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Welcome to Issue 96 of the LNWA Newsletter – e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City to maintain contact. If you’re receiving this for the first time, it’s because you are identified as a contact in your Borough. LNWA is anxious information reaches the grassroots so please ensure all Watch members in your Borough are encouraged to read this Newsletter, also accessible with hyperlinks active via our website, http://www.lnwa.net
OPERATION OMEGA – MOPAC 7
In the Police and Crime plan, MOPAC set a target for the MPS to reduce crime in 7 priority categories by 20% by 2016. These categories are known collectively as the MOPAC 7:
- Violence with Injury
- Theft of a motor vehicle
- Theft from a motor vehicle
- Theft from the person
- Vandalism (criminal damage)
Progress is being made but the Met has asked if Neighbourhood Watch can be pro-active over two weekly periods to help this endeavour. This request is for your individual Watches to consider if they can do something to deliver a coordinated response. The idea is individual Watches target 1 or more priority crimes to see if they can minimise their occurrence. One choice might be to encourage members to keep doors and windows locked at all times to discourage “burglary”; another to encourage everyone’s children to keep smartphones out of sight of strangers to discourage “theft from the person”. At the end of the period, collect data from the watches and report any incidences to see if the campaign was a success.
LNWA hopes you will give this initiative your full support. Together with your Borough Commander, LNWA strongly endorses this campaign but individual Boroughs are free to decide their own response. It will be great if all 32 were involved and we are proposing the week leading to Halloween, 25 to 31 October, then again from 29 November to 5 December.
We aim to make this a component of our City Hall Event on 16 December so please keep LNWA informed via firstname.lastname@example.org of your plans and success. If anyone wishes to volunteer to present their ideas at the December Event, they will be very welcome.
The latest copy of Crimestoppers Connect magazine can be seen at:-
The MPS is undertaking a survey to identify issues faced by London’s disability community when reporting disability hate crime in order to provide a service that reflects the needs of the disability community. The survey should only take 5-7 minutes to complete but you need to be quick as it closes on 28th October 2015. Go to: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SBOJQ/
SMOKING IN CARS
The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of second hand smoke. From 1 October, it will be illegal to smoke in a car or other vehicle if someone under the age of 18 is present. Once the law comes into force in England and Wales, the driver and smoker could both be fined £50. It will include those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence, though not if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.
Any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof will be subject to the law. It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down. Council Officers and Police are expected to enforce the law to protect young people from harm, handing out £50 penalty notice fines where applicable.
People are being targeted as “parcel mules”, part of a reshipping scam resulting in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially. Victims are mostly recruited through job advertisements/dating websites, are persuaded to have items delivered to their address and pay for postage before sending them elsewhere. Contact, made through Freelancer websites, invites one to become a “Freight Forwarder” as an employment opportunity.
Delivered items, electrical equipment or high value goods such as trainers, perfume and mobile phones, are purchased through fraudulent means, including use of stolen cards. Such “mules” are not only handling stolen goods but losing out financially. They will not be paid whilst paying for postage and delivery of packages personally. Additionally, they will have provided enough personal detail to allow identity theft to occur. Protect yourself:
- Do not agree to receive packages at your address for someone you do not know.
- Be cautious of unsolicited job offers or opportunities to make easy money.
- When accepting a job offer, verify company details and check if they are UK registered.
- Be wary of an online contact who asks you to send money or to receive items.
- Protect your privacy – do not give personal details to someone that you do not trust.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
That’s it for this month. As usual, LNWA thanks you for your work and support.