Neighbourhood Watch – Presentation On The Risks Of Cyber Attack – 20 July



You are invited to a FREE ‘Cybercrime’ event at the Sandbanks Hotel.

 The Dorset Police Cyber Security Team will give a presentation on the risks of cyber attack and give advice on how you can protect yourself from cyber criminals:

*  The threat of cyber attack is real

*  Be aware of the risks

*  Protect yourself and your electronic devices from cyber criminals


Date:          Monday 20th June

Time:         10am – 12noon

Venue:       Sandbanks Hotel, Banks Road

Poole    BH13 7PS


Be ‘Cyber Savvy’ – keep your personal data safe


Complimentary Tea & Coffee

Everyone welcome

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter of Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks for February 2016

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter

Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks
Newsletter Editor - Pat Halliday tel. 01202 700911
Distribution Manager - Peter Waldron tel. 01202 708495

Watch Annual General Meeting – Saturday 13th February

Canford Cliffs Village Hall, Ravine Road BH3 7HT 10.30am – 12noon

All residents in our Watch area are invited to this popular FREE annual Neighbourhood Watch event.

The guest speaker will be the Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill. Our local Neighbourhood Policing Team will attend, but this is always subject to other priorities. You are invited to stay on afterwards to meet the speaker, talk with the Police officers about local safety and security matters and speak to active members of Neighbourhood Watch. This is an opportunity to meet like minded residents over a free glass of wine or soft drink & nibbles and speak to your Neighbourhood Watch Area Co-ordinators and other active Watch members.

Please arrive in good time to be seated and ready for a prompt start at 10.30am

Admission FREE— Everyone welcome

New Year message from Neighbourhood Watch

The mid-Winter festivities are over, and we have welcomed the New Year. The evenings are still long and dark and whilst it is cold and very damp outside this can be the time to check when the annual service is due for the house alarm, and when insurance policies are due for renewal. More importantly, you should also review insurance policies annually. Check that values are up to date. Remove any items sold or thrown away and add any new valuables whether

Christmas gifts or purchases over recent months. Record serial numbers and take photographs (with a ruler or tape measure in the frame) and attach to the receipt. Keep these in a safe, fireproof box or metal filing cabinet.

Dorset Fire & Rescue Service offer free home safety checks. They fit smoke alarms and give free home safety advice. See their website for eligibility and book your appointment online or phone 0800 038 2323 for details (free of charge on mobiles & landlines).

Throughout the year Dorset Police hold free bike tagging sessions at local venues. See the Dorset Police website for dates when this is available or contact our Neighbourhood Policing officers for details.

Wishing you a very safe and happy New Year.


Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT)

PS 1317 Ray Willmore

PC 2431 Sian Coombs, PC 2685 Aimee Garner

PCSO 5680 Linda Wilson, PCSO 6939 Chris Hardy

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NPT Contact Details

Police non-emergency telephone number 101

E-mail: pp&

Dorset Police website

Danger to life or crime in progress 999

How to contact Dorset Police

If your call is an emergency, i.e. a threat to life, or if a crime is in progress, always call 999 – don’t tweet or send a Facebook update. PHONE!!

For all routine or non- emergency matters, send an email to: or call 101

Crime in our area

During December, there were no house burglaries in our Watch area, but thefts of high value bicycles stored in sheds and garages have increased across Poole. Thefts from motor vehicles have also in-creased. Leave nothing on display, remove all valu-ables and always lock the vehicle even if it is parked off the road in a garage or on the drive.

See full crime figures online at

Dorset Alert – community messaging

Register with ‘Dorset Alert’ to receive regular infor-mation and updates from Dorset Police on criminal activity in your area. For more information contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) details above or log on to

Watch Information Centre

Meet a member of Neighbourhood Watch at the Canford Cliffs Library on the first Friday of every month 10.30am-12noon. Speak to them about any issues or concerns about local safety.

A Police officer always attends and you can ask for advice on home security.

There is a small stock of safety & security items.

Flashing armbands for pedestrians and cyclists are free of charge. They help you to be seen in dark morning and evenings. Also suitable for children and dog walkers wearing dark clothing.

Recently car a registration plate was stolen from a vehicle in Penn Hill. Car registration number plate security screw kits are available for £1.50 from the Information Centre.

Pick-up free Watch window stickers.

