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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 13-2-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 13-2-22
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford . 

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.  Any information, contributions and interactions will be gratefully received.
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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) Neighbourhood Watch shares Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Statement
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Certificate of support for Safer Internet Day for ONW
2) Self-declared NW schemes
3) Do you want to start up a scheme?
4) Do you want to be a member?
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal (Banbury Road)
2) Witness Appeal (Littlemore)
3) Witness Appeal (Cowley)
4) Keyless car thefts warning
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1)  Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT
2) Cowley and Wood Farm NHPT
Crime Prevention
1) The 10 Principles of Crime Prevention
Crime Information
1) Mobile phones
Scams 
1) Online accounts
2) Escooter Fraud
3) SCAMchampions (Trading Standards)
4) Eon emails
5) British Gas
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Roadworks
2) Budget
3) Reporting an illegally parked vehicle
4) Older person's bus pass
Oxford City Council
1) Dog warden service
2) Marking LGBT+ History Month
3)  Thank you to frontline staff
General Information
1) How much the cost of living will go up in Oxford?
2) Beyond Words - an online photographic book of Oxford hospital staff response to the pandemic
3) Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
4) Office of National Statistics 
5) Royal Mail
6) Randoms of Kindness Day

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
1) Neighbourhood Watch shares Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Statement
During Race Equality Week (7th – 13th February),  we are proud to share our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Statement. This statement sets out our intention to become a more inclusive, diverse network and our commitment to remove barriers to inclusion for people from all backgrounds.

Our statement supports a society where everyone feels safe where they live and work, and in public spaces, and highlights how Neighbourhood Watch promotes a culture of respect and dignity and will not tolerate discrimination in any form. The statement emphasises that we want to reach supporters from a broader section of the community, engage with and represent diverse individuals and groups, and attract volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. The full statement can be read here: ourwatch.org.uk/diversity. 

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Certificate  for Safer Internet Day to ONW (attachment)

2) Self-declared NW schemes (attachments)
If you have self-declared scheme needs to be recognized by Neighbourhood Watch Network as approved and insured. It really is easy to register your scheme online and no personal details are visible. Your scheme can continue as previously and you will be registered as the main contact for your scheme. Your contact details will be given to a dedication local PCSO from your neighbourhood team to introduce themselves and discuss any issues in your area. Messages can be given to and from the PCSO to share with members. Discounts, NW window stickers and cold calling stickers can be given to your members. Registration and Code of Ethics attached.

3) Starting up a scheme
Please apply by using attachment form send a form or via http://www.ourwatch.org.uk  It has never been so easy - if you ask members to register online in your scheme they will receive all Alert messages (including policing messages) so you don't need to forward via email. This frees you up to be sharing other information that may not be sent on the Alert system. 
The main role for a Coordinator is sharing local information and helping to reduce and prevent crime. If a crime occurs you may want to send more specific information about crime prevention and contact with the victim, who may need support. Also you may wish to discuss with your local neighbourhood policing team. Any queries about setting up a scheme please reply below.

4) Membership
 If you want to receive the full benefits of membership please contact me by below reply icon as you may be receiving this as a person interested in receiving NW information or as a supporter on social media rather than a member.

THAMES  VALLEY POLICE
Taken from social media
1) Witness Appeal - Banbury Road
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision on Banbury Road between Kidlington and Oxford in which a woman has tragically died.
At around 8am today (8/2), there was a collision at the junction of the A4165 and Oxford Parkway train station between a large goods vehicle and a cyclist.
The cyclist, a woman aged in her forties, suffered serious injuries and was assessed by paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service, but tragically died at the scene.
The A4165 remained closed for several hours for investigation and recovery work, but has since re-opened.
No arrests have been made.
Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dan Collett of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “This collision occurred in the middle of the morning rush hour, and I am appealing to anybody who witnessed what happened to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.
“I would particularly urge people who have dash-cam in their vehicles to please check this and contact us if it has captured anything that could assist this investigation.
“Very sadly, a woman died of her injuries at the scene.
“The woman’s next of kin have been made aware and are being offered support by specially trained officers at this very difficult time.
“My thoughts and the thoughts of Thames Valley Police are with the woman’s family and friends.”
Anyone with any information or dash-cam footage should make a report online or call 101, quoting reference number 43220058506.

