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Community Policing update in Bedfordshire

Update from the officers of the Stewartby community

I’m PC Kerry Jones and work alongside PCSO James Dancer as the officers of the local community for Stewartby, among other areas.

Although we are currently in unexplored and unprecedented times, we want to reassure our residents that just because we have had to temporarily postpone our community involvement events does not mean that we have reduced our police service.

One of the priorities we are working on is to increase high visibility patrols in relation to burglaries, which has been raised during our last meetings for the definition of priorities.

In addition, we connect regularly with local companies in the area so that we can work together to combat any problems that arise and it is a great opportunity to better understand any doubts they might have.

We also worked with the Thames Valley police and Northamptonshire police Operation Drover, which is a cross-border operation aimed at offenders who commit crimes in the three counties. Like many villages we are responsible for the border of both counties, it’s nice to have this opportunity to work with our neighboring forces to fight crime.

Unfortunately, while we are in the midst of a national pandemic, scammers are taking their chances and using the current situation as a hook to benefit people, which has understandably caused concern among our communities.

I’d like to encourage you to continue being vigilant if you receive unwanted messages, emails or phone calls from anyone you don’t know and who asks for your personal data.

In particular, please be aware of sellers who offer to send you protective masks or other similar products, or malicious attachments and links in e-mails or texts where the person claims to be from the World Health Organization, the Health Service. national or other healthcare organizations that ask you to click a link to access relevant information. We are also aware that there are fraudulent charities that are claiming to raise funds for people affected by the pandemic.

To minimize the chance of becoming a victim of fraud or scam, follow our simple tips:

  • Do not click on any links sent by an unknown organization or person and do not open suspicious email attachments
  • Use only reliable sources, such as the Government website, for updates and information
  • Never disclose your personal or financial information by email, SMS or telephone
  • If you wish to make a donation, check the legitimacy in the government’s charity registry
  • If you are shopping online, do a thorough research of the seller and, when making the payment, use a credit card since most of the major suppliers ensure online purchases
  • If you have concerns about suspicious messages or have been targeted by a scammer, please report it to Action fraud

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