Weekly Crime Reports – Monday 19th October 2015

October 19, 2015

Sports Pavilion, Elsenham
Between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th October
The sports pavilionwas entered by breaking a window, but due to the window being shuttered no entrance gained.  However, two doors were jemmied open and an urn and kettle were taken.  The door of shed where mower is kept was jemmied open but nothing was removed.

Theft from a Motor Vehicle
Stoneyfield Drive, Stansted
Overnight on Sunday 11th October
A Ford Focus was parked securely on a drivewayThieves broke into the car making a messy search of the interior and glove box and stole a Sat Nav.

Crime Prevention Advice
Is there any way to stop the rise in fraud and online crime? As the latest results of the Crime Survey for England and Wales are released, Uttlesford Neighbourhood Watch looks at how you can avoid becoming a victim.
“People are becoming more aware that they need to protect themselves, but are often still not taking some quite simple steps,” says Uttlesford Chairman Alan Johnson “That’s why we’re supporting Get Safe Online week, which started on Monday – to help spread the word about online security. People often think you need to be a ‘tech wizard’ to be secure online, but that’s a myth – there are lots of simple things you can do to avoid being an easy target.

Three top tips to stay safe online are:
• Put a password on all your connected devices including phones and tablets – and use secure passwords that are hard to guess.
• Use the highest security settings on your social media accounts.
• Never disclose your confidential details when contacted online or over the phone – a legitimate organisation would never ask you to do this.

There might be a perception that online criminals take a depersonalised approach to selecting victims, but a recent survey commissioned by Get Safe Online showed that over 1 in 5 victims of a cybercrime believe that they were specifically targeted by fraudsters, and over a third felt vulnerable as a result. Tony Neate, Chief Executive of Get Safe Online, comments: “Cybercrime is getting much more personal. This Get Safe Online week we’re calling for people to be aware of this and take some easy steps to keep themselves safe. Don’t let the criminals win!”

Alan Johnson concluded: “People associate Neighbourhood Watch with burglary but we need to move with the times and help people protect themselves against the growing problem of cybercrime. We hope that our members will share online security tips and information with their neighbours and help to make life as difficult as possible for cyber criminals.”
• If you think you have been a victim of fraud and have lost money, you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
• If you are a victim of online abuse or harassment, you should report it to your local police force on 101 or www.police.uk.
• For general advice on staying safe, including how to stay safe online, visit www.uttlesfordnhw.org.uk.
• For specific advice on online security go to www.getsafeonline.org.

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