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If you have any information regarding these incidents please call the Dorset Police on 01202/01305 222222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Homewatch reports are now as received from the Police Coordinator, and not edited by me.


November 20, 2018

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Be Bike Smart This Road Safety Week

With over 100 cyclists and motorcyclists injured every day in needless, preventable crashes, they are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK. For this reason, this year’s theme for Road Safety Week is ‘Bike Smart’.

Road Safety Week (19-25 November 2018) is led by the road safety charity Brake to encourage us all to talk about road safety and remind ourselves of our role in keeping all road users safe. Many collisions that occur on our roads could have been avoided if those involved had given their riding/driving the attention it deserves. Drivers, cyclists and motorcyclists need to be bike smart.

Education and awareness are an important part of making our roads safer. There are a variety of courses and initiatives in Dorset for people to take advantage of, including specialist courses for motorcyclists.

I am proud that the UK’s first DocBike was launched in Dorset. DocBike is a motorcycle safety initiative offering free rider training including what to do in the event of an accident. It is an initiative that is saving lives. All riders can improve their skills - police motor bike riders undergo continuous training to enhance their riding skills.

Road safety is an area Dorset Police has focused on and the Force’s roads policing officers will be helping to improve safety on our roads through various activities across the county this Road Safety Week.

Last year saw the launch of Operation Close Pass in Dorset. The initiative is aimed at improving the safety of cyclists and educating road users about how to overtake vulnerable road users safely.

Many drivers believe they leave enough space for cyclists when they overtake but this isn’t always the case. You should leave a minimum of 1.5 metres between your car and the cyclist when overtaking. At high speeds or bad weather you should allow a full car width. Essentially, you should overtake a cyclist as you would a car.

As the nights are drawing in it is even more important that drivers look out for road users on two wheels, and that road users on two wheels make themselves as visible as possible. Cyclists are legally required to have lights on their bike (front and rear) but should also consider wearing reflective clothing to make them more visible. Drivers should always look for cyclists and motorcyclists, especially at junctions, and regularly check their mirrors and blind spots.

Martyn Underhill

Details on driver courses and road safety news can be found on the Dorset Road Safe website here > www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Dorset Police And Crime Commissioner Newsletter

Please find the latest newsletter from the office of Martyn Underhill, the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Take a look to find out more about Dorset's restorative justice service, which gives victims of crime the chance to tell offenders about the impact of their crime, get answers to their questions and even get an apology.

The newsletter also contains information about how people in the county responded to the latest National Rural Crime Survey, and about progress made in many areas of the Police and Crime Plan, which sets out the commitments made to Dorset residents.



OPCC Newsletter November 2018.pdf


November 19, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

The HMRC Scam Is Back In Dorset

Scammers are calling people at random using an automated message warning that they are under investigation by HMRC and need to call the number given or "face serious legal consequences".

This is a scam! Please don’t call the number or give any personal information out. Just hang up.

If you have received a call like this and wish to report it, please contact Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If the person receiving the call is vulnerable and they have suffered a loss or been otherwise specifically targeted, only then please report it to Dorset Police on 101.

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Problem Solving Forum Looks At County Lines

A GROUP of experts have been brought together to discuss new approaches to tackling county lines drug dealing and criminal exploitation in Dorset.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) hosted its latest Problem Solving Forum this week, bringing together organisations involved in child protection and adult safeguarding, as well as housing and transport agencies.

County lines – in which gangs from large cities use dedicated phone lines to supply drugs to smaller towns – has become a national issue affecting forces including Dorset Police.

The gangs involved often target vulnerable individuals, including young people suffering from poor mental health and addiction, sometimes threatening them with violence to coerce them into moving drugs across the country.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: “County lines ruins lives. Not only does it bring the scourge of drug dealing into our own towns and villages, but the gangs involved are absolutely ruthless in the way they exploit young people and adults at risk of harm to do their dirty work.

“Dorset Police regularly patrols areas known for street dealing, and shares information with other forces across the country, but this is a problem that is larger than the police and requires a response from a wide range of organisations. This forum has brought these groups together to look at the problem from every angle and find sustainable and innovative solutions.”

The event was held in partnership with the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards, Community Safety Partnerships and Adult Safeguarding Boards across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset who have identified criminal exploitation and county lines as a priority across the county.

