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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Newsletter 27-3-22

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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter
27-3-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch  Representative and  Administrator covering Oxford LPA. 

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Happy Mother's Day!
Putting the clocks forward means the lighter nights are on the way!

Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Crime and Community Survey 2021

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch 
1) Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Oxford University survey
2) Donnington Day
3) Social Media

Thames Valley Police
1) Missing persons
2) British Transport Police collaboration

TVP Oxford
1) Witness Appeal

Neighbourhood Policing Teams
Blackbird Leys 
1) Closure Order
2) Community Engagement
North East
1) Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Training
Rose Hill
1) Stolen Bikes
2) Have Your Say

Crime Prevention
1) Bright Sky 

Crime Information
1) Thames Valley Police Museum
2) Ask the Police
3) Action Fraud
4) County Lines
5) New mobile phone law changes
6) The Final Report of the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales (March 2022)
7) Young People Online
8) Children Heard and Seen
9) Project Vigilant survey

Scams
1) Government warning
2) Action Fraud
3) Royal Mail
4) Land Registry
5) Office for National Statistics

Oxfordshire County Council
1) COVID-19 home testing kits
2) SCRAP
3) Consultation on Oxfordshire's Overarching Domestic Abuse Strategy 2021-2024
4) Reporting potholes

Oxford City Council
1) Deep Clean
2) Top recycling city
3) Changes to bin collection day
4) Safer Streets

General Information
1) Food Waste
2) Marmalade
3) Telephone Preference Service
4) Age UK Oxfordshire Engage Magazine Spring 2022
5) Tech Buddies
6) Thames Water
7) Food Alerts 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Crime and Community Survey 2021 (attachment)

Burglary was experienced much less however it was the crime most people feared. As you are aware that Neighbourhood Watch does a lot of prevention work on burglary and car crime – including the current burglary prevention campaign. However, the results of the survey show the prevalence of street harassment and that we need to do more collectively on preventing and addressing street harassment.

OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
1) Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Oxford University survey
Please copy and share the survey widely - we still need lots of cyclists over the past 5 years to reply.
Help us to help you, it will take a few minutes of your time with simple tick boxes.
https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/oxford-bike-theft-prevention-survey

2) Donnington Day
Thank you to our Coordinators in Donnington who had a display table with crime prevention literature and membership and Coordinators forms. They were inviting residents to build community resilience and cohesion. If other Coordinators want to have information for display tables please let me know.

3) Social Media for Supporters  
You can join us as a supporter on social media or have full membership on http://www.ourwatch.org.uk

Oxford Neighbourhood Watch Group (private)   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1937740226361938
Oxford Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/605172170528080
and Twitter @OxfordMaggie

During Covid I set up and admin. a community facebook group helping to bring a community together via social media. It is open to anyone interested in the area and is aimed for engaging discussion about current events and to promote debate in a respectful manner.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/656236718050193

We are always looking for volunteer Coordinators to be the main contact with the police and other organizations, sharing and receiving information with their Watch members - takes little time and commitment. This is the baseline and all Coordinators are approved as volunteers  - you just sign a Code of Ethics and are given understanding in holding and storing information. Neighbourhood Watch is a  trusted organization that is recognized locally and nationally with partners, connecting communities to make them stronger. It has taken time but the more involved you are with building relationships with your neighbourhood policing teams and your neighbours to look out for each other the safer your neighbourhood can be. You can join us on the website https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/  or reply below

THAMES VALLEY POLICE
1) Missing persons
Over the past few weeks there have been appeals from TVP for Robert Careless (age 68) and Mark Nicholls (72). Sadly, Mr Careless'  body has been identified and Mr Nichols' body is awaiting formal identification. Our condolences go to their families and friends at this time.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE (OXFORD)
1) Witness Appeal
Sexual assault at Thirst Bar in Oxford
Were you in Thirst Bar on Friday 11 March into the early hours of Saturday 12 March? You may have information that can help our investigation into the sexual assault of two women.
The women were sexually assaulted in the bar in Park End Street in the early hours of Saturday 12 March.
The offender approached the women and then touched them inappropriately over their clothing.
If you saw a man acting inappropriately or have any other information then please contact Thames Valley Police.
The easiest way to contact the force is by calling 101 or leaving your information on our website, quoting the investigation reference number 43220108800.
A 40-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. He has been released on police bail until April 7.

