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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 20-6-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 20-6-21
Please note all replies to this Newsletter are confidential

This weekly newsletter is compiled by Maggie Lewis, Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. Any contributions will be gratefully received from individuals or organisations. Please can Neighbourhood Watch (NW) Coordinators share with  members and non-members in their roads/streets.

If you would like to become a NW member in Oxford  please send yes in reply icon to receive more benefits and open to all Oxford residents. 

If you have any comments/information to post or wish to unsubscribe please use reply icon at bottom of Alert. 

Father's Day
Sonora Smart Dodd (1882-1978) was the daughter of American Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, and was responsible for the founding of Father's Day. Father's Day is celebrated to acknowledge the efforts of fathers and to thank them for their efforts.

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
Funding - attachment

There is no funding for Neighbourhood Watch and all roles are voluntary.   If you would like to help financially so that leaflets, road signs and projects can be increased I have attached a motor insurance policy leaflet  by APlan in Oxford that will give a direct donation to £25 to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. All donations are given into a Neighbourhood Watch bank account. This attachment is shareable to members and non-members. If you want a separate leaflet sent to your email please request as reply.

Area Coordinators
Thank you to the volunteers who have taken the role of Area Coordinators for 
Rose Hill
Wolvercote and Sunnymead

Help needed
The main role of the Area Coordinator is to find NW Coordinators in their areas and to coordinate the current ones. If anyone wants to start a Watch scheme in their road/ street and become a  Coordinator please use reply icon. You run your watch scheme and give the time and commitment you can but they all need to be approved schemes, not self-declared. If you are not sure if your scheme is approved please contact me.
The vast majority of residents are  good neighbours and sharing information already and being aware of neighbour's welfare. You can volunteer to be part of the largest  crime prevention organisation in England and Wales while helping to keeping your community and neighbours safe by knowing their needs. You still receive exactly the same Alerts as now but most local information is not on the Alerts system and is shared by the Coordinator with their members. The Coordinator  is the main contact with the local neighbourhood policing team and has direct contact with their local PCSO.  More membership has greater effectiveness so if you wish to be a member, rather than a Coordinator you can use reply button and will be welcome.

TVP Oxford
Wanted man (CCTV image as attachment)
Thames Valley Police is releasing a CCTV image of a man officers would like to speak to following a theft in Oxford as we believe he may have vital information.
At around 9.20am on Thursday 29 April a bike locked in the cycle rack near to Wilkinson’s, Templars Square was stolen.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Lee Dix, based at St Aldates police station, said: “If you recognise this man, or believe it could be you, please get in touch.
“You can make a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference 43210181777.
“If you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”

Witness Appeal 
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Oxford.
At around 7.45am on Wednesday 16 June the victim, a 12-year-old boy, was approached by an unknown man in Blackbird Leys Road outside Jake’s take away. The man slapped the boy around the face causing him to fall to his knees. The victim’s phone fell onto the floor and the man stamped on it causing damage.
The offender is described as man believed to be in his late teens and of skinny to medium build. He was wearing an all black tracksuit and black balaclava.
Investigating officer PC Bethany Snowdon, based at Oxford, said: “I am appealing for any witnesses of this incident, or if anyone saw the man matching the description in the area at the time or think they know who they are, to please get in touch.
“You can make a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference 43210263796

Unfortunately, there is a recurrence of old scams as well as new. Many of us will know the effect that this can have on people. A particularly helpful website is the National Trading Standards website and the attachment is also useful.

Attachment -  the Little Big Book of Scams 5th edition by the Metropolitan Police

A DANGEROUS DVLA text scam is currently circulating in the UK. A warning was shared about a scam text message claiming to be from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, which notifies drivers about a vehicle tax recalculation.
The message says: "We have recalculated your vehicle tax.
"You are owed £48.84 due to overpayment."
It then gives consumers a link to click on to claim their refund, which would take them to a fake website. 

National Insurance Scams
POLICE are warning people not to fall victim to a scam that could see them hand over personal details.
Officers say there has been a growing number of reports from people who have received an automated phone call which states that their National Insurance number has been 'compromised'.
They are then told that in order to fix this and get a new number, the victim needs to 'press 1 on their handset to be connected to the caller'.
Once connected to the 'caller', victims are pressured into giving over their personal details in order to receive a new National Insurance number.
In reality, they’ve been connected to a criminal who can now use their personal details to commit fraud.
Action Fraud advises members of the public to remember these three steps to keep themselves safe against scammers.
Stop: Take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests - only criminals will try to rush or panic you
Protect: If you have provided personal details to someone over the phone and you now believe it to be a scam, contact your bank, building society and credit card company immediately and report it to Action Fraud
You can report a scam to Action Fraud via the website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Hermes Scam
There’s been a resurgence in fake Hermes texts trying to lure you into bank transfer scams. Here’s how fraudsters have been changing their tactics to try to catch you out.
Text message scammers ultimately want to get hold of your details, including who you bank with, so they can later call you pretending to be that bank. They usually warn victims that their account has been compromised, persuading them to send their money to a new ‘safe account.’ But this is all a lie.
Scam texts claiming to be from delivery company Hermes have been circulating for a long time, but recently the scammers behind them have been trying to make their attempts to con you more convincing – here’s how:

Fake Hermes text tactics
These scams start out as a text message saying you’ve either missed a delivery or there’s a fee to pay for a parcel. They include a link that takes you through to enter details or make a small payment.
But Hermes never asks for payments via text – it only sends links that let you view parcel tracking.
Customers have wised up to this, so scammers are now including other details in the message to mimic real Hermes texts, and offer links to ‘track’ a parcel.
Some now include an estimated time of delivery and the names of big retailers, sometimes followed up shortly after with a fake missed delivery notification from the same number.

