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Woking Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter
February 2019
As part of Surrey Police’s safe neighborhood policy this newsletter aims to provide current news, crime prevention campaigns and other general safety and security matters

February 2019 Issue
Anti-social Behaviour (ASB)
What ASB is:

Aggressive, intimidating or destructive actions that disrupt, damage or destroy someone else’s quality of life. It includes crimes such as damaging property, graffiti, taking drugs in public, thoughtless use of vehicles, drunken, rowdy or threatening behaviour.
Other ASB, which isn’t actually a crime and is dealt with by other agencies, includes noisy neighbours, littering and abandoning vehicles on the road.
What ASB isn't:
Reasonable activity, such as children playing, everyday DIY (unless at unreasonable times), groups of youngsters in the street or in parks, unless they are being rowdy, abusive, causing damage or other crime.

Evidence:
We will need evidence of ASB. Contact your Safer Neighbourhood Team (call 101) if you would like an ASB diary and help on how to complete it.
You should contact your local borough council for issues with:
•             Abandoned vehicles
•             Discarded drugs or paraphernalia
•             Graffiti
•             Litter, rubbish, fly-tipping and fly-posting
•             Street trading
•             Street drinking/anti-social drinking (where related to premises selling alcohol)
Dating Fraud
Those with medical issues may be more likely to be a victim of dating fraud as a medical issue may push them to use the internet to make friends, rather than in person. The deception of dating fraud in all cases can lead to trauma, embarrassment, or the alienation of friends and family.
Fraudsters also target older people who are often lonely and want friendship or a caring relationship as criminals think older people can be exploited. Those aged 60 to 69 are three times more likely to be a victim of dating fraud than the 70 to 79 age range, and women are almost twice as likely to be victims as men.
How can people protect themselves?
Dating Fraud:
•Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know or trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag.
•Avoid sharing too many personal details when using dating websites. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen. Always pick a reputable dating website or app and use the built-in messaging service.
 
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 
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Asok Bannerjee (Surrey Police, Community Engagement Volunteer, Woking)

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