Neighbourhood Watch

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 Dedham Neighbourhood Watch

Ray Medler of Dedham Neighbourhood Watch writes - We at Dedham Neighbourhood Watch are in the process of compiling a list of all the volunteer 'NhW Co-ordinators' in various locations throughout Dedham village, and among the duties these local 'Co-ordinators' accept responsibility for are:  

  • To pass on warnings and also any relevant local information (issued by the local Police) to their immediate neighbours, especially the elderly and/or infirm, and to those villagers within their immediate area who are not linked by computer.  This will entail either phoning those local people within their immediate area who do not have a computer, and/or visiting those villagers who may not have a telephone available.
  • Each local co-ordinator should ideally make themselves aware of those living in their specific local area who are perhaps less mobile generally and/or elderly, and who sometimes have a need to seek help of some kind or another. 
  • And especially in preparation for the possibility of seasonal bad winter weather, and the inherent problems this would bring, it was decided to make plans for our NhW co-ordinators to help our less able villagers (especially for those who are long-term infirm or handicapped in some way) contend with the mobility problems associated with the worst extremes of bad weather.
  • With this in mind we have decided that initially we NhW co-ordinators should all compile a list of those elderly and/or less able-bodied folk in their immediate vicinity who would of course have great difficulty coping with extreme bad weather conditions.  Each co-ordinator should please identify and list those residents in the village that you consider in or around your location who would possibly need help in any adverse conditions, and to make available a list of their names and addresses phone numbers etc... for reference if the need arises?  

Essex Police.

Use these links to access Essex Police sites as well as the monthly crime statistics for Dedham.  The area covered by the crime statistics is shown in the map below.

  Essex Police   Dedham Neighbourhood Policing   Dedham Crime statistics Essex Police               
January 2015      February 2015 March 2015  April 2015
May 2015 June 2015 July 2015  August 2015
September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 
2015 Statistics by Location 2015 Statistics by Type of Crime        
 January 2016 (TBA)  February 2016 (TBA)  March 2016 (TBA)  April 2016 (TBA)

Essex Police have a new website page called Online Service. This covers noise nuisance, street lighting, pot holes and road repairs, abandoned vehicles. There are also links to the following - Ask the Police, Crimestoppers, Action Fraud and True Vision - Select the following link for further details.  

  Essex Police - Contact Us.  

Essex Community Messaging.

The Essex Police invested in a comprehensive new computer system last year, but prior to this we relied on a person employed by Essex Police to collate daily local crime information/warnings and issue it to each of the NhW contacts for each of the local villages that Colchester Police covers.  This new computer system that the Essex Police has, is known as 'Essex Community Messaging', and a resident only has to sign up with the system to take advantage of this facility.   Essex Community Messaging (ECM) is a service which you can use to keep informed about the kind of crime and policing issues which affect you.   You can sign up using the link below to receive accurate and up-to-date information, crime prevention advice and notifications from Essex Police officers, Essex Watch liaison officers and other key partners, such as Neighbourhood Watch.  Choose to receive this information via email, text or voice message.  Select what information you would like to receive - based on where you live, work, go to school or socialise, or on issues in which you may have a particular interest, such as scams, internet crime or rural crime.   Sign up for free, accurate and up to date information from Essex Police, crime prevention advice and notifications from Essex Police and other key partners, such as the Neighbourhood Watch - simply click on the link below.  

  Essex Community Messaging Service 


August 2015 - Burglary Facts. Essex Police in the Colchester District are advising local residents of some key points and facts in relation to Burglaries.  Please see the link for full details and advice.  Burglary Facts - August 2015

July 2015 - Travel Fraud.   The police and ABTA have issued a warning on rising holiday booking fraud.   Click on this link for further information, Travel Fraud document 

July 2015 - Scams Awareness

July is 'Scams Awareness' month. This is a joint campaign between the Citizens Advice Bureau and Trading Standards. Essex Police welcome the opportunity to support them. This week we address 'online scams'. For more essential information visit Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureau websites or click here - Scams Awareness .  Click here for information on Postal Scams .

23rd June 2015 - Scam email

A scam email is currently being sent to victims fraudulently claiming to be from the Royal Mail.The attachment on this email is known to infect the victim’s computer with CryptoLocker ransomware. One of two email types have been received by the victims, both stating that the Royal Mail are holding an item for the victim and that a response to the email is required to arrange for the item to be resent/collected. Email Type 1: Email states that they are holding a letter and there will be a £5 per day charge if the letter is not collected. It then instructs the victim to click on a link to get the letter resent.  From here the ransomware infects the victims system. Email Type 2: Email states that a parcel could not be delivered and that it is waiting for collection. A link on the email is provided for further information.  The link takes the victim to a page that appears to be part of the Royal Mail website where victims are requested to enter a code (believed to have been in the original email).  Once the code has been entered the victim is instructed to download an application, this application downloads the ransomware. The ransomware encrypts files on the victim’s system and a window appears requesting a  payment, to be made in Bitcoins, to decrypt the files. There is further incentive for early payment as the ransom states that the cost of decrypting the files will increase the longer the fine is outstanding.  The victim is asked to pay around £300-£360 initially, rising to £600-£660 if not paid within a period of time.  The victims of this fraud, although primarily individuals, does also include a number of businesses.  

Protection Advice.  Essex Police advises that members of the public and businesses should take the following steps to reduce the potential for falling victim to this type of malware: 

1. Look at who the email is addressed to; is it generic or specifically addressed? 
2. Look at the quality of the images included on the email. Are they of sufficient high quality that they could come from Royal Mail? 
3. Do not open attachments from unsolicited emails regardless of who they are from. 
4. Do not click on the link supplied. Instead, go to the relevant website and log in from there. 
5. Check the address of any email received to see if it appears legitimate. 
6. Additional information regarding Royal Mail on-line security can be found at: 

16th June 2015 -  Tips to Keep your Bicycle Safe and Secure.

