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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 8-8-21

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Good morning Citizen 
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INDEX
1) Neighbourhood Watch
    Neighbourhood Watch Network
    Neighbourhood  Watch Awareness (NW experience)
2) Thames Valley Police
    Appeals
    TVP Numbers
3) General Information
    Beating Crime Plan (national)
    Cannabis
    County Lines
4) Scams
    DVLA
5) Crime Prevention 
    Protect yourself from ATM Theft
6) Community Safety
    Reporting Sexual Harassment on Rail Network
    Tyre Pressures
    Smoke Alarms

1)NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Neighbourhood Watch Network
Scammers like to convince you that you’ll be missing out if you don't do something. If this doesn't sound right, trust your instinct and don’t be afraid to tell them no. Find out how to protect from scams www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectfromfraud

Neighbourhood Watch Awareness
Thank you to our Coordinator for sending scam details to share.
"I got a scam phone call today from someone (not a recording) pretending to be from Amazon Security. Somehow they had managed to call me from a number which looked as if it was an Oxford number."
In response to the Coordinator's call Amazon sent this statement:
"We take phishing and spoofing attempts on our customers seriously, and will never call, email or text you to request payment, or your personal information outside of our website. If you have concerns, or receive a call, email or text you believe is not from Amazon, you can check the following Help pages for guidance on what to do:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=201908990
Fraudsters may impersonate us in order to get access to your information and, from time to time, you might receive e-mails, text messages or phone calls purporting to come from Amazon.co.uk which do not originate from us.
You can report suspicious spam via Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Amazon will never ask you for remote access to your device e.g. by asking you to install an app. In addition, Amazon will never ask you for the following information in an e-mail communication, text message or phone call:
• Your National Insurance Number.
• Your bank account information, credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code (including "updates" to any of the above).
• Your mother's maiden name or other information to identify you (such as your place of birth or your favourite pet's name).
• Your Amazon.co.uk password

2)TVP OXFORD APPEALS
HEADINGTON
Appeal for witnesses following an assault in Headington
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an assault in Oxford.
Between 10.45 and 11am on Friday 30 July the victim, a 23-year-old woman, was walking along London Road, Headington with her son when she was approached by a man who was shouting and being aggressive. The man grabbed the victim and the buggy and then grabbed the victim’s hair. Members of the public who were passing at the time came to the aid of the victim.
The victim did not sustain any injuries.
The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6ft tall with dirty blonde hair and large build. He was wearing glasses, a grey tracksuit with a green hooded top and potentially has a tattoo on his arm.
Investigating officer PC Annie Jenkins, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing to anybody who witnessed this incident to please come forward and contact police.
“I am particularly keen to hear from the members of the public who stopped to help the victim at the time  or anybody who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage from the area, or who recognises the description of the offender.
“If you have any information or witnessed the incident, please call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101 or make a report online, quoting reference 43210339737.

JERICHO
CCTV image released in arson attacks investigation in Jericho
(See attachment CCTV image)
Thames Valley Police is releasing an image of a man officers would like to speak to as part of an investigation into arson attacks in Oxford.
At approximately 2.45am on Monday 19 July, two separate properties on Kingston Road and Plantation Road in Jericho, Oxford had burning material placed through their letterboxes.
This caused a significant fire at the Kingston Road address resulting in two people sustaining serious burns.
They were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for medical treatment and have now been discharged.
A 30 year-old man from Stratford-upon-Avon was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life yesterday (22/7). He has now been released on bail with conditions.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector James Mather of Oxford CID said: “We are releasing a CCTV image of another man officers would like to speak to in connection with our ongoing investigation into these arson attacks in Jericho.
“If you recognise or have information about the man in the image, please contact us.
“We are also appealing again to anyone who might have seen or heard the incidents, or indeed have any information that could help this investigation to call us.
“We want to reassure members of the public that Thames Valley Police takes all attacks such as this extremely seriously, and we are conducting a thorough investigation.
“There is an increased police presence in the area.
“If you have any information or footage that could help this investigation, please call us on 101 quoting reference number 43210319651 or make a report online.
“You can also make a report completely anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111.”

