Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?
The electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather, including storms, heavy summer rain and lightning, can affect overhead power lines. The public should stay well clear from power lines, and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it immediately by calling 105. More information about power cuts and reporting faults can be found at https://www.powercut105.com.
UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.
By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24 hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.
More information can be found online at http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority. It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire, if you have not already done so. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.
Please note that the majority of our Neighbourhood Watch members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the on-line registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Service Register.
Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible, to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.
Fraudsters are contacting overseas students and visitors who are in the UK via their mobile phone or social network account and purporting to represent UK or foreign law enforcement.
After fraudsters have claimed to work with their respective embassy or government, they tell the victim that there is evidence in the form of forged documentation or parcels which implicate them in a crime such as money laundering, fraud or immigration offences.
After demanding further personal details from the victim such as their name, current address and copies of personal documentation, they threaten the victim by suggesting a warrant exists for their arrest which will result in their deportation and imprisonment unless they transfer a payment to them in order to cancel the arrest or pay a fine. Once the money is transferred, all contact between the victim and the fraudster is severed.
What You Need To Do:
Police will never ask you to withdraw to transfer money so “it can be checked”, neither would they demand money to in order to cancel an arrest.
Do not be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details no matter who they say they are; protect your information and have the confidence to question and refuse unusual requests.
If you have made a payment to someone claiming to be the police or government department, and you think you might be a victim of fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud any time of the day or night using our online fraud reporting tool. You can also get advice about fraud or cyber-crime by calling 0300 123 2040.
If you are a student you can ask your Student Union or University for advice, help and support.
Being at university or college is about studying hard and enjoying the experience. And, it’s about taking more responsibility for yourself.
We’re not talking total adulting… But there are definitely things you need to do to keep yourself, your finances and your devices free from harm online and offline, whether you’re studying, out having fun or relaxing.
Get Safe Online’s experts have put together some top tips to start you off:
Don’t ‘Unlock’ your Smartphone - Also known as Jailbreaking or rooting, ‘unlocking’ your smart phone turns off software restrictions placed by the manufacturer, allowing you to download and install apps which aren’t available through official app stores. This might seem like a good idea, but did you know you’re also opening your phone up to dodgy apps and malicious software that can infect your phone and damage or delete the data you have on it?
Protect your ID and don’t overshare - The ability to provide ID is everything, and not just in a bar! Without it, you can’t open or access a bank account, sign up for a railcard, student discount or other essentials. Never reveal logins or other passwords and don’t overshare online, in texts or on the phone. Don’t be tempted to provide confidential information on yourself or anyone else, in return for freebies. Check your credit score to make sure nobody has taken out credit or purchased anything in your name.
Look after your money. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to open an account, directly, with a respected bank. It’s vital that you keep your banking and other financial details private. Most universities and colleges have a Student Money Adviser: talk to yours if you need advice on any other aspect of your finances.
Protect your reputation and yourself:
What goes online stays online - and that includes snaps and stories, as well as pics and posts, including those you might regret either immediately or in the future.
Research shows 70%* of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, so think about what you’re posting and how it might affect you in the future when you start job hunting.
Remember that online, not everyone is who they claim to be - Consider this if you’re talked into sharing intimate photos or videos. And for the same reason, remember that not every relationship lasts forever.
Accommodation - Found accommodation you like? Check it out in person before parting with any money, and make sure who you’re paying is authentic. If you can, pay deposits and other up-front payments by credit card for extra protection.
Betting on a win? For some people, a bit of harmless betting can turn into a habit. If you’re tempted, think about how much money and time you could be throwing away and what else you could do with it. And sometimes, there’s a fine line between gaming and gambling … don’t cross it.
Be on the lookout for fraud - Fake texts, emails, calls and posts claiming to be from your bank, student loan provider or HMRC are rife for everybody… including students. If you’re an overseas student, you could be targeted by visa fraudsters too. Not thinking before you click – or oversharing confidential information – could cost you your money, your identity, or both.
Take care with your tech and how you connect - Your phone, tablet and laptop are essential to your life, so treat them like the precious possessions they are. If what you’re doing is confidential or financial, avoid using Wi-Fi hotspots: there’s no guarantee they’re secure. And turn off location services to keep your whereabouts to yourself.
Keep your coding legal - Heavyweight coders are sometimes targeted by cybercriminals who need their skills. If you get approached, think about the consequences to yourself and others.
Payments - If you pay a person or company you don’t know by bank transfer and it’s a fraud, there’s very little chance you’ll get your money back, so try to avoid this wherever possible.
Dating apps - If you’re dating online, use reputable apps and keep the conversation on the app. Remember that not everyone is who they say they are, and there’s nothing more important than your personal safety whether you’re dating or hooking up. Don’t be afraid to block or say no.
