Latest updates from the Public Protection Team Top Safety Tips This winter.
During darker nights and festive celebrations, follow these simple safety tips from The South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership so you don’t become a victim of crime this winter.
Going out Ensure doors, gates and windows are locked Invest in a security light and set a burglar alarm Don’t leave Christmas presents on view
Whilst Shopping Keep handbags, purses and wallets secure, out of sight and never unattended Always close car windows and lock doors Park in a well-lit area, or a car park displaying Park Mark signage www.parkmark.co.uk
Cash Points Don’t use a cash point if you see anything suspicious Ensure your PIN cannot be seen Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
When Out At Night Ensure someone knows where you are and when you’ll be home Don’t leave bags unattended Drink responsibly, never accept drinks from strangers, don’t leave drinks unattended Don’t drink and drive Don’t use unlicensed taxis Never walk home alone, don’t use alleys or walk across open spaces, stick to well-lit areas Check on friends throughout the evening, and if they suddenly go missing or appear ill, search for them or provide medical assistance
Be Scam Aware
What is a scam? A scam is a deceptive scheme or trick used to cheat someone out of something, especially money.
Many people have been and unfortunately will be affected by scams, this often leaves them feeling vulnerable, lonely and socially isolated.
So how can we protect ourselves and those we care about from scams?
Say no to unwanted, uninvited callers
Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is
Don’t be pressured into making a decision. Say no or say you need advice first Keep your personal details safe, they could be used fraudulently
Check who you’re communicating with online
If you’re suspicious speak to someone you trust
Anyone can be a victim, report it to expose the criminals and get the right support.
If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, please report this to Action Fraud. Visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040
If you have been affected by fraud/crime and feel you require support, visit www.nottsvictimcare.org.uk or call 0800 304 7575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For advice on scams call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06.
REMEMBER In an emergency or to report a crime in progress contact the police on 999. For non-emergencies and enquiries call Nottinghamshire Police on 101. To report crime anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Adopt Don’t Shop – Save A Life
Our Wardens have collected 46 dogs so far this year, with 3 not reclaimed and passed on to rescue. 27 dogs had incorrect microchip details and 4 were not microchipped at all.
Microchipping is a legal requirement as a dog owner.
And this Christmas, please remember there are a number of dogs still sat in local dog rescue centres that are waiting for their forever homes.
Christmas Food Hygiene Whether cooking at home, or reusing leftovers, it’s important to maintain good food hygiene at Christmas by following the ‘4Cs’ of cleaning, chilling, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination.
Thinking hygienically when storing, cooking, reusing and freezing food will help keep your Christmas safe and minimise food waste over the festive period.
If your turkey is frozen, check the guidance on the packaging in advance. Some turkeys can be cooked from frozen if the manufacturer’s instructions say so. However, most frozen turkeys will need to be defrosted. Plan this in advance, as a whole turkey can take between 3 to 5 days to properly defrost.
When cooking your turkey, always check the advice on the packaging and follow the instructions provided. The cooking guidelines will be based on a bird that is not stuffed.
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Top Taxi Tips For Christmas
If you’re out and about this Christmas and need to get home, here’s how to travel safely if you need to take a taxi:
All passengers must wear a face covering
Never get into a private hire vehicle if you haven’t booked it
Don’t tell the driver your name; ask what name is on the booking
All drivers licensed by Broxtowe are issued with a badge displaying their photo, licence number and expiry date which must be displayed and visible at all times. If you can’t see it, don’t get in
The government has announced that England is moving to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:
Face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings.
From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.
Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. NHS Test and Trace will contact you if this is the case.
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The COVID-19 Vaccination Bus Coming To Beeston
Vaccines continue to remain our best line of defence, and all adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others.
The COVID-19 vaccination bus will be coming to Beeston twice this month on: Wednesday 22 December in the morning at Devonshire Avenue and in the afternoon at Beeston Fields Recreation Ground
There’s no need to book just turn up, thank you to all of our residents that have already had their vaccinations and boosters. Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus.
Everyone eligible aged 18 and over in England will have the chance to get their booster before the New Year.
Let’s continue to keep Broxtowe safe for all residents.
You can alternatively book your vaccine through the NHS website.