This message is dated Wednesday 9th August 2017 for Ascot.
Sgt Jemma Calver and PCSO Melita Diprose have attended the Ascot NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) today. Cllr David Hilton, the Chair of the NAG has asked if I can circulate a couple of reminders !!
- Please - please, never leave golf clubs in the back of cars ! Some people load them into the back of their car for a fast early getaway the next morning. We have recently had thousands of pounds worth of expensive gold clubs stolen from cars overnight ! If thieves spread the word that there are easy pickings in Ascot - this will attract crime.
- Home security during the holiday period ! Please be very careful about telling people you are going to be away. Trustworthy Neighbours are fine, but just remember and think about what you put out there on Social media. Luggage labels on suitcases at airports / stations etc. are an easy source of information for thieves. Please make sure names and addresses are in covered labels - if you are going to use them.
- Hot weather - if it ever comes back. We have had - very unusually for this area - a couple of climber burglaries, so first floor windows cannot be left open, particularly if they are accessible from a porch, flat roof garage or conservatory, using a wheelie bin / garden furniture. Thieves can reach in through a small transom window to open larger windows and climb in.
NEXT: A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS OUT THERE:
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, has today launched a grant fund to improve prevention and early intervention in the areas of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Cyber Crime.
These funds are the proceeds from the Police Property Act. Recovered funds and assets from crime, combined with sold recovered property, which has never been claimed.
In the past, we have been very successful in bidding for these funds. Each year, the PCC changes the criteria and these have just been circulated. The return date is the 5th September, so we need to get our skates on.
If you are part of any group that interacts with communities, neighbours, relatives and work colleagues, Parishes, Town Councils etc.etc. Please go to the PCCs website. The process, is fairly simple and the forms are self explanatory.
Specifically, bids are invited from organisations for projects which meet one or more of the following criteria:-
a) Training or other initiatives for key professionals (e.g. teachers, lawyers, health visitors, safeguarding leads) to encourage reporting and improve knowledge and the use of appropriate referral pathways.
b) Engagement and/ or education in key communities where there are cultures known to be at risk.
a) To improve public awareness of measures to protect against cyber-crime.
b) To deliver targeted cyber-crime prevention activities to those at either end of the age spectrum
The grant application process will close on 16.00hrs on the 5 September 2017
More information including the application guidance and the application form can be found by visiting:
PR and Communication Officer
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Thames Valley Police Headquarters
Kidlington OX5 2NX
OVER TO YOU !
FGM may be a little specialised, for general Community Groups / Parish Councils, Lunchtime Groups, faith groups, other carers groups and associations - but Cyber Crime would seem to be an ideal topic for those groups to cover. If you are part of the management of any form of community group etc. PLEASE BE CREATIVE. Michelle Simmonds, an RBWM Community Warden several years ago, organised Texting classes for mobile phones between young students and the ‘elderly’ in day Centres ! OPAF (The Older persons Advisory Forum) and Windsor Age Concern put together IT suites and offered introductory classes to the ‘elderly’ to teach them computer skills and to protect them from Cyber Crime - There are a hundred variations.
BE CREATIVE AND FOLLOW THIS UP PLEASE !
FUNDING IS IN SHORT SUPPLY NOWADAYS, PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER !
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
ASCOT & SOUTH ASCOT:
7/8 Monday 2.15 p.m. / 4.30 p.m. Victoria Road X 2. 1. Bike resting against railings outside allotments stolen. A silver, Marin Lockspur, hybrid bike - WITH FRAME NUMBER. 2. A car parked outside the allotments was sprayed in white powder and an attempt made to force the passenger window.
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
Eyes and Ears..........and Brain.
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat. Everyone needs to work together. Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
‘For more information follow this link: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
FIRST: I have had this in from Gillian:
This looks genuine, but I am very surprised to get an unsolicited e-mail from such a notable organisation, to 'click here' and pass on a lot of personal data.
The email came from CILIP, which provides library services:
‘Check our details are up to date, today’
The message says that over the coming weeks, they will be asking all members to check and update their information on the database. Simply check and update your details between 7th August – 31st August.
They also suggest that you can do this yourself, by logging into the Cilip.org website, rather than clicking on the link - and they include a link to the website.
This email does look genuine and if you run your ‘cursor’ over the link, it does go to CILIP.
Unfortunately, genuine companies and institutions, are being penalised because of the scammers. They need their databases to be updated regularly, but as a result of the scammers, they need to find a different way of doing it. No-one clicks on links contained in emails.
They have suggested a solution – that can you go online yourself and do it. BUT of course, you cannot click on the Link within the email, to their website !!! You have to do that independently and not use the link within the body of the email !
Further to my mail last week about regular scam e mails over the past few weeks, now I have been told that my BT account has been suspended due to unauthorised activity.
Needless to say it was binned but this is becoming past a joke now. We have enough to worry about without this happening. They even made a poor attempt to copy the signature from BT.
A great pity that these organisations cannot stop this activity.