The forum, which took place as part of the Exploitation Conference at the Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne Minster, heard from Supt Caroline Naughton from Dorset Police and Claire Dzuda from the Aster Housing Association, as well as DI Brittany Clarke from the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre.

A survivor of county lines exploitation from the St Giles Trust also spoke about their own experience of being used by drugs gangs.

Sarah Elliott, chair of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards, said: “We welcomed this opportunity to work with the PCC by joining these two events together. We wanted to encourage and support commitment by partners to tackle this abhorrent issue in our county.”

Participants took part in workshops to identify what each organisation involved could do differently and proposals will be taken forward through partnership working with relevant organisations.

The forums, which provide an opportunity to ensure policing remains responsive to emerging challenges as they arise, have previously looked at homelessness and fly tipping.

November 13, 2018

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Lyn Parr (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer, North Dorset, East Dorset and Christchurch)

Purse Dipping

Please be aware of Purse Dippers. Its that time of year - Christmas, when people will try to get into your handbag or rucksack to access any valuable items.
* Please be careful not to leave your bag un attended, under a table, next to a till or on the floor.
* Always zip up your handbag, have the zip situated nearest to you when you are walking around.
* Hang a bell on your purse so you can hear if someone moves it.
* Do not keep your wallet or phones in your back pocket.
* Do not take lots of money out with you, only take what you need.
* Talk to elderly relatives and friends about bag security. Make sure they are protecting their belongings.

If this does happen to you, please call 999 if it has just happened and you know who has done it. Or 101 to report the crime if you notice after the event.

Christchurch Police are holding some community events about purse dipping in the coming month, so please keep an eye out for details.
Kind regards - Lyn, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer

For more crime prevention advice, please visit the Dorset Police website - https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/

October 31, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Extortion Scam

Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam

Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims' password to install spying malware on the victims' computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.

What to do if you get one of these emails?

Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

October 26, 2018

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Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

How To Keep The Cyber-Criminals Out

Cyber-criminals use weaknesses in software and apps to attack your devices and steal your identity. Software updates are designed to fix these weaknesses and installing them as soon as possible will keep your devices & data secure.

Software updates don’t have to get in the way of what you’re doing. You can choose to install them at night, when your device is plugged in and connected to wi-fi. You can also configure most devices to automatically install software and app updates.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk or follow @Cyberprotectuk on Twitter.

October 25, 2018

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Time Is Running Out To Join Our Fantastic Team Of Custody Volunteers

We are offering a unique opportunity to go inside the custody suite and help some of the most vulnerable in society. But you will have to hurry if you want to apply as the deadline is next Monday 29 October.

We are looking for new volunteers to join our team of Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs). The volunteers make unannounced visits to custody centres and report on the welfare of detainees and ensure they have been given their rights. They have been key in highlighting the need for changes in custody, both big and small.

Here’s what Adrian, one of our current ICVs, has to say about the role…

“Being an Independent Custody Visitor is a responsible and thus rewarding role, and it is one of the few voluntary roles available in the Criminal Justice Sector. Knowing that I am helping to maintain high standards of treatment for people detained in police stations, is a valuable role in the community.

“It provides me with the opportunity to see how the police operate the custody suites, and to meet a diverse group of individuals held in custody. Although I may be called upon to visit a police station at any time of day or night the requirement is not particularly onerous as due to the size of the team.

“It involves only one or two visits each month. Support provided is excellent with regular meetings and training sessions at Winfrith where one can share experiences, thoughts and concerns with fellow ICVs. For someone who would like to do something of value for the community and also likes to feel valued then this role could meet your requirements admirably.”

Our volunteers come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds with a variety of skills and experiences.

Interested in joining the team? Here’s what we are looking for…

Volunteers must be over 18 years old, speak English and have no other involvement in the Criminal Justice System. They must have been a UK resident for three years or more and crucially, must be currently living or working in Dorset.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate good organisation, communication and a respect for diversity. They must be able to work well in a team, take personal responsibility and show resilience.

Those interested in applying should email pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk. More information can be found at www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/get-involved/volunteering/custody-visiting/

The deadline for applications is Monday 29 October 2018.

October 19, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

Have You Been Targeted For Being You?

Nobody should have to live with the fear and anxiety that hate crimes and incidents cause. Not only is there a significant impact on victims, but it can also affect family, friends and others in the community.

We are supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week which is from 13 – 20 October, in order to continue to raise awareness of hate crimes and incidents and how you can seek help and support.

