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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 28-11-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 28-11-21
collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford . 
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INDEX
Neighbourhood Watch
1) StreetSafe  (New- anonymous online reporting to police website)
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Good News
2) Looking after our neighbours
Thames Valley Police
1) Wanted man
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Knife Amnesty Bins
Witness Appeals
a) Headington
b) Cowley Road
c) City Centre
d) Temple Cowley
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Barton/ Risinghurst
2) Blackbird Leys-
a) Cannabis farm 
b) Horses on patrol
c) Speed checking
5) Oxford North East - bike security
Crime Prevention
1) Catalytic Converters
2) Protect Your Valuables
Scams 
1) Get Safe Online
2) Spam scams
3) Useful scam links
4) Avoiding scams
5) RSPCA scam
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Household Support Fund
2) escooter trial consultation
3) Trading Standards advice
Oxford City Council
1) Emergency accommodation open for rough sleepers
Crime Information
1) Domestic Abuse (interesting national statistics)
General Information
1) Extension of School Streets
2) Major changes to Oxford bus routes and times
3) Priority Services Register (British Gas)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
1) StreetSafe  (NEW - anonymous online reporting)
I went to an interesting webinar by National Neighbourhood Watch called StreetSafe - How the public inform the policing picture. Anyone can access the service on http://www.police.uk and can report incidents anonymously. 
StreetSafe is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused.
Please note: 'StreetSafe' is not for reporting crime or incidents.

This website http://www.police.uk. is where you report online and find crime reports and now has a new feature StreetSafe.
 https://www.police.uk/pu/notices/streetsafe/street-safe/ 
Streetsafe is a valuable resource for all and hope it is shared. The following you tube video is the recorded Neighbourhood Watch webinar and worth watching 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YUlHxfn-Wc

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Good news 
The Town Hall presentation on Cyber Fraud Prevention was well attended but some older people and student were unable to attend. I have discussed with the Thames Valley Police Cyber Security Advisor and if there is enough interest we could set up a Zoom meeting and smaller meetings for NW members. The proviso is that there are no costs involved eg if you find the venue and the participants I can be the intermediary to help with  Zoom set-up  and publicity (optional)

2) Looking after our neighbours
Please can I ask that you ensure that your neighbours are all warm and have adequate food as many vulnerable/older residents are not going out - even to shop.

The main message to give out to residents about the darker nights and burglaries is to keep doors and windows shut but also to leave a light on if going out. This is very simple and, with all crime prevention, we cannot show the impact but I am sure this is the cheapest and easiest deterrent for us all to do.
If you want to start a scheme in your road and keep your community safer please reply below. (Oxford only)

THAMES VALLEY
1) Appeal for help in tracing wanted man (attachment)
Do you know the whereabouts of Kane Jones?
He's wanted for failure to appear at court in Oxford and on a recall to prison.
He's known to frequent Didcot, Berinsfield, Oxford, Banbury, Abingdon and Wallingford.
If you see him 999 quoting 43210469709 or if you know of his whereabouts 101
More here https://orlo.uk/OSyFz

THAMES VALLEY POLICE (OXFORD)
1) Knife amnesty bins
We continue to actively target knife crime and those who carry knives in the latest phase of Operation Sceptre, the national campaign to tackle knife crime. Amnesty bins are available throughout the year for members of the public to safely dispose of knives in police stations across the Thames Valley.
Please make sure that all knives are safely wrapped in tape and newspaper before putting in the bins.
Amnesty bins can be found in St Aldates Police Station.

2) Witness Appeals
a)  Headington
We're appealing for witnesses after there was a collision between an e-scooter and a pedestrian with a push chair yesterday morning.
It happened on the path adjacent to Brookfield Crescent, heading towards Headley Way.
More info - https://orlo.uk/mf2tu

b)  Cowley Road
Did you witness a collision on the Cowley Road at around 11.34pm on Saturday.
A VW Golf struck two parked cars and ended up on it's roof.
If you have witness info or dash cam footage of the collision please call 101 ref 43210526219.
https://orlo.uk/x5cwy

c) New Road, City Centre
Were you in Oxford city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning?
We are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside Slug and Lettuce on New Road.
Anyone with information should get in touch with us or Crimestoppers.
Read more https://orlo.uk/51iho

d) Temple Cowley (attachment)
We are releasing an image of this man as officers would like to speak to him about a sexual assault on a girl in Oxford in 2015.
The victim was attacked in The Cricketers Arms in Temple Road. She reported it to police in October 2021.
More information: https://orlo.uk/wLrXD

