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Updated 8th July 2017

A-Plan Insurance - Reminder

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Geoff Pegg (NHWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, High Wycombe,Hazlemere, Marlow, and Rymead, part of Wycombe LPA)

This is a message from Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association

Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association would like to remind you of an offer to ALL Neighbourhood Watch scheme members from A-Plan Insurance in High Wycombe. As a Neighbourhood Watch member, A-Plan will aim to offer you savings on your home and motor insurance. So, give them a call on 01494 561 024 and find out how much they can help you. You only need to say that you are a member of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to qualify for their special premiums. We acknowledge that Neighbourhood Watch discounts on household insurance are not unique, but fewer insurers are now offering them and those who do tend to offer smaller discounts than in the past.  Neighbourhood Watch discounts on motor insurance are a bit more unusual.

In addition, for any NEW policies taken out with A-Plan during July, they will offer FREE Legal Cover on both your home and motor insurance.  If, in order to take advantage of an offer from A-Plan, you need to cancel an existing policy, they may agree to pay any ‘reasonable’ cancellation costs – ask them about this.

 A-Plan Insurance is an insurance brokerage with over 70 branches across the country. They can offer a wide range of policies with special terms for our members in the Wycombe District. Contact them at:

42/43 Oxford Street,
High Wycombe HP11 2DJ.

We are also pleased to announce that A-Plan has become a sponsor of Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Please distribute this information to the members of your schemes.
Many thanks.

Updated 23rd June 2017

Learning Disability Week highlights the hidden problem of domestic abuse

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Natalia Pawelczyk (Police, Admin, High Wycombe)

Learning Disability Week is a time when we focus on the opportunities and issues that affect people in our community with a learning disability. This year, Buckinghamshire County Council and its partner organisations across the county are highlighting an issue that people often overlook – people with a learning disability are particularly vulnerable to domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone, but research has shown that a learning disability makes people more vulnerable, as they sometimes don't understand when a relationship is abusive and how they can take action to end it. As with domestic abuse generally, the majority of victims in these situations are women.
Buckinghamshire County Council and its partners Thames Valley Police, Women’s Aid, SMART CJS and Rape Crisis want to remind people that those with learning disabilities can be vulnerable to domestic violence and abuse, and to be aware that it may be a problem for an individual in their family or community.
April from Aylesbury Women's Aid said: "Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. This can mean physical violence, verbal or online abuse, sexual abuse, or financial exploitation. Often it is a combination of these. No one should suffer without assistance behind closed doors, which is why we must draw attention to those groups whose suffering sometimes goes unnoticed."
Anne Wight, Buckinghamshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health, said: "Because the issue of domestic abuse suffered by those with a learning disability is hidden, it means that victims are in danger of being left without a means of escape. Learning Disability Week is the ideal opportunity to make sure we are all aware of the issue and vigilant for any signs of abuse."

Services available to help are Aylesbury Women’s Aid 01296 437777,
Wycombe Women’s Aid 01494 461367,
Smart CJS 07985188072,
Rape Crisis Aylesbury 01296 392468
and Rape Crisis Wycombe (which also covers Chiltern and South Bucks) 01494 462222.

Case example
Jane (not her real name), a woman in her early thirties, had lived with a series of abusive partners, and social services had removed several children from her care for their own safety.
At one stage, she reported to police that her partner had raped her and brought other men to their home to have sex with her. She then retracted her statement, feeling that she would not be believed.
She was finally referred into the Buckinghamshire Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) Service by her aunt, who suggested that Jane had capacity likened to that of an ten-year-old, although there was no formal assessment of her needs.

The DVA service was able to allocate Jane a  support worker who worked with  her with obtaining legal advice/legal aid regarding care proceedings. They provided housing rights information which prevented her partner from returning to the property. The service worked with Jane to help her recognise abuse, and helped her relocate to another area where there was a family network who were able to offer support.

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Updated 13th June 2017

Vehicle Online Shopping Fraud

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fraudsters have been advertising vehicles and machinery for sale on various selling platforms online. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, will receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider (a third party who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal).

These emails are designed to persuade victims to pay upfront, via bank transfer, before visiting the seller to collect the goods. The emails also claim that the buyer (victim) has a cooling off period to reclaim the payment if they change their mind. This gives victims the false sense of security that their money is being looked after by this trustworthy third party, when in fact it is not and the money has gone straight to the fraudster.

Protect yourself:

  • When making a large purchase such as a new car or machinery, always meet the seller face to face first and ask to see the goods before transferring any money.
  • If you receive a suspicious email asking for payment, check for spelling, grammar, or any other errors, and check who sent the email. If in doubt, check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • Contact the third party the fraudsters are purporting to be using to make the transaction. They should be able to confirm whether the email you have received is legitimate or not.
  • False adverts often offer vehicles or machinery for sale well below market value to entice potential victims; always be cautious. If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Message sent by Matthew Lloyd (Police, PS, Wycombe LPA)

The Neighbourhood Team  continue to receive reports of scams from local residents and I am keen to make the rest of the community aware of these incidents to reduce the risks of our residents being caught out by them.

A local resident has advised that she received a call claiming to be from the Thames Valley Police Visa Fraud Office saying that someone had been arrested in possession of her bank card. This person had claimed to be her grandson. Fortunately, she smelt a rat and challenged the caller. The call was ended.
 
The team still receive reports of fraudulent calls claiming to be from Talk Talk. You may recall that this company was hacked some ago and customer details obtained:
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34743185
 
One resident received a router following a call from fraudsters which fortunately raised suspicions. When Talk Talk were contacted they confirmed that it was part of a scam and would pick up confidential information entered into the computer, like passwords or PINs. These could then be used for fraud or theft offences.
 
These fraudsters can be compared to fisherman casting their lines into the River hoping for a bite. Most of the time they will be unsuccessful, but occasionally they may catch someone while their guard is down. Please try to not allow yourself or anyone around you be caught by them by remaining cynical and understanding that no legitimate company or organisation will call you out of the blue requiring your banking details.