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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 26-9-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 26-9-21
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. 

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This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest. Items are collated and taken from surfing the web, social media, articles, emails and conversations. Contributions will be gratefully received.
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1) Social Media contact
2) Nominated PCSO
1) Witness appeal - road traffic collision
2) Witness appeal - hate crime
3) Witness Appeal - unexplained death
4) Further appeal for Oxford missing man
1) Oxford North East- Farmers Market
2) Rose Hill Youth Work
3) Rose Hill Cycling Festival
1) Drug dealing
2) Check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT
1) Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure
2) Nottingham Knockers
3) One Time Password
4) Don't hire a cowboy
1) 5th book of scams 
2) Jet2 issue ‘urgent’ warning to customers
3) Bank transfer scams
4) Text scams
1) Urgent recall information for supermarkets
2) Electric blanket safety check
3) Oxfordshire Mind
4) escooters
5) Panic petrol buying advice
1) Global Aging
2) Hope and Happiness for the Future

1) Social Media contact
Facebook Oxford Neighbourhood Watch Group (for supporters and members   
Twitter Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community@OxfordMaggie

No two Neighbourhood Watch schemes are the same nor communicate among themselves in the same way.  Some groups hold regular face-to-face meetings, others converse almost entirely by email, and some use social media platforms to post messages and share information. A few groups even have their own smartphone apps. No one way is right or wrong, it depends entirely on what suits the members of your scheme.

A scheme is an active volunteer group of Neighbourhood Watch members, supported by a coordinator. A scheme coordinator is a lead point of contact for their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, connecting and supporting non-members, participating members, local police and partners, actively involved in keeping their neighbourhoods safe. (attachment)

2) Nominated PCSO
All Coordinators should have received a personal contact with their nominated PCSO to discuss any issues. NW Coordinators are the main contact in the Watch scheme road (s) with the police to share and ask for any local information. The police need our help to report and catch criminals. NW members know what is suspicious and can report to police and tell the Coordinator to share with other members. If you have not received contact (and want it) please contact your local police team for nominated PCSO. Any problems please contact me as they may have tried to contact you unsuccessfully.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE NEWS (taken from social media)
1) Appeal for witnesses following serious injury road traffic collision – Oxfordshire
Please read and share our appeal following a road traffic collision which left a woman seriously injured.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Oxfordshire.
The incident occurred on Saturday (18/9) at about 2.15pm on the A34 northbound between Abingdon North and Hinksey Hill.
Three vehicles were involved, a black Vauxhall Vivaro van, a silver Volkswagen Polo and a Sainsbury’s liveried Mercedes Sprinter box van.
The driver of the Polo, a 24-year-old woman, was seriously injured. She was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.
No one else was injured in the incident.
PC Darren Baker from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at Bicester, said: “The A34 was busy when the collision occurred and we need to identify all of the people who saw what happened.
“I would ask anybody who saw the collision or any of the vehicles beforehand, or who has a dash camera recording that may be relevant, to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 43210421141.”
TVP Cyber and Fraud Twitter
Courier fraudsters will pose as police officers or bank officials in order to gain your trust. Remember, just because someone knows a few basic details about you doesn’t mean they’re genuine.

2) Appeal following an incident of hate crime – Oxford
Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following an incident of hate crime in Oxford.
At around 3.43am on Sunday (19/9) the victims, three men in their twenties, were walking on George Street, Oxford when they were victims of verbal homophobic abuse from a group of men, which escalated into the suspects whipping and hitting the victims with belts.
One victim received a laceration to his forehead and required hospital treatment. He has since been discharged.
The two other victims received injuries to their head, stomach and arms but did not require hospital treatment.
An 18-year-old man from Kidlington was arrested on suspicion of assault and affray and released on bail.
Investigating officer PC Eleanor Middlemass said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the men on George Street on Sunday morning, or anyone with footage, whether that be from CCTV, dashcam or doorbell camera to contact the force.
“The easiest way to contact the force is via our website or by calling 101 or online, quoting investigation reference 43210422073.
“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

3) CCTV Image Appeal (attachment)
Witness Appeal - River Cherwell
We're re-releasing an image of an individual officers would like to speak to in connection with an investigation into an unexplained death in Oxford.
Officers were called at around 12.15pm on Monday 26 July to a report of a body in the River Cherwell, near Parsons Pleasure Bathing Place.
The body of a man in his thirties was recovered.
He has been identified and his next of kin have been informed.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Dan Hayward, said: “The man’s death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious, however as part of our investigation we are trying to establish the circumstances around his death.
“Therefore, we are re-releasing the image of this individual as we believe that they may have information that could help our investigation.
“If the person in this image is you, or you think you may know who it is, please get in touch by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210332803.
“I’d also appeal to anyone who has any information they think may be useful to please get in touch using the methods above

