Rother Neighbourhood Watch News: Stop accounts being hacked


Rother Neighbourhood Watch News
19th October 2019
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The easy way to stop your online accounts getting hacked

A strong password is a good start, but it doesn’t stop there…Whether it’s your Twitter, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords.

Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk – using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by a fraudster. Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think. Data breach analysis carried out by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password.

But let’s say you’re not one of those people, and you use strong, unique passwords for each of your online accounts. That’s a great start, but you could still be vulnerable to phishing attacks or data breaches. Even the most complex password offers you no protection if you’ve typed it into the ‘password’ field of what you thought was your bank’s genuine website, or if a plain-text version is leaked in a data breach. That’s why an additional layer of security is essential to properly securing your accounts.

If you care about it, put 2FA on it.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a way of strengthening the login security of your online accounts. It’s a bit like how an ATM works. You need both your debit card (first factor) and your PIN (second factor) to get access to your account. The main objective is better security. If your card is stolen, they still need your PIN. If your PIN is stolen, they still need your card.

Online accounts with 2FA enabled work in a similar way. They require you to verify your identity using your password (first factor), as well as a randomised code (second factor) that’s delivered to your mobile phone. If your password is stolen, they still need your phone. If your phone is stolen, they still need your password. You should enable 2FA on all of your important online accounts, such as your email, or any account that holds your personal or financial details.

For instructions on how to enable 2FA on popular online services, visit

For more simple tips on how to protect yourself online, visit

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at

M23 Roadworks Update – 19 October


Tutor Judy Sillem – Contact her on 01424 256212 – or just come along
 A new page – Pett Village Art Class – has been created on Pett on the Net here

Named PCSO for every local community – Sussex Police

Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.

The confirmation follows an investment in 100 extra PCSOs, secured through local funding by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne – bringing the total number to 296.

Chief Constable Giles York said the decision will put ‘eyes and ears’ into every part of the county and give local people a direct point of contact for local policing issues and concerns.

“When we introduced the new local policing model three years ago, we said it would be scalable. Now, thanks to this additional investment, we’re in a position to strengthen local policing and we know this is what local communities want to see,” said Mr York.

“Our PCSOs do an incredible job, every day, working alongside their police officer colleagues to prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in our local communities.

“This change means communities will soon begin to see and feel the benefits of their investment as new PCSOs are deployed over the coming months, where they will provide a visible policing presence and be a point of contact for local policing issues.”

The change will take effect from November 4, when all existing PCSOs will adopt responsibility for a defined geographical area, and be rolled out over the coming months as the additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed.

It comes in addition to recent announcements on the recruitment of 379 additional police officers for the county over the next four years.

Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly show that the public want PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police. Neighbourhood Policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.

 “Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role of PCSOs by equipping them with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time  keeping the  best of the old model where PCSOs were known in their local communities. I know that communities across the county will be delighted to hear Sussex Police are  making their  PCSOs more accessible  and visible  by increasing the  numbers on our streets by 100 and providing a named PCSO for each ward area.”

PSCOs will continue to form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring that finite police resources can be focused on the most critical issues.

The uplift in PCSOs includes six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support and advice to those in rural communities.

The increase will help address some of the low level issues affecting communities, preventing the escalation of more serious crime and violence.

The decision complements ongoing transformation plans by Sussex Police to strengthen local policing, modernise to respond to changing patterns of serious crime and the ways in which the public can contact the police.

These additional PCSO posts are being recruited throughout the financial year with intakes of 18 in July 2019, 36 in September 2019, 36 in January 2020 and 36 in March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

The 100 new posts will be allocated based on demand with details available locally and at from November 4.



National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Sussex Police is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, emphasising the importance of reporting hate crime and reinforcing the message that it is not tolerated in Sussex.
The national awareness week, which runs from October 12 to 19, aims to raise understanding of what hate crime is and encourage victims to report it, giving support to victims, their families and communities, and dealing with perpetrators appropriately.
During this week, we will be using social media to share messages of what hate crime is to help give knowledge and confidence to victims to report it to the police. We will be sharing information on how hate crime can escalate if it isn’t reported, real life experiences of victims of hate crime and emphasising that we will always support victims with empathy and respect.
We are also reinforcing the message that it’s not just victims who can report hate crime; witnesses are vital and can play their part too by reporting any incidents seen.
Sussex Police takes reports of such crimes very seriously. Earlier this year at Hove Crown Court, Jasmine Shepherd, 20, was sentenced to eight years and six months in a young offenders’ institute after pleading to the charge of grievous bodily harm with intent. Jasmine hurled homophobic abuse at her victim, before following him into a supermarket in Lancing and then proceeded to throw a bottle of wine at the back of his head. The victim is now left with life-changing injuries including partial deafness.
Sussex Police lead for Hate Crime, Superintendent Ed De La Rue said: “Hate crime is pernicious. Crimes that are motivated by hate can cause high levels of depression, fear and loss of confidence, and it damages communities too.
“I urge people who have suffered or witnessed a hate crime to report it to us. We are committed to treating victims with respect and empathy, and knowing where and when hate crimes occur allows us to try and prevent them in future.”
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne comments: “I have a strong commitment to stamping out hate crime of any kind and will continue to show support to those who have unfortunately already been affected. In this financial year alone I have invested £69,000 from my victims’ budget into specialist hate crime services across Sussex.
“Nationally and locally hate crime of any kind is being confronted and rightly challenged. The police are now better prepared to deal with this crime type and fully recognise that all communities deserve to feel safe, so please do report. You will be taken seriously.”
Hate crime can be reported to us by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.
For those who wish to report online, you can do so by copying and pasting into your browser
People who are hard of hearing or speech-impaired can text 65999 or TypeTalk on 18000. You can also report via True Vision, a national website operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
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There is also a range of support agencies to whom you can report – for more details, please see our website please copy and paste into your browser
If you have been a victim of hate crime you can also find support online at Safe:Space Sussex, a directory of local specialist services to help people find all the information they need  by copying and pasting into your browser

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Pett WI – October 2019 Update

Belinda Wood’s Pett WI October Update can be read here

Introducing the ARC – 12 October

The Introducing the ARC event on 12 October was a great success. Over 100 people came and 27 signed up to become Friends of the ARC.

More news to follow!

Pictures from the event came be seen here

M23 Roadworks Update: 13 October

Neighbourhood Watch Update – 12 October

Rother Neighbourhood Watch News
12th October 2019
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Rother Neighbourhood Watch

 Good Afternoon to you all.
Please find an email sent to me asking if In could send it out for you to be watchful.
Please see below received last night.(Thursday) Please alert any contacts you have. Hopefully as car reg known they will soon be stopped but could always be stolen.Hearing reports of a Silver Peugeot estate car operating in Iden and Playden, stealing from gardens and other properties in broad daylight, 2 individuals , one quite stocky with ginger hair and beard.Pass on to others. “
Edward Kemp.
Chairman & Police Volunteer.
Rother Neighbourhood Watch.
Mobile:  07983 619622
Facebook: Rother Neighbourhood Watch Association.