Wilmslow West and Chorley police newsletter May to June 19
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Wilmslow West and Chorley police newsletter
The year seems to be flying by – there are only five days left of springtime before summer arrives in the form of June (and, of course, week after week of beautiful weather – he states, writing with the rain lashing down). But May has been very busy: I’ve been heavily involved in managing long-term occurrences, including matters involving vulnerable people, neighbour disputes and anti-social behaviour. All of these require a great amount of time, operating with partner agencies and working through several mountains of paperwork. I’ve also been visiting schools and nurseries in the ward, introducing myself and the roles of the police to children and discussing topics including internet safety and when to ask for help. After the local council elections on May 2nd I have been introducing myself to the councillors representing the ward on the borough council and town and parish councils. With meetings having already taken place and planned for the future, I am sure that by working together we can achieve a level of service fitting for the area.
Finally, June is already looking like a busy month, with plenty of community events in the pipeline. On 6th June I have been invited to attend a public fraud talk at the Unico Lounge on Grove Street where from 4pm to 5pm speakers from Home Instead will be delivering advice on how to stop you and people you know becoming victims of fraud (which, purely coincidentally, leads on nicely to the online safety tips detailed below). I and other officers are also looking forward to attending Wilmslow Town Council’s Cinema on the Carrs event on 8th June, with the intention of setting up a stall for you to meet local officers and of bringing a police car and dressing up items for children to get involved with – or, indeed, adults. Following that, on 9th June I will be attending Wilmslow United Reformed Church’s 175th anniversary service. I’m sure that these events will be popular with lots of people and I hope to meet many members of the community at them.
This month I have been speaking to children and teachers in school about internet safety. As we know, the internet is an ever expanding chasm and some of the most simple safety measures are often overlooked. Below are some tips on how to stay safe online:
Every password you use should be of a reasonable length (such as at least 8 characters) and must include a mixture a characters (lower and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols e.g. ?!@). You should never use the same password for more than one account and must not include easy-to-guess information such as names, locations or interests.
Never click on unsolicited links: on a desktop, hovering over a link with your mouse will bring up the true website in the bottom corner of the screen
Be wary of unexpected messages: if you receive an unusual message from someone purporting to be your friend, check with them using contact information you know to be genuine to make sure that it really is them. Scammers can be pretend to be close friends or family in order to try and abuse your trust.
Watch out for unexpected emails from organisations you have had no involvement with. These could be scam emails and may claim to be from reputable looking companies such as shopping or gambling sites but include links to websites that request you to enter personal data (which can then be stolen) or infect your device with viruses. Scam emails usually contain obviously poor spelling and grammar and may be sent from a suspicious-looking email address.
Keep your personal information private. When sharing items on websites such as social media platforms, be sure to exclude as much personal data as possible. Public posting of your name, date of birth, home and work addresses and telephone numbers can provide fraudsters with plenty of information to target you in the future.
Always consider additional log-in protections for your devices and accounts (including pin numbers, facial recognition and text message verification.)
Be alert for messages that involve giving or receiving money, whatever they may be about (this could include dating, cryptocurrencies, inheritances, banking or anything involving a request for financial transactions.) The golden rule is: if something is too good to be true, it probably is!