Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association

Our Newsletters keep you abreast of news and events from sources such as local Police, Bromley Council, Trading Standards, Councillors, MPs, Action Fraud and the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit. Please forward them to your members, groups, friends and family.

BROMLEY FRAUD AND CYBER CRIME SUMMARY – AS AT JUNE 2021

The following is provided by the Met Police Cyber Crime Unit with apologies for being late:

Number of offences

167

Total loss

£1,196,528

Average per victim

£7,165

 

The top 5 by volume (number of reports) type of fraud is as follows:

Fraud Type

Amount of Offences

Amount Lost

Misc. (False Representation)

34

£7,000

Online Shopping and Auctions 

27

£9,189

Push Payment

20

£551,944

Other Consumer Non Investment Fraud

13

£13,759

Cheque, Plastic Card and Online Bank Accounts (not PSP)

9

£30,310

 

The top 5 by amount reported lost:

Fraud Type

Amount Lost

Amount of Offences

Push Payment

£551,944

20

Other Financial Investment

£230,238

4

Share sales or Boiler Room Fraud

£213,129

5

Computer Software Service Fraud

£83,180

9

Mandate Fraud

£42,489

3

 

TRADING STANDARDS ALERT!

Three more, sub-editions of Trading Standards Alert! Are now available. This link will take you to our website where Alert! is uploaded. Alternatively, you can go direct to our website, shown below, select ‘News’ and choose Trading Standards Alert! Newsletter:

  • Issue 2.13 – Check with your Bank
  • Issue 2.14 – Vitamins, Supplements and “Miracle” Cures
  • Issue 2.15 – Charity Donation Collection Scams

SOUTH EAST LONDON CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (SELCCG)

SELCCG requested we forward its latest updates on the Bromley vaccination programme.

COVID-19 booster vaccine – a booster dose helps improve protection people have from their first 2 vaccine doses, giving longer term protection against becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Booster vaccinations will be available for people over 50 and those most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine. People eligible for a booster will be offered this 6 months after their second dose. More about the booster vaccine here.

12-15 year-olds vaccination – in line with JVCI guidance, children aged 12-15 will be offered one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians will receive a letter with information about when the vaccination will be offered. Most children will have their vaccination at school although children who miss their school vaccination date will be able to attend a Vaccination site for their jab. Updated resources on vaccinating children and young people and other guidance on the vaccination programme can be found here.

16-17 year-olds vaccination – 16-17 year old residents can now book an appointment using the National Booking Serviceor use available walk-in clinics. The Bromley Civic Centre is open everyday from 8.30-5pm.

The following 3 links contain more information on the vaccine and available clinics:

Vaccination programme in Bromley Vaccination clinics Vaccination 12-15 years-olds

SELCCG works with partners and communities in Bromley to reach all residents. If you are interested, you may watch this short video celebrating the collaborative effort on delivering vaccinations in Bromley earlier this year.

NEXT GENERATION NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IS HERE!

Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN), our national body has responded to the Labour Party’s pledge for a new approach to neighbourhood safety. A brief summary follows.

“It’s 40 years since the first Watch was set up in the UK. Back then, it was tea in neighbours’ houses and village hall meetings. Today, those original members and their ways of engaging with neighbours remain a vital part of Neighbourhood Watch but a new generation has come on board, bringing with them more agile and varied ways of connecting communities and preventing crime. There was a surge in households joining Neighbourhood Watch during the pandemic. Research shows the most significant increase in those joining schemes were from younger age groups; a 14 per cent rise in those aged 25 to 34 and a 10 per cent increase in homeowners aged 35 to 44. As a grassroots charity, connecting with neighbours face-to-face will always be the heart and soul of how Neighbourhood Watch operates but now we are taking full advantage of digital ways to connect volunteers and communities. 

As referenced in the media, antisocial behaviour (ASB) is still a massive issue and Neighbourhood Watch will always work to reduce it in local communities. Later in October NWN will launch a digital ASB awareness campaign backed with information on recognising, recording and reporting ASB on its website.

Neighbourhood Watch groups are no longer restricted to the streets in which they live. ‘Watches’ using social media channels can serve whole towns. Communities are not limited to a geographic location; they can be groups of people sharing the same interest or looking to bringing about change, such as a faith group. Interest groups such as these, as well as organisations, such as Deliveroo and AirBnb, are becoming ‘affiliate members’ of Neighbourhood Watch, enabling NWN to engage with people where they are. 

Cybercrime is now more of a threat than physical crime for a rising number of households across England and Wales. Neighbourhood Watch volunteers can play an integral part in preventing cybercrime and fraud at a local level. NWN’s national digital campaigns on issues such as cybercrime, dog theft and burglary are not only challenging policymakers and politicians but receiving the support of Neighbourhood Watch supporters. Over 1.3 million people visited the OurWatch website last year, with four times as many 18-24 year-olds compared to the previous year. NWN has over 27,000 new social media followers than at the start of the pandemic.

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