Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)
We Want to Give You Some Money
Residents in Sedgefield are being contacted by organisations who have telephoned or e-mailed to say that they are owed some money and they would like to pay you as soon as possible.
Great news? Not likely!
In 99.9% of cases it is a scam, unless you have a dead relative or have won the lottery and in each case you will probably already be aware prior to any official notifications.
However, don’t be surprised if you find it convincing, as these are some very sophisticated scams. One recent example is a Sedgefield man who had owned shares in the past which he had sold but was told he had been given ‘bonus shares which he could now cash in’. A lot of correct data had been acquired about his previous shares, which gave the scam enormous credibility. Thankfully in this case he did not hand over his bank details or he could have found his account emptied very quickly.
If someone wants to give you money, there is always a catch. Stick to the principles we have regularly repeated here and never give your bank details to anyone who has contacted you until you have done your own research and even taken independent advice to check their credibility. Take your time. Nothing is so urgent that it needs an answer immediately. If in any doubt whatsoever, reject it.
Our next NHW Meeting is on 4th March
. On Sunday 1st March you can come and see us at the Community Stall at the Farmers Market, where you can meet Police Community Officers and we’ll have free security items to give away.
Most of you will be aware of the ram raid on the Premier Store in January where a transit van was reversed into the shopfront during the night. The same vehicle was used in other robberies the same evening. Police have made good progress with the investigation.
Following a previous unrelated robbery at the same store a few weeks earlier, the perpetrator was arrested and has been given a four-year jail sentence.
Also, a man from Horden pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries at the Co-op and was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
In addition to some other minor incidents, there have been two traffic related incidents where a man was narrowly missed by a speeding car (Police have located the driver) and separately, a six year old boy was knocked down.
Both occurred in the village centre and the boy’s mum has set up a Petition with Durham County Council demanding an urgent review of pedestrian safety, traffic calming and road crossings in Sedgefield. Action is needed BEFORE there is a fatality.
We are asking all residents to sign this Petition
. To do so please go to: https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay or search Democracy.Durham.gov.uk and select ePetitions in the menu.
Thanks to Crimestoppers Regional Manager, Ruth McNee who gave a presentation at the last NHW Meeting and covered the following:
The organisation is an independent charity
funded partly by the Home Office, set up in 1988 following the Broadwater Farm riots in which PC Keith Blakelock was murdered.
The telephone line
is an anonymous reporting line. The identity of callers is not known to Crimestoppers and no information is held which will identify a caller. The telephone line is open every day of the year for 24 hours per day and is always manned by trained volunteers.
Crimestoppers has partnerships
with all police forces in the country, as well as other law enforcement agencies and the commercial sector.
Rewards for information
are sometimes offered – usually up to £1000.
Campaigns are also run on crime to raise public awareness.
People tend to contact Crimestoppers
instead of the police for a number of reasons: fear of retribution; they don’t like to talk to the police; they don’t want to bother the police; it is a delicate family related issue.
Fearless.org also exists as a Crimestoppers Youth Service
and has 15 outreach workers in the UK. The aim is to educate and empower young people to talk about crime. If you are under 18 why not take a look and find out more? You never know when it will be useful.
Please lock up, stay safe and sleep well.
Local Police: Call 101
to report concerns, seek advice or pass on information. Always keep notes and ask for an incident number.
Crime Prevention Officer:
Rona Stocks. email@example.com
Police Community Cohesion Officer:
Faye Callan. 101 Extension 742317. Faye.firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidential email address:
Any information we receive will be developed and acted upon.