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New Chairman For Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association (Cnwa) 26/08/2016 12:14:19 154193 August 26, 2016

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New Chairman for Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association (CNWA)
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Joe Murray QPM

Joe Murray QPM is the new chairman of CNWA taking over from David Farmer who recently moved away from Cumbria.

Joe is a former police inspector in West Cumbria who retired from the Police in 2011 and was honoured to be awarded the Queens Police Medal. Prior to joining the Force, Joe, born in Workington, worked in the local coal mine and the steel works before joining the Army serving as a Military Policeman in Germany, Northern Ireland and finally in Hong Kong.

In his last six years in the Constabulary he was the community safety inspector for West Cumbria and was heavily involved in partnership working with a variety of agencies. This provided him with many opportunities to impact on community activities around crime prevention and community resilience.

The recent flooding in the County created many difficulties and still does but Joe points out that it also demonstrated the brilliant community spirit and basic neighbourliness which exists in Cumbria and, as he points out, is the touchstone of the Neighbourhood Watch Movement. Joe is looking forward to working with CNWA and its partners to ensure that such community spirit and neighbourliness continues and develops in our wonderful County.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said:

“I am delighted to hear that Joe has been appointed the new Chairman of CNWA. Joe has a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to the role, none more so than his vast experience of partnership working and community safety. I am a great believer in the need for us all to work together to keep Cumbria safe, and I see CNWA as a key player in this.”

If anyone might be interested in getting involved with CNWA and its work Joe would be happy to discuss the options. He can be contacted at: cumbrianwa
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Advisory on Bogus Callers 22/08/2016 14:54:35 153884 August 22, 2016

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Advisory On Bogus Callers
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Over the last few weeks there have been a number of reports of doorstep callers in our area, please follow the advice below when dealing with doorstep callers.

Not all burglars break into homes – some will try to trick or con their way in. They are known as bogus callers and will pretend to be on official business from respectable concerns such as the Utility Companies – Gas, Electricity and Water – or the Council. They may claim to be tradesmen or workmen calling to carry out urgent repairs.

Bogus callers succeed because they sound believable, so don’t be fooled. Make sure in your own mind that they are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:

  • Always keep your front & back door locked
  • When someone calls at your door, try to see who it is, always use your chain
  • Always ask for proof of identity. Genuine tradesmen will carry an identification card with a photo on it
  • Only use trusted & recommended tradesmen; ask friends, relatives or neighbours or contact Age Concern or Trading Standards
  • Do not allow anyone you don’t know into your home, if they ask you to go outside – don’t!
  • If the caller wants to sell you something or wants to do any jobs for you say “No thanks” & close the door straight away
  • Never tell callers you are on your own
  • If you are unsure ask them to call back later & arrange for someone to be with you when they return
  • Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your house – they may have an accomplice awaiting this distraction.
  • If in doubt, keep them out!!

Treat every stranger with caution. If you are still worried, dial 999 immediately and ask for the police.
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Volunteering Matters – Latest Issue August 22, 2016

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The latest edition of Volunteering Matters may be of interest to our members.


Subject: Volunteering Matters – Latest Issue

Dear All

Please see Issue 14 of Volunteering Matters which I hope you enjoy.

Please upload this to your websites/social media etc and circulate it further to people you think may be interested.

Thank you to those who have submitted articles – without you there would not be a magazine about our Citizens in Policing.

Please forward any new submission by the end of the month for Issue 15

Best Regards

Tina Shelton

Regional Coordinator, Special Constabulary & Police Support Volunteers

Telephone 07901 678600

Based at Greater Manchester Police

GMP Police Headquarters, Central Park, 4th Floor – Neighbourhood Confidence & Equality Team

Postal Address Greater Manchester Police, Openshaw Complex, Lawton Street, Manchester. M11 2NS

To contact the police in an emergency call 999 or to contact Greater Manchester Police for a less urgent matter call 101.
For the latest news and information about your Neighbourhood Policing Team visit www.gmp.police.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/gmpolice or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GtrManchesterPolice , Flickr: www.flickr.com/gmpolice1 or YouTube: www.youtube.com/gmpolice

You can find your local policing team on social media at www.gmp.police.uk/socialmedia.
Download our smartphone app from the App Store or Google Play www.gmp.police.uk/apps

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Advisory: Attempted Break-In 22/08/2016 14:44:20 153879 August 22, 2016

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Attempted Break-In
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On Sunday 21/08/2016, at around 01:30 there was an attempt break into a house in the area of Murton, near Appleby. Two males were seen to leave the property, described as early twenties, slim build around 170cm tall and wearing dark hoodies. The car they are thought to have left in is described as a similar size to a ford focus. The males have forced open a garden shed and used items from the shed to attempt to break into the property. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Police via 101 incident number 19 of 21st Aug 2016.
Ensure that your home and out buildings are secure and report anything suspicious to Police.

