During first quarter of 2016, proportion of crimes attempted by fraudsters increased to 6% – often by using identities of recently deceased
The North Warwickshire Police Off-Road Bike Team provides high-visibility policing, patrolling urban and rural hotspots which have been identified as experiencing vehicle-based anti-social behaviour, such as illegal off-road motorcycle use. The officers use bikes at targeted locations at key days and times, especially at weekends, when residents experience the most distress.
Special Inspector Vincent Pegg volunteers alongside his regular police colleagues in the North Warwickshire Police Off-Road Bike Team, and helps play an important role in combating illegal off-road motorcycles and rural antisocial behaviour, as well as providing useful advice on security issues to local residents.
An award from the Office of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Rural, Cyber and Business Crime Fund has enabled Warwickshire Police to purchase two new motorcycles with off-road capability, together with appropriate protective clothing for ten officers. The motorcycles, which are liveried as police vehicles, provide access to land that is hard or impossible to get to with regular police vehicles. The team also works in partnership with Warwickshire County Council who’s ‘Dob em in’ campaign urges residents to report offenders who are riding or driving vehicles off-road.
Inspector Dean Reid, who leads the team, said: “The use of the Off-Road Bike Team is pivotal in our fight to reduce and address antisocial behaviour, enabling officers to respond to locations that ordinarily would be inaccessible. Special Inspector Pegg is a key part of the team – he helps us to locate, detain and engage with offenders, and provides advice and guidance to local residents. By working as a team, and in partnership with other agencies, we can show the local community that we are serious about confronting the issues that affect them.”
Special Inspector Vincent Pegg said: “I am the first and only member of the Special Constabulary to be put through the Off-Road Motorbike Course and I am able to patrol on the bikes to assist regular officers in combating antisocial behaviour and rural crime through the use of motorcycles in north Warwickshire. I ride a trials motorbike in my spare time and have done since the age of five. Being a Special Constable is about understanding the needs and concerns of our communities, and working to protect people from harm. The Off-Road Bike Team gives me an ideal opportunity to make a difference in North Warwickshire.”
Are you still relying on just passwords to protect your online accounts? I hope not. Because you can do better. Two-step verification, for instance, allows you to sign into accounts with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone). That means that even if your password is guessed or phished, an attacker will find it difficult to access your account as (hopefully) they won’t also have your phone.
Thousands of people have lost their life savings after falling for a pension scam. Don’t be next.Read our ten steps to protect your pension.You can also watch our video and download a booklet to help give yourself the best possible protection against the pension scammers.
A few months ago on this page I highlighted the fact that very soon a domestically installed CCTV camera system would have to be registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if the system was capturing images beyond the boundaries of the property, i.e. neighbour’s garden, public footpaths and roads etc. This means that most domestic CCTV systems will have to be registered. This change in the law followed a ruling by the European Court of Justice and was forced upon the UK government who prior to the ruling had no intention of registering domestic CCTV installed for crime prevention purposes.
Staying safe online requires a little knowledge and some savvy to avoid becoming a victim. Assessing a website’s credibility is an easy task if you know what to look for. Our guide above clearly explains what to look for on a website so you can measure if it is safe to enter personal and credit card details online. Rollover the image above and click on the buttons to learn more. Internet shopping has grown year-on-year with online spending reaching 24% of the retail market in December 2014. The critica
You use your computer or mobile device for many everyday private or confidential tasks, which is why it is essential to take precautions to protect it from viruses and spyware. One type of spyware becoming increasingly common is known as a RAT (Remote Access Trojan), which criminals can use to access your computer or mobile device to take control of it to obtain your private information or spy on you. This is known as ratting.
This booklet was designed by the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) (NHWN). NHWN is a national charity and umbrella body which represents all Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch members across England and Wales. It is the organisation that engages with the government, partners and like-minded organisations at a strategic level. Our website iswww.ourwatch.org.uk
Think you wouldn’t fall for a scam? You’re probably more vulnerable than you realise. Winifred Robinson investigates the latest frauds.