How you can help protect children

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Did you know? Last year we received more than 180 applications for information through an important law introduced to protect children.

Sarah’s Law, also known as the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, was introduced following the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000.

It allows anyone who looks out for the welfare of a child to apply for information held by police which may indicate whether an individual poses a risk to children. This includes whether they have been convicted of any sexual offences.

In 2023, Cambridgeshire Constabulary received 184 Sarah’s Law applications.

 

Sarah’s Law is an important piece of legislation which gives people the opportunity to ask for information if they are concerned about someone’s behaviour or a new individual has access to their children.

There are many reasons someone might choose to make an application. A common example is if someone is entering into a new relationship and the person in question is therefore likely to have unsupervised time with their children.

We’d urge parents and carers to be aware of this scheme and consider making an application should a circumstance arise where they feel it is needed.

For more information on the scheme, visit our dedicated website page.   Kind regards,  
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South Cambridgeshire Police Community Meetings

For those who haven’t attended before, Cambridgeshire Constabulary hold quarterly meetings, held online from 7pm-8pm. They allow members of the public to virtually meet their neighbourhood officers and hear about recent activity. Attendees will also get the opportunity to raise any concerns they have and help shape future priorities.

Please find below the dates for the forthcoming community engagement meetings:

28 February

22 May

28 August

27 November

If you would like to attend, please visit the neighbourhood page and click the link on the date. You will be sent to Event Brite to register for free and will be sent a meeting link – https://www.cambs.police.uk/police-forces/cambridgeshire-constabulary/areas/campaigns/nhp/neighbourhood-policing/South-Cambridgeshire/

On the neighbourhood page you will also see a survey which can be filled out by those unable to attend the meeting so all views can be take into account.

We hope to see you at one of our forthcoming meetings.

Kind Regards,

Tara

Tara Dundon

Senior Communications Officer (South) | Corporate Communications
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Hinchingbrooke Park,
Huntingdon, PE29 6NP
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Contacting Cambridgeshire Police – When and How

Here is a reminder of how you can contact Cambridgeshire Police, and when it is most appropriate to use each method of contact. 

Calling 999:

If you are involved or are witness to a situation where:

·  you think things could get heated or violent very soon,

·  someone is in serious danger or harm,

·  a disruption to the public is likely,

·  you require police assistance right away,

please call 999 – this is what we would classify as an emergency. If you accidentally dial 999, please stay on the line and tell the operator you’re safe and that no crime has occurred. If you’re in danger but you can’t talk on the phone, you should still call 999, then follow these instructions.

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, you can use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service. If you’re a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can call 999 BSL to use a remote BSL interpreter.

Calling 101:

101 is our non-emergency phone number. Please use 101 to:

·  report minor and non-urgent crimes

·  to report crimes that are not currently in progress (where a high-priority response is not required)

·  or to offer evidence in an investigation. 

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

When you call us on 101, call handlers will ask you for some information about the reason for your call so they can ‘triage’ the call, and direct you to the relevant team. 

During busy periods, you may have to wait for an operator to assist you. If you do have access to online services, these can be used to skip the queues on the 101 phone line.

We offer a live web chat service which can be accessed via our website (click the green speech bubble in the corner of the screen and you will be connected to an operator). Web chat can be used for advice, guidance or to report a non-urgent crime. Web chats are dealt with in the same way, and by the same people as 101 calls. 

You can also report non-emergency crimes via our website at any time using our online report forms. Again, these are dealt with in the same way, and by the same people as 101 calls. You will receive an auto-response with your crime reference number, your crime will be recorded by our operators and they will be in touch if they need more information from you. 

Please note that waste and litter, fly tipping, pests, noise complaints, discard syringes or drug paraphernalia, dangerous buildings or structures and burst water mains are all council issues, and not police. 

Social media

You can also direct message us on Facebook and Twitter to report non-urgent crime. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. Replies are not instant but our inboxes are monitored. 

Learn more about contacting us. 

E-Cops Alert – Tool Thefts

Tool theft in Cambridgeshire has doubled since last year, and we’re on a mission to help you keep your valuable equipment safe 

Whether you rely on tools for your profession or engage in DIY projects at home, these crucial tips below will deter tool-snatching thieves 

* Store your tools in a locked and well-lit area, preferably out of sight from potential thieves. 
* Invest in motion-activated lights and CCTV to act as a deterrent and capture any suspicious activity.
* Avoid leaving tools in your vehicle overnight. If not possible, ensure you park your vehicle in a secure location and your tools are locked in a secure box inside.
* Consider installing an alarm system that alerts you if there has been a break in.
* Mark your tools with a unique identification number. You can also register your tools at www.immobilise.com , to help us identify owners of recovered stolen tools.
* Be cautious of purchasing tools online and ensure you’re dealing with legitimate sellers.  

