You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch Scotland exists to look out for communities and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Ways you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:
- Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
- If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
- Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.
- Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
- Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
- Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other local authority, community resources.
- Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.
- Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing: The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html
A message from Phillip White:
Two garages were broken into sometime overnight between 10pm and 7.30am. The wind last night would have covered any unusual noises so do check your garages and sheds to make sure they are secure. Please be vigilant.
Break-ins have also been reported in Luggate, Whittingehame and Morham where vehicles were either broken into or stolen last night.
Please be vigilant – A motor car and some power tools were stolen from the Nunraw area last night and the Monastery was also broken into. If anyone saw anything suspicious, please let the Police know as soon as possible.
Message from Police Scotland East Lothian
Over the course of the last few weeks there has been an increase in incidences of housebreakings in East Lothian. Police Scotland is committed to tackling thefts from the home. We are determined to reduce this type of crime by targeting and arresting offenders; to this end we need the help of the community.
Homes may be targeted due to regular work patterns or identifiable periods where the home is unoccupied, such as holidays, or where the premises have been left insecure. To help us fight this type of crime and protect your property and those of your neighbours you can:
- Report anything unusual, occupants of unfamiliar vehicles or people acting suspiciously
- Note any descriptions of suspicious persons or vehicles, including vehicle registration numbers
- Check the identity of any callers at your home
Upgrading the physical security of your home is the best way to reduce your chances of being broken into. For more information see the Police Scotland alert, which was issued through the Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Information sent from the Garvald Neighbourhood Watch Scheme:
The National Crime Agency are urging computer users to take action against recent malware threats (software sent via email attachments that can infect your Windows computer and used for criminal activities or lock you out of your computer). The NCA has taken temporary control of the communications used to connect with infected computers, but expects only a very limited window of opportunity to ensure you are protected. To protect yourself, check that both your Windows Operating System and your virus protection software are up-to-date and make sure your computer has done a security scan recently, to check for viruses and malware. Read the full story on the National Crime Agency Website.
This information was forwarded from the Garvald Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. If you would like more information about the scheme, please contact Phillip White using the form on the Neighbourhood Watch page.