The Home Office recently released national statistics for 2017/18, which showed an increase in hate crime levels of 17% compared with the previous year, recorded by police Forces in England and Wales.
Hate crime doesn’t just happen in big cities, but living in a small rural community can make it harder to speak up about hate crime. The Police and Crime Commissioner and his team want to make sure everyone has the support they need, no matter where they are. If you live in a rural area and have been affected by hate crime, they want to hear from you. https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90105368/Hidden-Rural-Crimes. This short survey runs until Friday 09th November, closing at 17:00.
As Christmas approaches November and December are the busiest times for fraudsters online. ‘Get Safe Online’ offers sensible tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams. https://www.getsafeonline.org/christmas/.
Don’t make life easy for criminals – always install the latest software and updates on your devices. These are designed to fix weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will help keep your devices and data secure and stop cyber-criminals stealing your identity. For more information on how to stay secure online visit - www.cyberaware.gov.uk
Winter Ready. Winter is coming and Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks offer a priority service for those who could benefit from extra support during a power cut. Those eligible for this service include those with medical conditions, the disabled, those with young children or are over 60 years old, or have special communication needs. For more information and to find out how to register please click on the link - https://www.ssen.co.uk/winter-ready/
Don’t forget to get your chimney swept and test your smoke and CO2 alarms. As people start to use their fires again the first chimney fire has been reported locally. Did you know that unseasoned wet wood is one of the biggest culprits for causing a chimney fire?
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Hampshire Constabulary receives over 700 reports of fraud or attempted fraud each month. Many of these are targeting elderly or vulnerable members of the community, and the consequences can be extremely damaging both financially and emotionally
If you have any information in relation to any criminal or suspicious activity please report it to the Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or on line at crimestoppers-uk.org.