West Yorkshire Police

Grant Round Open To Support West Yorkshire Communities

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West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has opened his latest grant round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) with £140,000 available, made up from Proceeds of Crime monies successfully secured by police and prosecutors.

Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can now bid for grants of up to £6000 from the fund which has a strong theme of supporting communities, and a particular focus on safeguarding vulnerable people.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “In these truly unprecedented times we want to do all we can to help those most in need.

“I would welcome a broad range of project applications across all of the priority areas set out in my Police and Crime Plan. However, I am particularly looking for initiatives that support the more vulnerable such as younger people or the elderly, women and girls, those with disabilities or victims harmed by crime. Early intervention and prevention projects and those offering therapy or support are also very welcome.

“Crucially, projects must be in a position to get to work helping people right away. That means being able to operate within the current climate of Covid restrictions and in a Covid secure way.

“I really need everyone’s help in promoting this fund so that it can reach the areas where it will make the most difference, so please, if you know of a group this could help, let them know.

“I’m very pleased to be able to continue to offer this much needed funding and support during such unique and challenging times, which is also a great testament to the ongoing work of West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in securing Proceeds of Crime resources.

“It was a key commitment of mine on being elected PCC in 2012 to ensure Proceeds of Crime monies found its way back into our communities affected by such criminal activity in first place, and it has never been more needed than at the moment during the pandemic.”

This latest grant opportunity is the 20th round of the Safer Communities Fund which has also just allocated grant round 19’s cash, of over £180,000 to 36 projects across West Yorkshire.

Projects funded include:

  • Disability Partnership Calderdale, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, with a project to educate and empower people to report BAME Disability Hate Crime.
  • Radio Sangam in Kirklees who are implementing online Domestic Abuse Support for the South Asian community asking for help following incidences of domestic abuse.
  • Guiding Light Leads in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, who will be delivering an Educate and Empower Black Youth Programme.
  • Tigers Trust in Wakefield for their project ‘Tigers Try Time’ which will look to support and education about hate crime made against their women and disabled teams.
  • Supporting the Keighley Pride event 2021 including security and providing BSL interpreters to ensure LGBTQ people will experience improved safety.

The fund initially launched in 2014 and has now allocated £3.6m to around 790 projects making a real difference across West Yorkshire.

A virtual celebration event, looking back at fund achievements and awards for grand round 20 will be held on Monday 22nd March. All current and past recipients will be invited.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money and assets recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by West Yorkshire Police and Prosecutors.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, John Robins, said: “These last few months have presented great challenges, not least for the many community and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire which, despite restrictions, have continued to provide vital help to those people who need it most. Whether it be supporting victims of crime, or making sure children’s or older people’s wellbeing is cared for during lockdown, we have seen volunteers step up their efforts and go the extra mile to meet growing demand on their services.

“Community groups and charities provide a lifeline to many people. They are applauded for their contribution to our society.

“Yet, the opportunities to raise funds and maintain their income has been reduced by lockdown restrictions, which is why I welcome the latest round of grant aid from the Safer Communities Fund and encourage groups to apply for well-deserved grant aid.”

The Safer Communities Fund closes for applications at 12 noon (mid-day) on Friday 12 February 2021.

To find out more about the fund and to apply, visit https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-communities-fund/how-apply

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Message from West Yorkshire Police on burglary prevention

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Burglaries can often increase during the longer darker nights in the autumn and winter months.

Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and using your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.

Here’s some simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security:

• Always lock your doors and windows even when you are at home
• Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place – do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
• Invest in timer light switches, and set lights to come on and go off in your home – using low energy light bulbs or utilise smart devices.
• Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and money cannot be seen through a window.
• Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved – TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
• Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?

In Calderdale all residential burglaries are investigated by a team of CID detectives, but prevention is always better than the cure. Our teams will be out targeting offenders and delivering crime prevention events across the autumn period.

This year West Yorkshire Police have developed a home security toolkit. This can be accessed online on the below link. If you would like it in an alternative format please contact us.
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/home-security

You can keep up to date with the latest news and alerts from West Yorkshire Police by signing up to West Yorkshire Community Alert. Public registration is free and people can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message. Sign up today at:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/west-yorkshire-community-alert

If you have information about those that are criminally active you can pass that information to us by the following methods:

• Online – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it
• Telephone – 999 for a crime in progress or there is a risk to life. 101 for Non emergencies
• 100% anonymously via the charity CrimeStoppers – 0800 555111
Please find enclosed some useful crime prevention information and help us to keep you safe.

Introducing Calderdale NPT Inspectors
We are the Crime Prevention Officers responsible for Calderdale. We offer a FREE Crime Prevention Security advice service. We are happy to attend your premises and bespoke the survey to your particular needs.
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to being a burglary victim when it only takes a few adjustments to secure your property without costing £1000s.
Simply locking your doors, even when at home and setting your alarm even if you are just popping out and when you go to bed, will increase your chances of not being a victim of this crime.
For a FREE home survey please contact fa.crimeprevention@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or alternatively contact
Tracy on 07736 087199. (Answer machine facility).
We work Monday to Friday and always respond to messages.
Tracy and Jill

West Yorkshire Police “The Cost” Christmas Drink/Drug Drive Campaign

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West Yorkshire Police is supporting the annual Christmas Drink/Drug Drive campaign by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) with the key message being that even though the pubs may be closed, drinking at home can still leave you over the limit.

