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Trading Standards Warning

Trading Standards have been informed of companies cold calling offering 'free surveys' to residents as part of the Green Homes Grant.

Following the Government launch of the Green Homes Grant, Trading Standards reminds residents to exercise caution if they are looking to use the grant for improvements to their homes.

The Green Homes Grant is an initiative to get homeowners to invest money in improving the energy-efficiency of their property whilst also giving the economy a much-needed boost. Homeowners and landlords can apply for a voucher to cover some of the costs for installing energy efficient improvements to their homes. More »

Consumers are able to obtain information about the process of obtaining the grant, how to apply and how to find a registered installer by searching on www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk or calling 0800 444202

If you have any concerns about work that has been undertaken using the grant scheme, or if you have been approached by a suspicious trader operating in this field, you can report it to Trading Standards using the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. » Less

Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:36 by Victoria Webster

Help Us End Criminal Exploitation of Children In Leicestershire and Rutland

Children as young as nine years old are being manipulated and coerced by criminals to commit crimes.

We have recently launched a new film called "Are You Listening" to help you spot the signs of criminals exploiting children.

The film is designed for adults such as parents, grandparents or other family members, and other trusted adults including teachers and sports coaches. You can watch the film on our website, or search "Leicestershire Police Are You Listening". More »

Children don't always see themselves as victims and often won't speak up if they're in trouble. Look out changes in normal behaviour, increased messages or calls, having new belongings that can't be accounted for and regular absence from school, groups or clubs.

You can help protect children in Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond. Send this e-mail to friends or family you think may need to know about this issue.

If you're concerned or have information about a child, please act immediately. You can phone us on 101 report online on our website.

Thank you for your support.
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Posted: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:30 by Victoria Webster

Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they're more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you're not alone. More »

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won't stop there! Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

More about the campaign
Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think 'it won't happen to me' we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members: https://press.avast.com/hubfs/media-materials/kits/Avast%20Cyberhood%20Watch/Avast_CyberHood_Watch_Report%20FINAL.pdf?hsLang=en » Less

Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 09:25 by Victoria Webster