Our ‘News, Tips & Threat’ section offers information and advice on a number of issues. Follow the links below for further details and help.
Information & Advice
- Latest Scam Alert
- Local Burglaries & Vehicle Theft
- Fraud & Scams
- Doorstep Crime
- Be Safe Online
- Care for the Vulnerable
Let’s not waste police time through a moment’s carelessness.
Watch John Corben’s advice on Cyber-Security
Latest Crime Prevention Advice
Recent simple guidance issued by the OPCC relating to home safety can be found here. The document deals with Home Security, Garden Security and Outbuildings, Vehicle Crime, Bike Theft and Cyber Security (see also section below on Hants Cyber Watch).
More detailed advice can always be found on the Hants Police website at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/.
Rip Off Britain have recently put together a short handy guide on how to avoid falling victim to online fraudsters. View this here.
To see the latest edition of Watch Word please go to the Newsletter page.
Latest Scam warning
To see the latest Scam Warning please go to the Fraud and Scams Page.
Hampshire Cyber Watch (HCW)
Hampshire Cyber Watch was launched on 1st October 2020. With the support of Hampshire Constabulary Cyber Crime Unit we now have a trained team of around 20 NW Cyber Champions across Hampshire to help combat Cyber Crime by:
- providing ‘one to one’ (online or phone) support to anyone who is concerned about communications they have received, or anyone who believes they may be a victim of cyber crime, as well as
- giving talks to groups to increase awareness of cyber scams and ways to help keep safe online.
This service is offered to anyone living in Hampshire (aged 18 or over). Anyone under 18 wanting help should contact HCW via an adult or it is suggested should contact the Childline Charity.
For more information or if you need assistance, please go to the Hampshire Cyber Watch website at www.hampshirecyberwatch.org.
Blue Lamp Cyber Bobbies
The Blue Lamp Trust has recently (Jan 2022) launched a home visits service for the elderly or vulnerable which complements that of HCW above.
People referred via this service will receive a visit from a police checked and trained Cyber volunteer in their own home and be given advice and guidance on basic IT security and how to avoid being affected by a cyber crime or a cyber enabled crime.
The Cyber Bobby Scheme is free to those who are over 65 and disabled (over 18). Anyone can make a referral including individuals, friends, family, social workers etc.
For more information please go to https://www.bluelamptrust.org.uk/cyber-bobby/.
For the latest government advice, please go to this Website
PROJECT EDWARD WEEK & OLDER DRIVERS FORUM
Project EDWARD stands for ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’ and is an annual UK-wide road safety campaign backed by government, the emergency services, highways agencies, road safety organisations and British businesses. This year Project Edward’s week of action will take place in May 2023.
Unfortunately, more and more vehicle incidents across Britain involve older drivers. Four safety bulletins (below) have been produced by the OLDER DRIVERS FORUM to help older drivers to keep safe on our road and there is some particularly useful advice for getting back on the road after a while in isolation. Maybe you know someone who feels anxious about going out for a drive now? Useful topics covered previously are:
Part 1: Car Care During Lockdown here
Part 2: Maintaining Driving Skills During Lockdown here
Part 3: Getting Back on the Road here
Part4: Living Without a Car Post Lockdown here
Lots more useful information can be found on the website www.olderdriversforum.com.
Connect to Support
The Connect to Support Hampshire website aims to help you to stay independent for longer by providing you with resources to look after yourself, stay safe and connected with your local community. The website can be found at https://www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/.
The latest newsletter from Connect to Support can be found on our Newsletter page.