Although many crimes are less common than they were scams are on the increase.
Scams are crimes where the perpetrator tries to swindle the victim out of money, or out of personal information with a view to stealing their money later.
Scam is a slang term for personal fraud. All scams are frauds.
It is estimated that around £10 billion is lost each year in the UK by victims of scams.
Age UK reports that 43% of older people – almost five million people aged 65 and over – believe they have been targeted by scammers. Those with dementia are at particular risk.
Scams can be committed over the phone, through the post, on the internet or face-to-face, often on the doorstep.
Because older people are more likely to live on their own, and are often lonely, they become targets for fraudsters. Age UK reports that in one study, it was found that 27% of single people responded to a scam.
Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch has signed up to a partnership called Cambridgshire and Peterborough Friends Against Scams (CAPASP). We are determined to help communities stand up to scammers as we know this is one of the few areas of crime which is increasing. Scams are often not reported and can happen to anyone especially to the vulnerable and elderly.
If you learn about scams you are far less likely to be a victim of one and you can also help protect those in your community. Neighbourhood Watch are here to help you and want as many people as possible to be trained and become a member of Friends Against Scams.
If you want to know more about the effects of scams and what they might look like, watch this video from Friends Against Scams.
You might like to find out more about scams once you have seen the video. If so goto the CAPSASP page here.
A report from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch takes a look at the nation’s attitudes towards neighbours. The report reveals that just 15% of people have invited their neighbours over to their home and almost a quarter (24%) think they’re a good neighbour because they keep themselves to themselves.
When asked, two in five people (41%) think they are a reasonably good neighbour and only 2% do not think they’re good neighbours.
Neighbourhood Watch wants to create safer communities where local people look out for each other.
When asked what type of relationship people would like to have with their neighbours, 36% said they’d like them to look out for each other.
The top traits of a good neighbour, according to the report, include:
• Looking out for each other • Being sociable and friendly • Being practically helpful • Being kind, caring and respectful
In the past being a good neighbour was about having a chat over the garden fence or popping round to lend a hand. In our modern world the qualities of a good neighbour are shifting more towards offering practical help with aspects of modern life – such as taking in parcels for people or keeping an eye on their property while they’re out in the day time.