KEEPING SAFE & SECURE

In Your Home

Stop telephone cold calling through the 'Telephone Preference Service';

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TELEPHONE SCAMS

  • If you receive an unexpected call, end it immediately and simply hang-up – don’t interact!

  • Never phone back an unexpected caller. 

  • If you believe you have been contacted by a fraudster report it to Action Fraud.

DOORSTEP SCAMS

 

Whenever you answer the door remember to LOCK, STOP, CHAIN, CHECK.

 

  • LOCK: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door

  • STOP: think about whether you’re expecting anyone

  • CHAIN: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who’s there

  • CHECK: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully - you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you.

 

It’s easy to be ‘fooled’ by a Distraction Burglar   click here to see video

 

So again, LOCK,STOP, CHAIN,CHECK, and if you’re not happy – simply tell the caller to “****.off or I’ll call the police!” (If you are unaccustomed to using such language – just practise it a few times in private to get the intonation forceful and confident – you never know when you’ll need it.)

To download advice on avoiding other scams, click here

To download a ‘No cold calling’ sign, click here

INTERNET SCAMS

STOP Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

CHALLENGE Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

PROTECT Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

Your Home and Property

 

Mark up and register your valuables, should these be stolen;

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CRIME PREVENTION

Protecting your home and possessions, using standard methods, is now commonplace and is proving to help deter criminals. It is also something most insurance companies take into consideration when quoting the price of your premium.

 

The examples below will hopefully give you something to think about and to help you decide what you need and whether you could do the work yourself. These are all presented as videos and we are not promoting any product in particular, so just click!

For further advice on out-building security from the Police, please read >>  Out-Buildings

And PIR floodlights are known to deter.

For more advice on CCTV please read >> Constabulary advice on CCTV

If you are away overnight then a light on a plug-in timer or light sensing switch will add security.

AND remember - do not leave keys in any of your locks (including windows)

Police 'RELENTLESS ON BURGLARY'  leaflet (pdf)

 

Personal and Home Security Products

Whilst the police offer good advice on home and personal security, such as in the Relentless leaflet (above), they are unable to recommend solutions for reasons of commercial impartiality. Similarly, we do not recommend products or services.

However, knowing what's available, where to look, and letting you decide what could be useful to meet your particular needs and circumstances is important to us.

Accepting that the following list of links may not be comprehensive, this may be a good place for you to start - just to see what's available.


http://www.personalalarms.com/index.html

https://www.crimepreventionproducts.co.uk/

https://www.onlinesecurityproducts.co.uk/

https://www.argos.co.uk/search/home-security/

What about Your Credit Cards?

If your credit (or debit card) can do 'contactless' payments and you can just 'swipe' your card at a cash till, then your card uses Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID).

To check, if your card carries the RFID logo , as shown in this photo, then YES it is! 

To protect your card being 'skimmed' (illegally 'swiped')  you could consider buying an RFID protection sleeve for your card. Technically, this is just acts as a 'Faraday Cage' and blocks radio signals accessing your card. 

OR you could make your own for FREE!   Watch our video to see how >>>>

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ONLINE SECURITY - The Basics

 

  • Only install apps from trusted sources

  • Keep your software up to date

  • Install anti-virus protection

  • Practice good password management

  • Never use the same password for multiple sites

  • Don't share your passwords and don't write them down (especially not on a post-it note attached to your monitor).

  • Lock your PC,  laptop, tablet, phone with a PIN or password - and never leave it unprotected in public.

  • Be careful what you click

  • Beware of suspicious emails and phone calls

  • Back up your data

PASSWORDS

Advice from the National Cyber Security Centre and the Police Digital Security Centre is simple and easy:

 

1. Use different passwords for your email and online accounts

 

2. Use 3 random words passwords

Examples: owlpigfox , (or better; owl-pig-fox), (or better still; 2Owl-2Pig-2Fox)

 

Why 3 random words? Simple - these 'created' words are not in any dictionary     

 

3. Use two-factor authentication (2FA)

 

This is a second level of security that's being used increasingly. It uses your mobile phone number to send you an text message with a 'one-time' code to enter.

Some online services now have 2FA automatically turned on - for others it may be a security option that you can turn on yourself, such as Gmail, Facebook etc. All that will be requested is your mobile number, so that the one-time authentication code can be exchanged. 

 

For more information;

https://www.policedsc.com/security-advice/advice-hub/password-policy

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/setting-two-factor-authentication-2fa

https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords

Crime Prevention and Business

Business Protection Guide.pdf

For even more information about what you can do to keep yourself, and those you know, safe and secure visit the CrimeStoppers KEEPING SAFE  web pages at;

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe

 

03330 142815

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