2) British Transport Police collaboration
On 23rd March we teamed up with British Transport Police at Oxford Train Station in order to tackle predatory behaviour and to keep you safe, whether you're travelling on a train or visiting our cities and towns

NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
Blackbird Leys

1) Closure Order
Working in partnership with Oxford City Council, the Blackbird Leys team have obtained a Closure Order for an address on Crowberry Road. The order is live for three months and serves to prevent those using the property from engaging in ASB and drug related criminality

2) Community Engagement (attachment)
The Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Team was  in your schools and on your streets on 25th March.

North East (attachment)
1) Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Training

This week as part of a team training day, the North East Neighbourhood Team spent the morning with Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue to learn about their equipment, capabilities, and how we support each other as partner agencies

Rose Hill
1) Stolen bikes

You may recall last week an item that showed a large number of stolen bicycles found in a garden in Littlemore and a man was arrested. Additional  information - this was a  joint operation between Rose Hill NHPT and City Centre NHPT and also the Priority Crime Team.
2) 'Have Your Say'
Rosehill, Littlemore and Iffley NHPT with their 'Have your Say' at the Iffley community shop on 24th March. Thank you to everyone who came and raised their concerns to us, these will be followed up

CRIME PREVENTION
1) Bright Sky 

https://thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk/what-we-offer/domestic-abuse-support/
I attended a  Day Conference on Violence Against Women and Girls held by Thames Valley Police.  It was inspiring and delighted to see the commitment to keep women safe and to make this a priority. Both genders were equally passionate about this often hidden crime as we often think it isn't happening to anyone we know.

The current definition of domestic violence is: “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.
Domestic abuse is often invisible and a hidden crime. We see fatalities of domestic abuse in the news but a horrifying staistic is that there are more suicides caused through domestic abuse than there are homicides. A "living hell for many."'

TVP stated they were committed to helping and supporting victims. The days have gone when victims were not believed or taken seriously. Sadly, many victims still hold that view so we need to help change these perceptions and allow the police to stop the cycle of abuse.
The police cannot do this alone and need your help. One thing we can do is check out and promote this new app.

Bright Sky helps you to spot the signs of abuse, know how to respond, and help someone find a safe route to support.
Bright Sky was developed to support domestic abuse victims. Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app and website https://www.bright-sky.org.uk/ that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic abuse. It is for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else.
Download Bright Sky today because you never know when you might need it to save someone’s life.
The app can be downloaded for free via the app stores. Please only download the app if it is safe for you to do so and if you are sure that your phone isn’t being monitored.

CRIME INFORMATION
1) Thames Valley Police Museum
The Thames Valley Police Museum is open on Wednesday mornings between 10.00am – 12.00pm and you can pop along without making an appointment or paying a visitors fee.
The Museum is based in the White House at The Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Nr Reading, Berkshire, RG7 4DX.
The Museum’s collections include displays on the Great Train Robbery and the history of Thames Valley Police.

2) Ask the Police
Ever wanted to ask the police a question - now you can.
This is a good website to get your policing questions answered. Well worth a visit.
https://www.askthe.police.uk/

3)  Action Fraud (attachment)
Paws for thought before buying a pet online. More than £2.5 million was lost to criminals through fake pet adverts in the 2020/21 financial year.
Find out more about how to protect yourself from pet fraud: 
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/pawsforthought

4) County Lines
Drug gangs from major UK cities are moving out of their neighbourhoods and into rural areas within Oxfordshire. County lines drug gangs have become a nationwide problem and Thames Valley Police have set up a new task force to tackle the issue head on.
One insidious but effective tactic used by these gangs is the exploitation of young people and children by using them distribute and sell drugs in the county.

Oxford is a hotbed for county lines issues, however, other rural areas have also been fertile ground for drug gangs. “We have the main city of Oxford, where we of have issues around county drugs lines, but also in some of the other towns such as Banbury and Bicester, we have seen a significant number of disruptions in terms of this activity.”

