Community Safety Week Comes To The Cotswolds

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Community Safety Week Comes To The Cotswolds

A special week of events to highlight action being taken to reduce fear of crime in the Cotswolds gets under way on Monday, December 4th.

Community Safety Week is being organised by the Safer Cotswolds partnership, whose members include Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Cotswold and Vale Primary Care Trust, Gloucestershire County Council, the Fire Service and Police Authority.

Advice, information and presentations will be on offer throughout the week about personal safety, protection of property, efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and criminal damage.

Cotswold District Council Portfolio holder for Strong and Safe Communities, Cllr Clive Bennett, said: "It is important to reiterate the message that the Cotswold District remains one of the lowest crime areas in England. The week will show how we're working together to make the Cotswolds an even safer place to live, work and visit."

On Monday (December 4) Community Safety Manager Les Haines and Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator Tim Dowan will be gathering shoppers' views on crime in the Cotswolds and feeding them back to a Police Consultative Meeting at the Council's Moreton Area Centre at 7.30pm.

Les said: "We'll be making the point that while people’s perceptions are that crime is getting worse, this is not the reality in the Cotswolds where crime is falling.

"Crime is below national average and the latest figures show that theft from vehicles and robberies are down by one third and burglaries have dropped by 18 per cent."

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for the North Cotswolds Andy Fogden will be on hand with help and advice in Moreton-in-Marsh on Tuesday (December 5), where he will be selling personal alarms at a bargain price of £2, designed to alert people to attempted bag snatches. Alarms will be on sale at the Moreton Area Centre and at the town's police station from 10am.

On Wednesday (December 6) a Neighbourhood Watch event to show the advantages of Smartwater - a sophisticated property marking system - will take place at Wyck Rissington village hall at 7pm. All are welcome.

And on Thursday (December 7) youngsters in Andoversford will be announcing their plans to brighten up a graffiti-hit bus shelter.

Finally on Friday (December 8), Safer Cotswolds will be unveiling the new form of transport for Police Community Support Officers in the District - electric bikes. The battery-powered bikes have been funded from the pot of council tax money paid by second home owners.

And the county's mobile youth unit will call into Cirencester on Friday afternoon to offer advice to parents and young people who want to learn more about substance misuse. Ryan Dowdeswell, from the Young People's Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS), will on hand in the van at the Brewery Car Park, near Tesco's from 2.45pm to 5pm.

Inspector Steve Williams of Gloucestershire Police said: "We are pleased to be involved with our partners on Community Safety Week. It is a good opportunity to let local people know what work is underway in their area to ensure they remain safe and that crime and disorder remains low in the area."

Posted : 30/11/2006 16:43:47

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