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Suspicious Telephone Calls Reported by Dorset Police

Dorset Police have received a large numbers of calls from members of the public across the County advising them of suspicious telephone calls they have received. The callers have been asking occupants questions about their home security and what type of property they live in. A Parajumpers Sverige

large number of them have also been asked for their age and on some occasions they have been asked for bank details and offered alarm systems for sale. The callers appear to be targeting older residents. Please do not give out personal details to

callers over the phone. Do not accept offers of alarm fitting over the phone. If you wish to purchase an alarm, wherever possible seek personal recommendations. Some companies operate high pressure selling tactics so do not be bullied into allowing them to visit you at home.

If you would like security advice please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team. (01202) 222222.

2. Parajumpers Jacka Herr Dorset Police would like to advice you of a scam two Dorset residents have reported to Trading Standards. Letters or calls are received from persons claiming to be calling on behalf of SKY offering satellite system insurance. Residents are asked for banking details and direct debits amounts are then taken monthly from their accounts. The telephone number provided by the caller and the insurance policies do not exist. If you receive a call please check the callers’ identity by asking for verification of the company for whom they work before agreeing to anything over the phone.

Do not give out personal banking details over the phone; if they are legitimate they should already have your details on record.

Identity Fraud threat after post stolen from external post boxes

p>Dear Resident


Following a number of recent thefts from external mail boxes situated on the garden wails of large houses in the Dorset area, Police are asking residents to be extra careful and to be aware of “id theft”.

Officers from the Economic Crime Unit want to make residents aware that theft from mail boxes, to offenders opening up credit card accounts and taking out loans in your name, which you will r about until you are refused a credit card or you start receiving letters from solicitors or debt coilectors, debts that aren’t yours.

To lower your chances of becoming a victim, please consider taking the following action:

  • Stop using your external mail box. if you can not do this then ensure it is secure i.e. mail cannot be retrieved from the slot with a hand or instrument.
  • Promptly remove mail. If a piece of mail does not arrive or you stop receiving mail, chase up with the sender or contact the post office.
  • If you go on holiday, get a neighbour or fnend to remove the mail and keep it safely for your return
  • Regularly check your personal credit file (this costs as little as £2) from a credit reference agency (Experian, Equifax, CallCredit) to see if it includes any entries you do not recognise follow up any recent accounts you do not recognise.
  • telephone 0870 060 1414
  • telephone 0870 010 0583
  • telephone 0870 241 6212
  • Register with CIFAS protective registration When an application is made to open an account, the financial institution will check your credit rating with one of the age mentioned above. They will then undertake additional verification checks to ensure the application is genuine. You will have to pay for this service.

If you would like any more information then please contact me on the above number or contact) local Safer Neighbourhood Team Officer on 01202 22 22 22.

Thank you.

Debbie Oldfield

Crime Reduction Advisor

Bournemouth and Poole Division

Dorset Police

Parkstone, Penn Hill & Canford Cliffs Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter Feb 2010

h3>Restorative Justice for victim

The Parkstone, Penn Hill & Canford Cliffs Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) held a Restorative Justice session involving three offenders who were responsible for throwing eggs at a property. Following consultation with the victim, it was agreed that the offences should be dealt with under the new Restorative Reprimand scheme, which is being pioneered by Dorset Police. The youths listened to the victim and learned how their actions had made the victim feel. They also apologised to the victim directly, offered their pocket money to pay for cleaning the windows and offered to clean the victim’s car. Restorative Reprimands such as these can be issued for low-level crimes committed by young people aged 10 to 17 years old, if they admit the offence. Unlike a usual reprimand, it brings together the offender and the victim to try to put things right.

Current Priorties

From Public meeting on 27 October 2009. You have told us that the following issues are important in your neighbourhood:

  • Tackling domestic and commercial burglaries
  • Parkins around Baden Powell and St Peters Schools
  • Speeding around Broadwater Avenue

Your Safer Neighbourhood Team Home Safety Checklist

Following the busy period at the start of the New Year, it is easy to forget the simple measures that ensure the safety of you, your home and your personal possessions as we head into Spring. Dorset Police is asking residents to remain vigilant and be aware of who is calling at their door, in a bid to prevent distraction burglaries. Officials from all councils across Dorset and employees of utility companies will always carry identification with them so the advice is – if you are in any doubt about the person at your door, don’t let them in. All council staff are required to wear ID badges at all times which will be offered when carrying out visits. A limited number of council officials have powers to enter people’s homes without prior notice. A council spokesperson said: “We would never visit a resident without good reason and only in exceptional circumstances do we visit without prior notice. If people are suspicious of anyone visiting their home they should always check they are genuine before allowing them entry. “Genuine callers do not mind being asked for identification or waiting until you have telephoned the organisation they claim to be from, to verify their details.”