No means no - Never be put under pressure to do something you disagree with, or feel uncomfortable with, and don’t put others under pressure either. We’re talking sending or publishing intimate pics, harmful pranking, extreme content, hacking social media accounts or any kind of radicalisation.
Don’t become a money mule - Get rich quick schemes, jobs advertised with pay that’s too good to be true or trusting others with your bank account could result in a sentence and a criminal record. Be wary if approached.
Find comprehensive, easy-to-follow advice about online safety at: https://www.getsafeonline.org/
We are writing to you to seek your help in raising awareness of scam mail in your local community. Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail. We understand the distress that it can cause when received. This type of mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society. We want to put a stop to it.
Typically, scam mail involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables. Scam mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. This mail mostly originates from overseas and is hard to detect.
Who receives scam mail? It can be anyone. You, a relative or a friend could receive this type of mail. Even the most alert people can be taken in by these criminals.
We are combating scam mail — Royal Mail is committed to doing all we can to protect our customers from scam mail. In 2016 Royal Mail introduced a series of additional measures to reduce the impact on our customers. This includes the introduction of a new industry—wide code of practice for dealing with scam mail as well as a new clause in Royal Mail's bulk mail contracts. We are working with other postal operators in the UK and around the world to share intelligence and take steps to prevent it entering the UK.
We have to date proactively stopped over 4 million suspected pieces of scam mail at our distribution centres around the UK. before they can be posted through the letterboxes of customers.
We are continuing to work with our postmen and women across the UK who are the eyes and ears in the local community, industry partners and law enforcement agencies including National Trading Standards to tackle this issue more vigorously.
Should you be concerned that someone you know is in receipt of scam mail, please contact us by:
Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL, enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mall Helpline on 0800 0113 466; or
I would like to assure you that we are doing everything within our powers to protect customers in your community from Scam Mail.
Director of Public Affairs and Policy
New countrywatch schemes launches
Sussex Countrywatch scheme will be launched at the Autumn Show and Game Fair at the South of England Showground, Ardingly at the weekend.
Sussex Countrywatch is a partnership initiative to help strengthen and protect our rural communities against crime by sharing information and providing practical prevention advice.
We know that people in Sussex are passionate about our county’s countryside and protecting it from crime. We are reaching out to people living, working or visiting our rural areas to assist us and our partners tackle rural crime and catch those who are responsible for it.
For the full story please click on the link or see our website for further information.
Sign up through our messaging service provider In the Know, select to receive messages from ‘the police’ and tick ‘Country Watch’ as an area of interest. This will take a matter of minutes and is free.
Find out more about Rural Crime and our response to tackling rural crime on our website.
Pedestrian seriously injured in A24 collision
Police are seeking witnesses after a man sustained serious injuries in a collision on the A24.
The victim, a local man in his 70s, had broken down in his maroon Humber Snipe on the southbound slip road, just prior to the junction with The Hollow, about 7.35pm on Friday (5 October).
He then alighted his vehicle and proceeded to cross the carriageway on foot, when he was struck by a blue Volkswagen Golf in lane two.
He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries, where he remains in a critical but stable condition. No other injuries were reported.
The road was closed until about 12.40am on Saturday (6 October) while emergency services attended the scene.
Anyone who saw what happened, or anyone with dash cam footage of the incident, is asked to report it online or phone 101, quoting Operation Glandore.
Prison sentence for burglar hiding behind a tree
A burglar who tried to hide in the back garden of a Horsham house been given a custodial sentence.
Ionel Radut, 39, of no fixed address was found by police officers hiding behind a tree with socks over his hands after police received a call from a member of a public reporting suspicious behaviour.
Officers attended the property in Black Horse Way, Horsham, just before 10.30pm on Saturday 18 August. They discovered Radut in the garden with a bag of items – two iPhones, an iPod, a bum bag and £226 in cash – stolen from the property.
Radut was arrested and charged with one count of burglary dwelling with intent to steal. He pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday 26 September and was given a nine month prison sentence.
Detective Constable Rebecca Buckley said: “We would like to praise the member of the public for calling us without delay to report the suspicious b_ehaviour. Due to their quick-thinking, officers were able to respond quickly to the call and arrest Radut.
“We welcome the sentence given by the courts and hope this sends out a strong message that we will continue to prioritise the offences that cause the greatest harm to victims and communities.”
Reference: 0509 2nd October
Location: Mannings Heath
Date and time: Approx. 1245hrs 2nd October
Details: Door was forced and property entered, unknown if anything was taken.
Reference: 1078 2nd October
Location: Doomsday Gardens, Horsham
Date and time: Between 0730hrs and 1830hrs 2nd October
Details: A patio window was broken and was entry gained, jewellery stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 1164 8th October
Location: Rock Road, Storrington
Date and time: Between midnight and 0830hrs 8th October
Details: Statues stolen from garden.
