By the time you read this we will, hopefully, have come to the end of the second Covid19 lockdown. We are certainly living is strange times and it is likely our Christmas celebrations will be quite different this year. However, we still need to be aware of our safety, potential crime and the well-being of our neighbours.
Many of us have discovered the convenience of shopping online. Do take care. We have received reports of doorstep deliveries being stolen. Try and give a safe alternative delivery point if you are not in.
There are a number of on-line and telephone scams that have developed as a result of Covid19. A friend recently had a phone call claiming she was ‘tracked & traced’ so needed to purchase a test then was asked for her bank details. Thankfully she did not share this information. She asked for more information then requested their phone number so she could check and call them back. They hung up!
To protect ourselves:
- Stop: Taking a moment to think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
- Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
To report crimes and scams:
- Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report incidents of fraud online and offline at www.actionfraud.police.uk
- Forward suspicious emails to email@example.com
- Call 101 to report non-emergency incidents to your local police
- Call 999 if you’re reporting a crime that’s in progress or someone is in immediate danger
- General concerns or crime reporting contact the police online, by emailing www.sussex.police.uk/report
- Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org report crime completely anonymously
Also, speak to your NHW Co-ordinator so information can be cascaded across the NHW Scheme that operates in the village. Local co-ordinators are listed on the Balcombe Village Website or contact me on 01444 819262.
We cannot eliminate crime but greater awareness will help the community become more observant and safety conscious.