5) New mobile phone law changes
New laws for using a mobile phone in the car (Includes waiting at lights and in traffic jams)
Drivers are risking a big fine and points on their licence if they do not know the new mobile phone laws that are now in force.
Tougher limits are coming in for drivers when using mobile phones at the wheel.
Handling a phone or mobile device, whether checking notifications, checking the time or unlocking the device, will be banned under the new rules which came into force on March 25.
Drivers caught breaking the new rules could face a £200 fine or six points on their licence.

This is what you need to know about the new rules.
Drivers will not be able to:
illuminate the screen
check the time
check notifications
unlock the device
make, receive, or reject a telephone or internet based call
send, receive or upload oral or written content
send, receive or upload a photo or video
utilise camera, video, or sound recording functionality
draft any text
access any stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, films, playlists, notes or messages
access an application
access the internet

The only exceptions to the new rules are when making an emergency call if it is not possible to stop or pull over, or to make a contactless payment at a toll or drive-thru.
Using your phone as a sat nav. will still be allowed as long as it is secured in a holder.
Hands free calls will also be allowed.

Why staying up to date is important
It's important that everyone – not just learner drivers – understand their responsibility for the safety of other road users.
Many of the rules in the code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you’re committing a criminal offence.
If you do not follow the other rules in the code, it can be used in evidence in court proceedings to establish liability.

6) The Final Report of the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales (March 2022)
This is a very long but interesting report from the Police Foundation
https://www.policingreview.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/srpew_final_report-1.pdf

Conclusion from report
Over recent years, as a result of a number of high profile scandals, dramatic social, technological and economic changes and the effects of austerity up to 2017, public confidence in the police has declined. Now is the time to take the necessary steps to enable the police to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and to improve the confidence of the public. We can do that by building a public safety system designed to minimise crime (and the harm it does) in the first place and by equipping it to tackle crime successfully if, and when, it does occur. As a society we should have the confidence to believe we can build a low-crime, low-harm society in which citizens of all backgrounds and perspectives can lead their lives and pursue their aspirations without fear of crime or becoming its victims. The root-and-branch reform agenda we have set out for policing in this report shows how that can be done. What Sir Robert Peel said in 1828 applies again now. If we want to restore public confidence and shift the odds in favour of the law-abiding citizen, we should not hesitate to usher in a new era in policing; “The time is come…”
Sir Michael Barber Chair of the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales 8 March 2022

7) Young people online
Most young people have online lives, just as real as their offline lives. Young people should be able to be creative, personal and expressive, without people looking to befriend, manipulate and abuse them Learn more about online exploitation:
https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/preventing-child-sexual-exploitation/online-safety
4 in 5 parents are worried about children being groomed online for criminal exploitation.
56% of parents think children are most at risk of being targeted through social media.

8) Children  Heard and Seen
The Positive Impact Award 2022 was won by Children Heard and Seen for supporting children with a parent in prison. The founder, Sarah Burrows, was awarded the Leading Innovation and Social Change Award for her efforts ensuring the voices of children are heard.

9) Project Vigilant
Heard of Project Vigilant?
We're asking those in Oxford to share their views on our initiative, launched in 2019, to prevent sexual offending.
This survey by University of Brighton closes on 31st March. To take part, follow the link. Remember, comments don't count!
https://orlo.uk/yGY1v

SCAMS
1) Government Warning
The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator have urged the public to ‘give safely’ to registered charities helping and supporting those affected by the invasion of Ukraine.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/regulators-urge-safe-giving-to-support-ukraine

2) Action Fraud
The Charity Commission and Action Fraud both work to prevent fraudsters from appropriating funds under the guise of charitable donations.
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/charities

3) Royal Mail
Watch out for this Royal Mail chatbot scam
Which? exposes the latest twist on the fake delivery scam
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2022/03/watch-out-for-this-royal-mail-chatbot-scam/

4) Land Registry
The Land Registry has paid out £3.5 million in compensation for 22 Claims in the financial year 2020-21.
This would include someone forging documents to transfer their parents’ home into their own name, or a stranger impersonating a homeowner (who has not registered) and selling it, to an unsuspecting buyer.
Homeowners are recommended to sign up for free property alerts with the Land Registry which sends out alerts to registered home owners.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/property-alert

