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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 20-2-22 
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) CCTV on Domestic Property
2) ERA security

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) How you can make yourself safer?
2) Oxford Community Police Awards
3) Vulnerable Residents

Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Thefts at cash machines at car parks

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1)  Blackbird Leys
2)  East Oxford
3)  Littlemore,Rose Hill and Iffley
4)  Oxford Central

Crime Prevention
1)  Car Theft
2)  Catalytic Converters
3)  Keeping your home safe

Scams 
1) RSPCA
2) Amazon

Oxfordshire County Council
1) Library consultation

Oxford City Council
1) Recycling

General Information
1) Increased bus fares
2) Urgent food recalls
3) Text lines to Chat Health
4) Road closures
5) Storm Damage and Insurance
6) How you can help the NHS

I hope you are all safe and well after the terrible storms and a big thank you to all the emergency and Council services that have worked so hard to keep us safe.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
1) CCTV on Domestic Property
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-advice/cctv-domestic-property

1)    The wording of social media posts should not in any way imply guilt. Photographs and CCTV must not provide any suggestion the person in question/view has committed a crime.
2)    CCTV being uploaded should be checked for anything in shot that clearly identifies a home (house number, car number plate, passers-by) and these blurred out before posting.

2) ERA Home Security
We are proud to be partnering with ERA Home Security in our latest burglary prevention campaign launching in March. With over 180 years of manufacturing, design and innovation; ERA has been securing UK homes since 1838 
Learn more about ERA https://lnkd.in/dvUZXgd2

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

1) Do you want to keep yourself and your neighbourhood safer?

Many residents receive information via the Alert system and social media but starting and belonging to a  scheme has additional benefits for you. It takes little time and commitment and can make a big difference in reducing and preventing crime in your neighbourhood. A Coordinator is the local hub to share information.

You apply on http://www.ourwatch.org.uk  and your scheme is mapped so  residents join. To increase membership you can give out leaflets, invitation letters and knock on doors. The more members means a more effective scheme. You can apply as a Coordinator for a group with an email circulation list without a need to register your members. eg Residents' Associations, colleges, mosques, neighbourhood groups etc. Please let other groups know.

Benefits of starting a scheme-
You will receive  Alert messages as currently but also local information that may not be an Alert. Also, you will be the main contact with a dedicated local PCSO for your scheme. You will be given NW window stickers and  discount codes for security goods for cars and bikes, also car and house insurance. 

You can apply for a NW road sign that is seen as trusted and effective as Neighbourhood Watch Network is the largest voluntary organization in England and Wales with over 2.3 million members and celebrating 40 years in 2022. 

If you wish to become a valued member, rather than a Coordinator as above, you can join on www.ourwatch.org.uk   All members will receive access to crime prevention information, newsletters and be more equipped to tackle important issues affecting your community.

2) Community Policing Awards
You can nominate local policing team member(s) for recognition. The relationship between Coordinators and local PCSOs is a collaboration - a partnership to be encouraged. 

You can nominate on:-
https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/au/about-us/awards-events/community-policing-awards/

3) Help for vulnerable residents
ONW can refer a vulnerable person for a visit by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The criteria is one or more of the following:-
The occupier is aged 65 years or older
The occupier has a physical disability or has mobility issues
The occupier has any sensory impairment, audio or visual
The occupier relies on assistance from external agencies to help them live independently in their own home
The occupier has mental health problems, which may lead to unsafe practices with fire, cooking, heating or hoarding of combustible materials
The occupier has learning difficulties or cognitive impairment that can lead to confusion
There is evidence of burn marks on either bedding, furniture or carpets
The person is returning from hospital and may be vulnerable to the risk of fire
The person is physically unable to maintain their property in a safe condition through a lack of fire awareness or ability

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
️ 1) Thefts at cash machines at car parks️
Thames Valley Police is issuing advice to residents following an increase in the number of thefts from persons at cash machines and in car parks. Victims are being distracted by people, who are offering to help them when in these locations.   When the victim comes to check their belongings later on, they have found cards of theirs to be missing.
Advice to follow and share with friends and family to keep yourselves safe :
Never share your debit or credit card PIN with anyone.
️If you see anything unusual about a cash machine or if you suspect it has been tampered with, don’t use it and report it to the bank as soon as possible.
Don’t get distracted.   Be particularly cautious if seemingly well-meaning strangers talk to you or offer to help while you’re using the ATM or car park pay machine.
Once you’ve completed a transaction put your money and card away before leaving the machine.
Make sure you store your card company’s 24-hour contact number in your phone.   By doing this, you can quickly and easily contact your bank if anything does happen.

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) Blackbird Leys (17/2) attachment
The Blackbird Leys neighbourhood team have been conducting safety talks and welcomed the opportunity to work alongside My Life My Choice, an organisation that assists those suffering with learning disabilities. This discussion focused on travelling safely at night

2) East Oxford (14/2) 
Due to reports made by members of the public about issues with One-way streets. PCSO's from East Oxford Neighbourhood Team took part in an Operation down Magdalen Road issuing tickets for cyclists contravening a traffic sign down a One-way street.