2)  Witness  Appeal  - Littlemore
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Oxford on Wednesday (9/2).
A man threatened the victim, a man aged in his thirties, at knifepoint and demanded him to hand over £20 in an alleyway between the Golden Ball pub and Giles Road in Littlemore, Oxford at around 11.30pm.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his late teens or early twenties, dressed in black and spoke with a local accent.
PC Fritha Harvey, based at Oxford police station, said: “I am appealing for any witnesses of this incident or anyone with CCTV footage along Giles Road in the direction of St Nicholas Road to get in touch.
“There was no altercation and the incident lasted less than a minute.  
“Anyone who can help should call us on 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43220062257.
“Alternatively, call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

3) Witness Appeal - Cowley
Police pursuit through Oxford
Thames Valley Police is appealing for footage of a pursuit through Oxford today.
Police officers pursued a BMW 1 series in Oxford Road, Cowley Road, Temple Road and Hollow Way for approximately two minutes about 11.45am.
The BMW collided with multiple vehicles, both moving and stationary, during the pursuit.
A Police Officer sustained minor injuries during the incident, but no one else injured during the pursuit.
A 25-year-old man of no fixed abode has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft of motor vehicle, dangerous driving, drink driving, fail to stop for police, and assault on an emergency worker. He is in police custody at this time.
We are appealing for witnesses, anyone with footage of the incident, or motorists whose vehicles have been damaged who haven’t already spoke to the police, to contact the force. You can leave details on our website or by calling 101, quoting reference 560 (12/2).

4) Keyless car thefts
WARNING TO OXFORD RESIDENTS
We're seeing an increase in keyless car thefts across the Thames Valley
Keyless car theft describes the theft of cars with a keyless entry system. Criminals use equipment to intercept the signal from the key inside the house and use this to unlock and start the car and then drive away. This means that even if your car and home are secure, thieves can still unlock, start and steal your car.
Criminals only need to be within metres of your car key to capture the signal!
There are simple steps that you can take to reduce your risk of falling victim to this type of crime:
Box It placing your keys in a metal tin can be enough to block the signal from travelling any further.
Bag It another option is to purchase a signal-blocking pouch and keep your keys in this when they’re not in use.
Block It as an extra security measure, consider using other non-keyless vehicles to block your keyless car in so it can’t be easily driven away.
Do the wing mirrors fold in when your car is locked? Criminals can tell when certain cars are unlocked because the wing mirrors aren't folded in!

NEIGHBOURHOOD  POLICING TEAMS 
Littlemore, Rose Hill and Iffley (5/2/22)  (attachment)
a) Rose Hill Neighbourhood Team lending a helping hand to the garden project for the Rose Hill Youth Club at their allotment patch.

b) Knife Crime Awareness (attachment)
Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT have attended John Henry Newman, St John Fisher and 28th Scout Group in Littlemore to deliver Knife Crime Awareness and Internet Safety talks to educate and make them aware of the issues around these subjects. This is part of our ongoing focus of youth engagement within the area

Temple Cowley NHPT (attachment)
1) Bike Marking
The Temple Cowley NHPT were at The John Allen Centre, Cowley holding a bike marking event at the location. The team were at the location until 3pm on Friday and Saturday.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) The 10 Principles of Crime Prevention
West Yorkshire Police give ten excellent principles to prevent crime - more details on website
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/10-principles-crime-prevention/10-principles-crime-prevention/10-principles-crime-prevention

1. Target Hardening - Making your property harder for an offender to access.

2. Target Removal - Ensuring that a potential target is out of view

3. Reducing the Means - Removing items that may help commit an offence.

4. Reducing the Payoff - Reducing the profit the criminal can make from the offence.

5. Access Control - Looking at measures that will control access to a location, a person or object.

6. Surveillance - Improving surveillance around homes, businesses or public places to deter criminals.

7. Environmental Change - Ensuring your property and wider community looks cared for.

8. Rule Setting - Changing our habits by setting rules and positioning signage in appropriate locations. 

9. Increase the Chances of Being Caught - Increasing the likelihood that an offender will be caught to prevent crime occurring.

