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Rural Communities Encouraged To Use Online Crime Reporting Facility


Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.

PC Abbey Anstead said: “We always want to hear about incidents, and our online reporting form is a really quick and easy way to tell us about non-emergency crime and suspicious activity.

“If you’re a victim of crime or see something that doesn’t seem right, follow your gut instinct and report it to us, because we need the information you have – you are the eyes and ears of your community.

“Don’t worry that you’re wasting our time.  No matter how small an incident, we need to know about it so we have an accurate picture of rural criminal activity to help us take targeted action against it.”

The rural crime team is especially keen to encourage people to be aware of and report wildlife-related crime.

PC Anstead said: “Even a small piece of information helps build a bigger picture. Completing the online reporting form only takes a few minutes, and the information provided really does help us better serve our rural communities and protect people and wildlife from harm.”

Report crime and suspicious activity by filling out the online reporting form here

https://www.northants.police.uk/webform/online-crime-reporting

or call 101. In an emergency, dial 999. Information can also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.

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Katrina Heath (Police, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Daventry & South Northants)



Local Identified Priorities

Dear Resident,

Your local Neighbourhood team in Oundle are working very hard looking at locally identified priorities that have been highlighted. If you have any concerns around anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime in your area then we would like to know so we can effectively deal with these issues.


If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.


To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit http://www.northants.police.uk

To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering East Northants they can be contacted on the following email:

NeighbourhoodTeamEastNorthants@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Thanks

Steve Ryan


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Steve Ryan (Police, PCSO, East Northants)

Northamptonshire Police  Putting Communities First


03000 111 222 - non emergencies & enquiries


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Contact Us

Emergency (crime in progress): 999

Northamptonshire Police switch board: 03000 111 222

Dedicated Watch Line: 01604 432436

CrimeStoppers (remain anonymous): 0800 555 111

Doorstep Action Network (DAN): 0345 2307 702

To contact the team or unsubscribe please email: nbcommunitynetworkteam@northants.police.uk

 

 

Safer Community Teams

Find out who your local Safer Community Team is and what they are doing in the area.

 Protect Yourself:

 

PAC Code notifications

If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.


Clicking on links/files:

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.


Requests to move money:

A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

 

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping

Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.


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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Darker Nights - Crime Prevention Advice


When the longer winter nights arrive, take a fresh look at your home security and remind yourself of how to stay as safe as possible when out and about.

 

At home

     •     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

     •     If you’re out in the evening make sure you leave a light on and draw the curtains. If it’s dark before you get home, use timer switches to turn on energy-saving lights

     •     Light up your front door with dusk to dawn lighting – make sure it’s visible from the street

     •     Make sure your home is visible from the street by keeping bushes and fences less than one metre high at the front of your property

     •     Don’t forget about garages, sheds and outbuildings – make sure they’re locked and secure too

     •     Try not to leave your house in silent darkness. Just leaving a radio on could make a potential burglar think twice

     •     Never leave a spare key outside your house, burglars know all the usual hiding spots

     •     Keep bins away from windows when they’re not being used as they can be used as a climbing aid for burglars

     •     Consider joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Find out more about Neighbourhood Watch in Northamptonshire at www.northantsnhw.co.uk


•     or call the Neighbourhood Watch Chair on 01933 664146 for more information

 

Out and about

     •     Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll get back. Let someone know where you’re going, and be prepared for a change of plan

     •     Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and if you can leave valuables at home, do

     •     When you’re out, always walk with confidence, and stick to well-lit, busy areas, using the route you know best

     •     Avoid quiet or badly-let alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted

     •     Remain aware of your surroundings – don’t walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals

     •     Trust your instincts – if you don’t feel safe then change your route, remembering to stay in well-lit and busy areas. Don’t be tempted to take short cuts

  •     Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Always avoid walking alone at night

     •     If you regularly walk home in the dark, get a personal attack alarm – they are widely available and inexpensive

     •     If you regularly jog or cycle, vary your route and times you go out, particularly if you go alone. Try to avoid wooded or remote areas and stick to well-lit roads, or main paths and open spaces. Stay fully alert of your surroundings and don’t use headphones

 

To speak to our crime prevention team about darker nights crime prevention : crimeprevention@northants.pnn.police.uk


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Susan Fletcher (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Northamptonshire)

Event - Redeeming Our Communities


“An important and exciting event is taking place in Northampton on the 21st of November called ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) run by Debra Green OBE. This event will kick start  community action across the county and introduce the work Northamptonshire Police will commence  in January on targeting gangs. Please see the following link for a video of a similar event which took place in Leicestershire https://vimeo.com/99124703. Some smaller follow up events are planned in the New Year across the country to build on the event in Northampton. Whilst the event is held in Northampton it will have an impact on the entire county. You can find out more about ROC here: https://roc.uk.com/


At the event with be Chief Constable Nick Adderley, Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold and High Sheriff James Saunders. The event runs from 7pm – 9pm prompt at Franklins Gardens, Northampton (Saints Ground).

