Welcome to the
in Moreton Village
As you know Neighbourhood Watch is about supporting individuals, communities and the vulnerable to feel safer, more connected and resilient. As a retired Police Officer of 30yrs with Staffordshire Police, I am familiar with victims of crime and the effect crime has on communities. I am pleased and proud to continue the good work of my predecessor Jean as your new Neighbourhood Watch Community Co-ordinator and look forward to my new role.
With the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid 19 crisis, it is clear that we can expect a challenging Autumn and Winter ahead. As the weather deteriorates and the days get shorter, the importance of our work and need for community support will increase further.
The Countryside Code
During lockdown and the current government guidelines, it is apparent to most of us that our
communities are being visited by people that do not normally venture into the countryside. This can lead to problems for countryside residents and livestock, so Staffordshire Police has provided advice to all visitors to follow The Countryside Code, which can be found on their website.
Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.
Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment. Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details. How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Numerous incidents of Jewellery thefts in rural areas have been reported whereby thieves are targeting households. The offences have taken place during the day and windows have been used as the main point of entry - offenders are forcing windows open or using outdoor items to smash windows to gain entry to properties
•Make sure any jewellery or valuables are stored out of sight.
•Consider installing a safe with floor bolts.
•Install window and door alarms as these can scare intruders off.
•Take photos of any valuable items and make sure they are included in your home insurance policy.
Distraction Purse Thefts
We’ve recently received reports of distraction purse thefts at shopping locations across the County.
These thefts, where elderly shoppers have been targeted, have followed a similar pattern - the offender distracts the victim with conversation whilst getting close enough to steal a purse or wallet.
Please be alert whilst shopping and make sure that your purse or wallet is securely stored between purchases. If you pay for items on a card always make sure your pin number is kept out of sight from other shoppers
With the onset of the winter months a vehicle’s roadworthiness is even more important. Daily checks should include. Oil and water including washer bottles to clear your windscreen. Shorter days with changing road conditions and temperatures, be prepared by checking your Lights and Tyres before every journey. Remember the minimum tread depth is 1.6mm and ideally more for winter driving.
Dawn Burney Neighbourhood Watch Community Co-ordinator
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