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Alert message sent 04/12/2018 13:36:00

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Local Crime Alert
Since the last Neighbourhood watch brief we have had one report of a burglary residential to a dwelling in Hunts Lane, Ketton. Unknown person(s) have gained entry by smashing a rear patio door and have taken property. This incident occurred between 26/11/2018 08:30 & 27/11/2018 08:30.
One report of theft in Berrybushes, Market Overton. Unknown person(s) have taken both number plates from parked vehicle. This incident occurred between 26/11/18 19:00 & 27/11/18 10:00.
Two reports of vehicle crime in Tyne Rd, Oakham. Unknown person(s) have gained entry to two insecure vehicles, no property taken. These incidents occurred between 30/11/2018 23:00 & 01/12/2018 07:00.
Celebrate Safety Event Beat Surgery at Uppingham Town Hall on Thursday 6th December between 18:00 & 21:00
Beat Surgery at the Farmers Market, Gaol St on 15th December between 09:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Uppingham Library on 21st  December between 09:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at Whissendine village shop on 9th January between 10:00 & 11:00.
Beat Surgery at the Methodist Church in Empingham on 21st January between 10:00 & 11:00.
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Tips for Safe Shopping Online
Making payments - It’s a good idea to use a credit card rather than a debit card when you’re shopping online, and ideally use one with a low credit limit so that if the details of your card do get compromised, the damage that can be done by a high-spending hacker before you can block the card is limited. Also, using a credit card gives you more protection if a retailer goes bust or the goods don’t arrive or are faulty. Keep a sharp eye on your statements and alert your card issuer if you spot anything you don’t recognise. Also considering using PayPal if it’s offered as a means of making a payment: PayPal offers dispute resolution processes, and it also means that the seller won’t see your card details. Never pay by direct bank transfer.
Be careful about wi-fi - Avoid using public wi-fi if you can: you’re at risk from ‘evil twin’ websites set up by hackers to intercept passwords and credit card details, and you’ve got no guarantees that whoever set up the public wi-fi hotspot did so in a way that makes it secure and protects you. If you must use public wi-fi to do online shopping, consider using a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN sets up a private, encrypted and secure link between your device and the website, stopping hackers from intercepting your data and also protecting your privacy. And it’s best to use a paid-for VPN: free ones can be slow or insecure.
Use your mobile phone instead of public wi-fi - If you’re planning to take your laptop to the library or a coffee shop to do your online shopping, use your mobile phone’s data connection to get online rather that the public wi-fi. You might need to check with your mobile provider that you can use your data allowance to tether your laptop to your phone, but once you’ve ascertained that you can, it’s easy to do. In Android, go to Settings, then Network & Internet, then Hotspot & tethering. On the next screen, toggle the button to On, and you’ll also be able to change the hotspot name and also choose a different password if you don’t want to use the one it sets for you. On iOS, go to Settings and then tap Personal Hotspot and toggle the button on. You’ll then see your phone’s name in your laptop’s wi-fi and you’ll be able to connect to it as if it were an ordinary wi-fi hotspot.

Less is more - Be careful about how much information you give away when you create an account with an online retailer: look out for the asterisk (*) on web forms that tell you when you must fill in the details. Obviously they’ll need your name, your address, an email address and your payment details, but many sites also try and collect additional information, such as perhaps your clothing size or an additional phone number. That helps them understand who their customers are, but there’s no need for you to hand over that information if you don’t want to.
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Anyone with information about a crime in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can call Leicestershire Police by dialing 101 (calls cost 15p) or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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