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Dudley police help stamp out crime thanks to partnership funding

November 19, 2012, 10:56 am

Officers are issuing burglary and personal safety devices to vulnerable residents after receiving £2,000 funding from local partners.

The St Thomass neighbourhood team are kitted out with purse bells, personal alarms, light timer switches, and property marking pens to help the elderly and vulnerable members of the community protect themselves and their homes against becoming a victim of crime.

Dudleys Community Development Foundation generously donated £2,000 to help the team in their blitz to support members of the community who may be feeling vulnerable this winter.

PCSO Steph Beasley, who is leading this crime reduction initiative across the neighbourhood, said: “We are so grateful to have received this donation from our partners. We will be working closely with our Neighbourhood Watch coordinators to ensure that these get distributed to the people who need them the most.”

As part of a wider borough campaign to crack down on the seasonal increase in burglary, Dudleys safe and sound community safety partnership has also supplied Dudley police with a number of burglary deterrent packs and low energy light bulbs which can be used in areas that experience a slight rise in burglaries.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Parsons from Dudley police said: “Burglary across the borough has reduced since last year. We had 311 fewer offences this October compared to last October.

“However we do not want to become complacent and are instead taking advantage of our strong partner relationships in ensuring we can provide, our most vulnerable community members with home and personal safety advice that could prevent then becoming a victim of crime.”

Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“At this time of year, when the evenings are darker, we want to ensure we give residents the information they need to keep themselves and their homes safe, and to make sure the most vulnerable members of our community are protected from harm.

“In Dudley we have a really strong partnership and are dedicated to working together to achieve more for the residents of our borough.”

If you would like more information on personal and home security you can contact your local neighbourhood team by calling them on 101.

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