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The Draft Southwick Parish Council February 2019 minutes have been published.


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                                            NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Welcome to the New Year and 2019. I hope that you all had a lovely festive period and crime free. My Christmas was busy and slightly complicated by all my grandchildren, in turn, having colds and tummy upsets.

As I write this I am unaware of anything major happening within the village. There have been a lot of burglaries in Trowbridge, mostly minor with small items being taken, also there has been a lot of incidents of criminal damage to vehicles, with tyres being slashed and vehicles being scratched. In Bradford on Avon there has been a spate of vehicles having their number plates removed, it is unclear if this is just malicious or that the plates are being reused for other crimes. I am aware that there have been a few traffic incidents in and around the area, hopefully no major injuries. There has also been an ongoing incident of a horse being grazed and kept on a piece of land without the owner’s consent. The Police and local authorities are aware and monitoring the situation. As I write this the horse is still there and I suspect that there is not much that anyone can do about it as the original gate was not secure thus giving access to the field in the first place.

Now that the village school is back, I note that the same ongoing traffic problems are also back. Corner cutting at the bottom of Blind Lane, poor parking on pickup and drop off times in Hollis Way, speeding by parents who are running late for drop off and pickup.

To my  co-ordinators I have not yet arranged any dates for this year’s meetings. I will liaise with Melissa the PCSO and see what we can come up with.

As always if anyone has a crime related problem then if you contact me I will Endeavour to answer your query or point you in the direction of someone who can. I obviously have my own life and am not always available but if you leave a message I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity. The Police are 999 or 101 and Crimestoppers is 0800 555 111

                                                                                                                                Jim Jilbert. 


Neighbourhood Watch

            Well here we are approaching the end of another year. I hope everyone survived Halloween and Bonfire night. I have not heard of any problems in this area but was aware that in some areas groups of children were reported to be roaming around smashing up pumpkins. Wanton vandalism, even if you do not agree with the festival.

            Again as far as I am aware the village has been reasonably crime free. I am aware that there was a break in to a property in Southfields. Access was gained by breaking the rear door and as well as the property being ransacked money and jewellery was taken. No one in the vicinity heard or saw anything. This is the second incident in this area and of a very similar style and items stolen were very similar. I have heard that someone may have been arrested for this incident but this has yet to be  confirmed.

            As everyone is aware by now the Police are under extreme pressure at the moment due to a shortage of manpower, financial constraints and an increase of drug related crimes, a lot of which involves consistent re-offenders. The next major crime at this time appears to be cyber crime. It is definitely on the increase and I can imagine becoming a nightmare for the various security organisations to combat. Every time they shut one thing down the criminals find another way to rip us off.

            It would appear by the number of calls I have had from villagers that nearly all of us have had a call or mail from HMRC (Inland Revenue) stating that you are due a massive refund or that you are about to be taken to court for non payment. They even give a name and contact phone number. DO NOT REPLY to anything. If you want to make sure it is not genuine then turn out any old records and phone a legitimate number for the tax office. If it is genuine they will confirm or if they are unaware of the scam then they will ask you to give details to their fraud department.

            I had a problem with my laptop in that some of my keys would not work. This went on for hours and I got so fed up that I decided to get in touch with Microsoft. That is a task in itself, as no numbers appear to be available so I went onto my tablet and phoned the first number that came up for a Microsoft help desk. Yes they could help, and they stated that after me giving them access to my laptop yes it had been infected with a virus, and they could reset it for me. This was over a period of one and a half hours. It was only when they asked for £250 by credit card to do this did I become suspicious and shut everything down. I immediately contacted MacAfee who stated that everything was fine and that these companies are scammers. They scanned my systems for any hackers and informed me to reboot the laptop and reset all passwords. I was lucky that nothing was affected and that I did not give out any passwords or bank details. The moral here is DO NOT phone the first number you find on the internet without double checking its web address.

            Only last week my daughter had a text from her bank saying that there had been some unusual activity on one of her accounts and to contact them immediately. The number given was an actual bank number but somehow the hackers could intercept the call. They informed her that a large sum of money had been taken from her business account. They obviously wanted to get further bank details to complete their transfer, luckily my daughter does not have a lot of her business details as my wife deals with the internet banking. After about two hours, with the scammers acting as middle spokesperson to her and her bank, pretending they were her, she told them she would get more information and get back to them. Luckily in this time she actually got through to the real bank and was told it was all a scam. A small amount of money had been transferred between her accounts and the bank had no idea how it had happened. They put a block on all transactions and are investigating it all. She will get the money refunded as the bank cannot work out how the transfer took place without them picking it up. The lesson to be learnt here is if you get a notification of anything from a banking group with a contact number DO NOT use it. Only phone the numbers on the back of your bank cards. Explain your problem and they will confirm whether a scam or genuine.

            With Christmas upon us my annual advice is as always. Do not leave shopping or handbags on show in your house or vehicle. Be aware who is beside you when putting your card numbers into machines at counters or bank cash machines. Split cash amounts into smaller packages and place in separate places, so that if cash is taken from your pocket or purse you still have some in a different location. Be careful that after putting shopping into your car you do not drive off with items or your purse on the top of the vehicle.

            I wish you all a crime free and enjoyable festive period.

Jim Jilbert, village co-ordinator.    01225 763314


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