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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 21-11-21

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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 21-11-21
collated by Maggie Lewis - Volunteer Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford . 
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This weekly newsletter is for reading and/or sharing in entirety or copying and pasting. 
The index is available so you can read all or just the items of interest. Items are collated and taken from surfing the web, social media, articles, emails and conversations. Contributions will be gratefully received, particularly from neighbourhood policing teams.
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PERSONAL MESSAGE- Thank you to all the people who attended the presentation by the TVP Cyber Protect Security Officer at the Town Hall. An attendee thanked me for the newsletter and this was greatly appreciated. The newsletter was a trial and I hope it's passed the test to continue.
The newsletter is long but the alternative is daily Alerts but I do send out localized Alerts to Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators and members.  It reaches a  wide demographic of different groups in Oxford and social media in excess of 25,000 people before sharing by yourselves. I can only do this within the context of a weekly newsletter.
Please encourage others to join www.ourwatch.org.uk or join by the link  from Thames Alert account to receive and share specific information about your local area. These will include policing messages as well as neighbourhood items.

I hope that you find an item of interest here.

INDEX
Neighbourhood Watch
1) Safe Streets - campaign with Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers
 Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Staying safe this winter
2) Antisocial Behaviour - help for victims
3) Land Registry - your house could be sold without you knowing
Thames Valley Police
1) Wanted man
Thames Valley Police (Oxford)
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) Blackbird Leys - 'sweep' in Gillians Park
2) Blackbird Leys- knife amnesty bin
3) Blackbird Leys - policing priorities and team
4) Oxford North East - closure order
Crime Prevention
1) Knife Crime
2) Bike Register
Scams 
1) Too good to be true?
2) Server warnings
3) Fake NHS Covid Pass emails and texts
4) Protecting pension savings
Oxfordshire County Council
1) escooter operations
Oxford City Council
1) Bin collection dates for Christmas
2) Oxford City Councils Home Improvement Agency 
3) Oxford Direct Services Recycling Heroes competition
General Information
1) Rise and Shine (mental health)
2) Oxford Christmas Market
3) NHS advice
4) Urgent food recalls from supermarket

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Safe streets (video)
https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/safe-street

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Staying safe this winter
There are other pressures colder weather brings too, so it’s always wise to go through a bit of a winter ‘checklist’ at this time of year.
Be a good neighbour – check in on those more vulnerable especially the elderly and those who live alone. Join or start a Neighbourhood Watch and be a good neighbour www.ourwatch.org.uk
Is your medicine cupboard stocked up and in date in the event of treating coughs and colds quickly?
Is your car equipped for winter and do you know about safer driving in cold dark, icy conditions?
We can all feel a bit low when it’s dark for longer, do keep a check on your own health and wellbeing and don’t let the cooler weather keep you cooped up unnecessarily, a good walk and some fresh air each day can work wonders, and where you feel worse emotionally, reach out and get help

2) Antisocial Behaviour -help for victims
I attended a NW webinar about anti-social behaviour (ASB) given by Charlotte Hamilton Kay, the Specialist Victim Project Manager 
Is anti-social behaviour ruining your life?
Are you scared and not sure what to do?
Don't suffer in silence..get help and advice!
ASB Help - Don't suffer in silence.
ASB Help is a registered charity in England and Wales set up to provide advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour.
ASB Help aims to provide information and advice to interested parties and members of the public involved with and suffering from anti-social behaviour. We believe there is a clear need for coordinated information and advice that is readily accessible to those who need it.
The website focuses on equipping victims of anti-social behaviour with the necessary tools to effectively report it.
https://asbhelp.co.uk/

3) Land Registry 
Over the years NW Coordinators will have been advising their members on crime prevention and how to deal with scams and scammers.
Especially being on 'their guard' over a wide range of risks, all of which will be identified within the content of each communication.
 But now we are warned of a scam, which targets an individual's home, selling it without the legal owner being aware until the deal is completed.
 On face value this seems unbelievable but it is true but each homeowner has the means to stop it happening.
 If not already aware, you can register your name and any properties you own or have an interest in at the Land Registry, free of charge, and they will send out alerts should anyone attempts to sell your home. Some may shrug and say, "it is only a small risk but why take any risk whatsoever, especially if a Government department is supplying a free alert which will eliminate the risk?
The site to register property is https://www.gov.uk/guidance/property-alert

I registered easily and would advise to do this for 'peace of mind.'
You will be asked to create an account and once this is established you can select whatever property or properties for which you want alert(s)

