Chishills policing & crime prevention
A good turn-out this evening at Chishill for the crime prevention and policing evening, with Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and NatWest there to talk about how to avoid scams, including and especially on-line ones, crime prevention advice and materials, and what the police are doing to tackle rural crime.
The crime prevention and property marking kits were selling well! While our rural villages actually have low crime rates, one of the messages (from Bernadette from Natwest bank) was about how to prevent being caught up by a fraud, whether by a phone call from someone purporting to be from the bank, or an innocuous email seeking to harvest all sorts of personal details in order to empty your account. A similar message from the County Council team who were there too.
The event was well organised by the parish council, with nibbles and drinks, and follows on from discussions that took place at the parish council annual meeting in the summer on this whole issue.
It was good to see our knowledgeable and experienced PCSO Chris Wiseman, who has his finger on the pulse of our villages.
I talked to some farmers who are on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border who are very alarmed and worried at criminal gangs preying on isolated farms: demanding money for services not actually requested, and issuing threats against people and property. Its an issue that I have been raising with our sector police inspector.