New 999 Service Launched for British Sign Language Users

Dear Watch Member,

British Sign Language (BSL) users can now communicate more easily with the emergency services following the launch of a new service this month.

999BSL is a free-to-use video relay service that can be accessed online or downloaded as an app. In an emergency, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can use 999BSL to connect with a BSL interpreter. The interpreter will then call 999 using a landline to relay the conversation to the emergency services operator.

To use the service:
• Open the 999 BSL app or website
• Press the red button to video call
• Communicate with the BSL interpreter

The Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for Crime and Policing, said: “Calling 999 can literally be a matter of life and death, and everyone should have confidence that their local police force will be at the end of the phone, ready to jump to their aid.

Increasing accessibility of the 999 service to all members of the public is vital and will help to ensure our streets are safer for everyone.”

For more information visit the 999BSL website.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Cuppa with a Copper at Costa Coffee Pinner Rd

Dear Watch Member,

Local Safer Neighbour Officers will be available on Monday 13th June 2022 between times 12.00 – 14.00hrs to discuss any concerns or questions you may have with a particular emphasis on the ongoing work to address violence against women and girls.

Please come for a chat if you have anything to discuss on this or other topics affecting you.

Meeting will be held in Costa Coffee at:

The Accounting House, Pinner Road, North Harrow, HA2 6DZ

 

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Regards,
Kristina Dvorakova
PCSO
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Streetsafe: Helping to make the streets safe for everybody

Dear Watch Member,

#Streetsafe can help police identify areas that need improving and work towards making our streets safe for everyone! People can report anonymously to the police, the areas where they feel unsafe #barnet #policeactivity #communityengagement

For mor information please go to our website: www.police.uk/streetsafe

 

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Regards,
David Morrow
Watch Liason Officer for Barnet

O2 Mobile Phone Scam

Dear Watch Member,

An O2 scam targeting customers in the United Kingdom is offering ridiculous discounts and phone plans in return for your one-time security codes.

At a time when the cost of living is rising in the United Kingdom – when many of us are worried about the looming energy price cap disaster, and finances are often stretched thin — the prospect of being the lucky customer eligible for a discount of 35% to 40% on your phone plan is an attractive one. At least, that’s what the callers on the end of the phone try to sell you.

The caller sounds delighted in informing you that you can take advantage of a substantial discount on your plan.

Even before they finish their pitch, you receive a text message which is a legitimate O2 communication — a one-time code that customers can use to access their accounts if they forget their password, for example.

This is how the scam works:

The cold caller asks if you want to take advantage of the discount.

At the same time, the scammer visits the O2 sign in page, types in your phone number, and asks for a one-time code to access your account In order to apply the discount. They only need the code they have just sent to your handset; if you hand over the code, they can then access your details.

Reports suggest the team has also impersonated Carphone Warehouse and Three, and are offering discounts, new phone contracts, and a 100% discount on phone charges. Worth keeping an eye out for, and as always, you should never hand over these details. If in doubt, cut the call and ring your service provider directly.

Remember, if someone calls you claiming to be from O2, they would never ask for one-time passcodes, passwords and PINs, or personal information like your bank details. So, make sure you check who they are by asking where they’re calling from. If you have any doubts, just give them a call to check.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Impersonation Fraud

Dear Watch Member,

Please read the attached document regarding impersonation fraud and the accompanying latest edition of ‘The Little Book of Big Scams’.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Catalytic Converter Marking Event – 30/03/2022

This for Harrow residents only who own the following makes of cars

• Toyota
• Honda
• Lexus
• BMW
• Volkswagen

 

In an effort to reduce catalytic converter thefts in the area, the respective Pinner, Pinner South and Hatch End Safer Neighbourhood Teams are holding a catalytic converter forensic marking event in the car park of Morrisons’, 299 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Pinner HA5 4QT on Wednesday 30th March 2022 between 8:00am –  11:00am.

This event is for Harrow residents ONLY. Forensic marking kits will only be installed on the five most targeted makes of vehicles for catalytic converter thefts:

  • Toyota
  • Hond
  • Lexus
  • BMW
  • Volkswagen

Working in partnership with HiQ Tyres & Autocare and Harrow Council, this service will be offered FREE of charge and will only require the simple completion of a registration form to ensure that the unique identifier of the forensic marker used is linked to you.

On the day, police will set up a stand where crime prevention advice and leaflets will be available.

To best avoid traffic congestion, all interested persons owning the above vehicle makes only, who wish to have their catalytic converters forensically marked, are to park their vehicle in an available parking bay at the event site in Morrisons’ car park.

Please be aware that there are only 75 forensic marking kits available and it is anticipated that they will be allocated extremely quickly. We apologise in advance to any attendees who do not manage to have their catalytic converter marked, but there will be future forensic marking where more kits will be available.

 

Fraud Alert: Fake Bank Transfer App

Dear Watch Member,

Please be aware of a scam involving fake banking apps.

Scammers are targeting people who are selling valuable electrical items via online selling platforms.

The vendors are contacted about their items and when the scammer arrives, they pay for the item(s) using a convincing banking app. The app mimics apps from a number of banks and appears to show the funds being transferred to the victim’s bank account.

This scam is catching a lot of people out as the app is very convincing. The scammer asks the victim to enter their bank details into the app and then it appears to show the amount being debited from the buyer’s account.

We  urge anyone selling an item to be sceptical about accepting payment via a banking app. Payment by cash, credit card or using PayPal for Business is a more secure way of making a sale.

Please help us to raise awareness of this scam and prevent financial loss by alerting your friends and family.

If you believe that you are a victim of this scam please report online to www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

Visit www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/ for advice on avoiding scams.

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

 

Dear Watch Member,

On Sunday 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives are taking place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.

The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

The Big Jubilee Lunch

Every year since the idea began in 2009 The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, coming together in a spirit of fun and friendship. This year, The Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 5th June and will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.

People are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small – street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque. Click here for tips and ideas for hosting such an event.

If you live in Pinner and are hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch in your street, a community centre or other social hub in the village, please let us know by calling 020 8721 2775 or by email at [email protected].

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8721 2775

Fraudsters Target Ukraine Donations

Dear Watch Member,

As the conflict and humanitarian situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, it’s vital that charitable donations reach their intended causes.

As fraudsters often take advantage of emerging situations, people looking to donate to causes working in Ukraine and neighbouring countries should make a few simple checks before giving:

  • check the charity’s name and registration number at www.gov.uk/checkcharity
  • most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered, and you can use the advanced search function to identify charities working in specific regions and countries
  • ensure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
  • contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to understand how they are spending their funds
  • look out for the Fundraising Badge on charity fundraising materials, this is the logo which shows that a charity has committed to fundraise in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice

The official Disasters Emergency Committee website for donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian appeal is:

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee (dec.org.uk)

For more advice on donating safely visit:

www.gov.uk/government/news

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Regards,
Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8721 2775