Action Fraud – Malicious Calls etc

Revenue and Customs Alert What you need to know Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC. The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable […]

Purse Dipping

Following several purse dipping incidents within Banbury over the last few days, we are encouraging everyone to ensure that handbags, pockets and shopping bags are secure to avoid anyone attempting to steal your purse or wallet.
Please pass this information on to friends and relatives who are not on the Alert system.

Cycling on Pavements

I would like to remind everyone that cycling on any pavements is an offence unless it is on a designated cycle path. This falls under Section 72 of the Highway Act 1835; which makes it an offence to ride or drive on any footpath. Please be mindful of other people when cycling, I appreciate that some roads can hazardous, but you need to acknowledge that the foot path is primarily for pedestrians. It has been reported that some cyclists have been “quite intimidating by riding at pedestrians”.
Cyclists, please be aware-this is not acceptable and if caught a 50.00 fine can be issued.

Cooking Fires

All it takes is one distraction.  Did you know that 1 in 3 people rescued from house fires in Oxfordshire are rescued from cooking fires? Or that distraction is the main cause of cooking fires?
It’s easy to get distracted – the phone rings, someone’s at the door or a TV show catches your attention. If you need to leave your cooking, even for a couple of minutes:
– turn down the heat
– set the timer
– or ask someone to watch it for you
Or could find that Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters join you for dinner!
Find out more at: www.365alive.co.uk/cooking

Safety Advice

Darker evenings can give burglars an opportunity to easily see which houses are unoccupied. Here are a few things you might like to consider to lessen the chance of your house being targeted:

Watch Out for British Gas Refund Emails

We’ve had an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts.
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
For more information on how to stay secure online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk