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Dear <<First Name>>
Last Wednesday my phone rang at lunch time. There was no name but the 01278 pre-fix led me to answer it thinking it might be a Neighbourhood Watch member. The caller informed me that he was calling about my recently installed loft insulation and that it was causing a damp problem. In fact, my loft is very well insulated and has been for years and is very well ventilated, so damp is not an issue.  My lunch was getting cold, so I told him he was the one with a problem and ended the call.
These scams are coming at us in every way imaginable so please download “The Little Book of BIG Scams” (see link below), treat every phone call, text or email with suspicion and stay safe.
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Coronavirus Scam

Hackers don't waste time when a new opportunity for a scam arises. The MAIL reports that emails containing malicious software are being circulated in Japan.  They appear to contain information about coronavirus and recipients are urged to download an attachment and this contains a virus which gives the hackers access to the computer.

Like coronavirus, there's no reason to assume this scam will not soon be circulating here so be sure to ignore any such message.
Some 80+ people attended our Special Meeting on the 15th February in Edington Village Hall. I suspect the vast majority left thinking how best to improve their own security and that many local homes are now less vulnerable to burglary. Our thanks to member Jon Hawes, for sharing his knowledge gained as a police officer. The main points that were covered were:
  • Most burglaries don’t happen in the dead of night but at dusk or dawn.
  • Your home is unlikely to have been targeted although it may have been previously noted as having poor security.
  • Most burglaries are opportunistic.
  • Most burglars don’t want conflict or contact with their victims so make your home look occupied.
  • Have visible security measures – alarm, CCTV, lights on timers. A dog that barks!
  • Whilst on holiday, get a friend with a spare car to park it on your drive.
  • Don’t leave garden tools around – even hand trowels are useful for levering windows open; bricks and rocks are good for breaking windows.
  • Don’t leave valuable items in view of windows – laptops, iPad, car keys etc. Keep car keys in a metal container.
  • Make it difficult for burglars to get to the back of the property where they can work unseen by passers-by or hide until the sound of breaking glass has gone un-noticed.
  • Motion activated flood lights can be a mixed blessing particularly if sited to shine directly into your camera.
  • Entry to your home may have been through an open or broken window. Exit from your home via the front door will not look suspicious so don’t leave door keys available.
  • If you have been burgled, it’s highly likely that you’ll get a return visit from the thieves in 6 – 8 weeks’ time unless you have visibly improved your security.
  • If you see strangers, when out for a walk, speak to them in a non-challenging way – good morning, good evening, can I help you? If they seem uncomfortable with such interchange, make a note of their appearance.Is there a car/van parked nearby – note the Reg No. and see if they get into it. Trust your gut feeling and if suspicious, phone 101 with clear thoughts as to why you feel that way – the call handler is trained to ask questions.
  • Write up details of suspicious incidences including date and time and keep safe for future reference should you, at a later date, be asked to give evidence in court.
Evening Cold Callers
Some of you have been concerned to receive callers in the evening collecting for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. We have received confirmation that these callers were genuine but feel this is quite an inapproriate means of fundraising.  If you agree with us, then why not write to the organisation concerned and urge them to stop collecting in this way.
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To contact your village leader, click on the appropriate name below.
Bawdrip: Richard Culverhouse
Catcott:   David Thomas 
Chilton Polden:  Kate Midgley
Moorlinch:  Ron Hixon
Cossington:       John Clasby
Edington:           Carol Clark
Woolavington:   Graham Lockley
Shapwick:  (awaiting nomination)
Please note: if your village is  not listed above, it is probably because your village does not have a Watch Scheme, or that the Scheme is not formally linked with the e-watch service.  All Polden Villages are welcome and we hope others will join in with us soon.
If you see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: police operators are on hand 24/7.

If you have information about any crime, phone 101 or call anonymously CRIMESTOPPERS 0800 555 111
In an emergency dial 999

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