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) Barton/Risinghurst (attachment)
Do you recognise this person?
We think he may have vital information regarding a fraud of an elderly lady in Risinghurst, Oxford.
If this is you or you know who it is please call 101 reference 43210460326.
Full details below.
https://orlo.uk/Va1xs

2) Blackbird Leys
a) Cannabis
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team have forced entry into a property on Pegasus Road over the weekend and taken control of this cannabis grow. The property has now been made safe and cleared.
b) (fromTwitter account) 
Horses on Patrol (attachment)
Thank you@TVP_horses for coming to the estate this week! Great to have you patrolling with us. Even better to see your tactics in action helping us detain a male attempting to evade a search!
c) Blackbird Leys
Speed Checks
You raised concerns of dangerous driving on Shepherds Hill so the Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team have been out with a speed indication device this afternoon. No issues today but we will persist and update. Tell us about any concerns on your street.

3) Oxford North East 
Bike security (Attachment)
PC Dugmore and PCSO Mohamed attended Headington Farmers Market on 20/11 for bike marking event in a partnership with Oxford Safer Streets Project, over 50 bikes been marked and a free D-lock given to cyclists who marked them bikes.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Catalytic Converters
Why are catalytic converters stolen?
Because catalytic converters contain three different Platinum Group Metals – platinum, palladium, and rhodium – they can be very valuable. On average, there are between 3-7 grams of platinum in a standard catalytic converter, but the amount varies based on manufacturer and model.

To prevent 
All Neighbourhood Watch members have 10% discount with Selectamark on catalytic converters. The company give us a special price for SelectDNA as a marking kit and this can reduce burglaries by 83%. The endorsement is that 93% of police forces have used Selectamark to reduce burglaries. https://www.selectadna.co.uk/products/selectamark-cat-marking-kit
SelectamarkDNA  also sells their security product at £25 instead of £59.50 to NW members have the special discount code. but anyone can buy items at retail price.
https://www.selectadna.co.uk/dna-asset-marking/selectadna-home-kit    This kit marks 50 items

2) Protect Your Valuables
We have seen a noticeable spike  in the number of Burglaries where the offenders are targeting  family gold. If you are concealing your valuables in your underwear drawer, bedroom or loft please think again!  Burglars will make a beeline for these areas of houses and through experience  know that many people use these locations thinking they are safe - they are not.
·       Please give strong consideration about what steps you can take to protect  your valuables.
·       When not in use think about storing your valuables securely in a safety deposit box or bank vault.
·       Add other security measures such as CCTV, alarms and security marking your jewellery with a forensic marking product.
·       Don’t advertise your jewellery or when you are away online – don’t post photos of your jewellery on social media, and be careful mentioning holidays or extended absences from home.
·       Avoid posting about Weddings, festivals and other celebrations where someone may be able to identify that you are not at home or that you own high value jewellery.
·       Burglars love an easy opportunity  - when leaving your house, even if you are not intending to be out for long, ensure all your windows are shut.  Do you have a flat roof that will enable a Burglar to get to a 1st floor window?  In several recent offences Burglars have entered through this method. Don't leave fanlight windows ajar thinking no-one can get through that space  - they may well be able to reach in and unlatch the larger part of the window.
·       If you have a PVC door DO NOT just pull the handle up, this will not secure the door fully. Use the key to ensure all of the locking points are engaged whether you are out or at home.
How to keep your vehicle safe - crime prevention advice


·       Always lock your car and double check if the doors are locked.
·       Close windows and the sun roof to prevent theft.
·       Don't display any belongings. Remember, the cost of replacing windows is often much more expensive than of what’s stolen.
·       Take your documents with you and never leave anything with your name and address in the car.
·       Take out your stereo and sat-nav.
·       Secure anything that’s on the outside of your vehicle for example anything left on roof-racks.
·       Take good care of your car keys. Consider faraday pouch for keyless entry vehicles.
·       Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws.
·       Choose the right place to park. Park in well-lit and busier areas.
·       Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels.
·       Add a car alarm, immobiliser or tracking device.
·       Stay safe in traffic. If you are in slow- moving traffic or stuck in a jam, close your windows, lock your doors and keep valuables out of sight.
Do NOT leave your car running when you popping into the shop, dropping the children at the school gate. Switch off the engine and lock the doors.

