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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 12-9-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 12-9-21
by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Representative and Administrator for Oxford Neighbourhood Watch. 

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Neighbourhood Watch
1) Donation
2) Pets Reunited
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Drugs raids across Oxford
2) Racial Abuse of Police Officer
Crime Information
1) Antique Guns
2) Pet abduction offences
Crime Prevention 
1) Burglary Prevention
2) Bike Theft
3) 'Nottingham Knockers' -Cold callers
4) Avoiding serious injury/fatal collisions
5) Stay safe when drinking
6) Password Safety
1) Reported emails
2) Scam quiz (worth a look)
3) Fake competitions on social media
4) HMRC scam warning
General Information
1) World Suicide Prevention Day
2) National Emergency Day
Community Information
1) Urgent food recalls
2) Waste wizard
3) Parking Enforcement
4) Road Closures

1) A Plan donation (attachment)
Thank you to our Coordinator who bought insurance at APlan Oxford and to the Manager, Michael Foord, so we have the first donation of £25. The donation is given for  home and car insurance and is available for members and non-members, giving the discount code as shown on attachment.

As part of Neighbourhood Watch we are involved in community safety and neighbourhood concerns and have moved away from being known as 'curtain  twitchers'. Over the last two months there has been an increase in missing/stolen pets and I have used social media sites to reunite missing owners and their pets (including cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets and a parrot- long story!). Occasionally there has been a targeted Alert to the areas where the pets were missing from or last seen. Thank you to an Alert member for reuniting the cat, Imps, who has been now reunited with his owner and brother - the first success for the Alert system.

Thank you to NW residents  who gave information leading to arrests.
1) Men arrested for cannabis cultivation across Oxford
This week Thames Valley Police officers have carried out multiple warrants in Oxford as part of an ongoing investigation into cannabis cultivation.
Throughout this week, officers have attended 15 addresses across Oxford in Derwent Avenue, Edith Road, Fernhill Road, Girdlestone Road, Hawkins Street, Herschel Crescent, Iffley Road, Marlborough Road, Marston Road, Rose Hill, Valentia Road, Wilson Place, Parsons Place, Grovelands and Woodstock Road, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Around 1000 cannabis plants, £9,000 in cash and high value jewellery has been seized and seven arrests made.
Seven men from Oxford, aged 21, 23, 25, 27, 32, 33 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of drugs and money laundering offences. They have all been released on bail.

2) Racial Abuse
Man given six years for racial abuse of police officer in Oxford (Hythe Bridge Street)
A man has been sentenced to a total of six years and two months’ imprisonment following an incident in Oxford.
Callum Spencer, aged 29 of Dorchester Court, Kidlington was sentenced last Friday at Oxford Crown Court, after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine, possession of cannabis, criminal damage and racially aggravated harassment.
At around 3am on 1 August 2021, a Thames Valley Police officer was patrolling Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, when Spencer came up to him and shouted a racial slur at the officer.
Spencer was arrested, during which he actively resisted and a smart watch being worn by one of the arresting officers was damaged.
Spencer was searched and in a bag he was carrying he had quantities of heroin and crack cocaine which he intended to supply to others, and he was also carrying a quantity of cannabis.
Spencer was charged on 2 August 2021 and remanded to appear in court.

1) Antique guns
From 22 September, owners of certain firearms previously regarded as antique will require a licence.
The law on antique firearms changed on 22nd March but owners were given 6 months to decide whether to apply for a firearms certificate if they wanted to keep their firearm, or to otherwise dispose of it (for example, surrendering them to the police or selling them).
Owners of certain firearms previously regarded as antique will be required to obtain a licence following a change in the law, which comes fully into effect on 22nd September.
The changes are aimed at protecting the public by making it harder for criminals to get their hands on these types of weapons.

2) Pet abduction offences 
The government is introducing a new pet abduction offence to crack down on this awful crime.

1) Burglary prevention checklist 

2) Bike Theft
The basic Dos and Don'ts
Do record a description of your bike.  Include the make and model, the frame number and a photograph and note any distinguishing marks and their precise location
Do mark your bike with a proprietary marking system and or RFID tag it and register it (See Property identification – Marking, tagging and tracking)
Do lock it up (both wheels and frame) whenever and wherever you leave it
Do keep purchase receipts for the bike in case you need to make an insurance claim
Do use locks that your insurer approves of and in any event use a lock that is secured to Sold Secure standards
Don’t leave your bike unattended unless it has been locked - not for a second!
Don’t park it in unobservable places, even if it has been locked
Don’t leave the bike unlocked in the back garden.  Store it in a secured garage or other outbuilding and lock it up
Don’t leave easily removable accessories on the bike when you leave it, such as lights and quick release saddles

3)Nottingham Knockers
My apologies for repeat information but there seems to be an increase of cold callers again. If you want to set up a cold calling zone in your road you need to have the support of neighbours and then you can contact Trading Standards for guidelines. 

