NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Information on this page has been supplied by Neighbourhood Watch for Rutland or from the Leicestershire/Rutland Police Force

  • Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Alerts

    The Link to the Rutland Neighbourhood Watch App. It is highly recommend you download the App. You will receive all the ALERTS issued by the Police and NHW for Rutland and sometimes beyond.

  • Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Website

    This is a fairly new website and is worth a regular visit to keep up to date with local Neighbourhood Watch matters.

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 16/12
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of criminal damage in Woodland View, Oakham. Unknown persons have smashed rear window. This incident occurred between 08/12/2019 19:30 & 09/12/2019 08:00.
One report of theft in Wood Lane, Braunston. Unknown persons have taken livestock from enclosure. This incident occurred between 08/12/2019 19:30 & 09/12/2019 08:00.
One report of theft in Snelston Close, Oakham. Unknown persons have gained entry to vehicle and taken tools. This incident occurred between 09/12/2019 19:45 & 09/12/2019 20:00.
Three reports of thefts from vehicles in Stud Rd, Barleythorpe. Unknown persons have gained entry to vehicle and taken tools. These incident occurred between 09/12/2019 15:00 & 10/12/2019 05:44.
One report of a burglary residential to a dwelling in The Quadrant, Uppingham. Unknown persons have gained entry via a downstairs window and taken property. This incident occurred between 12/12/2019 03:46 & 12/12/2019 18:50.

Events
Beat Surgery at Buttercross, Oakham Market Place on 21st Dec between 14:00 & 15:00
Beat Surgery at Wookies Café Whissendine on 4th Jan between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church on 3rd Jan between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Empingham Methodist Church on 13th Jan between 14:00 & 15:00

Latest News
Six scams to look out for this Christmas - Putting up the tinsel is no reason to let your defences down. Knowing the methods that cybercriminals use can help you stay safe.
Fake online shops - As the retail rush ramps up, fake online stores pop up to prey on our desire for a bargain. Sometimes, these sites will be poorly designed, but the scammers are betting that, in the festive rush, enough people will be too distracted to be able to tell the difference between these sites and legitimate "pop-up" shops.
Tip: Look for online reviews of the site and think about phoning the contact number. If there isn't one, this could be a warning sign.
Charity phishing
Scammers know that many people feel charitable at this time of year and so target your good will. They may send emails from a bogus charity or ones that purport to come from a legitimate charity but contain a link to a scam site.
Tip: If you want to give to good causes at Christmas, go through the charity in question's own site.
Fake delivery emails
In the run-up to Christmas, many people have dozens of packages arriving and often lose track of what they've ordered. Scammers know this and send out emails that purport to come from legitimate courier companies. These ask recipients to click on a link. When they do, they download malware or are taken to a scam site.
Tip: Check the sender's address to ensure it is a legitimate company and go to the company's own website to track orders.
Wish list scams
Wish lists are a way for people to post what gifts they want online. However, these are often easy for anyone to view and, for a fraudster, can be a goldmine. Such lists often contain personal information and this makes the list owner vulnerable to identity theft. Cyber-criminals can also use items on the list for targeted phishing scams.
Tip: Ensure the privacy settings on any online lists are set to high.
E-voucher scams
These are often shared on social media or email and claim to offer free vouchers from well-known brands. Potential victims are told that, to claim a voucher, all they need to do is click on a link. This can take them to a fake site where they will be asked for their details.
Tip: Look out for poor grammar and, if in any doubt, check the voucher by emailing the shop.
Social media scams
Scammers use social media to tempt people with irresistibly good deals on goods such as electronics and jewellery. The social networks are also a place where links to phishing sites and malware can be widely shared. Scammers may even be "friends" of real friends of yours who say yes to every connection request.
Tip: The best defence here is not to click on links that look even remotely suspicious.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Email
contactus@leicesteshire.pnn.police.uk
Visit our website
https://www.leics.police.uk/
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on
0800 555 111

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Online Shopping Advice 8/12

As Christmas creeps every closer, we wanted to share the below information to help keep you safe if you are shopping online.

First and foremost, before you start shopping, please ensure that your devices are up date as this is your first line of defence! And ensure that passwords are unique, don't reuse the same password on different sites!

• Rule Number One – if it sound too good to be true, it more than likely is!

• REMEMBER the green padlock and 'https' DOES NOT mean that the site is legitimate, just that data is securely transmitted – fraudsters use this to make you think the page is legit!

• To AVOID fake pages, DON'T click on pop up ads or links in emails or messages with offers – search for the offer yourself on a browser – that way you won't end up on a scam fake page.

• Stick to names that you're familiar with to avoid the fraudulent ones.

• Don't make purchases on public Wi-Fi – it's often insecure and your details could potentially be intercepted. Use your mobile data instead.

• When you're ready complete your purchase, check for the padlock and 'https' when checking out – Often shown as a green padlock in the address bar, this means that your data being transmitted is encrypted.

• Payments – use trusted payment methods such as PayPal – remember to check you are paying "Goods and Services" – if you change to "Friends and Family" you LOSE your PayPal protection! For goods over £100, you have far more protection if you pay by Credit Card. If you are asked to pay by bank transfer, be very wary, as you have no protection at all!

