Community Safety News & Campaigns

Fraud, Scams and Cybercrime

Unfortunately we have been made aware of a number of recent attempts to defraud people following the global Covid 19 pandemic.  Communities are being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. While there are genuine groups of volunteers, such as VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire) providing help during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals targetting residents, often older or vulnerable people, by cold-calling at their homes and offering to go to the shops for them. The criminals often claim to represent charities to help them appear legitimate before taking the victim’s money. Please be vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent a charity.

Online and phishing scams concerning Covid 19 have conned people of over £800k in one month.  Have a read of Action Frauds webpage for more advice.

Domestic Abuse

There is more information on homelessness, as a result of domestic abuse on the housing webpages.

UAVA (United Against Violence and Abuse) is the Leicestershire support service for anyone affected by domestic or sexual abuse, please have a look at their website for more information or contact them on 0808 80 200 28 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.

Be aware that although the government advice is to stay at home, this does not apply to those fleeing domestic abuse.  Please contact UAVA for further support.

Parish E-Newsletter

The May Community Safety Partnership quarterly e-newsletter is now available.  You can download a copy here.  It looks at Foodbanks, Crimestoppers, Domestic Abuse and Loneliness.

Police Beat Newsletters

Please see the local Police beat team newsletters for your area: click here to read about Lutterworth & Broughton Astley, or here to read about Harborough and Harborough North.

Road Safety

Following the Annual Parish Liaison Event the Community Safety Partnership has created a Road Safety pack for Parishes to give them the tools to improve road safety in their areas.  Have a look at the pack, and let us know if you have any questions at communitysafety@harborough.gov.uk.

Neighbourhood Link

Neighbourhood Link is a community messaging system for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, keeping residents informed and up to date with news on appeals, events, crime prevention advice as well as information on local policing matters.  Have a look at their website to find out more.

Public Space Protection Order

Please see the linked PSPO relating to alcohol related anti-social behaviour within the Harborough District.