Remember, if you see something suspicious, report it to us as soon as possible calling 101, or online at 👉 https://bit.ly/3Me9YvW
For more crime prevention advice visit 👉 https://bit.ly/3HTso2v  

E-Cops Latest Court News – 14.8.2023

Below are summaries of the latest news from our courts over the last week – please click on each headline to read the full story.

Huntingdonshire

Knife point Ramsey robber jailed

Fenland

Former mayor jailed for rape

Peterborough

Burglar stole Champagne and jewellery

Convicted paedophile sent back to jail

Robber walked victim to ATM and demanded cash
Pair broke into Peterborough pubs

Robber jailed for stealing boy’s bike

Burglar caught and detained by brothers

Cambridge

Lavish lifestyle ends for pair of drug dealers

Dangerously worn tyres caused life-changing crash

Jail for man who targeted the elderly

You can find more news from the force online here.

PCC Annual Report

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Yesterday Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston published his second Annual Report following endorsement by Police and Crime Panel members last week.  The Report, which covers the financial year 2022/23, provides a snapshot of progress against the Police and Crime Plan which set policing priorities for Cambridgeshire Constabulary over a three-year period in 2021.   You can read the Report online here: PCC annual report 2022-2023 – A4 web edition (cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk) or alternatively contact the OPCC office if you require the Report in another format.

Please subscribe to the monthly newsletter so you can keep up-to-date with my news and activities. You can do so by visiting the sign-up page on: PCC’s Newsletter (cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk).    

News from your Commissioner Darryl Preston

Welcome to my July newsletter

This month, I share details of the huge progress being made across our Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Cambridgeshire following on from my £730k investment. The CSPs are delivering a stronger response to a wide range of issues including persistent anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping – problems that really matter to you – our local residents.

My Annual Report for 2022/23 has also been published and is available to the public. It reflects on the many milestones achieved during the past 12 months.  As always, the hard work continues to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough even safer.   Darryl 

See the link below for the July newsletter

The latest news from Darryl Preston, Police and Crime Commissioner (govdelivery.com)

South Cambs Community Engagement Meeting – 8th August 2023

Our next South Cambs meeting will take place on 8th August. The quarterly meeting hosted by your neighbourhood Inspector Simon Birch and his team. You will hear about work that has taken place across the area over the past three months, have the opportunity to address any concerns or ask and questions and help shape the local policing priorities for the coming quarter.

If you can make it, please register your attendance via the link and you will be sent a Teams invite for the evening – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-cambs-community-engagement-meeting-august-2023-tickets-491855191117

If you can’t make the meeting, please take a few minutes to fill in the survey. Every response is read and helps us to understand what concerns residents most – https://bit.ly/3Wx8krJ

E-Cops Action Fraud – Scam Emails

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  Dear subscriber,    Almost 21 million reports have been made to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS), resulting in the removal of over 235,000 malicious websites.   SERS was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police in April 2020 to enable the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans them for malicious links. Since its launch, almost 21 million reports have been made to the service.   Mobile phone providers also offer a service that allows customers to report suspicious text messages, by forwarding them to the number 7726. The service is free of charge and enables providers to takedown malicious websites and block malicious texts from being sent across their network.   As of 31 May 2023, 54,000 text message scams have been removed as a result of suspicious texts forwarded to the 7726 service.   Commander Nik Adams, from City of London Police, said: “Every year, thousands of people in the UK are scammed by a fraudulent email or text message. Phishing scams, whether it’s a text message claiming you have missed a delivery and are required to pay a redelivery fee, or an email claiming to be from your bank are a common security challenges that both individuals and businesses across the UK face on a daily basis.   “If you receive an email or text message that you think might be a scam, don’t respond to it or click any links in the message or email. Instead, contact the organisation directly using contact information from the company’s official website, and not the links or numbers provided in the message itself.   “If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. By reporting phishing scams or suspected fraud, you are directly helping us in our work to identify and stop these criminals and helping us protect others from these scams. If you are in Scotland, I ask that you report the fraud  directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.”     How to protect yourself from scam emails and texts Received an email or text that seems suspicious? Report it. Your reports enable us to remove the emails and websites criminals use to commit fraud and cyber crime. 1: Forward suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk . Send emails to this address that feel suspicious, even if you’re not certain they’re a scam – we can check.   2: Forward suspicious text messages to 7726 (it’s free of charge). Your provider can find out where the text came from and block or ban the sender.   3 – If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. In Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.   Please note: Sometimes a forwarded email may not reach us because it is already recognised by spam detection services. You can also take a screenshot of the email and send it to report@phishing.gov.uk   (If you found this information useful, please forward it to your friends and family)    
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ASB Awareness Week 2023 Webinars

ASB Awareness Week 3rd – 9th July 2023

Neighbourhood Watch knows that Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) can be the highest contributor to negative influence in our community.  Often affecting an individual person or group, a whole community and the place we live.  We know, because we have heard the distress from people that are going through this, here and now.