Read full article with videos showing the impact of drink/drug driving

Throughout December, West Yorkshire Police will be carrying out increased enforcement activity on our roads including roadside patrols and taking every opportunity to remind people of the potentially fatal consequences for yourself and others of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The Force will again be using the hashtag #WYPTheCost and highlighting the potential cost of being caught drink or drug driving. The consequences can include prison time, an unlimited fine and a driving ban, in addition to the devastating emotional impact on those involved and their families and loved ones if someone is injured as a result of a collision.

 

 

Inspector Gary Panther from the Roads Policing Unit, said:

“Just because Christmas is a little different this year doesn’t mean that you can take the risk to drink or drug drive. We’re asking people to be mindful of drinking at home and being over the limit the morning after.

“Every year, we catch people driving under the influence of drink or drugs not just in the afternoon, evening but also the next day.

“Christmas can be costly enough but think about what it would mean for your new year to be facing losing your licence, an unlimited fine and potentially time in prison.

“That really is the best case scenario as well, drink or drug driving can have fatal consequences for the person driving the car, passengers and others on the road.

‘‘We all have a responsibility to play in keeping our roads safe, please don’t drive after having an alcoholic drink or taking drugs.’

Message from West Yorkshire Police on burglary prevention

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Burglaries can often increase during the longer darker nights in the autumn and winter months.

Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and using your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.

Here’s some simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security:

• Always lock your doors and windows even when you are at home
• Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place – do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
• Invest in timer light switches, and set lights to come on and go off in your home – using low energy light bulbs or utilise smart devices.
• Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and money cannot be seen through a window.
• Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved – TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
• Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?

In Calderdale all residential burglaries are investigated by a team of CID detectives, but prevention is always better than the cure. Our teams will be out targeting offenders and delivering crime prevention events across the autumn period.

This year West Yorkshire Police have developed a home security toolkit. This can be accessed online on the below link. If you would like it in an alternative format please contact us.
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/home-security

You can keep up to date with the latest news and alerts from West Yorkshire Police by signing up to West Yorkshire Community Alert. Public registration is free and people can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message. Sign up today at:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/west-yorkshire-community-alert

If you have information about those that are criminally active you can pass that information to us by the following methods:

• Online – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it
• Telephone – 999 for a crime in progress or there is a risk to life. 101 for Non emergencies
• 100% anonymously via the charity CrimeStoppers – 0800 555111
Please find enclosed some useful crime prevention information and help us to keep you safe.

Introducing Calderdale NPT Inspectors
We are the Crime Prevention Officers responsible for Calderdale. We offer a FREE Crime Prevention Security advice service. We are happy to attend your premises and bespoke the survey to your particular needs.
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to being a burglary victim when it only takes a few adjustments to secure your property without costing £1000s.
Simply locking your doors, even when at home and setting your alarm even if you are just popping out and when you go to bed, will increase your chances of not being a victim of this crime.
For a FREE home survey please contact fa.crimeprevention@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or alternatively contact
Tracy on 07736 087199. (Answer machine facility).
We work Monday to Friday and always respond to messages.
Tracy and Jill

West Yorkshire Police “The Cost” Christmas Drink/Drug Drive Campaign

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West Yorkshire Police is supporting the annual Christmas Drink/Drug Drive campaign by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) with the key message being that even though the pubs may be closed, drinking at home can still leave you over the limit.

Read full article with videos showing the impact of drink/drug driving

Throughout December, West Yorkshire Police will be carrying out increased enforcement activity on our roads including roadside patrols and taking every opportunity to remind people of the potentially fatal consequences for yourself and others of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The Force will again be using the hashtag #WYPTheCost and highlighting the potential cost of being caught drink or drug driving. The consequences can include prison time, an unlimited fine and a driving ban, in addition to the devastating emotional impact on those involved and their families and loved ones if someone is injured as a result of a collision.

 

 

Inspector Gary Panther from the Roads Policing Unit, said:

“Just because Christmas is a little different this year doesn’t mean that you can take the risk to drink or drug drive. We’re asking people to be mindful of drinking at home and being over the limit the morning after.

“Every year, we catch people driving under the influence of drink or drugs not just in the afternoon, evening but also the next day.

“Christmas can be costly enough but think about what it would mean for your new year to be facing losing your licence, an unlimited fine and potentially time in prison.

“That really is the best case scenario as well, drink or drug driving can have fatal consequences for the person driving the car, passengers and others on the road.

‘‘We all have a responsibility to play in keeping our roads safe, please don’t drive after having an alcoholic drink or taking drugs.’

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Annual Report

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Message from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

I hope that you are well.

I would like to share my latest Annual Report with you which I hope you will find informative and interesting.

