There are numerous scams operating at the moment. Some of these have been around for some time but we all need to ensure that we remember what they are.
Notification could be posted through your door saying that there is a parcel to be delivered by a well-known company, just telephone “this number” to arrange delivery. And you will be charged an astonishingly high amount for the telephone call. Check with people you expect to send a parcel to you before making any calls;
Do not buy from COLD CALLERS. Do not give any of your details at the door or on the phone, even if they say they are doing a survey about cold callers !
If you are telephoned and told there is a fault on your computer, IGNORE IT ! No one could know if your computer is “not well” without looking into the computer itself.
'Representatives' of BT may call you, saying that BT will disconnect you because of an unpaid bill. They will demand payment immediately of £31.00, or say it would be £118.00 to re-connect at a later date. If you make it clear that you do not believe their story, they will offer to demonstrate that they are from BT. They tell you to hang up and try making an outgoing call. The phone line does go dead - no dial tone or engaged tone - until the representative phones back. The cutting off of the line is very simple; the bogus BT rep stays on the line with their mute button pressed and you can't dial out - but they can hear you trying. (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one who should terminate it). When you stop trying to make an outgoing call, he can detect this and immediately calls you back. The rep will ask for your credit card details so that you can pay off the unpaid bill. Do not give your details under any circumstances. RING 999 CRIME IN ACTION, or RING 101 TO REPORT A CRIME
Trading Standards spend much of their time dealing with rogue traders who do not deliver the service they promise, or try and rip off unsuspecting customers. But now, help is at hand.
Trading Standards now runs a Good Trader Scheme which promotes businesses you can trust. Businesses are thoroughly vetted and then admitted to the scheme, which can be found at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk. You’ll find everything from Air Conditioning to Insurance Services, Financial Advisors to Will Writing Services.
Trading Standards are always looking for more companies to add to the scheme, so, if you know of a business you would like to recommend, please contact them on 08454 040506 or email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bogus callers and opportunist thieves are active in the village. If you notice anything unusual contact the police on 101.
Always ask for ID. Do not let anyone into your home without being sure that they are who they say they are ! ID cards will carry telephone numbers. If the visitors are genuine, they will wait outside your home while you telephone their employers.
Do NOT be tempted to have your drive resurfaced by a 'casual caller' who is working in the area and has some tarmac 'left over'.
Beware of telephone callers stating that “someone is using your credit card”. The caller gives you details of your credit card but asks YOU to provide the 3 security numbers on the reverse. The caller will give you a telephone number to ring and check that they are genuine once the details have been given.
DO NOT GIVE YOUR DETAILS, RING OFF AND CONTACT YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY.
The Parish Council delivers a newsletter to every household in the parish every 3-4 months. This provides details of councillors, projects that Council is undertaking and other information of interest such as trading standards alerts.
If for some reason you do not receive this newsletter, please let the Clerk know and she will arrange for it to be delivered either by hand or post.
Suzanne Daniell is the Neighbourhood Watch Kent Police co-ordinator for Halstead. She has approached some parishioners who indicated that they would like to be road co-ordinators but many roads still need volunteers to be involved in the scheme. Currently, there are co-ordinators in :
London Road and Watercroft Road.
The aims of Neighbourhood Watch are :
to improve the sense of safety, security and community;
to encourage greater vigilance;
to foster community spirit;
to prevent crime;
to assist the police in detecting crime;
to reduce the undue fear of crime;
to improve police and community liaison.
If you wish to get involved with Neighbourhood Watch, please get in touch with the contact for your road.
All the officers listed above work as part of a multi-agency¬ Community Safety Unit¬ to tackle persistent and problematic issues in each district. Along with your local PCSO, they form the hub of local policing.
Local District Policing Teams, a separate group of officers, respond to calls, investigate local crime and carry out patrols.
In September 2012, the SDC Joint Transportation Board agreed to undertake a consultation about this issue. Unfortunately, they did not say precisely when the consultation would take place. Also, the Parish Council unfortunately assumed that the earlier consultation would be village-wide, whereas what SDC intended was a small-scale consultation which only took account of the views of the 20 or so homes nearest to the crossroads.
The results of the smaller consultation were inconclusive, so the Parish Council persisted and SDC promised us a full consultation which would cover the views of the entire village, rather than just those families living nearest to the crossroads. The consultation should have taken place in late November/early December last year.
However, SDC have now reneged on this and are now saying that they will not fund the project. So, as far as they are concerned, there will now be no consultation and no yellow lineage.
The Parish Council will now have to investigate alternative ways of funding this project.
You can also get information about crime statistics for Halstead and Knockholt direct from the Kent Police website.
Click on the link below which will take you direct to the relevant page.