In the UK, a bicycle is stolen on average every minute; with less than 5% of those returned as they're difficult for the Police to identify the owner. Current research suggests that cyclists are more likely to have their bicycles stolen than motorcyclists their motorcycle or car owners their cars these days! - Bicycle theft has doubled in the UK since the mid 1990s, probably due to the increasing popularity of expensive models and innovative ways of selling stolen goods online.  Take action against these unscrupulous thieves and protect your belongings, including your bicycle!
WHERE TO PARK?   Always lock your bicycle wherever you leave it – it only takes seconds to steal an unsecured bike. Make sure it's locked in a well-lit public area with lots of people passing. Stations and public buildings often have designated areas with bicycle racks - Be sure to plan ahead and check out amenities in the places you need to leave your bicycle - remember to read signs in the area you intend to park being sure not to park illegally.  USING A BICYCLE LOCK  Only use a good quality D-lock. A poor quality lock at the lower end of the market can be easily sawn through or bolt cropped in seconds. It certainly pays to invest in the best quality lock you can afford (At least £30 -£40). Always lock your bicycle to something immovable, an object a bicycle cannot be lifted over and cannot be broke, cut or removed i.e. chain link fencing, grilles, gates or trees - check the object is fastened to the ground. For maximum protection use two locks of different types (a D-lock and robust chain and padlock is ideal) Use each lock to catch the wheels, frame and stand – Fill up as much of the space within the D-lock as possible with the bicycle.  AT HOME   As many as half of all bicycles are stolen from the owner's home – Always lock your bike at home even when it is in your garage, flat or halls of residence. Please be vigilant when returning from a ride!! Consider investing in a ground anchor and attach it securely to a wall or concrete floor. Make sure you keep your bicycle out of view of prying eyes as this alone will provide an irresistible incentive to break in to your property.  BICYCLE INSURANCE  If you own a decent bicycle then it is probably a good idea to insure it. There are several ways you can do this; insure your bicycle on your home contents insurance – don't forget to cover it for thefts away from home.  More expensive bicycles may require specific insurance cover against theft and accidental damage.

5th June 2015.

Essex Police are calling on horse riders to join the volunteer Active Citizen scheme and help to provide an extra set of eyes and ears and report any problems into the police.  The Active Citizen scheme seeks members of local communities to provide a visible presence whilst out and about, keep an eye out for any problems particularly in rural areas, and report any suspicious activity to Essex Police, as well as engaging others in the community to do the same.  Successful Active Citizen schemes are already up and running in Colchester and Billericay, however it is hoped that this scheme will encourage local horseriders who take routes across the county’s rural areas to further complement this work by keeping alert and reporting anything suspicious to us on 101.  Volunteers will be provided with a hi-visibility armband to identify that they are part of the initiative. If you are an experienced horserider and over the age of eighteen, we would like to hear from you.  For further information, please contact Sgt Cathy Calder on

5th May 2015. 

Have you received scam mail through your door recently? The likelihood is that you probably have. Scam mail is sent by fraudsters, often from overseas, trying to persuade residents to part with money or personal information by tempting them with ?cash prizes?. These scams can result in considerable financial loss to the victims.
Essex County Council Trading Standards have become aware of an incident where a resident was sent a scam letter enclosing a photograph of a cheque with the victim?s name on it, claiming that they had won the ?Football Lottery?. The victim was asked to post a considerable amount of cash in order for the cheque to be released. Not surprisingly, this was a scam and the victim lost the money.
These types of scams are often time limited which puts pressure on the potential victim to reply quickly. Once the letters are replied to the residents personal details are often added to a list of potential targets which are then circulated to other fraudsters. Residents who respond to scams can then be bombarded with similar scam mailings. Please keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours, family or friends to help present them becoming the targets of these types of scams.
Essex Trading Standards advise you not to respond to any mailing which has the hallmarks of a scam and would encourage you to forward the letter to Royal Mail Scams Department, Freepost, Scam Mail, PO Box 797, Exeter EX1 9UN or report the information to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you are concerned about a mailing call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline, who handle calls for Trading Standards, on 03454 040506.
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2nd April 2015.

Essex Police are warning members of the public of a male claiming to be a Police Officer who is targeting addresses in your area. He is using fake ID in an attempt to gain entry and steal property. If you have been subject to this type of caller or are at all suspicious call Essex Police on 999 giving as much detail as well as vehicle details where possible.

12th March 2015.  

  • Spring may be just around the corner but so is the Doorstep/Rogue trader. That loose slate on the roof, the flashing or pointing on the chimney, the guttering, driveway, jet washing and at this time of the year the tree that needs cutting or gardening work that needs to be sorted for the summer are all on the rogue traders list.  Essex Police and Essex County Council Trading Standards advise you never to agree to have work done by anyone who knocks on your door.
  • Fully check out traders who leaflet your home before you agree to any work as they may be providing you with false details.  If your home needs household repairs or maintenance or your garden or trees need work ensure you use a trader who has been recommended to you or use a Trading Standards Buy With Confidence trader via 03454 040506 or
  • Please keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours, family or friends as the doorstep/rogue trader may be knocking on their door right now to relieve them of their savings. Please help them by calling the Trading Standards helpline on 03454 040506 or Essex Police on 101 and giving us the information we need to put a stop to this criminal activity.