Community Safety

TIPS TO STAY SAFE

 

In 2019 people were scammed out of £1.2 of  billion and 55% of victims were over 50 years old.

 

Things to note are:

 

  • Banks will not ask you to move your money
  • Do not give your full credit card number
  • Use PayPal where possible
  • Beware of TV licence scams
  • Romance scammers can work on victims for month before taking their money
  • Look for poor grammar and spelling on emails
  • To avoid scam phone calls store your friends and contacts numbers on your phone so you know if they are calling you. If the number is not recognised let them leave a message. If you answer a call just say hello and do not give your name – scammers hang up.
  • Ignore traders knocking on your door.
  • Beware of WhatsApp messages appearing to come from family like hello mum or dad I need money.

 

2021/22 Annual Report

Community Safety - Looking back

2021 continued to show a decline in crimes  in Harpenden.

 

Looking forward

Things to be aware of include:

Drug use. Boys start by the age of 11 and by age of 16, 1 in 10 are regular users. Help and info on

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/drugs-advice-for-schools

 

Lock your car. A police check found many cars left unlocked and there is an increase in keyless car thefts so use a metal container to keep remotes in to stop them being hacked.

 

Scam phone calls and cold callers.

 

Fake bank apps used by sellers on internet ask for your bank details.

 

Fake charities- check on www.gov.uk/check charity

 

Paul Gardiner