Neighbourhood Watch

The latest figures for all crime in the Dittons and Hinchley Wood show a fall in numbers and the number of burglaries in Hinchley Wood has also fallen, although anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and vehicle crime are still a problem. Residents are still leaving their vehicles unlocked leaving them vulnerable to opportunist theft.

Each month, there are many incidents of fraudsters targeting residents in an attempt to defraud them and vulnerable people are still falling victim to fraud or scams. The following tips can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

  1. Be suspicious of all ‘Too good to be true’ offers and deals. There are no guaranteed get rich-quick schemes.
  2. Do not agree to offers or deals immediately. Insist on time to obtain independent/legal advice before making a decision.
  3. Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked the credentials of the company or individual.
  4. Never send money to anyone you do not know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment that you are not comfortable with.
  5. Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it.
  6. Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
  7. Do not rely solely on glowing testimonials: find solid independent evidence of a company’s success.
  8. Always get independent/legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment.
  9. If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. Contact ActionFraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.  Contact the Police if the suspect is known or still in the area.
  10. Do not be embarrassed to report a scam. Because the scammers are cunning and clever there is no shame in being deceived. By reporting you will make it more difficult for them to deceive others

Your bank or the police will never:

  • Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping
  • Ask you to transfer money out of your account
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, PINs, cards to cheque books

Is your road in a Neighbourhood Watch scheme?  Ideally we want to set up watches where residents in a road look out for one another, especially the vulnerable. However, we don’t want anyone excluded so we also have regional Virtual Watches, where by just supplying an email address you can receive the automated updates.    If you would like to find out more, please contact me.  

Check out our website: http://elmbridgenhw.ourwatch.org.uk. Under ‘news’ you will find the latest alerts from the Police and Trading Standards. If you are on Facebook, do look at Elmbridge Neighbourhood Watch for the latest information.

Contact Chris Burman on 020 8398 1617 or chrisburman@hotmail.com.   

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