Community Speed Watch Volunteers wanted.

Volunteers required to help run active schemes to monitor the speed of vehicles at safe and specified locations.

For further information see attached poster.

Contact:

PCSO Droitwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team West Mercia Police

Droitwich Police Station
Mobile: 07870 519 449  Direct Dial: 101 Ext. 7744439

Team email

 

 

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Advice 2-Step Verification and why it can protect you and your family

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Criminals are clever these days and protecting your life on the internet is just as important as locking your front and back doors. Setting up 2SV can help protect your online accounts, even if your password is stolen.

What is 2-Step Verification (2SV)?

2-step verification (often shortened to 2SV) provides a way of ‘double checking’ that you really are the person you are claiming to be when you’re using online services, such as banking, email or social media. It is available on most of the major online services. 2-step verification (2SV) is also known as two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA).

When setting up 2SV, the service will ask you to provide a ‘second step’, which is something that you (and only you) can access. This could be a code that’s sent to you by text message, or that’s created by an app.

Why should you use 2SV?

Passwords can be stolen by cyber criminals, potentially giving them access to your online accounts. However, accounts that have been set up to use 2SV will require an extra check, so even if a criminal knows your password, they won’t be able to access your accounts.

The NCSC (National Cyber Crime Centre) recommends that you set up 2SV on your ‘important’ accounts; these will typically be the ‘high value’ accounts that protect things that you really care about and would cause the most harm to you if the passwords to access these accounts were stolen. You should also use it for your email, as criminals with access to your inbox can use it to reset passwords on your other accounts.

Some online services will already have 2SV switched on. However most don’t, so you will need to switch it on yourself to give extra protection to your other online accounts, such as email, social media and cloud storage. If available, the option to switch on 2SV is usually found in the security settings of your account (where it may also be called ‘two-factor authentication’).

The Cyber Aware pages on the NCSC website contain up-to-date links to the instructions on how to set up 2SV across popular online services such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Outlook.

What if 2SV isn’t available?

While many major services do offer it, there are still some that do not. If 2SV is not available on one of your important accounts, like email, you should ensure that it has a strong unique password. You may even want to consider changing services to one that does offer 2-step verification.

For more information and advice, visit our website.

Car Thefts

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Following recent thefts from vehicles in the South Worcestershire Area, please see the following advice

  • Don’t assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended, if you have a keyless van invest in a signal blocker.
  • If you have a garage, use it. If your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these apply, try to park in well-lit areas and close to other vehicles.
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage when tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle.
  • Think about installing CCTV, this acts as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves.
  • Consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, where possible remove your tools from your van and keep them in your room overnight.
  • Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight. Place a sign in the window stating they have been removed.
  • Lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use.
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so – the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent.
  • Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at immobilise.com. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered

 


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The Rural Beat – Summer Newsletter

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Report it

Parish Issues – Who to report to?

Please contact https://e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk/OnlineReporting/  in regard to the following:

Potholes, Drainage/Flooding/Spillage issues on the road; overgrown shrubbery causing obstruction/visibility issue; other issues with roads and pavements; streetlights; public rights of way.

If your report relates to an immediate public safety issue, please contact the Police.

Wychavon District Council: https://www.wychavon.gov.uk/report-it  also has a section on items to be reported e.g.  Dog Fouling; Japanese knotweed; Nuisances (opens in a new window) i.e. smoke, noise, light, accumulations, dust/odour insects/flies, bonfires); problem with a litter or dog bin; Abandoned Vehicles; Damaged Street Sign; Dead Animal; Fly Tipping; Travellers on public land; Untidy front gardens; On street parking;  Report a planning enforcement issue

 

Whats App Scam Calls

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public about the continued increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know – typically their children.

Between 3rd February 2022 and 21st June 2022, there have been a total of 1235 reports made to Action Fraud linked to this scam, with total reported losses exceeding £1.5mn.

Criminals will usually begin the conversation with “Hello Mum” or “Hello Dad” and will say that they are texting from a new mobile number as their phone was lost or damaged. They will then ask for money to purchase a new one, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill

The criminal will provide bank details for the payment to be made to, with some coming back with further demands for money.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

“If you receive a message like this from a friend or family member, don’t send any money until you’ve had a chance to call them and confirm their identity. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.”

How to protect yourself:

  • STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.

 

  • You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.

 

  • Never share your account’s activation code (that’s the 6 digit code you receive via SMS)

 

 

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Summer Newsletter – The Rural Beat

South Worcestershire Rural Police Newsletter attached.

Telephone scam targeting vulnerable people.

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Phone calls are being made from fraudsters claiming to be police officers from London. They are attempting to persuade people to make bank transfers using several different fake reasons, including checking serial numbers and cloned cards.

Detective Sergeant Jon Cooper said: “No police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to make a payment, withdraw or transfer money or ask for your bank account details.

“These scams can be very elaborate and convincing but it’s extremely cruel, often but not always targeting older, vulnerable people. Please let your elderly family, friends and neighbours know and what to look out for.

“We are currently investigating these scams and urge anyone who has received suspect calls to please get in touch.

“If you receive a call that you’re not sure about, please simply terminate the call and also pass on the information to friends, relatives and neighbours and advise them what to do.

“Please remember the police will never contact you asking for your bank card or cash. If someone does, it’s a scam – provide no details, hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040.”

“If you have recently provided bank details or handed over cards or cash, or the caller has arranged for someone to visit your address to collect items, you should call the police to report this on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

Neighbourhood Matters Bulletin

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Amongst the many Scams circulating at the moment , many of which we have focused on in previous messages, there are two current frauds you should be aware of.

PAYPAL SCAM

Fraudsters are sending out very authentic looking phishing emails using PayPal’s logo and style. There have been 3 principal messages going around as follows:

  • Confirm your email
  • A new phone number has been added to your account
  • Your account has been suspended

The emails look as though they have come from an authentic PayPal email address but on closer inspection there is a jumble of letters which cover up an @googlegroups.com address and, as ever, there will be the inevitable spelling errors.

Do not click on any links asking you to Log in to PayPal and forward the email to 

 

ENERGY SCAMS

With soaring Energy bills, it is inevitable that scammers with be out to exploit the public with too good to be true offers.

These may vary from fake Government Grants to tempting fake energy bill refunds.

Always check these emails for phoney email addresses, spelling and grammatical errors and if in doubt check with your energy supplier using the phone numbers on your latest energy bi

 

Take Five To Stop Fraud 

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

For further information visit:

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/