SCAMS
1) Get Safe Online
Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams
Keep your Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping safe

Whether it’s getting the Christmas list ticked off, that last minute gift for someone special or a treat for ourselves, most of us will be buying more online this festive season. 
It’s fantastic being able to take advantage of the convenience, choice and value brought by the internet, but unfortunately it is also a favourite haunt of fraudsters, vying to take advantage of the fact that you have so many distractions in the lead-up to Christmas. 
That why it’s especially important to safeguard yourself, your family and finances when you’re buying online on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any other day. Attached is our latest Get Safe Online leaflet providing top online shopping tips, but if you want to find out more you can always visit our website at www.getsafeonline.org

 2) Spam scams 
If you receive an email/text please report as below or text 7726 even if in spam.

3) Useful Scam links
Have you received a phishing email recently? You can report it to report@phishing.gov.uk
 For further information see: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails

 Report a suspicious website - NCSC.GOV.UK
Create your own Cyber Action Plan to improve your cyber security here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/actionplan

**Guide to the reporting of Fraud and Cyber Crime to Action Fraud**
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/guide-to-reporting

4)  Avoiding scams
Scams are a way of cheating people out of their money.   The criminals who operate them are sometimes called fraudsters, swindlers or con artists. In this guide, we refer to them as scammers.
A scammer may try to approach you on your doorstep, by post, over the phone or online.   They’ll often pretend to be someone they’re not, or make misleading offers of services or investments.
New digital ways of communicating have led to an increasing number of scams – and more people being tricked by them.   But you can protect yourself by knowing what to look out for, and what to do if you suspect a scam.
Doorstep scams Scammers may knock on your door pretending to be people they’re not in order to get money out of you.
Mail scams You may receive post containing false claims or offers to try to steal your money.
Phone scams Scammers could ring up and try to get your personal information or persuade you to buy products you don’t need.
Email and online scams You may receive emails or come across fake websites pretending to be legitimate or trying to tempt you with fraudulent offers.
Relationship scams Some scammers try to earn your trust by forming a pretend relationship in order to get money from you.
Identity theft Scammers may try to get hold of your personal details and use them to access your savings or run up debts in your name.
Investment and pension scams Scammers may try to steal your pension, perhaps by offering seemingly attractive investment opportunities.
Over the next few days, we’ll expand on each of the above scams.
This information guide has been produced with the help of older people and carers as well as expert peer reviewers.
Published: AUGUST 2021 by AgeUK

5) RSPCA scam
Active RSPCA scam warning - please read!
We've recently been made aware that scammers are targeting owners of missing pets on this website. They call and claim to be from the RSPCA, that they have your pet, but it's been injured. They then go on to request payment for emergency treatment. By all accounts, the caller sounds very genuine and plausible. Please do not disclose your bank details or make any payments - this is a scam. The RSPCA will never call you in this way. If in doubt, ask for a photo to be sent of your pet.

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Household Support Fund
Vulnerable households to receive support for food, energy and water bills this winter.
 Oxfordshire has been allocated £3.5m as part of the recently launched government Household Support Fund to help residents who are struggling to make ends meet.  The money is primarily to help pay for food, energy and water bills for vulnerable households, but other costs can also be covered. At least 50% of the money has to be allocated to families with children, but the remainder can go to families without children, including people living alone. 
 
The funds are not restricted to people in receipt of benefits and there are no requirements around recipients’ employment status.
 Each district has been allocated its own share of the funding to use. The district and city councils are working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector to make best use of the funding. At county council level, further support for children and young people eligible for free school meals is also being administered using monies from the same fund.

