Stay Safe This Christmas

 

We want you to enjoy the Festive period, below is some advice to help you stay safe

 

 

When Shopping:

Park your car in a well lit car park, preferably one that’s attended or displays the Park Mark logo.

Before you leave your car, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.  Check it is locked by lifting the door handle.

Avoid leaving purchases and presents in your vehicle.  If you do, keep them out of sight and not on display.

Make sure your handbag is closed or your wallet is in an inside pocket as you move around to reduce temptation from a pick-pocket

Don’t leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even if only for a couple of seconds.

Keep your PIN for bank cards confidential shield when entering your PIN at a terminal ensure no one can see you enter it.

Try to pay for items on a card rather than carrying large amounts of cash.

Think about the item you are buying someone. Are there any security products you could purchase to help them keep them safe/secure. i.e. if buying a bike think about also giving a decent ‘D’ lock.

At Home:

Leave it till the last minute to put Christmas presents out under the tree and don’t leave them in view of a window.

If you are buying or receiving valuable gifts such as bikes, mobiles or electrical items register them for free at www.immobilise.com. Doing this can assist the police in returning your property should it be lost or stolen.

 If you receive any Apple products for Christmas, familiarise yourself with the Find My iPhone app, which can help you locate your electrical items if they are lost or stolen. For more information, visit Apple.

Refrain from keeping large amounts of cash at home.

A secure home will reduce the chance of a burglary. Make sure windows and doors are locked and remove keys from sight every time you leave the house.

When you go out at night make it appear that someone is home. Draw the curtains and leave a light on. You could always put a lamp or radio on a timer switch.

Dispose of packaging carefully by breaking it down before putting it in the bin. Empty boxes left outside can advertise that you have nice new goods inside.

Ensure your home contents insurance adequately covers the additional things that you have in your home over Christmas.

Going Away:

Check you have locked all doors and windows then remove keys from sight. If you have an alarm activate it.

Inform trusted neighbours that you are away and ask if they will keep an eye on your property and collect your post.

Use timer switches on lamps and radios so it looks as though you are home and deters intruders.

Cancel any deliveries such as milk and newspapers.

Online:

Make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date.

Consider where your deliveries will be left – don’t ask for parcels to be left on doorsteps, in porches or behind bins.

Think about what you write on social media about what you have been buying, and where you are going.  Be careful not to advertise that you’re out partying.

 

When shopping online, or using a website where you need to enter your personal details, make sure the site is secure.  Look for the padlock being displayed in the browser, and that the web address starts with https.

Remember that financial institutions will never ask for your online banking details by email, or will they ever ask you to divulge your PIN.

End of 2016 meeting

It was great to see so many of you turn up for our last meeting in 2016

We were joined by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Surrey, David Munro Who kindly gave a talk and answered questions from your local representatives 

 

 Video Kindly provided by Paul Deach.

 From everyone in the Surreyheath Neighbourhood watch support team, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Stay Safe

Survey Results

Watch Reps’ Opinion Survey – Analysis of Feedback

In February we asked our Watch Representatives for their views on a number of topics.

This was the first survey we have conducted and was intentionally brief.

The response was very encouraging with over a third of our Reps. responding.
In particular the individual comments many of you made were both helpful and informative.

The attached document sets out the results in full. Where we were able to pick up a consensus of opinion of your views we will take these on board.

As we felt this survey was successful we will be considering the further use  of this approach as we want to ensure we take your views and opinions into account as we continue to grow and develop our Watch.

 

The key recommendations from the survey are:

  1. The Watch Representatives’ meeting should continue and broadly keep the same format.
  1. HeathWatch should continue and broadly keep the same format. The Support Group should continue to push towards e-copies of HeathWatch  
  1. Police presence is vital to the ongoing engagement of Neighbourhood Watch. The Police need to ensure there is a representative, of appropriate standing, to address the meeting with updates on their activities, priorities and requests for active participation of Neighbourhood Watch.
  1. We need to ensure we broaden the selection of relevant speakers in order to maintain interest and to continue to give value to the meeting.
  1. The public address system needs to be upgraded to provide better sound distribution and add microphones for all speakers together with roving microphones for the Q & A sessions.
  1. The Chair needs to better control the meeting, to discourage interfering local chatter and to ensure questions are repeated so all members can properly hear them – seeking clarification from the floor if the question is not fully understood.

