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Community Safety News DECEMBER 2018 EDITION

The Community Safety Newsletter aims to keep residents informed about what the Community Safety Partnership has been involved with in Chiltern and South Bucks districts in the last month.

Home Alone - How to protect your home this winter

This year to promote winter home security advice, we have decided to take inspiration from one of the nation’s favourite Christmas films, Home Alone.

We would like to say a big thank you to Emily from The Di Burnett Youth Centre for starring in our short film.

The nights are getting darker, which means opportunistic crime is on the rise especially in residential areas throughout the UK but don’t worry – we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to maximise the security of your home.

Here are a few tips to keep you and your home safe during the holidays:

  • Use a timer swtich
  • keep keys out of sight
  • Hide holiday dates
  • Keep tools locked away
  • Hide expensive things and put them in a safe place
  • Lock all doors and windows

For further crime prevention advice please visit our websites: www.chiltern.gov.uk/homesecurity or www.southbucks.gov.uk/homesecurity

Be drink aware this Christmas

Whilst Christmas is all about enjoying yourself it’s important to keep an eye on what you’re drinking during the festivities!

Visit https://buckscc.drinkchecker.org.uk/ and take the drink test to see how much you have been drinking over the festive period!

12 Days Of Christmas

Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils have been working with Thames Valley Police to bring you a special rendition of 'Twelve Days of Christmas' to help share seasonal crime prevention advice.

Starting on Thursday 13th December, each day we will be sharing a festive crime prevention message via our social media accounts, you will be need to be following us on Facebook or Twitter to see the messages! - @ChilternCouncil and @SouthBucksDC

The full video will be available on our YouTube channels on Monday 24th December.

Please visit: Chiltern District Council Youtube or South Bucks District Council Youtube

White Ribbon Day Cake Sale

On Monday 26th November the joint Community Safety team held a fundraising cake sale to support White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Day is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and take a stand against violent and abusive behaviour.

In total we raised £110.70 for Wycombe Womens Aid.

For more information about Wycombe Women’s Aid please visit: http://www.wycombewomensaid.org.uk/

New bike for Christmas?

If you are planning on gifting a bike for Christmas or receive one yourself why not property mark it?

Bike marking is a simple solution to this problem and means that the police are more likely to identify the bike and return it to the owner: a simple sticker with your postcode on, stuck to the inside of your bike frame, will inform the police of ownership.

If you would like a bike marking label please email communitysafety@chiltern.gov.uk

#fightfestivefraud

Action Fraud and Thames Valley Police are reminding shoppers to take extra care when shopping for gifts online. As consumers search online for bargains and gifts for loved ones, fraudsters are seeing this as an opportunity to trick people with the promise of great deals and big cash savings. The latest report by Action Fraud shows that fraudsters conned 15,024 shoppers out of more than £11 million over the Christmas period last year.

For more information about this campaign please visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/new-campaign-launched-to-fight-festive-fraud

Statistics show that:

• Online shopping fraud has increased by 24% during the Christmas period between 2015 and 2018.

• Over 15,000 reports of online shopping fraud were made to Action Fraud during the 2017/18 Christmas period.

• Victims reported losing more than £11 million in total.

Please follow the Cyber and Fraud Twitter account @TVPCyber_Fraud for news and tips.

Thank you for reading!

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