1. Next of Kin Cards. One of our local PCSO’s had to deal with an emergency
involving an elderly gentleman who was not carrying and identification. She has
managed to acquire some next of kin cards for distribution, so if you know anyone
who would like one of these cards, please let me know. Margaret – 01257-246384.
2. Car Key Burglaries. Over a 3 day period at the beginning of November there
were a series of car key burglaries committed across Chorley and District with Euxton
area particularly targeted for these thefts. The perpetrator of this type of crime has
already identified the vehicle they want to steal and only need to locate the keys of the
vehicle within the premises. The object vehicles recently have been a Seat, Astra,
Audi and Porsche, together with an attempt on a Nissan sports car.
These thefts were conducts overnight more than likely in the early hours of the
morning. The following are recommendations to owners of high class vehicles
regarding their safety:
Always ensure your doors are locked
Never keep your keys on display (either on a table or surface close to the front
door and visible from letterbox, or worktop in the kitchen)
Don’t leave your car unattended with the keys in the ignition (defrosting)
If not fitted then consider fitting a tracker device to your vehicle, which in the
event of it being stolen can be activated.
As a member of a Neighbourhood Watch, if you see anything suspicious, ring the
Police immediately and report the incident.
3. Open Spaces Day. Chorley & District Neighbourhood Watch Association’s Open
Spaces First Anniversary took place last Saturday (6th November) in Astley Park and
an enjoyable time was had by all who attended. The weather was extremely kind to
us and we managed to hold all the outside attractions that we had planned with the
rain only turning up after we had all packed up. There are some photographs of the
day, if anyone wants to view them on the CADNWA website at the following:
4. Christmas. Obviously we are moving towards Christmas and the general build up
is starting. So please give a little extra attention and vigilance whilst you are out and
about shopping, be mindful where you place your gifts when you return to your
vehicle. Make sure that they are placed in the boot of the car out of sight.
Once your gifts have been bought and wrapped then please refrain from placing them
and making them highly visible under your tree keep them safe and secure until
Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.
5. Information from a Recent Trading Standards Alert warning local small
businesses that unsolicited phone calls are being received by farm shops, hairdressers
and hardware shops, selling space in publications variously claiming links with the
council, the police or the fire brigade (sometimes just sold as 'funding the emergency
services'). The claims are far-fetched to say the least, and it is unlikely that such
publications will be distributed as promised. Be aware that any agreement on the
phone or by email will result in the company claiming they have a binding contract
with the business, often for three years. Trading Standards advice is to shop
around for reputable publications and advertise in those, never just accept the
word of a cold-caller discussing an unknown publication.
Lancashire Trading Standards is also warning consumers to beware of bogus
telephone callers currently ringing Lancashire residents. The callers claim to be from
one of the large software providers. They inform consumers that their computers are
full of viruses, and then request credit card details in order to charge a fee of typically
around £70. As well as the loss of money, there is also the potential future fraud once
criminals get hold of a customer's credit card details. An additional worry is in case
they ask consumers to install a program to give the scam company remote
control of your computer.
6. In case you Missed This: Police in Northamptonshire would like to make people
aware of the following report on BBC’s “Watchdog” programme featured on 4
November 2010 about the following survey that is soon to be sent to over 1 million
N-Power, Unilever and Talk Talk are among the many companies sponsoring a
survey that is to be sent out by TNT. They request you fill in a questionnaire
detailing your personal information and to leave it on your doorstep in an
unsealed paper bag for collection the following day.
The questionnaire is five pages long and contains one hundred and eighty six
questions about your personal circumstances.
The Information Commissioner's Office has stated that;
"These surveys usually require people to provide a large amount of personal
information - ranging from whether they have any outstanding medical conditions, to
details of their household income. Anyone approached to fill in one of these surveys
should think twice before leaving information like this on their doorstep. They should
be aware that anyone could potentially pick it up, opening the way to identity theft.
People completing these forms should also understand who will have access to their
information and what it will be used for."
More advice and information is available from the Watchdog website link.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all on behalf of Chorley & District
Neighbourhood Watch Association a Peaceful and Merry Christmas and
all our best wishes for a Happy New Year.