The Bexley Crime Survey is back!
The survey starts Thursday 30 September and ends on Friday 31 December.
Smishing (fraudulent text) is the fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.
Text message scams are a big problem for consumers and it’s often hard to know which texts you can trust. Even genuine messages from businesses end up looking suspicious because sometimes they use language that panics you into taking a specific action.
This is why we’re asking businesses to adopt our SMS best practice guide, so you can spot scam texts and have more trust in business messaging. We also show you examples of legitimate text messages that could be mistaken for scams.
Did you know Bexley Neighbourhood Watch runs a scheme called Faith Watch, this scheme is aiming to try to prevent crime in and around places of worship.
If you join you will receive emails and our bi-weekly report you will be also contacted if there is any crime reported where places of worship have been targeted, in return we ask that you let us know of any similar crime so we can make others aware of what has happened.
If you walk your dogs in Bexley why not join Bexley Neighbourhood Watch's - Houndwatch Scheme, once signed up you will receive emails warning of attempted dog theft, dog attacks etc in the Borough, in return we ask that you keep us informed of anything you see while walking your Hound. This could be a suspicious person or vehicle, drug taking, fly tipping or criminal damage. We can then pass this information onto either the police or the council.
To join the scheme, Click and complete the Hound Watch online form OR Scan the QR code below to join Hound Watch and submit the form. It is FREE to join!
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The Ultra Low Emission Zone. The Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding from 25 October 2021. Have you checked your vehicle?
The ULEZ will create a single, larger zone up to the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). The North and South Circular Roads themselves are not in the zone.
Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards, but owners of older cars, motorcycles, lighter vans and minibuses need to take action.
Cars, motorcycles, vans and other specialist vehicles (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) and minibuses (up to and including 5 tonnes) will need to meet the required ULEZ emissions standards when driving within and into the expanded zone or pay a £12.50 daily charge.
The ULEZ will continue to operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, except Christmas Day.
To check that your vehicle meets the ULEZ emissions standards - visit https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/ulez-expansion
Guide for information (pdf)
Ultra Low Emission Zone (tfl)
ULEZ Checker: Check Your Vehicle [external link] - (£12.50 for cars, smaller vans, motorbikes and other lighter vehicles)
Congestion Charge Zone checker [tfl link] - (You need to pay a £15 daily charge if you drive within the Congestion Charge zone 07:00-22:00, every day, except Christmas Day (25 December).)
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It’s so easy to pick up your phone and search online for whatever it is that you need – and algorithms will keep on developing based on these searches and your online interactions to deliver ads specifically targeted and tailored towards you. The dark side is that the internet can be a scammer’s paradise. So can you tell whether an online ad is genuine or not?
According to insurance company Aviva’s fraud report, consumer trust in online adverts is pretty low. But we want to know your thoughts: how much do you trust the ads you see on the internet?
Watch out for convincing copycat social media accounts contacting you to claim that you’ve won a prize. Many of these accounts are created by fraudsters who target you based on your social media activity and interests – they can catch you out with offers that could feasibly be genuine.
Here’s why it’s important to check who’s really sending you private messages before you engage with them.
A local resident's friend received a call from 912250041117 asking him to press 1 if he had vaccinated.
He pressed 1. Immediately the phone was blocked 🚫 and his phone has been hacked. So be careful when you get similar calls. Put this in your group chat.
The above message was sent to alert us and others to remain vigilant.
If it is out-of-the-blue needless to say do not respond to such scam calls.
This number has come up as 'Negative' and dangerous as it points to a Vaccine scam at https://who-called.co.uk/Number/912250041117
Find out more and how to report to Action Fraud at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/reporting-a-scam/
The Bexley Community Safety team works with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour that presents a high level of threat, risk, or harm to individuals and/or the community.
Community Safety is not responsible for noise nuisance, civil neighbour disputes, parking, waste and recycling, CCTV or graffiti. You can report these issues and more at www.bexley.gov.uk/directory.
You can report any anti-social behaviour or incidents at www.bexley.gov.uk/communitysafety.
You should always call 999 in emergency situations when you need immediate help, for example, if a crime is in progress or if someone is in immediate danger. You should also report to the police immediately for assaults, criminal damage, hate crime, vandalism, drug use, drug cultivation or drug dealing. The police will lead on these issues.
If you don’t need immediate help, you can call 101 or report online at www.met.police.uk/report.
You can also report to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111.
Advice on domestic abuse is available at www.bexleydomesticabuseservices.org.uk.
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How the scam is evolving (was covered by Which?)
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