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Friday 30 December 2022
Tuesday 27 December 2022
|DVLA scam email|
Screenshot (click above to view enlarged) of the scam email received today 27 December 2022 with a fake phishing url received by a borough resident and alerted us to warn others.
The purpose of a scam email is often to get you to click a link. This will take you to a website which might download a virus to your computer, or steal passwords or other personal information. This is sometimes known as 'phishing'.
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded (as a screenshot or screen recording) to the number 7726 which is free of charge. Suspicious emails should be forwarded (as a screenshot) to , as was this one in this case.
Needless to say do no click on links that turn out of the blue. Take time to research and check out this blog for advice and further information on similar scams.
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Monday 26 December 2022
In a recent publication by the Daily Mail (26-12-2022), "London's WORST boroughs for knife crime revealed: Capital had more reports of bladed weapons than any other city in 12 months at 13,405 - with Southwark, Westminster and Croydon having the most dangerous streets." (gdpr)
Knife Crime Offence Count: 5,740 from the Official MPS Crime Data Dashboard for the period June 2022 - October 2022, revealed the following stats (no particular order) of some worst London boroughs compared to some local boroughs in comparison:
- Westminster - 330
- Croydon - 338
- Kensington & Chelsea - 102
- Southwark - 348
- Greenwich - 159
- Islington - 162
- Bexley - 90
- Bromley - 102
Friday 23 December 2022
If you have to or are going to shop, as Christmas gets closer the usual suspects are out on the lookout for anything of value they can take from shoppers.
"This happened yesterday (22-12-2022) in Schuh in Bexley Broadside shopping and shared on the Nextdoor app to warn others.
Please see the footage of how I was a victim of robbery yesterday on my birthday.
The lady in the black with a mask on follows me around the shop until she manages to reach into my bag takes my phone."
This has been reported to the police. Needless to say, keep your bags zipped, in front of you and not on the side or behind you to make it harder to be a victim of theft.
This can ruin peoples Christmas so be careful and if you see this happening call 999 and report it. Don't put yourself at risk.
🎄Stay Safe and Vigilant🎄
Thursday 22 December 2022
A recent post on social media platform Facebook revealed a member of the public against another member of public to stop feeding horses potatoes in the Barnehurst area last week and refused to do so.
What is normal for humans to eat, potatoes can be lethal to horses, in this case causing them to get colic and face a hefty vet bill!
This is an appeal for information if this person or anyone who knows this person in the photo below (taken from the facebook post) to contact the original poster asap. Thank you for your cooperation.
|Individual feeding horses as mentioned|
Source: Moderator of Barnehurst Gossip Column (22-12-2022)
Scammers are exploiting the current cost of living crisis, playing on pressures around our household finances at a time of soaring bills and inflation.
Every month, we receive hundreds of scam reports, including from victims who've lost substantial amounts of money. But in addition to the more convincing and dangerous frauds, less sophisticated criminals have concocted some surprisingly inept scams.
One of the most notable was a fake email 'from' Elon Musk, promising lucky recipients 10 bitcoin - worth around £140,000 - for free. Another ridiculous scam saw fraudsters attempt to trick Which? employees by posing as our chief executive, Anabel Hoult.
Here are the five strangest scams we’ve seen this year.
Source: Which? (22-12-2022)
Monday 19 December 2022
Wrap up warm, and ‘Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!’
New Year – routine chores?
This, time of year, is a good time prune many varieties of plants, trees and shrubs so have a look at them; ensure that they do not provide a climbing aid into your property or prevent that all important clear view into your frontage that may deter crime. Be mindful though; those brambles, other spiky plants and stinging nettles on your boundary are nature’s own deterrent to intruders, any cuttings can be used to fill gaps in a hedge line.
Consider supplementing your boundary security with some nice spiky plants, they look and smell nice but may also be a deterrent to intruders. Suitable advice can be sought from The Royal Horticultural Society or your local garden centre.
- Fences and gates, are they still intact and well maintained, do the gates lock securely.
- Outside lighting, are they all working okay and are they clean?