Please find a link to the report https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/our-business/annual-report which sets out the key activities and achievements of the year in my work as Police and Crime Commissioner and that of my office, West Yorkshire Police, and our many community safety partners on behalf of the public that we represent.

In a year like no other, partnership working has been key to ensuring communities, including victims and witnesses, are being effectively supported and the report highlights some of this work as the Covid-19 pandemic emerged.

I hope the report demonstrates and highlights the important work which has been accomplished during 2019-20, and I look forward to continuing to work positively, in partnership, helping to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe.

Best wishes,

Mark Burns-Williamson OBE

Message from West Yorkshire Police on burglary prevention

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Burglaries can often increase during the longer darker nights in the autumn and winter months.

Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and using your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.

Here’s some simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security:

• Always lock your doors and windows even when you are at home
• Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place – do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
• Invest in timer light switches, and set lights to come on and go off in your home – using low energy light bulbs or utilise smart devices.
• Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and money cannot be seen through a window.
• Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved – TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
• Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?

In Calderdale all residential burglaries are investigated by a team of CID detectives, but prevention is always better than the cure. Our teams will be out targeting offenders and delivering crime prevention events across the autumn period.

This year West Yorkshire Police have developed a home security toolkit. This can be accessed online on the below link. If you would like it in an alternative format please contact us.
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/home-security

You can keep up to date with the latest news and alerts from West Yorkshire Police by signing up to West Yorkshire Community Alert. Public registration is free and people can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message. Sign up today at:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/west-yorkshire-community-alert

If you have information about those that are criminally active you can pass that information to us by the following methods:

• Online – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it
• Telephone – 999 for a crime in progress or there is a risk to life. 101 for Non emergencies
• 100% anonymously via the charity CrimeStoppers – 0800 555111
Please find enclosed some useful crime prevention information and help us to keep you safe.

Introducig Calderdale NPT Inspectors
We are the Crime Prevention Officers responsible for Calderdale. We offer a FREE Crime Prevention Security advice service. We are happy to attend your premises and bespoke the survey to your particular needs.
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to being a burglary victim when it only takes a few adjustments to secure your property without costing £1000s.
Simply locking your doors, even when at home and setting your alarm even if you are just popping out and when you go to bed, will increase your chances of not being a victim of this crime.
For a FREE home survey please contact fa.crimeprevention@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or alternatively contact
Tracy on 07736 087199. (Answer machine facility).
We work Monday to Friday and always respond to messages.
Tracy and Jill

Message from West Yorksire Police on burglary prevention

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Burglaries can often increase during the longer darker nights in the autumn and winter months.

Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and using your alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.

Here’s some simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security:

• Always lock your doors and windows even when you are at home
• Always take the key out of the lock and keep it in a safe place – do not leave keys in reach of the letterbox, a cat flap, or on view through a window.
• Invest in timer light switches, and set lights to come on and go off in your home – using low energy light bulbs or utilise smart devices.
• Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and money cannot be seen through a window.
• Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved – TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312).
• Why not start a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area?

In Calderdale all residential burglaries are investigated by a team of CID detectives, but prevention is always better than the cure. Our teams will be out targeting offenders and delivering crime prevention events across the autumn period.

This year West Yorkshire Police have developed a home security toolkit. This can be accessed online on the below link. If you would like it in an alternative format please contact us.
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/home-security

You can keep up to date with the latest news and alerts from West Yorkshire Police by signing up to West Yorkshire Community Alert. Public registration is free and people can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message. Sign up today at:
https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/west-yorkshire-community-alert

If you have information about those that are criminally active you can pass that information to us by the following methods:

• Online – www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it
• Telephone – 999 for a crime in progress or there is a risk to life. 101 for Non emergencies
• 100% anonymously via the charity CrimeStoppers – 0800 555111
Please find enclosed some useful crime prevention information and help us to keep you safe.

Introducig Calderdale NPT Inspectors
We are the Crime Prevention Officers responsible for Calderdale. We offer a FREE Crime Prevention Security advice service. We are happy to attend your premises and bespoke the survey to your particular needs.
Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to being a burglary victim when it only takes a few adjustments to secure your property without costing £1000s.
Simply locking your doors, even when at home and setting your alarm even if you are just popping out and when you go to bed, will increase your chances of not being a victim of this crime.
For a FREE home survey please contact fa.crimeprevention@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or alternatively contact
Tracy on 07736 087199. (Answer machine facility).
We work Monday to Friday and always respond to messages.
Tracy and Jill

Police Crime Commissioner Newsletter November 2020

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Please see a link to the latest newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

This issue contains stories on work to tackle modern slavery, the award winning Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a competition for young people and much more.

https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/external_newsletter_november_2020.pdf

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Neighbourhood Watch Protect Your Passw0rd National Campaign

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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.

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.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

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.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

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

For more information contact Deborah Waller on deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
Website: ourwatch.org.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/ourwatch
Twitter: twitter.com/N_watch
Instagram: neighbourhood.watch.insta
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/neighbourhood-watch/