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Written by ray Friday, 27 April 2012 10:19
HOME SECURITY Burglaries of houses within the Pilar area have greatly increased over the past few months but not here in Campoverde, this is very much due to the vigilance of the residents together with NHW. By taking the following simple precautions we can ensure that we keep the thieves out of our properties. 1. Alarms. Fit an alarm and ALWAYS set it when leaving your property unattended. If you can zone your alarm arrange it so you can alarm the unused parts of your property when retiring for the night. 2. Gates. Keep your gates shut and locked at all times and when outside lock any doors not in full view. Do not go into the house and leave valuables outside on a table or loungers beside the pool. 3. Lighting. Use timers on table lamps so that they switch on at dusk and off late at night. When away from your home leave a hall or passage light on so that it shines through a window. 4. Windows. By all means sleep with your window open but make sure that items such as handbags or keys cannot be ’fished’ this also applies to any windows not fitted with security locks. 5. Patio Doors. Patio doors are an easy access point for thieves so fit them with a security bolt that prevents them being slid open. 6. Handbags and Wallets. Ladies! Think twice before going out with your handbag, and Gentlemen make sure you keep your wallet in a secure pocket. Only carry sufficient cash that you will need for the day, but above all remember – IF YOU DO NOT NEED IT, DO NOT TAKE IT WITH YOU.


Written by ray Wednesday, 28 March 2012 17:31
BOGUS POLICE ON MOTORWAYS Recently whilst driving around Madrid on the motorway two men in an unmarked car waving an identity card stopped a British family in a British plated car. When they were approached, they saw that the “Police agents” were in civilian clothes, fortunately the driver of the car realized what was happening and when he showed this the “Police” drove off. Remember that Spanish Police do not use unmarked cars to stop people, except unmarked traffic cars which usually pull in front of the vehicle to be stopped with illuminated signs showing that they are Police. They will also be in Police uniform. If you experience such an occurrence do not stop unless forced to do so. Then pull in some distance behind the “Police” vehicle and when the “agents” have vacated their car, leave the scene as quickly as possible. If possible, obtain the number of the “Police” car and immediately call the 112 service to report the incident. BANK AND LOTTERY SCAMS Yes, I know we have warned about this several times but according to the UK police these scams make £70 million (€100 million) a year. Anyone using the Internet is likely to receive very authentic looking emails from several banks stating that the bank security system is being updated and asking for personal details. The Lottery scam works in a similar way. You are informed by email or letter that you have won sum of money and your bank details are requested so that the money can be paid into your account, sometimes 2 or 3 emails/letters are sent before your bank details are requested. NEVER EVER pass bank or credit card details to a third party unless you have initiated the transaction yourself. TRAFFIC FINES With the loss of much of their income from the construction industry many Councils have ordered their Policia Local to increase the amount of money that is collected via traffic fines. This means that the Policia are clamping down on motorists who use mobile phones whilst on the move, are not wearing seat belts, park illegally etc. Many of the fines can be very heavy, one resident was fined €500 for not wearing his seat belt, then another €1,500 for having no insurance – you have been warned.


Written by ray Wednesday, 14 September 2011 14:36
UV PROPERTY MARKING INITIATIVE In 2009 The Neighbourhood Watch in Spain Association, with the full support of the Guardia Civil and Policia Local, has launched a 'Property Marking Scheme' using UV pens. The pens are used to mark any item of value, when dry the marking is invisible unless put under a UV Lamp.. Guardia Civil and Policia Local units have been issued with UV lamps so that they can scan any stolen property that may be recovered. Property should be marked with the householder’s DNI/NIE number. Householders should make a list of all the property marked with the make and serial number, value and, where relevant, the colour and also where the item is UV marked. To obtain the return of stolen goods you must have filed a ‘denuncia’ with Guardia Civil in Torre de la Horadada when the crime took place. Police will not return any item unless a proper police report, a Denuncia, had previously been filled out. It is a good idea to photograph your valuables and keep the photos in a safe place along with the receipts for these items, the photos may be kept on a digital camera memory card or downloaded onto a memory stick. Should you ever have the misfortune to be robbed, you have a better chance of getting your items back should the police recover them. Pens and forms to list your marked items are available from any NHW Coordinator or from Lead Coordinator Ray Marsh on: 966763258.
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