10. Deflecting Offenders - Deterring an offender or deflecting their intention.

CRIME INFORMATION
1) Mobile phones 
TVP Policing Unit (7/2/22)
Through research, it has been shown that using a mobile phone can impair your ability to drive more than if you were driving whilst over the drink drive limit.
It is one of the four factors, alongside drink and drug driving, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt, that can increase your chances of being seriously injured or even killed if involved in a road traffic collision.
“Whilst many vehicles now allow drivers to pair their phones and devices, people should not view ‘hands free’ as being a safe alternative.
“Research has shown that you are four times more likely to be involved in a collision and be less likely to notice and react to hazards in time by the distraction that mobile devices cause.

Did you know that you may be 4 times more likely to be involved in a an Road Traffic Collision if you're distracted by your phone
Today is the start of a national mobile phone campaign to raise awareness of the dangers using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Details - https://orlo.uk/fNmgW

SCAMS
1)  Online accounts 
If you think one of your online accounts has been hacked, you should report it as a crime to Action Fraud: https://lnkd.in/d5kjME9

2) escooter fraud
Victims have reported buying e-scooters online only for the e-scooter to not be delivered. By this point, they’re unable to contact the company as the website they made the purchase from has been closed down by its owners. Victims have reported losing over £145,000 to this type of online shopping fraud.

Action Fraud has also received reports of individual sellers offering e-scooters via online marketplaces and social media platforms and failing to deliver them once payment has been made.
We would like to remind the public that whilst the sale of e-scooters is legal, private e-scooters cannot be used in public places or on public roads. They should only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission. Those who disregard the law could face fines, seizure of their e-scooter, and points on their driving licence.
What you need to do
When it's time to pay for your items, use a credit card if you have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases. You can also use online payment providers such as PayPal.

If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of a product listing, arrange to meet the seller in person to inspect the item yourself. We recommend that you meet during the day in a busy, public location like a coffee shop.
Be cautious if a seller asks you for details that are not required for your purchase, such as your mother’s maiden name or the name of your primary school.

If you have visited a website you think is trying to scam you, report it to the National Cyber Security Centre: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/section/about-this-website/report-scam-website  
If you've lost money to an online shopping scam, tell your bank and report it as a crime to Action Fraud (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) 
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

3) SCAMchampions are Friends Against Scams who want to do more.
They complete a further training session to enable them to hold their own Friends Against Scams sessions and help to spread the scams awareness messages.
SCAMchampions have access to the presentation materials to hold virtual or face-to-face (when possible) Friends Against Scams sessions.

If you think this role would be perfect for you, please visit this page to find out how to become a SCAMchampion to help spread the word! https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/become-a-scamchampion

4) Eon email scam
How a scammer tried to steal £1,000
https://www.which.co.uk/news/2022/02/eon-email-scam-exposed-how-a-scammer-tried-to-steal-1000/

5)  British Gas
Scam British Gas emails resurface  
British Gas is warning its customers that phishing emails are once again attempting to send its customers through to fake websites
https://conversation.which.co.uk/money/scam-warning-british-gas-phishing-email/

OXFORDSHIRE  COUNTY  COUNCIL
1)  Roadworks
A nine week project to maintain and resurface a main route into Oxford will begin on Monday 24 January.
The roadworks at Marsh Lane, Oxford, will include resurfacing between the A40 Northern Bypass overbridge and Brookfield Crescent, kerb and footway repairs and drainage improvements.

