Hope everyone is well and enjoying the September sun!
Firstly we would like to introduce PC Bates who has now joined the Shirley North SNT Team. Chloe will be out and about with PCSO Shannon (Skye) and PC Waters (Jordan) and joining in on our ward meetings.
After a busy summer we are now starting to look into getting our ward panel in the Shirley Parish Hall for next month. A few people have expressed interest in becoming chair of the ward panel. Emails will be sent to those this week. We will also do a follow up email regarding dates and times and how the new structure of ward panel meetings work.
Crime on the ward: In our previous ward meeting we explained the issues we were having with school children and local shops. Before the school term ended we worked hard with businesses especially with CO-OP on Wickham Road, to try tackle the problem. The Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) did reduce and has continued to decline over the summer holidays, and we are hoping this continues now the children have gone back to School.
Catalytic converter theft has risen around Croydon! We have previously discussed this issue – however, to refresh the memory the below link is some crime prevention advice for this type of crime. On the link is more crime prevention but if there is something in particular you want please drop us an email to: SNMailbox-.ShirleyNorthSNT@met.police.uk
Over the next month there will be several Jewish High Holy days at the Synagogue on Shirley North. We will be patrolling around the area frequently so if you are about please come and say hello.
We hope the sun stays out and everyone has a good rest of the week!
Report crime by calling 101 or in an emergency call 999.
Remember, you can also report crime online on our website: https://www.met.police.uk/
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.
Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Complete the Friends Against Scams awareness session and help to raise awareness throughout your community.
Please use the link below to the online Scams Awareness session and help Croydon Trading Standards raise awareness and protect our residents:
For further information on Friends against Scams and for advice please visit:
Please remember to report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 if you have actually been the victim of a scam or call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 0808 223 1133 if you require advice on an issue you are having with a trader.
Trust Mark – www.trustmark.org.uk/find-a-tradesman – 0333 555 1234
Buy With Confidence – www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk – 01392 383 430
Which? Trusted Traders – https://trustedtraders.which.co.uk/ – 0117 405 4689
For further information please see the Croydon Trading Standards web link below:
Spotting a scam
It’s important to always keep an eye out for scams. Here are some of the main warning signs of scams to look out for:
- It seems too good to be true – like an email saying you’ve won a competition you don’t remember entering
- Someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly
- You’re being urged to respond quickly so you don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends
- You’ve been asked to pay for something urgently or in an unusual way – for example by bank transfer or gift vouchers
- You’ve been asked to give away personal information
How to protect yourself from scams
- Don’t be rushed into making any quick decisions. It’s okay to take your time
- Never give money or personal details, like passwords or bank details, to anyone you don’t know, trust or have only met online. If someone pressures you for these, it’s most likely a scam
- Before you buy anything, check the company or website you’re using. Read reviews from different websites, search for the company’s details on Companies House, and take a look at their terms and conditions
- Pay by debit or credit card. This gives you extra protection if things go wrong
- Be suspicious. Scammers can be very smart. They can appear like a trusted business or government official, have a professional website and say all the right things. Take your time to work out if this is a real organisation. Ask them for ID or contact the organisation on a number you know and trust
- Make sure your antivirus software is up to date
- Keep your online accounts secure. Use a strong password for email accounts that you don’t use anywhere else. Choosing three random words is a good way to create a strong and easy to remember password. You can also add in numbers and symbols.
- If you’re not sure about something, get advice from a trusted source
What to do if someone has been scammed
- Protect themselves from further risks
Stop things getting worse. They should contact their bank immediately to let them know what’s happened. They should also change any relevant log-in details, and check for viruses if they were scammed on a computer.
- Check if they can get their money back
If they’ve lost money because of a scam, there might be ways they can get it back. Again, make sure they tell their bank what happened straight away. If they’ve paid for something by card, bank transfer, Direct Debit or PayPal, then depending on the circumstances they might be able to help them get their money back.
- Report the scam
Reporting scams helps authorities stop the criminals responsible, and protects others from being scammed.
Anyone who’s been scammed should:
- Call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 223 1133 or go their website www.citizensadvice.org.uk
If they’ve been scammed online they can also get advice from a Scams Action adviser on 0808 250 5050 or via webchat.
- Report the scam to Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud. They’ll also give them a crime reference number, which can be helpful if you need to tell your bank you’ve been scammed
- You can also find out about common financial scams on the Financial Conduct Authority’s website at www.fca.org.uk/consumers/protect-yourself-scams.
Help others to be Scams Aware
Follow this link to the Friends Against Scams Training