 

For a complete overview of the survey please look at the:  February 2016 Survey analysis pdf

Cyber Crime Advice

Keep your Home PC’s Protected with Sophos Free home addition Antivirus : https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx   (free for Home use)

To report Online fraud, attempted fraud or cyber crime please go to:  http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud 

If you’ve received a potential scam message or computer virus but no money has been lost or you haven’t responded to it, please also go to:  https://reportlite.actionfraud.police.uk/ 

To stay up to date with the latest cybercrime information sign up to:

https://www.cybersafesurrey.org

Assistance Required

Dear Colleague

 

We are all grateful for the support you provide in the day to day running of you watch.  We have all collectively been very successful in building and maintaining our watches and we are always looking for ways to continue this process.   The purpose of this email is threefold:

 

Firstly to ask if anyone is willing to provide me with assistance in my role of Camberley Coordinator. I am looking for extra pairs of hands to assist in helping create new watches. This will involve helping out in mail drops to roads not already covered.  Last year we ran a successful pilot scheme “Are you Covered” I an area of Frimley and this resulted in a number of new watches. I am looking to run a similar pilot in Camberley later this year.

 

Secondly, I am asking watch reps to see if they can build the membership of their own watches.  We do live in an area where it is all too easy to come home at night, shut to gate (!!) and forget a bout those around us.  Feedback from a number of our Reps indicates that face to face approach is best. Maybe not for you so we do have a standard letter I can let you have to tailor for your Watch.

And thirdly; we had two interesting speakers at our last Watch Reps’ meeting on Cyber Crime and Identity theft.  I am looking for topics (an possible speakers) that will be of interest to you in our future meetings. 

 

Many thanks in advance and I look forward to you replies dhacker@surreyheathnw.co.uk

 

Dave

 

Signs

Is your sign like this ?

It is the responsibility of all NHW Representatives to ensure that their signs remain effective.

Many examples can be seen of neglect.

Some are sun bleached and should be replaced, others may only need a soapy wipe with a cloth on a broom.

If your sign is covered by foliage, this should be cut back. Also some signs are pointing in a none effective direction. 

Always check from time to time and if assistance is required, please contact us and will be able to help.

If you wish to view the current Surrey Heath watch areas see 

 

HeathWatch Newsletter

The HeathWatch is a Quarterly Neighbourhood Watch newsletter for Surrey Heath.

Containing exciting news about whats happening with Neighbourhood Watch and your local area. Printed copies are also available from your local Library.

Help Save Paper and the environment, If you are reading this online why not let your representative know that you no longer need a printed copy.

Current Copy:

 

Click here to view the Spring 2017 Edition

Click here to view the Winter 2016 Edition

Click here to view the Autumn 2016 Edition

Click here to view the Summer 2016 Edition

Click here to view the Spring 2016 Edition

Click here to view the Winter 2015 Edition

Click here to view the Summer 2015 Edition

Click here to view the Spring 2015 Edition

Click here to view the Autumn 2014 Edition

Click here to view the Summer 2014 Edition

Click here to view the Spring 2014 Edition

Click here to view the Winter 2013 Edition

Click here to view the Autumn 2013 Edition

Click here to view the Summer 2013 Edition

Volunteer

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch needs your help, we are run completely by people like you volunteering their time and effort.

To find out about being a Neighbourhood watch representative go to our New Watches Page

 

Join the Support Group

We always need help from volunteering at our trailer events to helping out with the website. If you are interested please email your details and what you can help with to info@surreyheathnw.co.uk