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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 6-6-21

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Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 6-6- 21
I understand that the heatwave will continue so  please have a safe and peaceful week.

Drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising.
Take cool baths or showers.
Wear light-coloured, loose clothing.
Sprinkle water over skin or clothes.
Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.
Avoid excess alcohol.
Avoid extreme exercise.

Listen Talk Do
Leys Neighbourhood Watch Group (attached leaflet)
Listen -  there were several  requests to help make the estate cleaner
Talk - spoke to resident about 'hot spots' and asked for volunteers
Do - Litter pick 5th June (World Environment Day) 
Outcome -many bags of litter collected and meeting new people
Regular litter picking was agreed

Please share any activities that you may do during NW week

Benefits of Membership

Coordinator Registration  (if you are interested in starting a scheme please use reply icon stating your road)

A Plan (Attached flyer)
As Oxford Neighbourhood Watch has no funds please see attached flyer for APlan car and home insurance with £25 donation to ONW

CEO Letter from NWN (attached)

A Section 60 order has been authorised in Oxford.
The order began at 11.50pm on Wednesday (2/6) and is in place for 24 hours, and covers the area of Barton village.
The activation of the order is in response to two separate incidents of violence that took place just after 4pm on both Tuesday (1/6) and Wednesday (2/6).
Section 60 orders enhance the stop and search powers of officers, allowing them to search people without needing to suspect that they may be carrying weapons. This will also mean an increased number of officers in the area while the order is in place.
Following a review, this order has been extended until 11.30pm on Friday (4/6).
Officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols in the local area.
Please approach them with any questions or concerns you have.

CCTV image of man -assault on Cowley Road
We are releasing a CCTV image of a man who may have vital information in connection with an assault on Cowley Road at the junction of East Avenue.
Happened at around 11.15pm on Saturday 8 May.
A man received multiple fractures to his face.
Info? Call 101 ref 43210197701.

Has your bike been stolen?
Officers recovered two Pinarello road bikes on Friday 28 May from the Jericho area and believe them to be stolen. We would like to reunite them with their rightful owners.
• The first bike is white with red detail
• The second bike is black with red detail
Please call 101 quoting reference 43210230742 if you believe these belong to you.
Proof of purchase will be required.

Did you know that when you tell Crimestoppers what you know about a crime, they guarantee you'll stay 100% anonymous?
Please watch the video to learn how you can tell them what you know, and how they guarantee no one else will ever know you got in touch to help. The online form is easy to use, taking you through questions step-by-step.
By speaking up, safely and securely, you will help to tackle crime and make your area safer for everyone. Find out more:

Dog theft - there are several reports of professional dog thieves in Oxford and Oxfordshire so please keep your dog safe.
Pet theft on increase across UK
To help keep your dog safe, Neighbourhood Watch have pulled together some top tips on how to keep your dog secure, in sight and searchable and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of dog theft: 
Fit a bell or gate alarm to any rear or side gates; the gates should be secured with British Standard locks, locking bolts or closed shackle padlocks.
Secure your garden boundary to prevent your dog from escaping or a thief from reaching in and taking your dog out.
Be particularly careful of sharing or publicly posting on social media details of where you live, the type of dog you have and where you walk. 
In sight
Never leave your dog unattended in a car – as it is not just dangerous for their health but allows them to be easily targeted by thieves.
Leaving your dog alone outside a shop is another easy opportunity for a thief, even if you are only away for a minute.
Be careful of strangers asking you a lot of questions when you are walking your dog – they could be distracting you to make it easy for them to steal your dog. 
Make sure your dog is microchipped and the details are correct on any of the recognised pet registration databases. Your dog must be microchipped by the time it is eight weeks old.
Fit your dog with a collar; the tag on the collar should have a contact number and your surname, not the name of the dog.
Make sure you take pictures of your dog from various angles, especially if they have distinctive markings or features. A further photo of you with your dog can help to prove ownership. 

Did you know that 53% of people aged 65 or over have been targeted by a scam? Check in with friends, family and loved ones and consider taking the online Friends Against Scams awareness session with them 

Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message. The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details). These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million emails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The tool, which was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police last April, allows the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans it for malicious links. Since its launch, over 43,000 scams and 84,000 malicious websites have been removed.

Protect yourself
1: Be cautious of messages asking for your personal information. Official organisations, such as your bank, should never ask you for personal or financial information via email or text message. If you receive a message and you want to check that it’s legitimate, you can call the organisation directly using a known number, such as the one on a bank statement or utility bill.

2: Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) by forwarding the email to: Your reports will help government and law enforcement agencies to remove malicious emails and websites.

3: Report suspicious text messages. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge and enables your mobile network provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

4: Report fraud. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.

For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit:

CENSUS 2021 (Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion)
OCSI have had lots of people asking them when they can expect to see the census data. This year the current line from the ONS is that they aim to produce the first release outputs from the census findings in March 2022, which, despite the almost year’s wait, is faster than the previous census. The full data release is currently planned for March 2023

If you are spending time around Oxford’s rivers, streams and lakes this weekend, make sure you are up to date on the wild water code.
For advice on staying safe when using Oxford's waterways go to:

Urgent recalled items from supermarkets can be seen  by copying this link

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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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