2) Budget
Please read detailed budget, which effects all of us.
Councillors debated the detail and have now voted on plans for investments in areas such as social care and tackling climate change.
Read more of the detail here https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/budget-set/

3) Reporting an illegally parked vehicle
This website will help with the numerous parking complaints -
Oxfordshire County Council can only enforce vehicles that are parked in breach of a parking restriction within Oxfordshire. 

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/parking/illegal-parking

4) Older person's bus pass
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/public-transport/bus-passes/older-persons-bus-pass

The age of eligibility for an older person's bus pass in Oxfordshire is equal to the state pensionable age for women, whether you are male or female.

You are not eligible for a bus pass if:
your main residence is outside Oxfordshire, or you have a second home in Oxfordshire which you do not occupy permanently
you have a visa limiting your stay in the UK, or you have no recourse to public funds.
An older person's bus pass gives free off-peak (9 am to midnight within Oxfordshire) travel on local buses.

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Dog Warden Service
Please note the dog warden's email dogs@odsgroup.co.uk or phone 249811
Our Dog Warden Service operates a non-destruction policy. All unclaimed strays are re-homed unless they are too sick to save or are vicious.
Our staff are all very experienced in dog related issues and will be happy to help with your queries. If we don't know the answer we will know someone who does.

The police no longer take in stray dogs at police stations. We are responsible for dealing with all stray dogs, including those found out of hours.
If you lose your dog report the fact immediately. If you wait for too long before reporting the loss the dog may well have been impounded in the meantime and payment will be required for retrieval. 
There is a charge for reclaiming your lost dog if it has been collected by us. 

Return fee (if taken to kennels) - £135 + Vet Fees if applicable
Return fee (if taken to kennels) additional cost per day after first week - £18
Return fee for owners on means-tested benefits (if taken to kennels) - £80 + Vet Fees if applicable
Statutory return fee if returned directly to owner - £28
Statutory return fee if returned directly to owner on means-tested benefits - £26.50

2) Marking LGBT+ History Month 
Throughout February, we'll be flying the Pride flag from the Town Hall and encouraging events happening in the city to mark LGBT+ History Month. 
LGBT+ History Month is an important opportunity to celebrate how LGBTQ+ people in Oxford have lived diverse and inspiring lives, and the part they have played in greater legal rights for the community. 

3) Thank you to frontline staff
Council and NHS leaders in Oxfordshire are taking the opportunity to thank staff across local authorities and the health and social care system for their tireless efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has led to profound and far-reaching changes to the way we all work and access services, with staff across the NHS and local authorities working in partnership to rapidly start up new services, and deliver services in new ways.
We want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has helped to keep the city moving through the past two years. 

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) How much the cost of living will go up in Oxford?
From Oxford Mail
But how will this affect people in Oxford’s day-to-day costs?
Energy bills: From April there will be a 54 per cent increase in the cap on energy bills. Homes that use a pre-paid meter, on average will see a steeper hike of £708 resulting in an annual bill of £2017.

National Insurance rates: From April NI tax will raise by 10 per cent per month. For example, those on £20,000 will pay an extra £130 a year (£10.80 per month), and those on £100,000 will pay an extra £1,130 a year (£94.16 per month)

Water bills: From April, water and sewerage bill will go up by 1.7 per cent. This means it will add £7 to the average bill – the average annual bill will rise to £419

Council Tax: If approved at Oxford City Council’s next meeting on February 16, city resident will see a 1.99 per cent rise in council tax for the next financial year.

Parking charges: Similarly, if approved at Oxford City Council’s next meeting on February 16, parking charges in city centre car parks will increase by 50p an hour

Zero Emissions Zone: On February 28, 2022, Oxfordshire County Council in partnership with Oxford City Council will launch Britain’s first-ever zero emissions zone (ZEZ). Drivers will be charged £2-£10 a day depending on how polluting their vehicle is. Fully electric vehicles are the only type that can escape the charge.

