Neighbourhood Watch and Emergency News
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE GROUP
list of Priority Vulnerable Residents
The Community Resilience Group was set up by the Parish Council to have a plan in place to cope with any emergencies that might strike. These include snow, flood, crime, traffic accidents, road blockages and so on.
Such incidents are nearly always handled by the Emergency Services of Police, Fire or Ambulance but local knowledge and availability of aid can certainly help.
We now need to compile a list of Priority Vulnerable Residents within our village community.
Most of us could cope for 24 hours without electricity but someone who required daily dialysis, for example, could not. They would need to be identified and special priority help provided. Hence the need for a Priority List.
Please help us to compile the list by letting us know of any residents known to you that should be included. We will need name, tel no, address, approximate age and details of their disability.
This information will be kept confidential and distribution limited to Community Resilience Group members as necessary.
In addition, vulnerable people can contact Western Power Distribution directly to be placed on their Priority Service Register. This can be done by calling Wester Power on 0845 724 0240 or visiting their website at: www.westernpower.co.uk/PSR.
Please provide details to the Parish Clerk, Jane Hole, whose contact details are; Phone: 01392 851148 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Post: The Cellar, Pump Street, Newton St Cyres, Devon, EX5 5DA
Remember: Most burglaries are opportunistic
Always close and lock doors and windows when you go out – even if just for a short time – and when you go to bed at night. Don’t forget doors into garages or conservatories.
Make sure your locks and security measures comply with your insurance requirements.
Join the local Neighbourhood scheme! Membership of a scheme is a proven deterrent to burglars
Keep keys, including shed and car keys, in a place where they’re not visible to anyone looking in. Don’t leave keys in the door and never hide a spare key outside
Keep valuables hidden and not visible from windows
Take photos of your valuable items for insurance purposes and keep them with your policy
Window locks and visible burglar alarms can act as a deterrent to criminals
Never leave packaging from new goods visible with your general rubbish. Criminals may see it and target your property
Draw curtains in the evening and leave your lights on a timer switch if you’re going out. Make sure one light is on upstairs
Never give your keys to anyone you do not know well. Change the locks when you move house so that you know exactly who has keys
Never keep large amounts of cash in the house
Consider keeping expensive jewellery, house deeds and other important items in a home safe anchored to the brickwork
Don`t just plan to do it………….do it!!!!
Beware Cold Callers
Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters.
This message relates to reports of persons cold calling in the Mid Devon area offering to tarmac areas of gardens. Residents are asked to exercise caution before agreeing to have works carried out by unsolicited doorstep callers. If you need works carried out, obtain three quotes from reputable businesses you trust, do not feel pressured into agreeing there and then, make your decision on who to use in your own time. Get recommendations from friends/family or via www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk. If you have concerns an elderly or vulnerable neighbour is at risk or are concerned regarding cold callers operating in your area, report it to police. If someone knocks on your door and you are not sure, do not open it. You can also report concerns via http://www.devonsomersettradingstandards.gov.uk/consumers/rogue-traders-doorstep-crime/
The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.
The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine.
When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake.
The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.
If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
Published by Jim Enright ·
Thank you for your continued support of the Devon and Cornwall Police Community Messaging System.
PCSO 30341 Lisa Crocker from Crediton has been notified by Safety Partnership in Mid Devon District Council that a member of the public has received an email from the HMRC in Parliament Street, London. Within this email the HMRC advises the email recipient that they were entitled to a Council Tax refund over the last two years and that the person needed to click on "Refund" to complete a request form. Please note this is a SCAM. Council Tax is NOT handled by the HMRC. If in any doubt contact your Local Authority. DO NOT click onto the link within the email or provide any personal and banking details. Thank you.
Doorstep traders are reported as operating in the Mid Devon area, offering to carryout maintenance works like cleaning guttering, roof/tile work and gardening.
Can we ask all residents to Exercise Caution when opening the door to unexpected callers.
Work can often be of poor quality and cost far more than originally agreed.
Do not allow Cold Callers into your home, or take you to a cashpoint.
Always ask to see and check details of Identification.
Do not feel pressured into agreeing to having work carried out, if you do not want any work done ask them to leave and close your door, if they persist, call the police.
Try to note the registrations of any vehicles they may be using.
Recipients of Community Messaging are asked to make your more elderly and vulnerable neighbours about this message. Thank you
Please phone with any information on 101 or e-mail email@example.com.
26th May 2016
Police have received a report of a letter purporting to be from the People's postcode Lottery.
The letter sent to a resident in Torrington told of them winning an substantial amount and gave Serial numbers to tickets bearing their name and giving contact details.
If you are a member of the Peoples Postcode Lottery, Do Not Be Fooled
If you receive such a letter, there are indications on the letter that do show it is a scam.
Do not ring any of the numbers given on the letter or give any personal, banking or card details.
If you are unsure as to the authenticity to letters of this nature, go to your local Police Station for assistance in confirming a scam. Thank you
"You may be aware that a couple of residential premises have recently been burgled in the Orchard Court area of the village, could I ask that you inform residents via NHW of the incident and that they remain vigilant to any suspicious behaviour/persons/vehicles etc, and also pay attention to security of their homes, ie ; doors locked, and windows closed etc, "
If anyone has any information that may assist with our enquiries then if they could ring 101 and quote CR/065495/16 or CR/065504/16
16th September 2016
Devon and Somerset Trading Standards have received reports which suggests rogue traders offering tool/knife sharpening are operating in the Devon area. We would advise residents to exercise caution before agreeing to any work offered by unsolicited doorstep callers. Work can often be of poor quality and cost more than first agreed. If you need to have tools etc. sharpened or any general maintenance works undertaken, take time to get three quotes from reputable businesses you trust and make your decision on who to use in your own time. Get recommendations from family or trusted friends or via
www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk. If someone knocks on your door and you are not sure, don't open the door. If you are concerned rogue traders are operating in your area, always report it. If you are concerned someone is at risk, always call the Police. Would recipients of Community Messaging make your elderly and vulnerable neighours aware of this message. Thank you.
17th March 2016
We have been made aware of the following scam.
Persons cold call residents by telephone telling the resident that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. The resident is told that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60-£350. The resident provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone.
If you receive a similar call please hang up and do not give your card details.
If you have any concerns or information please phone 101. Please inform neighbours of this.