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Action Fraud is the name given to the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime. The team is run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and Neighbourhood Alerts team. They use information from all fraud and cyber crime cases reported to them to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity. Fraud is when trickery is used to gain a dishonest advantage, which is often financial, over another person. This can have a devastating impact on those affected. Knowledge is the best defence when it comes to fraud. The more you know about the most recent or common techniques fraudsters are using to defraud victims, the less likely you are to fall into the trap. Dorset Police has designed a new webpage that will keep up to date with the latest frauds affecting the county on our website. Action Fraud also sends information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
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David Sidwick - What I Plan To Do As Police and Crime Commissioner I am humbled and grateful to the people of Dorset for electing me as their Police and Crime Commissioner. I’ve lived in this county all my life, my children were brought up here and my family goes back generations. It is therefore a great honour to represent all of you – and that of course includes those who voted for me in the recent PCC elections, as well as those who voted for one of the other candidates and those who didn’t cast a vote at all. It’s also an honour for me to work with Dorset Police, which I know is a great organisation full of dedicated, hardworking people. Safest county in the UK Many of you will already have heard about my vision, which is to make Dorset the safest county in the UK. I know this is a place we can get to. Over the next few weeks I will be working on a new Police and Crime Plan for Dorset, which will be the roadmap setting out how we can get there. The plan will be at the heart of all activity carried out by Dorset Police, as well as my own office, over the next three years. It will have a major impact on how we make our communities safer, so later in the summer I will be asking the people of Dorset about what matters to you and what you think should be included in the plan. Please, watch this space for more information about how you can make a contribution and have your voice heard. But first, let me tell you more about some of my own priorities – and what I want to focus on to make Dorset safer. Focus on cutting crime Number one on my list is for the police to robustly focus on cutting crime, from the violent crime – which is thankfully rarer here than in our big cities – to the constant grind of anti-social behaviour which blights communities and makes people’s lives miserable. I want people to see a clear difference and to feel safer. I also want to bring back community focused policing to the streets of Dorset. We should increase the number of officers across our neighbourhood teams and make them far more visible, so they play a role in preventing crimes against individuals and businesses. Members of our communities should know who their local officers are and should be able to contact them easily when needed. We need to fight organised crime, particularly the county lines drugs gangs who have brought violence into some of our towns, but we also need to tackle hidden problems such as domestic abuse, child abuse, hate crime, modern slavery and cybercrime. Dorset is a proudly rural county, and so we need to deal with those crimes which have a terrible impact on our farmers and people who live in small, isolated villages, but which often take place away from the media spotlight. I want to significantly increase the rural crime team and their capabilities, and I want to develop specific strategies to tackle problems affecting our rural communities such as burglary, anti-social behaviour and farm theft. Putting victims first But above all, we’ll put victims and communities at the heart of everything we do, because it is for these people that we need to bring about change. We need to support all our victims, particularly older and more vulnerable people, but we also need to help build up strong and resourceful communities. There’s also a huge resource of talented and passionate volunteers across our county – from Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speedwatch teams to our inspirational Police Cadets – and we need to do more to tap into that. Finally, we need to make sure every penny counts when it comes to police funding. This is your money, which you pay through your council tax year in year out. We need to make sure we properly resource the front line and reduce unnecessary expenses so police teams can spend more time engaging with our communities, gathering intelligence and making people feel safer. If we get all that right, we’ll make our police crime fighters again, and Dorset will be well on the way to becoming the safest county in the UK. David Sidwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset
Phishing remains the most successful attack vector for cyber criminals targeting individuals and businesses. Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message. The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details). These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer or steal your passwords. As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million emails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The tool, which was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police last April, allows the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans it for malicious links. Since its launch, over 43,000 scams and 84,000 malicious websites have been removed. What are the most common phishing scams? The most commonly spoofed organisation reported in phishing emails was TV Licensing, with victims of these emails reporting losses totalling £5.3m. The majority of losses occurred as a result of victims following malicious links in the emails and inputting their personal information into what they thought was the legitimate TV Licensing website. Shortly after, they would receive a call from criminals impersonating bank staff who was able to convince them that their bank accounts were compromised and persuaded them to transfer all of their money to a new ‘safe’ account. Some of the other most commonly impersonated organisations included HMRC and DVLA. We also received more than 40,000 suspicious email reports relating to COVID-19. How you can protect yourself from phishing messages. Fake emails and text messages can sometimes be difficult to spot and criminals are constantly getting better at finding ways to make them seem more authentic. Email address spoofing, for example, is just one of the tactics criminals will use to try and make their fake emails look real. Here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself, and others, from scam emails and text messages: 1: Be cautious of messages asking for your personal information. Official organisations, such as your bank, should never ask you for personal or financial information via email or text message. If you receive a message and you want to check that it’s legitimate, you can call the organisation directly using a known number, such as the one on a bank statement or utility bill. 2: Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Your reports will help government and law enforcement agencies to remove malicious emails and websites. 3: Report suspicious text messages. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge and enables your mobile network provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. 4: Report fraud. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud. For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cybercrime, please visit: actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime Thanks for reading! If you found this information useful, please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends.
