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Are your external doors secure?

A resident living on Earlswood Common recently suffered a break while he was asleep at night. Entry was forced  via a double glazed upvc door at the rear of the property. The thieves took his wallet and my car.
The thieves used a technique called “lock snapping” to get through the door. More info in the link below. It can take only about 15 seconds to get into your house using this method. It’s shockingly easy. Your doors are not as secure as you think they are.

Living Well with Dementia website

Warwickshire County Council has launched a brand new website warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia to support people living with Dementia in Warwickshire.

The website is designed for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends as well as practitioners supporting people with dementia and organisations who would like to know more about becoming dementia friendly.

The new website is easier to navigate and includes a new support and services map to enable people to search for dementia services in their local area.

Warwickshire Cyber Crime Survey

How safe do you feel online? Help the Community Safety Team to get a picture of cyber crime in the region by completing the second annual cyber crime survey. Warwickshire, West Mercia, the West Midlands and Staffordshire have joined forces to launch the survey which will look at how people are affected by online crime and how aware they are of the dangers that exist. To fill in the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RegionalCyber16. Closing date for responses is Tuesday 31st January 2017. For more information visit: https://askwarks.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/cyber-crime/

Warning for LLoyds bank customers

Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters. 

The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.
The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine.
When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number.
The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake.
The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.

If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.
To report a fraud and cyber crime, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

Cyber crime survey

How safe do you feel online? 

Warwickshire County Council and key strategic partners have launched their second cyber crime survey to find out how safe people feel online and assess the impact that online crime is having around the county.

The cyber crime survey – which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RegionalCyber16 – is being run by the Warwickshire Observatory and asks people to share their experiences of online crime through a series of questions.

Last year, there was a very high response rate to this survey, which found the following:

  • Over half of respondents were targeted by phishing scams, with 1 in 10 going on to become victims.
  • One in five that spend over seven hours a day online will become a victim of cyber crime.
  • As age increases, knowledge of online crime risks reduces slightly, while the feeling of being at risk increases significantly.
  • Under 18s are the age group most targeted for online harassment or bullying with female respondents targeted twice as much as males.
  • Nearly one third of parents have neither applied online restrictions nor spoken to their children about internet safety.
  • 2.4% of respondents have no idea how to protect themselves online.
  • “I did not think anyone could help” was the number one reason for not reporting cyber crime, followed by “did not know who to report it to”.

Last year’s survey also suggested that 82,200 people fell victim to online crime in the last 12 months in Warwickshire, while nearly a quarter of a million people in the county feel at risk online. Worryingly, around 2.4 percent of the respondents to the first survey had no idea to protect themselves online.

This latest survey will seek to examine how the picture has changed across Warwickshire over the past 12 months and whether residents are more aware of the dangers that can be posed online and the things that they are able to do to minimise these risks.

The survey is also running across West Mercia, West Midlands and Staffordshire policing areas with the full support of the local Police and Crime Commissioners for these areas. This will allow analysts to assess the scale of the problem across a wider region and will make the Cyber Crime Survey one of the largest surveys on the subject in the whole of the UK.

The closing date for the survey is Monday 9th January 2017.

For more information about cyber crime please visit www.safeinwarwickshire.com/cybercrime

New 'Crimestoppers' website aimed at young adults

We would like to bring to your attention a new website, aimed at young adults.   https://www.fearless.org/
It is run along side The Independent Charity Crimestoppers.
The website says – “Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime – 100% anonymously”

Community right to bid for “Assets of Community Value”

Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011 provides for a scheme called ‘assets of community value’. Under this Act Stratford-on-Avon District Council is required to maintain a list of ‘community assets’. The list of Assets of Community Value and the list of land nominated by unsuccessful community nominations within the Stratford-on-Avon District Council area is published by SDC.

This right means that communities can ask the council to list certain assets as being of value to the community. If an asset is listed and then comes up for sale, the new right will give communities that want it six months to put together a bid to buy it. This gives communities an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other local facilities.

Parish councils or local community groups can nominate both privately and publicly owned assets which meet the definition of community value.

A building or land can be listed as an asset of community value if:

  • Current primary use of the building/land or use of the building/land in the recent past furthers the social well-being or social interests (cultural, recreational, or sporting interests) of the local community
  • It is realistic to think that now or in the next five years there could continue to be primary use of the building/land which will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community (whether or not in the same way as before)

Continue reading Community right to bid for “Assets of Community Value”…

Broadband Project Update September 2016

Latest newsletter from the Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband Project – newsletter-16-09

Library Home Delivery Service

The Home Delivery Library Service is a free service to those who are unable to visit or use their local library or Mobile Library due to ill health or infirmity.

Books redelivered  to people in their homes once every four weeks, based on their personal preferences. The service currently visits two people in the Earlswood area and is keen to take on more customers.

It offers books in both Large and Small print and also talking books on compact disc.

If you love reading but are unable to get to a library or your friend and relations are unable to change books for you, then find out how they can help by contacting them on 01926 851031 or online at www.warwickshire.gov/homelibraryservice

Flicks in the Sticks comes to Earlswood Village Hall

Flicks in the Sticks comes to Earlswood Village Hall

Earlswood Village Hall committee is introducing Flicks in the Sticks on a trial basis on the third Friday of the month from September  to April.  The first film will be The Revenant on Friday September 16th. Doors open at 7.00pm with the film starting at 7.45pm. There will be a licensed bar and snacks will be available during the interval. Admission is £4 to members and £5 to non-members. Membership is £2 per season (September – April) which can be paid on the night or by completing and returning the membership form below.

Why not come along and join in the fun? Continue reading Flicks in the Sticks…