Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community News 11-4-21

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Neighbourhood Watch Local Information
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team forced entry to an address in Druce Way this week where large amounts of cannabis plants were found. One suspect ran away but was soon detained on Cuddesdon Way and  was  charged and remanded. The local team  thanked  the Stronghold team and for the intelligence they received.

Many crimes are reported and published in the local press and on social media. Neighbourhood Watch are often involved in reporting these crimes so thank you to members and Coordinators in Cowley, Blackbird Leys and Headington for giving information which has led to closure orders, confiscation of drugs and CCTV of wanted suspects. 

In Oxford we need more members, Coordinators and Area Coordinators to join on www.ourwatch.org.uk  . Sadly, it often takes crime in an area before a Watch is formed - crime prevention is to try and stop crime happening initially. One of the most effective deterrents is Neighbourhood Watch - burglars do not like to think they may be watched! CCTV is a great deterrent but is fixed, whereas Watch members are said to "have more vision" - quote from a former burglar.

Community News
Prince Philip's funeral will be at Windsor.
The Royal Household has announced that the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh is to take place in Windsor on Saturday 17 April.
The Ceremonial Royal Funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle.
There will be a national minutes' silence at 3pm.
In line with the Royal Household’s wishes and Government advice, Thames Valley Police is asking the public not to gather at Royal residences, such as Windsor Castle, at this time and to continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and minimising travel.

Roadmap from April 12th (attachment of roadmap below)
What are the rules? (Oxford City Council)

Enjoying the new freedom still needs to be done safely, this means:
Groups of up to six people or two households can meet outdoors.
When meeting people from other households, remember to social distance and keep two metres apart. If you are meeting in a public space please don’t leave your litter to ruin it for others.
Facemasks are needed on public transport and in shops and personal care businesses. In the pub, restaurant or café, when not at your outdoor table you will need to wear a facemask.
Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser when visiting shops, hospitality and other public places.
Continue social distancing in all the places you visit, allow two metres between you and other people.
You should continue to work from home where possible.

Important election dates
What are the key dates?
Monday, 19 April (at 11:59 pm) is the deadline for people to register to vote
Tuesday, April 20 (no later than 5pm) is the deadline for receiving new postal vote applications for all these elections. You can apply for a postal vote here: https://www.gov.uk/.../publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote .
Meanwhile at the end of Friday, April 9 the list of candidates for the county council and district council elections will be available.

The Windrush Helpline
Many people believe that the Windrush Help Line is only to help people who came to the UK from Jamaica on the ship Empire Windrush.
This is not true. The Help Line is there to help anyone who came
to the UK from many other countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
CALL 0800 678 1925 or visit Gov.UK/WindrushHelpTeam

Crime Prevention
How to protect your emails and social media accounts against attackers
Your email and social media accounts contain a wealth of personal information about you, which makes them a lucrative target for cyber criminals. Between February 2020 and February 2021, Action Fraud received 15,214 reports about email and social media account hacking. The majority of reports (88%) were made by individuals, with 12% of reports being made by businesses.
Analysis of the crime reports revealed that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat were the most affected social media accounts, with phishing messages being the most common tactic used by cyber criminals to lure unsuspecting victims. The motivation behind the hacks are varied and can range from financial gain, to revenge or personal amusement. 

1: Secure your email accounts
Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess. Using 3 random words is a good way to create a strong, unique password that you will remember. 
2: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA)
Enable Two-factor authentication (2FA) in your account settings, it helps to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.
3.Be cautious of social media messages that ask for your login details or authentication codes, even if the message appears to be from someone you know.
4. If one of your online accounts has been hacked, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, or calling 0300 123 2040.

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