GREAT STAUGHTON PARISH – NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
POLICE PRIORITIES FOR 2014 – 2015
Representatives of Great Staughton Neighbourhood Watch attended the Police Neighbourhood Watch Forum at Police headquarters on 11 June 2014.
With crime levels down and detection rates up, Police focus is moving away from just improving statistics towards keeping people safe in their communities. They intend to achieve this by:
- Responding to Local Concerns; understanding our communities and managing the risks within them.
- Investigating Crime and Protecting the Most Vulnerable. Protecting those who will be hurt, or hurt again, if they don’t take action.
- Targeting offenders who cause most harm to our towns and villages.
- Improving Staff Professionalism. Supporting, developing and rewarding those who deliver the Policing Priorities; and thus
- Keeping People Safe in their Communities. Police reported that Operation Baron had been put in place across the County to counter the increase in telephone scams in our area. Scams are taking place, whereby fraudsters telephone victims pretending to be someone from their bank, or the Police. A range of tactics are used to dupe victims in to disclosing bank card and PIN details, handing over cards and PIN details to couriers or withdrawing money and sending it via courier to addresses usually in London.
- TELEPHONE SCAMS & OPERATION BARON
- Independent living but vulnerable elderly people are mainly being targeted.
- Scams are being carried out by organised gangs mainly from North London – NO VIOLENCE IS BEING USED.
- Scams are concentrated in Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire, where there is an easy route to London on the A1/A14.
- Currently about 15 attempted scams a day are taking place in our area.
- On average, 2 successful crimes are committed each week, with between £2,000 and £7,000 being handed over by vulnerable victims. VOLUNTEERSREAD MORE ABOUT GREAT STAUGHTON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
- See our monthly Newsletters through your door, at the Surgery and on Village notice boards; Life Magazine; the Parish website https://greatstaughton.com/; and our Facebook page “Great Staughton Neighbourhood Watch”.
- We are still looking for volunteers for Deputies for half of the Parish. If you would like to be involved, or would like more information, please speak to one of the Neighbourhood Watch Steering Group: Caroline Taylor, 01480 869365; Mike Keeble, 01480 860855; John Wakefield, 01480 860314; or Frank Backhouse, 01480 861167; or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org