Please see below tips –

Top Tips to keep your house safe
• Lock doors & windows before you go out
• Remove keys from locks & keep out of reach of windows & doors
• Ensure side gates & sheds are locked
• Keep gifts, cash & valuables safe & well hidden, so they can’t be seen or reached by thieves
• Consider fitting a burglar alarm & low energy dusk to dawn lighting, check regularly to ensure they work
• Ensure your house is secure, preventing someone entering when you are busy elsewhere in the house or garden
• Postcode your valuables with a UV pen, consider registering them on www.immobilise.com
• Leave a light on in a room & draw curtains when you go out at night
• Look out for your neighbour’s property
• Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
• Cancel newspapers, milk etc. when you go on holiday
• Make sure callers to your home are genuine, always ask for ID
How Secure is Your Shed?
Garden sheds can become a target for thieves. People often do not realise just how much the property in their shed is worth. How secure is your shed and the property inside it? Please consider the tips below.

• Do not keep valuables in your garden shed, keep these safely within your home.
• Ensure the door to your shed is secure, use close shackle padlocks
• Use coach bolts or non-return screws to secure door hinges
• Visibly and permanently mark any property stored in your shed, keeping a note of any serial numbers
• Chain tools, lawnmowers, strimmer’s, ladders etc. to a fixed object inside the shed where possible
• Consider locating your shed where you can see it from your house
• Lock any access gates that lead to your shed or garden
• Consider installing a shed alarm and security lighting
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Nhwn Our News Newsletter August Edition 16/08/2016 15:18:04 153470 August 18, 2016

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NHWN OUR NEWS newsletter August edition
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Here’s your August edition of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network monthly newsletter Our News.
Inside you’ll find 11 pages of news, pictures and advice.

  • We’ve got a welcome message from our new chair Lynn Farrar
  • An exclusive offer to Neighbourhood Watch members from our sponsor ERA Home Security.
  • A fun story from our sponsor the Co-op Insurance about the strange places people are keeping their bikes to keep them safe.
  • A round-up of pictures from National Neighbourhood Watch Week.
  • Advice on keeping your pet cats safe.
  • Plus lots more.

Enjoy the edition!

from your Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network team

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Garage Burglary In Shap. 10/08/2016 09:40:52 152978 August 13, 2016

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Garage burglary in Shap.
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Police are investigating an offence of burglary other than a dwelling which occured in a garage at the rear of Main Street, Shap. The incident occured between 23:45 hours on Sunday 7th August 2016 and 00:10 hours on Monday 8th August 2016. During the incident the victim, a 63 year old male from the local area had various tools stolen which had a total value of £1550. Anyone with any information in relation to this offence is asked to call PC 2279 Stephenson of Penrith police station on 101 or Crimestoppers direct on 0800 555 111.email.gif

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Doorstep Scams 28/07/2016 16:48:04 152007 July 29, 2016

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Doorstep Scams
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As we approach the end of National Scams Awareness Month, this week Cumbria Trading Standards are focussing on doorstep scams.

Doorstep scams are still a big problem, they account for 13% of all scams and often target vulnerable members of public.

Doorstep scams can take many forms, including:

  • pressure selling
  • unfair contracts
  • overpriced or substandard home maintenance or improvements
  • phoney consumer surveys
  • bogus charity collections

Protect yourself from doorstep crime, if you’re not sure don’t open the door.
Help the vulnerable to stay safe and follow our top tips to take a stand against doorstep crime.

  • Use a door chain to check who’s calling
  • Don’t trade on the doorstep
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member for advice on reputable traders
  • Always report any suspicious activity

Remember if you’re not sure, GET advice from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cumbriats or join us on Facebook for up to date information on reports and all the latest scams at www.facebook.com/cumbriats

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Holiday Fraud (Amended) 19/07/2016 09:59:53 151120 July 19, 2016

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Holiday Fraud (Amended)
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With summer holidays fast approaching, individuals are often more exposed to travel booking frauds when looking for last minute package deals / cheap flights. Whether paying upfront for a family holiday or simply booking a flight, payments are transferred only to discover that the holiday / airline ticket does not exist and was sold to you by a bogus travel company. Fraudsters will often lure in potential customers with low prices and ‘one time only’ offers that are simply too good to pass up, requesting payment by the preferred method of direct bank transfer.

Protect Yourself

  • Avoid responding to unsolicited calls, texts or emails offering holidays at incredibly low prices.
  • Whenever possible, pay for your holiday by credit card as it offers increased protection.
  • Always remember to look for the ‘https’ and locked padlock icon in the address bar before entering your payment details.
  • Never feel pressured to make a booking for fear that you will miss out on this ‘low price’ opportunity. If you have never used the company before, take your time to do some online research to ensure they are reputable.
  • Should you make a flight or hotel booking through a travel company, feel free to separately check with the hotel / airline that your booking does indeed exist.

If you have been affected by this, or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
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Phone Service Upgrade Fraud 15/07/2016 18:49:55 150901 July 16, 2016

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Phone Service Upgrade Fraud
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Fraudsters are impersonating telephone service providers and contacting their clients offering a phone upgrade on a low monthly payment contract. The fraudsters will glean all your personal and financial details which will then be used to contact the genuine phone provider and order a new mobile phone handset. The fraudsters will either intercept the delivery before it reaches the victim’s address or order the handset to a different address.

Protect yourself

  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • If the offer is too good to be true it probably is.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
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16 July, 2016 12:43 July 16, 2016

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