- Sheds and outbuildings, are they still intact and well maintained, lubricate the locks exposed to the weather.
- Smoke detectors, are they working okay and in date and where appropriate do the batteries need replacing, remember mains operated ones may have a battery back- up that may need replacing regularly.
- CCTV systems: like with your lighting ensure that they are kept clean and maintained. Smart doorbells or other that may use a solar charger, at this time of year they may not be getting much of a charge so consider topping up the battery with a charger where appropriate.
- Property marking; over Christmas you may have received some new tools, electrical or computing items consider using an appropriate property marking product.
- 21/12/22 was the shortest day so we still have a few more ‘darker nights’, make your home looks like you are in even when you are out by having lights on timers in the house and perhaps a TV simulator.
- Lastly in this list, don’t leave your car unattended on the drive with the engine running whilst you de-ice/de-mist it, it only takes a minute to steal it and it may affect an insurance claim.
Single shaft steering wheel locks are not as secure as a 'Disklock'. Thatcham approved.
|Thatcham Approved Disklok|
Covers the whole steering wheel. Some insurance companies offer reduction if fitted. Thieves can't easily saw through bar or wheel. The above are easily available online (example Amazon - click on the caption links in the images shown above), however it is a good idea to shop around for the particular size and build quality to suit your car needs.
Thursday 15 December 2022
Fire Safety info from Jim Morford Bexley London Fire Brigade Borough Commander.
Fire in lounge video – remember the gas fire never actually makes contact with the washing, the fire occurs due to being too close to the gas fire. A real possibility with the cost of living at the moment.
For further information visit https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/about-us/our-campaigns/total-recalls-making-whitegoods-safer/
Online Home fire safety checker and Home fire safety booking
Fire risk checklist – for vulnerable people
The cases of loan fee fraud are up by a fifth compared to last year, but what is it? It’s a scam where a fraudster asks you for an upfront fee, usually between £25 and £450, in order to take out a non-existent loan. They usually target people who have been searching for loans online.
We know this time of year, plus an ongoing cost of living crisis, can mean extra added pressure on your finances but always check the legitimacy of the lender by using the FCA’s website to ensure they are registered. Find out more about these loan fee scams and how to dodge them.
When it comes to big sporting events, fraudsters are always looking to take advantage of fans desperate to find a ticket. Resale tickets for Euro 2020 were found to be selling for as much as £17,000, and similar prices were being touted for this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Listen in to our investigation into ticket fraud. We’ll hear from those who have lost thousands, explain how scammers operate, and investigate what needs to be done to combat it.
Monday 12 December 2022
Saturday 10 December 2022
Criminals are using the cost of living crisis to scam the public – don’t become a victim.
Action Fraud also advises that the public follow the advice of Take Five to Stop Fraud in order to keep themselves safe from fraud.
Source: Action Fraud (06-12-2022)
London Fire Brigade (LFB) want to make white goods safer for everyone, so we are calling on manufacturers to make a number of changes to the way they currently operate.
Visit their Total Recalls campaign to find out why.
Friday 9 December 2022
Thursday 8 December 2022
From today's newsletter (8 Dec 2022):-
Friday 25 November 2022
Thursday 24 November 2022
On Wednesday 16th of November officers from Thamesmead and Belvedere SNT carried out a number of activities in support of Operation Sceptre.
Great work by Belvedere and Thamesmead East SNT The activities were carried out in partnership with Bexley and Greenwich Community Safety unit, Peabody Wardens and Greenwich Community Wardens.
We carried out weapon sweeps in Picardy Street, Belvedere and Arnott Close, Thamesmead where a number of knifes and dangerous implements were found. In addition to this a number of used syringes were discovered in accessible areas posing a clear risk to local residents.
The operation continued in the afternoon where a knife arch Operation was carried out outside Mcdonalds in Thamesmead, this particular area has recently suffered with an increase in robberies so local residents were happy to see a proactive approach to tackle the problem.
Today’s operation was a great example of joint working and each weapon seized could potentially be a life saved.
We will continue such operations and continue to safeguard local residents.
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