Cottesmore Parish Council

Serving the people of Cottesmore

Clerk: Kerry Nimmons
17 Crocket Lane, Empingham
Oakham LE15 8PW

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

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

  • Rutland Neighbourhood Watch

    The Link to the Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Website. Recommend you download their App.

  • Car Park Scams

    This is not from Neighbourhood Watch but well worth reading and being aware. It is a link to a Sage web page.

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert 16/4
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had two reports of theft from a vehicle in Ketton Rd, Hambleton. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by smashing a window and have taken property. These incidents occurred between 08/04/2019 11:00 & 08/04/2019 13:10.
One report of theft from a vehicle in West St, Clipsham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by smashing a window and have taken property. This incident occurred between 08/04/2019 12:00 & 09/04/2019 06:00.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Glaston Rd, Morcott. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by drilling the lock and have taken property. This incident occurred between 09/04/2019 03:30 & 09/04/2019 03:30.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Glaston Rd, Morcott. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by drilling the lock and have taken property. This incident occurred between 08/04/2019 16:30 & 09/04/2019 09:15.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Main Rd, Glaston. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by drilling the lock and have taken property. This incident occurred between 08/04/2019 19:00 & 09/04/2019 06:00.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Church Lane, Tickencote. Unknown person(s) have removed both number plates. This incident occurred between 13/04/2019 21:00 & 14/04/2019 09:00.
One report of theft from a vehicle in Highfield Close, Empingham. Unknown person(s) have removed both number plates. This incident occurred between 13/04/2019 19:45 & 13/04/2019 23:45.
Events
Coffee with a Cop at Nero's Café, Oakham on 24th April between 11:00 & 12:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 26th April between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Barrowden Community Shop on 10th May between 15:00 &16:00.
Beat Surgery at Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 18th May between 13:30 & 15:30
Latest News
Leicestershire Trading Standards - have received a report that local residents are being telephoned by an organisation claiming that their registration on the Telephone Preference Service needs to be renewed and asking for payment details. The Telephone Preference Service is a free service and is the official central register on which residents can record they do not wish to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls. To register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) residents can call the registration line on 0345 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk. Alternatively, they can also register by writing to Telephone Preference Service, DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8SS.
Trading Standards remind residents not to give out any personal or financial information over the phone even if they are told this is to prevent then becoming a victim of scam or receiving unwanted calls.
What to do if you get scammed?
You can make an online report via Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. You can also report to them via telephone on 0300 123 2040.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association has worked for some twenty years or so to support and promote the Neighbourhood Watch movement in Rutland. During that time, the Association has provided an important forum for different Watches to meet and a representative voice with the Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Rutland County Council and other bodies concerned with tackling crime in Rutland. It has also introduced several initiatives, foremost amongst which has been the Rutland Community smartphone app, which continues to attract downloads and is regularly followed by over 2500 residents.

In recent years, it has been a struggle to maintain adequate numbers on the Board of Directors. Despite regular appeals to members at Annual General meetings, the situation has not improved and, with the recent loss of one director and the impending retirement of former Chairman Ruthven Horne, it has now become critical. Unless fresh recruits are found within the next couple of months, the Board will have no option but to wind up the company.

Before this happens, we are making a last, urgent appeal to you, our Coordinators and members. We need at least three and preferably one or two more directors to fill the following important positions:

1. Data Manager: responsibility for the management of the App, the Rutland NHW Association website and our database of members, including development work, where required;

2. Police Liaison: liaison with the Police and input of crime-related information onto the App and website;

3. Membership Liaison: liaison with members and clusters, together with recruitment of new watches, leading to wider coverage of the county;

4. Secretary: organisation of meetings, correspondence, minutes, etc.

Anyone who is willing to serve in any of the above positions, or who can put us in touch with other parties who might like the opportunity to exercise or revive past skills in some interesting and worthwhile work of unquestionable value to the wider community, is asked to contact Russ Horne (r.horne373@btinternet.com) or Adrian Gombault (agelmtc@tiscali.co.uk) at the earliest opportunity and not later than Sunday 28th April.

Please be assured that it is our intention to continue to maintain the App and website, no matter what the outcome of this appeal may be, and steps have been taken to secure the necessary finance and third-party support for this part of our work at least to continue. However, the wider aims of the Association, as outlined in our current Mission Statement, cannot possibly be achieved without significant additional human resource at Board level, and it is this we seek to acquire through this appeal.

Yours sincerely

Adrian Gombault and Ruthven Horne,
Directors, Rutland Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Community Safety Consultation 2019 26/3

People living and working in Rutland are being asked to share their views about community safety as part of a month-long consultation, organised by The Safer Rutland Partnership.
The Safer Rutland Partnership involves Rutland County Council, Leicestershire Police, offender management services, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, public health and voluntary organisations, all of whom work together with communities to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.
The community safety consultation aims to find out more about the issues that affect and concern local people the most, helping the Safer Rutland Partnership to target its efforts and meet local concerns.
The community safety consultation runs until Friday 12 April 2019. You can take part in the consultation by completing a short online questionnaire.
Link - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Comsaf2019

