2 April 2013
A major campaign offering crime prevention gear and information on local help services available to South Derbyshire residents is about to hit the road.
The Safer South Derbyshire Partnership is working with local agencies to help promote community safety across the district.
It is hosting drop in sessions in the Stenson Fields and Melbourne areas to arm locals with simple and effective measures to protect property and possessions.
The police and fire services will be attending with partners including South Derbyshire CVS, Next Step, Victim Support and Reach the Charity.
Given away for free will be special ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ light bulbs, which make homes look occupied when they are empty.
Cyclists are invited to get their push bikes marked with highly visible marker pen to deter thieves and ensure police officers are able to return any lost or stolen valuables.
Comments, concerns and questions can be raised by residents with their beat team during a police surgery, while there is an opportunity for motorists to install tamper proof screws on their vehicles to make it virtually impossible for thieves to remove them.
The events are taking place at:
• Stenson Fields Primary Community School, in Goathland Road, between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday, April 11, 2013
• Melbourne Assembly Rooms, in High Street, from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Sporting activities, organised by South Derbyshire District Council, are taking place at the games area in Lothian Gardens between 3pm and 7pm on the same day.
Safer Communities Manager Chris Smith said: "One of the reasons South Derbyshire has such low crime rates is because we are proactive with prevention measures and react quickly.
“These drop ins are another great example of partners working together to maintain the district’s record as an extremely safe place to live, work and visit.
"Our message to residents is to take the time to come and visit us and see how much can be done to stay ahead of the game and deter thieves.”