viewing them;
  • Fraudsters who persuade people to pay a fee in advance of receiving a loan, which never appears.

Prevention advice is also available on the Action Fraud website but a typical “alert” message just received refers to Passwords:

“Fraudsters hack personal, on-line accounts to obtain details which allow them to defraud you. To prevent this, it’s vital to use strong passwords when accessing on-line accounts and on-line banking. To ensure they are less vulnerable to being stolen, passwords should be memorable enough not to have to write them down and long enough to be unique and hard to guess. If you are unable to remember all your passwords, a password manager could be used to store them securely. To protect yourself:

  • Th!nk ab0ut how you could change l3tters in your n0rmal passw0rds to make them more difficult to gue55;
  • Use long, non-dictionary words;
  • Use different passwords for each of your personal accounts and online banking;
  • Change passwords regularly;
  • Do not store passwords on devices that have shared access by other people, for example in internet cafes and when using public Wi-Fi.”

HM INSPECTORATE OF CONSTABULARY (HMIC)

Together with the Home Office and College of Policing, HMIC is carrying out research to try to understand more about the experiences of victims of digital crime and is particularly keen to hear from people who have been a victim of crime using digital technology but haven’t reported it to the Police or Action Fraud. Full information can be found by visiting:

http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/our-work/digital-crime-and-policing/victim-digital-crime/

CRIMESTOPPERS – LONDON WORKING GROUP

Crimestoppers is looking for high-calibre individuals to join its London Working Group. This small team will play a vital role in advising on and delivering its work across the capital, on a voluntary basis, working alongside the Regional Manager. This is an opportunity to utilise extensive skills and experience to help Crimestoppers ensure criminals operating in the capital are brought to justice and our streets made safer. Working alongside like-minded professionals, expect to meet on a bi-monthly basis and undertake some activity between meetings based around particular portfolios and specialisms. Crimestoppers is keen to hear from anyone who feels they may be able to contribute and, in particular, people with backgrounds in Marketing, Campaign Planning, PR, Digital and Social Media, Business Networking or Fundraising. For more information, visit:

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/volunteer-for-crimestoppers/london-working-group/

SCAMS PACK

A useful Scams Pack, produced by Surrey Trading Standards, has come to our attention. Full details can be found at:

http://new.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/latest-news-for-business-and-consumers/scam-mail

It’s all branded Surrey Trading Standards but you may want to order a copy for reference or inspiration for your own anti-scam materials. If you explain you represent Neighbourhood Watch in London, we’re sure they’ll oblige

That’s it for this month. As usual, LNWA thanks you for your work and support.

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