THAMES VALLEY POLICE 
1) Wanted - CCTV image (attachment)
Thames Valley Police is appealing to trace a man from Wantage for failing to appear at court.
Michael McDonagh was due to be sentenced for conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft and possessing criminal property at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday 21 October.
The 22-year-old man is approximately 5ft 8inches tall, of slim build with blue eyes and short brown hair. He is known to frequent Oxford and Coventry.
Investigating officer Inspector Richard Allmond, based at Cowley police station, said: “We are keen to locate Michael and those that may have any information on his whereabouts so that justice is given to the victims of the burglaries he has committed.
“Anyone with information about McDonagh’s whereabouts should call 101 or make a report online, quoting reference 43210474972.
“Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

THAMES VALLEY POLICE (OXFORD)
Neighbourhood Policing Teams 
1) Blackbird Leys (attachment) (social media)
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Policing Team are working with TVP licensed search officers to identify and clear Gillians Park of any items that may pose a risk to the community. Tell us about any issues in your area and help us keep your open spaces, safe spaces. 
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19719227.oxford-police-search-park-knives-dangerous-items/
Sergeant Alex Penn said "We did find a small amount of drugs and three weapons. A vast improvement on last year’s sweep though so that’s a big positive."

2) Blackbird Leys
Following last year’s successful amnesty, a knife bin was made available outside the BBL Neighbourhood Police office without cameras or questions I
have yet to hear the success of this but the call also went out to those who wanted to dispose of old kitchen knives. Any knife is dangerous in the wrong hands.

3) Policing Policy
This current policing year between May ‘21 and May ‘22 the Blackbird Leys neighbourhood policing priorities are as follows;
1)      Disruption of Organised Crime Groups (OCG) and their drug related activity – PC          Gunner
2)      Knife and violent crime – PC Vermeulen/Snowdon
3)      Protecting the vulnerable, specifically children at risk of exploitation – PC Snowdon
 Additionally all of the PCSO’s have their own priorities regarding community engagement including;
1)      Primary school initiatives – PCSO Osborne
2)      Youth Engagement – PCSO Tatford
3)      Engagement with hard to reach communities – PCSO Shahab
4)      High demand individuals – PCSO Guzinska
5)      Traffic issues – PCSO Jones
6)      Open space management – PCSO Shahab
7)      Improving the quality of service to our businesses and the Neighbourhood Watch dedicated PCSO– PCSO Hickman
Police Sergeant Alex Penn is happy to expand on any specific activity on any of the above activities

4) Oxford North East
On Monday (15/11) a property on Windmill Road, Headington was issued with a Closure Order following involvement with prostitution.
Officers from Oxford Northeast Neighbourhood Police team applied for the order against the property following reports that the address was being run as a brothel.
The Closure Order was granted by Oxford Magistrates Court and it will be in place for 3 months prohibiting anyone entering the property except the named occupants.
The behaviour of those involved was causing a significant impact on the community resulting in distress and fear to local residents.
Whilst we have a 3-month Closure Order we intend to work with partner agencies and make sure that any potential victims of crime are safeguarded and offered appropriate support and care.

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Knife Crime
If you have information about knife crime in your area and you're nervous about going to the police, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They will never ask for your name or try to trace the number that you're calling from.

2) Bike register 
https://www.bikeregister.com/
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR BIKES
 Thames Valley Police no longer accept bikes that have been found by a member of the public or take reports of lost bikes.  If a person has had their bike stolen this needs to be reported online to TVP or by calling 101.  A lost or stolen bike needs to be reported with all details and serial numbers online to www.bikeregister.com.   It is important for all bike owners to register their bikes on this website, as besides helping to get your bike back if stolen and found abandoned, it also helps with finding out your identity if you are involved in an accident on your bike.  TVP have access to search this site so they can check if a stolen bike has been found providing the owner knows the serial number.  The finder of a bike can go to this website to check if the bike has been reported stolen and if it has, it needs to be reported to the Police.  If the found bike has not been recorded on bikeregister as lost or stolen, the finder needs to make reasonable attempts to locate the true owner via social media pages such as Lost and Found in our area.   Best practice for finders of bikes would be to hold on to them for a period of 4 weeks to give the owner chance to come forward but after this period the finder can decide how to dispose of the bike and would suggest giving to a charity.

SCAMS
1)Too good to be true?
Scammers will often use unbelievable offers to try and lure you in. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Phoney websites
Fraudsters are really good at building fake websites. Always check for the padlock in the address bar before entering your card details.
Take a minute
They’ll also try to pressure you into making a snap decision, by saying they’re low on stock or using a timer to rush you. It’s always worth taking a second to check they’re the real deal.

2) Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail users warned they are at risk of new scam
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19713524.gmail-yahoo-hotmail-users-warned-risk-new-scam/

3) Fake NHS Covid Pass emails and texts
Update: Fake NHS Covid pass email and texts
Scammers are still hoping to cash in on any confusion around the end of pandemic restrictions by sending out lookalike NHS-branded emails and texts that invite you to apply – and pay – for a NHS Covid pass.
The messages attempt to get you to click through on a suspicious link that’s posing as the NHS via a subdomain.

4) New law to be introduced to help protect pension savers from scammers.
New rules to help protect pension savers from scammers have today become law. Under the regulations, pension trustees and scheme managers will be given the power to stop suspicious transfers before cash gets into the hands of fraudsters.

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Escooters 
General information - http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/escootertrial
Google map for current escooter operating systems- 
google map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1mLoKjbdajFkxxMj1bX0ztr59vh9OiwgG&ll=51.72267604803753%2C-1.2243544658329708&z=14

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Bin collection changes for Christmas (attachment)

2) Oxford City Councils Home Improvement Agency 
Oxford City Councils Home Improvement Agency (HIA) understands the importance of having a vital CO2 detector within the home. That is why we have purchased two thousand lifesaving CO2 detectors to distribute for FREE to disabled residents across Oxfordshire, which Oxfordshire Fire Service and Social Services are also helping to distribute for FREE.
 If you notice someone struggling, without heating or living in cold, draughty conditions then please call our team 01865 252788 . We have grants and assistance available for home owners who are vulnerable, disabled or those on a low income or in receipt of benefits.
 We offer fast acting:
·       Boiler servicing & repairs,
·       Broken boiler replacements
·       Supply temporary radiators and winter warmth packs until heating is restored
·       Draught proofing & energy efficiency advice
·       Help with grant applications
 With a little preparation and by following our suggestions, we can help Oxford residents remain healthy, safe and comfortable this season.
 Our handyperson service can assist with the following:
 
·       Make sure your smoke alarm is working. Change the batteries every 12 months.
·       Test your carbon monoxide alarms. If don’t have any alarms, you need to get one fitted in each room that has a gas appliance, as there’s a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if air vents become blocked.
·       Draught-proof doors and windows, insulate the loft, lag the hot-water tank and pipes, and consider getting cavity-wall insulation. (These measures will help to keep your home warm and your energy bills down.)
 
If you think we can help please call 01865 252788 to speak with our advisors or pass the information onto your neighbours if they need help.   For more information on the services we provide visit www.oxford.gov.uk/hia
 Most importantly, remember to look in on your elderly neighbours and loved ones regularly, the call you make could be vital for someone this winter!
 For further tips and advice please see the NHS guidelines link - How to stay well in winter

3) Oxford Direct Services Recycling Heroes competition (social media)
There are now only two weeks left to enter the ODS Recycling Heroes competition.
ODS are looking for you to do something amazing with your recycling and to take a picture or video.
Why don't take a picture of you doing your recycling dressed up as a recycling superhero?or show us a video of an amazing trick shots to get those bottles into your recycling bin
or find an interesting way to show much you recycle each week.
Remember to include #RecyclingHeroes and mention Oxford Recycles their Twitter or Facebook pages.
The best entry, as decided by our panel of judges, will win £250 in Love2Shop vouchers.
The deadline for entries is 30 November.
More information https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/1983/recycling_heroes_competition_offers_the_best_recycler_a_chance_to_win_250_in_lovetoshop_vouchers

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Rise and Shine
About Rise & Shine
We support people whose mental health has been affected by COVID-19. You do not need to have a specific mental health diagnosis. We will work alongside you to improve your mental wellbeing and enable recovery, build up your confidence and improve your self-esteem, and provide support around your housing, money, benefits, and debt.
https://elmorecommunityservices.org.uk/rise-and-shine

2) Oxford Christmas Market
Christmas is coming to the city of dreaming spires this December.
Oxford Christmas Market is returning to the heart of the city on its historic Broad Street.
Visitors can expect all the regular delights of the market with brightly decorated wooden stalls with plenty of unique gifts for family and friends.
Where: Broad Street
When: December 9 to 19 2021

3) NHS advice this weekend (attachment)
I have attached 'Is is an emergency?' and better to understand this before rather than when (and if) it is needed.
South Central Ambulance Service have requested that people only call 999 when someone is suffering a life-threatening illness or injury this weekend.
The service has advised patients that unless it is an emergency there are more appropriate options available.
If you don't know where to go visit http://111.nhs.uk for more information & advice. A healthcare professional will call you back if needed.

4) Urgent food recalls
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/19728043.tesco-asda-m-s-urgently-recall-food-items-amid-health-fears/
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Maggie Lewis (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford LPA)
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