Jan 14, 2013

Bottesford NHW Alert: Thefts of Heating Oil (Update) / Text Scam / Winter Driving Advice

Thefts of Heating Oil (Update)
Further to the warning issued on Saturday, there were two reports of heating oil thefts in the area on Friday night. Clearly there is increased risk at this time and residents should take appropriate measures to secure their tanks.
Text Scam
A text scam is currently circulating. The text received on mobile phones tells the recipient that their mobile number has won £4m from the United Nations Grant. To claim the recipient is asked to email their name and cell number to UNGRANT1@LIVE.CO.UK and to keep the message confidential. This is a scam. Please don't be tempted to contact the email address or to send any personal information. The only action someone receiving this message should take is to report it to Action Fraud - actionfraud.police.uk
Winter Driving Advice

With wintry weather conditions predicted for this week if you must drive, make sure you are prepared for the conditions.

Before setting off on your journey make sure you have performed the crucial checks on your car, especially if kept outdoors and that the vehicle has been recently serviced by experts and deemed safe to drive.

Plan Ahead

• Check the weather forecast, road conditions and consider alternative routes.
• Allow extra time to clear the windows properly and carry some de-icer.
• Ensure that your vehicle is prepared for the journey and has anti-freeze in it.
• Make sure all your lights work and that you use them to see, be seen and be safe.
• Check that all your tyre pressures are correct.
• Make sure you have sufficient windscreen washer fluid in the reservoir.
• Check that your petrol tank is sufficiently full. Carry warm clothing, blankets, a torch, a shovel, a bottle of water and suitable footwear.

Icy Roads

• If you do hit ice and feel the car start to slide take your foot off the accelerator immediately, don't be tempted to brake (this will increase your risk of spinning) and steer gently into the slide.

• The best way to avoid sliding in the first place is to make sure your speed is right, it may need to be slower than you think, at just 30mph  you are travelling  30 feet every second. -To reduce the risk further make sure you are very smooth when you accelerate, brake or turn.
John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626
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