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Courier Fraud - Please Read

Dear Resident, 

Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in reports of courier fraud in Cheshire.

What is it -

Courier fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone purporting to be a police officer or bank official. The caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address.

The caller may also offer a telephone number for the victim to telephone or ask the victim to call the number on the back of their bank card to check that they are genuine.

In these circumstances, either the number offered will not be genuine or, where a genuine number is suggested, the fraudster will stay on the line and pass the victim to a different individual.

The fraudster will then suggest;

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.

- Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.

- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently, and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to co-operate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange, or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster.

Be aware –

Your bank or the police will NEVER call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone, ask you to help with an investigation or offer to pick up your card by courier.

You should hang up immediately if you get a call like this.

If you need to call your bank back to check, wait five minutes; fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. Alternatively, use a different line altogether to call your bank.


Please share this with elderly friends and family as it often those who are targeted.


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Halloween/Bonfire period safety advice

Dear Resident,  

For many people, Halloween and Bonfire night is an enjoyable, harmless few days to partake in activities with family and friends. However, for many it can be a frightening time, especially vulnerable people including the elderly, and those with physical and mental disabilities.

Halloween and Bonfire Night also sees a spike in anti-social behaviour, with people believing they can get away with bad behaviour just because it is Halloween. The police are aware of this and increase patrols around this time, particularly focusing on areas where trouble is well known, and where many vulnerable people live. As well as patrols, other plans are put into place, such as local shops not selling flour and eggs on the night of Halloween.

Please see below for some useful tips on keeping you, your family and the local community safe during this period.

If you are a parent/guardian of young children

·      Be sure that either you or another responsible adult accompanies your children.

·      Encourage your child to stay with their friends and not to split up into smaller groups.

·      Advise your children not to talk to strangers and not to go into anyone’s house.

·      Talk with your children about road safety, encouraging them to stick to areas that are well lit, to wear something bright so that drivers can see them and take extra care when crossing roads.

·      Make sure that your child looks out for ‘No Trick No Treat No Thanks’ posters. Residents will put these up on their doors or windows if they don’t want to be disturbed.

·      If someone does not answer the door, move on! They may not want trick or treaters or may be vulnerable and frightened.

·      Throw away any treats or sweets that have been opened or unwrapped and do not accept homemade treats.

·      Do not attend unauthorised bonfires, attend an organised event instead.


If you are a parent/guardian of teenage children

Ask them:

·      What are they planning to do?

·      Where are they going?

·      Who are they going with?

·      What time, and how they will be getting home?

Tell them:

·      To think about what they are doing

·      Not to cause distress or annoyance to others

·      Not to cause damage to property

·      Not to put themselves or others in danger

Be aware:

·      If they are under 18 they cannot possess a firework in a public place

·      Police often put a dispersal zone in place at locations that have previously been hotspots for ASB. This is in order to reduce incidents and protect the public. Please ensure your child is not attending an area with a dispersal zone as this may lead to further Police action being taken against them.


If you are feeling nervous about the upcoming period

·      Do not open your door if you don’t know who is there, use a spy hole, look out of the window or use a door chain if you decide to open your door.

·      Have a contact number of a relative, friend or good neighbour close by in case you need to call them.

·      If you feel frightened lock windows and doors, keep the house well lit and close the curtains.

·      If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, let your co-ordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a co-ordinator, identify people that may be alone and offer them reassurance.

·      Avoid putting out Halloween decorations if you do not want visitors, this is an indicator for some children to call at a house to trick or treat.  

·      Put a sign on your door and inside your window that states clearly whether trick-or-treaters are welcome. If you run out of sweets and goodies to give to visitors, put a sign on your door that says “Sorry, no more treats”.

·      If you feel threatened call 101 or 999 in an emergency.


Residents advice

·      Secure property such as wheelie bins and fence panels to prevent them being removed and used for unauthorised bonfires.

·      If you see an unauthorised bonfire being built, report this to your Local Authority for removal. If the unauthorised bonfire has been lit, report this to the Fire Service.

·      Check on vulnerable neighbours.


I hope this helps. 

Kind Regards, 


Message Sent By
Beth George
(Cheshire Police, Crime Prevention Officer , West)

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The November edition of OUR NEWS is here


We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

Here are some highlights in November's edition:

  • Trust your instincts - guidance to help protect against scams and fraud
  • Applications now open for the winter 2023 Community Grants Fund
  • ERA shares your views on smart home security systems
  • WaterSafe have shared their top tips for staying warm and safe this winter


Have your say! Don't forget to fill in our 2023 National Crime and Community survey before Wednesday 13th November. Click here to complete the survey

We would also like to remind you that there is a price drop on mugs, promotional packs and wheelie bin stickers on the Neighbourhood Watch shop!

  • Wheelie bin stickers were £3, now £1.20
  • Mugs were £8.00, now £4.00 per mug or 36 mugs for £96.00

Shop these discounted prices now!

We hope you enjoy this edition - please share it with others!

Thank you,


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The October edition of OUR NEWS is here

Dear Simon,


We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

Here are some highlights in October's edition:

  • A celebration of our National Crime and Community Conference 2023, and our Volunteer Awards 2023 winners
  • We announce our new partnership with SimpliSafe, with benefits for our members
  • The Lookout student magazine is back - you can read it now!
  • Get Safe Online invite you to join a free webinar on internet safety 
  • The Children's Society shares free resources on spotting and preventing child exploitation, with invitations to free webinars this autumn



Coming soon - we would like to remind everyone that we will soon be hosting a series of autumn & winter webinars available for all NWN members to join, focusing on the theme of 'not on my doorstep' and hidden crime awareness.


We would also like to highlight that our NWN Shop now has NEW road signs available with our new logo in stock - order yours now!

We hope you enjoy this edition - please share it with others!

Thank you,



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