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Crime prevention

Beware of scamsBeware of scams

Scams Awareness Month takes place throughout July 2015. It is an annual opportunity for people to take a united stand against predatory practices that affect millions of people each year.

The aims of the campaign are to raise awareness of the extent of scams and the threat they pose to our finances and wellbeing, to help people to recognise the tell tale signs of a scam, by phone, online, mail or face to face and to develop consumer confidence to take time to make the right decision.

Common scams include:

  • financial and pension related
  • scams by phone or text
  • online (shopping scams cost consumers £63.6 million last year)
  • mail scams (often targeting the elderly and vulnerable - convincing them of bogus lottery wins or unmissable investments)
  • doorstep scams (still a big problem, again targeting vulnerable members of the public)

If you suspect you, a vulnerable friend or relative are the target of a scam tell someone - Citizens Advice; Trading Standards and Think Jessica can all give good advice.

Burglary

While the risk of being burgled within Wycombe district is not high, the majority of burglars are not sophisticated experts but opportunists, and often, the simplest measures can be most effective in making life difficult for potential burglars.

Leaving a light on when you're not at home, and making sure you lock all windows and doors may seem like obvious things to do - but they are essential in helping to prevent your home from being burgled.

For a limited time the Community Safety Partnership has some free timer switches to give away, emailcommunitysafety@wycombe.gov.uk to get yours!

Read through our guide to avoid becoming a victim of burglary [PDF | 2.0MB], for further top tips on keeping your home safe.

Distraction burglary and bogus callers

Distraction burglary by bogus callers is a cruel crime primarily targeted at elderly or vulnerable people and at those who are living on their own. Their aim is to enter a house to steal and they often trick people into believing they have a real purpose for being there, for example claiming to be from a utility company but not in uniform or with any formal identification.

If you are ever in doubt as to the authenticity of a visitor, do not let them into your home.

For more information read the 'Fighting Doorstep Crime' leaflet [PDF | 235KB].

Vehicle crime

Vehicle crime can be a big worry for motorist. Protect your car or van by following our simple advice in the leaflet below - most vehicle crime can be prevented, so don't give criminals an easy ride.

For more information read the Vehicle Crime leaflet [PDF | 288KB].

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about reducing crime, it is about building community spirit and good relations. It brings local people closer together with common goals - to tackle crime and disorder and to keep an eye on each other's property. If you are interested in joining or forming a local scheme, please get in touch.

Rural crime and Country Watch

If you live or work in a rural part of the Thames Valley, Country Watch can help you to receive specific crime prevention advice relating to your home, business and land. Get in touch for more information on joining this free scheme and the benefits on offer.

If you would like any copies of the information found here sent to you, please phone 01494 421 117 or email communitysafety@wycombe.gov.uk.

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