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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 14-11-21

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Today is Remembrance Sunday 
Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.
We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism.
"All gave some, some gave all"

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 14-11-21
collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford . 
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Neighbourhood Watch
1) Monthly Newsletter
2) Webinars
a) Preventing and disrupting county line exploitation
b) Don't get hooked by scammers! 
c) Scams Awareness Training
d) Dog Theft 
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) How to avoid scams talk
2) Leys Litterpick
Thames Valley Police
1) 2021 Community Policing Awards winners
2) Remembrance Weekend Patrols
Thames Valley Police (Oxford) Witness Appeals
1) John Garne Way
2) Magdalen Road
3) County Line Dealer
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Barton
2) Blackbird Leys
Crime Prevention
1) Burglary (tips at home, out and about)
2) Van break-ins
1) Top ten tips
2) Phone scams
3) Updating virus scams
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Illegal parking
2) Smoke alarms
Oxford City Council
1) Oxford Christmas Light Festival
2) Reduce-Reuse-Recycle
Community Safety
1) Community Speedwatch
2) Urgent Food Recalls
General  Information
1) Protect your home and don’t get caught out this winter

1) Monthly newsletter

2) Webinars 
a) Preventing and disrupting county line exploitation (9/11)
b) Don't get hooked by scammers! (30/7)
c) Scams Awareness Training (23/7) 
I did train some time ago and it is worth considering becoming a Scams Champion to that you can inform others
d) Dog Theft (27/5)

1) Free cyber talk at Oxford Town Hall (attachment)
Please see attachment and share -
Hosted by Oxford Neighbourhood Watch - Preventing scams by TVP Cyber Security Expert, Mark Godsland - all welcome - NW members, non-members, family and friends, TVP personnel in Oxford or Oxfordshire. One off talk for all followed by Q&A -opportunity to ask all those questions you've wanted to ask! Please register online as last chance.
Trading Standards and Oxford Neighbourhood Watch Stands.
2) Leys Neighbourhood Watch Litterpick
The regular litter pick was started outside the Spar shop in Greater Leys. We had a stand and several people signed up and were interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch. We collected eight bags of landfill waste/recycling - this time there was lots of plastic wrapping and beer cans. Participants of all ages were given sweets, fruit, a drink and a balloon. Areas where there was glass have been reported. We will not be holding a litterpick in December but will be back in 2022, meeting neighbours, cleaning the environment whilst reducing crime. 

1) 2021 Community Policing Awards winners.
PCSO Annabel White was the award winner across the whole of the Thames Valley for Oxfordshire and Overall Police Community Support Officer. Annabel is a credit to the Barton Neighbourhood Policing Team and this video shows us neighbourhood policing at its best. Social media links as below

Berkshire and Overall Officer 2021: PC Colin Boyes
Oxfordshire Community Officer 2021: PC Bev Kaur
Buckinghamshire Community Officer 2021: PC Andy Hipkin
Oxfordshire and Overall Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 2021: PCSO Annabel White
Buckinghamshire Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 2021: PCSO Arlene Ormston
Berkshire Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 2021: PCSO Will Jones
Special Constable 2021: SC Stephen Scanlon
Diversity Champion 2021: A/Special Inspector Emem Adegbola
Problem Solving Award 2021: PC Kev Horsley and Mirka Naplavova
Staff Lifetime Achievement 2021: Andrea Jones
Officer Lifetime Achievement 2021: Julie Susel
 More information -
2) Remembrance Weekend Patrols (from TVP Oxford social media)
This weekend you may see more of our officers out and about patrolling across the Thames Valley as various Remembrance Day Services take place
Make sure you say hi if you see us, and remember we're there to help if you have any problems. They will be there for your safety as we all pay our respects.

