Protect yourself against the scams

Inspector Rosie Thompson

Inspector Rosie Thompson

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Hello everyone. For those of you who don’t know me I am Inspector Rosie Thompson. I have been a police officer for 21 years and in my current role I am responsible for Waterside Neighbourhood area.

Every fortnight I will be taking the opportunity to give you a bit more detail about some of the work we are doing here in the city to keep you all safe. This will include updates on local issues, crime prevention advice, and information on upcoming events. It is also a chance for me to give you a better insight into the challenges facing policing locally and tell you about the parts of the job you don’t necessarily hear about on television or on social media.

I hope you find the column interesting and if there are issues you want me to cover then drop me an email.

With the holiday season fast approaching I thought it might be useful to highlight the Scamwise NI partnership which was recently launched in response to the rising number of scams being reported across Northern Ireland, and to provide some helpful advice on the steps you can take to be a bit more ‘Scam Wise’.

Use the 4 steps listed below to stay ahead of the scam: Seems too good to be true; Contacted out of the blue; Asked for personal details; Money requested.

There’s much more information available on the PSNI and NI Direct websites so please check them out.

I’ve definitely noticed the return of the darker evenings recently and would urge all road users and pedestrians to stay safe and be seen in the changing road conditions. Drivers need to look out for children, pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians and cyclists should wear bright, reflective clothing to ensure they can be seen and cyclists should wear a helmet and must use front and rear lights and reflectors.

We do receive complaints, especially about speeding and the use of mobile phones and we will enforce the law to make our roads safer. Please remember, everyone has a part to play in road safety.

If you want to speak to us, you can contact local police in a variety of ways. In a non-emergency please dial 101. You can also report non-emergency crimes/incidents online via the PSNI website: www.psni.police.uk. In an emergency always dial 999. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, search for PSNI Foyle. If there is a topic you would like me to cover through this column then why not drop me an email at rosemary.thompson@psni.pnn.police.uk