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CBNWA weekly update for 14 April 2015
INTERNET SCAMMERS CON BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKERS OUT OF £2.2M
British holidaymakers were conned out of £2.2m last year through internet-based scams, a report has shown.
CROYDON AGENCIES TO PROMOTE PERSONAL SAFETY
Practical advice and assistance on simple ways of improving your personal safety will be available at a free one-day event being staged on Thursday 23 April in the main square of Croydon’s Whitgift Shopping Centre.
CBNWA will have a stand at this event, please come along and meet us.
Designed to showcase the vast range of services that are in place locally to protect people against crime, and to support those who fall victim to it, the event will be packed with expert advice, information and guidance on the steps that people can take to safeguard their own security and that of their home and belongings. Read more.
2015 Rugby World Cup.
Action Fraud, together with the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and the City of London Police, are working in partnership with Rugby World Cup 2015 organisers to disrupt those entities seeking to sell Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets without permission from the official provider.
We would like rugby fans and the general public to be aware that they should only purchase tickets from official sources and avoid being scammed.
Purchase tickets from an official source and avoid losing your money.
- England Rugby 2015 Limited (“ER2015”) is the organising committee of Rugby World Cup 2015, due to take place in England and Cardiff from 18 September 2015 until 31 October 2015. Rugby World Cup Limited (“RWCL”) is the Tournament owner of Rugby World Cup 2015.
- RWCL/ER2015 wants to ensure that the public is not misled, by unauthorised ticket sellers, into believing they have purchased genuine Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets.
Where can you buy official match tickets?
How do you ensure that you are buying Rugby World Cup 2015 match tickets, supporter tours or hospitality packages from an official channel?
- To check whether a company or a certain website is an official Rugby World Cup 2015 channel, use the ‘Official Checker’ tool which is located at www.rugbyworldcup/buyofficial.
SECURITY: GARDEN SHEDS AND GARAGES
Garden sheds are a very popular target with burglars and are often overlooked when security is being considered. The value of the contents, such as garden mowers, strimmers and cycles can often add up to many hundreds of pounds. It is therefore wise to secure the shed door with at least one heavy duty hasp and closed-shackle padlock.
It may not always be appropriate to fit a heavy duty padlock, hasp and staple as the shed door and frame may not be strong enough to support them. There is a range of smaller but sturdy padlocks, padbolts, hasps and staples which would be suitable. Whether fitting heavy duty devices or otherwise, always use coach-bolt fixings through the door and frame. All opening windows within the shed will require good window locks.
The major problem with vulnerable garden sheds is that they provide burglars with an arsenal of house breaking implements, e.g. the versatile garden spade: because of the blade size and the leverage that can be exerted, few door or window locks can withstand a prolonged attack from this implement. If the shed is too fragile to secure adequately, the spade should either be bolted or padlocked to a heavy bench or frame, or, better still, kept in a more secure place such as a locked garage. Alternatively, your tools can be secured by chaining them together.
Consider the use of a strong lockable box or cage within the shed in which you can store not only your garden tools but also insecticides, weed killers or other items which may be harmful to health or plants if improperly used.
Garages are frequently used for storing not only cars, motor bikes and cycles, but also property similar to those found in garden sheds, as well as DIY power tools and sporting equipment. Considering the value of the property contained therein, security precautions are often found to be wanting, and for this reason they are identified by burglars as easy targets.
It is probably best not to rely solely on the centre lock provided. If the door is the only means of entry to the garage, it should be fitted with a hasp and staple, together with a padlock as above. There are also mortice locks specially designed for garage doors that close into the side frame.
INFORMATION FROM OUR MEMBERS
An email circulating this week from ‘DeanneThayer@metrobankonline.co.uk’ this refers to an electronic fund transfer into your account and asks you to look at the attachment ‘ATT00028.txt DO NOT OPEN THIS as it contains a virus, also reported is an email from ‘Hollie.firstname.lastname@example.org with an attachment called XL2040ZSY.xls which is also suspect. Do not open these attachments just delete the whole message.
MET POLICE CRIME MAPPING
The Met Crime Mapping site has been created to help show you what crime has been committed in neighbourhoods across the capital. The previous link given does not appear to work on some computers so to view go to: www.met.police.uk. On the first page under ‘How do I’ click on ‘view crime maps for local crime statistics’ on the map page in the search box (top left) enter Croydon. At the top right of the page click on the INFO tab to refine the map area and select crime types.
Details for CROYDON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Please contact our Neighbourhood Watch Manager (Katie Moore) for any general queries, co-ordinator updates or if your contact details change.
CBNWA office details
Telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext. 37637 (there is an answer phone for when the office is unmanned).
Postal: CBNWA c/o Croydon Fire Station. 90 Old Town, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1AR.
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