Spent ages today waiting for a cash withdrawal transaction at the Sainsbury’s in Whitechapel store. A man sat behind the machines and I didn’t like that. But because the store is heavily protected with CCTV I went ahead with the transaction.
As it went, I put in the card, making sure that my pin wasn’t visible from any angle, I waited for the money. Usually the machine returns the card with loud bleeps, shortly before the money. And this goes fairly quick.
But this morning, at the cash point, the bank sent me a text that money had been withdrawn, long before the card was returned and the money for that matter.
I nearly gave up and though the card had been swallowed but then thought I wait for the formal notification from the machine that the card had been swallowed, which didn’t come. I only stayed and waited because of the notification from my bank that the money had been writhdrawn.
Eventually, after about 2 minutes, the card came out and the money. But the machine didn’t bleep loudly. I read that there are scams, which slow down the machine so that people give up and then someone standing by collects the cards and money left behind, when it eventually dispenses.
Just wanted to ask you not to leave your card behind in a machine because it is very slow. Don’t use machines in remote places when somebody stands nearby the ATM.
Community anonymity can help produce paranoia in people, so that school children for example may believe those who tell them they need knives to protect themselves because there is danger around. That myth can be broken down by simply talking to neighbours and this connection produces a greater feeling of security in people and also children.
Saying Hello can bring so many advantages like
helping each other out and that in turn can lead to a reduction in the carbon footprint because if neighbours who know each other can help each other out, they all need to purchase less and throw less away.
Isolated people are more likely to fall victim to scammers of all kind. Scammers collect money from people, which avoids taxation. Every penny spent on a scammer is a penny less for our NHS, our schools and our police services.
Criminals target lonely, vulnerable people to use their homes to store drugs, weapons, as base for heists, storing explosives. If they see that neighbours talk to each other, they would not bother invading your community. Every property used by criminals makes our communities weaker.
We want our co-ordinators to get to know their neighbours. Start a watch in your block, your street and once you got to know those neighbours, start to get to know other co-ordinators and combine efforts, run events and make your community stronger.
Apply for membership in the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Watch Association