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Staying Safe at Outside Events – June 2018

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice  from Get Safe Online about purchasing tickets.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2017, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you may be planning on attending during June may include:

Audience Shot

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe

Be Prepared, Take Care and Stay Safe this Winter

Healthy Suffolk logoPublic Health and NHS

Suffolk Public Health and the NHS tells us that each winter is difficult for the health system across England, and Suffolk.  We are seeing increasing numbers of people living better for longer. This also means there are more people living with long term health conditions.

There are a number of things you can do, or help someone you care for to do, to ensure that you don’t get caught out this winter:

  • Be prepared – stock up with cold remedies, pain killers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, stave off upset stomachs with anti-diarrhoea and rehydration mixtures, and keep plasters and bandages on hand for any cuts or scrapes.
  • Get a flu vaccination – it will keep you from having a long recovery from this nasty illness, so book an appointment to get one if you haven’t already. People aged 65 or over, or have a long-term health condition or are pregnant are entitled to a free jab.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – for the time it takes you to sing happy birthday through twice, use hot water and soap to wash away all kinds of viruses from colds and diarrhoea to so much more.
  • Seek help from your pharmacist – they are qualified health professionals who can advise on everything from a cold to long-term conditions.  This is often the best and quickest way to get well. Your pharmacist will let you know if a GP appointment is required. Pharmacies are one of the most accessible sources of advice, with many open long hours incl. evenings and weekends.
  • Eat well and drink at least eight cups of fluids a day – it keeps your brain and body working well.
  • Keep your home warm – By setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18° – 21°C or 64°- 70°F) can keep you well, especially avoiding chest infections. If you have a disability, are over 65 or live with children aged under 5 ring this local rate number 03456 037 686 for free advice on heating your home
  • Not feeling well – If you are unsure if you need urgent or emergency care, please call NHS 111 – trained professionals are on hand to guide you.
  • Beat the winter blues – talk to someone. Talk about your anxieties with someone else, a friend, relative or a group such as the Samaritans. Talking about the things that are worrying you can make a big difference. It is easy to get help from the Suffolk Well being Service too. This is a free NHS service, suitable for people aged 16 + living in Suffolk. You can phone them on 0300 123 1781 or refer yourself via their website.

Do you have any Elderly and Vulnerable Neighbours?

Are you able to spend a few minutes to ensure that: On their own

  • they are not alone all the time
  • their paths are clear of snow and ice
  • they have plenty of food in
  • they are warm enough
  • they have sufficient medication to get through the holiday period
  • if they can use the internet, that they know where to look for information and support

Further information and support

Visiting friends and family, or just venturing out, keep up to date with the latest road, rail and weather news.

E-Safety – Staying Safe On-line

E-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones.  How can people protect themselves, their parents, and their children from deliberate hurt, humiliation, harassment, intimidation or threatening someone else, whilst using the internet or a mobile phone?

Social Media is such an easy way to stay in touch, contact friends and share photos, but increasingly ‘security’ has become more and more of an issue.

Top 5 E-Safety Tips

  1. Install Firewall/Security Software and Backup your data
  2. Activate Parental Controls
  3. Talk to, and understand, how your children are communicating with ‘Friends’
  4. Set up Strong Passwords for each App, something that you don’t use anywhere else
  5. Avoid Oversharing, you don’t know who’s looking at your Social Media

Firewall/Security Software/Internet Safety

Firewalls ImageInstall a firewall. It acts as a  barrier between the internet and your own computer. Get Safe On-line says it’s like having your own dedicated security guard who stops anyone coming into your computer if they’re not on the guest list.

Which has recommendations on How to choose the best anti virus software

The internet enables you to carry out everyday tasks online.  Read the news, enjoy entertainment, book our holidays, shop, contact friends and do your banking.  However there are a number of risks associated with going online to be aware of.

Regularly back up your data. The information held on your computer may be irreplaceable.

Use Parental Controls

Do you know how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home? NO!

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together with UK Safer Internet Centre to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Parental Controls

Parental Control Tips

Talk to your Children

New Digital Resilience Content for Parents from Internet Matters

This content has been developed with Dr Linda Papadopoulos, child psychologist and Internet Matters Ambassador.  There are 5 new videos. You can view them either from the website page below or on YouTube here:

  • Digital Resilience for parents with 6-10’s
  • Digital Resilience for parents with 11-13
  • Digital Resilience for parents with 14+
  • Overview video of what does digital resilience mean
  • Parenting styles video which is critical in developing a resilient child

There are also 5 supporting infographics which can be printed or downloaded. Again these can be accessed on the web link below; an example can be found here.
You can access all the videos, infographics and further content at  www.internetmatters.org/advice/digital-resilience-toolkit/

Internet Matters also has a Free App to download, designed to help parents to talk to their children.