Anyone going door to door selling anything other than books or food, needs to have a 'Pedlars Certificate'.  
These are issued by police forces across the country and can be used anywhere.  They are only issued to ‘people of good character’.  The police carry out a check in the Police National Computer database –The PNC.  If the person has any criminal convictions, they will not be issued with a ‘Pedlars Certificate’.
Anything else they show you, has simply been made up and printed out from a computer and is not a legal document.
The minute they begin the sob story – you know – they don’t have a Pedlars Certificate.  At that point – explain the NW motto.
"I am sorry, I do not buy goods and services at the door."
Then politely, but firmly, close and lock the door.
Their role is to locate vulnerable residents easily parted from their money.  By buying anything from them, even just to make them go away, means – YOU ARE EASILY PARTED FROM YOUR MONEY AND WILL GO ON A SUCKERS LIST, WHICH IS SOLD VIA PUBS AND PRISONS TO OTHER SCAMMERS !
Once on the list – it is very difficult to get off it !

4) Avoiding fatal/serious injury collisions
 The fatal 4 reasons why people are killed or seriously injured in collisions.
❌ Driving whilst impaired through drink or drugs
❌ Distractions (such as using a phone)
❌ Speed (adhere to the speed limits)
❌ Seat belts (wear it!)

5) Stay safe when drinking
If your drink has been spiked, it's unlikely that you will see, smell or taste any difference.

6) Password Safety
A survey of UK passwords reveal password choices (National Cyber Security Centre)
I wonder if you have chosen any of the below?
15% use their pet's names
14% use their family members' names
13% use a significant date
  6% use their favourite sports team

1) Reported Suspicious Emails (April 2020-August 2021)
As of 31st August 2021 the number of reports received stand at more than 7,250,000 with the removal of more than 59,900 scams and 112,000 URLs.

2) Scam quiz
From National Trading Standards Scams Team 
Are you good a spotting scams?
Put your knowledge to the test and find out how scam savvy you really are. 
I  hope that all of you can take this quiz  with yes/no answers and has important comments. No time to take the quiz? It only takes a few minutes. Less time than it will take if you become a scam victim.

3) Fake competitions on social media
Watch out for convincing copycat social media accounts contacting you to claim that you’ve won a prize. Many of these accounts are created by fraudsters who target you based on your social media activity and interests – they can catch you out with offers that could feasibly be genuine.

4) HMRC issue urgent scam warning to anyone starting university in September
This week HMRC have released new warnings aimed at university students who are heading back this September with those taking part-time jobs at increased risk of falling victim to scams.
With a higher number of students than ever heading to university, many will take on part-time work to fund their studies. HMRC warns that “being new to interacting with HMRC and unfamiliar with genuine contact from the department could make them vulnerable to scams”.
Between April and May this year, 18 to 24-year olds reported more than 5,000 phone scams to HMRC. 
How to avoid scams from those posing as HMRC
HMRC does not offer tax refunds via text or email. If you are due a tax refund you will be contacted via a letter directly from HMRC so always be cautious when receiving a text message.
Don’t click links within text messages or emails. Most scams occur when people click on links that take them to fake websites posing as genuine businesses or services. 
Always be wary if you are contacted out of the blue and asked to send money or give personal information. 
Check directly with HMRC and don’t reply to text messages. 
Trust your gut. If it seems like a scam it probably is, if it doesn’t look genuine then keep clear!

1) Friday, 10th September was World Suicide Prevention Day
As a former mental health professional I know that loneliness can often be a precursor for other mental health issues, including suicide. Most important is for the person to talk and find the right person to listen. Anyone can ring the Samaritans, even in the middle of the night, if they are lonely and distressed - this can and has saved lives.
Anyone can contact Samaritans for free at any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or can you email jo@samaritans.org Available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Local Branch 8am - 10pm (open for visitors)
60 Magdalen Rd, Oxford OX4 1RB

2) Saturday 11th September was National Emergency Day,where all emergency services are remembered. 2021 was the poignant 20th anniversary for 9/11 and remembering those who died. There are many articles written but these are the figures and behind each number is a person that leaves a grieving family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. 
A total of 2,977 were killed in the attacks, along with the 19 hijackers, of those 246 were on the four planes, 2,606 were in the World Trade Centre and the surrounding area and 125 were in the Pentagon.
Emergency workers killed -412 in New York City
343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department 
37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department 
23 police officers of the New York City Police Department 
8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services
3 New York State Court Officers
1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol

1) Urgent food recalls
The article is detailed so I will put the products and if you have them you can find sizes, batch codes etc. on https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19572523.tesco-sainsburys-aldi-issue-urgent-health-warning-items-store/

Jack’s 50% Reduced Fat Salad Cream 
Tesco 50% Less Fat Salad Cream
The Original SFC Bargain Box
Sainsbury's On the Go Spicy Chicken Pasta
Crestwood 2 Puff Pastry Cheese and Onion Slices
My Street Food Patatas Bravas with Aioli Dip
Quorn Foods
Quorn Vegetarian Turkey and Stuffing Slices:

2) Waste wizard
Search for an item to recycle, repair, reuse or dispose of

3) Parking Enforcement (Oxfordshire County Council Twitter)
We ALL hate bad parking. That's why we are are introducing enhanced parking enforcement from November! As well as keeping people safer, it'll reduce congestion and help local businesses. Visit http://oxfordshire.gov.uk/parking

4) Road Closures 
Road Closure 14/9 -17/9 
Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford Resurfacing 8pm – 6am 

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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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