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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 16-1-22

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 16-1-22
collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative
and  Administrator covering Oxford . 
Please share and care. 
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The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest.  Any contributions and interactions will be gratefully received.
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Neighbourhood Watch Network
1) Webinars and Podcasts
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Local Schemes
Thames Valley Police Roads Policing  Unit
1) Cowley Road
TVP South Oxon and Vale of White Horse
1) Witness Appeal - Shotover Country Park
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
1) Witness Appeal (Blackbird Leys)
 Neighbourhood Policing Team
1) Blackbird Leys
2) Cowley and Wood Farm Police 
3) East Oxford
4) Rose Hill, Littlemore and Iffley
Crime Prevention
1)  ATM machines
Crime Information
1)  New mobile app.
2)  Friends Against Scams
3)  Streetsafe
Scams 
1) Personalized help
2) Personal experiences
3) Police advice
4) Suspicious emails
Oxford City Council
1) Coffee pods
2) Waste collection
3)  Sports and Physical Activity Team
4) Cashless car park trial
5) Important Consultations
General Information
1) New Year support
2) Facebook and whatsapp problems
3) Utility Priority Service
4) Office of National Statistics (Covid)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
1) Webinars and podcasts
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/webinars

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Local schemes
https://www.ou,rwatch.org.uk/  -click on 'find my local scheme', if not one please consider starting one - little time can make a big difference.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
TVP Roads Policing Unit (from social media)
1) Cowley Road 
Vehicle stopped on Cowley Road Oxford for no insurance. Vehicle also had no tax and no MOT. Driver issued with 6 points and £300 fine. The driver will also have to pay £150 for the recovery if they want the car back.

TVP South Oxon and Vale of White Horse (Shotover)
1) Witness Appeal
We're appealing for witnesses after a woman was threatened in Shotover Country Park at around 1.30pm on Wednesday (12/1)
Her dog ran over to a man who was sat on a bench. The man then threatened to kill her and her dog.
The offender is described as a white man, with an Eastern European accent, between 40 and 50-years-old and of slim build. He had short, dark, greyish hair and was approximately 6ft tall. He was wearing a flannel checked shirt, a dark coloured hooded top that was open and dark coloured trousers that may have been jeans.
To report any information, please call 101 or make a report online, quoting reference 43220016001.
Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.

TVP Oxford
1) Witness Appeal
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following reports of an altercation in Oxford last night (12/1).
At around 5.10pm, officers received a report of two men fighting at the junction of Blackbird Leys Road and Cuddesdon Road.
The two men are believed to have been using dog chains as weapons, and are both described as white, aged in their 30s, both with slim builds and around 5ft 9ins tall.
One of the men is believed to have been in a white Landrover.
Sergeant Dominique Lucas, based at Oxford police station, said: “This fight occurred at a time of day where I believe there will have been witnesses.
“I am appealing to anybody who saw what happened or who has dash-cam, CCTV or doorbell footage of the incident to call 101, quoting reference number 43220016414 or make a report online.
“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

NEIGHBOURHOOD  POLICING TEAMS
Blackbird Leys (2 attachments)
1) Anti-social Behaviour 
You told the Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team that the Bullnose Morris was attracting littering and ASB and a garage on Tucker Road was a site for fly tipping. Working with Greene King and ODS we have ensured both locations are cleared and will be patrolled regularly.

Cowley and Wood Farm (attachment)
Temple Cowley
1) Primary school visit
The Temple Cowley Police team spent the morning at St. Frideswide Primary School speaking with the children who have been learning about superheroes.
We would like to thank them for inviting us and we hope the children enjoyed the visit.

Wood Farm
1) Community Engagement
The Wood Farm Neighbourhood Team will be spending the weekend around Wood Farm if you see any of the officer please feel free to stop and engage with them.

East Oxford
3) Traffic violations
East Oxford Neighbourhood Team took part in an operation yesterday down Magdalen Road dealing with those contravening with a traffic sign down a One-way street. We gave members of the public words of advice and issued those with an Fixed penalty Notice for the offence.

4) Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley (attachment)
Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT at 'Have your say' at The Oval in Rosehill today. Thankyou to everyone who came to speak to us, all concerns raised will be followed up. Our next have your say will be in Littlemore during February.

