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The Essex Eye

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OnlineFOCUS readers may be interested in a newish website called “Essex Eye”. It has local crime news and crime prevention advice. It’s not altogether clear who’s writing it. The site conveniently collects together information that’s been published elsewhere.

There is almost too much crime data to look at , including links to monthly crime figures for each council ward!

“Early on, I identified sickness levels as a matter of concern…”

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This week the Essex Police Commisioner, Nick Alston, has been writing about the increasing amount of duty days lost by Essex Police due to anxiety, depression or stress:


Since becoming Police and Crime Commissioner, I have been scrutinising all aspects of Essex Police performance. Early on, I identified sickness levels as a matter of concern.

The figures show that in 2009-10, for police officers, an average of 7.68 duty days per year was lost to sickness. By 2012-13, this had risen to 12.10 duty days, and stayed at a level of over 12 days per officer during 2013-14.

The impact of reported anxiety, depression and stress is also clear in the figures. In 2009-10, when there were more officers than now, 5,132 duty days were lost to anxiety, depression or stress. By 2012-13, this figure had doubled to 10,521. In 2013-14, the number of police officer duty days lost to anxiety, depression or stress was 11,238, or over 3 days per officer. This figure is worryingly high. Clearly, the root causes of this increase must be properly understood and managed, with officer welfare at the heart of everything that is done.

The most significant increase in duty days lost occurred in the run-up to and during the major Essex Police organisational restructure known as Blueprint, between 2011 and 2013. All organisations need to examine how they operate, to see if alternative models might be more effective and efficient. I do not criticise Essex Police for exploring the implementation of a “functional” policing model, with more centralised control and tasking of officers, PCSOs and staff. It is to the credit of Essex Police that the Blueprint model was kept under constant review by the then Chief Constable. Chief Constable Kavanagh has now made the decision to return the force to a model with more local supervision and control of policing resources at its heart….

Full statement here.

Clare’s Law

Essex Police have a video explaining “Clare’s Law”:

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, more widely known as Clare’s Law, allows the public to request information about someone they suspect may be at risk of being violent towards a partner. The law was introduced after the coroner at the inquest of murdered Clare Woods, suggested that women need to know of someone’s history…

 
Find out more here.

Be VERY Careful At The Bank

From the Echo yesterday, a useful warning:

CASH machine users have been told to be on guard after two jamming devices were found on ATMs.

The skimmers were found by two customers in Rayleigh High Street on Friday morning.

Police were informed at 6.45am and 7am by customers using NatWest and Santander cash points.

The devices made it appear that their cards had been swallowed when actually they were stuck in the machine, ready for a suspect to steal.

It is believed thieves either look over the card owner’s shoulder or film them entering their PIN to then use themselves and steal their cash.

Thankfully no cash was lost by either informant.

ATM users are reminded to check the machine has not been tampered with before they use it and shield they keypad when entering their PIN.

Anyone with information about people seen loitering in the High Street or acting suspiciously should call PS Steve Joynes at Rayleigh Nieghbourhood Policing Team on 101.

How To Protect Yourself From Malicious Software

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From the National Crime Agency website:


The National Crime Agency is warning people they have two weeks to save their computers from a powerful malicious software attack. The malware called GOZeuS is hiding within attachments in emails and, once downloaded, enables hackers to access computers and scan them for valuable information.

If no data is found, a second malware, known as CryptoLocker, locks the computer, displays a window with a countdown, and demands a ransom to grant access again.

According to the NCA, people are asked to pay 1 Bitcoin (£200 – £300) to regain access to their files.

The NCA is advising people to make sure security software is installed and updated, by running scans and checking that computer operating systems and applications are up to date….

