22nd Sep, 2020

'Look out for the vulnerable' as criminals look to exploit Covid-19

Correspondent 4th May, 2020

KEEP an eye out for vulnerable people who could fall victim to criminal gangs during Covid-19 emergency – that’s the message from West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

His call comes as gangs look to exploit the fear engendered by the threat of coronavirus.

“Criminals work to exploit vulnerabilities which, because of Covid-19, will sadly be more prominent,” he said.

“The effects of this are devastating and far reaching, impacting not only the victim but also entire communities.

“It is so important that, despite changes to our daily lives, we remain vigilant and ensure those that are vulnerable in the community are supported.”

Crime can be reported to West Mercia Police online or call 101 at any time to report an incident, or 999 in an emergency. For the deaf or hard of hearing, use the text-phone service on 18001 101.

Suspected instances of scam texts can be sent directly to ‘7726’ and email fraud can be sent to NFIBPhishing@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk or reported via the Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

The Modern Slavery Helpline is on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Victims of crime can contact the Victim Advice Line – 0800 952 3000 or email: info@victimadviceline.org.uk and a care coordinators will respond to you.

Online chat is also an option and can be found at https://victimadviceline.org.uk/.

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