Saturday, 4 June 2011

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UPDATES

MICROCHIPPING FOR DOGS


Free Micro Chipping – you’d be lost without it !!


Redbridge Council is working in partnership with the Dogs Trust to provide a free dog chipping service throughout June.

Micro chipping provides the security of knowing that, should your dog stray, the chances of being reunited will increase significantly. Whilst every dog owner is legally obliged to ensure that their dog is wearing a collar and tag, these can get lost or be removed: a micro chip is permanent.

Microchipping is now recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner's details are placed on a national database.

Sadly, the reality is that, of the many thousands of dogs that go missing each year, it is estimated that less than half of them are reunited with their owners. Don't wait until it's too late. Get your dog microchipped and have the assurance that, should your pet become lost (or be stolen), it is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound.

To take advantage of this free service, please telephone the Redbridge Council Customer Contact Centre on 020 8554 5000, to arrange an appointment.

Burglars are stealing Technology and CAR KEYS!!


A resident in the Barkingside Area suffered a break-in recently while all five occupants of the house were asleep. A door was forced; some easily portable items were stolen and the keys to a brand-new car parked outside the house. Another nearby property was targetted but the thieves were unable to gain entry.

Police-work to reduce crime, identify and successfully prosecute offenders is relentless.

Success is most often achieved when Police have the help of Redbridge residents. Help includes making it harder for the offender to break into your property.

Redbridge Police ask that everyone considers and reviews the safety of their home.

When securing your premises with UPVC doors and windows remember they are only properly locked and in accordance with the insurance company's expectations if you have lifted the handle and turned the key. It is evident from many burglaries that this has not been done.
Your home is not properly secure or insured if you have not locked it. Then remove the key to a place where it is not accessible by an intruder.

If you have WIFI connection it is detectable from outside your home and easy to identify the specific home that is connected. Always disconnect WIFI when not in use. Do not name your network connection with a name that is identifiable, i.e. your family name.

Consider downloading a software tracking device to your laptop or etching your postcode to the back. This makes it possible to trace the owner when we have recovered property.

Keep car keys hidden and in a safe place in your home. Never keep car keys by the front letter box.

A high value vehicle outside your home makes an attractive target for burglars.
Consider having a tracking device installed in your vehicle.

Never leave property in view, this includes bikes in your back garden. Alarm and lock property in your garden.

Always call police when you see people acting suspiciously, day and night. Please make a note of vehicles, registration plates and description of suspects. Police need the call that gets officers to the scene quickly.

Most people are aware of most of the above, yet every day Police see victims who fail to take one of the above precautions.

Together we can reduce crime. Look after your property and by calling Police to suspicious incidents you will also be looking after your neighbours property.

SHED BURGLARIES

Owners are being urged to assess the security of their sheds. If you have high quality power tools, hand tools, road bicycles and mountain bikes please secure them.

The Police are urging shed owners to ensure they are secure and are offering some practical steps that can be taken to stop shed burglary which include :-
• Ensuring that the shed is in a good state of repair and that any damaged or rotten sections which could make it easier for a thief to gain access are replaced.
• Use quality close shackle padlocks which cannot be easily levered or cut.
• If you have a window in the shed consider whether you actually need it and if not consider boarding it over securely. Otherwise, make the window opaque or cover windows to ensure the property inside is not on display.
• Consider fitting key operated locks to any opening windows or screwing them shut.
• Consider lining the shed with plywood sheeting to make it more difficult for a thief to get through without proper tools and lots of time
• Consider fitting an alarm to the shed, these are readily available from DIY stores or local locksmiths.
• Inside the shed, chain any tools through their handles to large heavy items such as lawn mowers or cultivators. If you have neither of these fill a bucket with concrete and, using a masonry fixing, chain your tools to this.
• Mark all valuables within your shed with your postcode and house number; record serial numbers of all equipment and keep the records safe.
• Ensure sheds and garages are securely locked and never left unlocked.

5 comments:

  1. Cor! Three press releases in one post! Is NHW trying to put the Recorder out of business ...?

    One observation. Re: "If you have WIFI connection it is detectable from outside your home and easy to identify the specific home that is connected. Always disconnect WIFI when not in use. Do not name your network connection with a name that is identifiable, i.e. your family name."

    Whilst agreeing with the suggestion regarding naming, I would suggest that computer/internet security is not the original writer's strong point - in fact, I wonder if they have ever set up a WIFI network.

    Important things to do:

    ● Change the name and password for access to the router - these commonly use terms such as admin and root as supplied and these default settings are well known.

    ● Set the wireless encryption settings to the most secure available - usually WPA2-PSK[AES]

    ● Make the password as difficult to break as possible - use both upper and lower case letters and include numbers and symbols. For example: r3Dbr!dg3_3Y3

    ● Turn off (usually untick) Enable SSID Broadcast after you have set up your network. This stops the router from broadcasting its identity and makes it much harder for strangers to find and identify.

    I think the idea of switching the WIFI off could cause considerable acrimony in some multi-user households! Make your WIFI secure and the evil ones will look elsewhere ...

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  2. InSSIDer is a useful utility for use with WIFI networks - it's free, by the way - and shows details all the WIFI networks in your local area.

    For example, most WIFI networks use channel 1, 6 or 11. If you find that the strongest signals apart from your own are on the same channel as your network, you should be able to improve performance by moving to a less congested channel.

    You will also be able to see all the unencrypted networks locally which will be quite an eye opener to BT customers who will see that the service they are paying for is also being shared with others!

    InSSIDer is available at: http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

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  3. One does ones bit, Knowsie. The "Recorder" is generally a good supporter of Neighbourhood Watch but they have other issues to report on.

    Thanks for the excellent advice. If nothing else, it proves that at least one person reads this stuff!

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  4. I'll doubtless be reminded of micro-chipping for dogs when I'm patronising a hostelry tonight!

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  5. SSID or No SSID?

    Update.

    I said: "Turn off (usually untick) Enable SSID Broadcast after you have set up your network. This stops the router from broadcasting its identity and makes it much harder for strangers to find and identify."

    I must admit that I've never gone this far, placing my trust in strong password protection, on the basis that, if anyone is really determined to find my network, they will!

    It also keeps my network management simpler if there are any problems.

    I've recently come across this advice which suggests that hiding the SSID is pointless.

    I leave you to draw your own conclusions.

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