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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #60 on: December 22, 2021, 09:55:36 am »
Shed security
Make sure that your shed door, door frame and walls are solid.
Replace any damaged or rotten areas with new sections.
Try to place the shed door facing your house and not too close to a perimeter wall or gate.
Consider keeping valuable items in a strong lockable box or cage.
Fit two closed shackle padlocks on strong padlock hasps - one a third of the way up from the bottom of the door and one a third of the way down from the top of the door.
Fit wire mesh or bars on the inside of your window frames.
Wrap a strong chain around and through the handles of garden tools, lawn mowers, cycles etc and secure the chain to the wall using a padlock or a ground anchor fixed to the base of the shed.
Consider integrating your shed into your home alarm system, especially if you have valuable items in it. Use door contact sensors and check your glass is secure before installing break glass sensors.
Illuminate the area around your shed using dusk till dawn lighting.

Garage security
If you have a household alarm fitted, consider extending the system into the garage area.
Fit a garage door blocker on the outside of the door. This product bolts permanently to the floor, has a large 'T' bar shaped restrictor and a quality locking device.
Consider fitting a pair of garage door locks that are fitted either vertically or horizontally and can be locked either from the inside or outside of the garage.
Install dead bolts mounted one on each edge of the door inside the garage. When in use, the locks throw a bolt into the doorframe or the concrete floor of the garage.
Various good quality 'up and over' or 'rolling' deadlocking door handles can be purchased to replace any existing poor quality locks to give better security.
Consider purchasing loop cables. These have a long braided steel cable and a two-bolt anchor locking point. These fix to garage walls or floors and can be passed through expensive property such as quad bikes, etc. Some cables are alarmed.
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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #61 on: December 30, 2021, 09:38:38 am »
Unfortunately scam messages are on the increase. The latest one to come to our attention is a fake e-mail purporting to be from Asda claiming that you will get a £90 promo reward if you complete a survey. The link leads to a website that is designed to steal your personal information and possibly your money.

Please make sure that your friends, family and neighbours are aware that this is a scam.

Also remember if you receive a suspicious email to forward it to the National Cyber Secirity Centre: report@phishing.gov.uk

As of the 30th November 2021 the number of reports to them stood at at more than 8,700,000 which has resulted in the removal of more than 68,000 scams across 127,000 websites.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #62 on: January 04, 2022, 09:23:49 am »
A number of people are still reporting that they are receiving the below type of scam message, mainly through WhatsApp across North Wales.

"Dad I've changed my mobile number today".

Followed by "I'm locked out of bank account due to the new number, could you help by paying an invoice for me and I'll pay you back tomorrow when I've sorted the number out with the bank. Here are the payment details XXXXXX"

Similar messages claim that the son or daughter has dropped their phone down the toilet and are therefore using a different phone. They then ask to borrow money for a few days to pay the mortgage and promise to pay it back.
Most of these messages are sent via WhatsApp and victims are sending substantial sums of money to the fraudsters.

Please make sure that nobody in your family falls for it!

ADVICE

⚠️Be wary of any text or email received out of the blue, even if it appears to come from a genuine source or a family member.
⚠️Always verify ANY request made for money to be sure it is genuine.
⚠️Don’t give out personal details over the phone, online or by text.
⚠️Never click on links or attachments in emails or texts unless you are certain that they are from someone that you can trust.
⚠️Scam text messages should be forwarded to 7726 (spells SPAM on phone keypad)
⚠️Scam emails should be forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2022, 10:00:58 am »
On Tuesday the 4rd of January, North Wales Police where called to an incident where a unknown person had stolen a Pick-up.

We appreciate people lead busy lives and it may seem like a good idea to leave your vehicle running while you make a quick stop or a delivery, for example.

But this can present the chance for opportunist thieves to pounce.

By taking a few simple measures, these incidents can be avoided.

Remember to lock your vehicle when it’s unattended and keep the keys safe. Wherever possible, do not leave any items of value in your vehicle when it is unattended. And in particular, do not leave any items of value on display.

Take precautions, remain vigilant, and if you witness any suspicious activity or a crime in action, report it to us.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2022, 09:53:03 am »
In Our Schools this week, and keeping children safe online

School Police Officers are back delivering lessons. This week has been slightly different as I have been delivering the lessons online, rather than in class. This does require some rethinking, as our lessons are designed for in class delivery with hands-on activities. I have worked hard on adapting the lessons, and the feedback has been good. SO far this week, I have delivered lessons on drugs classifications and the risks and consequences, and the risks and consequences of sharing indecent images online, and lessons on keeping safe online and that people on line may not always be who they say they are.

