This December’s edition of the Essex Community Watch magazine contains over 20 pages of great information and advice. Topics addressed range from practical advice, ways to avoid fraud and scams, how to keep safe, and some ideas for Christmas – it’s well worth a read
- This year has been particularly tough for some and it might be tempting to get a loan for Christmas. Good advice to avoid being taken in by a loan shark. (Pages 2 & 3 – see the whole magazine embedded below)
- Cheap online toy purchases might be unsafe. Research suggests that up to 35% are unsafe for children to play with. (Pages 4 & 5).
- Advice on how to stay safe from fakers & fraudsters when shopping online. (Pages 6 – 8).
- How to avoid Fake Fireworks for New Year’s Eve. (Page 9).
- Crime updates. (Page 10).
- “The Festive Parcel Racket” & other online delivery scams. (Page 11).
- Avoiding fraud, scams (phone, text, email, card, online shopping, romance, pensions & distraction), Vishing, Malware, Phishing. (Pages 12 & 13).
- Christmas brings the busiest shopping weeks of the year and for many people, it leads to our homes being stocked with the latest electronic gadgets, jewellery and must-have gifts. Unfortunately, thieves see Christmas differently as your hard-earned gifts are also their increased incentive to commit burglaries. 10 perfect tips to help you protect your home. (Page 14).
- Domestic abuse is shocking, sickening, horrific, horrendous, harrowing, and behind each case of violence and abuse there are often forgotten victims…the children. (Page 15).
- Warning that many newly bought smoke alarms may well be faulty. Just looking at eBay alone, Which? found that the CO alarms that failed its gas detection tests accounted for 91 of the cheapest 200 CO alarms listed in eBay’s ‘Buy it now’ auctions. (Page 16).
- Leisure pages with lists of suggestions on 20 top films to watch, News Year’s & Christmas quizzes, article on 18 Christmas superstitions such as “Carry a scale from a fish eaten at Xmas in your pocket and your purse will remain full all year” (Pages 16 – 23), & finally
- A page on electrical safety with all of our decorations, & other electrical overloads. (Page 24).