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    Residents Invited To Attend Crime Prevention Evening

    Members of the public have the opportunity to speak to their local neighbourhood team on Wednesday (June 12) at a special crime prevention evening being held in Long Buckby.

    The event has been organised by Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Craig Egdell at the United Reformed Church in Brington Road, between 5pm and 8pm in response to a series of burglaries earlier this year.

    PCSO Egdell said: "Directly following the burglaries, we spoke to victims, carried out letter drops of the local area and sent out crime prevention information via the Neighbourhood Alert system.

    "This event has been organised to reinforce the crime prevention message and is open to anyone who would like more information on crime prevention or raise any local policing concerns they may have with their local neighbourhood team."

    The Daventry Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team officer will be joined at the event by colleagues PCSO Tara Cooksammy and Crime Prevention Officer Brenda Hart, and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Rachel Dobbs.

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    Sarah Thomson (Police, Communications Officer, Countywide)

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    Be Safe From Bogus Callers

    Police officers have teamed up with @AnglianWater to issue a warning to the public following a spate of distraction burglaries that have taken place across Northamptonshire: https://youtu.be/jWc4eLdE2Hs

    YOUTUBE.COMBe safe from bogus callersNorthants Police and Anglian Water team up to make you aware of burglars using distraction techniques to gain access to your homes - don't let them in!

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    Les Conopo (Police, Community Support Officer, Daventry & South Northants)

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    HMRC Fraud Update

    What you need to know

    • Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
    • Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim's non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
    • If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim's address or, in some cases, deportation.
    • Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
    • In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
    • If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.

    It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

    What you need to do

    • Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
    • Legitimate organisations wouldn't ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you're contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you're likely the target of a scam
    • Don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
    • Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud

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    Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Fatalities on Northampton roads fall in 2018

The number of killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties on Northamptonshire roads in 2018 was the second lowest since records began in 1960.
Overall KSI figures increased by just nine from 279 casualties in 2017 to 288 last year, while the number of people killed on the county's roads fell by almost 30 per cent from 44 to 31 in the same period.
While reported injury collisions have fallen from 1068 in 2017 to 1041 last year, casualties who sustained slight injuries increased from 1095 to 1172, and seriously injured figures rose by 22 to 257.
Despite this, road safety in Northamptonshire has improved significantly over the last 20 years with more traffic making our county road networks busier than ever before.
A countywide partnership between Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, The Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and Northamptonshire Highways representing Northamptonshire County Council was set up last November.
The Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance (NSRA) brings key partners together to work on initiatives which aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured and make the county's roads safer.
Chair of NSRA, Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper, said: "To see the number of people killed on our roads fall last year is very encouraging, and reflects the hard work of all the partners involved in keeping our county roads safe.
"However every person who dies on our roads is one too many and we must not forget that behind each statistic is a grieving family or someone coming to terms with a life changing injury.
"We understand this and are working hard to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in Northamptonshire, by focusing on the fatal four – speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel.
"Through education and enforcement, the Safer Roads Alliance will continue to run campaigns and operations to reinforce this message. However we cannot do this on our own as it is only road users who can change their driving behaviour."
Statistics show young drivers (aged 16-25) and working drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision than other road users, therefore these are the two groups the NSRA has chosen to concentrate on working with in its first year.
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