Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Monday, 21 December 2020
Both Car Crime and Burglary are increasing as Christmas approaches.
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Residents in Tier 4 areas must stay at home, with limited exemptions. Non-essential retail and indoors gyms will close.
People should work from home when they can and should not enter or leave Tier 4 areas. Communal worship may continue.
Residents should not mix with anyone outside their own household at Christmas, though support bubbles will remain in place for those at particular risk of loneliness or isolation.
Saturday, 19 December 2020
Stay safe and have a great weekend.
Friday, 18 December 2020
Thursday, 17 December 2020
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Images of the latest online scams targeting motorists have been revealed by DVLA to help drivers spot and report them quickly.
The scams ask drivers to verify their driving licence details, offer vehicle tax refunds, highlight a failed vehicle tax payment and ask for bank details.
For more detailed advice visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dvla-releases-latest-scam-images-to-help-keep-motorists-safe-online
From 0:01 GMT on Wednesday the London borough of Bexley is in Tier 3 Very High covid 19 restrictions.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Intelligence from UK Finance suggests that criminals are sending out phishing emails, purportedly from well-known delivery companies, which claim that they have been unable to deliver parcels, packages or large letters. These emails may ask the recipient to pay a fee or provide additional details in order to rearrange the delivery.
The public should also be aware of an increased risk of scam phone calls and texts impersonating delivery companies, as well as fake delivery notices posted through letterboxes. Similarly, these will ask for advance payment or for customers to provide information that is later used to defraud them.
Customers are typically tricked into clicking on links to seemingly genuine websites requesting personal and financial information such as their address, date of birth, mobile number or bank details, which are then used to commit fraud. In some cases, victims later receive a call from the criminal pretending to be from their bank’s fraud team, trying to persuade them to move their money to a safe account or reveal their pass codes.
Consumers are urged to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign:
1. Remember that criminals will send out phishing emails with links leading to fake websites used to steal personal and financial information. These emails may appear to be from trusted organisations and may use official branding to convince you they’re genuine. Always access websites by typing them into the web browser and avoid clicking on links in emails.
2. Remain vigilant and check delivery notifications very carefully to ensure they are genuine. Emails, texts or cards through your letterbox may look very similar to those that are genuine but may use generic greetings, such as Dear Sir/Madam, or include spelling errors.
More information on how you can protect yourself against these scams can be found here
Monday, 14 December 2020
London Borough of Bexley along with the rest of London will move into Tier 3 Very High covid 19 restrictions
From 0:01 GMT on Wednesday the London borough of Bexley along with the rest of London will move into Tier 3 Very High covid 19 restrictions.
We must all follow the guidelines to #KeepBexleysafe
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year 2021.
Please remember the guidelines, and keep each other safe.
That way we’ll all have a safe, healthy Christmas and can look forward to a brighter New Year.
Sunday, 13 December 2020
Saturday, 12 December 2020
As I'm sure you will have seen from local and national media coverage, the number of Covid cases in Bexley is increasing again. Given how close we are to Christmas that means, if you get infected, you could pass it onto vulnerable or elderly loved ones you may see on Christmas Day - not the Christmas present you were planning?
We all need to do all we can now, over the holiday period and into the new year to stick to the rules, to keep each other safe and bring the number of cases down.
I would ask our school children to resist the temptation to socialise before or after school or on the journey home and that they remember the rules around face coverings on public transport.
Everyone needs to limit their travel to areas that are in a higher tier than us to help reduce the risk of overloading our local NHS. We understand this can be a busy time for shopping but, if you are shopping, please do so safely by maintaining your distance and by wearing face masks.
These are big asks in a year when we have already made so many sacrifices, but it is worth the effort to help the chance of a good Christmas break and avoid putting more pressure on our NHS.
Help is on the way in the form of the new vaccine, but there is still a lot we need to do. If we can just maintain our focus for a while longer, we can beat Covid and look forward to a return to more normal times.
Until then, please remember the guidelines, and keep each other safe.
That way we'll all have a safe, healthy Christmas and can look forward to a brighter New Year.
Friday, 11 December 2020
Thursday, 10 December 2020
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Neighbourhood Watch wish to set up a scheme in the Cornwall Avenue, Welling and are seeking residents to act as coordinators.
Monday, 7 December 2020
This means more opportunities for hackers to carry out cyber attacks. They often do this by targeting people and businesses using:
* email and website scams
* malware - software that can damage your device or let a hacker in
* If hackers get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your business.
You can improve your cyber security by taking six actions:
1 - Use a strong and separate password for your email
If a hacker gets into your email, they could:
* reset your other account passwords
* access information you have saved about yourself or your business
* Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.