• Beware of phishing emails – these could be fake offers taking you to fake pages, or they may be regarding a purchase or delivery. Make it a rule, never log in via a shortcut or link in an email or a text – log in the way you normally would!

• Watch out for those great offers posted on social media – fraudsters use social media to post very enticing offers, via fake websites, but these offers don't exist! Your money will be paid, but your goods will never arrive. Be aware that just because a page is "sponsored" on Facebook, does NOT mean that it's legitimate, they do not carry out checks!

• "Sponsored" pages on social media HAVE NOT been verified, it just means they have paid for advertising. The biggest giveaway is too good to be true prices!

For more info, please visit :
www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely
https://www.getsafeonline.org/christmas/

Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 2/12

Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft in Hackamore Way, Oakham. Unknown persons have taken both vehicle registration plates. This incident occurred between 26/11/2019 21:20 & 26/11/2019 21:30.
One report of theft in Glaston Rd, Morcott. Unknown persons have gained entry to vehicle and taken tools. This incident occurred between 28/11/2019 18:00 & 29/11/2019 08:00.
One report of criminal damage in Glaston Rd, Morcott. Unknown persons have damaged vehicle quarter light. This incident occurred between 29/11/2019 01:20 & 29/11/2019 01:35.
One report of criminal damage in Brooke Rd, Oakham. Unknown persons have damaged vehicle paintwork. This incident occurred between 28/11/2019 11:33 & 30/11/2019 07:00.
One report of theft in Cottesmore Rd, Exton. Unknown persons have gained entry to vehicle and taken property. This incident occurred between 01/12/2019 13:15 & 01/12/2019 14:30.

Events
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 7th Dec between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 12th Dec between 15:30 & 16:30
Beat Surgery at Ketton Hub on 10th Dec between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Buttercross, Oakham Market Place on 21st Dec between 14:00 & 15:00

Latest News
Tips for Safe Xmas Shopping Online
Know who you're buying from - Stick to big names when buying online if you possibly can familiar brands, such as Marks & Spencer or John Lewis, are much safer for you to shop from than a vendor you've never heard of. If something you want to buy is only available from a business you don't know, do some research: look for reviews of the seller to see what experience other people have had. See how long the website has been registered by going to whois.icann.org and typing in the website URL: that will tell you who owns the domain name and when it was first registered, as well as give you contact details for the website managers. A domain that was only bought very recently suggests that the business is, at best, very new.

Use established marketplaces - If you do want to use a small seller, stick to buying via established marketplaces. Notonthehighstreet.com showcases small businesses, while Etsy.com is a good place to look for handcrafted gifts or vintage items. Amazon Marketplace hosts thousands of small shops, and, of course, there's always eBay. Most importantly, they all offer payment services and dispute resolution processes that protect both the retailer and the buyer. If a small seller on a big marketplace wants to bypass the platform's payment services, that's a big red flag: don't use them. If you bypass the marketplace's process, they can't help you if there's a problem with the seller.

The padlock icon - You'll see a lot of advice to only use a website that displays a padlock – which can be green– in the address bar, and that remains in force. However, there are two things to be aware of here: first, the padlock only tells you that the website is encrypted, and that it's sending your details, such as your password and card details, from your device to its servers securely. It doesn't tell you anything about the authenticity or trustworthiness of the people behind the website: hackers can create secure websites, too. Also, the notification is changing: Google's Chrome browser is moving towards warning you if a website is not secure rather than telling you that it is secure, and other browsers will soon be doing the same. So look for either the green padlock, or for a warning that the site you're visiting isn't secure before you type in your details.

Sign out of the website­ - When you've finished shopping, sign out of the website and clear your cookies if you're using a computer that anyone else has access to. This is especially important if you're using a computer in the library or an internet café. If you leave yourself signed in, you risk someone else stealing your credit card details from your browser.

Check your statements - Once you've completed your shopping, make sure you carefully check the statements for any cards you've used to do your shopping. If you've followed our other tips about making sure you're only sending card details over secure links and being careful when you're using public wi-fi, you should be pretty safe, but it's not unheard of for card details to be compromised. And it's always worth making sure that you've been charged the right amount, too. It's also worth storing emailed receipts for goods you've bought online in a separate folder on your computer so that you can quickly find them if you need to. You could either create a separate folder (in Outlook, Mail or Thunderbird) and move emails with receipts into that, or a new Label in Gmail.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Email contactus@leicesteshire.pnn.police.uk
Visit our website https://www.leics.police.uk/
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111

Message Sent By
Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch provides the latest news and crime information for Rutland, the smallest county in England.

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch has been in existence for many years using traditionally tried and tested methods of crime prevention for towns and villages in Rutland. If you are interested in becoming involved, either for your area or for the Board, you can contact us at rutlandnhw@gmail.co.uk

There are many ways in which you can become involved including but not limited to, the administration of our website and/or out smartphone App. The latter is the latest initiative from Rutland Neighbourhood Watch and is unique as the first community App of it's kind in the UK, or indeed elsewhere. If you wish to download it go to the appropriate page and you will find links for a 'quick' download.