Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 23-5-21
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OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER 23-5-21
(Maggie Lewis - NW Representative and Administrator for Oxford LPA)
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This is a newsletter for the whole of Oxford and each item is highlighted but I would urge reading of all as it is interesting to see what is happening in other areas and criminals travel.
Some Coordinators write their own local newsletter which is helpful, if you want anything added please can you send by Saturday afternoon. Neighbourhood Watch
There is a lot of information from policing teams. If you are doing anything in your Watch schemes that you would like to share please reply as below. With our dedicated PCSOs the collaboration with your local neighbourhood policing team has never been better and something I have wanted for a couple of years. Please take the opportunity to discuss any local issues with your first contact. TVNHWA AGM
Apologies from TVNHWA if you tried to join the Zoom for AGM but there were problems with members signing in. There were excellent talks from the Superintendent Mike Loebenberg from Aylesbury Vale in Buckinghamshire, Annabelle Goodenough (CrimeStoppers) and Matthew Barber, new Police and Crime Commissioner.
The AGM and speakers can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivuGlSMGc3g&ab_channel=DavidAlder
This is a good way to find if you are a registered member with Neighbourhood Watch as you will have received the You Tube link, if not then you may want to join on www.ourwatch.org.uk
The recording is on You Tube for sharing - please note there is a message from You Tube to agree to terms and conditions. Then the recording that takes a little time to start Ways to keep your community safe
Neighbourhood Watch members and Coordinators are needed as the more members and schemes the most effective NW can be in your area.
I am often asked how Watches work and .these are the functions of all the people involved. If you feel you can do these please join an expanding national organisation. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As a member or Coordinator (Lead, joint or deputy)you can register online, if you want to become an Area Coordinator (sole) you can use reply icon to check availability. THE ROLE OF A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEMBER
An active Neighbourhood Watch encourages community spirit and good communication.
As a member of Neighbourhood Watch if you have an incident:
Contact the police with details of the incident using online by ringing 101 if the incident has happened, or 999 if the incident is happening.
Contact your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.
The Coordinator will then alert the other members of the scheme to make them aware and possibly receive more information that would be useful for the police making enquiries.
At no time will the Co-ordinator give out the name, address or contact details of the person who has had the incident to the other members
Each member will receive local police messaging, Neighbourhood Watch and other information providers messaging , special discounts to home, bike and car security goods, discounted home and car insurance, full crime reports for certain areas and access to the NW website. COORDINATOR ROLE
It is all FREE to help keep you and your neighbourhood safe in a more direct way.
In Oxford there is a dedicated PCSO scheme where a dedicated PCSO for your area will phone each Coordinator for an introduction and to discuss issues and ideas. This is very exciting and will help all of us to feel more connected with our local policing team. This will take some time to reach everyone so please be patient. If you have not been contacted and would like urgent attention please use reply icon to contact me.
While Neighbourhood Watch schemes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and the reasons for starting schemes may differ, the below are the activities that most scheme coordinators undertake:
Contact their neighbours in their scheme area to invite them to join.
Ensure their scheme is registered on our website and their membership and scheme information is kept up to date.
Act as a point of contact with residents, their local policing team, other local coordinators and partners to receive and cascade information relevant to their scheme members.
Get to know their neighbours, particularly those who are vulnerable or isolated, and ensure information reaches them through their preferred method of communication.
Signpost their members with community safety concerns to the most appropriate organisation.
Encourage their members to report suspicious incidents and / or criminal or anti-social behaviour to the police or local authority.
Promote personal responsibility for community safety by sharing crime reduction information and encouraging members to improve their home, on-line and personal security.
Promote neighbourliness by encouraging members to keep an eye on each other’s homes and possessions, giving special consideration to supporting vulnerable neighbours.
Support their local police and other agencies to identify local issues and solve problems where there are community concerns.
As a scheme coordinator, you may wish to do more and arrange events or other local activities to bring your neighbours together and help tackle local issues of concern to them. How much more you do is dependent upon the time and commitment you are prepared to give. AREA COORDINATOR
The main role for an Area Coordinator is to find Coordinators in your area. You have more local contacts than myself and you will be given a contact list of Coordinators. It is hoped that the Area Coordinator will form cluster groups where Coordinators in adjacent areas will support and share issues. Please note the Coordinators must agree to details being given to other Coordinators.
An area coordinator is also a lead point of contact for a group of Neighbourhood Watch schemes, connecting and supporting scheme coordinators, local police and partners, actively involving them in keeping their area safe. Their help is invaluable in finding new Coordinators as they are aware of their communities.
POLICE AND CRIME NEWS
This is mainly OX4 but all area news is welcome to share. COWLEY
Good news for Cowley - after a long period when Sgt. Neil Bouse (East Oxford) has stretched his workload over two areas to include Cowley and Wood Farm and many thanks to him. He will be returning to oversee the East Oxford area.