CRIME PREVENTION
TVP CHERWELL
1) ATM machines
Unfortunately this isn’t the first time we have posted crime prevention advice about deterring fraudsters at ATM machines but it’s always good to know.
When you’re scanning the area around an ATM before you use it, please be aware of anyone standing close by and always check the machine to see if it’s been tampered with before you use it.
Some thieves will watch as you key in your PIN; others will distract you while you’re withdrawing cash. Some work in pairs: one providing a distraction, often under the guise of appearing helpful, standing very close and distracting them by giving lots of explanation and using both hands to touch/point across them to areas around the ATM. Whilst this is happening, the accomplice will remove the victim’s cash from the dispenser drawer and/or steal their card, all without the victim’s knowledge
Be vigilant. Cover your PIN and keep an eye on your card at all times. If someone taps you on the shoulder or tries to speak to you, just ignore them.
When you've left the ATM, put your card away immediately.
You should also be careful with contactless cards. You can get a card holder to prevent your card details being inadvertently read.
Remember, if it doesn’t look or feel right then steer clear and, if possible, go inside the bank where it will be safer. And always keep a regular check on your transactions.

CRIME INFORMATION
1) New mobile app to get you home safely
Get Your Coat is the new mobile app providing travel support and help to you get home safely from a day or night out.
At present this is only available to download for Android users.
For more information visit https://getyourcoat.app/

2) Friends Against Scams (National Trading Standards)
Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.
By completing an online scams awareness session  anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and loved ones.
Once you've completed the session, you become a Friend who can turn the knowledge into action - spread the word, protect others and take a stand against scams!
https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/

3) Streetsafe
Are there parts of your local area where you feel unsafe ?
You can now anonymously  use a new online form.
StreetSafe is a new nationwide online form, where you can report any areas where you feel unsafe, whether that’s somewhere in the Thames Valley or another part of the UK that you’ve visited.
You can pinpoint the area on a map, so you don’t need to know the exact address and tell us why you feel unsafe. This could be due to poor street lighting, behaviour you have experienced from a group or an individual, or something else.
Each report is sent to the local police force to review with their partner agencies. This is so they can identify and improve the areas that are concerning our communities the most.
Make a report via the new StreetSafe tool at https://www.police.uk/streetsafe
Please note: 'StreetSafe' is not for reporting crime or incidents.

SCAMS
1) Personalized help
There is plenty  of information to deal with scams. A 3-5 minute  quiz can help you stay safe and gives you personalized list of actions to help yourself. I have done this recently and it takes little time and effort but it can save you a fortune and spare distress.  Please share this website with your family, friends, neighbours and specific quiz for businesses and keep safe.  https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/actionplan

2) Personal Experience
As a NW Coordinator you may hear of problems in your local area from members and non-members that you may wish to share. Advice can be given if you contact me.
From a Temple Cowley resident - he received a landline phone call from a man with a foreign accent saying he had won £399 on the Postcode Lottery. He put the phone down but is concerned others may be taken in by this scammer and would like to share. Sadly, this is not unusual but causes anxiety.  I advised caller display or call blocker and also joining TPS free service https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/register
Unfortunately, the chances are that there will be other scammers (even with the above) so please be wary when you take any unsolicited call my advice is - P.A.T. -Pause and Think. 

3) Police advice
Advice from Mark Godsland Police Cyber Security Advisor
All the guidance is contained in this item by the NCSC:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/phishing-scams
 Specifically calls:
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/phishing-scams/report-scam-call
 If someone has been a victim of Fraud / Cyber-crime, report to Action Fraud direct:
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/guide-to-reporting

4) Suspicious emails 
As of 31st December 2021 the number of reports received stand at more than 9,300,000 with the removal of more than 70,000 scams across 130,000 URLs.
It is easy to report - please do not click on attachments or links of unsolicited emails, forward at top of your email or arrow at bottom and send to report@phishing.gov.uk and then delete. If you are sure that it is a potential scam please block the sender as well. Unfortunately, you may get repeated attempts by other scammers and just follow the above.  
You might also consider being a Scam Marshall and helping  National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team.
This You Tube is interesting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPbCf_4Sxvk
What is a Scam Marshal?
A Scam Marshal is any resident in the UK who has been targeted by a scam and now wants to fight back and take a stand against scams. Scam Marshals do this by sharing their own experiences, helping others to report and recognise scams and sending any scam mail that they receive to the NTS Scams Team so that it can be utilised as evidence in future investigative and enforcement work. This work by Scam Marshals plays a huge role in helping to stop the scam mail altogether