Witness Appeals
1) Theft and assault - John Garne Way (5/11)
We are appealing for witnesses following an incident of theft and assault in Oxford.
It happened at around 10pm on John Garne Way and Marston Road.
Full details -
2) Violent Incident - Magdalen Road (CCTV image attachment)
Do you recognise this man?
We think he may have information about a violent disorder that happened on 8 October on Magdalen Road, near to Shiny car wash.
Please call 101 or report online if you recognise him.
More details - CCTV image re-released in connection with violent disorder – Oxford
3) County Line Dealer
There is a very informative recorded webinar about County Lines. (see Neighbourhood Watch seminars).
Mohammed Kashshaf, aged 22, was a major player in the 'Smiley' County Drugs Line, bringing class A drugs into Oxfordshire from London.
Following a substantial investigation, he was convicted yesterday of six offences and jailed for five and a half years.
We will never tolerate County Line dealers bringing harm to our communities and our TVP Stronghold team will work tirelessly to bring them to justice.
Full details here

TVP Oxford - Barton 
1) 2021 Community Policing Awards winner
Oxfordshire and Overall Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) 2021: PCSO Annabel White
Barton Neighbourhood Policing Team
10/11- the Barton Neighbourhood Policing Team received the support from Licensed Search Officers who located and removed 3 hidden or discarded weapons from Bonny-Banks park. We will work to make your open spaces a safer place.

2) Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team
Following last year's successes, a knife amnesty bin will be stationed outside the BBL Neighbourhood Police office daily from 09:00 - 23:00 until the 18th of November. No cameras, no questions. The team will be available to speak to if you need us.

1) Burglary- keep a light on (attached poster to print/share)
I believe keeping a light on when you are out must be one of the cheapest and most effective forms of crime prevention.
Keep front and back doors locked at all times and keep keys and valuables out of sight and reach from cat flaps, letterboxes and downstairs doors and windows
Close, and ideally lock, all windows when you are not in the room – approximately one in four burglaries in the county still happen because doors have been left unlocked or windows left open
If it is dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on the lights – change the times that the lights come on, to create the illusion that someone is moving around inside the house. Plug-in dusk-to-dawn lights are also popular
Make sure your door is well lit and fully visible from the street – dusk-to-dawn lamp adaptors are available from DIY stores
Check existing lighting is in good working order and replace any faulty equipment – remember to check batteries in torches and smoke alarms
Keep shrubbery and hedges at the front of the house pruned to below one metre – remove any cover for a burglar to work unseen and give your neighbours every chance to spot something suspicious
Keep curtains closed at night – if you are away, ask a trusted neighbour to close them for you, and open them again in the morning
On cold mornings, never leave your car unattended with the engine running to defrost the windows because when you come out it may not be there.
Assess your property’s perimeter and check it is secure. Cut back overgrown hedges and repair broken fences and gates
Secure sheds and outbuildings with good padlocks and consider fitting alarms. Lock all tools and ladders away securely
When out in your car, look out for  car parks  that are monitored and remove all items from your vehicle when you leave it
Do not leave your keys in the ignitions, even when filling up with fuel or popping into the shop as you may find your car has sprung legs.
Declutter your handbag – take out only what you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash
When you are out shopping, keep all bags firmly closed and on your person at all times
Carry wallets and phones in inside pockets of jackets or coats, not in the back pocket of trousers. Men be aware!
When using your credit or debit card, shield your PIN and take the time to make sure you safely put away your purse or wallet
Never leave your bag unattended on the back of trolleys or pushchairs
Do not be tempted to return to your car and drop off your shopping bags – keep them with you or take them home
If you see anything suspicious, or have an information about crime or criminals, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

2) Van break-ins
There have been reports of van break-ins so please look at advice if you have or know or anyone with a van.
1. Don't Leave Tools & Valuables In Your Van
2. Remove Ladders & External Storage Overnight
3. Keep A List Of The Things In Your Van
4. Use A UV Pen To Mark Items
5. Park Your Van In A Safe Location
6. Make Sure You Have The Right Van Insurance

1) Top Ten Tips
My personal top ten tips for preventing scams - you may wish to add your own
Think - before you do anything
Protect personal information online
Use password manager (separate passwords with no need to remember)
Two-factor authentification (two pieces of information before access to accounts)
Block unwanted calls and text message
Don't click on or download anything you trust
Callers to doors -use video ringbells and door chains 
Talk to someone you can trust (eg Neighbourhood Watch)
Register with Communities that Care

2) Phone Scams 
Phone scams are a common way for criminals to con people out of money.
A scammer will often pretend to be someone they are not, or make misleading offers of services or investments.
What should I do if I get a scam call?
Do not give out personal information such as your bank account details or your pin over the phone even if the caller claims to be from your bank.
Do not feel intimidated or if the caller does not allow you to speak,  Hang up - END THE CALL. You may feel it is rude to hang up but no-one should be pressurised into doing anything.
If you are unsure of the caller - ring the organisation or bank by looking up the number yourself. Do not use the number the caller gives you. 
Do  not be rushed into making a decision over the phone. Scammers are very good at pressurising you to give your personal details often saying this offer is time limited or that your bank account is at risk if you do not give the information straight away.
Report to ACTION FRAUD on 0300 123 2040 or report online
You can also register your phone with TPS - Telephone Preference Service which is free service. It is the official central register on which you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls to your landline or mobile.
Please stay alert and make your elderly and vulnerable family and friends aware of these scams.