Get information here on how to keep your computer safe and follow the advice as soon as possible. Here is part of it:

This page has been created to help you protect your computer, your finances, your identity and your family against a new global online threat. The threat is targeted at random private individuals and small businesses, so it is critical that you read this page and apply our advice immediately if you have a computer running any version of the Windows operating system – including Windows running as a virtual machine on an Apple Mac, any server running Windows and Windows embedded. This is not a case of isolated attacks, as over 15,000 computers in the UK alone are thought to have been already affected.
What you need to do NOW…
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Go to one of the links to internet security software companies at the bottom of this page to download a free tool to scan for Gameover Zeus and CryptoLocker, and remove them from your computer. We advise you do this even if you haven’t had a communication from your ISP.
Do not open attachments in emails unless you are 100% certain that they are authentic. Click for more info.
Make sure your internet security software is up-to-date and switched on at all times. Click for more info.
Make sure your Windows operating system has the latest Microsoft updates applied. These normally include the latest security precautions. Click for more info.
Make sure your software programs have the latest manufacturers’ updates applied. These normally include the latest security precautions. Click for more info.
Make sure all of your files including documents, photos music and bookmarks are backed up and readily available in case you are no longer able to access them on your computer. Click for more info.
Never store passwords on your computer in case they are accessed by Gameover Zeus or another aggressive malware program. Click for more info.
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This warning is not intended to cause you panic but we cannot over-stress the importance of taking these steps immediately. This is because the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has taken temporary control of the communications used to connect with infected computers, but expects only a very limited window of opportunity to ensure you are protected.

No Extra Police , But More Local Policing

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From the Essex police website, the Chief Constable writes about a big decision – to switch from centralised policing to more local policing:

Having discussed this with Nick Alston, the Police and Crime Commissioner, I now want to share my plans with you.
To invest 500 officers in local policing I will align about 400 centrally controlled response officers to the local policing teams and make carefully considered reductions to our firearms, roads policing and public order capabilities.

 

Full article here.

No Changes In Knife Crime In Rochford – Still 30 Cases A Year

The Essex Police Commissioner website has the latest  figures knife crime in Essex :

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So it’s down slightly in a few districts, level in Rochford and with a 31% increase in Southend.

The police commissioner Nick Alston, writes:

Knife crime is down in some of our districts, and the bulk of the increase is concentrated in the areas of Basildon, Southend and Tendring.  It is likely that part of this specific increase is due to the changing demographics of some of our communities, increased reporting of domestic abuse incidents, and police activity around organised criminal groups.  I am working closely with the Chief Constable to ensure we fully understand the nature of these crime patterns…..

….. Around a quarter of the offences, 395 offences or 26 per cent, were for possession of a knife or bladed item.  I will continue to support proactive policing to take weapons off our streets, and bring those carrying weapons to justice.  As PCC, I will also continue to support the ethical and proportionate use of Stop and Search tactics to target those carrying weapons or dealing in drugs.  I believe the vast majority of the people of Essex are in agreement with such an approach.

I believe in firm but fair policing.  I also believe that our judiciary should continue to have the ability to judge individual cases on their merits.

 

Beware of Phone Scams .. You Think You Are Phoning Police But They Keep The Line Open

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From the Essex Police website, a nasty story of how an elderly lady was targeted and conned out of her savings:

A woman aged in her 80s has been left without money to pay her bills after her entire £14,000 savings were stolen in a telephone scam carried out by tricksters posing as a detective and bank official. Mrs M, who lives in the Maldon area, does not wish to be identified but has spoken out to warn others of the fraud which has continued across Essex since January 2013….

…..Mrs M was tricked on Tuesday April 29 but did not realise she was a victim of a complex scam until Thursday May 1 when she saw a local newspaper report warning of tricksters operating in the Maldon area.

The fraud started shortly after midday when Mrs M received a phone call from a man calling himself ‘Matthew Taylor’ and claiming to be from her bank branch in Maldon.

‘Taylor’ claimed that the bank had been contacted by the Met Police about a problem with Mrs M’s bank account.

She was then asked to dial 999 and ask for ‘Det Con Bailey’ at Charing Cross police station. She dialled the number and a female ‘operator’ put her through to ‘Bailey’.

