Doorstep crime advice in light of Coronavirus

The Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood team writes,

We know that groups are setting up all over the country to offer support to people who are isolating. Whilst in the vast majority of these cases, the individuals will be well-intentioned, there may be some who see this as an opportunity for their own criminal gain.

The easiest way of remembering how best to protect yourself and your loved ones if someone comes to your door offering help.

Stop – never do anything you don’t want to or make any decisions on the spot
Check  – Check for ID but remember most of these are community volunteers so wouldn’t necessarily have ID. There is no way of knowing whether they are legitimate
Ask – Ask someone you trust for a second opinion, or ask them if they can provide the support you need.
Mine – If they ask for your card or your pin, remember this is very personal information which should not be shared
Share – If you come across a scam, share your experience with others if possible to prevent them from being scammed.

Doorstep fraud is a crime. It happens to a wide range of people with all sorts of backgrounds. Please report it if it happens to you.

Protect yourself

Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit:

Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email –

Tel – 020 8721 2470

Twitter –  @MPSSanderstead



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Met Police – What is a hate crime and how to report it

People who have been victims of hate crime may not necessarily report it due to not understanding what hate crime is or not knowing how to report this crime to the police.

The Metropolitan Police encourage people to report hate crime and they are there to support those who have become victims.




This video explains what is a hate crime and how to report it.

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Zoom meeting with Croydon BME Forum – 22 April at 2pm – Concerns of over 60s

Join the Croydon BME Forum for an online session to discuss concerns of the over 60s during this time.

Book your place on Eventbrite.

Join using the details on the flyer.

Croydon BME Forum
56a Mitcham Road

Phone: 020 8684 3719



Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum,  and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

Age UK Croydon’s Food and Essentials Hub

Age UK Croydon is working closely with CVA to make sure support for older people is joined up across the borough.

With so many people offering support to older people during these uncertain times, and so many people in need, Age UK Croydon is working to ensure food and essential items are delivered to vulnerable older people in the safest way – and you can help them!

Display and share this flyer so more are aware. Download it Food and Essentials Hub – Flyer.

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Croydon Trading Standards Bulletin – 2019/20 – Edition 4

This is the latest bulletin Croydon Council Trading Standards which contains useful advice on crime prevention and some good news stories.

Read it online here or download a copy at the foot of this post.

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Great British Spring Clean + litter picks in Croydon postponed

Due to the current situation, the Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean will now take place from 11 September to 27 September 2020.

All litter picking activities in Croydon are also being postponed.

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