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Update from the Force Crime Prevention Team

The updated Countryside Code

With people enjoying the outdoors more than ever before Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have reviewed and refreshed the Countryside Code to help people enjoy outside space in a safe and respectful way. The code has a refreshed tone, creating a guide rather than a list of rules, recognising the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time outside.

Key changes to the code include:

Advice on creating a welcoming environment; saying hello to other visitors and sharing the outside space

Reminders to not feed livestock, horses or wild animals

Staying on marked footpaths, even when muddy, to protect crops and wildlife

Information on certain outdoor activities such as wild swimming

Clearer guidance for dog walkers to take home dog poo and use their own bin if there is no public bin available

Wording to make clear that the code applies to all-natural places, including parks, waterways, coast and countryside

Catalytic Converter Theft

Precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium are used in catalytic converters. The price of these metals has risen sharply in recent years and as a result has led to an increase in the theft of catalytic converters.

Hybrid vehicles, vans, SUVs and 4x4s are the most commonly targeted vehicles.

Tips to reduce risk of having your catalytic converter stolen:

Locks: Ask your manufacturer or dealership for advice on adding locks/guards for protection. Products will need to be approved by the vehicle manufacturer, also inform your insurance company of any vehicle modifications.

Marking: Security marking of catalytic converters is possible with a heat resistant marking system which is best applied by a garage when being serviced.

Parking: Park in a secure, well-lit area. Speak to your dealership to find out the position of your catalytic converter and advice on defensive parking.

Ask for ANI has expanded

Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) was launched in pharmacies across the UK at the start of 2021 as a code word scheme to provide a simple and discreet way for domestic abuse victims to signal that they need immediate help. A staff member will then provide support and advice.

The service has been expanded into 200 Superdrug pharmacies. It continues running in 2,300 Boots pharmacies and 255 independent pharmacies. For further details please visit the Ask for ANI website.

Victim’s Code updated

The Code focuses on victim’s rights and sets out the minimum standard that organisations including the police, Crown Prosecution Service and the Probation Service must provide to victims of crime.

The code has been updated and sets out what each criminal justice agency must do for victims and the timeframe in which they must do it. Visit the Victim Support website for further details.

Are you Scam-Savvy?

With criminals becoming more sophisticated, becoming a victim to fraud and scams is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about.

Take Five have created a quiz on their website so you can see how scam savvy you are and learn how to keep your money and information safe from criminals.

Force Crime Prevention Team