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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 6-2-22

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 6-2-22

Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 6-2-22
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford . 

This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) Good reasons to join
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Good reasons to Join
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal (South Park)
2) Witness Appeal (Worcester Street)
3) Witness Appeal (West Way)
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1)  Barton 
3)  Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley
Crime Prevention
1) Police advice for walking alone in the dark
Crime Information
1) Mobile phone law change
2) StreetSafe
3) Domestic Abuse survivors survey
4) Illegal drug seizures in England and Wales
1) Reported email scams 
2) Bogus phone calls
3) How to spot an email scam
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Self-isolation support pack
2) Road closure 
General Information
1) Smoke alarms
2) Safety tips for portable heaters
3) Top tips for winter driving
4) Noise Disturbance

1) Why should I join Neighbourhood Watch?
By becoming a member you have taken the first step to making the area that you live a stronger and safer place to be.  We encourage you to connect with your neighbours and others within your community who also share your desire to help others:

1)  Why should I join Neighbourhood Watch in Oxford?
 Many Alert users have signed up to receive Thames Alert and Neighbourhood  Watch information. By signing up to be a NW member you will still receive all policing messages but you will also receive the benefits of being a member. By starting a scheme as a Coordinator for your road or a group (including Residents Association) you will have access to a dedicated PCSO from your neighbourhood policing team. Coordinators are always needed to help keep your neighbourhood safe and will be given support in setting up.

Thames Valley Police Oxford (from social media pages)
1) Witness Appeal (South Park)
We are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in South Park at around 10pm on 1/2/22
Anyone with information should call 101 or make a report online, quoting ref 43220048363.
More: https://orlo.uk/jowWE

2) Witness Appeal (Worcester Street)
We're appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old boy was robbed in Oxford on 31/1/22
It happened at around 9.10pm at the junction of Worcester Street and George Street.
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested.
Info? 101 quoting 43220046526
More here https://orlo.uk/TPVax

3) Witness Appeal (West Way)
We are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury road traffic collision in West Way, Botley.
The incident happened on 2/2/22 at the junction of West Way and Elms Road at about 4.15pm.
A black Mercedes GLS400 vehicle was involved in a collision with a cyclist.
The cyclist, a 28-year-old man, suffered significant head injuries as a result of the collision. His next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.
If you have any CCTV or dash-cam footage which you think could be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.
You can do this by calling 101 and quoting reference number INC-20220202-1496.

1) Barton (attachment)
On Friday 29th January 2022 Barton NHPT and the Oxford schools officer attended Bayards Hill Primary School, Barton. The schools officer lead lessons with the year 5s (9 years old) and year 6s (10 years old) on the subjects of risk, harm and peer Pressure. There was also a good old fashioned opportunity to play with some of the kit!
This is part of the ongoing focus on youth engagement and building resilience and independence in the youth of the community. Thames Valley Police is committed to working with local schools to help educate pupils on social issues and help them to make good, informed decisions in their future.

2) Littlemore, Rose Hill and Iffley  (attachment)
Forward diary notice
Brew with the Blues 
Sunday 27th February 2022
St Nicholas Shops, Littlemore
PCSO Daniel Thomas 

1) Police advice for walking alone in the dark
Thames Valley Police officers have issued advice to people walking alone in the dark through Oxford.
Detective Constable Tim Salter, who is based at Oxford Police Station, spoke out after a man was surrounded by a group of yobs who flashed a knife in South Park last night.
He said: “I would also like to advise people to take care when walking alone in the dark.
“Keep to busy, well-lit streets, walkways and paths which are more likely to be covered by CCTV and do not walk by yourself, if possible."

1) Mobile phone law change
There's a change of law around mobile phones from January 2022.

What mobile phone usage is permitted?
You are only legally allowed to answer calls if you’re mobile is set up with hands free already. The only time you can use your mobile phone in your hands while driving is to call 999 or 112, if it isn’t safe to stop. You are permitted to use your mobile when safely parked and your engine is switched off.

What mobile phone usage isn’t permitted while driving? 
Using a handheld device while driving is illegal, and that includes whether you are driving, or supervising a learner driver. 
You are not allowed to touch your mobile to answer it. 
 You are not allowed to use your device while waiting in queues or at traffic lights. There is no law to prevent tapping your phone on a fixed mount, however police can still charge you for driving without due care and attention or careless driving.

What happens if you use your mobile phone while driving? 
The law is clear. If you are caught driving while using a handheld mobile phone, that is without a hands-free set up, you could end up losing your licence. It is also worth noting that the police can still stop you if they believe you are distracted by your mobile phone, even if it is fully hands-free. 

How many penalty points can you get for using your mobile phone while driving?
If you are caught, you will face a £200 fine and 6 points on your licence. If it is an extreme case, drivers can be taken to court and face a fine of £2,000 and disqualification. Drivers are only allowed to clock up 6 penalty points over two years so, if you have been driving for less than two years, you could lose your licence.