4) A further TVP appeal for missing Oxford man (attachment)
A St Anne’s College maintenance man has now been missing for nine weeks.
Kidlington man Derek Brant, 63, was last seen at around 3pm on Saturday, July 24, near the St Anne’s annexe on South Parade, Summertown.
Supt Emma Garside, the local policing commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, said her officers were carrying out daily enquiries and following up sightings.
“It is not unheard of but is uncommon for people to be missing for this length of time and of course our thoughts remain with the family who are increasingly worried as time goes by,” she said.
Speaking as the search for Derek entered its 10th week, she appealed for people in Kidlington and north Oxford to check their gardens to look for Derek, who enjoyed walking on the canal path and would regularly walk to work.
“Our concern is he’s become unwell and got into difficulties and hasn’t been found,” the senior officer added.
Asked if there was any message for Derek himself, Supt Garside said: “To get in touch with his family, that everybody is concerned about him, that he hasn’t done anything wrong and we just want to know he’s okay.”
When he was last seen, Derek was wearing a navy/black polo shirt, black cargo trousers and a branded St Anne’s fluorescent jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101.

Oxford North East Policing Team (attachment)
1) Oxford Northeast Neighbourhood Police team at Headington Farmers Market today for community engagement, this is the first day of the return of the Market back to London Road after over a year and half.

Rose Hill Neighbourhood Policing Team 
1) Rose Hill Junior Youth Club (attachment)
Rose Hill NHPT at Rosehill Junior Youth club participating in street based youth work. (attachment)
2) Rose Hill Cycling Festival (attachment)
Rosehill NHPT at Rosehill Cycling Festival marking bikes through Bike Register, providing bike safety and D-Locks were given to everyone who signed up. PCSO's also acting on concerns of speeding down Westbury Crescent by conducting speed checks.

1) Drug dealing is a business that needs to be reduced as it will never be stopped but no excuse not to do our bit as members of the community. It is big business but we can help by reporting our suspicions to stop ruining people's lives. Broadfields is a cul-de-sac in Littlemore and the reported offences in 2021 have been two public order offences and a bike theft - so not high crime rate. Any road has the potential to have drug dealing residents so please don't be complacent. If drug dealing is occurring it is a crime in progress and 999 can be called. Historically, you can still report on 101 or online as police intelligence collates all information and it may help with location and times etc. If you can get a description, registration number and ideally a photo that helps. PLEASE only take a photo if it is safe to do so. Fearful of repercussions, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team and they should allay your fears as all information source is confidential. If still concerned please ring Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111or online Crimestoppers are not the police.

Jail for cocaine dealing Mr Big who boasted of making thousands on EncroChat phone chats

2) Check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT 
Road tax stopped being displayed in October 2014 but if you can always check and report cars on this link.

1)Keeping your shed or garage safe and secure
Many people don’t secure their shed or garage in the same way they do their homes - often using an easy-to-break lock or padlock to protect valuable contents such as a car, bike or lawnmower.
An opportunistic burglar will try a shed or garage first because they can find the tools they need to break into the main house.
Shed and outbuilding security: first steps
First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.
Think like a thief
Take a look at your shed and consider how you would break in. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And keep it locked at all times.
Alarm it
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Lock it, hide it or mark it
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold Secure to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your garage or shed door unlocked if you’re not around.
Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option. 
The top five most common items stolen from sheds
Sports equipment
Power tools
Garden tools

2) Nottingham Knockers
If you see someone – there are both boys and girls, men and women who now do this – at your door with a large bag over their shoulder selling household products, wave them away, without opening the door and if you have contact details of other people in your road, ask them to do the same.
To protect elderly and vulnerable residents, everyone must follow the same procedures, promoted across the whole Thames Valley – a coordinated approach – Don’t open the door, but let them know you are at home.   If you don’t have a window you can look through and wave them away, turn up a radio/TV, so they know someone is at home and chosen, not to answer the door !
Remember our NW Motto if you have opened your door :
"I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door" – then firmly, but politely close and lock the door

3) One Time Password
Cold caller asked you for a One Time Passcode to process a mobile phone upgrade? Hang up immediately