5) Office for National Statistics
A recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) report shows that an estimated 5.1 million fraud offences were committed in England and Wales in the year to September 2021 – up 36% in two years.
Fraud now accounts for 40% of all crimes record.
From November 2020 to December 2021, individual victims lodged a total of 448,838 fraud reports. Between them, they lost £1.9bn. These figures are shocking enough, but they represent just a fraction of the ONS’ estimated number of offences as so much fraud goes unreported.
Online shopping and auction fraud continues to dwarf other types of fraud, accounting for 23% of all reports, but investment fraud victims lose the most money.
Read more:https://www.which.co.uk/news/2022/03/the-12-emerging-fraud-threats-to-watch-out-for/

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) COVID-19 home testing kits
COVID-19 home testing kits. In line with the government’s “Living with COVID” plan, COVID-19 home testing kits are still available in Oxfordshire’s libraries, while stocks last, until the end of March. Drop in to pick up yours. For a full list of our libraries, including opening times and contact details, please visit http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/find-library

2) SCRAP (attachment)
Let's SCRAP fly tipping in Oxfordshire.
Do you have an item you no longer need and want it gone?
Always check whoever has offered to take your waste away is a registered waste carrier

3) Consultation on Oxfordshire's Overarching Domestic Abuse Strategy 2021-2024
The Oxfordshire Overarching Domestic Abuse Strategy 2021-2024 has been developed for the county. Before it is approved, we would like to provide you with information and ask for your views about it.
https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/domestic-abuse-strategy-2021-2024-consultation

4) Reporting potholes
How to report a pothole
Oxfordshire County Council has a limited budget to maintain roads, paths and cycle paths. So we can best manage this, we fix reported potholes based on the risk that they pose to all road users. At the same time, we carry out scheduled maintenance.
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/street-maintenance-z/potholes#no-back

OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Deep clean

Oxford City Centre undergoes deep clean after securing Government funds
Working with partners ODS (Oxford Direct Services), the Council is using £269,900 on a range of activities to support public realm initiatives and improve the city centre, including additional cleaning to make the environment brighter and removing graffiti, chewing gum, old flyers and abandoned bikes. 30 new litter bins will be installed throughout the city centre.

2)  Top Recycling City
Oxford ranked top recycling city in the UK - congratulations to the Recycling Team
In 2021, nearly 53% of Oxford's waste was reused, recycled or composted with residents recycling over 24,000 tonnes of household waste according to a study by eco-friendly business Clothes2Order. This exceeded the national average by 6%.

Top 5 UK Cities Recycling the most
Oxford (Recycling rate 52.6%)
Cambridge (Recycling rate 49.3%)
Hull (Recycling rate 48.1%)
Bolton (Recycling rate 48.1%)
Bristol (Recycling rate 47.1%)

3) Changes to bin collection day
Collection day changes are coming for over 35,000 households in Oxford
From 4 April 2022, recycling and waste collection days will be changing for 35,000 households in Oxford. If you are going to be affected by the changes, you will have already received a letter from us. If not, your collection day will remain the same.
https://www.oxford.gov.uk/collectiondaychanges

4) Safer Streets
Oxford Safer Streets scheme: CCTV cameras installed in city centre in push to improve women’s safety
They are the first measures in the programme to 'improve feelings of safety and visibility'
CCTV cameras have been installed in Oxford city centre as part of a raft of measures aimed at promoting women’s safety. The 24 cameras are part of a multi-agency programme from Oxford City Council to make the streets safer for women and girls.
The new cameras, which are monitored in real time with operators able to communicate with police officers, door staff and store security, are intended to 'improve feelings of safety and visibility'. Their aim is to deter perpetrators from approaching females in the area.

They include three new camera sites in New Road and Frideswide Square, which previously had no CCTV coverage. Along with the new cameras, the council has also funded the upgrade of the CCTV suite in St Aldates Police Station -operated and managed in partnership with Thames Valley Police - to ensure CCTV technology is kept up to date.
The new cameras are paid for from £426,000 that Oxford received from the Government to introduce measures to help prevent violence against women and girls travelling in and out of Oxford at night – also known as the Safer Streets fund.

