Police Issues in Westborough.
Need to report something to the Police that is not an emergency?
You can report Non-Emergency Crimes: Such as...
- Road Traffic Collisions
- Hate Crimes
- Noise Nuisance
- Street Lights
You can report more online as well as get advice on whether this is an issue that Police deal with, or a local authority.
Whether on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to visit the Essex Police 'Do It Online' section of their website.
If you need to report something where there is immediate threat to life or property then as always dial 999.
Most people who call at your home will have a genuine reason for doing so but by taking a few simple precautions you can protect yourself and your home.
Follow our advice to stay safe:
• Don’t be frightened to ask for identification and always check it carefully. If you’re not sure, ask them to come back another day.
• Think about installing a door chain and use it. Keep the door on the chain until you’ve seen identification.
• If you need your glasses to read the identification, close the door before going to find them.
Don’t leave the door open and unattended.
• Remember to lock the back door before opening the front.
• Don’t be pressured into letting someone into your home if you have suspicions.
• Don’t keep large amounts of cash in the house.
• Don’t believe scare stories. Not all callers are genuine.
Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home.
They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and carry out poor quality household repairs to roofs and driveways
They may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn't need doing in the first place.
We're working with Essex County Council and Age UK Essex as part of a campaign to warn residents to 'Be Sure at the Door'.
You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them.
If you think you've been taken in by a rogue trader, please let us know by calling 101, contact Trading Standards on 08454 040 506 or talk to a friend or relative.
Sent by PS 71468 Julie Mackay
“I hadn’t bought a ticket... So how could I win a lottery?”
The aim of any Scammer is to part you and your money.
Everyone should be on their guard as scammers are now using more sophisticated methods
in their attempts to convince people that what they are offering is
legitimate or official.
• Don’t be rushed – resist pressure to make a decision straight away.
• If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
• The letter has arrived unexpectedly.
• You’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about and didn’t buy a ticket.
• They are asking you to send money in advance.
• You shouldn’t have to pay anything to get a prize.
• You’re being urged to respond quickly so you don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends.
•They are telling you to keep it a secret.
Stop scam mail.
The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) allows you to have your name and address removed from mailing lists.
To register for the free service, call 0845 703 4599 or visit mpsonline.org.uk.
Report to Royal Mail.
If you do receive correspondence you believe to be from fraudsters, you can forward it to Royal Mail with a covering letter to Freepost, Scam Mail, PO Box 797, Exeter, EX1 9UN.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03456 113 413.