Neighbourhood Watch Encourages Protecting the Isolated and Vulnerable During the Covid 19 Outbreak

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
  3. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 
  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. 
  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.
  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.
    1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/.  
    2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
    3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families  https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.

Regards and keep well,
Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK  | Building Safer and Stronger Communities
Email: enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk

Save Bladon Community Pub

I am contacting you from Bladon Community Pub (https://bladoncommunitypub.org/ , we’re a group of people trying to save our pub in Bladon village.

The White House has been at the heart of the Bladon community since the 17th Century and is the last remaining pub and community facility in the village. It’s also the pub where Churchill “learned to drink” when at nearby Blenheim Palace. With a growing population of just under 1,000 residents and thousands of visiting tourists, this important and historic pub is the lifeblood of the community.

We are also being supported in our effort by Sir Winston’s great grandson Randolph Churchill and have some great quotes from him.

The community now has an opportunity to put in a bid to buy and manage the future of the pub but we only have until 13th March 2020 to raise the £500,000 required to buy the pub and so far villagers have pledged £128,000.

Our share offer launched on 13th December and runs until 31st January 2020.

Please let me know if you are free to have a chat or need any further information.

Many thanks in advance.

Best,

Rachel

Rachel Guest

07960 238530

Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice For West Oxfordshire

Darker Nights Crime Prevention Advice For West Oxfordshire

As it’s now getting darker earlier in the evening, Thames Valley Police would again like to remind residents about protecting their homes against opportunist burglars by remembering to leave a light on.

Dark evenings can provide perfect cover for burglars who can easily spot an open window in an unoccupied room and see your valuables through open curtains or blinds,  Try to make your house look occupied by leaving lights and the radio on when you are not there; invest in a light timer switch.

Don’t leave your house and vehicle keys in the lock or on a side table in view of a window, making it easy for a thief to ‘fish’ them through your letterbox

Don’t leave items in open porches that could be used to enter your home, to open doors or take keys through letterboxes, Close and lock all your doors and windows before going out or to bed.

Always lock your front door from inside – in particular UPVC front doors that have handles, as they are often left unlocked when people are in their houses.

Please register your property at www.immobilise.com    Encourage friends, family and neighbours to receive this type of message by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk

Cancel newspapers and milk if you’re going away for a few days and ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an ‘eye’ on your property, to park their vehicle on your driveway , push post sticking out of the letterbox inside your property or putting out/away your wheelie bins.

Please report any suspicious incidents, sightings or any information to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Keep Yourself Safe During the Christmas Season #2

Keep Yourself Safe During the Christmas Season

Just follow these tips when you are out and about this Christmas Season to keep yourself safe:
 

  • When Christmas shopping, be aware of how much you are carrying with you. IPods, digital cameras, mobile phones and extra cash to buy presents means you could be the ideal target for thieves.
  • When you are out and about at Christmas, don’t leave your bag unattended, keep your purse safe in an internal pocket and don’t carry your pin number with you.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. It takes a matter of seconds for someone to tamper with your drink.
  • Plan your journey home. If you use a taxi, ensure it is registered. If you have to walk home, try and walk with a friend, stick to well-lit and busy streets, and make sure someone knows the route you are taking.

Stay Safe When Socialising Over the Christmas Season

Stay Safe When Socialising Over the Christmas Season

Here are a few tips from Thames Valley Police to help keep you safe when ‘partying’ over the Christmas Season:

  • Drink sensibly and stay with your friends
  • Plan in advance how you will get home
  • Save the number of a licensed taxi firm on your mobile phone
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended
  • If there’s trouble while you’re out, stay well clear of it
  • Avoid walking alone through dark or unsafe areas (men as well as women)
  • Keep your belongings with you and your valuables out of sight
  • Don’t drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after a big night out

Recent Burglaries in the Area

Burglaries

There have been a recent spate of burglaries across the area in

  • Chipping Norton
  • Charlbury
  • Ledwell
  • Stonesfield
  • Long Hanborough.

    The burglars having been breaking through patio doors to gain entry to homes.

    Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.
    Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
    • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
    • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
    • Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
    • Install good outside lighting
    • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
    • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
    • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
    • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
    • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
    • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
    • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
    • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
    • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free.
    • Consider joining or forming a neighbourhood watch group a
    • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
    • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

    Doors and windows

    In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.
    Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
    Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.
    Going away on holiday
    Make your home look like someone is living in it:
    • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
    • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
    • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsafe’ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
    • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
    • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage.

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