3)GENERAL INFORMATION
Beating Crime Plan
The newly announced ‘Beating Crime Plan’ includes ensuring that every neighbourhood in England and Wales has a named and contactable police officer dedicated to that neighbourhood. 
The named police officer will know their area, the people and local communities who live there and are best placed to ensure that persistent crime and anti-social behaviour is tackled.
More police officers than ever before
 
Thames Valley Police numbers 
Thames Valley PCC, Matthew Barber, has welcomed the announcement that 269 police officers have been recruited in Thames Valley since September 2019, bringing the total number of officers up to 4,519. The latest figures show that Thames Valley Police now have more police officers than ever before as numbers have passed the previous high in 2010.
 In total, an extra 9,814 police officers have been recruited across all 43 police forces in England and Wales, bringing the total number of police officers in England and Wales up to 138,574 – where they are already having an impact in tackling crime and keeping communities safe.
 The recruitment drive is also helping to make police more representative of the communities they serve. More than 6,000 female officers have been recruited since April 2020, making up more than four in ten of all new recruits.
 There are also more black, Asian and other ethnic minorities employed as officers across forces than at any other time in the country’s history, making up over one in ten of the new recruits.

Cannabis
This is a Class B drug, which means it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession can get you up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.
Additional law details
Cannabis is different to other Class B drugs as it comes under the discretionary warning scheme.
This means that a police officer can choose to issue you with a street warning only (which doesn’t form a criminal record, though it will be recorded), so long as:
you're in possession of a small amount of cannabis only, and for your personal use
it’s the first time you’ve been caught with an illicit drug and you have no previous record of offence
you are compliant, non-aggressive and admit that the cannabis is for your own use only
If you're caught with cannabis and it's your second offence, the police can issue with a fixed-term fee notice, which is an on-the-spot fine for £80.
As long as you pay that within 21 days, there's no criminal record. If there’s a third occasion, you will be arrested and taken to the police station.

County Lines (attached leaflet)
What does a county line mean?
County Lines are where illegal drugs are transported from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. The 'County Line' is the mobile phone line used to take the orders of drugs.

4)  SCAMS
DVLA
The DVLA has issued a warning over scam messages relating to unpaid car tax.
People on social media have complained about the fake messages, which claim that the user has cancelled or not paid the tax on their vehicle.
The messages come through texts or via email but can also come through phone calls or on misleading websites.
The DVLA has a dedicated section on the Government website focusing on reporting internet scams and phishing.
The messages usually contain links to other websites, as well as account number and vehicle transaction numbers.
The official Government website assures users not to trust any messages drivers may receive.
It says: “Do not give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.”
They also advise drivers that they can forward any suspicious emails to the National Cyber Security Centre, as well as forwarding text messages.
“Always check the domain or the sender email address.
“Always should end with dot gov. If not, fake.”
Another user highlighted the urgency of the email, saying: “It’s trying to bounce you into immediate action, a sure sign that it’s dodgy.”
The scams often come with threats of fines, sometimes up to £1,000, if they are not paid on time.

5) CRIME PREVENTION
Protect Yourself from ATM Theft
It’s a good idea to scan the area around ATMs before you use them. Be aware of anyone standing close by and always check the machine to see if it’s been tampered with before you use it.
Tell-tale signs of ATM fraud
Things to look out for are devices attached to the machine – some are more obvious than others. If you do see something suspicious contact the police and the bank.
Remember, if it doesn’t look or feel right then steer clear and, if possible, go inside the bank where it will be safer. And always keep a regular check on your transactions.
Be alert
We know it’s not always easy, but try to be aware of anyone near you when you’re at an ATM. Being aware of your surroundings and not being distracted makes it harder for people to take advantage and less likely that they’ll try to.
Thieves will watch as you key in your PIN or distract you while you’re withdrawing cash. Be vigilant. Cover your PIN and keep an eye on your card at all times. If someone taps you on the shoulder or tries to speak to you, just ignore them.
When you've left the ATM, put your card away immediately.
You should also be careful with contactless cards. You can get a card holder to prevent your card details being inadvertently read.

6) COMMUNITY SAFETY
Reporting Sexual Harassment on Rail Network
Did you know you can report sexual harassment on the rail network by text?
Text 61016 if you experience or witness sexual harassment on any train journey.
Help British Transport Police target unwanted sexual behaviour on the rail network.

Tyre Pressures
It takes around 10 minutes to check tyre pressure and tread before setting off on a long journey – don’t risk ruining a long-awaited day trip or holiday with a breakdown or incident caused by poorly maintained tyres.
Before any long journey, always check your tyre pressure is in line with your make and model’s recommendations – found in your vehicle’s manual, petrol cap or driver door – and that tyre tread is more than 1.6mm.
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Smoke Alarms
Do you have enough Smoke Alarms? (attached flyer)
Having and testing smoke alarms is the primary message of the Fire Kills Campaign. Throughout August the Fire Service Citizen are encouraging people to purchase and test their smoke alarms. Could this be the time to buy or even add more smoke alarms in your home?
For further advice on smoke alarms visit:
http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/smoke-alarms-0
 
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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