14:50 Wednesday 11 June 2014

Could special 'crime prevention packs' help reduce burglaries in Cambridgeshire?

Written byJORDAN DAY

Residents in the Ely area - and in particular the elderly - are to receive special ‘crime prevention packs’ in a bid to crackdown on burglary.

Cambridgeshire Police are distributing the packs across the county as part of their ‘Get Closer’ campaign.

The packs provide information and advice on the security measures a homeowner can take to reduce the risk of their home being targeted by burglars.

Distributed via the Bobby Scheme, the elderly have been identified as a key group to receive the pack as police say they are less likely to have access to the extensive advice and information available on the internet.

Victims of burglary will also be offered the pack during an officer’s normal visit due to their increased vulnerability and to prevent them becoming a repeat victim.

The pack provides information about all key areas in and around the home which should be reviewed including:

It also contains a home security survey to help the resident assess the quality of their protection along with details of useful organisations such as Sold Secure and Immobilise.

Crime Prevention Officer, Helen O’Driscoll, said: “Burglary continues to be a priority for our teams and I believe this is an excellent way to help raise awareness and provide information about the importance of investing in home security.

“Poor home security is still one of the top reasons why a burglar will target a specific property. Security for the home does not have to cost a fortune but can make a huge difference.

“I have dealt with numerous victims who have been very badly affected by burglary. A stranger being inside your home and helping themselves to personal items can, understandably, be extremely traumatic.

“Many no longer feel safe at home and these type of offences it can have a very serious impact on both health and quality of life. It is important we help prevent these residents from becoming repeat victims.

“The burglary pack combined with other burglary tools recently launched will significantly improve our chances of reducing burglaries even further.”

For more information, call 101.

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