It is good news that Cowley and Wood Farm are going to have a new Sergeant - Rosie Campbell beginning on 19/7/21. This is the team
Cowley/ Woodfarm NHPT team.
NHPT SERGEANT – P7202 Rosie CAMPBELL
NHPT PC - P7945 Jon EVANS
NHPT PC - P7708 Chris LONGWORTH
PCSO - C9251 Janet BILLINGHAM
PCSO - C9872 Paul TIMMS
PCSO - C9060 Jack SEAR
PCSO - C9950 Rebecca HUXTABLE
PCSO - C9626 Liam SILCOCK
One of our NW members had a high value custom-built bike stolen from his drive (20/5/21) at about 10.30pm in Oxford Road, Cowley. This had two heavy duty locks and the police have been informed. As you are aware, the chances of retrieval and catching the thief are unlikely.
I am producing a leaflet/booklet (probably electronic) about bike theft prevention and the police have already produced a booklet online https://www.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/how-safe-is-your-bike/
Thank you to the police who have given me links to bike theft crime prevention. I have arranged a meeting with someone from Oxford University to discuss this.
Neighbourhood Watch has a 10% discount on bike security goods on Cowley Road - if you are a NW member and want goods then please reply and I will send letter and card for you to use.
I can only add this advice but if you have any advice on preventing bike theft please let me know.
1) lock your bike to a permanent structure
2) take indoors if practicable
3) remove saddle
4) motion sensor/siren
It doesn't matter whether high end or a second hand bike theft causes great distress - losing independence, costing money to replace and the various emotions felt as a victim of crime.
Thames Valley Police has authorised a Section 60 order following an incident in Oxford.
At around 8.50pm yesterday (19/5) there was an altercation between a group of youths, armed with weapons, in Desborough Road, Rosehill.
Seven arrests have been made in connection with this incident. They have been arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon and are currently in custody.
As a result of this incident, a Section 60 order has been authorised covering the Oxford local policing area.
The order is in place until 11pm today (20/5) whereupon it will be reviewed and an extension considered if deemed necessary.
Inspector Lyndon Barret, based at Cowley police station, said: “Following this incident, a Section 60 order has been authorised in Oxford, which gives officers more powers with regards to stop and search.
“The purpose of this order is to reduce the risk of further violence taking place.
“Members of the public might see an increased police presence in the area during this time.
“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to make a report online, quoting reference 43210216835, or by calling 101.” Additional Information Stop and search powers
Stop and search is never used lightly and police officers will only exercise their legal right to stop members of the public and search them when they genuinely suspect that doing so will further their investigations into criminal activity – whether that means looking for weapons, drugs or stolen property. Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order 1994
This is different to normal stop and search as it gives police the right to search people without reasonable grounds. This can only happen in a defined area at a specific time when a senior officer believes there is a possibility of serious violence, or weapons are involved.
Cannabis Farm seizure
The Blackbird Leys Team forced an entry to an address on Ladenham Road this afternoon identifying this set up ready for supplying cannabis. This has safeguarded those vulnerable to exploitation. Assault in Greater Leys
At around 3.40am on Wednesday (19/5) a taxi was called to a property in Little Bury.
When the driver arrived, four people approached the taxi and an altercation occurred between two of them. This resulted in one of the group sustaining injuries and damage to his property.
The victim, a 63-year-old man, received treatment at hospital for his injuries and has since been discharged.
Anyone who may have any information about this incident please contact the police. by making a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference number 43210215335.
A 19-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has since been released on police bail.
A 20-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage. He has since been released on police bail. Community Safety
Blackbird Leys and City Council collaboration
The Blackbird Leys Team have been working with Oxford City Council identifying sites prone to littering, drug use and ASB. These recent examples include an encampment, damaged telephone kiosk, and garage used for squatting. Drug and Alcohol Support
Blackbird Leys Police have been working with the Oxford Hub and Turning Point to establish a regular drug and alcohol support service at the community centre, bringing this crucial service closer to those who need it most locally. This included training with life saving Naxolone. SUMMERTOWN
Between 3.30pm and 6.25pm on Thursday 13 May, offenders have stolen tools from a silver Ford Transit van that was parked in the car park next to the tennis courts in Middle Way, Oxford. They have used a drill to drill through the drivers door to gain access.
A number of tools were stolen including a Nikita circular saw, a DeWalt impact drill and DeWalt toolbox. All items have been sprayed with a blue paint.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to please get in touch.
Similarly, if you live or were driving in the area at the time of the incident and have any doorbell, CCTV or dash-cam footage then please review this.
You can get in touch using our online form or by calling 101 with reference number 43210206556. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or on 0800 555 111 ------------------------------------------
When do you contact the police
When you see a crime or suspicions - you know what is not usual in your area.
Please consider using online reporting system or ring 101 but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime is happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone is seriously injured or in immediate danger. These are all 999.
Missing man from Reading (attachment photo)
From TVP Oxford social media
We are appealing for information to trace missing man James Cross, aged 64 from Reading.
