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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cumbria Police to focus on fraud and cybercrime during Neighbourhood Watch Week

Cumbria Police will focus on fraud and cybercrime as part of Neighbourhood Watch Week which starts tomorrow

Officers are getting involved to promote the message that anyone can be a target.

Andy Baines, the Safer Stronger Communities manager for Cumbria Constabulary, said: “The Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch are traditionally about helping people to feel safe where they live.

“We recognise the Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch schemes play a vital role in crime detection, prevention and community safety.

“However, the way in which we interact online now means that we have ‘online neighbours’ too and they form a big part of our community and social life.

“By making sure we are all security conscious of our homes and when we are online, we can all help to keep each other safe.”

The week also sees the national awards being given and with Cumbria having a finalist in contention.

Pete Thomas, a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator in Barrow, has been nominated by PCSOs Iain Richards, Gail O’Neil, and Zoe Anderson.

He has been shortlisted for the “Watch Co-ordinator – Outstanding Achievement” award.

Andy Baines continued: “It is great that Pete has been recognised and shortlisted for the Outstanding Achievement award and we wish him well at the awards ceremony in London next Friday.

“We work hard to support the scheme and believe that it helps to maintain community spirit and communication between all local residents which helps build up good relations.”

For more information about staying safe on-line, please visit http://www.cumbria.police.uk/online-safety

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