This month we have a look at how one group has tackled crime and disorder in Hackney, we introduce to you CrimeStoppers Domestic Abuse campaign #YouAreNotPowerless which launched on the 1st September, and Action Fraud’s anti-phishing campaign #MulletOver, which also launched on the 1st September.
In partnership with Avast we look at ways Cyberhood Watch is protecting our community.
We highlight and ask you to support some key events being held during September
The Countryside clean up on the 19th and 20th
Gas Safe Week running from 14th – 20th
And last but certainly not least, we are excited to announce that the Neighbour of the Year Awards, sponsored by Co-op Insurance is back for the 3rd consecutive year. Nominations open on the 21st September. Look out for more details on this coming soon.
Please find attached a stakeholder bulletin from David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, and Chief Constable Darren Martland, Cheshire Constabulary.
In this special ‘Community Policing’ edition, you will find an update regarding some significant changes to how we police our local communities, which will position Cheshire as a leading police service for delivering community policing.
As a valued stakeholder, we hope you find this update useful and we would encourage you to cascade the content throughout your local community.
Please may I request that you forward the stakeholder bulletin to your Parish/Town Councillors for information?
Welcome to the May edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Cheshire Fire Cadets determined to help Nepalese school children
A determined group of Cheshire Fire Cadets who raised over £50,000 before lockdown have vowed to continue their quest to secure enough money to finish building classrooms for village children in Nepal.
The team of 13 fire cadets and six leaders had spent nearly two years fundraising and were on track to make a trip out to Nepal this year to meet the schoolchildren using the classrooms, before it was unfortunately postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.
Firstly lockdown halted their fundraising activities and caused the price of the building to go up and then monsoons in the area hampered the construction progress.
Would You Like To Nominate Someone For A Neighbourhood Award?
Is there a Resident, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator/Member, someone who works in your community, or a volunteer/group who you know and lives within Cheshire (including Halton and Warrington) who:
goes out of their way to ensure your neighbourhood is safe?
has done something amazing to help your neighbourhood?
has initiated action(s) in the community to overcome nuisance or criminal activity
has been an active coordinator for many years?
has stepped down as an effective coordinator after many years?
has stepped up to become a coordinator in a challenging environment?
volunteered to assist their community during the pandemic?
The Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA) is looking for nominations for our second Neighbourhood Awards. If you know of anyone who has done any of the above, please complete the nomination form by clicking on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TP6QJH by midnight 30th September 2020 telling us what they have done, and why you think they deserve to win.
Winners will be decided by representatives of the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association and invited to attend a virtual evening event in November to find out if they’ve won.
Julia Griffiths (Chair), Joan Gibbison (Treasurer), Graham Bushill (Secretary), Clare Harrison, Heather Thompson, Bob Marshall, Helen Kinnersley, Dave Brown Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
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To find out further information about the Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, to log into your account or for Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Literature please visit our website: http://cheshire.ourwatch.org.uk/. To contact the CNWA please email
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This month’s theme is Crime Prevention and we have highlighted our launch of our new “Safety In Neighbours” campaign, which launched at the tail end of July. This has been a great campaign and we have received lots of positive feedback.
As well as continuing our theme across the newsletter, we are excited to launch our first ever Impact Survey, which we are pleased to say we have received over 21,000 responses. We would like to congratulate West Midlands and Hampshire, which we have received the most responses from their members and members of the public.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have already completed the survey and for those of that haven’t, we ask you to fill in the survey and ask others to do the same.
Please continue to share our newsletter with your coordinators, members, supporters, and partners across your networks.
Central Support Team
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Warning Issued Following Hoax Calls from Scammers Claiming To Be Police Officers
Detectives have been made aware of a spate of hoax calls from scammers claiming to be police officers from Cheshire Constabulary acting on behalf of HMRC.
There have been several reports over the last two months whereby people have been receiving calls from someone purporting to be a police officer or from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The first part of the call is automated and asks the victim to press 1 in order to be connected to HMRC.
A recorded message then then informs the victim that they have an unpaid tax bill and that there is a warrant out for their arrest unless they pay the balance immediately.
The fraudsters then ask the victims to make a bank transfer to pay off their supposed outstanding tax bill.
Scammers can also make calls appear as though they come from legitimate numbers and in one recent case the numbers traced back to a Cheshire based police station and HMRC.
Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques of the Economic Crime Unit said: “It is important to remember that police officers and HRMC will never call you and ask you to settle the balance of a tax bill over the phone.
“Telephone numbers can easily be spoofed and you should never trust the number you see on your telephone display.
“If you receive a suspicious call, do not give any information over the phone and end the call immediately.
The time has come once again to grab that cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy our newsletter. This month we reflect on perception of crime in lockdown and the successes of Neighbourhood Watch Week.
As well as looking at what we can learn from our experiences during lockdown we also look to our future and consider diversity in Neighbourhood Watch, summer seminars, the launch of a national burglary campaign, and how we can harness the power of volunteers post lockdown.
Call For Vigilance Following Spate of Catalytic Converter Thefts
Cheshire Constabulary is urging residents to be vigilant following an increase in catalytic converter thefts.
Since Wednesday 27 May officers have received six separate reports of thefts involving catalytic converters.
Honda and Toyota cars are particularly being targeted, and although thieves have stolen catalytic converters across Cheshire the most recent incidents occurred in Runcorn, Widnes and Northwich.
Inspector Anton Sullivan, of Cheshire Constabulary’s Roads and Crime Unit, said: “Investigations involving my unit and colleagues from neighbourhood policing teams are ongoing in relation to the thefts and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.
“While the investigations take place I encourage motorists to be vigilant and review any security measures they have in place.
“In recent times offenders have been predominantly targeting hybrid vehicles including Toyota, Honda and Nissan cars, but other vehicles may be at risk.
“Offenders use specialist tools to remove catalytic converters from vehicles and have been doing so in daylight at car parks and other areas where cars are left.
“If you see anyone using tools on cars in such places please let us know as soon as possible.
“I also ask scrap metal dealers to be mindful if they are ever offered catalytic converters or exhaust systems and to contact us if they suspect that they could have been stolen.”
There are a number of steps that motorists can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim, including:
• If possible, park your car in a garage
• If your car is at high risk, consider marking the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so that if it is stolen it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle
• If your catalytic converter is bolted on, the bolts can be welded shut – this would not stop a determined thief but would slow them down
• Giving some consideration to the way your vehicle is parked could reduce the chances of your catalytic converter being stolen – high and low clearance vehicles being parked close together make it more difficult for a thief to gain access to converters
• Good quality lighting will improve natural surveillance and make a thief less likely to be able to remove a catalytic converter without being seen
• Leaving your car in an area covered by CCTV may also deter thieves – CCTV systems should be well signed.
If you have any information about the thefts, or if you see anyone removing catalytic converters or acting suspiciously in your community, please call Cheshire Constabulary on 101.
Alternatively, information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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