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Worried about the cybercrime and fraud threat to your business?

We've launched two free short online training modules for business owners and their employees to help protect themselves and their business against crime.

Both modules are free resources for businesses to help bolster the basic awareness of all staff and have been put together in consultation with Hertfordshire’s Independent Business Advisory Group (IBAG) and with the expert input of Hertfordshire Constabulary crime prevention officers and cybercrime experts.

Cybercrime and fraud are currently two of the biggest concerns for businesses in the UK with their impact on the British economy running to tens of billions of pounds and growing. Furthermore, 70% of reported fraud in Hertfordshire is committed against businesses, and these crimes can have heavy financial and reputational consequences.

The Citizens’ Academy online training module for business owners will help them to understand the strategic changes they can implement to help protect their organisations. It provides tools and advice on how to increase security and protect themselves against cybercrime - with information on data loss protection, mandate and dial through fraud and tips on how to enhance mobile phone and email security.

The separate training module designed for employees will help them to understand common threats, like social engineering, password hacking, mandate fraud, and how to avoid them. 

Take the module for business owners
Take the module for business staff

How to avoid these common summer barbecue dangers
how to avoid crime in hertfordshire policeThe rain is subsiding, the mercury is inching up the thermometer and many of us are seizing the opportunity to dust off the barbecue and get grilling.

However, the combination of explosive fuels, hot metal, alcohol and children can be a recipe for disaster if those in charge of the barbecue aren’t alert and prepared.

Danger 1: Children and fire don’t mix!

Children are curious about barbecues. They want to see what’s sizzling and are especially keen to know when it's going to be ready to eat! They're drawn to the action - but each year about 1,000 people suffer injuries, such as burns, caused by barbecues.

Make sure the children know the person cooking needs to have plenty of space to cook safely. If children are playing near the barbecue this can result in collisions and burns - children don’t always look where they’re running. 

Set up some games away from the barbecue. If you haven't got much space, go for a trip to the park whilst the food is cooking. This’ll give them a chance to work up an appetite before they come back and eat!

Danger 2: Barbecue set up

If you’re in a public area, make sure you’re setting up in a designated barbecue space – plenty of spaces in Herts prohibit barbecues. Nothing will ruin your barbecue like being asked to put it out in front of a crowd of people!
  • Set up the barbecue on a flat site away from sheds, trees or plants.
  • Never light a barbecue, even disposables, indoors or in a garage. All barbecues are designed for outside use.
  • The charcoal should cover base of the barbecue about two inches (5cm) deep.
  • Always check the manufacturer's instructions for lighting your barbecue, as models differ.
  • If it's windy, ensure the wind is blowing away from you when you light the barbecue.
  • Don't use any flammable accelerants, such as paraffin or petrol.
  • Light the barbecue at arm’s length.

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Danger 3: Whilst the barbecue is on

You've succesfully and safely lit the barbecue, so you decide open a celebratory beer. However, if you’re in charge of the barbecue, don’t drink too much. Your reactions will be slower, you’ll be clumsier and more likely to miss a hazard. You’ll also be more likely to ruin the food!
  • Don't wear loose clothing, or anything could dangle onto the flames.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Never leave the barbecue unattended and don't try to move it whilst it's lit.

4. After the barbecue

The guests are full, the marshmellows have been toasted, and you face the almighty job of clearing up. However, althought the barbecue is finished, the risk of fire remains.
  • Don't put ashes straight into a dustbin or wheelie bin - if they are still even slightly hot, they'll melt the plastic and cause a fire. Try to empty the ashes into garden soil.
  • Instead, allow it to cool for several hours and then pour water over it to make sure it’s out.
  • Don’t try to move the barbecue until it has cooled down completely.
You need to know these signs of abuse and radicalisation
If a care worker was slowly siphoning off your elderly aunt's life savings, would you spot the signs? Could you tell if a friend was being emotionally abused by their partner? Would you realise if your flatmate was being radicalised online?

And what would you do if you did have suspicions?

Our new 'Protecting the Vulnerable' course will help you identify when someone you know is at risk of abuse or radicalisation, and what to do about it.

Take the course now
Spotlight on rural crime
Our new course on rural crime will give you a real insight into some of the crime and community safety issues that are faced in the countryside.

Though crime is generally lower in rural areas, there are some crimes that particularly affect rural communities.

The course will help you recognise these crimes and to know what to do if you discover one has been committed. You'll also learn how to prevent them happening on your land and in your community.

And there are plenty of ways for you to get involved after you've finished the course, depending on your interest. You'll find out about the HorseWatch and HeritageWatch schemes, which require very little commitment and involve receiving special police updates and briefings.

Try the Rural Crime module.
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