News, Tips & Threats

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

Let’s not waste police time through a moment’s carelessness.

Watch John Corben’s advice on Cyber-Security

LATEST NEWS

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/.

Latest Newsletter

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 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 (over the age of 13).

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/.

Covid -19

For the latest government advice, please go to  this Website

Older Drivers

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, themed ‘Fit for the Road’, was held in September 2021.

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? The topics covered 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.