Maintain your Watch.
If you are new to Neighbourhood watch or an old hand and are familiar with what needs to be done, there is always maintenance to keep everyone aware and up to speed with what’s going on. Never think that no news is good news as there is always crime going on somewhere, even if it’s not in your road. We provide you with crime updates which is specific to areas where crime has occurred, and occasionaly send out crime reports from all around the borough. You can make up your own mind on the trends which criminals adopt in order to gain entry to houses and what they want. Even though you may not be able to completely secure your house from the most determined criminal, there are a number of options you can take to protect your property, both inside your house and out.
As Vic has highlighted and you can see from the reports, if it’s left out and can be seen, its likely to disappear! Spare car keys hanging up or left in a draw, handbags, purses or cash lying around, jewelry usually in box…hide them, put them out the way behind books or at the back of a cupboard. There are a number of devices specially contrived to hide and secure your valuables. Take a look at www.crimepreventionproducts.co.uk and also https://www.erahomesecurity.com/.
It’s becoming obvious from the reports that just locking our doors and windows may not be enough of a deterrent. When I moved into my last house, there was a sign on the door saying ‘beware of the dog’. I left it there till I moved again. Not a bad deterrent.
Another point to consider is registering with Immobilise. Here you list all your valuables and will help Police identify the owners of recovered property, and it’s free!
It may be obvious what need to be done to secure your house, but bear in mind others in your roads which may be more vulnerable, please keep them updated and advise them also.
The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is focussing on dementia sufferers who may be receiving scams or nuisance calls and offering a solution. The NTS Scams Team is offering FREE call blocking devices.
Previous trials have shown the blocking technology supplied by trueCall (www.truecall.co.uk) is extremely effective blocking over 95% of nuisance calls.
People have reported many benefits from having a call blocker such as
- Allowing people to live independently for longer
- Significantly reducing the risk of financial harm.
- Reducing anxiety, confusion and stress for older people, their family and their professional carers
- Reducing the risk of trips, falls and distraction accidents due to getting up to answer the phone unnecessarily
- Helping those who live alone feel safer and more in control and giving peace of mind to their family and friends.
- Do you or the person you are applying for receive nuisance and scam calls?
- Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia?
If you answered yes to the above then please apply at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/callblocker
We would also encourage you to do the 20 minute Friends Against Scams online learning. Friends Against Scams has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them
If you have any queries please contact us at Call.BlockerProject@eastsussex.gov.uk
People with a learning disability or those who find it difficult to communicate can register with Surrey Police's Pegasus scheme. The Pegasus database stores people's details, meaning those who may have difficulty giving their name and address when making contact are supported. Registering means that:
- police staff can identify the person easily
- the person can quickly get on with telling the police why they made contact.