Black Friday

Black Friday is coming along and what you need to be aware of is:

  • Be selective where you shop
  • only provide necessary information
  • use secure, protected payment
  • keep your accounts secure
  • beware of unexpected communication

If things go wrong, contact your bank immediately and report the problem to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.ukor ring them on 0300 123 2040

Be black Friday savvy

argain or a scam? In the heat of the moment it can be hard to tell, especially in the run up to Black Friday!

Criminals may trick you into purchasing goods/services that don’t exist by advertising them at too good to be true prices.

Protect your money and information by only using retailers you trust, or authorised sellers named on official websites when shopping for deals online. #TakeFive to read online reviews from reputable sources to confirm websites are genuine.#StopChallengeProtect#ShopSavvy

Festival of Discovery

Running online 20-21 November 2020, The Festival of Discovery aims to help people connect through lively discussions, entertainment, things to make and do and real-life stories from communities across the UK.

Join Eddie Izzard, Jo Brand, Mr Motivator and many more special celebrity guests and contributors as they set out on an exciting journey to explore what a better future might look like for us all.

Book your place now, it’s completely FREE and with new acts still being confirmed, there is something for everyone at www.thefestivalofdiscovery.com! #FestivalOfDiscovery

Take five – stop fraud

Britain’s departure from the EU will provide criminals with an opportunity to target you with fraud and scams. These may include:

• Tricking you into purchasing European Health Insurance Cards from unofficial websites

• Fake HMRC websites urging businesses trading with the EU to register for a “UK trade number”

• Unsolicited calls/emails, using the current news around Brexit, to encourage you to make new investments.

Stay ahead of the criminals by always taking a moment to #Stop and #Challenge any requests for your personal/financial information or money. Remember they’re experts at tricking you into believing they’re from trusted organisations using urgent language and even easily obtainable personal information so ensure you #TakeFive

You can protect yourself by seeking advice directly from the gov.uk website below and contacting organisations directly using a known email or phone number. If you’re planning on making any investments, check the Financial Conduct Authority’s register for regulated firms, individuals and bodies. Additionally, HMRC will never ask you for your personal or payment information via emails or text messages. #StopChallengeProtecthttps://www.gov.uk/transition

Password confusion?

•Help us lock reduce cybercrime Introducing our new #ProtectyourPa$$W0rD campaign – it only takes 3 easy steps www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords
•Neighbourhood Watch need your help to make sure whole communities #ProtectyourPa$$W0rD  Find free resources to use and share here www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords
•1 in 5 of us will be victims of cybercrime. Don’t be the 1. #ProtectyourPa$$W0rD and take and share these 3 easy steps: www.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords
•If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, we’ve got 3 easy steps to help #ProtectyourPa$$W0rDwww.ourwatch.org.uk/passwords

A gateway to engage with the community

Neighbourhood Watch is to become

  • the most popular gateway for people to engage with their local community
  • the authoritative voice on community-based crime prevention
  • a recognised contributor to community health and well-being.

The next national AGM of the Neighbourhood Watch Network will be addressed by Minister of State Kit Malthouse in November.

Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association is represented, we are one of the country’s associations formed within borough boundaries.

We strongly recommend that local people register with Ourwatch whether you are part of

  • Residents Association
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Local group of helpers

who all have the well-being of the community at heart and feel that community safety, reduction of crime are part of their agenda.

Map your watch or contact us to help you set up a watch area on the site.

Scams awareness session

complete the friends for scams awareness session today

It’s been four years since Friends Against Scams launched with the aim of spreading awareness of scams! Time to make some noise about scams and equip as many people as possible with the knowledge to protect others. Every Friend Against Scams makes a difference –so what are you waiting for? Join in. Spread the word. Protect others. #ScamAware

£1.20 per week for ASB patrols

We fully support the extra charge of £1.20 per week of service charges for ASB patrols. The patrols are exactly what’s needed in known ASB hotspots. Report ASB to the council here.

Don’t become complacent Neighbourhood Watchers your reporting is vital for the safety and security of us all.

Use our reporting sheet for recurring events you are worried about.

There are few ASB hotspots but there are many other areas where the alertness of our volunteers helps to keep us safe.