The statement says: "The Oxford Safer Streets project brings together the Police and Crime Commissioner, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxford University Security Services, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Bus Company, as well as Students’ Unions in a unique partnership that aims to make a difference for women and girls in the city."
It refers to an “end-to-end” approach which it says recognises the concerns and risks women face travelling to and from their homes at night, especially when travelling alone.
The project will also create a Nightsafe Network and Safe Haven scheme, intended to bring together partners and organisations in the night-time economy, including the police, CCTV operators, Street Pastors, night bus drivers, fast food outlets and licensed premises. The network will be given up to date information on CCTV footage, as well as training and resources on how to respond to incidents and will provide reassurance for women and girls.

Other measures to be introduced as part of the project include safe zones to wait in for friends or taxis, and routes/patrols, outdoor phone charging stations, lighting upgrades, and the removal of some shrubbery and street furniture that reduces visibility.
The Council and Thames Valley Police has been working with partners across the city and beyond, including ‘home’ destinations such as Abingdon, Witney and Didcot. The partnership has also been working directly with women and girls to gather information on their experiences and concerns, in order to ensure that the funding is able to tackle key areas of concern.
The funding must be used to install physical measures and initiatives to prevent violence against women and girls, such as CCTV and community networks.

GENERAL INFORMATION
1) Food Waste

Globally, one third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted.
We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, much of which could have been eaten. It's costing us £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too. Here are our top tips for reducing food waste.
https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/food-banks/10-ways-to-cut-your-food-waste

2) Marmalade
https://www.marmalade.io/
There are lots of ways to get involved in your local community in 2022 with lots of great events, ideas and opportunities
 
*Help Oxford residents to reduce their environmental impact by getting involved with OxUnboxed – our non-profit, low waste refill shop in the heart of Jericho
* If you're a current student, get involved in our upcoming Social Action Labs – running over the course of a weekend, the Labs are designed to equip students with the formal skills needed to create real change in student activism movements and in their careers post-graduation
*Support local people with short-term or one-off tasks like shopping, gardening, dog-walking and collecting prescriptions as a Practical Tasker
*Help Ready Set Go to make sure that every child in Oxford has the chance to learn to swim and ride a bike
*Volunteer with Oxford Hub Transport to support local people to get to appointments
*Tutor a local child to help them fulfil their potential (and tackle educational inequality) with Schools Plus.

3) Telephone Preference Service
Many people register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) which is designed to protect people from unwanted marketing calls.
The free opt out service enabling you to record your preference on the official register and not receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/

4) Age UK Oxfordshire Engage Magazine Spring 2022
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/oxfordshire/volunteer/engaged-2022-spring-11.pdf

5) Tech Buddies (Age UK Oxfordshire)
Getting digitally connected could be a phone call away. Our Tech Buddy service is free for older people in Oxfordshire. A member of our digital team and volunteers can support and develop your skills.
*Stay connected with family and friends over Skype or Zoom 
*Do your shopping on-line 
*Set up an email account 
*Join a virtual group or activity 
*Learn how to use your IT gadget 
*We will listen to your issue and if we can’t help you we will know someone who can
Call our Tech Buddy team! 0345 450 1276

6) Thames Water
You can report some of the most common issues, such as blockages and leaks, on the  website 
https://www.thameswater.co.uk/leak/

7) Food Alerts
1) Update from the Food Standards Agency 24 March 2022
Advice for consumers that some food products labelled as containing sunflower oil may instead contain refined rapeseed oil due to the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on product availability.

Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/fsa-and-fss-advise-consumers-on-substitution-of-ingredients-in-certain-food-products-to-avoid-food-supply-disruption

2) Food alert – 24 March 2022:
Parson’s Pickles recalls Parson’s Pickles Pickled Mussels because of the presence of glass fragments
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-19-2022

3) Food alert – 26 March 2022:
Scratch Meals recalls Scratch Chicken & Veggie Tikka Masala because it contains incorrect ingredients
Read more: https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-20-2022
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