The Safer and Stronger Communities partnership are taking crime prevention to the next level by launching StreetC.R.E.D in North East Lincs in a bid to give residents the tools they need to reduce the chances of being burgled and encourage the public to play their part in removing easy targets
From Monday 02 September, officers from Humberside Police and Safer and Stronger Communities will visit a number of locations in North East Lincolnshire to give advice about the dangers of leaving doors and windows open, leaving valuables in vehicles and how to prevent becoming a victim of crime.
The first visit will take place on Monday, 2 September (time) on David Street in Grimsby. Officers will visit residents to register them on the website www.immobilise.com, hand out advice leaflets and to help people identify how they can better protect their homes and valuables.
Detective Inspector Kev FOSTER said: "We have identified a number of locations across North East Lincolnshire where we have seen an slight increase in the number of offences such as burglary and vehicle crime.
"A large proportion of these offences could have been easily prevented by people taking a bit of time to close their doors and windows, take valuables out of their vehicles and to make sure things such as mobile phones, laptops and handbags are out of sight.
"The events are designed to put officers into areas which have suffered from recent crimes in order to strike while the iron is hot sot to speak and work with other residents and neighbours to prevent them from suffering a similar crime. Our aim is not to make anyone feel like a prisoner in their own homes but to ensure that residents take a few simple steps which could make all the difference in preventing a crime from happening or greatly increase our chances of finding any items which may have been stolen."
Councillor Hazel Chase , Portfolio Holder for Safer Stronger Communities said :
“ The council takes all types of crime very seriously which is why safer and stronger communities staff are working alongside the police to help get these messages across. The distress crime causes for the victim and the family should never be underestimated and simple precautions like locking doors, closing windows and moving valuables out of sight will reduce crime significantly. We really hope people take note and advantage of the advice on offer”
Note to newsdesks
The launch of StreetC.R.E.D (or Crime Reduction Engagement Day) also coincides with the launch our Humberside Police's first dedicated Crime Reduction Twitter account which will be maintained by our Crime Reduction Officer for the NEL area Andy Robinson.
This will feature up to date information around any emerging crime trends, seasonal crime prevention hints and tips, help and advice for professionals looking to reduce the chances of becoming crime victims, secured by design advice and much more in order to try and help the public stay one step ahead of those looking to commit crimes in the NEL area.
You can find our first Twitter based crime reduction account @HPCRimerednNEL
The media are invited to come along and accompany the officers taking part in the event. This will take place on Monday 02 September so please call Toni Parker at the Humberside Police Press Office on 01482 578372 first thing on Monday to find out where to meet our team.