2 - Create strong passwords using 3 random words
When you use different passwords for your important accounts, it can be hard to remember them all.
A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words.
Do not use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”
3 - Save your passwords in your browser
Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.
This can help:
* make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
* protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites
It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.
4 - Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)
Two-factor authentication (2FA) helps to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password.
5 - Update your devices
Out-of-date software, apps, and operating systems contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack.
Companies fix the weaknesses by releasing updates. When you update your devices and software, this helps to keep hackers out.
6 - Back up your data
Backing up means creating a copy of your information and saving it to another device or to cloud storage (online).
Backing up regularly means you will always have a recent version of your information saved. This will help you recover quicker if your data is lost or stolen.
For more information, and step-by-step instructions, please visit cyberaware.gov.uk
Sunday, 6 December 2020
Saturday, 5 December 2020
Friday, 4 December 2020
Bexley has the fifth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the Capital and remains above the London average. It is entirely possible for the borough to be moved into Tier 3 when the national tiers are next reviewed on 18 December.
As more people socialise and venture to the shops in the lead up to Christmas, we must all work together and do what we can to help bring the number of new cases down.
AMENDED Please reduce the number of journeys you make where possible. If you do need to travel into a different area, it is vital you continue to follow government restrictions.
Another way we can all help reduce travelling, is by looking to our local businesses, retailers and high streets for all our Christmas shopping needs and more. Many Bexley businesses are also operating online or via click-and-collect.
It has been a difficult year for our local high streets and small independent businesses. In support of Small Business Saturday (5 December), I ask all our residents to consider whether a small business in Bexley could provide products or services they need first, before buying elsewhere or travelling out of the borough.
Keep an eye on our COVID-19 support information for local updates, and follow us on social media.
Have a great weekend and stay safe.
Residents are invited to complete an online survey about visiting local high streets for shopping and entertainment and how their shopping habits have changed as a result of Covid-19.
The survey is part of the London Borough of Bexley’s ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local’ safe return campaign, designed to help kick-start the local economy, get people back to work and customers back to the shops safely in line with government guidance.
Anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper full of New Year treats worth £200 selected from local shops and services.
One platform to plan, monitor, communicate and analyse traffic disruptions.
You can access live information on roadworks across the country https://one.network/uk
Enquiries should be directed to the organisation shown as being responsible for the work.
Bexley is now covered by the new high Tier 2 restrictions.
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Bexley is still above the London average. To help bring them down please reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.
If you live in the borough, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area.
Please avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas - including Kent - other than where necessary. This could include for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.
Thursday, 3 December 2020
- The first leaflet: MV Clothing Ltd is active, but does not state they are fundraising for a charity with the charity number. Possible scam as do not have sight of the reverse of leaflet to state that fact. This has been reported this to Trading Standards on their freephone number on 0808 223 1133 as a consumer issue and a possible scam and been a given a reference.
- The second leaflet by Fundraising Support Ltd appears genuine as the leaflet states the company name and the charity details they are collecting for.
- Clothing Collection is a possible scam as per reasons above. No company name or the charity name they are claiming to fund raise for. Only Company number which does not suffice.
People need to know whether they're "genuine" for two reasons:
- If they're not genuine, you don't want to donate your clothes to them.
- If they're not genuine, the regulators can stop them collecting.
They were said they needed to cut the conifer trees down at the back of the property that led onto John Newton Court. Then wanted to charge the elderly resident for the waste clearance. They were very forceful when knocking and wanting to come down the side of the house. When met with a 'No' they then tried persistently to go through the house, but they were refused further access.
This Friday 4th December, 10.00-11.30am we are hosting a flu vaccination webinar. The session will include:
- Facts about the flu vaccine
- Information on vaccines in general
- A workshop on having conversations with others about vaccinations, how to talk openly on the subject and answer difficult questions
- Information and development of skills in order for you to help signpost those in your community to other services.
This session is being hosted in collaboration with Bexley CCG and London Borough of Bexley Public Health team.
Please email CommunityPartnerships@bexley.gov.uk to reserve your place – also please feel free to forward to anyone else you think might be interested.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
It has been announced on the news that the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency the UK medicines regulator has approved the first UK COVID-19 vaccine.
It is not compulsory to take but the PM is urging so for its use.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
How to wear a medical mask safely (WHO)
Mask use in the context of COVID-19
This document provides updated guidance on mask use in health care and community settings, and during home care for COVID-19 cases. It is intended for policy makers, public health and infection prevention and control professionals, health care managers and health workers.
The Annex provides advice on how to manufacture non-medical masks. It is intended for those making non-medical masks at home and for mask manufacturers.
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