Crime & Police News 2020 – Winter 2021

Neighbourhood Watch April News 2021 please click here

Rural Crime Team Newsletter January 2021, please click here

Neighbourhood Watch February 2021 Newsletter, please click here

Neighbourhood Watch January 2021 Newsletter, please click here

Please be vigilant, there have been a number of burglaries across Stratford district in December 2020.

Please seriously consider your home security, small improvements can make a big difference to deterring criminals.
Please report any suspicious activity or vehicles to Warwickshire Police on 101 or call 999 if a crime is in progress.
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Crime prevention advice: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-toolkits/burglary-prevention

December OUR NEWS – Neighbourhood Watch Network national newsletter is here: bit.ly/OurNewsDec2020

As we approach the end of what has been a hugely challenging year with the prospect of restricted Christmas and New Year celebrations, we would like to deeply thank all our supporters and volunteers.

The work you and so many others have done has been immensely beneficial to thousands of people and will continue to be of huge value into next year.

Click here for the December 2020 Warwickshire Roads Policing Team

Click here for the NHW August 2020 Newsletter

Click here for the NHW July 2020 Newsletter

Click here for the NHW April 2020 Special Edition newsletter

Click here for the March 2020 Rural Crime Newsletter

Please click here for the National NHW January Newsletter https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/our-news-january-edition/

New Phishing Scam Reporting Tool Launched

The National Cyber Security Centre has announced the launch of a central email address which can be used to report phishing email scams.

Phishing email scams have been around for a very long time, but the fraudsters who send them often use current events such as COVID-19 to make them appear genuine.

Latest phishing COVID-19 phishing scams include:

• Emails that encourage recipients to provide their bank details in order to receive coronavirus related Government payments, including scam HMRC job retention emails
• Emails designed to look like they have been sent from the NHS or other Government bodies. These emails might falsely claim to link to a list of coronavirus cases in your area
• Emails that offer purported medical advice, tests or treatments to help protect you against the coronavirus.
• Emails targeted at businesses and specifically those working from home. These scam emails may appear to come from the company IT department or personnel department and contain fake policy document attachments which the recipient is asked to download and read
• Scammers are also seeking to exploit the increasing use of online communication platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft teams by sending out phishing emails carrying these platforms names.
Phishing emails sent by scammers will typically contain links to scam websites or virus laden attachments. Following links in suspicious emails or opening or downloading attachments may increase the recipient’s exposure to malicious websites, computer viruses, spamware and ransomware.

Report/forward phishing email scams to report@phishing.gov.uk

The National Cyber Security Centre say:

If we discover activity that we believe is malicious, we may:

  • seek to block the address the email came from, so it can no longer send emails
    • work with hosting companies to remove links to malicious websites
    • raise awareness of commonly reported suspicious emails and methods used (via partners).
    Whilst the NCSC is unable to inform people reporting phishing emails, of the outcome of its review, it has confirmed that it does act upon every message received.If you require telephone advice or support in relation to scams, please phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.They will also alert Warwickshire Trading Standards Service who can provide additional advice.Once you have forwarded the suspicious email, delete it.Keep up to date on the latest scams: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams See also: https://safeinwarwickshire.com/2020/05/07/new-phishing-scam-reporting-tool-launched/