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Fly tipping is the common term used to describe waste that has been illegally deposited causing damage to the environment, costing businesses, landowners and tax payers millions every year.

Householder’s responsibility:

Householders are required by law to check that anyone removing waste from their property are authorised to do so.

Check waste carriers are a genuine and hold a waste carriers licence.

To check your waste carrier is holds a legitimate waste carriers licence contact Environment Agency on: 03708 506506 or on line at http://epr.environment-agency.gov.uk/ePRInternet/SearchRegisters.aspx.

Most large skip companies will display their waste carrier licence number in the windscreen of their vehicle.

If they are not registered, residents should refuse their service.

If they claim to be registered but do not have any paperwork, residents can telephone the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation.

Record the registration number of any vehicle removing waste from your home

Pay by cheque as payments can be traced if the waste is fly tipped. If they insist on cash refuse their service and request a receipt for their service.

Reporting Fly tipping:

Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) on adopted highway:

Residents should contact their local authority / Borough Council who will arrange for its removal.

Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) private land:

The land owner would be responsible for its removal by a licensed waste carrier.

Council’s can fine householders that hire a company to take materials away from their house that end up fly tipped.

To find out more about waste crime visit: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/wastecrime

Crime Prevention Message 

Vehicle crime makes up more than a quarter of all recorded crime in the UK.

There has been a recent increase in vehicle crime over the last few months in Holybrook, Tilehurst and Theale.  To help keep your property safe please adhere to the following advice from Thames Valley Police:

Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can be prevented by taking simple security measures.

Car security

Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car.

For extra security:

  • fit a car alarm
  • use a steering wheel lock
  • get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen
  • always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view
  • look for police approved car parks with the Park Mark logo
  • when in stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up
  • take your sat nav with you and wipe away any marks left by the suction pads
  • don't leave items in the glove compartment
  • if you have a garage, use it

Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you.

Motorcycle security

When leaving your motorcycle:

  • always lock it to something secure and set the alarm
  • try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop
  • don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike
  • use an immobiliser

Scooters and mopeds are nearly four times more likely to be stolen than motorbikes. They are light and easy to steal if they're not parked securely, so it's worth taking extra precautions. Always keep your scooter or moped parked in a safe place, where there are lots of passers-by to prevent anyone tampering with it.

Bicycle security

To make your bicycle less of a target for thieves:

  • fit a good bike lock, such as one with a Sold Secure rating, and attach your bike to something secure
  • always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes
  • have your bike's frame security-marked or etched
  • keep your bike in a secure garage or shed when at home
  • if you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you
  • remove lights from the bike and take them with you

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Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and the variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to steal your personal data and other information.

On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID technology. This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £30.

However, this comes with security risks, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details. They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening.

You can prevent this happening with the Card Defender. This is a sleeve card holder that provides RFID - blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read. A similar device was demonstrated on a recent edition of BBC TV's 'Rip of Britain'.

We recommend that everyone carrying a contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students' ID cards.

Card Defenders are now available from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each; 5 for £4.00, or 7 for £10.00 plus postage.

To order please contact us at: naomi.arnold33@gmail.com