Your Force Your Voice
Your Force Your Voice is the PCC's community engagement programme, in which he attends community meetings and events to hear from residents about their concerns and worries.
Due to Government advice to practice social distancing and avoid any unnecessary face-to-face contact, the PCC will not be able to attend community meetings and events in the near future. However Mr Coppinger is still committed to hearing from residents using other forms of communication.
Please complete the form below or use any of the methods here to raise your concerns directly to the PCC's team.
Many of you will have seen examples of Covid Heroes’ – whether it’s takeaways offering free tea and coffee to health workers, corner shops providing free sanitiser to the elderly or individuals using social media to provide free remote fitness classes, home schooling or reducing social isolation.
Please do let us know of any Covid Heroes you come across so we can include them in the PCC's regular updates to the public. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t fall prey to Covid Criminals: Crime Prevention Advice
Sadly we can be sure that there are individuals out there looking to turn the Covid-19 situation to their advantage, so it is important we all remain alert to protect ourselves and others, in particular the most vulnerable in our communities.
Nationally there has been a sharp escalation of Covid-19 related online scams. These include online shopping scams where people have paid upfront for protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud and over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.
Please be aware of some of the latest national scams:
To protect yourself follow these three steps:
Watch out for scam messages
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely
Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.
For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices
Partner agencies are providing regular updates on coronavirus related scams which can be found below:
Action Fraud: https://bit.ly/2Uh3aCL
Trading Standards: https://bit.ly/2Jgwjrr
Get Safe Online: https://bit.ly/2UtOUp6
National Cyber Security Centre: https://bit.ly/2UhaLkJ
Friends Against Scams (National Trading Standards)
National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19. Click here to visit the Friends Against Scams site for advice about how to stay safe.
Cleveland Police have detailed advice on their website about how to prevent falling victim to crime, including crimes such as:
- Business robbery
Click here to access their resources.