 

To register your place please visit: www.roc.uk.com/northants


Tickets are free but space is limited.

 

Many Thanks – Inspector Daryl Lyon” 

 

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Victoria Lawrie (Police, Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Wellingborough & East Northants)

Advice On Spotting Bogus Charity Clothing Collections


Northamptonshire Police has been made aware that bogus, unlicensed charity clothes collections are taking place in the county.

This type of fraud deprives bona fide charities of much-needed funds generated through the recycling of people's unwanted clothes, books and other items. 

Taking a few simple steps will help you check whether the collection leaflet or bag you have received is for a genuine charitable collection:

     •     Check to see if the collection says it is supporting a genuine UK registered charity. Look for the charity’s registration number on the leaflet or bag – don’t confuse this with phrases like ‘company numbers’ or ‘export numbers’

     •     Check if the collection organiser is signed up to the Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Conduct

     •     or bears accepted kitemarks, such as the FRSB tick or the ACS/IOF membership logo.  Any of these could indicate that the collection is genuine

     •     Find out if the named collector is a member of the Textile Recycling Association – an up-to-date list of members can be found online here 


Find out more about checking if collections are legitimate here


and learn more about avoiding charity fraud in general at www.northants.police.uk/crime-prevention

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Katy Islip (Police, News Producer, Countywide)

New Ofcom Rules To Better Protect Consumers Come Into Force On 1 October

SENT ON BEHALF OF TRADING STANDARDS

 

New Ofcom rules to better protect consumers come into force on 1 October

 

Consumers will be better protected against nuisance calls, and vulnerable customers treated more fairly, when new strengthened rules are introduced on Monday 1 October 2018.

 

Last year, Ofcom completed a comprehensive review of the General Conditions – the regulatory rules that all communications providers must follow to operate in the UK. The aim of the review was to update their rules to ensure that consumers have the protection they need against sharp practices, and to support Ofcom’s enforcement work. The resulting changes place tougher requirements on all UK communications providers, in a range of areas including nuisance calls, complaints handling and the protection of vulnerable customers.

 

In summary, the new rules will:

 

Help to better protect people against nuisance calls

     •     Phone companies will be banned from charging customers for caller display, a service which helps people to screen unwanted calls;

     •     Telephone numbers displayed to people receiving calls must be valid and allow a person to call the number back;

     •     Phone companies must take steps to identify and block calls which carry invalid numbers – a feature of many nuisance calls – so they don’t get through to consumers in the first place; and

     •     Ofcom will be able to take back blocks of numbers from communications providers if they are found to have been systematically used to cause harm or anxiety to people, such as to make nuisance calls or perpetrate scams or fraud.

 

Require telecoms companies to treat vulnerable customers fairly

     •     Communications providers must introduce policies for identifying vulnerable customers – such as people with learning or communication difficulties or those suffering physical or mental illness or bereavement – to ensure they are treated fairly.

 

Help ensure that complaints and customer requests are handled appropriately

     •     All communications providers must ensure that customer concerns are dealt with promptly and effectively;

     •     Customers must be kept informed about the progress of their complaint and be allowed faster access to dispute resolution services in cases where the matter cannot be resolved by their provider; and

     •     Ofcom is issuing new guidance to providers on handling customers’ requests to cancel their contract. This should include allowing customers to cancel by phone, email or webchat, and ensuring incentive schemes for customer service agents do not encourage poor behaviour.

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Susan Fletcher (Police, Crime Prevention Officer, Northamptonshire)

Police And Crime Update


Crime and policing update for Fineshade, Harringworth, Wakerley, Collyweston, Easton-on-the-Hill and Duddington

 

Incidents of note reported between Friday, 12 October and Sunday, 14 October:

 

     •     Theft of Motor Vehicle – injured party awoke to find his vehicle had been taken from the drive of his property in Porters Lane, Easton-on-the-Hill between 7.30pm on Thursday, 11 October and 7.30am on Friday, 12 October. IP still in possession of his keys.

