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, , and 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 or

For further advice see

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 –

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.

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

HDCCPP meeting 26th March cancelled

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

Due to the ever changing, rapidly escalating ongoing situation with the Covid-19/Corona Virus, the Panel meeting due to be held on Thursday 26th March has been cancelled. 

This decision has been made due to the uncertainty of the progress of the virus and any new restrictions that may be imposed by Government in the coming days and weeks ,of which 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.

Harwich and District Shopkeepers

Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers

Harwich shopkeepers encouraged to speak up anonymously about violence and abuse

Harwich shopkeepers, their staff and customers are being urged to step forward and report abuse or other crimes affecting their workplace and community.

The town has adopted the ShopAlert campaign, which has been launched by independent charity Crimestoppers in Essex. It includes an Alert Notice with useful information and advice on what to do if they suspect or have seen a crime taking place.

The charity’s campaign, is part of a wider programme to help raise awareness of crime in the countryside and supports an ongoing Home Office drive to encourage shoppers and shop staff to report abuse and violence.

It’s believed there is significant under-reporting of retail crime and that some workers suffer severe post-traumatic stress after experiencing violent incidents whilst at work.

Colin Dobinson, Crimestoppers in Essex volunteer, said: “The reaction from shopkeepers we have spoken to so far has been very positive. We know that they, and their staff, have been enduring increased abuse and violence in recent times. It is totally unacceptable for someone to have to face violence and abuse whilst they are only doing their job.

“In smaller, tight-knit communities, people will often know who the perpetrators are, but they are too afraid to report it directly to the police for fear of reprisals. This campaign aims to reassure them that if they contact Crimestoppers charity – using our website’s simple online form or by calling 0800 555 111 – they will stay 100% anonymous. Always. That’s our charity’s unique guarantee.”

The new Alert Notice features useful guidance for shop staff and their customers and draws attention to a report by the Association of Convenience Stores which revealed 83% of shop staff have been subjected to verbal abuse and increased violence within the past 12 months.

Crimestoppers charity gives people the power to speak up about crime – 100% anonymously. Last year, across the UK, over half a million people trusted us with their information.

You can speak to our professionally-staffed UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7, 365 days a year by phone on 0800 555 111 or use our anonymous online form at Our charity has always kept its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts us.

Crimestoppers charity is not an emergency service and in the event of an emergency always ring 999.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to help stop crime – 100% anonymously. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe from crime, wherever they live.

Some people refuse to speak about crime to authorities for a number of reasons, from fear of retribution to cultural expectations. It’s good to know that Crimestoppers is trusted by hundreds of thousands of people who each year safely pass on information about crime.

Our professionally staffed UK Contact Centre is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Information can be given by phoning 0800 555 111 or by completing an untraceable online form at – our charity is here to listen and here to help.

Callers are not asked for their name or any personal details and calls cannot be recorded. There is no caller line display and no 1471 facility. Online reports have the same level of anonymity as phone calls.

Every day we hear from people whose voices and crucial information would otherwise not be heard. Every day around 10 people are arrested and charged as a result of the information we receive.

Since Crimestoppers charity began in 1988, there have been more than 145,000 arrests and charges, over £140 million worth of stolen goods recovered and over £347 million worth of illegal drugs seized.

You may know us for Most Wanted, where people can view images of criminals on the run and pass on vital information anonymously about their whereabouts.  

Alongside our national campaigns, we have a network of volunteers across the UK who help promote our services to those who need to hear about them.

Crimestoppers has a proactive commercial arm that sees the organisation work with corporate partners from varying sectors and industries, including the NHS and the Post Office. If you are interested in volunteering, complete an inquiry form at or contact Stuart Rawlins at Essex Crimestoppers by emailing

Facebook Live Q&A

Essex Police Tendring are hosting live monthly Q&A sessions on their Facebook page. The next one will be Wednesday 26th February 7pm – 8pm. You can find out more about this event and the other dates at Essex Police’s events page

You can see the post below for the questions asked of Sergeant Heard in January’s Q&A session. Sergeant Heard also informed us that Inspector Darren Deex will be answering your questions live on 26th February.

Hello Sergeant Heard here from the Harwich Community Team. I am ready to take your questions!

Posted by Essex Police – Tendring on Wednesday, 15 January 2020

National Business Crime Centre

Business team working together
Business Team Working Together

The National Business Crime Centre was created as a result of a Home Office Police Transformation Funding. They work in partnership with businesses to prevent crime and help businesses protect themselves.

The NBCC’s main areas of work include:

  • Support and co-ordinate communications between all UK police forces and the business community
  • Supporting and initiating exciting and bold crime prevention projects and demand specification for policing resources
  • Violence Reduction plan for businesses and their staff
  • Safeguarding advice, links to training and promotion of best practice
  • Supporting our National policing teams and working together with national intelligence partners to tackle Travelling criminality and Organised Criminal Networks
  • National Standards and accreditation for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships
  • Investigating & promoting research into criminological trends
  • Fraud/Cyber messaging to businesses where appropriate on behalf of specialist units
  • Assisting with Counter Terrorism messaging to businesses on behalf of Cross Sector Security & Safety Communication network