2) escooter trial consultation
Share your views on the e-scooters trial
The trial started in February 2021 and has been running for nine months. It is part of a UK Government initiative to provide direct and greener transport options around non-pedestrianised areas in busy towns and cities.
People can have their say by visiting https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/e-scooter-trial-your-views-2021 and filling in the survey, which runs until midnight on 15 December.
You can also submit your feedback to E-scooters, FREEPOST OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (no further address needed).
Members of the public are now invited to take part in a perception survey to share their thoughts on the trial, and any changes they would like to see.
Scooters can be used on the road and cycle lanes within the trial area but not on pavements. The scooters are tracked by GPS and regularly serviced. 

3) Trading Standards Advice
TRADING STANDARDS
1) Shopping advice when buying toys
Serious injuries prompt Black Friday and Christmas safe toy shopping advice for Oxfordshire residents
 Parents are being urged to take extra care when buying toys this Black Friday and in the lead up to Christmas, as part of a safety campaign from Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards.  
 As well as highlighting some top shopping tips, the initiative draws attention to specific dangers posed by small, high-powered magnets that can be found in toys, puzzles, and some craft items – with concerns that they are also being used as fake tongue and body piercings and jewellery, popularised on social media.
 Here are top tips from Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards:
 
Know who you are buying from
Wherever shopping, remember reputation matters. Is the seller widely recognised for safe and reliable toys? Get as much information on the seller as you can, especially if you are buying from an online marketplace. Not everything sold on an online platform is supplied by them. If the actual supplier is not based in the UK, you may face heightened risks.
 
Always read warnings and instructions
Toys must be clearly marked with age restrictions, which are based on risks such as choking hazards. Always follow the age recommendations.
 
Consider special needs
Children with special needs might be more vulnerable, so keep this in mind when shopping.
 
Avoid toys with small parts
They can be a choking hazard.
 
Look out for strangulation hazards
Loose ribbons on toys and costumes can pose risks to young children.
 
Check the toys are for children
Magnets can look like toys. Keep them away from children.
 
Compare the sellers
Bargains may be too good to be true. Compare the toy’s price with other sellers. If it is a fraction of the cost, it is likely to be counterfeit.
 
Check for button batteries
Ensure that any button batteries in a toy are safely behind a screwed down flap.
 
Check for product recalls
See if the toy has been recalled by checking the product recall campaign website:
https://productrecall.campaign.gov.uk/
 
Check before you wrap
Toys must be clearly marked with age restrictions, which are based on risks such as choking hazards. Always follow the age recommendations.
 
Small, high-powered magnets - Be aware!
As well as posing a potential choking hazard, such magnets can cause serious injury if swallowed. A magnet safety poster for schools, and other information and resources are available on the government’s website:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/my-safety-magnets

Anyone with concerns about the safety or labelling of toys can contact Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Emergency beds for rough sleepers
 We're activating emergency (SWEP) beds for people experiencing rough sleeping who want to come inside.
Beds will be available from Friday until  Monday morning, when we'll review the situation.

.CRIME INFORMATION
1) Domestic Abuse
Office of National Statistics
Today, we published analysis on domestic abuse during the pandemic and data on self-isolation after testing positive.
Calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline increased during the three longest national lockdowns in England.
In the year ending March 2021, the number of callers to the helpline, run by the charity Refuge, in England increased by 22% to 49,756 compared with 40,859 in the year ending March 2020.
This is not necessarily indicative of an increase in the number of victims, but perhaps an increase in the severity of abuse being experienced, and a lack of available coping mechanisms.
We also published data today that showed three in four people (75%) self-isolated after a positive COVID-19 test.
This has remained stable since June but is a decrease from 86% in May 2021

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) School Streets
School streets have been extended in Oxford
Here are the schools where roads will be closed to traffic, including the teachers: 
Oxford:
Larkrise
East Oxford 
St Christopher’s
St Ebbe’s
Windmill

2) Changes to bus services
Important information-
There are changes to both the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach from January 2nd 2022.
Oxford Bus Company https://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/network-review
Stagecoach https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/oxfordshire/oxfordshire-service-changes

3) Priority Services Register (British Gas)
I am only aware of this register but please let me know if there are others to share
You can register if you:
are over 65
have a disability or long-term illness
rely on medical equipment in your home
have a child or children under the age of five
have gone through a recent bereavement, break-up or job loss
are recovering from a hospital treatment
are living independently for the first time
Call 0800 0728 625 to register.

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Wanted Man
Temple Road
Risinghurst
Speed Checking
Safer Streets Project
 
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