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The Devon and Cornwall police rural affairs team have produced a calendar which highlights rural issues throughout the year to focus problem solving activity for police, partners and public with key messages and prevention activity, this month’s theme is Illegal off-road riding and driving.
Why is this important?
Illegal off-road riding and driving cause real damage to the landscape, heritage sites and can harm livestock. The use of vehicles off-road without authority is an offence, causes anti-social issues and in some cases the vehicles are uninsured and illegal for use on the road.
What do you need to do?
Under the Road Traffic Act using a mechanically propelled vehicle without lawful authority on common land, moorland, on any footpath or bridleway is an offence. Ensure you have permission to carry out the activity. Members of the public should be vigilant reporting incidents to the police.
How can you prevent this?
• Be aware of where you are riding/driving and ensure you have permission. Your vehicle could be seized.
• Drive responsibly, anticipate hazards, ensure your vehicle is road worthy.
• Landowners can consider securing entrances and the use of appropriate signage.
• Notify the police using 999 if you suspect an offence is being committed and the offenders are still on scene.
• If you have any information about illegal off-road riding or driving please email email@example.com, call the non-emergency number, 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 783 0137.
• Join Devon & Cornwall Alert, Watch schemes and local social media groups so that you can find out what is happening in your area.
Scam warning: Fake DPD emails and texts.
Action Fraud has seen a surge in reports relating to fake emails and texts purporting to be from DPD. The messages claim that DPD was “unable to deliver your parcel today” and provide instructions on how the recipient can arrange another delivery. The links in the emails and texts lead to fake websites that are designed to steal money, as well as personal and financial information.
Victims of this scam have reported losing over £242,000 since June. For more information, please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/fake-dpd-messages-lead-to-over-200000-in-losses-since-june
How you can protect yourself:
If you’re unsure whether the email or text is genuine, then don’t use the link. Instead, visit the DPD website by entering the official web address directly into your browser’s address bar, or search for it and follow the search results.
Remember, your bank will never ask you to transfer money to another account, or contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN or full password.
If you have received an email which you’re unsure about, you can report it by forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.
The Devon and Cornwall police rural affairs team have produced a calendar which highlights rural issues throughout the year to focus problem solving activity for police, partners and public with key messages and prevention activity.
Novembers theme is fuel and battery theft
Why is this important?
On farms, fuel and batteries are one of the most likely things to be targeted by criminals. Thefts often increase during the longer nights with the extended cover of darkness giving more opportunities. Unprotected tanks can be emptied in minutes using basic methods causing both financial and emotional impacts on farmers and businesses.
What do you need to do?
Reduce fuel theft with simple crime prevention measures. Working together, land owners, rural businesses and members of the public should be vigilant reporting any suspicious activity to the police – noting vehicle details, descriptions and an accurate location.
How can you prevent this?
-Landowners and managers, where possible, should secure gates and block unused entrances.
-Protect fuel and batteries with locks, lighting, CCTV and fencing.
-Store machinery, tanks and batteries out of sight where possible.
-Consider the use of signage or other means to prevent cold callers to farms and businesses.
-Notify the police using 999 if you suspect an offence is being committed.
-If you have any information please email email@example.com, call the non-emergency number, 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 08007830137.
-Join Devon & Cornwall Alert, https://alerts.dc.police.uk/ Watch schemes and local social media groups so that you can find out what is happening in your area.
We would like to make the public aware of a recent fake penalty notice scam which is sent by email, the email looks genuine and official and states that a penalty charge is due, the email normally contains a link to pay online, please do not click on links.
To check a fine is genuine please use a reliable source of information to make contact to check.
Please be wary of this type of scam with emails that contain links, links can take you to a phishing website that is used to steal financial information.
If you have any concerns please phone 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Suspicious emails can also be forwarded to the National Security Centre’s “Suspicious Email Reporting Service” (SERS) email@example.com and if you have fallen victim to a phishing scam, please report this to: Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Please pass this information on.
Please note that this message was sent by Devon and Cornwall Police.
Issued: 12 June 2020
A toolkit to help raise awareness about violence in older people’s relationships, has been launched in time for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday 15 June.
The Toolkit has been developed by the South Devon Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (SVDVA), because they know that older people, 50 and above, who are not in happy and healthy relationships can find it difficult to find support.
The ability to recognise the signs of abuse and to be aware of options available are some of the key aspects of the toolkit, which will improve safety and personal wellbeing.
It is important to remember that relationships are not always between couples. Domestic abuse can happen within any family dynamic, regardless of age or gender.
Instances of abuse are very varied. It could be someone is controlling life decisions or causing physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological harm in some way, but it is never too late to seek support to be safe and happy. There are always options and choices.
Cllr Tom Holway, South Hams District Council’s Member for the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership, said: “The Forum saw that there was a need to create the Later in Life Toolkit due to the rising number of people over 50 asking for support. This resource can really help change and improve lives.
“We urge those people who are experiencing distress to use the toolkit to find out how they can break the cycle and enjoy healthier relationships in the future.”
Cllr Robin Musgrave, West Devon Borough Council’s Member for the Community Safety Partnership, said: “By working in partnership with other agencies, the Forum have used their expertise to develop a resource that we are proud to share across the county.
“Whether your situation is due to changes in health or has always been this way, everyone has the right to be safe in their own home.”
Alison Cockram, Team Manager for Splitz Support Service and co-chair of the South Devon SVDVA Forum, said: “This toolkit was specifically designed to reach those later in life that find it difficult to access support to keep themselves safe. These situations can be made more difficult by Devon’s rurality. More recently, further isolation has affected many due to the COVID 19 restrictions.
“We would urge anyone who is feeling unsafe, whether due to a partner or other family member, to seek support. If this is particularly difficult then ask anyone that you trust to seek support on your behalf.”
The toolkit is available to download from the Splitz website: www.splitz.org/resources/talk-toolkits.html
If you are being abused, or if you have any concerns that an older person you know may be at risk of, or experiencing abuse, Police have dedicated domestic abuse officers who will help and advise you. Call 101 for help and guidance or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Always call 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to report to the police, you may wish to contact Victim Support directly. Call your local Victim Support Team in Devon and Cornwall on 0300 303 0554. Lines are open 12pm-6pm Monday to Friday.
For more information on the UN’s World Elder Abuse Day, go to: www.un.org/en/observances/elder-abuse-awareness-day/
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with a report of theft of a boat from the area of Tidal Road, Aveton Giffon, Kingsbridge.
This took place sometime between Sunday 14 and Monday 15 June 2020.
A Honway T40 4 meter rib boat was stolen, along with a 30HP outboard engine, 2 x paddles and anchor.
If you have any information or have any CCTV in the area please phone 101 or email email@example.com quoting crime CR/048151/20.