Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 29-8-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 29-8-21
Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. 

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INDEX
Neighbourhood Watch
1) Future
2) Events
Thames Valley Police 
1) Witness Appeal
2) Neighbourhood Policing Teams
General Information
1) Missing Persons 
Key Figures and Statistics
Reasons for persons going missing
Scams
1) Fraudulent celebrity endorsements
2) Attachments
Crime Prevention 
1) Top Tips to avoid Cyber Fraud
General Information
1) Thames Valley Police
2) Fire Service
Community Information
1) Oxford City Council
2) Trading Standards
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Future of Neighbourhood Watch
I would be grateful for members and non-members help with ideas of
a) how to change the perception of 'nosy neighbours'
b) how to increase membership for younger residents
c) and, if you are not a member, what would encourage you to do so? No obligation - but it would help me understand.
d) as well as sharing information what do you think Neighbourhood Watch offers to scheme members?
Schemes are run by Coordinators by asking members what they want and have the local knowledge of what is needed in the neighbourhood. Time and commitment is whatever the Coordinator can manage and support is given as needed. 

2) Events
Please let me know if anything is there are events in your area that can be shared. Coordinators are insured for any Neighbourhood Watch activities.
Leys Litterpick (22/8)  
Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys
The Leys Litterpick had only a few volunteers but amassed lots of bags of rubbish and thanks to Oxford Direct Services for speedy collection. We had two children who enjoyed the litterpick and will be volunteering again when we begin the regular litterpicks from September. 

Blackbird Leys
Family Cultural Day embracing diversity to be held today (29/8) at Blackbird Leys Field 12-6pm - there will be a Neighbourhood Stall (first with gazebo!) and you are all welcome to attend and say hello. 

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
1) Witness Appeal
South Parade, Summertown
Between 6pm on Monday 23 August and 6am on Tuesday 24 August a workshop in South Parade, Summertown was broken into. The offenders gained access by jumping over a garden wall and forcing the doors open.
A large quantity of jewellery was stolen.
Officers are urging anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious overnight on Monday to get in touch. You can use the online form https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ or call 101, quoting reference number 43210377856.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or on 0800 555 111.

2)Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Policing Team (attachment photos)
The residents of Andromeda Close were tired of persistent drug use and anti-social behaviour  from this site. The neighbourhood policing team identified the individuals involved, reported several for drugs offences and referred to Oxford Direct Services for clearance and a long term solution.

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Missing persons
There are many missing people reported and fortunately most are found safe and well although many remain missing.. I was unaware of the number of disappearances that bring distress and confusion to loved ones, family and friends and I hope you find the following information interesting. I am including the main 24 hour helplines that are confidential and may help anyone who feels trapped and their only escape is to go missing.
Support - Childline and Samaritans - all free and confidential -there are many others.
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
60 Magdalen Road 
Oxford 
OX4 1RB

Key statistics and figures
Someone is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK  
How many people go missing each year?  
Missing people: of the 170,000 people reported missing nearly 98,000 are adults and more than 70,000 are children  
Missing incidents: of the 353,000 reported incidents, more than 137,000 incidents are adults and almost 215,000 incidents are children  
Looked after children are at high risk of being reported missing. 1 in 10 looked after children are reported missing compared to 1 in 200 children. Looked after children who are reported missing will be reported on average 6 times  
Most of the people who are reported missing may be experiencing some kind of vulnerability or risk. This can be exacerbated by being missing, particularly where someone goes missing more than once.  
The statistics were developed by Missing People using statistics in the National Crime Agency report 2019-20. The figures used are the number of incidents (I.e. the total number of reports of someone going missing, including missing incidents) and the number of individuals (I.e. number of individual adults and children reported missing, which does not reflect repeat missing).

Main reasons for children missing
Conflict, abuse and neglect at home
More than half of missing children have experienced this and 1 in 5 felt forced to leave  
Sexual exploitation
7 in 10 young people who have been sexually exploited have also been reported missing  
1 in 7 of the children who completed return home interviews with Missing People had been sexually exploited  
Trafficking
1 in 4 trafficked children who are looked after in local authority care have gone missing  
Nearly 1 in 10 children who completed return home interviews with Missing People had been a victim of criminal exploitation 
Mental health
1 in 5 children who completed return home interviews with Missing People disclosed information about mental health issues  
1 in 10 was at risk of self-harm  
4% were at risk of suicide  

Main reasons for adults going missing
Escaping violence
1 in 50 missing adults 
Diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues
Up to 8 in every 10 missing adults  
Dementia
Around 1 in 10 adult missing incidents  
4 in every 10 people with dementia will go missing at some point, often unintentionally 
Financial problems
1 in 50 adults have stated this as a principal reason for missing  

SCAMS
1) Fraudulent celebrity  endorsements and fake shipping tracking
Fraudsters peddling health supplements are still using famous faces, such as Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden, to lure victims. They create fake courier websites and sometimes even go to the extent of an elaborate customer service experience such as a fake shipping tracker to disguise the scam.

2) Attachment flyers about scams(attachment)
Home Working - managing the cyber risks 
Protecting yourself from the impact of data breaches
Recovering your hacked online account 
What to do if you're being blackmailed 

CRIME PREVENTION
1) TVP Cyber and Fraud top tips are:
Protect your email by using a strong and separate password

Cyber criminals can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft.
Install the latest software and app updates
Software and app updates contain vital security updates to help protect your devices from cyber criminals.
Turn on two-factor authentication on your email
Two-factor authentication is recommended for email accounts to make sure your data is secure.
Password managers: how they help you secure passwords
Using a password manager can help you create and remember passwords.
Secure smartphones and tablets with a screen lock
Screen locks offer your devices an important extra layer of security.
Always back up your most important data
Safeguard your most important data, such as your photos and key documents, by backing them up to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage system.

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Thames Valley Police
Since January this year Thames Valley Police have received more than 63,000 online reports

2) Fire Service
A fire engine needs a gap of 3.1m (10ft) to get through. Please think of this when you park.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION
1) Oxford City Council
The new City Councillor as Older People's Champion is Councillor Barbara Coyne 
 07485329882      cllrbcoyne@oxford.gov.uk

Bin collection update -Oxford City Council are running behind on some recycling and garden waste collections. If your bin is not collected, please leave it out and they will endeavour to collect it as soon as possible.

2) Trading Standards - I have included the safety testing for electric heating pads or blankets attachment  again. This is a free service and could save a life - please can we let anyone know that is not on the internet.

Stay safe,

Maggie
 
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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