Showing posts from August, 2017

STAYING SECURE ONLINE: Simple Advice From Cyber Aware

The key behaviours to help you improve your online security are: Install the latest software and app updates • They contain vital security updates which help protect your device from viruses and hackers • Security updates are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device. Installing them as soon as possible helps to keep your device secure • You can choose to install updates at night when you are asleep and your device is plugged in or set your mobile or tablet to automatically update your apps when you are connected to Wi-Fi and an update is available • You can also set laptops and desktops to automatically install software updates when an update is available Use a strong, separate password for your email account (you can use three random words or numbers to create a strong password). • Hackers can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, by asking for you password to be reset, and find out personal information, su

Call to Stay Vigilant as Crime Rises By 10%

Police-recorded crime has risen by 10% across England and Wales – the largest annual rise for ten years - according to the very latest Office for National Statistics figures. The figures show almost 5 million crimes in England and Wales were recorded by the police for the 12 months to March this year – up 10% on the same period in 2015/16. Police recorded 458,021 more offences compared with the previous year, which the ONS said was driven by an increase in violence – police recorded an 18% rise in violent crime, including a 20% surge in gun and knife crime. Jayne Pascoe, Strategic Partnerships Director for Neighbourhood Watch, said: "We have also seen a rise in burglary and robbery but we do need to be mindful that these recent increases should be seen in the context of substantial falls in such crimes over the last 20 years. "However it's timely to remind supporters of the importance of staying vigilant and looking out for each other and being aware of what's happen

Working with Dogs Trust To Prevent the Heartbreak of a Stolen Pet

Dog theft is on the rise, and as such, Neighbourhood Watch and Dogs Trust are urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,800 instances of dog theft were reported to police forces across England and Wales.  Information obtained by Dogs Trust through a Freedom of Information request also reveals that gardens, closely followed by the home, are the most common areas from which dogs were reported stolen. Lee Paris, Campaigns Officer at Dogs Trust, told Our News : "It is a sad day when we have to issue these types of warnings, but with instances of dog theft becoming more prevalent, we want to ensure that dog owners are aware of the dangers so that they can help keep their beloved pets safe. Theft of any item is distressing, but when a dog is stolen, who many consider a part of the family; the experience can be even more distressing."  The most common breed of dog reported as stolen was the Staffordshire Bull-terrier, followed then

Incorrect Use of Blue Badge - Fined £440 + £250 Costs

A man who fraudulently used his daughter’s Blue Badge to park while he was at the gym has ended up more than £700 out of pocket. The offender, 48, of Ridgeway, Kensworth, was caught as part of a Central Bedfordshire Council operation tackling Blue Badge fraud on 9 December 2016. When officers checked a car parked in a spot reserved for Blue Badge holders outside Dunstable Leisure Centre that day, they found the permit was for a child. In an interview under caution on 24 January 2017, the defendant admitted wrongly using the badge without his daughter present to attend the gym. At Luton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (1 August) he admitted Blue Badge fraud and was fined £440, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £44 victim surcharge. Report any concerns If you suspect someone of illegally using a Blue Badge you can report it the council by calling 0300 300 8035 or emailing