The notices below are from the Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Alert system and are published as and when they are received:
Received 18 April 2017 – Wonga Data breach
Wonga has updated their website with further information and confirmed that they are contacting all those affected and are taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things you can do to keep your information secure.
Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:
If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.
Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud. Consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to regularly monitor your credit file for unusual activity.
Be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company you know of. Don’t open the attachments or click on links within unsolicited emails, and never disclose any personal or financial details during a cold call.
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to us: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
Received 4 April 2017 – Law Abiding Citizen Alert
Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised.
The subject line contains the recipient’s name, and the main body of text is as below:
I am disturbing you for a very serious reason. Although we are not familiar, but I have significant amount of individual info concerning you. The thing is that, most likely mistakenly, the data of your account has been emailed to me.
For instance, your address is:
[real home address]
I am a law-abiding citizen, so I decided to personal data may have been hacked. I attached the file – [surname].dot that I received, that you could explore what info has become obtainable for scammers. File password is – 2811
The emails include an attachment – a ‘.dot’ file usually titled with the recipient’s name.
Received 29 March 2017 – Police and Crime Commissioner launches new Police and Crime Plan
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has launched his new five year Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley.
The document sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations. It consists of five strategic priorities which are:
• Vulnerability – Managing demand on services through working together with a particular focus on mental health, elder abuse, hidden abuse, and the criminal justice experience for victims
• Prevention and Early Intervention – Improving safeguarding in both the physical and virtual space including tackling cyber-crime, road safety, peer on peer abuse, hate crime and female genital mutilation (FGM)
• Reducing Re-offending – Targeting and managing harm and risk with a focus on substance misuse, violence involving weapons and offender management
• Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism – Improving the local response including increased public awareness, promoting a ‘dare to share’ culture, and preventing violent extremism and exploitation of vulnerable people
• Police Ethics and Reform – Increasing the pace of change with a focus on improved support for victims, uptake of new technology, and improving the perceptions of police among young people
The Plan was informed by the views of nearly 5000 residents, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016.
It was also developed using a broad range of information including academic research, analysis of crime trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.
Anthony Stansfeld said: “Demand on policing and community safety issues have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. The Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority.
“Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley.
“I will now be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.”
For more information and to view the full Police and Crime Plan visit the PCC website.
Received 23 March 2017 – Thames Valley Police statement on Westminster terrorist incident
Following the tragic events in London yesterday afternoon, Thames Valley Police would like to remind our communities that the national threat level remains at SEVERE: as it has been since October 2014.
This means that an attack is highly likely and we urge the public to be alert but not alarmed.
Along with our partners we continue to do everything we can to help protect our communities, public institutions, critical national infrastructure and businesses.
We have reviewed our security measures and activities, including those for pre-planned events and in crowded places and there is no intelligence to suggest a specific threat to our communities within the Thames Valley following the terrorist attack in London yesterday. We will continue to provide a visible policing presence across the Thames Valley to provide reassurance to our communities.
Today we will be engaging with key community representatives to allay concerns and fears linked to this incident – with a particular focus on supporting our Muslim communities. We will be actively monitoring any incidents of hate crime and will ensure that they are dealt with robustly.
Communities defeat terrorism – we depend on information from the public, you are also our eyes and ears, and everyone can play their part in the effort to keep us safe. Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or in an emergency call 999. In the rare event of a weapons attack occurring we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice.
Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “In light of the tragic incident in London, the cooperation of our communities is more important than ever before.
“I would urge you to contact the police straight away if you believe that someone is acting suspiciously. Trust your instincts and let us decide whether the information is important or not. No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.
“I would like to reassure you that Thames Valley Police has reviewed our security measures and there is no specific intelligence to suggest a threat to our communities within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
“My officers and staff will continue to provide a visible presence in our communities and we have specialist resources in place to respond in an emergency.”