RUTLAND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH BRIEF
Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had two reports of a burglary residential.
College Farm Lane, Belton. Unknown person(s) have entered building and taken a horse box. This incident occurred between 17/11/2018 16:30 & 19/11/2018 06:30.
Mendip Way, Edith Weston. Unknown persons have entered house by side door. Untidy search, nothing taken. This incident occurred between 08/11/2018 14:00 & 26/11/2018 00:26
Beat Surgery at Ketton Library on 4th December between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at The Lodge Trust, Market Overton on 4th December between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at the Farmers Market, Gaol St on 15th December between 09:00 & 11:00.
Celebrate Safety Events
PC 2988 Josh Ace, PCSO 6613 Andy Wylie and Rutland County Council Community Safety Team will be holding a Celebrate Safety Event Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall between 1800-2100pm on Thursday 6th December 2018, Late Night Xmas Shopping. Please come along and share any issues or local concerns.
Tips for Safe Shopping Online
Make sure software is up to date - You are much more at risk from hackers if your software isn’t up to date – security updates fix potential loopholes that hackers use to get into your device. Before you embark on your online shopping spree, make sure you’ve updated your operating system (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS), your antivirus software and your browser, or the app you’re planning to use, such as a dedicated store app (John Lewis, Argos etc) or a dedicated marketplace app (Etsy, eBay, Amazon).
Use strong passwords - Have a separate, strong password for every single account you have with a retailer. Don’t reuse passwords, and avoid using a system for your passwords (such as adding a number or a code to a common password for different sites). We have more detailed advice on how to create secure passwords at https://computing.which.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/360000818025-How-to-create-secure-passwords.This advice is important all year round, but it’s doubly important at this time of year. And the best thing you can do to keep scammers away from your passwords is to start using a password manager.
Separate email address - It’s worth having a separate email address for setting up and managing online accounts. Not only does it keep your personal or work inbox clear of notifications and potential spam, it also means you keep important information, such as work documents and family emails, separate from newsletters and emails telling you that a delivery is on its way. Also, should the email address associated with your online shopping accounts be compromised, then your sensitive data remains safe in your other inbox.
Be careful on a mobile - It’s tempting to use a smartphone to do your online shopping – it’s quicker and more convenient than firing up a laptop or a desktop. But be particularly careful with checking the URL of a website – mobile versions of browsers don’t always display the full web address in the address bar, making it harder to know for sure that you’re at the right website rather than, say, on a phishing site designed to trick you into revealing your passwords. Use a retailer’s app rather than a mobile website where possible to protect yourself from the risk of going to a fake site.
More next week.
Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.