ASB Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of what it covers, provide methods of how and who to report it to, understand your right to your case being reviewed and more importantly, what support you can expect from various agencies and organisations.

We would like to encourage the conversations and we have arranged for 4 webinars to help you.  We have speakers from Resolve, ASB Help, British Transport Police and from our Central Support Team, all talking about the many facets of antisocial behaviour in our communities and helping you to know the changes that were announced earlier this year and how that affects you, understanding your rights, knowing what to do when faced with ASB whilst on transport and what Neighbourhood Watch is doing to help communities deal with ASB in public spaces, through the Community Safety Charter.

ASB Awareness Week is spearheaded by Resolve and we are delighted to welcome Rebecca Bryant OBE, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Resolve is a Centre of Excellence solely focused upon community safety and antisocial behaviour (ASB) who strongly advocate that community safety issues and ASB can be tackled effectively, and everyone has a right to feel safe. ASB should be treated as a priority, it is not low level and is a precursor to serious crime.

Our webinar programme for ASB Awareness Week is as follows.  If you see a webinar that you would like to attend online, please click on the below links (webinar title) to book your space.  You will need to do this for each individual webinar that you wish to attend.  All webinars are online and are via the platform Zoom.

DateTimeWebinarSpeaker
Monday 3rd July12pm – 1pmUnderstand the changes to ASB legislation and know your rights   Rebecca Bryant OBE CEO Resolve UK
Tuesday 4th July6pm – 7pmUnderstanding the changes in the Community TriggerASB Help Specialist Victim Project Manager- Charlotte Hamilton-Kay & Practitioner Support Manager – Katy Anderson  
Wednesday 5th July12pm – 1pmASB on Public TransportBritish Transport Police Led by Chief Inspector David Rams  
Thursday 6th July12pm – 1pmHow does the Community Safety Charter help you tackle ASB?  Neighbourhood Watch Network
  Hello Mandy   ASB Awareness Week 3rd – 9th July 2023   Neighbourhood Watch knows that Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) can be the highest contributor to negative influence in our community.  Often affecting an individual person or group, a whole community and the place we live.  We know, because we have heard the distress from people that are going through this, here and now.   ASB Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of what it covers, provide methods of how and who to report it to, understand your right to your case being reviewed and more importantly, what support you can expect from various agencies and organisations.  
We would like to encourage the conversations and we have arranged for 4 webinars to help you.  We have speakers from Resolve, ASB Help, British Transport Police and from our Central Support Team, all talking about the many facets of antisocial behaviour in our communities and helping you to know the changes that were announced earlier this year and how that affects you, understanding your rights, knowing what to do when faced with ASB whilst on transport and what Neighbourhood Watch is doing to help communities deal with ASB in public spaces, through the Community Safety Charter.  

ASB Awareness Week is spearheaded by Resolve and we are delighted to welcome Rebecca Bryant OBE, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Resolve is a Centre of Excellence solely focused upon community safety and antisocial behaviour (ASB) who strongly advocate that community safety issues and ASB can be tackled effectively, and everyone has a right to feel safe. ASB should be treated as a priority, it is not low level and is a precursor to serious crime.   Our webinar programme for ASB Awareness Week is as follows.  If you see a webinar that you would like to attend online, please click on the below links (webinar title) to book your space.  You will need to do this for each individual webinar that you wish to attend.  All webinars are online and are via the platform Zoom.  
Date Time Webinar Speaker
Monday 3rd July 12pm – 1pm Understand the changes to ASB legislation and know your rights    Rebecca Bryant OBE CEO Resolve UK
Tuesday 4th July 6pm – 7pm Understanding the changes in the Community Trigger ASB Help Specialist Victim Project Manager- Charlotte Hamilton-Kay & Practitioner Support Manager – Katy Anderson  
Wednesday 5th July 12pm – 1pm ASB on Public Transport British Transport Police Led by Chief Inspector David Rams  
Thursday 6th July 12pm – 1pm How does the Community Safety Charter help you tackle ASB?   Neighbourhood Watch Network  

Information about our speakers organisation   Resolve, Rebecca Bryant OBE – Rebecca brings her knowledge and expertise an anti-social behaviour to explain the changes made earlier this year. Rebecca joined Resolve in October 2018 as the chief executive with over 15 years’ experience of working with community safety and having worked in Manchester City Council as a Head of Crime and Disorder.  Prior to becoming chief executive Rebecca worked as a senior associate with resolve for a number of years and is a well-respected consultant within the industry possessing a broad and extensive noise around community safety and anti-social behaviour solutions.  