2) StreetSafe
Are there parts of your local area where you feel unsafe?
You can now anonymously tell us where you feel unsafe and why using a new online form. 
StreetSafe is a new nationwide online form, where you can report any areas where you feel unsafe, whether that is somewhere in the Thames Valley or another part of the UK that you have visited.
You can pinpoint the area on a map, so you do not need to know the exact address and tell us why you feel unsafe.  This could be due to poor street lighting, behaviour you have experienced from a group or an individual, or something else.
Each report is sent to the local police force to review with their partner agencies.  This is so we can identify and improve the areas that are concerning our communities the most.
Make a report via the new StreetSafe tool at https://www.police.uk/StreetSafe 

3) Domestic Abuse survivors survey
The Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales has extended her survey for survivors until 14th Feb.
It's for anyone over 16 who has experienced abuse in England/Wales and tried to access services; accessed services or just thought about it.
Take the survey http://bit.ly/3dqONEG

4) Illegal drug seizures in England and Wales
Update from GOV.​UK 
New statistics released show in the year ending March 2021 in England and Wales, there were 223,106 drug seizures, up 21% on the previous year (183,646).

1) Reported email scams 
As of 31st January 2022 the number of reports received stand at more than 10,000,000 with the removal of more than 73,000 scams across 135,000 URLs.

2) Get Safer Online
How secure do you feel online?
We are currently gathering views and information on attitudes to cyber security and would really appreciate your help!  This survey will only take a minute to complete and will not collect or share any personal information.

Secondly, if your children or grandchildren enjoy online gaming you might want to join our webinar on Tuesday 8 February at 7pm on Gaming4Good. 
Most experts agree that playing online games can have many beneficial effects to our children, developing key cognitive, motor and life skills and encouraging them to keep abreast of the latest technology. However, as with many things children do online, there can also be negatives. This Safer Internet Day, please join our free one-hour Gaming4Good webinar where you can hear from a panel of experts in family gaming, psychology, gaming risk and finance, about how to approach your child’s gaming to help them get the most out of it … and avoid the pitfalls. You can register here:
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Get Safe Online Admin (Get Safe Online, Content Director, National)

2) Bogus phone calls
The advice is to report bogus phone calls to your telecom supplier.  You may need to dial 1471 on landlines to get the caller’s number.  Two examples of where to report bogus calls are as follows:
 BT    https://www.bt.com/consumer/edw/scams/  
 Talk Talk https://community.talktalk.co.uk/t5/Check-and-Report/bd-p/check-and-report?scamphonecalls=true
Other telecom suppliers will have similar pages on their websites.
It is hoped that, because of such reporting by you and by others, these reported phone lines may be withdrawn.

Also you can sign up for BT’s Call Protect, TalkTalk’s Call Safe, and Sky’s Shield which are free of charge and which can block future calls from unwanted callers. Other telecom suppliers will have similar facilities.
If you are using mobile phones for calls, text messages and internet access, you will be able to see the caller’s number.  The following links may be useful:

02 https://www.o2.co.uk/help/safety-and-security/unwanted-calls-and-messages?osr=nuisancecalls
Vodafone https://www.vodafone.co.uk/privacy/protecting-you/nuisance-calls-and-texts
EE  https://ee.co.uk/help/help-new/safety-and-security/content-lock/blocking-unwanted-calls-and-texts
Three  https://answers.three.co.uk/?query=nuisance+calls&referrerPageUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.three.co.uk%2F

If the call you receive is suspicious and purports to be from your bank, you can report it to them by calling 159 from your phone. If you are registered with the Telephone Preference Service, unsolicited sales calls can also be reported to them.

3) How to spot an email scam

Check the 'from' address
Is the greeting impersonal?
Check contact information and dates
Check branding
Check if the linked website is legitimate
Asking for personal or bank details?
Poor spelling, grammar and presentation?
Trying hard to be 'official'?
Trying to rush you?
Check with real company, brand or department

1) Self-isolation support pack

From the above link -
What self-isolation involves
 How long you need to self-isolate for
 If you develop symptoms while isolating
 Help and support
 Other financial support you can access
 Other practical support
 Help with mental health

2) Road Closures
In Oxford, there will be a closure at the Peartree Interchange on the A34, until 6am on February 12 due to county council works.
There will be lane closures on the exit slip roads.
This is only expected to cause slight delays, of under 10 minutes.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
1) Smoke Alarms 
Do you have enough Smoke Alarms in your home?
Do you need some advice?
Would you like us to visit?
Visit our website for advice,
Then refer yourself or your neighbour/friend here:

2) Safety tips for portable heaters (attachment)
With the cost of living increasing, many are having to turn to alternative measures to heat their homes, and dry their clothes.
It is important to remember some safety tips if using portable heaters with either a naked flame or the filament bars.
- Do not have the heaters near curtains
- Do not leave clothes too close to heaters
- Do turn off when being left unattended for any length of time
- Do make sure that they are CE marked and have passed all the safety tests.


3) Top tips for winter driving
Breaking down in your car is never good news but it’s definitely worse in the winter. To make sure you are relatively safe and comfortable while waiting to be recovered, always have a charged-up phone with you and keep a blanket (no engine running means no heater!), torch and a bottle of water in your vehicle.
Visit http://www.365alive.co.uk/.../con.../top-tops-winter-driving

4)Noise disturbance
If you wish to report an incident of crime please contact Thames
Valley Police on their non-emergency number 101.

Please note that the Police will not address noise disturbance within
a property. Residents should report noise disturbance within a
property to the Council's Community Response team by emailing
saferoxford@oxford.gov.uk or via the Noise App:


Residents can call the Council's Community Response out of hours team
on 01865 249811 to visit properties during anti-social hours.
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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