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Planned upgrade to the M42/M40 interchange

Highways England plans to improve the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 Junction 3 and 4 and M40 J16 by making them smart motorways. The work should start by March 2020. More information

 

Superfast broadband – Cabinet 3 is now live

We are delighted to advise you that all the hard work has paid off and that superfast broadband is now available in parts of Earlswood. Cabinet Earlswood 3 has been upgraded, meaning that properties connected to the upgraded cabinet may now be able to order the improved service.

For residents to check which cabinet they are connected to and what speeds they might achieve, they should visit https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/. For the best results they will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for the property. If they do not have this then they can use their address, but it may be less accurate. It should be noted that customers are not restricted to buying a service from BT and that can go to any Internet Service Provider (ISP).

There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. Websites like MoneySavingExpert.com and Broadband Genie can give free, impartial advice on cheap broadband dealsand provide information on which packages might be best for specific needs.

The ‘About Broadband’ section on the CSW Broadband website has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a very useful jargon buster to help people to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that users can get the most from the new, improved service.

 

Never to trust texts or calls from banks asking you call them on a specific number about a problem

I know we are all very savvy but there was a worrying story in the Guardian
newspaper recently warning never to trust texts or calls from banks (however
trustworthy they appear) that urge us to use a specific telephone number to
dial about a problem.

The scammers may say or text there has been what they think is a large
withdrawal or some mistaken transaction. We need to contact the bank’s fraud
department.

The answer is always phone the bank back on a known number such as that
given on the back of a debit or credit card.  Never use the one the
fraudsters suggest and always check the telephone line has disconnected
before dialling any number after a call to you.  Perhaps dial another number
first before the bank to clear the line.

The Guardian says this scam could happen because a third party like Uber may
have been hacked giving access to name, telephone number, address and part
of debit or credit card number.

Of course, none of us would ever fall for a trick like that.

Healthwatch Warwickshire News

November News Update

 

 

Superfast Broadband Project Update December 2017

Click on the link below for the December newsletter

newsletter 17-12

Superfast Broadband Project Update November 2017

Click on the link below to read the project update for November

newsletter 17-11

Canal and River Trust removes catfish from Earlswood Lakes

Click on the link below to read the press release from the CRT

Press Release Nov 2017 CAT FISH

Aggravated car related burglary – hand over your keys

If you are the victim of aggravated burglary which is car related, current police advice is to hand over your car keys.
Nobody wants to do this of course but we have had an incident where car thieves broke into an occupied house, causing extensive damage and injury to the occupants.  They wanted the car parked on the driveway and were prepared to use brute force and a knife to get the keys.
Rather than risk injury, should you be in this situation, all advice is to hand over your keys and hopefully avoid any injury to yourselves.
If you have a BMW/Audi or other sports vehicle then please put it in your garage out of sight if you can.  This was a frightening experience for those involved and while we do not want to panic people being prepared is best.
They are not interested in older or modest family cars so most of us won’t be affected but for those who are then we hope this advice will be timely.

Right Service, First Time – Is it the police you need?

Has an offence been committed? Is my complaint a police matter? These are some of these questions which have been addressed on the website  https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/RSFT

If it is not the responsibility of the police they  would like to help by directing you to the right partner agency who will be able to assist you. If you are unable to find the answer to your query on the website, you can continue to look for advice by clicking on this link  https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/@1.htm  or, alternatively, if you need to speak to the police about the matter contact us on the non-emergency number 101.

Crime Prevention Advice from the local police

We have seen a number of social media reports of incidents on the main roads from Redditch into Alcester relating to what people are calling ‘Crash for Cash’ accidents.

Definition: to stage or deliberately cause a road traffic collision solely for the purpose of financial gain.   The following information is taken from the Insurance Fraud Bureau website. Follow this link for more information:- https://www.insurancefraudbureau.org/insurance-fraud/crash-for-cash/     “Costing around £340m a year, ‘Crash for Cash’ scams are run by fraudsters who manufacture collisions, sometimes with innocent road users, hoping to profit from fraudulent insurance claims. With claims from a single collision potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds, organised fraudsters are orchestrating scams that involve multiple collisions and can be worth millions of pounds.”

Identifying a ‘Crash for Cash’ scam.  There are 3 different types of scam – Staged Accidents, Induced Accidents and Ghost Accidents.

Tell-tale signs that you’ve been in a Crash for Cash scam:

  • •The other driver is far too calm for someone that’s been involved in a car accident
  • •They have already written down their insurance details before the accident happened
  • •Any injuries appear to be completely at odds with the force of the impact

What to do if you think you’ve been targeted:

  • •Note as much information as you can about the event, the driver, any passengers and the circumstances
  • •Take photos of the incident, if you are able and it is safe to do so.
  • •Call the police and report your suspicions
  • •Call the IFB’s Cheatline on 0800 422 0421 – your information may help us connect your accident to a wider, organised scam

Home and Garden security

Most victims of burglary are concerned that they have been specifically targeted or watched for a period of time prior to their burglary, to determine what their movements are. However, most burglaries are opportunistic. Burglars choose houses that:

  • •have little or no obvious security
  • •appear unoccupied
  • •have easy, unobserved access to the side and rear
  • •provide them with the chance to gain entry without being seen or heard

So it is possible to dramatically reduce burglaries by taking simple security measures to deter burglars and remove some of the opportunities that present themselves as easy targets. The best way to approach your home security is to start from the boundaries and work your way into the centre, treating each area as a layer, until you reach the targeted contents. This is known as the ‘onion peeling principle’.

Although the layers differ for each household, generally they can be broken down as follows:  Follow the links for further information on our website.

•Boundaries              https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/Boundaries

•Outbuildings           https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5381/Outbuildings

•Buildings                 https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5382/Buildings

•Contents                  https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/5383/Contents