Friday, 15 February 2013

Crime Prevention officers working hard during Community Policing Week

This week Cumbria Constabulary focused on Community Policing Week, with police officers being out and about in their local communities, providing advice and finding out what issues matter most to the residents.

Behind the scenes there is a lot of work that is done every day by our Crime Prevention Officers, who work hard to ensure that our communities are safe and that victims of crime receive the support and advice they need.

This week alone they have:
  • Visited people who have been victims of a crime, these crimes include Commercial burglaries (Car Showrooms, Building Sites, Supermarkets, Schools) but also vulnerable victims whose homes have been subject of a crime.
  • Visited domestic violence victims to provide practical security advice and target hardening measures to provide reassurance and help to ensure their safety when in their own home
  • Spoke to vulnerable adults who have reported concerns about doorstep traders /cold callers
  • Surveyed commercial premises to provide up to date security advice and target hardening methods

In addition to this, they are also involved in trying to secure funding from various organisations to help improve security, such as street lighting in their local areas.

Inspector Jon Sherlock, who oversees Community Safety, said “The work done by the Crime Prevention Officers is invaluable and it is beneficial to highlight this during Community Safety Week, as it has a positive impact on the local communities.

“They have a varied range of skills, all of which focus on preventing people from becoming a victim of crime, helping those who are in difficult circumstances to feel safer in their homes and trying to improve the neighbourhoods for our local residents. The Crime Prevention Officers within Community Safety are all ACPO accredited, so you know the advice you receive is both professional and appropriate.  The advice they give goes much further than lock your windows and bolt your doors, they provide professional crime prevention advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

“The work they do throughout the year helps to keep crime low in Cumbria, making it one of the safest places to live in the country.” 

For more crime prevention advice, please visit

Information on the site includes tips to keep your house safe,

If you wish to speak to a crime prevention office, please ring Cumbria Police on 101.

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