Planning to talk to your child about sex, relationships and their lives online can be tricky

You can find lots of advice about these complex areas from the National Crime Agency ‘Talking to children about online safety’.

ThinkUKnow about Staying Safe on Line

Do you know about the Parent Lounge? Parents LoungeThey have live advice and tips, covering a range of difficult topics chosen by parents. Worth seeing if they have answers to any questions your looking for!

Their Parents Helpline has experts who give their advice and tips on a range of topics chosen by you, from how to have difficult conversations with your child, to managing anxiety in children.

 

Social Media

There are things you can do to help keep your Facebook account secure, including creating a strong password that you don’t use on other websites.

Keeping your Facebook Account Secure

There are also things you can do to help keep your Twitter account secure,

Twitter Account Security Tips

 

Consider who is going to see your postingHow to avoid Oversharing on Social Media

There are several ways to avoid oversharing on social media.  Be mindful of your security when using social media, and avoid using check-in and automatic location functions. Consider who is going to see your postings!

 

Helping Children and Young People to Stay Safe Online

Children and young people are worried about cyberbullying and internet safety.  Here are some top tips from Safety Net Kids on how to deal with cyberbullying, how to stay safe online and how to stay safe using mobile phones.

Safety Net Kids Logo

Sexting warnings
A recent article in the East Anglian Daily Daily Times quoted Suffolk Police saying that “Suffolk’s children face a “sexting pandemic” – with explicit images being used to exploit, blackmail and sham victims.

 

Suffolk County Council also has lots of practical online safety advice, information and guidance to help reduce the risks of using the internet. There is also a quick guide for parents on “apps and gaming online” available from Suffolk County Council. This quick guide highlights those that might create risky situations for children. The pages are constantly updated!

Suffolk County Council’s 2016 cybersurvey was aimed at making it easier for more young people and vulnerable adults to share how they use the internet and social media, and the experiences they have had – whether positive or negative.  Key findings from the 2017 cybersurvey will be presented at the 2018 annual online safety conference in February, alongside the full report.

Lots more useful E-Safety information can be found on these websites:

Safer Internet
Get Safe On-line
Internet Matters
NSPCC On-line Safety
Childline Staying Safe On-line
Safety Net Kids
BBC Webwise
Think U Know
Age UK Internet Security

You can continue to follow our E-safety information on our Social Media on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SuffolkEsafety.

 

Clocks Going Back

This year the clocks go back on Sunday 29 October 2017 at 2.00 am. We would like to encourage everyone to think about some simple ways of deterring crime.

As darkness will descend earlier in the day, and with lots of people going about their business, we want to help ensure that people don’t advertise that their homes are empty and open to thieves.  Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves who will look for properties that appear empty, in the dark and with access to back gardens. They are also looking for properties where windows have been left open and doors unlocked.

Lights on Timers

FakeTVTimer switches can be used to operate radios and lights.  You don’t want to advertise that you are not back from work or that you have gone away for a few days.  Leaving a light on costs literally pence in electricity – and that pales into insignificance compared to the hundreds of pounds in insurance excess you might have to pay should your home be broken into. You can now even purchase a TV Simulator to deter burglars and thieves.

Security

A high proportion of all break-ins are also the result of properties being left insecure, so checking all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house is crucial.  Other home security essentials are to use your burglar alarm if you have one – it’s amazing how many households don’t bother.  Never leave a spare key under the doormat or a flowerpot. Burglars will always look there first so it’s not much of a ‘hiding place’.”

Close It, Lock It, Check It

Lockit_Checkit
Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity but Suffolk Police advise that there are a number of steps you can take to improve security and put off burglars.

  • Ensure doors and windows are locked – even if you are popping out for a minute.
  • Fit deadlocks to outside doors and key operated locks to windows.
  • Don’t hide spare keys outside.
  • Keep gates and sheds well secured and ensure garden tools and ladders are locked away.
  • Homes in darkness can be a target for thieves – leave a light on or better still put your lights on a timer and leave a radio on if you go out during the hours of darkness.
  • Do not keep large amounts of money in your home.
  • Security mark your valuables with your postcode and register your property for free at www.immobilise.com and improve your chances of getting it back if it’s lost or stolen.