ASB Help – ASB Help is a registered charity in England and Wales set up to provide advice and support to victims of anti-social behaviour.   ASB Help aims to provide information and advice to interested parties and members of the public involved with and suffering from anti-social behaviour. They believe there is a clear need for coordinated information and advice that is readily accessible to those who need it.    

British Transport Police – Their mission is to help the millions of people who use the railways of England, Wales and Scotland get home safely and on time. We police Britain’s railways, providing a service to rail operators, their staff and passengers across the country. We also police the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro tram system, Croydon Tramlink, Tyne and Wear Metro, and Glasgow Subway.    Antisocial Behaviour on public transport focuses on trains and underground services. It explores the behaviour from passengers that should be reported.  They will go into the different ways you can report ASB, either at the time or after the event, how not to put yourself at risk and how you can support victims. David will talk about the work of British Transport Police and how technology plays a part in reporting.  

Neighbourhood Watch Network – Neighbourhood Watch Network is the umbrella charitable organisation which supports Neighbourhood Watch membership across England and Wales, making it the largest crime prevention movement.  They are the National body that represents the interests and needs of it members and promotes crime prevention, community health and wellbeing and connectiveness.  A grassroots organisation which is proud to continue to have communities and neighbours at its heart.  

We would like to encourage you to book your space now to avoid disappointment, as our webinars can fill up very quickly.  Spaces are limited.   Best wishes   Central Support Team   Please note that this message has been sent to all Neighbourhood Watch supporters, members and volunteers.  However we would love for you to share this message.  You can do this by clicking SHARE in the icons below.  

Police – Important update about our webchat function

Following a detailed review of our demand for service, webchat is only available from 8am-5pm as part of a brief trial.

This is to allow us to provide extra resource for emergency 999 calls during peak periods.

The web forms, as opposed to webchat, are still available and they will be dealt with in the same manner as a 101 call. These cover a wide variety of non-emergency scenarios.

After the trial, the situation will be reviewed again to establish the most suitable ongoing solution for us to provide the best possible service to the people of Cambridgeshire with the resource we have available. Thank you 

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Have you secured your email account?

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Dear Subscriber,  

Why are email accounts so important?
Your emails contain a lot of information about you, so it’s crucial you make your email password strong. If criminals get into your email account, they could access personal information that could be used to scam you or others. To make it harder for them, always use an email password that you haven’t used elsewhere. Your email inbox can also act as a ‘gateway’ to your other accounts. Once they can access it, a criminal could use the ‘forgot password’ option to request emails enabling them to get into other accounts, such as your social media.  

How to secure your email account  
Your email password
Using a combination of 3 random words creates passwords that are long enough and strong enough. Avoid words that can be guessed, like your pet’s name or birth month. Adding numbers and symbols is a good way to make your password even harder to guess.  

Turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) for your email
2-Step Verification (2SV) gives you twice the protection so even if cyber criminals have your password, they can’t access your email. 2SV works by asking for more information to prove your identity. For example, getting a code sent to your phone when you sign in using a new device or change settings such as your password. You won’t be asked for this every time you check your email.  

Hot to turn on 2-Step Verification (2SV) ·     
Turn on 2SV for Outlook ·     
Turn on 2SV for Gmail ·     
Turn on 2SV for iCloud  

If you are using an email service that does not offer 2SV, please consider switching to an email provider that does.  

How to check if one of your online accounts may have been compromised

Services such as www.haveibeenpwned.com can tell you if your personal information or any of your account passwords have been made public in a major data breach.  

If you have been affected by a data breach, you can find some useful information here from the National Cyber Security Centre on how to how to protect yourself from the impact of data breaches.  

For more advice on how to stay secure online, please visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk    

(If you have found this information useful, please forward it to friends, family members and colleagues)  


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Cambridge and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership

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scam warning Clickbait ads on Facebook pages Watch out for Facebook pages that are using simple games or number puzzles to bait users into engaging with their posts so they can be lured into sharing their personal and/or financial information via private messaging, or a fake website. Your data is gold to fraudsters and there’s a lot of these “clickbait” posts around. In fact, one of our eagle-eyed Cambridgeshire residents has just shared one she’s spotted on local Facebook groups (see below) where the user is asked to “spot the number” in an image and offered a cash prize. The scammers ask you to private message (whether you give the right answer or not) to see if you have won the prize (there is no prize, of course). If you do question them, they might claim that they’re issuing the prize money on behalf of a reputable company like Aldi, but we know organisations like that (or their employees) wouldn’t operate like this. As always, if it is too good to be true, it usually is. Report fake Facebook ads here: How to report an ad | Meta Business Help Center (facebook.com) fake Facebook ad Fake Facebook ad Follow us on Twitter| Facebook|Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/against-scams CCC PCC