Crime Prevention
RING Video Doorbells Ring lets you monitor your home from your smartphone. You can see, hear, and speak to anyone on your property, wherever you are. Enjoy a 20% discount on the relevant Ring products until 30th June 2021 for NW members.

Keyless car thefts
What is keyless theft?
The way which thieves steal cars without the car keys - something that’s also referred to as relay theft - is quite simply, although high-tech equipment is needed in order for it to work. First criminals search the darker regions of the internet to buy the relay amplifiers and relay transmitters needed to make the steal.
Next, they’ll target houses with desirable cars parked outside, and using their gadgets they can detect whether or not the vehicle uses a keyless entry and start system.
Working in pairs, one thief will stand by the car with the transmitter while a second carries the amplifier around the perimeter of the house. If the key is close enough, the amplifier will be able to boost its signal and direct it to the transmitter.
This transmitter then effectively becomes the key, and tricks the car into thinking the real key is nearby, whereupon the thieves are able to open the car, get in and drive away. The whole process can take as little as 60 seconds and can be completed in near silence and as for safety reasons the engine won't just cut out when the key is out of range, there is very little to stop the thieves.

How To Protect Keyless Entry Cars
Put your keys in a blocking pouch. ...
Turn off keyless entry on your fob. ...
Steering wheel lock or alarm. ...
Consider outdoor motion detectors/CCTV. ...
Store keys away from entry points. ...
Position your car securely. ...
Keep the inside of your car tidy. ...
Consider etching your windows.

Community/General Information
Oxford City Council
When reporting online an email address is needed for feedback. All reports and messaging to and from the Council is confidential.

Reminder on Coronavirus Prevention
As a reminder for all, please see here for of how to prevent Coronavirus:

Staying safe on our waterways 
Swimming in our rivers has become increasingly popular but it can be dangerous.
Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) runs from 19 June. It aims to equip everybody across the UK and Ireland with the skills and knowledge to make the right decisions about water safety.
Water saving Information
Facts about drowning - please see attachment 

Fire Safety
Attached leaflet

Domestic Abuse
Safe Lives

When you find out someone is experiencing domestic abuse, it can be hard to know what to say.
However you know the victim, whether they’re a friend, neighbour or even a client, it is not your responsibility to stop the abuse but you can still help.
SafeLives have worked with survivors and researchers to help you know what to say if you’re in this situation.
Having someone who will listen can help them to break their silence around what they’re suffering.
For more guidance, visit

Response to rape changes
Action Plan to increase the number of rape cases reaching court
New approach to investigations places greater emphasis on suspect behaviour
Performance of entire criminal justice system to be rated regularly
No victim to be left without a phone for more than 24 hours

The ambitious plans include clear actions for the police, prosecutors and courts – to roll out a new approach to investigations, reduce the number of victims withdrawing from the process, increase the volumes of trials being heard, protect the public and put more rapists behind bars

Crucially, it aims to return the volumes of cases being referred by the police, charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and going to court, to at least 2016 levels – when the decline in prosecutions began to appear. Each part of the criminal justice system will also be held to better account, with performance scorecards – on key metrics such as timeliness and victim engagement – being published every 6 months for the first time.
The Action Plan follows an end-to-end review by the government into how the criminal justice system handles rape. It comes after charges, prosecutions and convictions for rape fell over the last 5 years. Sadly, one in 2 victims who report being raped also withdraw from the investigation.
A new approach to investigations will be rolled out to more police forces across the country - one that places greater emphasis on understanding a suspect’s behaviour rather than placing undue focus on a victim’s credibility.
Meanwhile, more rape victims will be spared the trauma of needing to attend a trial by having their cross-examination video-recorded earlier in the process away from the courtroom.

Alert for cat owners (please share)
I cannot see any current evidence that  pancytopenia is linked to any other dry cat food products but the ones below are being recalled and investigations are being carried out.

Please note sadly an unusual number of cats are dying from pancytopenia.    Cat food products being recalled may be linked.  
Products include selected ranges from AVA (Pets At Home), Applaws and Sainsbury’s.   See link below for full list.
If your cat is at all unwell please seek urgent vet advice.   Symptoms may include some of the following :  lethargy, not eating, fever, pale and bleeding gums.

More information in the link to the BBC article below.

A Facebook page has also been set up for those that are concerned with lots of helpful advice :

Online reading discussion
The Royal Literary Fund is setting up free online reading discussion groups for people who are feeling isolated. The scheme is called Reading Round, and there is no need to read anything in advance. The groups take place via Zoom, and the person running the group reads aloud (story and poem) to the group before the discussion.
If you or someone you know might be interested, you can find out more and sign up by emailing
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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