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/

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

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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org. 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 Crimestoppers-uk.org – 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 Crimestoppers-uk.org or contact Stuart Rawlins at Essex Crimestoppers by emailing stuart.rawlins@crimestoppers-uk.org