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.

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/465773394101774/

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

https://nbcc.police.uk/crime-prevention

Launch of Crime Against Business Strategic Document

Essex Chambers of Commerce, Essex Police and the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to create the Essex Business Crime Strategic Board. Together they have developed a Business Crime Strategy which will be launched in Chelmsford on Friday 21st February 2020.

If your business would like to attend the launch you can find out more at the Essex Chambers of Commerce website

Say no to knives

Below is a great example of the local community working together to prevent crime and reduce antisocial behaviour. Well done PCSO Ladkin and Freddie.

During the air show last year, PCSO Ladkin organised a colouring competition for children to design an anti-knife…

Posted by Essex Police – Tendring on Sunday, 16 February 2020

Coffee with Cops

Coffee with Cops
Coffee with Cops

If you are in the Ramsey on Thursday 23rd January between 10am -12 noon pop down to the Ramsey Memorial Hall to meet your local community policing team. You can get to know them, ask questions and raise any issues or concerns that you may have.

If you cannot make it to that one there will be another in the Dovercourt Church, 203 Main Road on Friday 7th February between 10am – 12 noon.

For a list of Essex Police – Tendring’s current Coffee with Cops and other events visit their facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/EPTendring/events/

Have your say on Policing Priorities in Essex Survey

It is nearly four years since the last Police and Crime Plan was formed after Essex residents were asked what was important to them and their communities. Now Roger Hirst the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner wants to know what you want from Essex Police over the next four years.

You can tell him by completing the online survey at https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/make-a-difference/ Hard copies of the survey will be available in local libraries or people can call the office on 01245 291600 to request one.