Anyone wishing to find out more about crime prevention advice and home security can contact their local Crime Prevention Officer at Suffolk Police on 101.

 

In an emergency always call 999

County Lines and Youth Gang Violence

In February 2017 Suffolk County Council commissioned a Rapid Assessment Exercise (RAE) to examine presenting issues of violence, safeguarding and anti-social behaviour in Ipswich (Phase 1). A RAE is a tool for identifying, generating and summarising available research evidence, on strategic issues as comprehensively as possible within tight time and budgetary constraints. The RAE aimed to identify the nature of the problems associated with the reports of crime, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and exploitation; describe and assess existing interventions and service provision and, where relevant, highlight gaps and anomalies. The RAE therefore aims to present a basis for an evidence-based strategy for a co-ordinated response to the crime and ASB issues manifesting in Ipswich. It is suited to the development of policy and practice in fast changing situations.

County Lines
In its County Lines, Gangs and Safeguarding report (2016) the NCA describes the way street gangs, exploiting vulnerable younger adolescents in both the major cities and the destination locations, distribute narcotics across wide swathes of the country. It appears that the proliferation of drug markets in England and Wales has been a major factor in the emergence of street gangs and gang culture outside the major UK cities (Pitts, 2008, Andell & Pitts, 2010). Early findings suggest the operation of County Lines in Ipswich which are precipitating numerous concerns particularly regarding young people.

To download the report as a PDF please click here

Staying Safe at Outside Events – August 2017

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice about purchasing tickets from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2017, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you may be planning on attending during June may include:

Audience Shot

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe

Staying Safe at Outside Events – July 2017

Watching your favourite singer or band from the comfort of your armchair is great, but there’s nothing like being there live on the day. Tickets to big entertainment and sporting events sell out very quickly, which is very disappointing when you’ve really been looking forward to the big day.

This can make it very tempting to buy them from sources other than official websites. If your ticket is found not to be genuine you will be refused entry.  Here is some advice about purchasing tickets from Get Safe Online.

There are a number of great music events and festivals taking place across the Country in 2017, many of which are happening in Suffolk.   If you are attending, we would like to encourage you to take a few minutes to think about your personal and property safety. In partnership with Suffolk Police, we have produced the ‘staying safe’ messages below. This information is also relevant for any/all large events and gatherings.

Some of the events you may be planning on attending during June may include:

Audience Shot

Consider your own personal safety

Arrange a meeting point and agree a time in case you get separated from your friends. Drink too much and you’re likely to feel disorientated.  You can’t always rely on mobile phones, so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t run your battery down completely. Some larger festivals may have recharging points.

  • Stick with friends and if you are camping, don’t go back to your tent alone
  • Enjoy the Festival/Event, but look after yourself and your friends
  • Keep hydrated and wear suitable clothing, taking into consideration the weather forecast.

Moderate your alcohol consumption

The best way to avoid problems from alcohol is to stay within the recommended limits. So keep a count of what you are drinking. Recognise when you’re drinking too quickly. Sometimes you might just be thirsty rather than really wanting an alcoholic drink. Don’t ruin your enjoyment of the festival by overdoing it and if the festival goes on for more than one day, give your body a break from the booze on at least one of the days and avoid morning drinking altogether.

Under the influence of alcohol you are more likely to find yourself in a vulnerable situation

Look After Your Valuables

Concerts and Festivals are not hotbeds of crime, but thefts do happen. They are more likely to occur if you have had lots of alcohol and you may not be aware of what’s going on around you.

Camping 1

If you are planning on camping at any of these or future events, check out ROSPA’s safety advice.

Try not to bring valuables like mp3 players or jewellery with you.

  • Don’t carry your wallet or phone in your back pocket
  • Do not leave valuables in your tent
  • If you do leave things of value in your car put them out of sight in the boot and make sure you lock your vehicle

Report any suspicious persons to a member of security at the event or to the Camp site Assistance Team. There are usually a number of Festival and Town Pastors also in attendance at many of the larger events.  These are people who will help anyone who needs assistance.

Please take some time to consider your personal safety and remain vigilant so you don’t become a victim of theft or any other crime.

Most Importantly
Have a wonderful time and Stay Safe