As the proud owner of a cockapoo pup, I understand perfectly why people are so concerned about dog theft. When you take a dog into your home, it becomes a member of the family. To a young child a dog is a treasured friend, and to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation, it can be a lifeline of support. The lockdowns we’ve gone through over the last year have seen people across the country become increasingly desperate for the companionship that a dog provides. This has pushed up demand and sadly therefore made these beloved animals a target for callous criminals who care about nothing but profit. Some have turned to breeding puppies without a licence, which they brazenly sell for thousands of pounds on well-known websites. Others have been snatching them from the streets to breed or sell them. I know from my own post bag that pet theft is something the people of Dorset care a lot about. Stories about dogs being stolen have been reported in national newspapers and circulated on social media, leading to widespread concern. Cases are low in Dorset I’d like to reassure members of the public that the number of pet thefts in Dorset is really quite low. The Force recorded 26 cases in the whole of 2020, and only four between 1 January and 31 March this year – however even four is too many and would have been greatly distressing for those dog owners. Nationally, cases rose by 170% last year and the fear of a dog being stolen is very real.I have made my feelings clear on this matter and will continue to campaign both regionally and nationally for stiffer sentencing for this crime. Locally we are already working on an action plan to deal with this problem, but an important part of the solution is improving people’s awareness about how to reduce our pets’ vulnerability. So, I’m very glad to see the Force has launched a campaign to issue crime prevention advice to dog owners. The campaign urges dog owners to have three important things at the front of their minds. Firstly, never leave your dog unattended. No matter how tempting it is, when you go into the shop don’t leave the dog tied up outside. Make certain that wherever your dog lives, it’s secure so nobody is able to just lean over the fence and pinch it. Take a close look at your home and garden boundaries. Make sure gates and entrances are locked, kennels aren’t visible from the street, and if possible make your fence harder to climb by adding a trellis. And make sure that whenever your dog’s out in public, it’s got a collar and lead on, including a tag. Whatever you do, don’t put your dog’s name on the tag – just your name and a contact number. There are other things you can do and the Force has got more information here. Having your dog neutered will mean it’s less likely to be stolen for breeding. Microchipping is not only a legal requirement, it means your dog will be much easier to track down if it is stolen. And if you can, varying where you walk your dog – and what time of the day you do it – can also help. More work to do This is important advice which will help dog lovers prevent their beloved animals being stolen, but there is more work we can do. This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Sue Hillier and Elizabeth Porcher from the dog section, who came along to my office with Loxley – a beautiful springer spaniel pup who is about to be trained to become a police sniffer dog. They told me about the important work they’re doing, as well as about some of the exciting plans they’ve got in the pipeline. They gave me some great examples of working more closely with other organisations, such as the councils who are responsible for licensing puppy breeders – and prosecuting unlicensed ones – as well as the RSPCA who deal with animal cruelty matters. Over the next few weeks I’ll be talking to Dorset Police further about what they’re doing to ensure our pets are safe, and what other actions they can take to prevent dog thefts.I look forward to updating you shortly about the outcome of these conversations. But, in the meantime, please do everything you can to keep your pets safe. David Sidwick Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner
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