Keeping Safe

Thames Valley has many beautiful towns and villages. Let’s do what we can to keep them safe. A good start would be to read a helpful guide on the very important topic of ‘identity theft’. Although aimed mainly at ‘millennials’, it applies to all ages. See below:

A Guide to Avoiding Identity Theft

The guide covers key topics such as:

  • Information on the most common ways people’s identities and personal information are targeted and stolen online, including key warning signs that you might be a victim of fraud (e.g. loss of services on your utilities or unexplained payments coming out of your account).
  • Eye-opening stats about identity fraud: Did you know that in 2018 alone there have been 82,608 cases of fraud as a result of card details being cloned? That 95% of fraudsters directly pretend to be their victims? and that under-21s and over-60s are those most commonly targeted age groups for online fraud?
  • How to prevent identity theft: The top advice here includes safeguarding techniques like regularly changing your password, using two-factor authentication and avoiding public wi-fi among other useful resources.
  • The guide also looks at the impact of identity theft on mental health. Some startling figures reveal 60% of people feel extreme anxiety after being a victim, while 42% feared for the safety of their family members.

Get Safe Online offers online safety hotline for parents

Recent events have made online safety for children more important than ever, but when parents feel less technically savvy than their kids it can be difficult for parents to manage online risks and feel confident when speaking to their kids about how to keep safe online. For further details go to

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre

Where can I find out more information about what I can do in an emergency?

The Preparing for Emergencies webpages on DirectGov contains useful information on how you can prepare for the impacts of all emergencies. The pages can be found at