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RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of theft in Hackamore Way, Oakham. Unknown persons have taken both vehicle registration plates. This incident occurred between 26/11/2019 21:20 & 26/11/2019 21:30.
One report of theft in Glaston Rd, Morcott. Unknown persons have gained entry to vehicle and taken tools. This incident occurred between 28/11/2019 18:00 & 29/11/2019 08:00.
One report of criminal damage in Glaston Rd, Morcott. Unknown persons have damaged vehicle quarter light. This incident occurred between 29/11/2019 01:20 & 29/11/2019 01:35.
One report of criminal damage in Brooke Rd, Oakham. Unknown persons have damaged vehicle paintwork. This incident occurred between 28/11/2019 11:33 & 30/11/2019 07:00.
One report of theft in Cottesmore Rd, Exton. Unknown persons have gained entry to vehicle and taken property. This incident occurred between 01/12/2019 13:15 & 01/12/2019 14:30.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 7th Dec between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 12th Dec between 15:30 & 16:30
Beat Surgery at Ketton Hub on 10th Dec between 10:00 & 11:00
Beat Surgery at Buttercross, Oakham Market Place on 21st Dec between 14:00 & 15:00
Tips for Safe Xmas Shopping Online
Know who you’re buying from - Stick to big names when buying online if you possibly can familiar brands, such as Marks & Spencer or John Lewis, are much safer for you to shop from than a vendor you’ve never heard of. If something you want to buy is only available from a business you don’t know, do some research: look for reviews of the seller to see what experience other people have had. See how long the website has been registered by going to whois.icann.org and typing in the website URL: that will tell you who owns the domain name and when it was first registered, as well as give you contact details for the website managers. A domain that was only bought very recently suggests that the business is, at best, very new.
Use established marketplaces - If you do want to use a small seller, stick to buying via established marketplaces. Notonthehighstreet.com showcases small businesses, while Etsy.com is a good place to look for handcrafted gifts or vintage items. Amazon Marketplace hosts thousands of small shops, and, of course, there’s always eBay. Most importantly, they all offer payment services and dispute resolution processes that protect both the retailer and the buyer. If a small seller on a big marketplace wants to bypass the platform’s payment services, that’s a big red flag: don’t use them. If you bypass the marketplace’s process, they can’t help you if there’s a problem with the seller.
The padlock icon - You’ll see a lot of advice to only use a website that displays a padlock – which can be green– in the address bar, and that remains in force. However, there are two things to be aware of here: first, the padlock only tells you that the website is encrypted, and that it’s sending your details, such as your password and card details, from your device to its servers securely. It doesn’t tell you anything about the authenticity or trustworthiness of the people behind the website: hackers can create secure websites, too. Also, the notification is changing: Google’s Chrome browser is moving towards warning you if a website is not secure rather than telling you that it is secure, and other browsers will soon be doing the same. So look for either the green padlock, or for a warning that the site you’re visiting isn’t secure before you type in your details.
Sign out of the website - When you’ve finished shopping, sign out of the website and clear your cookies if you’re using a computer that anyone else has access to. This is especially important if you’re using a computer in the library or an internet café. If you leave yourself signed in, you risk someone else stealing your credit card details from your browser.
Check your statements - Once you’ve completed your shopping, make sure you carefully check the statements for any cards you’ve used to do your shopping. If you’ve followed our other tips about making sure you’re only sending card details over secure links and being careful when you’re using public wi-fi, you should be pretty safe, but it’s not unheard of for card details to be compromised. And it’s always worth making sure that you’ve been charged the right amount, too. It’s also worth storing emailed receipts for goods you’ve bought online in a separate folder on your computer so that you can quickly find them if you need to. You could either create a separate folder (in Outlook, Mail or Thunderbird) and move emails with receipts into that, or a new Label in Gmail.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can:
Visit our website https://www.leics.police.uk/
Call 101 (always call 999 in an emergency)
Call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111