This page is designed to give you advice on how you can keep you and your family safe, as well as reducing crime during the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, please be vigilant and look out for each other.  

Coronavirus Scams 

Several new scams have appeared around coronavirus and you need to stay vigilant. 

Domestic Abuse 

Domestic abuse is: "any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse that takes place within an intimate or family type relationship between those aged 16 and over, regardless of gender and sexuality". 

Here's our detailed information page and contact details for support around domestic abuse.  

You can also visit the UAVA website for more information and advice

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Helplines 

If you are struggling with your mental health and need somebody to talk to, there are plenty of helplines available.

Safeguarding 

Here's our information page and advice around protecting children, young people and adults  

Hate Crimes 

A Hate crime of any description is completely unacceptable but there has recently been an increase in coronavirus related hate. 

A hate incident is any incident targeted at a person where they are seen or believed to be different, this may be motivated by:  

•Disability  

•Gender Identity  

•Race  

•Religion or Belief  

•Sexual Orientation  

Incidents can be physical, verbal or written and can take many forms including:  

•Physical attack: such as physical assault, damage to property  

•Threat of attack: abusive or obscene calls or letters  

•Verbal abuse or insults  

•Offensive leaflets and posters, hate mail, abusive gestures  

•Dumping of rubbish outside homes  

•Harassment, bullying or victimisation  

To report a hate incident, either as a victim or a witness, please visit the Leicestershire County Council website.

Or you can get in touch with our Hate Crime Officer by calling 01530 454545 or emailing csafety@nwleicestershire.gov.uk 

The Leicestershire Police website also has reporting methods and more information regarding hate crimes. 

Anti-social behaviour  

We are still managing ASB and recognise that during this time people may experience more or regular disturbances from neighbours, however given that most people are confined to their homes, we ask that you, where possible, be more tolerant to peoples situations and lifestyles during this time.   

You can continue to report ASB here.

If you wish to discuss an open active case with an officer please email asb@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or call  01530 454 545, quoting your sentinel reference number. 

Secure you home, business and property 

With some locations and vehicles not in use, ensure you follow police advice on looking after your property.  

Work vans advice 

Where possible remove any tools from your van or park it so that the rear doors cannot be opened. 

If you have to leave tools in your van overnight, mark them clearly with your name / company name and address using paint pens and seal with a clear lacquer spray. Alternatively, you can use a variety of other property marking systems. Items that are clearly marked are less desirable and more difficult to sell on. 

You could also use a lockable cabinet within your van to store tools or put a small camera inside to record the vehicle. Visit Secured by Design for more advice.

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