Showing posts from August, 2017

STAYING SECURE ONLINE: Simple Advice From Cyber Aware

The key behaviours to help you improve your online security are:
Install the latest software and app updates
• They contain vital security updates which help protect your device from viruses and hackers • Security updates are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device. Installing them as soon as possible helps to keep your device secure • You can choose to install updates at night when you are asleep and your device is plugged in or set your mobile or tablet to automatically update your apps when you are connected to Wi-Fi and an update is available • You can also set laptops and desktops to automatically install software updates when an update is available
Use a strong, separate password for your email account (you can use three random words or numbers to create a strong password). • Hackers can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, by asking for you password to be reset, and find out personal information, such as …

Call to Stay Vigilant as Crime Rises By 10%

Police-recorded crime has risen by 10% across England and Wales – the largest annual rise for ten years - according to the very latest Office for National Statistics figures.
The figures show almost 5 million crimes in England and Wales were recorded by the police for the 12 months to March this year – up 10% on the same period in 2015/16.
Police recorded 458,021 more offences compared with the previous year, which the ONS said was driven by an increase in violence – police recorded an 18% rise in violent crime, including a 20% surge in gun and knife crime.
Jayne Pascoe, Strategic Partnerships Director for Neighbourhood Watch, said: "We have also seen a rise in burglary and robbery but we do need to be mindful that these recent increases should be seen in the context of substantial falls in such crimes over the last 20 years.

"However it's timely to remind supporters of the importance of staying vigilant and looking out for each other and being aware of what's happening…

Fire & Rescue - Positive Action Community Events

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding two Positive Action community events and four specially targeted “have-a-go” days in the next few weeks.

If you are female, or from a BAME community, and would like to find out more about becoming a Firefighter with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service can come along to talk to us at an informal session at

Carnival Arts Centre, St Mary’s Rd, Luton
Wednesday 23 August 18:00 – 20:00 hours

The Service are also holding four Positive Action “have-a-go” events specifically aimed at women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

Wednesday 30 August, 16.00 to 19.00 hours, at Luton Community Fire Station, Studley Road, Luton LU3 1BB

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community member “have-a-go” events are on:

Saturday 2 September, 14.00 to 17.00, at Luton Community Fire Station, Studley Road, Luton LU3 1BB

These event will give people from under-represented groups thinking about joining the Fire and Rescue Service the opportuni…

Working with Dogs Trust To Prevent the Heartbreak of a Stolen Pet

Dog theft is on the rise, and as such, Neighbourhood Watch and Dogs Trust are urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,800 instances of dog theft were reported to police forces across England and Wales. 
Information obtained by Dogs Trust through a Freedom of Information request also reveals that gardens, closely followed by the home, are the most common areas from which dogs were reported stolen. Lee Paris, Campaigns Officer at Dogs Trust, told Our News : "It is a sad day when we have to issue these types of warnings, but with instances of dog theft becoming more prevalent, we want to ensure that dog owners are aware of the dangers so that they can help keep their beloved pets safe. Theft of any item is distressing, but when a dog is stolen, who many consider a part of the family; the experience can be even more distressing." 
The most common breed of dog reported as stolen was the Staffordshire Bull-terrier, followed then b…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.