If someone calls at your door and you are not expecting anyone, the advice from Dorset Police is:

  • Stop – Before you answer the door, stop and think whether or not you are expecting anyone. Check the back door is closed and locked and remove the key.
  • Chain – Put the door chain or bar on the door before opening the door and always keep it on when talking to the person on your doorstep. If you can, look through a window to see who is calling.
  • Check – Ask for and carefully check their identity card. Take the card and close the door leaving the caller on the doorstep. Do not let them in. Do not phone the number on the card as this may be fake. If the caller states they are from the council or other authority, look the phone number up in the phone book or on a recent bill. You will then be able to check the caller is genuine. Take your time. If the caller is genuine they will be happy to wait while you do this.

Debbie Oldfield, Crime Prevention Advisor, Dorset Police, explained: “If you do get any suspicious callers at your door asking to come in, please call Dorset Police on 01202 222 222.”

Safer Neighbourhoods is a commitment by Dorset Police to improving the quality of life in our communities by working together with partner agencies – including Borough of Poole and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service – to tackle the issues identified by local people as those that matter most.

Get in touch with us today to find out how you can raise your issues. This is your chance to influence the service that we, the police, and our partners provide. Your opinions are important to us – this process will not work without you.

New police station opens in Poole

The new Poole Police Station opened its doors to the public on 17 December 2009. The station is located in the Joint Emergency Services Building on Wimborne Road, near Poole Stadium, and will be open from 7am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and from 7am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Chief Superintendent Lynn Hart, who opened the building, said: “I’m delighted to have opened this excellent community facility. The new police station is far more welcoming and accessible to members of the public than the old police station at Poole Civic Centre. “It also provides us with improved facilities, including 10 more cell spaces, for delivering   operational policing in Poole.”

The Joint Emergency Services Building is shared by Dorset Police and Dorset Fire & Rescue Service.

Priority Update

You said: vehicles are speeding in Broadwater Avenue, St Peters Road and Banks Road

We have: teamed up with colleagues from Dorset Safety Camera Partnership to conduct speed checks in these roads. Drivers found to be over the speed limit were issued with educational leaflets on the potential consequences of speeding in residential areas.

You said: anti-social behaviour is occurring in Alexandra Park, Constitution Hill and Sandbanks

We have: increased our high-visibility patrols in these areas, seized alcohol from anyone under the age of 18 and moved on those found to be engaging in anti- social behaviour.

You said: beach huts and motor vehicles are being damaged

We have: increased our high-visibility patrols and issued crime- prevention advice to beach hut owners and motorists.

Behind Bars

An unemployed man from Bournemouth has been sent to prison for three years after he attacked and injured a man in Poole.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, after the incident near Poole Quay in May 2009.

Useful contacts

Police (Emergency)            999 Crimes in progress or life threatening incidents

To give information or report an incident which is not an emergency

24 hour answerphone or email:

24/7 you can use the ‘Report It’ and ‘Apply For It’ options on the ‘home’ page online at for any Council service issue listed below.

Police (Non-Emergency)            01202 222222

Lesbian & Gay Liaison Officer (LAGLO)            01202 269911

Borough of Poole

Environmental Issues

• Abandoned vehicles • Noise nuisance • Litter bins • Fly-tipping • • Refuse collection • Dogs (strays/barking/fouling) • Graffiti – ‘Report It’

Highways & Transportation Issues

• Potholes • Street lighting faults • Flooding – ‘Report It’ Parks & Open Spaces Issues – ‘Report It’

Community Safety Issues

Anti-social behaviour – ‘Report It’ – email: Community Development – email:

Social Services

Adults Help Desk – email: Children & Young People – email:

01202 261700

01202 262200 01202 261306

01202 633516 01202 633430

01202 633902 01202 735046

Raise your issues

Safer Poole Partnership


Poole Housing Partnership (PHP)

Main Switchboard

01202 633497/633805 01202 264444 01202 633633

Citizens Advice Bureau                  01202 680838

Home Watch Pat Halliday 01202 700911

NHS Direct 0845 46 47

Wilts & Dorset                  01202 673555

Benefits Agency                  01202 446000

Dorset out-of-hours medical service            0845 600 1013

Benefits Fraud                  01202 333000

Crimestoppers            0800 555 111

Confidential anti-terrorist hotline            0800 789 321

Next public meeting:


To be confirmed. See for details

Canford Cliffs Library, Western Road

First Friday of every month 10:30 am – 12 pm

Parkstone Library, Britannia Road

Last Friday of every month, 10.00am-12pm

Get in Touch

Let us know what concerns you most.


01202 222 222 or 07796 678451

Write to:

Parkstone, Penn Hill & Canford Cliffs SNT Poole Police Station, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP



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