Due to Covid-19 and repeated lockdowns, people haven’t been using their cars as much as they used to. However, car crime remains a pressing problem in the UK – alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes(1). The latest figures from the Police National Computer (3) indicate car crime decreased during Covid-19 restrictions but with the expectation of social restrictions soon easing we could see a surge in car crime. Neighbourhood Watch are launching a new campaign on the 31st March to encourage everyone to keep their car’s safety top of mind.
Key Messages of the Campaign
Leave your car locked A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. (2)
Leave your car well-lit 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night.(2) Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves.
Leave your car empty (or with no items on show) Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself.
SERVICES AT ST MARY’S BEPTON APRIL 2021 WE ARE OPEN FOR WORSHIP OVER THE EASTER PERIOD BUT MUST STILL OBSERVE THE COVID RESTRICTIONS OF WEARING A MASK AND KEEPING 2M APART IN CHURCH. The schedule for April is below: GOOD FRIDAY 2nd April at 10am* (please note time) Service of hymns and readings led by Michael Abbott, Reader EASTER SUNDAY 4TH APRIL AT 11.15AM Matins followed by shortened Holy Communion led by the Rev Canon Nigel Nicholson SUNDAY 11TH APRIL AT 11 .15AM Matins led by Janice Sayers, Reader SUNDAY18th APRIL AT 11.15 AM Matins followed by shortened Holy Communion led by the Rev Roger Williamson SUNDAY 25TH APRIL AT 11.15AM Matins led by Janice Sayers, Reader Any queries please ring Sheila Ryan, churchwarden, at 01730 813971
With the UK vaccination programme in full swing, the most recent wave of scams has focused on fraudulent offers of vaccinations, attempting to persuade recipients that they can ‘jump the queue’.
The scams, which are perpetrated via email, text or telephone call, either request payment for a vaccination, or link to authentic looking but fake websites which harvest your confidential information. Those who fall for such scams fall victim to financial fraud, identity theft or both.
Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccination Scams – Top Tips:
Remember that COVID-19 vaccines in the UK are available only via the NHS of England, Wales and Scotland, or from Health & Social Care Northern Ireland.
Remember that the NHS will never:
Charge you for a COVID-19 vaccination
Ask you for your bank account or card details
Ask you for your PIN or banking password or memorable details
Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as passport, driving licence, bills or payslips.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.