Local Covid-19 alert is now high

Today Essex, except Thurrock and Southend, moved to a high alert as the next stage in managing Covid-19 locally. This introduces more restrictions on movement and socialising compared to last week.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said:

“We welcome the Government’s announcement regarding Essex moving to the High local Covid alert category, which is clear recognition of the severity of the situation we find ourselves in as a county, and indeed across many parts of the country.

“We think the Government has decided correctly, guided by the science and the fact is that the number of cases in Essex is rising exponentially.

“We understand that the move to the High local Covid alert level may affect people’s lives and businesses and understand the very strong feelings about this. However, we have a duty of care to the people of Essex, and we firmly believe that this is the best route to minimise disruptions, to save lives – not just for those with the virus, but for other patients as well – and to protect businesses.

“More information is available on the GOV.UK website around specific restrictions which apply to the High level category.

“These are difficult times for individuals, businesses and communities, but I know that as a county we will come together to support and protect one another – as we have done previously – and that acting sooner rather than later to curb the spread of Covid is the right thing to do.” 

You can also find out further information about local arrangements from this Essex County Council webpage.

Do you believe that abusing older people is wrong?

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June #WEAAD
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June #WEAAD

If so then join our latest initiative to raise awareness about elder abuse.

In 2017, “1 in 6 older persons were subjected to abuse. That means nearly 141 million people globally.”United Nations

With lockdowns and reduced care, violence against older persons is on the rise. Most abuse is not reported.

Our new Crime Prevention Panel annual initiative is supported by:
· United in Kind, Tendring
· Home Instead
· Speak Up Now UK.

Follow these three simple steps to make your pledge to prevent elder abuse:

1. Make your promise
I Promise to prevent and stop elder abuse wherever I can;
I Promise to never knowingly break the trust of an older person;
I Promise to learn as much as possible about elder abuse;
I Promise to educate work colleagues, friends and family about elder abuse.

2. Download your free certificate
Download your free World Elder Abuse Awareness certificate.

3. Tell us
Tell us you’ve promised via our contact page.

‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’ – Helen Keller

Find out more

See our Do you know the signs of Elder Abuse? post.

Report your concerns if you think an adult in Essex is being abused to the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board.

How to secure your cycle

Cycle Security
Cycle Security from Essex Police

Cycle security is always an issue with thefts from a variety of locations including the town centre, residential areas, and educational establishments. Commonly bicycles are either not secured or not secured properly, and this makes it easy for thieves.

Where do they go? Number of places: – in a container abroad, to another part of the country, stored in premises or sold as either a cycle or cycle parts via the internet, or third parties.

By taking some appropriate precautions and using good quality security products, and using them well, should help you to keep your property safe. Use the best security you can afford. Don’t secure a £2,000 bicycle with a £20 lock! As a guide look to spend 10-15% of the value of the item on its security. Look for a “Sold Secure” certified chain and padlock or “D – Lock” preferably gold rated but certainly not below silver. Consider what you chain it to whether at home or whilst out, is that secure? Is it well overlooked to provide good natural surveillance?

Make a note of the frame number, security mark the cycle, there are a number of different methods available such as www.bikeregister.com, www.datatag.co.uk , and www.retainagroup.com. Take a photograph of the cycle and any areas of damage or marks of identification, and some insurance companies may require one with the owner in the picture with it.

At home remove that first attraction to the thief or burglar: 

1) don’t leave garage doors open for long periods showing your expensive cycle and other property,

2) consider a “Ground anchor” or “Shed shackle” within your shed or garage to secure your cycle to, 

3) look at your shed or garages security and ensure you have good locks and that the hinges are protected, 

4) consider a shed alarm.

If you can its worth getting your children or grandchildren into good habits, keeping their bikes secure and not leaving them discarded on the front lawn or other, may save problems in the future.

Check with your insurance company to see what security standards they require for your insurance cover to be valid. For suitable security products see www.securedbydesign.com or www.soldsecure.com

For further advice see https://www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-bicycle/how-safe-is-your-bike/

Learn about NHS Track & Trace

NHS Track and trace
Learn how NHS Track and Trace works

NHS Track and Trace

With the development of Track and Trace, many people have been asking for advice around how this works.

Please find below the official advice from the GOV.UK website on how the system works and advice on how to avoid being the victim of any possible scams as a result of the implementation of this system.

When we contact you

If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone.

All texts or emails will ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website.

If NHS test and trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number: 0300 013 5000.

All information you provide to the NHS test and trace service is held in strict confidence and will only be kept and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Contact tracers will:

  • call you from 0300 013 5000
  • send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
  • ask if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
  • provide advice on what you must do as you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

Contact tracers will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

For the full guidance/information please check the GOV.UK website – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

Remember our advice

If in doubt use the A, B, C of scam awareness:
A- Never Assume a caller, email or text is genuine.
B- Never Believe a caller, email or text is genuine.
C- Always Confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

Do you know the signs of Elder Abuse?

Monday 15th June 2020 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

HDCCPP’s May meeting cancelled

Harwich and District Community Crime Prevention Panel logo
Harwich and District Community Crime Prevention Panel

Unfortunately due to the still ever changing, rapidly escalating ongoing situation with the Covid-19/Corona Virus, the Panel meeting due to be held on Thursday 28th May has been cancelled.  

We are continuing to follow the advice of the Government during this continuing pandemic situation we find ourselves in, social distancing is one example, to combat the virus.  It is imperative that all the community strictly adhere to all the precautions to help ameliorate the spread of this virus.

This is the right course of action for the Harwich District and Community Crime Prevention Panel and apologies in advance for any inconvenience to anyone.  Understandably the health and welfare of our Panel members and members of our partner organisations that attend our meetings is of paramount importance to us.

We will endeavour to re-arrange our Guest Speakers Presentations.  We will keep you updated of the date of our next Panel meeting.

In the meantime whilst we have witnessed spontaneous acts of kindnesses within our Communities, there are also criminal activities still occurring. Please stay safe and continue to be vigilant and report any concerns to Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Please continue to look out for and after those within your Communities.

Dare to reach your hand into the Darkness to pull another hand into the Light‘ – Norman B Rice

Caring, or just wanting to care, when someone you know needs comfort is a gift within the power of everyone.’ – Rev Aubrey Moody Vicar of Feering, 1957-2001

Message from our Chair

Harwich and District Community Crime Prevention Panel logo
Harwich and District Community Crime Prevention Panel logo

During these difficult times of lock down and social distancing I’m thinking of all our members and wishing you well. I send a massive thank you, not only for NHS personnel, Care Home workers and key workers, but also for our Police, Fire-fighters, and volunteers.  Your dedication to helping others is an inspiration to us all and a credit to yourselves.

Nigel Spencer, Chair of HDCCPP.

Corona Virus Scam Awareness

corona virus scam awareness
Corona Virus Scam Awareness message from Essex County Neighbourhood Watch

We are aware of a number of scams relating to Coronavirus across the country .

If you are in any doubt of the legitimacy of a telephone call then hang up

or a visit by anyone whom you are not expecting then do NOT open the door

and make contact YOURSELF to Essex Police.

One of the scams is people calling at houses and offering testing for Coronavirus .

This is a scam , those claiming they can a carry out the test on your doorstep are lying.

Do not let them into your home and do not pay them any money.

Please call Essex Police on 101 or if an emergency 999