Welcome to the 72nd edition of the LNWA Newsletter – produced to maintain your contact with LNWA and e-mailed to all 32 Boroughs plus the City. Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) are regularly updated so, if you are receiving it 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, www.lnwa.net
LONDON – CRIMESTOPPERS
We’re publishing a little early this month to coincide with the launch today of a new campaign by London Crimestoppers called “Filthy Rich”. Posters have started to go up in selected locations with a press launch today. Four different, creative posters will go on billboards, bus-shelters, Tube lift and escalator panels, bus interiors and on digital animations in pubs and bars across London. These will be supported by PR activity and online social media support. There will also be commercials on Capital Radio and, of course, this newsletter. Please give this campaign as much publicity as possible.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage the public to come forward with information on those living off the proceeds of crime. This may be a result of activity by individuals across a number of acquisitive crime types ranging from drug-dealing, robbery, burglary to more serious crimes such as human-trafficking, fraud, illegal importation and, of course, money-laundering which can also involve businesses. For more on the campaign go to:
Meanwhile, you can follow Crimestoppers on Twitter through both the main account,
@CrimestoppersUK and also the flow dedicated to London at @RHookCSLondon.
GET SAFE ONLINE
Get Safe Online has launched a new ‘online safety’ hotline for parents (or grandparents) who fell less technically “savvy” than their children. The ‘Switched On’ campaign is designed to help give parents the confidence needed to be able to teach their children about online safety and monitor them more closely. For more information, go to:
The National Mobile Crime Unit has asked LNWA to remind everyone about the free www.Immobilise.com database. The website contains 27 million accounts and is the best register of lost/stolen personal items in the UK. It’s easy to create an account and the guides for registering items, such as mobile phones, computers, cameras etc. are easy to follow.
The vital detail required is the unique serial number of the lost/stolen item. When Police Officers find property, they check only the serial number against the National Register to identify the owner.
You don’t need to have yet lost any items to create a free account and register your possessions, so that the Police anywhere in the UK can intercept stolen items, arrest offenders and, more importantly, return your property to you!
Mobile phones are the most common items lost or stolen and every phone has a 15 digit unique serial number, the IMEI number. Careful recording of this is essential when registering your phone. Once you have registered your own property, please spread the word among family and friends.
You may be interested in a new product that takes an old iPhone/iPod/iPad and converts it to a monitoring camera that streams in real-time. You can access the stream remotely and it is able to detect motion and sound just from the Apple camera. It is in beta form at the moment so the service is free. There is no news on what it might eventually cost but, for more information, go to: (www.manything.com)
That’s all for this month. As usual, on behalf of LNWA, thank you for your work and support.