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence targeted at a person because of prejudice towards their protected characteristic which includes;
Disability
Race or ethnicity
Religion or belief
Sexual orientation
Transgender identity

A hate incident is any non-criminal incident targeted at a person because of prejudice to their protected characteristic.

It can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault, bullying and damage to property.

Anyone could be a victim of hate crimes or incidents……for example; you may have been targeted because of your association to a protected characteristic, such as you have a disabled sibling or because someone thinks you are gay, even if you are not.
 
Why should you report hate crimes and incidents?

We receive around 47 reports of hate crime a month and an additional 37 reports of hate incidents. But we know that hate crime is still often under-reported.

By reporting hate crimes and incidents, whether you are a victim, a witness, or if you are reporting on behalf of someone, you may prevent it happening to someone else.

We recognise that even if an incident may not constitute a criminal offence it can be just as damaging to victims as hate crimes, and we know that incidents can lead to the identification of crimes. We need to know it is happening so we can understand the extent and impact of prejudice and can better respond to it.

Are you or someone you know a victim of hate crimes or incidents? Report it now.

How to report:

Visit www.dorset.police.uk/reporthate or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

There are alternative reporting options available if you don’t want to report directly to the police, find more information here: www.dorset.police.uk/hatecrime

A diary is also available to help you record as much information as possible about what has happened to you or someone else, to assist with evidence gathering. Please download it here: www.dorset.police.uk/hatecrime

An attack on one community is an attack on all our communities and we are working to prevent hate crime. For support and more information visit: www.dorset.police.uk/hatecrime

Do you need this information in an easy read format? Visit: www.dorset.police.uk/easyread

October 19, 2018

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Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)

Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter

Here's the latest, bumper edition of our popular e-newsletter Our News from Neighbourhood Watch.

Read about our new report on what makes a good neighbour in modern Britain and find lots of fantastic advice on keeping you safe. There's also member offers and lots more!

Use the link here:
https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/NWN-Our-News-Oct-2018.pdf

Best wishes,
NWN Central Support Team


October 9, 2018

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Kristian Ward (Communications Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

Dorset Road Safety Newsletter Now Available

Dear Resident

Please see the latest newsletter from the partners of Dorset Road Safe; sharing updates, information and statistics on our work to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

Click here to read the newsletter

Dorset Road Safe

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PCC Communications (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications and Engagement, Dorset)

Find Out What It Is Like Volunteering Inside The Custody Suite

Ever wondered what it is like to volunteer inside the custody suite? Now is your chance to ask those who do just that.

This Wednesday (10 October) some of our current Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) will be on hand to answer your questions in a live webchat.

You can ask them what made them choose to become ICVs, how much time they need to give to fulfil the role or anything else that you are curious about.

The ICVs make random, unannounced visits to custody suites to check on the welfare of detainees. They are fresh set of eyes helping some of the most vulnerable in society.

So far this year, our ICVs in Dorset have made a total of 73 visits to police custody, visiting 280 detainees. Each visit is undertaken in pairs, with each individual volunteer making an average of one visit per month.

The Dorset scheme is also currently recruiting and the webchat is an opportunity to find out more for those who are interested in volunteering for the role.

The webchat will run from 6pm to 7.30pm on the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner website. Set a reminder and join the conversation here:

https://www.dorset.pcc.police.uk/events/calendar/2018/10/live-webchat-with-independent-custody-visitors/


October 5, 2018

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Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

HMRC scam is doing the rounds again in Dorset

A number of people have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be a representative of HMRC and that payment is due for outstanding tax. When refused the caller becomes irritated and threatens police involvement.
 
Today we have been made aware of an incident whereby a victim has been contacted by someone claiming to be from the HMRC asking for a large sum of money in cash. When the victim has refused the caller has become angry and threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest. This was then followed by a telephone call from someone using the old Dorset Police telephone number, 01202 222 222, claiming to be a police officer. This was fictional.  To verify a police officer please call 101 and speak to one of our operators.
 
Remember - this is a scam. If you receive a call like this please hang up and report it to Action Fraud. If you feel you are vulnerable, have given out personal details or have lost money please contact Dorset Police online or by calling 101.
 
Never give out your personal details and never part with any money unless you can verify who you are speaking to.
 
Please make you friends and family aware of this! We need your help to spread the word.

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