 

If you have any information about any of these events, please contact the Police on 101 or the independent Charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

For Crime prevention information about protecting your home and property, visit: https://www.northants.police.uk/#!/CrimePrevention


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Kathleen MacKenzie (Police, Neighbourhood Volunteer (V0527), East Northants)

Avoid Taking Short Cuts As The Darker Nights Draw In


Northamptonshire Police is issuing safety advice to the public as the days get shorter and the nights get darker.

Crime Prevention Team Leader, Paul Golley said: "Darkness really is a criminal’s best friend and I would strongly encourage the public to arm themselves with the safety tips below in order to best prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime during the darker nights.

"I know we all want to get to our destinations quickly when the nights are dark and the weather is cold, but please think twice about taking that short cut and consider that adding an extra five minutes onto your journey time and staying in well-lit, busy areas may just be worth it to avoid opportunistic criminals waiting in more isolated areas. 

"I’d also like to take this opportunity to say that it’s a common misconception that women are the only ones that need to take extra care during the winter months. That is simply not the case. Men are also susceptible to being attacked and should also take a look at our safety tips."


Plan ahead before you go out. Know where you're going, how you'll get there, and how you'll get back. Let someone know where you're going, and be prepared for a change of plan.

Keep your purse or wallet and keys close and secure. Only take out essential items, and if you can leave valuables at home, do.

When you're out, always walk with purpose, and stick to well-lit, busy areas, using the route you know best.

Don't be tempted to take short cuts that require you to stray from busy areas.

Avoid quiet or badly-let alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.

Remain aware of your surroundings – don't walk along texting, making a phone call or listening to music. As well as being distracting, this advertises your valuable to criminals.

Be a good friend and stay safe by sticking together. Encourage each other to avoid walking alone at night.

If you regularly walk home in the dark, get a personal attack alarm approved by Sold Secure - they are widely available and inexpensive.


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Jennifer Masters (Police, Digital Communications Officer , Countywide)

Rogue Traders


Please be aware of an incident whereby rogue traders have tried to deceive a lady regarding unnecessary work needed on her house to the sum of £3500. This has occurred in the area of Nassington. Please report any sus circs as soon as possible. The victim has not handed over any money.

 

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

 

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999.

 

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit www.northants.police.uk To contact your Neighbourhood Team covering East Northants they can be contacted on the following email: 

 

NeighbourhoodTeamEastNorthants@northants.police.uk

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous.  These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

HM Revenue and Customs Alert


What you need to know

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.


The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.


If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.


Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.


It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.


What you need to do

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.


Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.


Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.


Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.



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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)



Community Messaging Appeal


Northants Police would like to make the public aware that reports of fake £50 notes have attempted to be used by members of the public. We have had reports from some Businesses of this activity.


Could you all please be vigilante and circulate this information amongst family and friends, and call the Police on our 101 Police number at your earliest opportunity if you are in position of one.


Kind Regards

Your Local Policing Team

 

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Arthur Pereira (Police, Community Support Officer, East Northants)

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 


Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.


For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

New Website Is One-Stop-Shop For Help And Support


A new website has been launched by Northamptonshire Police’s AIM Team which will support you to live your best life. 


The new website is packed full of useful support, advice and contacts, to not only help ex-offenders looking to ditch a life of crime for something they can be proud of, but to help anyone who feels like they need a bit of extra help. It is also a place for professionals and other support services to find alternative services for the people they work with.


The AIM (Achieve, Inspire, Maintain) Team launched in October 2017 and works with ex-offenders to help them live a crime-free life.   


Chief Inspector Daryl Lyon, said: “AIM is here to support ex-offenders in every aspect of their lives and I’m pleased to see this new website, which is open to all, has now launched, meaning help and support is now only a click away.


“The website contains a whole host of information, from food bank details to mental health support and information on the team’s projects including MY:BK:YD -  a ground-breaking scheme where Northamptonshire Police and the county’s business community work together to address gang related crime by helping people get into employment.” 


Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, said: “The AIM team carry out really important work, engaging with our most dangerous and prolific offenders and working with them to reduce their criminal behaviour. 


"I was very pleased to be able to invest extra resources to enable this valuable work to take place. This website draws together in one single place, information about all the services available to provide practical support and structure, whether that is advice on employment, or accommodation, or mental health, that can mean the difference between someone staying on the straight and narrow, or returning to a life of crime.”


The AIM team are also looking for new support organisations to join up which is free, quick and easy to do. To access the website, please visit: www.aimonline.org.uk.


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Jennifer Masters (Police, Digital Communications Officer , Countywide)