Avian Flu – latest from DEFRA

Precautions against ‘Bird Flu’ are not just for commercial enterprises.

The latest from DEFRA can be viewed online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017

If you find one or more dead gulls, waders, ducks, geese and swans (webbed feet, long legs or long neck) or five or more of any species the DAERA Helpline should be contacted at 0300 200 7840.

Thefts from outbuildings – advice

Officers in the west of the New Forest are investigating thirty-five burglaries from outbuildings that have taken place over the last month.

Between Monday, April 18, and Monday, May 16, fifteen reports were received for the Lymington and New Milton areas and twenty in total for Ringwood and Fordingbridge.

We believe that some of the burglaries from sheds, garages and other outbuildings are linked. In many cases garden equipment, power tools, and bicycles have been taken.

In one case an outbuilding on West Road in Bransgore was broken into last Sunday night (May 15-16) and £15,000 worth of power tools, including a disc cutter and circular saw, were stolen.suspicious-call-the-police-watch-out-there-s-a-thief-about-british-poster-1960s

Inspector Richard Parsons said “Please ensure that your outbuildings are kept secure and not an easy target for thieves. In addition ensure that expensive equipment is properly secured with items such as ground anchors and chains. Chaining items together is also an effective way of preventing thieves from removing equipment.

“Remember to keep accurate details of your property including serial numbers and identifying marks, and, wherever possible photographs. This will assist the us in returning items to you if they are recovered.

“I’d also urge the local community to report any persons or vehicles acting suspiciously in the New Forest to us by calling 101”.

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following crime prevention advice:

General home and outbuilding security

• Keep the boundaries of your property well-maintained and secure to keep out unwanted visitors
• Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
• Ensure windows and door frames are in good repair.
• Fit adequate locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings and consider fitting shutters or grilles to windows, or blocking them completely
• Fit good quality window locks
• Consider fitting a monitored home intruder alarm
• Check security equipment regularly to ensure it works properly.

Security lighting

• Install automatic security lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn.
• Help make your property look occupied by fitting timer switches to lamps in different rooms and set them to come on at staggered times.
• Make sure the manufacturer’s instructions are adhered to at all times when using electrical security devices.

CCTV and intruder alarms

• Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
• Consider installing an audible and monitored intruder alarm system.

Equipment security

• Leave vehicles out of sight when not in use.
• Vehicles and plant equipment should be locked when left outside and the keys kept in your possession or in a locked key safe.
• Consider the use of hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors. You may require a combination of the above to meet insurance requirements.

Security marking

• All property, including vehicles and tools, should be uniquely marked, photographed and details such as serial, chassis and model numbers recorded.

The purpose of marking property is:

• To reduce the payoff to the thief – traceable property may be more difficult to sell on
• To increase the likelihood of identifying property as stolen – thereby assisting prosecution
• To increase the likelihood of re-uniting property with the owner

There are a number of methods for marking property effectively.

• Covertly – for example through use of Forensic DNA marker as liquid, gel or grease; UV pen; tracking or tagging technology; micro-marking.
• Overtly – by engraving/chemical etching; labels; postcoding or use of bar codes.

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Protect Yourself From Bogus Websites

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)


This is an update to a previous alert sent from Action Fraud in November 2015.

Fraudsters are setting up high specification websites advertising various electrical goods and domestic appliances. These goods are below market value and do not exist. The website will state you can pay via card; however when the purchaser goes to pay, this option is not available and the payment must be made via bank transfer.

The fraudster entices the purchaser and reassures them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. They then use the Trustmark fraudulently and provide a link on the bogus electrical website to another bogus website (which purports to be Trusted Shops). This website shows a fake certificate purporting to be from Trusted Shops and provides thousands of reviews for the bogus electrical website. These reviews are all fraudulent. The website has not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:

  • Check the authenticity of the website before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘Whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created- Be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website – https://who.is/
  • Conduct online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
  • Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
  • Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
  • If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

Helping you stay warm

Information from HCC:

Thanks to funding from the Hampshire County Council Rural Development fund we are pleased to be able to offer, in addition to our current project, extra support to tackle fuel poverty in the rural areas of Hampshire.

As well as the standard level of support available through Hitting the Cold Spots, HCC recognise that those residents living in the rural areas of Hampshire can face added challenges.

Hitting the Cold Spots can help individuals and families throughout the Hampshire County Council area with practical support and detailed advice including visits from skilled Advisors.  This can lead to the provision of emergency heating, access to funding for repairs and replacement heating or hot water systems as well as small grants to help cope with winter emergencies.

Hitting the Cold Spots will also provide practical support with debt, financial advice and benefits as well as assistance with switching energy providers.  Home Safety visits offering carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are also available.

There is a pdf file available with more information.Helping you stay warm