Issue 90

Welcome to Issue 90 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

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_april_2015/

With a view to populating the Events section on its website, NHWN is asking you to advise of forthcoming Neighbourhood Watch events. Regular updates help keep the section current and gain maximum publicity. To add an event to the site, send a description to Catherine Dunn (Catherine.Dunn@ourwatch.org.uk) quoting the date, time and location.

FREE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

NHWN has again secured free Public Liability Insurance to enable our volunteers to carry out their roles.  The policy runs to 31 March 2016 and covers any scheme registered with a recognised authority (which includes all recipients of this e-mail as you are registered via LNWA).  There’s no need for each Borough to register.  In the event of a claim, the Watch or Association should point out it is recognised via London Neighbourhood Watch Association.

What is covered?

  • If any of your activities cause injury to third parties or damage to third party property, the insurer will cover claims arising for up to £10 million per claim occurring during the insured period.
  • The insurance applies for activities undertaken with your full knowledge, authority and under your control in line with good practice procedures and adhering to all relevant local policies and practices.
  • The erection and maintenance of signs and posters, including whilst erecting, is covered providing that 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 people’s events are covered provided they are not prohibited by any exclusion criteria.
  • The cover is also for other Watches, eg Junior and Speed Watch, if incorporated into a NW Scheme or Association and local policies and practices are adhered to.
  • There is no age restriction (upper or lower) placed on the cover.

The certificate for proof of cover can be downloaded from the Members Area of the OurWatch website where you will, of course, need to have “registered”. General questions are addressed in the FAQ document available to download at:

http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news_and_events/news/public_liability_insurance_2015_16/

ACTION FRAUD ALERT – REMEMBER, YOU ARE THE SELLER

Selling your car via a classified advertisement? Action Fraud is warning of a scam. Fraudsters contact you through your advert, normally by text, and provide a link to a fake website which may look professional and similar to the “original” you advertised on. It will say there is a ‘potential purchaser’ for your car and will ask you to pay an arrangement fee to ensure the purchase takes place by using an e-money method e.g. UKASH or PAYSAFE vouchers. It will instruct you to purchase the vouchers and may even provide a link to a list of shops that sell them. You are then asked to input unique codes from the e-money product you purchased. Once input, your money is gone so remember, however urgent the need, do not be misled; do not pay an advance fee and meet face to face for an agreed sale. Only accept cash or a secure method of payment.

SCAMS AWARENESS MONTH

Scams Awareness Month is a joint initiative between Citizens Advice Bureaux and Trading Standards Services across England & Wales usually held in May but, due to the general election, this year it has been postponed to July. Key partners include Citizens Advice, Trading Standards Institute, National Trading Standards Board, Consumer Empowerment Alliance and the Consumer Protection Partnership. The theme this year is “Don’t be rushed, don’t be hushed” and “Take time to talk”. The key messages are for consumers to:

  • Take time to make a decision, consult the right people and make an informed choice;
  • Talk about scams – report them and warn others.

Resources will be available to all between May and July from:

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/professionals/education-resources/education_resources/education_resources_e/ed_scam_e.htm

THE BIG LUNCH

The 7th annual Big Lunch takes place this year on 7 June. Packs are available to order from:

http://www.thebiglunch.com/?utm_source=jarrang&utm_medium=email&utm_content=main&utm_campaign=BigLunch0213

CRIMESTOPPERS

An online toolkit has been launched, hosted by the College of Policing, providing evidence about what does and doesn’t work in reducing crime. The portal covers 14 topics with plans to expand as new evidence and research becomes available. Find out more at:

http://college.pressofficeadmin.com/component/content/article/45-press-releases/841

HONOURS NOMINATIONS – NEW YEAR 2016

The New Year 2016 Honours round is now open and the list will be released on 31 December 2015. LNWA would like to encourage you to become involved. Volunteers have been very successful over the last few years and it is a great way to have the work you do rightly recognised and publicised. Evidence of sustained achievement is important but please don’t limit your search to those approaching retirement. Your nominee will, ideally, still be active when the award is made. Documentation can be downloaded at:

http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/the-honours-nomination-process-explained

Citations must be submitted to HonsSecCorrespondence@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk by 10 April if they are to be considered.  If you decide to nominate someone, please do not inform them at this stage as not all nominations will be successful. If you have any questions or require any support, please e-mail Victoria March at the Home Office on at victoria.march@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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

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