The Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner, Community Safety Team and Fenland Police joined forces to engage with the local community to raise awareness of labour exploitation in Fenland yesterday. The team spoke to local businesses, providing them with posters and information about a free online course for staff, and engaged with the public, signposting them to our the website http://www.advicechain.co.uk that is full of localised in information about exploitation as well as the link to the online course.
We also have a short film showing in the Luxe Cinema in Wisbech this week which we hope will encourage people to report suspected issues to the Police.
Police and FDC Community Safety Team back out on Police Forums again last week – Coldham, Elm and Friday Bridge were on the route this time. We got some good feedback from the local community and managed to avoid the rain too!
Throughout the first two weeks in December, the Fenland Council Community Safety Team along with Police, the P&CC outreach worker and the Children and Young People’s Area Partnerships’ Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, delivered the final workshops of the year to six educational establishments in the Fenland area
Following the Chelsea’s Choice Production that was performed by a professional theatre company in September, each school had some focus groups held on the New Horizons Vehicle where the play was discussed and conversation was encouraged around what they saw. The students were also tasked to research some local charities that are available to support the growing up process and all it entails in hopes that any suspicious signs from friends would be reported. Following the production we have had a disclosure and have identified a few students that would benefit from some further support.
What is Chelsea’s Choice?
Chelsea’s choice is an innovative 35 minute long theatre play that is followed by a 25 minute long plenary session. The play is targeted at young people (aged 12+, but other years will be excepted).
“The drama tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea. Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary. Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult. Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be! Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by the three students along with their teacher in an attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.”
So far it has been seen by thousands of young people & hundreds of professionals & has proven highly effective in:-
- Raising Awareness of Healthy Relationships
- Promoting Safe Internet Use
- Identifying Risky Situations
- Raising Awareness of The Grooming Process & the differing forms that it can take
- Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation & the differing forms that it can take
- Sign-posting relevant services.
For adult audiences it also:
Raising Awareness of ‘the Warning Signs of CSE’
Raises Awareness of the journey that young people may have been on that has resulted in them being exploited – a journey that can all too easily make it seem as though they have ‘made their own choice’ and can leave them not seeing themselves as victims and fighting against any intervention.
Watch a clip here:
Yesterday the bus headed to Wisbech Market to educate and remind the community about ways to keep their property safe over the Christmas period. The Fenland Community Safety Team and a Police volunteer were present to support.
Over 100 people took leaflets around car crime and home security and UV marker pens were also given out to encourage people to mark their belongings. Small shed alarms were also provided as well as some police rulers to the kids.
On board we also had lots of ideas and current measures that people can buy in shops or online to keep their property safe. Examples include:
- Handbag table hoders
- Phone straps
- Bag bells
- Key chains
- Timers for house lights
- Personal security alarms
- Fence spikes
Christmas crime prevention advice from Cambridgeshire Constabulary:
- Protecting your car
- Protecting your home
- Protecting your property
- Passing stolen goods
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, including the criminal. We know, however, that a high percentage of crime is opportunistic, and can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.
Don’t let the criminal enjoy Christmas at your expense.
Top tips for a crime free Christmas
- Don’t leave presents in full view on the back seat when out shopping. These can be tempting to thieves. Lock them away out of sight in the boot.
- Always lock your car and make sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes. Use a steering lock if possible.
- Never leave your keys in the ignition whilst your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes. Opportunistic thieves will often steal cars that have been left with the engine running to defrost the windows.
- Don’t leave any valuables in the glove compartment. Take bank cards, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems with you. These items are on a car thieves’ shopping list.
- Make sure you park in a well lit area or in an attended car park. Look out for the Park Mark award logo for safer parking
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are in the house.
- Keep presents out of sight. Large piles of gift wrapped goodies under the tree that are visible through a door or window are tempting to thieves.
- Don’t leave empty boxes on display outside. Discarded packaging advertises all the new goods you have indoors.
- Don’t leave car keys and handbags lying around on display.
- Make it look like someone is at home when you’re going out for the evening. Leave lights on and close the curtains. If you have a burglar alarm, set it.
- If you’re going on holiday over the festive period, ask a friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on your house.
- Make sure all valuable property is marked. You can either postcode mark your property with an ultra violet pen, or use a forensic marking solution such as Smartwater.
- Register bike frame numbers, mobile phone IMEI numbers and other identifying details on Immobilise, the free, national property registration scheme.
The police recover hundreds of stolen items every year, and it’s much easier to prove that an item is stolen and return it to the rightful owner if it’s been registered with Immobilise or security marked.
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash on you when you go out. Be alert, and make sure your purse or wallet is secure and hidden from view.
- Don’t keep your chequebook and card together. Keep your PIN confidential and don’t write it down.
- Check that your home insurance adequately covers you for the value of goods in your home.
Passing stolen goods
You can make it difficult for criminals to operate by not purchasing stolen property. If you are offered a quality product at a bargain price ensure that the source is genuine.
If you would like some more information about home ad personal security visit the link below:
Following on from our event in March we headed to Wisbech Market yesterday to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and to educate the community about the different forms of abuse.
With support from our partners we were able to engage with a variety of people and identified a group of vulnerable people that will benefit from some further support.
We had members from Fenland District Council Community Safety, Refuge, Centre33, Locality, Police and a member from the Cambs County Council family support team all working together to deliver the event.
Our main aim was to get people to look at the posters and be aware that Domestic abuse is a problem in every community even if its not always obvious. We wanted to raise awareness that there will always be support for those who need it.
We have 2 more events coming up:
Chatteris 23rd Nov, Furrowfileds carpark 10-12:30
Whittlesey Market 26th Nov 10-2
Please come along if you have any questions or need some support or visit http://www.refuge.org.uk
A Police Forum event was held in Newton Village today where members of the community were encouraged to help influence key concerns they wish the police or local authority to focus on. The Parish council will be provided with a summary of the results on the same evening and the set priorities will be availbe on here soon.
A recent Police forum was held in Gorefield and Leverington to allow the local community to come onboard and discuss any issues they have relating to crime and anti-social behvaiour with the Police and Community Safety Team. The feedback recieved will go onto set the priotities for the local policing team over the coming months.
Fenland District Council and local Police, teamed up last week to do some community engagement with those who live around Wisbech Park. Due to a recent increase in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the park over the summer, community door knocking was conducted and a drop-in session was held on the New Horizons Bus to allow local residents to come and have their say about issues that may be affecting them.
An increase in foot patrols alongside community engagement and reassurance, with help from CCTV has reduced the number of call-ins to the police about the Park in the last week.
Patrols and reassurance visits will continue to take place in an attempt to resolve the current issues.
Last week Fenland District Council’s Community Safety Team & Street scene along with Fenland Police joined forces to tackle Fly Tipping issues that have been occuring in Wisbech over the last month.
Previous community engagment allowed us to have an idea of where the litter was coming from and at what sort of times dumping was occuring. The New Horizons Vehicle was used as a base to hold the waste & recylce awarness event right next to the site and community that had been affected by the anti-scoial behaviour.
Leaflets in multiple languages about the consequences of fly tipping, waste collection calanders and infomation about local waste sites and Fire Safety infomation was provided to all the poperties in the affected and immediate surroundinging area in an attempt to resolve the on going issues.
Since the event no rubbish has been found in the area by our cleanisng team so hopefully the perpetrators have got the message at last!
Come along to the new Horizons bus to get some freebies and advice on how to keep your home and property safe. Fenland Council Community officer and Police Crime Reduction officer on board to help. We are parked outside the Pub in Manea 10-12 and in Furrowfields in Chatteris 12:20-2:30!