Epping Forest District Council has provided an online reporting point where people can report non-emergency crimes and minor traffic collisions to Essex Police.ThecouncilhasinstalledacomputerterminalinthereceptionareaatitsCivicOfficesonHighStreet,EppingformembersofthepublictoaccessEssexPolice’s website and online reporting services.EppingForestNeighbourhoodWatchhopethatotherareasinourdistrictwilldolikewise,perhapsinlibrariesforpeoplewhodonothavecomputeraccess-and lots of people don't!
Epping Forest District Council has provided an online reporting point
IT IS ALL CHANGE AT ESSEXSince the beginning of April 2016 all of the front desks in Police Stations have closed. This includes Loughton Police Station, which continues to act as an operational base. Epping and Waltham Abbey Police Stations will probably be sold.Your nearest Police Station in Essex with an open front desk is Harlow.The local Police Community meetings for the general public will no longer take place.We understand that Epping Forest District has now joined Brentwood District and that there will be one meeting a month, somewhere in the new policing district.Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch (EF NHW) regrets that there is to be less contact with Essex Police, but your EF NHW Committee will still be working with Essex Police and will be representing your views, via street and regional coordinators.
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Peoplearebeingtrickedintotransferring moneydirectlytofraudstersandnewresearch showsthat£23.6mwaslostinthiswayover the course of the year. NeighbourhoodWatchisworkingwith FinancialFraudActionUKtoadvisemembers ofthepublichowtoavoidfallingvictimto scams.Phonescamsarewidelyusedby criminalstoconpeopleoutoftheirhardearned cashandsavings.Alwaysbewaryof unsolicitedcalls,evenifthecallerclaimstobe fromatrustedorganisationlikeyourbankor thepolice.Unfortunately,thousandsofpeople havefallenvictimtophonescamssobefore youevenconsiderrevealingpersonal informationoverthephoneormakinga financialinvestmentwithacoldcaller,always considerifyoureallyknowwhothepersonis. Iftheanswerisno,don’tbeavictim,justhang up the phone.
Advice on how to avoid being scammed:• Unsolicited approaches by phone.• Cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.Your bank or the police will never:• Phone you to ask for your 4 digit card PIN or your online banking password, even by tapping them into the telephone keypad.• Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping.• Ask you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons, even if they say it is in your name.• Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book if you are a victim of fraud.• Ask you to purchase goods using your card and then hand them over for safe- keeping.
Never disclose your:• Four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police.• Your password or online banking codes.•Personaldetailsunlessyouaresurewhoyou are talking to.
• It takes two people to terminate a call.•Ifyoufeelsomethingissuspiciousorfeel vulnerable,hangup,waitfiveminutestoclear theline,orwherepossibleuseadifferentphone line,thencallyourbankorcardissuerontheir advertised number to report the fraud.•Ifyoudon’thaveanothertelephonetouse,call someoneyouknowfirsttomakesurethe telephone line is free.• Yourbankwillalsoneveraskyoutocheckthe numbershowingonyourtelephonedisplay matchestheirregisteredtelephonenumber.The displaycannotbetrusted,asthenumber showing can be altered by the caller.