We believe that James could be in Oxford or Kidlington and has been travelling along riverside locations and maybe camping in a red tent.
Have you seen him? Please call 101 ref 43210214408.
Cuckooing is a form of crime, termed by the police, in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for county lines drug trafficking. The crime is named for the cuckoo's practice of taking over other birds' nests for its young. If you think that your area cannot have cuckooing this can and does happen ANYWHERE in Oxford. Cuckooing thrives because it is an invisible crime
Attachment - Are you living next to a drug dealer?
Scams are BIG business and thrive because they work. This is just a small variety of the many scams that are round. Little Book of Scams (Version 5)
This is a really useful online booklet from the Metropolitan Police and has 60 pages link page
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/sites/students/files/little_book_of_big_scams_-_5th_edition.pdf Group Whatsapp
Please check your group settings as below. Everybody can open WhatsApp to scammers and loan sharks etc. It is advised that you use the 'Nobody' option.
To change settings
Open WhatsApp and go to your Settings, tap Account, then tap Privacy.
Next, tap your selected option, then choose from either option: 'Everyone', 'My Contacts' or 'Nobody'.
The changes will be applied automatically.
You can stop receiving messages, calls and status updates from certain contacts by blocking them. National Insurance Scam
If you’ve received a pre-recorded message or phone call claiming your National Insurance number has been compromised, you can safely ignore it. It’s a scam.
Fraudsters appear to be continuing to use the hook of National Insurance numbers as a means to exploit personal information from victims – the scam appears to have now moved to phishing emails:
Remember, you can visit Gov.uk which offers contact numbers and web chat support if you have concerns regarding your National Insurance number.
British Gas scam
Action Fraud have advised on a British Gas scam via email. It states: "Hello, British Gas wants to inform you that you are eligible for a payment refund of £594. "Our records indicate that you have paid more than you should have for your British Gas Service from 2017-2019 and because of this reason, we have decided to refund you the total amount which you have overpaid." There is also a link within the emails, which the fraudsters hope recipients of the email will click. Further details in the below link: British Gas scam sees hundreds receive fake refund emails 'designed to steal' bank details
Council Tax Scam
Residents are receiving an official-looking email headed Council Tax – Gov.uk advising that you are getting a Council Tax Reduction (this used to be called Council Tax Benefit) considering you`re on a low income or get benefits. Apply now to claim the reductions made over your past 5 years of Council tax payments and they may quote total amount of benefits as £385.50 and that the refund will be transferred direct to your Debit/Credit Card. Do not click on any of the links as they are just trying to obtain your card details.
Royal Mail Scams
Royal Mail customers are being warned about a new convincing scam email that has been circulated. It is asking people to pay £2.99 fee for an undelivered item of mail - but while the sum might seem small, what the criminals actually want is bank account details and they have then emptied their bank account! The message, which appears at first glance almost genuine, warns homeowners if they don't opt for delivery, they will return the package to the sender. It then directs the customer to a link, asking them to fill out an information form. The form then asks users for their card number, security code, sort code, account number and mother's maiden name. Also, similar scams purporting to be from Hermes, DPD and DHL asking for delivery payment.
Fake messages inviting Asda and Morrison’s customers (and possibly more Supermarkets) to track their grocery delivery. Scammers are sending these texts to phone numbers on the off chance the recipient has placed an order and again this is another trick to access banking information. People worried about deliveries should check directly with the stores.
NHS scams. There are still variations of these by phone, text or email, so please be careful not to give any Bank details. One of the latest scams involves the caller saying that they are from NHS and ask a few health-related questions. They then proceed to ask if you have a life insurance which they try to sell you if you do not have one currently. Another extremely dangerous scam is calls with fake vaccines or tests being offered and you will be asked to pay for these and they will again be after your bank details
OxClean - Litter picking
Neighbourhood Watch is committed to keeping neighborhoods clean and members often are involved in litter picks throughout the year but Oxclean encourages groups through a 'big clean up' .
Volunteers for Blackbird Leys please contact asap and use reply button
Blackbird Leys OxClean June 5th at 11am meet at Blackbird Leys Community Centre. Pickers and black bags will be supplied. Organised by the Leys Neighbourhood Watch
If you want to register a group for your own area please go to https://www.oxclean.org.uk/
There was a Panorama programme this week showing the dangers of e scooters. There are many reports of riders riding on pavements and this is illegal, as cycling is. The main dangers are the speed and privately owned ones being used on public land without tax or insurance. The trial in Headington and Marston is being extended into East Oxford.
I was asked if e-bikes are covered by legislation.
The law covering e-bikes - which are battery-assisted pedal cycles - doesn't currently cover e-scooters, but the government wants to regulate them in a similar way in future.
There is now a charge for bulk collections and there has been an increase in fly tipping There is a concessionary rate for those in receipt of housing benefit, council tax support and universal credit (housing element)
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)