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What is eCops?
eCops is the email messaging system brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and powered by Neighbourhood Alert.

You can register with eCops, then you receive news and appeals, local crime information and crime prevention advice - direct to you as an e-mail. The service is completely free and works alongside Neighbourhood Watch, to bring you messages about your local area.  It also allows you to feedback information to your local policing team, to help us police your neighbourhood effectively. 

Messages can include crime prevention advice, details of incidents and appeals for your help in reducing crime in the county. 

So why not sign up to eCops for direct and easy access to your local policing team at a time convenient to you?

Help Prevent Keyless Vehicle Thefts

Following a rise across the eastern region in thieves using more sophisticated techniques to gain access to keyless entry/start button cars, we’re issuing advice to help you keep your vehicle secure and protect you from becoming a victim of crime.
When the correct key fob is close by, the fob recognises the signal and transmits its own code, instructing the vehicle to unlock the doors and to allow the ignition to work on the car.
Thieves use wireless transmitters to capture its radio transmission. This is relayed to another device.  It allows the thief to open and start your car in the same way.
To prevent this from happening, use car key signal blocker cases/sleeves, they cost less than £10, or an aluminium tin at home.  Find a safe place for your keys at home and check to ensure they are out of range.

Following some of these other steps will also help to protect your vehicle:

  • Use a good quality crook lock or full cover steering wheel security lock to immobilise your vehicle
  • Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code an electronic key for the vehicle
  • If your vehicle is fitted with on board wi-fi consider switching this facility off, if you do not need it which will reduce the chance of criminals hacking into the vehicle’ system; your banking details or personal data from linked devices
  • Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment; so make sure your car is locked physically by trying the door handle and viewing the indicators flash, before leaving it.

How To Shop Online Safely

Check the web address

Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.

Is it a secure connection?

Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with https. This means your connection to the website is secure.

Phishing

Don't click on links or attachments within unsolicited emails. The number of online shopping related phishing emails increases significantly during the holiday period.

Bank transfers
65% of Action Fraud reports during the 2016 Christmas period were linked to online auction sites. Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a victim of fraud.

Safety Advice for Darker Nights

It’s now darker earlier. Check out our winter burglary crime prevention advice here ....

After the clocks go back we start thinking about the darker night’s drawing in. Traditionally there is a rise in burglaries in the winter period, especially during the run up to Christmas and it is sensible to think about your home security.

You can reduce the risk of being a victim of burglary by following four simple steps:

  1. Leave a light on inside your home when you are absent, preferably using a low energy bulb.
  2. Use a timer switch to activate lights as it gets dark, alternating the times they are illuminated to give the impression of someone being at home.
  3. Make sure your front door is well lit using dusk to dawn lighting that automatically comes on as it gets dark.
  4. Make sure you keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
Read more: Safety Advice for Darker Nights