2) Beyond Words
BEYOND WORDS- this is an online book and not available to buy. This is the amazing work of our Oxford Hospitals staff. Please look at this photographic journey.
The photographs included in this book highlight the resilience, innovation and teamwork that has been such an important part of our OneTeamOneOUH response to the pandemic
https://issuu.com/ouhtrust/docs/beyond-words

3) Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
Donating bikes  
We are delighted to announce the Sanctuary Wheels Project, a partnership between Oxford City Council, Cyclox, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, Asylum Welcome, TRAX and Active Oxfordshire. The Sanctuary Wheels Project will provide bikes to young unaccompanied refugees in Oxford City to give them the opportunity to explore their new surroundings and to take part in a positive, healthy activity together.
On Saturday 26th February, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are hosting a Bike Donation event from 10.00am – Midday at Rewley Road Fire Station, OX1 2EH
We are requesting bikes of reasonable condition that would be suitable for a teenager or young adult to be donated. They will then be refurbished, safety checked, and provided to young people.
If you have a bike that is no longer used and is still serviceable, please consider donating it!
To donate:-
Come along with the bike(s) to the Rewley Road Fire Station on Saturday 26th February, between 10.00am – Midday where members of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand to receive your donation – it’s as simple as that!
Your bike could make a big difference to a local young person.
Please do not leave any donated bikes at the fire station outside of the 10.00am – Midday time slot on Saturday 26th February.

4) Office for National Statistics 
Aspects of life for disabled people in the UK compared with those of non-disabled people
Findings for 2021 show that:
More than one in ten (13.3%) disabled people aged 21 to 64 years in the UK had no qualifications, nearly three times as many as for non-disabled people (4.6%).
A quarter (24.9%) of disabled people aged 21 to 64 years in the UK had a degree as their highest qualification. This compares with 42.7% of non-disabled people. However, the proportion of disabled people educated to degree level was up 1.9 percentage points from last year.
Employment rates for disabled people in the UK are 53.5%, compared with 81.6% for non-disabled people. Rates of employment were lowest for disabled people with severe or specific learning difficulties, autism and mental illness. This represents a similar pattern to last year.
Home ownership among disabled adults is 39.7%, compared with 53.3% of non-disabled people. A quarter (24.9%) of disabled adults rented social housing compared with only 7.9% of non-disabled people.
Comparing the housing situation of disabled people over time, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points was seen in the proportion of home ownership in 2021, compared with 2020 (41.4% in 2020, compared with 39.7% in 2021).

5) Royal Mail
Royal Mail is shaking up the rules on stamps, so if you've got a stash that say '1st' or '2nd' class on them then by 31 January 2023 you'll no longer be able to simply stick 'em on a letter and use them. This is because Royal Mail is moving to a new barcode system, which these stamps don't have.
If you try to use these stamps – which impacts all those with the Queen's head on them that say '1st' or '2nd' class, or any other price, or they're Christmas-themed – after this cut-off date they will not be valid and you will have to pay a surcharge. Though Royal Mail is yet to confirm what this surcharge is or how it will work in practice.
You will, however, be able to exchange current stamps for barcoded ones for free under Royal Mail's new 'Swap Out' scheme, which opens on 31 March 2022 and will run until 31 March 2023. 

6) Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb 17th)
One can never go wrong with kindness, and there can never be too much of it. The idea behind Random Act of Kindness Day is to cultivate feelings of kindness and brighten up someone’s day. Every small act of kindness is significant. It may seem like it doesn’t accomplish much but, just like the domino effect, one act of kindness can lead to more positive outcomes. Don’t hold back from uplifting others with compliments and compassion on this day. 
Random Acts of Kindness Day was initiated in 1995 in Denver, Colorado by a nonprofit organization called The Random Acts Of Kindness Foundation. The event spread to New Zealand nine years later, in 2004, and the observance of the holiday became more and more widespread. 
 
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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