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Coffee Pods
You may have received coffee makers for Christmas and just as a reminder to those who use or new to using coffee pods Oxford Direct Services offer recycling option.
Recycling used aluminium/plastic coffee pods Sign up at http://podback.org for free recycling bags Placed used pods in Podback collection bags
Pop bags out on top of your green or blue bin lid on your collection day for recycling
For more info, visit www.oxford.gov.uk/podback

2) Waste collections
Don't forget that bulky and garden waste services are now continuing!
Please bear with us when booking a bulky waste collection, you may have to wait slightly longer than usual for a collection slot
Our garden waste crews are also collecting real Christmas trees, so may arrive in your street slightly later than usual
Find out more about our seasonal collection service oxford.gov.uk/recycling

3) Sports and Physical Activity Team
The Sport and Physical Activity Team are looking for local volunteers to help us to support the health and wellbeing of our local communities. 
We know that sometimes that thinking about moving more or taking the first step into physical activity can feel quite overwhelming and we know that having someone to support you on that journey can make the world of difference. 
We're looking for local people who have an interest and enjoyment in movement, are keen to support the health and wellbeing of others and are interested in meeting people in their local community.
There are opportunities available for Health Walk Leaders, Jog Leaders as well as for people who are interested in offering 1-1 support on short walks. 
If you are interested in finding out more please contact Claire Clayson at cclayson@oxford.gov.uk 

4)  Cashless car park trial 
From 24 January, Gloucester Green car park will be going cashless as part of a trial. 
The six-month trial will help us understand customers’ reactions to the changes and how we can move towards more cashless car parks throughout the city, which will make significant annual savings. 
Payment for Gloucester Green car park can be made by card, through our pay-by-phone provider RingGo or via Hozah, the automatic payment provider.
The trial will not affect car parking run by other operators, for example at the Westgate or the County Council’s on-street parking places.

5) Important Consultations
Residents, businesses, local groups and organisations are being invited to have their say on “Oxford’s Economic Strategy Consultation Draft” and “Oxford City Centre Action Plan Consultation Draft”, 
Oxford's Economic Strategy Consultation
 https://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/regeneration-economy/oxfords-economic-strategy-consultation-survey
 
 Oxford City Centre Action Plan
 https://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/regeneration-economy/oxford-city-centre-action-plan
 
 The Budget Consultation is also open and available to comment on until 31st January 2022.
 Budget Consultation 2022-23
 
Every year, Oxford City Council spends around £100 million providing public services that you, your family and friends use every day. We would like to hear from you on the budget proposals for 2022-23.
 https://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/financial-services/budget-consultation-2022-23

GENERAL INFORMATION
MIND
1) New Year support
The New Year can bring a mix of emotions, but January needn’t be defined by overwhelming resolutions. There are lots of small ways to make a change to positively impact mental health at work this year, for you and those around you. Here are a few ideas.
 https://bit.ly/3HGHZ31

2) Facebook and Whatsapp security breach (Oxford Mail 10/1)
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19835814.facebook-instagram-users-urged-change-passwords-amid-security-breach/   

3) Utility Priority Service 
Have you registered for your FREE Utility Priority Service? All utility companies (electricity, gas, water) hold a list of customers who, in the event of a utility failure, may need additional support but you need to register. If you are aged 65+, have a long term health condition or rely on electricity (e.g. to keep medicine cool, have home O2 or have a stair lift) then please call your utility company and ask to be added to their list. 

4) Office of National Statistics
In England, it is estimated that 97.5% of the adult population would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in the week beginning 20 December 2021.
The figures for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are 96.8%, 97.4% and 97.7% respectively.
In late December 2021, approximately 3% of the workforce were estimated to be on sick leave or not working because of coronavirus symptoms, self-isolation or quarantine.
This is the highest the figure has been since comparable estimates began in June 2020.

Oxford Fire and Rescue Service
5) Icy Roads
Freezing temperatures overnight will mean icy roads again tomorrow morning. Make sure all windows and mirrors are clear before you set off.
Remember it can take up to ten times longer to stop on an icy road.
For information on driving in icy conditions visit http://www.365alive.co.uk/cms/content/driving-when-its-icy
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Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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