4) Don’t hire a cowboy locksmith
1. Cheap Advertised Price Be wary of from £39 / £49 or £59 prices – this is the price rogue locksmiths are using 
2. Top of Google 1st position in the Google Adverts with cheap advertised price (£39/£49/£59)– they have PAID to be here, for a reason! 
3. Nationwide Problem Rogue locksmiths also turn on and off their adverts to appear in ALL areas of the UK and at certain times of the day. If a low price looks too good to be true then more often than not it will be! 
4. False claims Claims of 3rd Party Approval / Certification / Accreditation One of the other most popular red flags to look out for when hiring a locksmith are false claims of being certified, accredited or DBS checked. After clicking the Cheap £39 / £49 / £59 Google advert the website usually makes false claims. Also false claims of being Vetted by a 3rd party and false claims of being DBS checked 
5. Check for yourself A legitimate locksmith company with genuine 3rd party approval will gladly provide you with the details of their accreditation, most will link through to their 3rd party accreditation profile as proof. 
6. Police recommendation This should alert you because the police do not recommend any locksmith companies but may suggest using one that is MLA approved 
7. Price quotes Be wary if they are very vague about price details on the phone; keeps mentioning a low price on the phone, unable to give accurate price quote for the job
Please note Neighbourhood Watch registered members can have a free security check and 25% discount with an authorized local locksmith - DBS checked employees and approved by MLA

1) 5th book of scams -
One of the best online comprehensive scam information ebooklets

2) Jet2 issue ‘urgent’ warning to customers
Communicating via its official social media channels, Jet2 tweeted: "URGENT CUSTOMER NOTICE.
"We have been made aware of several customers receiving messages advising to contact (and/or similar) to discuss bookings and queries. These accounts are NOT affiliated to us, so please DO NOT give personal information to them."
"The only official account for and Jet2holidays on Twitter is @jet2tweets which is a verified ‘blue tick’ account."

3) Scam bank transfers
More than £355m lost to bank transfer scams in the first half of 2021
Of the £355.3m lost to bank transfer scams in the first half of the year, just £121.7m was reimbursed to victims – just 42.4% of the overall losses. Not only is more money being lost, but less money is being repaid to fraud victims.
UK Finance says fraud is ‘now at a level where it poses a national security threat’, and is calling on the government for coordinated action, and to ensure that all economic crime is brought within the scope of the Online Safety Bill.

4)Text scams
Text scams are at their highest rate on record and over a 90-day period from May to July 2021, 53% of texts reported to the 7726 service - a free text service that enables you to report spam texts - were fake parcel delivery messages and 37% impersonated banks.

Urgent supermarket recalls
 1) Major UK supermarkets have issued urgent warnings to customers over possible health risks from items bought in stores. (Long list reported in below link to Oxford Mail)

2) Electric blanket safety check (attachment)

3 Oxfordshire Mind 
Are you anxious and depressed at the pandemic? At Oxfordshire Mind we can offer an Options session, a 30 minute appointment with a wellbeing worker who will provide a safe space for you to talk about what’s going on for you, and offer signposting to resources which might help. Call 01865 247 788, email, or text 07451 277 973 to book an appointment. Please see for more detail.

4) Oxfordshire County Council (escooters)
There have been some problems with Voi escooters (orange and legally licensing) being misplaced you can report on

5) Fuel panic buying plea from South Central Ambulance Service
South Central ambulance service urged people to only buy fuel if they need to – after ambulance drivers had to join the queues at petrol stations.
Friday saw long queues form at some garages, as people tried to fill up their cars. BP said it had closed a ‘handful’ of its petrol stations earlier this week due to a lack of fuel, while the EG Group said it would impose a £30 spending limit per customer due to ‘unprecedented demand’.
On Saturday, signs could be seen on pumps at the BP garage in Headley Way, Oxford, warning customers there was no fuel. There were long queues outside the Shell garage in Headington; and a PCSO could be seen standing at the entrance to the forecourt later on Saturday after the filling station had to shut temporarily to allow staff to clear what appeared to be a spillage.
South Central Ambulance Service asked people to only fill up if they needed to – and ensure emergency services could get to the pumps.

1) Global ageing
Demographic trends in global ageing are changing rapidly. 
In 2018, for the first time in history, people aged 65 years or above outnumbered children aged under five. There are huge opportunities and challenges which, as a society, we are only just beginning to understand and explore.

2) I don't watch You Tube very much but this will hopefully make us smile and  bring hope and happiness - the youngster is very wise and a good note (excuse the pun) to end on.
Please copy and paste and you will see what I mean.
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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