I have also had cause to deal with incidents where adults have been contacting children online, via apps and requesting images. Working closely with schools in such matters, appropriate advice and education has been provided, to those students and their peers. What came to my attention though, was how many students were accessing apps and websites that they shouldn’t have. Most social media apps etc now have minimum age restrictions such as:

Snapchat – users must be 13 or over

TikTok – users must be 13 or over

Whatsapp – users must be 16 or over

I always encourage parents and carers to check what their children are doing on line, so here is a great website that gives lots of information on websites and apps that children might be using. You will be able to find out if they have registered with any using false dates of birth etc.

https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #65 on: January 15, 2022, 10:22:21 am »
Did you know that you can report scam/nuisance calls that you receive on your mobile to 7726 as well as scam text messages?

Ofcom have created short videos to show you how 👇

How to report scam texts and mobile calls to 7726 - Ofcom  https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/scams/7726-reporting-scam-texts-and-calls

Or if you want to stop nuisance junk mail in 2022 you can register with the Mailing Preference Service by following this link 👉 MPS Online https://www.mpsonline.org.uk/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo

Why not help your elderly relatives or neighbours to register as well – it won’t take long.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #66 on: January 20, 2022, 01:43:34 pm »
A lot of people have been receiving scam messages on Facebook recently.

People receive a message from a ‘friend’ containing a link. The message asks if it’s them in the video or picture. Out of curiosity some people click on the link to have a look.

The link leads you through a chain of malicious websites infected with malicious scripts. The Cyber Criminal will harvest your credentials and infect your device.

If you receive a message like this from a friend, then it’s very likely that their account has been compromised. Advise them to change their passwords for their accounts immediately.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #67 on: January 21, 2022, 09:57:35 am »
This week, I have been doing a mixture of lessons online and in class. Our secondary students have been learning about Child Criminal Exploitation, aka County Lines, and how to recognise the signs of young people involved and how to get help.

Primary students have been learning about recognising different types of drugs (legal, illegal and medicines) and anti-social behaviour, what it is and how it affects our communities.

Speaking of Anti-Social Behaviour, residents of Rhyl may have noticed a dispersal order was granted for the town centre last weekend, due to the high levels of ASB occurring in the town. Other areas across North Wales have also recently had these orders. Young people, from within our very community, have been involved in these incidents. Every school pupil in our community will have had lessons on ASB and it’s impacts. I would encourage parents reading this to engage with your children, know where they are going and who they are going out with. Breaching a dispersal order is an offence. Would you want your child arrested because they are committing incidents in the town? A yellow card or arrest is not a badge of honour, it is the beginning of police actions that, if they continue, can have repercussions further on for the young person’s own future. Let’s work together to make our community safe and happy for all.

Another issue that has raised it’s head this week, is abuse on social media. A number of incidents have occurred where young people are threatening and abusing their peers via a number of social media platforms. These students are currently being dealt with by my colleagues. Sending threatening and abusive messages online is a crime, and will be dealt with if we receive such reports. As above, please check in with your young children, if you have any, that utilise social media. They may be victims of such incidents, or the perpetrators. You’ll be helping them in the long run.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #68 on: January 28, 2022, 09:50:35 am »
Watch out for fake emails claiming to be from McAfee computer security software.

Action Fraud have received more than 700 reports about these scam messages in three days!

The links in the messages lead to phishing websites that will steal your personal and financial information.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #69 on: February 04, 2022, 09:45:20 am »
We want to get ‘North Wales Talking’ about how we can improve things in our area.

North Wales Talking is a major initiative being launched by North Wales Police. This is a key priority of our Neighbourhood Policing Teams, aiming to understand the crime and disorder concerns of our local communities across North Wales.

We would like you to take a minute to complete our short survey about what it is like to live in your area and what issues matter most to you and your community. It is also an opportunity for you to raise any concerns you may have. The survey will be running until Sunday 13th February 2022

Please click here to complete the survey...
https://survey.northwalescommunityalert.co.uk/Survey/HASH/9DA16A64A49FD601484996EF27DEFAC1

Your feedback received via North Wales Talking will enable Neighbourhood Policing Teams, together with partner agencies, to act on the information and tackle the issues raised that matter most to our communities. In doing so, you are given a voice in how Neighbourhood Policing activity is prioritised.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert......Llandudno
« Reply #70 on: February 09, 2022, 10:01:45 am »
I was approached by a member of public who stated she has been receiving phone calls from outer agency stating they are conducting a survey for North Wales Police.

