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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Crackdown on Disqualified Drivers

Cambridgeshire Police are appealing for the public’s help to crackdown on disqualified drivers in the county.

Disqualified drivers have had their licence taken away for a reason and by continuing to use the roads put other road users at risk.

They are appealing for the public’s help in making the roads safer by providing them with any information they have about disqualified drivers.

In particular we are keen to know the names of those committing these offences, what vehicles they are using, where and when they are using them.

The more information we have about these offenders the more targeted they can be in our efforts to catch them and make the roads safer.

The police are also asking for the public’s help in targeting motorists who drive under the influence of drink and drugs.

Between July 2017 and May this year, 787 people were arrested in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

The penalties for drug driving are the same as those for drink driving. If convicted, motorists could lose their licence, be fined up to £5,000 and even face a prison sentence.

People are being urged to help catch those without a license or who are under the influence by using the confidential reporting line - 0800 032 0845, which is available 24/7, or report online at https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-anti-social-driving

False claims of Telephone Preference Service

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres. 

 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?

Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing

Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers
65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Doorstep Traders

There have been some reports over the last week of persons knocking on doors offering to undertake work across Fenland.
This message is a general reminder but also a request for help.


Please do not employ persons knocking on your door or putting leaflets through your letter box in order to gain work.

If you hadn't been considering the work they are offering to complete you probably don't need it!
If you are considering having work carried out always use a reputable company or recommendation.
Trading standards offer a scheme called "BUY WITH CONFIDENCE", there are other companies that have members aligned to them that pay to be on their scheme the NATIONAL SECURITIES INSPECTORATE (NSI) also have members, you type in the type of company you are looking to employ and your postcode the search will cover a 50 mile radius which means you do have to scroll through for more local companies, all the companies pay to be registered and are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, this means should you not be satisfied with the work you can go back to NSI and report.

Always obtain three quotes for any works you would like completing instruct the company that you feel offers you the best and what you want, this might not be the cheapest!

Before you commit to any works being undertaken, they should provide you with a copy of the paperwork that you have signed and it should have a 14 day cooling off period in it. This should be clearly explained to you along with any other clauses and finance terms before you sign any documentation.

If the deal you are offered seems too good to be true it usually is!
When arranging for work to be completed always ask what the final cost will be and get it in writing. 


If they subsequently change the price that you have agreed and are asking for more, contact Trading standards and the Police with the company details and where possible vehicle details Index and any sign writing on the side.

If persons are knocking on your door you don't have to open your door, always use a door chain and if you have concerns contact the police.

Telephone and computer scams/sales -

  • Do not give your personal information out over the phone or computer
  • Do not open emails from unknown senders
  • Do not send money for stranded travellers
  • Do not enter prize draw sent through the mail or by email.
  • If you are asked to send money to claim your prize - it is most likely to be a scam!

 

If you are unsure you can always report to Trading Standards or ACTION FRAUD.

Action Fraud - 0300 123 2014

Non emergency 101- Not there reporting for information only

Emergency 999 - There and you have concerns

Crime stoppers anonymously 0800 555 111


 

 

Safety Advice for Darker Nights

It’s now darker earlier. Check out our winter burglary crime prevention advice here ....

After the clocks go back we start thinking about the darker night’s drawing in. Traditionally there is a rise in burglaries in the winter period, especially during the run up to Christmas and it is sensible to think about your home security.

You can reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary by following four simple steps:

  1. Leave a light on inside your home when you are absent, preferably using a low energy bulb.
  2. Use a timer switch to activate lights as it gets dark, alternating the times they are illuminated to give the impression of someone being at home.
  3. Make sure your front door is well lit using dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.
  4. Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
Read more: Safety Advice for Darker Nights