Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Community Watch News

Avocet urges homeowners to protect against lock snapping
According to a recent report by LV= home insurance, November is the worst month of the year for break-ins – a statistic that has led to Avocet Hardware’s Raymond Pearce calling on homeowners to protect themselves against burglaries in much the same way they do against the flu. Click here for the full article.

Make sure you stay healthy this winter
Winter can be a worry for many of us, because our bodies react differently to the cold, as we get older. You can protect your health by ensuring you’re warm both inside and outside the house and by downloading Age UK’s ‘Winter Wrapped Up’ guide here.

Online Shopping Tips
With Christmas approaching, using the internet to purchase goods or services saves considerable time and effort – and also presents you with the widest choice. There are, however, risks associated to shopping online. Read Get Safe Online’s top tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable online shopping experience here.

£1m worth of things and skills listed on Streetbank
As the cost of living continues to increase and a growing number of us struggle to pay the bills, people are quite rightly turning to their local communities to share tools and resources on Streetbank, saving money in the process. Streetbank is the UK’s largest website of its kind, with 25,789 things and 13,883 skills worth a total of just over £1m listed to date. More on Streetbank here.

National Crime Agency Launched
The National Crime Agency, also known as the NCA, is a crime-fighting law enforcement agency responsible for leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. The NCA has a wide remit. They tackle serious and organised crime, strengthen our borders, fight fraud and cyber-crime, and protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation. Find out more on NCA here.

Scrap metal laws to stop metal theft come into force
Metal Theft is a problem that has been plaguing much of England & Wales, with it costing the economy around £220 million a year. In October, The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 officially came into force and it is hoped that this will help to reduce the number of Metal Theft incidents throughout England & Wales. More on scrap metal here.

Christmas – a time of festivity? Or abandonment?
Where will you be on Christmas Day? For those who are likely to be spending Christmas alone the run up to the festive season can be filled with anxiety and dread. Motivated by the fact that hundreds of thousands of older people spent Christmas alone last year, Community Christmas aims to make sure no one has to spend Christmas on their own. Find out more here.



  1. Should I understand that if you want to dispose of some unwanted metal, like a rusty wheelbarrow with its wheel missing, you cannot give it any more to the scrap metal van which advertises its arrival with a bell?
    I hope not. That would be insane!
    I hope I am wrong!

    1. That depends very much on the man with the van, Anne ...

      If he is officially licensed to carry waste, it is OK.

      However, if he isn't, and gets stopped carrying your waste, you are both committing an offence and you will find yourself being prosecuted for not using a licensed carrier for your waste disposal.

      BEWARE ...!

      I'm sure someone will be along shortly with the official version but I'd be very surprised if it hasn't already been covered in this blog ...

  2. I don't think it applies to that. It applies when someone goes to a dealer to sell.