Crime-busting: week of advice and information for Cotswold residents

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Crime-busting: week of advice and information for Cotswold residents

The first ever Cotswold Crime Prevention Week begins on Monday 7 October with a full programme of events for residents.

This new initiative - organised by Cotswold District Council and other partners who make up the Cotswold Stronger and Safer Communities Partnership (CSSCP) – will aim to raise awareness of local crime and community safety issues, provide information, advice and guidance and listen to residents about their concerns.

The week will kick off on Monday 7 October with the announcement of the winners of a Cotswold Crime and Safety Poster Competition, sponsored by Bromford Living and Sovereign Housing. Three lucky young artists will be presented with their prizes by Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, and their winning entries will be used to promote events throughout the week.

There will then be two drop-ins for residents at Moreton Area Centre on Tuesday 8 October between 9am and 3pm and at Cirencester Charter Market on Friday 11 October between 8am and 3pm. CDC officers and the Local Policing Team will be on hand to give advice on crime prevention and information addressing a range of topics, including personal safety, home security and internet safety.

On Wednesday 9 October, CDC officers, a local Police Community Support Officer, and representatives from the Fire Service and Victim Support will be at the Royal Agricultural University’s Freshers’ Fair to talk about keeping safe and provide information about a range of important issues – including waste and recycling and noise nuisance – to the University’s 450 new students.

Each day throughout the week, CDC will be issuing a crime prevention Tip Of The Day on their website, and Twitter feed. Information will also be available from various outlets, including the CDC offices in Cirencester and Moreton, leisure centres, libraries and Gloucestershire Police’s mobile police station.

The Cirencester Street Pastors will also be taking part in activities by handing out information from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust during their night time patrols. This ties in with National Personal Safety Day which follows shortly afterwards on Monday 14 October. The information will be available during their night time patrols on the weekends of 5 October and 12 October.

Cllr. Carole Topple, Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Health, said:

“Cotswold district is a relatively safe place to live, with one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Nevertheless, crime can sometimes be a problem, so it is important that people take care of their personal safety and look after their belongings. We hope that the information and advice available during Crime Prevention Week will prove to be interesting and useful to residents and that it helps to safeguard the Cotswolds as a secure place to live, work and visit”.

Posted : 01/10/2013 18:13:38

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