But it was all a con. ‘Taylor’ had kept the line open when Mrs M dialled 999 and instead of talking to a policeman she was put in touch with another trickster…..

Full piece here.

The Battle Of Wakering Common

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We haven’t mentioned the Rochford District Community Archive for a while. So here’s a link to  a story of alcohol and violence from 1912:

“At that time there was just one village policeman who depended to a great extent on the good will of most of the villagers and his strong wooden stick to keep order. There was no telephone, no police car, just him, his bicycle and… “

 

Can You Home A Police Dog?

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From the Essex Police website:

We’re looking for people who can home a police dog – but it’s a big commitment.

The puppies are likely to be ready for their temporary homes from July, but vetting takes a while so we need people to apply now.

http://goo.gl/yVXU8O

Here are the requirements:
* The puppy would live with you for up to 15 months
* You must have a fully secure garden
* You must have a suitable vehicle – it needs to fit a medium/large dog cage in the back
* You will be required to attend regular puppy classes, around 1 morning every 2 weeks for the first few months.
* The puppy must not be left at home for more than 3 hours on its own so the role would best suit a retired / semi- retired person or a part time worker.
* The applicant will be fully vetted and must pass both this and a home visit.

Any potential applicants should contact PC Terry Collinson at Sandon Dog Unit on 01245 226585 / 07976 065962. You can also email terry.collinson@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Police Commisioner Has Public Meeting In Hockley on March 13th

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From Commissioner Nick Alston’s blog:

The next Police and Crime Commissioner public meeting discussing local crime and policing issues, will take place in Hockley on Thursday March 13, 2014.

Nick Alston said: “We’ve had an excellent series of public meetings in all parts of Essex over the last fifteen months, and we’re looking to build on those events. I encourage everyone who lives in Rochford district to come along to our next event and raise the issues that matter to them.

“We provide the very latest crime figures at the meetings, publishing these on our website too. We also explore the facts and context around any crime trends, with briefings from the local Essex Police District Commander, Chief Inspector Ian Cummings, and the Community Safety Partnership. Everyone attending the meeting can put their questions directly to the police, the community safety team, and to me. I will also ask challenging questions of the police and council, as well as highlighting some of the excellent work that is taking place.

“If you care about keeping your community as safe as it can possibly be, please come along and get involved.”

The next event is scheduled for:

Hockley

Time: 18:00 to 20:00, Thursday March 13, 2014

Location: Hockley Primary School, Chevening Gardens, Hockley, Rochford SS5 4UR

A briefing document containing the latest crime figures for the area will be published shortly on the PCC website, and discussed in detail at the meeting.

Nick Alston adds: “Each meeting will be two hours long. We’d love people to attend all the meeting, but if you can only make part of it, please still come along. I want your views to be part of the debate about how we can best keep the streets and countryside of Essex safe.”

We hope that street lighting gets discussed..

A Horrifying Report – “We want to hear from anyone in the area of the Birds Estate who has any information about this incident”

A horrrifying report from the BBC website today :

Police in Essex have begun a rape investigation after a teenage girl came forward to report an attack by five men nearly three years ago.
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The girl, then 13, said she was attacked by a group aged between 25 and 35, as she walked along an alleyway in Rayleigh on 24 February, 2011.
She said they dragged her to a nearby field where the attack continued.
Police said she had been too frightened to report the attack until she talked to her mother earlier this month.
Specialist officers from Essex Police sexual offences investigation team have interviewed her and prepared an e-fit image of the main suspect.
Det Con Danny Cooper said: “This was a terrifying assault by five men on a girl who was aged 13 at the time.
“She was traumatised and remained scared of the men until she found the courage to tell her mother what had happened.
“We want to hear from anyone in the area of the Birds Estate who has any information about this incident or from anyone who can identify the man in the e-fit who was the main perpetrator.”
He is described as white, about 5ft 8in tall, with thick, dark-coloured eyebrows and pronounced jaw-line and cheek bones. He had spiky gelled hair.

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