Reference: 0295 8th October
Location: Holly Close, Horsham
Date and time: Between midnight and 0100hrs 8th October
Details: Items stolen from rear garden.
This week I have included a few links to help report crime and other incidents. These and more links can be found on our website at http://www.sussex.police.uk
Did you witness posters being put up in Horsham?
Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of hate posters in Barns Green, Horsham.
The posters with anti-traveller images and slogans, which are in German, are believed to have been put up overnight of the 7 and 8 October.
Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area and the investigation is ongoing.
Sussex Police are urging anyone who witnessed or captured footage of any suspicious behaviour in the area at this time to report information either online or by calling 101 quoting reference 245 of 08/10. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Lead thefts from Haywards Heath and Horsham churches
Officers are appealing for witnesses after a series of lead thefts in Haywards Heath and Horsham.
Sussex Police have received six reports of lead thefts from the roofs of churches since the 1 October.
St Nicolas Church, St John’s Church, St Peter’s Church all in Horsham and the Holy Trinity Church and St Mary Magdalen’s Church in Haywards Heath were effected.
PCSO Daryl Holter, Heritage Crime Officer said: “We believe the majority of these thefts have occurred over night when the buildings are unoccupied.
“Most of the churches who have fallen victim to this crime are listed buildings and the consequences of such criminality can be significant.
“All lines of enquiry will be investigated and we will be working closely with the Diocese of Chichester and Ecclesiastical Insurance to tackle this matter.
“We are urging the communities in these areas to be vigilant and to watch out for any suspicious b_ehaviour. No one knows their neighbours better than you. These buildings are part of our shared heritage and we need to work together to protect them.”
If you witnesses any suspicious behaviour near a church or would like to report any information, please go online or call 101 quoting reference 273 of 01/10. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555
Witnesses sought to Billingshurst ram raid
Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after the theft of an ATM in Billingshurst.
A call was received at 4.23am on Friday (12 October) to report three suspects pulling the machine from the wall of the Sainsbury’s Local in High Street, Billingshurst, with a JCB.
The machine was then loaded into the back of a Land Rover and the three suspects drove away. The JCB, believed to have been stolen, was left at the scene.
Detective Sergeant Vicky Guy said: “We are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to get in contact with us immediately.
“The theft occurred in the middle of the night and it would have caused a substantial amount of noise. Did you get woken up by it?
“Please report any information to us without delay to aid us with our investigation.”
To report information please go online or call 101 quoting reference 114 of 12/10. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Report hate crimes for a safer community
Sussex Police is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week this month, and encouraging people to report hate crime.
The national awareness week, which runs from October 13 to 20, aims to raise awareness of what hate crime is, giving support to victims, their families and communities and dealing with perpetrators appropriately.
During this week we will be using social media to raise awareness of hate crime to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report to the police, using the hashtags #NHCAW and #NoPlaceForHate to spread the word.
We will be sharing real life experiences of victims of hate crime to help increase public confidence in the police and to indicate that we will always deal with reports of hate with empathy and professionalism.
Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.
For those who wish to report online, you can do so here. People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website owned by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. There are also a range of support agencies to whom you can report – for more details, please see our website.
If you have been a victim of hate crime you can find support online at Safe:Space Sussex, a directory of local specialist services to help people find all the information they need here.
We have also been working with Brighton and Hove buses to support their own hate crime campaign in the city. This is a good example of secondary reporting methods where the victim has the option of whom to talk to.
Alan Collin from Plaistow found safe
Alan Collin from Plaistow, who hadn't been seen since he went out for a walk in the village around 5pm on Monday (October 15) was found by police searchers nearby in the early hours of Tuesday morning (16 October) and has been returned home. Thanks to everyone who assisted in the search.
No burglaries of note this week
We have received several reports of theft from vehicles in the Kithurst Hill area of Storrington.
Theft from vehicles often occur in areas of beauty because valuables have been left on view. Drivers are asked not to leave valuables on display. When you leave your vehicle take all valuables with you.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles call us immediately on 999.
For further advice please follow the link
The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team at West Sussex County Council has launched two surveys in order to gather feedback about people’s perceptions and experiences of cybercrime/online safety over the last 12 months. Responses to this survey will influence how the County Council shapes their cybercrime/online safety support work for residents and local businesses in the future.
Personal Use Survey:
WSCC are looking for any West Sussex resident, aged 18 or above, to complete their Personal Use Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey. Survey link - https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/communities-public-protection/cybercrime/
WSCC are seeking views and information from business owners/managers to help support them. Survey link - https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/communities-public-protection/cybercrimebusiness/
We appreciate that some people are rightly cautious about clicking on links in E-mails. If you prefer, you can search online for West Sussex Cybercrime Survey and follow the links to the Personal and/or Business surveys.
The surveys will be open for 5 weeks, and will close at midnight on Monday 19th November 2018.