I would like to make you aware that North Wales Police are not making phone calls to members of the public. The only ways we will be conducting surveys are face to face, for example when attending your addresses, in high footfall areas (supermarkets) or at community meetings. North Wales Police are not paying outer agents to conduct the survey for us so please do not engage in a conversation with these callers and provide any personal information as this is most likely a scam to receive your personal details.

Enfys  Wyn  Griffith
Police Community Support Officer / Swyddog Cefnogi Cymuned Yr Heddlu  - C3909

Gogarth Ward
Safle / Station: LLandudno

Heddlu Gogledd Cymru / North Wales Police

 

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #71 on: February 10, 2022, 10:13:34 am »
We have received a number of calls recently informing us that there are males in the area with large backpacks trying to sell goods via door to door knocking.

NWP have stopped a number of these males and on all occasions been able to verify their identity and reasons for being in the area. We have no reason at this stage to believe that they are here to do anything other than sell goods.

That being said they do require a Peddlers Licence in order to conduct door to door sales and it is highly unlikely they will have one for our area. If they do not have a Peddlers Licence this should be reported to Police on 101.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #72 on: February 10, 2022, 01:46:17 pm »
We had a visit from one of them. Not a nice experience ! He reeked of alcohol and was abusive.
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know.

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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #73 on: February 15, 2022, 01:44:16 pm »
DON'T FALL FOR A SCAM

Remember

Shred all letters and envelopes showing personal details.
Always check your bank and credit card statements.
Be on your guard when answering the phone - scammers often sound very friendly.
Don't let anyone worry or rush you into parting with your personal details.
Never automatically click on links, or open attachments in unexpected emails or texts.
If you receive a suspicious phone call claiming to be from your bank, utility provider or any official body asking for personal information, hang up and call the company yourself.
If possible use another phone. Or, wait at least five minutes before making a call. This ensures the line is automatically cut off, so you will no longer be speaking to the scammer or an accomplice (learn about courier scams)
If you sign up to a reputable credit rating agency, you will be notified when a credit check has been completed using your details. This will inform you that your identity has been stolen.
Think! If you suspect that you have had your identity stolen, or have become a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and also report it to Action Fraud.
Never rely on the caller ID displayed on the phone as the sole means of identification. Instead, hang up and find the phone number on your account statement, in a phone book, or on the company's or government department's website, to check the call is genuine.
Never answer any questions which might have financial consequences.
ALWAYS HAVE A STRONG PASSWORD AND CHANGE IT REGULARLY.
Only ever buy lottery tickets from trusted websites or retailers.
If you are told you've won a prize for a competition you've never entered, its a scam
If you are asked to call a number to find out what you've won, don't. You could end up being persuaded to pay for delivery of a prize that doesn't exist.
Lottery and prize draw letters are mass-produced. However, modern technology allows scammers to insert the recipient's name many times throughout the text, giving the impression they have written to you personally.
The HMRC do sometimes call people about outstanding tax bills and use automated messages. However, they would always include the tax payers reference number. They would never tell you about a tax rebate or penalty, or ask you for personal payment details.
If you receive a suspicious email or phone call, you can help HMRC's investigations by forwarding the email or sending the following
Your phone number
The callers phone number
the time and date of the call
a brief description of the call
Send to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk (NB; Your email and phone number will be shared with other organisations, if that's necessary, to close down the scam)
Forward suspicious texts to 60599
Tax scams can happen at any time but are most common around key deadlines, such as when your tax return is due.


REMEMBER

*The bank and police NEVER ask for PIN numbers; send couriers to collect bank cards; ask people to move money to another account; ask for help with investigations; or ask for cash or goods to be handed over.

These scams can be intimidating, so don't engage in conversation - hang up.

To confirm any call is genuine, never ring back using a number given to you by the caller.

 Scammers are opportunists looking for easy targets.

These are just a few examples on how you can help yourself against being scammed. Although it can be scary reading about scams, be assured that no matter what a scammer might try to make you believe, the truth is they really don't know YOU!
 
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Re: North Wales Community Alert
« Reply #74 on: February 18, 2022, 04:21:57 pm »
Beware of phishing e-mails purporting to be from LinkedIn. It’s reported that these messages have surged 232% since the start of February!
Their aim is to trick you into entering your credentials into fraudulent websites. Take a look at this article from IT PRO to learn more :- LinkedIn phishing attacks have surged 232% since start of February | IT PRO

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