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

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 25/3
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had a spate of thefts from motor vehicles across Rutland including a number of vehicle registration plates. Consider adopting some of the security measures in the link below in order to try to reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of future crime.
https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/vehicle-crime
Events
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on 26th March between 18:30 & 19:30
Beat Surgery at Ram Jam service station on 8th April between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Empingham Methodist Church on 8th April between 14:00 & 15:00.
Beat Surgery at Catmose Sports Centre on 13th April between 10:00 & 11:00.
Latest News
Booking a holiday or travel - Check that any holiday or travel you book online is genuine by researching it thoroughly. Look for independent reviews, and confirm travel agents / tour operators are genuine by checking for an ABTA/ATOL number.
If something seems too much of a bargain… it probably is, as it could well be of poor quality, not as described, or even non-existent.
Police Support Volunteer (PSV) - COULDYOU share your time and skills to support policing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland?
A police support volunteer (PSV) is a member of the public who plays a vital role in helping us deliver and improve the service we provide to your communities. Through personal choice they commit time and energy to perform tasks at the direction and on behalf of Leicestershire Police.
If you have some spare time to donate, why not come and try it? You might discover a hidden talent, we can provide lots of opportunities to help you learn new skills and make a positive difference in your area.
For further information please see the link below:
https://leics.police.uk/join-us/police-support-volunteers
Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) - The threat from terrorism is real and serious. We've seen that terrorists can strike at any time and any place without warning. Leicestershire Police plays a key role in protecting the UK, but communities defeat terrorism and we need help and support from you and your community. Find out more about what we're doing to keep Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland safe, how to spot possible terrorist activity and how to report anything suspicious that you've seen or heard.
If you've seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK, even if it seems minor or not worth mentioning, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it.
Any piece of information could be important, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, it is better to be safe and report it.
You can help us prevent terrorism and save lives. Even if you're not sure, please let us know so our specially trained officers can look into it, no call or click will be ignored. Action Counters Terrorism.

How do I report possible terrorist activity - There are different ways you can tell us about possible terrorist activity either in the UK, or that might affect the UK.
Report it online at www.gov.uk/ACT using our quick and confidential online tool, or call the confidential Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321. We monitor this service 24 hours a day.
If it's an emergency and you suspect an immediate danger call 999.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF 19/3
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft in Suthern Close, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have taken vehicle wing mirror. This incident occurred between 09/03/2019 22:00 & 11/03/2019 08:00.
One report of theft in Main St, Empingham. Unknown person(s) have taken both vehicle number plates. This incident occurred between 12/03/2019 17:00 & 13/03/2019 06:00.
One report of theft in Catmose St, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have entered vehicle and taken tools. This incident occurred between 13/03/2019 13:00 & 13/03/2019 15:30.
One report of criminal damage in Aldgate, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have smashed vehicle window. This incident occurred between 12/03/2019 23:00 & 13/03/2019 07:00.
One report of theft in Church Lane, Morcott. Unknown person(s) have taken both vehicle number plates. This incident occurred between 16/03/2019 10:30 & 16/03/2019 10:40.
One report of theft in Normanton Rd, Edith Weston. Unknown person(s) have entered vehicle and taken property. This incident occurred between 16/03/2019 11:35 & 17/03/2019 12:30.
One report of criminal damage in Grantham Lane, Empingham. Unknown person(s) have damaged a fence. This incident occurred between 17/03/2019 09:29 & 17/03/2019 11:10.
Events
Beat Surgery at Ketton Library Community Hub on 21st March between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Methodist Church 22nd March between10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Ram Jam service station on 8th April between 10:00 & 11:00.
Latest News
Top tips to help you wise up to fraud
Always question uninvited approaches - Contact the company directly using an email or phone number that you can check is genuine.
Don't share personal information - Never reveal your password or share your card details over email. Check the address of any website you're on. Be careful with the level of detail shared on Social Media sites and check your privacy settings.
Update your passwords -Try to change your passwords at least twice a year. Don't use a password that can be easily guessed and make sure that your Online Banking password isn't the same one you use for other websites.
Check bank statements regularly - If there are any transactions that you don't recognise, always contact your bank.
Check your credit report - If someone has used your name to take out a loan or credit card, it may not show on your statements. Check your credit report at least once a year for any unusual activity.
Regular updates - Always update your computer, tablet and smartphone operating systems
as soon as they become available and install anti-virus software.
Shred important documents - Shred any paperwork that reveals personal information, such as bank statements, card details and other sensitive data.
Register for Voice ID - This is an additional layer of security that protects your account and makes it easy for you to call if you have a problem – no passwords to remember.
Banks would never:

  • Phone and ask for your pin or password, even by tapping them into your phone keypad.IN
  • Ask you to provide numbers to us over the phone from an e-mail, text message or from your secure key.
  • Ask you to transfer money into another 'safe' account in your name – even if we suspect fraud.
  • Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to us for safekeeping.
  • Send someone to your home to collect cash, your PIN, cards or cheque books, even if you are a victim of fraud.

Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

17/3

Trading Standards are warning residents about a doorstep con where the elderly victim was tricked into handing over her bank card, hundreds of pounds was then taken from her account.
More can be found at http://ow.ly/QuDI30nXap0.

The Rogue trader knocked on the victim's door offering cleaning products. The victim agreed to buy items and handed her card to the trader. He then told the victim he needs to go to his van to do the payment and was gone for a good 15 minutes which he returned and handed the card back to the victim. The victim later found out that 100's of pounds was taken out from her bank account.

Report rogue traders to Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or dial 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Trading Standards are encouraging people to become a Friend Against Scams and get information that you can use to prevent you, your friends and family from becoming scam victims. Sign up at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Stay Safe
PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station