Further information on Scams.
A scam is a scheme to con people out of their money. You can receive them by:
advert, email, internet, phone, post or even by someone knocking on your door.

Scams that can be reported include:
cold calling doorstep traders
rogue traders
unsafe products
scam mail and emails
underage sales
counterfeit products
loan sharks etc

You can forward scam emails to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service via
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726. This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

3) Norton virus protection (attachment)
Need to update your virus? - please don't fall for the attached scam (see bottom of Alert) that a Coordinator has sent to share. Updating your security is important but make sure that you use proper websites.

1) Illegal parking
You can report an illegally parked car on -
or you can ring the parking contractor Conduent’s control room on 0345 337 1138, option 4.
Civil Enforcement Officer hours
Monday-Saturday 7am-11pm
Sundays 8am-10pm
Bank holidays 10am-7pm
However, they have the authority to enforce 24 hours per day if and when required.
2) Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms are the best and easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you and your family precious time to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.
Did you know that you are more than four times more likely to die in a fire at home if you do not have a working smoke alarm?
If you don’t have a working smoke alarm get it, fit it and make someone in your house responsible for testing your smoke alarm each week.

1) Oxford Christmas Light Festival
Oxford Christmas Light Festival: A festival of Arts, Culture and Community Date: 19th November 2021 - 20th November 2021 Location: City Centre including Bonn Square Time: 15:00 - 21:0 Cost: Free
Further information -
2) Reduce-Reuse-Recycle
Tackling household waste is a clear way to reduce your carbon footprint and shouldn't come as a surprise! Following the reduce, reuse, and recycle route means you can decide which approach works best for your lifestyle.
Reduce: Reducing the amount of items going to waste means being mindful about the type of products you buy and use on a daily basis. Instead of a single-use plastic water bottle, why not buy a reusable bottle?
Reuse : Reusing items and giving them a new lease of life is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. Sowing up the holes in your socks, or repurposing old t-shirts in to tea towels are examples of what you can do.
Recycling: Recycling waste, like food and packaging, means any waste you have is processed in a way that benefits the environment, rather than going to landfill. Recycling helps to reduce our energy and water use and helps preserve the world’s finite resources.

1) Community Speedwatch
Do you want to reduce speed in your area?
In order to register for community speedwatches (for future use as well) please go to
Thames Valley Police will now insure you and all your volunteers. This has never been a NW activity as there was no insurance although many members do this regularly. Registered community speedwatches are now open to all members of the community and your list of speeding drives will  be logged centrally and letters sent out. This is only available to registered speedwatches.  Please look at website send and all queries to

2) Urgent Food Recalls 
Consumers who have bought any of the items being recalled need to be aware of these possible health risks.

1) Protect your home and don’t get caught out this winter
1. Protect your pipes
We all like to be cosy when the temperature drops, and your pipes are no different. Make sure they're covered with pipe insulation. This video will show you how.
2. Loft insulation
Make sure your loft insulation is in good condition and it's nice and thick - we recommend around 10 inches. You can also apply draught excluders to doors and close the curtains earlier to keep rooms warmer - it all helps. 
3. Look after your radiators
If your radiators aren't getting hot all the way to the top, they've probably got air in them. It's really easy to fix - you just need a radiator key (about £1 from a DIY shop) to open the valve and let the air out. Watch this video to see how it's done.
4. Fix drips and clear drains
Fix dripping taps to save water - and money if you have a water meter. And don't let autumn leaves ruin your winter. Clearing gutters and drains now can protect your home for months to come.
5. Learn how to find and use your stop tap
Make sure you know where your inside stop tap is. It controls the flow of water into your home, and in an emergency, being able to immediately turn your water off can make a huge difference. You'll most likely find it under the kitchen sink.
Take care,

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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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