3) Littlemore, Rose Hill and Iffley (27/2)
Brew with the Blues (see attachment)

4) Oxford Central (20/2)
This weekend we are holding a free bike marking and security event:
Sunday 20 February
12pm – 4pm
St Ebbes Street and Queen Street, Oxford
We have a limited amount of free bike marking registrations and D-locks available - these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Our team will be on hand to talk you through correct locking practices, the do’s and don’ts of bike security and safety, and what is best when it comes to what locks to get for your bikes!
Please come down to see us to get your bike marked and have a chat about bike security, it will definitely be worth your time!
See you Sunday!

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Car Theft
1. Always lock it
2. Close windows and the sun roof 
3. Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws
4. Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels
5. Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle
6. Take it with you or hide it
7. Hide electrical items and leave no clues
8. Tool theft from vans
9. Park in well-lit and busier areas
10. Take your documents with you
11. Choose your car park wisely https://www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder.html
12. Catalytic converter theft - discounts for NW members only

2) Catalytic Converters
Catalytic converters are devices fitted to vehicle exhausts to reduce the amount of dangerous gases emitted. They are often targeted by thieves as they contain valuable metals and can be removed in less than a minute.
Catalytic converter theft most frequently happens in car parks, but they can take place anywhere.
Thieves may then sell these converters via scrapyards, online, or ship them out of the country.
Hybrid vehicles are most commonly targeted, as their metals are more valuable, but any vehicle can be at risk of catalytic converter theft.

Signs a Catalytic Converter Theft is being committed:
A vehicle being raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area
A loud drilling or cutting sound coming from underneath the vehicle
Watch the video at this link to see what a catalytic converter theft looks like and for more information about how to prevent and report catalytic converter theft: https://orlo.uk/ySmLE

3) Keeping your home safe
·       If you are going away on holiday try not to advertise this on social media until you return          home.       
·       Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied             Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.
·       Ask your neighbour to empty the post box and collect any deliveries for you.
·       Make sure that you cancel all regular deliveries, such as newspapers.
·       Try to get into the habit of completing a set procedure when you lock up your home, in              this way you ensure that you don't forget anything.

SCAMS
1) RSPCA
RSPCA scam warning 
We've recently been made aware that scammers are targeting owners of missing pets on this website. They call and claim to be from the RSPCA, that they have your pet, but it's been injured. They then go on to request payment for emergency treatment. By all accounts, the caller sounds very genuine and plausible. Please do not disclose your bank details or make any payments - this is a scam. The RSPCA will never call you in this way. If in doubt, ask for a photo to be sent of your pet.

2) Amazon
Fake Amazon ‘locked account’ emails (attachment)
There have been a number of fake Amazon emails in the past 12 months, but we’ve noticed a new example that claims your account has been ‘locked’ and is ‘holding all your last orders’.
Its layout is slick and could look genuine enough to deceive you - see attachment

OXFORDSHIRE  COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Library and heritage strategy consultation 2022 - 2027
"Have your say:
We are interested in your views on our vision for these services and the priorities we have identified that will guide our work to improve these services and ensure they support people of all ages and backgrounds. We will use your feedback to help us drive improvements in these services."
https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/library-heritage-strategy-2022-2027/survey_tools/survey1
Consultation ends18 March 2022

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Recycling - Oxford Direct Services
Our Recycling and Waste Team were finalists at last week's Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards for the Team of the Year award!

The prestigious awards reward excellence and innovation in improving local environmental quality and enable members to share good practice. 
A huge congratulations to the team for their tireless efforts!

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Increased bus fares
Oxford Bus Company increase bus fares from February 27th
Fare revisions from 27th February 2022 https://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/fare-revisions-february-2022

Below is the link to apply for concessionary fares from Oxford City Council - bus passes are available for disabled, companion and for older person's. There are time limitations so I would suggest checking the website as below.
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/public-transport/bus-passes

2) Urgent food recalls 
Tesco has revealed that a food brand, Quorn Foods, has issued a recall for three of its food items because the packaging may fail to mention that the products could contain mustard or milk
Which product batches are affected?
Product batches affected are the Chilled Quorn Bites 180g in three flavours: Sweet Chilli, Korma and Garlic & Herb which have certain use by dates.

Products that have use by dates between 11/02/22 and 21/02/22 (all dates within this period) are affected.
They have been told to return the recalled products to a Tesco store so they can receive a full refund and a receipt is not needed to do this.

If you would like more information, you can get in touch with Quorn Customer Services via email: customer.services@quornfoods.com 
Alternatively, Tesco Customer Services are also contactable on 0800 505 555.

3) Text lines are open for parents and young people to ‘Chat Health’
Parents and young people in Oxfordshire can now text Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust health visitors and school health nurses for advice and support
https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/text-lines-are-open-for-parents-and-young-people-to-chat-health/

4) Road closure
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Emergency Road Closure at Oxford, Blackbird Leys Road
 Oxfordshire County Council has been informed of a temporary emergency road closure on the Blackbird Leys Road whilst danger of debris works are carried out for public safety reason.  
 A temporary Emergency Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 18 February 2022 up to and including 25 February 2022. This is a 24 hour road closure.
 A single Temporary Emergency Notice can last for 21 consecutive days maximum.
 Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 
 Further information regarding the emergency works may be obtained by contacting Dave Tidball of Oxford Direct Services  on 01865 252956 or email David.Tidball@odsgroup.co.uk

5) Storm Damage and Insurance
While home insurance policies vary in their definitions of a 'storm', most insurers will cover financial loss caused by storm damage in some way.

6) How you can help your NHS (attachment)


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